(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
This RedRock 4x4 Tubular Rear Bumper with Wraparound Ends in Textured Black is for those of you that have a 2018 and up JL that are looking for a bumper that's gonna change up the look of your Jeep a little bit and give you a little bit more of that retro styling and you don't necessarily need or want one of those more off-road-ready plate steel bumpers that has a lot more features but is also going to be a lot more expensive. This is going to be a two out of three wrenches not for the install of the bumper itself but because every JL aftermarket bumper is going to include a little bit of wiring to get your new license plate light set up. That bumps it into that two out of three wrenches but we are gonna show you how to get the bumper installed in just a second. So when you are shopping for a rear bumper, it's going to be for a variety of different reasons. Some people are looking for additional recovery points, maybe they're looking for a bumper mounted tire carrier. This bumper is gonna be a little bit on the other end of the spectrum just all about the looks. This is gonna be changing the look of your Jeep dramatically and like I said, it is gonna give you a little bit more of that retro styling. It has these nice large 3-inch round tubes covered in this textured black powder coat finish which is gonna do a nice job resisting any sort of rusting or corrosion. It is going to have your license plate bracket here. It does come with a light and has a hole drilled for it but again that's where the wiring comes in here in this installation. As you can see the top tube is cut, so this bumper will accept up to a 37-inch spare tire in the factory spare tire location and it also has a little bit of a bump in the bottom of that bottom tube allowing you to run a factory 2-inch receiver, so really a good solid rear bumper. It's not gonna take away any of the factory functionality including this tow hook, you can still leave that installed as well and it is gonna give you that different look all while being less expensive than those more off-road-ready bumpers as I already mentioned. This one comes in at right around that $180 mark which I do think is gonna be a fairly good deal for the quality of this bumper. So as I mentioned, pretty easy install, I'm gonna show you how to do it right now. For this install, we used an 8-millimeter, 10-millimeter, 16-millimeter, and 18-millimeter socket along with a small three-eighths extension, all driven by a combination of our three-eighths electric impact and three-eighths pneumatic impact. We also used a small straight blade screwdriver to help us remove the wiring harness. So this is going to be a pretty easy bolt-on installation, of course, with the new JL, they have a license plate mount in the factory bumper and a license plate light in the factory bumper. So with any new bumper, you're gonna be putting on the Jeep, you are gonna have to do a little bit of wiring to get a new light set up on your license plate. That's gonna keep you legal. So there's always that aspect that's gonna bump all of these rear bumpers up into a two out of three wrenches for the installation, but again, it's just for the wiring of the license plate light which is pretty easy to do. So the first step in installing a new bumper is, of course, removing the factory one. In order to do that, there are a couple of plastic splash shields on the inside of the fender well here that we're gonna have to remove, that will give us access to a couple of bolts that we have to remove to get that bumper out of the way. After removing the plastic cover, that gives us access to these bolts here that hold the bumper onto this bumper bracket, so we're gonna remove those. Now we'll repeat the process on the other side. Now we're gonna move on to removing these two small bolts that hold the bumper onto the rear crossmember. While we're underneath the Jeep, we're also gonna reach up and unplug the license plate light wiring harness that way it's not in the way when we remove the rest of the bumper. The next couple of bolts we need to remove to get the bumper off the Jeep are these two right here that hold the bumper onto end of the frame. Now remove the same two bolts on the other side to remove the bumper from the Jeep. The last thing we need to do before pulling the bumper off the Jeep is unplug the license plate wiring harness. In order to do that, there's this small plastic safety clip, we'll use a small screwdriver to pop that out of the way. As you can see, we have the wiring harness unplugged. Now we just have to unclip the wiring harness itself from the crossmember of the Jeep. Now we can just grab the bumper and give it a pull to remove it from the Jeep. We're gonna be able to work ours around our spare tire, if you choose to, you can remove your spare to make this just a little bit easier.With the bumper removed from the Jeep, the last bit of disassembly we have to do is removing these outer bumper brackets. They're not gonna be reused for the new bumper installation, they're just gonna be in the way, so we'll remove them now. As you can see with the two bumpers side by side, they are pretty much the same dimensions but they do have a dramatically different look to them. And that's what we were saying before, this bumper is more of an aesthetic mod than anything else. So instead of your plastic bumper that has those smooth plastic curves, this is going to be that steel tubular bumper. But again, pretty much roughly the same coverage, and that's thanks to the fact that this is the wraparound bumper. So this does have these ends here that return and go back and wrap around the corners of the tub much like that factory bumper does. If this was just a straight bumper, I would say it gives you even more of a different look. As you can see, they're both gonna have a cutout for your spare tire there, so whether you're running a factory spare or a larger spare, as long as it's high enough, you're going to have plenty of clearance there, pretty much if it cleared your factory bumper, it will clear your new tubular bumper. This does have a little bit of a notch out of the bottom of it so that you can still run a factory hitch which is a really nice feature. The factory bumper has a similar notch out of it, so again there are a lot of similarities at least dimensionally from your factory bumper to your aftermarket tubular bumper. Of course, they are going to have the same license plate mount in roughly the same location and your new bumper is going to come with a new license plate light. Now it's time to get our new bumper installed on the Jeep, this is going to install a lot easier than that factory bumper uninstalled. These two tabs right here are gonna go on either side of the rear frame rails and we're going to use factory hardware to attach it to factory mounting points. So you can do this yourself like I'm gonna do but having a friend might make it a little bit easier. I'm just gonna scoot the bumper in place and get that hardware holding it on.As you can see, these mounting holes in your new bumper are slotted to allow some up-down adjustability. So at this point with all the bolts started and just a little bit snug down you can make sure the bumper is level across the bottom, sitting exactly how you'll like it and then do the final tightening of all four bolts. With the bumper tightened down, the last couple things you'll need to do is swap your license plate over from the factory bumper onto your new bumper, bolt it right onto the bracket here, hardware is included, and also get your license plate light wired up. Now there are a variety of different ways to do this, so I'm not gonna show you exactly how to do it, my recommendation would be clipping the factory end off of the wiring harness for the factory license plate light, soldering it on to these two wires on the end of your new light, that way you can plug directly to the factory wiring harness, that's going to be, in my opinion, the cleanest way to get this done. But again, there are a variety of different ways, however you decide to do it, that's completely up to you. No matter how you get this wired up, the light itself really just presses into this hole here, like that. And that's all there is to it. So if you are looking for a bumper that's gonna change up the look of your Jeep, give you a little bit more of that retro styling with a tubular bumper, I would recommend this option from RedRock 4x4 and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Fitment: 2018 2019 2020
RedRock 4x4 J125992-JL
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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