(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Hey, guys. So today I'm here with the RedRock 4x4 stubby front bumper with the Stinger, fitting all 2018 JL Wranglers. So this is gonna be for the JL owner looking for a very affordable front bumper while gaining a ton of functionality and a very aggressive, off-road look. So being a stubby front bumper, it's gonna come with a number of different benefits. You do get a lot of clearance on the side for larger wheels and tires and better approach angles off-road. And with that, you're also getting a ton of durability and with the stinger, getting a ton of front-end protection, especially for your grille.So not only will it have the front-end protection and the compact size on its side, but you also are gonna be getting a ton of utility out of this with the recovery points on the front and the winch plate. And even though this doesn't come with the option to swap over the factory lighting, this does come with two pre-drilled holes on the side to mount up any accessory lighting if you choose to do so. So on the page right now, this will be very affordable at roughly $370. Now taking into consideration that bumpers can range anywhere from $300 all the way up to $1,500, I think that this is at a very fair price point. Now, a lot of the front bumpers on the page right now that you may be seeing, especially for the stubby front bumpers, will not come with stingers. There will be a couple of options for stingers, especially like this. But a lot of those options will come with bull bars or overrider features, not really offering that grille protection that you may be looking for if you're taking a look at this front bumper. So the other options that do come with stingers that will be for a stubby front bumper will be a little bit more expensive. But that's just really gonna come down to the design of the front bumper. It may be a little bit more in-depth considering this is a pretty basic option at the price point that it's at and the stairs may be larger and may be modular. But personally, I think if you're looking for the easiest way to mount up a stubby front bumper that looks very aggressive and is gonna get the job done, that this is a great option to take a look at.So install is gonna be a very light two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You're gonna need a couple of hand tools to get the job done. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install today were an impact wrench, a flat-head screwdriver, a trim removal tool, a 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a 5-inch extension, an 18-millimeter deep socket, a 16-millimeter deep socket, a 16-millimeter shallow socket, and an 8-millimeter socket.So the first step in removing our bumper is to remove the pop clips that are holding the upper splash guard in place. I'm just using a flat-head screwdriver to do that. You can also use a trim removal tool. So you're gonna have two on top that go into the frame rail, also going to have six on the back here that it's gonna be holding it to the bumper.After all of those are out, we can remove our splash guard. So moving on to the bottom splash guard, we're first gonna remove the two bolts that are holding it on either side with an 8-millimeter deep socket. Then we're gonna do the same thing on the other side.So now we have to remove the pop clips that are holding in the front of our bottom splash guard. I'm gonna be using either a trim removal tool or a flat-head screwdriver, whichever is easiest. I know that they do differ along the way because of the spacing. This one is easy to access with a trim removal tool.Now we're gonna remove the back panel on either side of the bumper. You're gonna use a flat-head screwdriver to get the pop clips out that are holding it in. So now you can use an 18-millimeter deep socket and a ratchet or an impact wrench if you can squeeze it in here to remove the nuts that are holding on our bumper studs. There's gonna be eight in total, four on each frame horn. So we are on the outer driver side right now. We're just gonna loosen those. So after all the bolts are out, the last thing that we need to do is unplug the main harness for our two fog lights. So we are just going to unclip that. So now we can remove our bumper. So side-by-side, you can tell that this RedRock stubby front bumper with the stinger is gonna be a huge upgrade over your stock front bumper. So first off, what I noticed right away is the width. So obviously, this is a stubby front bumper. This is gonna allow you a lot more room on either side for larger wheels and tires as well as better approach angles off-road. And that's something that your stock front bumper is really unable to give you since it is a standard or a full-width front bumper.You're also getting a ton of durability out of this compared to your plastic stock front bumper with the standard crash bar in the back. This is gonna be made of 5/32-inch plated steel with the steel tubing over top. So it's gonna provide a lot more protection and it's gonna be able to take a lot more abuse on the trail rather than your plastic stock bumper.It's also gonna have a textured two-stage black powder coat finish on it that's gonna resist any rust or corrosion on the metal as well as any surface damage while you're out there scratching it up on the trail. And it's really gonna assist you in giving you an off-road look. You're also gonna get a number of standard features out of this that a lot of aftermarket front bumpers carry. First off, you have the welded D-ring mounts on the front for recovery. This also does come with D-ring mounts. But those are gonna be a lot safer and a lot more efficient for recovery while you're off-road rather than your stock tow hooks up here. So you're also getting a drop-in winch plate. This is gonna be capable of holding a winch with up to a 12,000-pound pulling capacity. Something obviously your stock front bumper is not able to give you.And then you have what you really can't miss is the stinger. So this is gonna give you full grille protection as where your stock bumper does not come with any grille protection. And this is actually gonna give you more grille protection than a lot of other aftermarket front bumpers on our site right now.The only thing that I don't like about this front bumper is the fact that it doesn't come with any lighting or the option to swap over your OEM lighting onto the new front bumper. But it does come with two pre-drilled holes on either side so you are able to mount up any accessory lighting if you choose to do so.So enough about these, let's bolt up our new front bumper. So what I do like about this bumper is that it has studs where we can just line it up and bolt it on. We don't have to necessarily juggle with the front bumper and get it attached. So once it's in place, you can grab your hardware, and we can start securing the bumper down. So we're going to attach our flat washers first then our lock washers then we can thread on our nut.So we're gonna leave everything hand tight for the time being just so everything can get secured down before we tighten it all down. So as you can tell, there is a plate here. So this might be difficult to see. But there are two studs coming through the right-hand side of our frame rail here. So we're gonna do the same thing and attach our flat washers, lock washers, and then the nuts.Now we can take a 16-millimeter deep socket and a ratchet and tighten those down. So for the outer studs, I would recommend an extension just to give yourself a little bit of room since this plate is here. I'm using a five-inch extension. You could go with a three-inch extension. You just have to clear this plate. So your last step is just to attach your D-ring. That's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. 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RedRock 4x4 J104451
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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