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Hi, guys. So, today we're checking out the RedRock 4x4 Aluminum Door and Tailgate Handle Set, fitting all 2007 to 2018 2-door JK Wranglers. So, if you're in search of some smaller mods for your Jeep that are really going to make a difference to the exterior, this is going to be a great choice to check out. Now, this is going to be great for anybody who is just looking to switch up the styling, or if you have noticed that your door handles are either not working properly, they've faded from the sun, or they have broken while you were out on the trail, then this is going to be a great replacement. Now, these will be made of a fully machined billet aluminum material, so they will be durable, and this is going to be ideal for Wrangler owners who take their Jeep off-road often, but this is also even great for the daily driver that's looking to completely switch up the styling. Now, this is also going to have a nice gloss black finish on top, which will match very well with the clear coat on your factory paint, and this is going to have some non-traditional styling, will have some cutouts in the middle, a more square design, which is definitely going to switch it up from the factory one which has a rounder design and that plastic construction. Now, this will come in a complete set, so for the 2-door you will be getting a door handle for the front and the back as well as the tailgate, kind of creating a very complete and sleek look.Now, as far as pricing is concerned, these are going to come in at roughly $100, and in my personal opinion, I think for what you're getting out of the package that it's definitely worth that price point. In my personal opinion, I think, again, if you're looking for a full replacement if your factory door handle is just not holding up and you're looking to switch up that exterior styling, then this is going to be right up your alley. Now, when it comes to install, I'm going to give this a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and I would recommend professional installation. You do have to do a lot of breakdown of the door in order to get these installed, but if you are going to be tackling this at home, I would expect about two hours to get the job done with some pretty basic hand tools. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a soft pry tool, a 3/8-inch drive and a 1/4-inch drive ratchet, a 3-inch extension, a pick, a flathead screwdriver, a 3-millimeter Allen socket, a 10-millimeter and 8-millimeter deep socket, a Phillips head socket, a T30, T25, and T10 Torx socket, a standard Allen key and the provided Allen key, and some tape.So, to kick off this install, you want to make sure that your window is completely down, then we can go ahead and remove our door panel. Now, we're going to start at the bottom left-hand corner. You are going to need a T20 Torx socket, but it may depend on what hardware that you have in your Jeep. I'm going to be using a Phillips head socket because we have some different hardware down there.So, in the bottom of our door card here, we're going to have two Phillips head screws or two Torx screws. Just going to go ahead and remove those. Then we can remove the panel that's behind our door handle here. I'm going to pull this out. Going to take a soft pry tool and I'm just going to pry on that. Then we'll have a Torx screw that we have to remove up at the top. Next, I'm going to use a T25 Torx socket and remove that bolt up at the top. Next, we can use the same pry tool and we're going to remove this panel right here. Now, these two bolts are just for show, so I'm just going to take the pry tool and just pry on the panel and pull it forward. And then once this panel is off, that's going to expose two more screws. So, I'm going to take that T25 Torx socket again and remove the screws. Now, what we can do at this point is pull our panel forward. Now, it is going to take a little bit of force. There is a number of clips that this is held on by. So, usually, I like to pull up on the wiring harness here just enough to reach my hand behind the door card, and then we can give it a good pull. So, once that bottom part is off, what we have to do is unhook it from the top, and we're going to slide the door card off of this handle here, but be careful because there is a wiring harness back there. And then we can go ahead and disconnect that. Just going to use my panel removal tool to pull up on those tabs so we can pull back on the harness, and then we can put our door card to the side.Next, we can disconnect our door handle from the inner door card here. I'm going to use a T30 Torx socket. Now, after that bolt is removed, what we can do is take flathead and just pull these wires out, and that will allow us to shift the handle itself. There's two slots here. That'll allow us to kind of push it over and disconnect it so we can pull this part of the door card forward. Now, we're also going to want to take out this grommet here, just get that out of the way, and then what we can do is open up our tabs down at the bottom. So, I'm just going to take a straight edge or a razor, and there are going to be two openings right here. Now, it is plastic so you will need a razor in order to do this or something sharp. Just be careful while you're doing this, but we need to cut out these two pre-stamped holes so we can access the locks for our window. So, our next step is actually going to be to take the window and hold it all the way up. That's going to bring the window out of the way of where we need to disconnect our factory handle. So, what I'm going to do is just take a soft pry tool, the one that we were using before. Just get this seal out of the way, and that's going to allow us to...or allow me to grab the window a little bit better. So, what we're going to have to do now is unclip the window from the motor and the track. So, what I'm going to do is just push on the tabs on the track here and try to pull up on the window at the same time, which can be a little bit tricky to do. So, once the tabs are pushed in and the window is released, what we can do, at this point, is roll the window all the way up. And then once it's up, we can tape it in place, and then we can take off the door card, and that will allow us access to our door handle.So, at this point, what we can do is take off all the 10-millimeter bolts that are surrounding our inner door card. I'm going to use a 10-millimeter socket in order to do that. So, next, what we can do is pull the door card off. Now, this does have a seal around it, and if you've never done this before it can be a little bit difficult to do or difficult to pull on. So, what I'm going to do, since our seal has not been broken yet, is just grab a soft pry tool and kind of just peel up on it. Now, we are going to have to kind of shift it as well, then we can pull it away. We don't need to completely disconnect it. We just have to make sure that there's enough space so we can access the bolt to our door handle. Now, we're also going to want to take this grommet off as we'll have to access the other side, and then we can grab an 8-millimeter socket and wrench and go ahead and remove our door handle.So, what we can do, at this point, is grab an 8-millimeter socket. I also have a 3-inch extension here to help me reach into the door, and my impact wrench, and we're going to take off the nut that's holding on the left side of our door handle in this inner part. We can do the same thing. This is going to be accessed through this grommet here, and we're going to take the same 8-millimeter deep socket and extension and take that one off. Now we can close our door partially. Just come around to the other side, and we'll be able to fully remove our door handle.So, before we hop into the install of our new door handle, I wanted to stop down, show you guys our new option next to our factory one, show you some of the similarities and differences between the two, and why this is going to be a big upgrade for your Wrangler. Now, starting off just as a brief overview of our factory door handle, this is going to have the factory styling, so it's going to be made of a plastic material, and it's also going to have posts on the back. We're going to have a spring on the back as well with another post, and that's going to actuate our door. Now, over time, these can fade and they start to not really look the best, and they can also get damaged on the trail because they are that plastic material. Now, moving over to this option, this one is going to be completely different. First off, starting with the construction, this will be made of a machined aluminum material, so it is going to be very durable, especially for the trail. This is more ideal for Wranglers that are going on the trail and expect a little bit of trail damage because this is definitely going to handle a lot better or a lot more than the factory door handle would. Now, it's also going to have a nice black anodized finish on top that's going to add a very sleek look to the side of the Jeep, especially with the cutouts in the middle and the more angular or square design, I think that adds a lot, especially because even though these are very small, it's more of a smaller mod, they're really going to make a difference when it comes to the aesthetic of your Wrangler while also being pretty functional as far as protecting the door handle is concerned considering that construction. Now, on the back, it is going to be just the same. This is going to actuate exactly like your factory door handle. It's going to have a spring and a post there. The only difference is that the factory door handle does have posts on the back in order to put it up against the door and secure it down as to where we're going to attach the bolts to make sure that this is attached correctly. However, overall, this is going to be a big upgrade if you're just looking for some styling or you're looking for more durable handles to tackle the trails. So, what do you say we go ahead and install our new door handle?So, before we actually put the door handle on our door, we do need to make sure that there's gaskets in place. Because this is metal we don't want this scratching our door. But we can take our provided gaskets, these are going to be like a rubber material, and we're just going to put them in their places. We're going to have one here and one here for each mounting location. Make sure that they stick on correctly. Then we can take our provided hardware and head over to the Jeep.So, what we can do now is take our longer hardware. I'm going to be using a 3-millimeter Allen socket. This is going to be a little bit longer and allow me to reach through the door. We are provided with a 3-millimeter Allen key. You can also use that. I find this a little bit easier to utilize, though. So, what I'm going to do, actually reach my hand in, we're going to do the outer one first with the longer bolt and then try to line this up as best as possible. We're going to put that through the mounting location. Now, once that's through, we can hold it there and grab our handle. So, that's going to act as our post through the door, then we can insert our door handle and line it up and we can start to thread it in place. And I'm not going to completely tighten it because we do have to get the other bolt in. Now we can take our shorter bolt and the washer and we can line that up with the inner mounting point and thread that into place. Now, this is going to be a little bit tricky, so you do have to be patient with it. Now we can take a ratchet and that 3-millimeter Allen and just tighten those up. You don't want to over-tighten them because you don't want to strip the bolts.At this point, need to tuck our motor back into place. Now there's going to be tabs for us to slide our door back into. Need to go around these two here, and then once they are in front of that small tab, we can kind of push the door card in place. So, once it's sitting flush, then we can secure it back down with those 10-millimeter bolts and then start re-securing everything else. So, what we can do next is carefully let our window back down, and you want to make sure that it clicks back into place. All right. So, now that our window is back in place, you can kind of check it by pulling up on it. If it doesn't pull up, it's clipped back in place. We can reattach our door handle. Again, this is going to have to slide in. Then we can take our T30 Torx and put that back into place as well. We can reattach our cables here for our door handle and our lock. Then we can reattach some of our grommets. So, we're going to do the one over by the door handle first. Make sure that sits flush, then we can do the one over here that exposed that one bolt. Then we can grab our door card and put that back into place.Before we put the outer door card in place, I want to make sure that the seal goes back on the windshield because the outer door card is going to have to tuck in here as well. Then we can grab the door card, take our wiring harness, plug that in. We can wrap this part around our handle. Maneuver it back into place. We do need to hook this top part in the top of our seal there or our weatherstripping. There's going to be multiple posts that we need to line up on the outsides that we're going to press back in. So, once all of those are most of the way in place, what we can do is take our provided screws for our door handles, the grab handle down here as well as our door handle up at the top. We can take those with our T25 Torx and secure them down. That's going to bring the door panel in a little bit as well. Now we can secure the two corner bolts with our Phillips head socket, or if you have the factory screws in there, you'll still be using the T25 Torx. And last but not least, for the front door, we can reattach our trim, give it a good press, and we're wrapped up with the front, and we can do the same thing on the other side and then move to our tailgate.So, now that we're finished up with the front two doors, what we can do is head to the back tailgate. Now, in order to access the bolts for our door handle back here, we're going to have to take off this plastic piece, this plastic vent. I'm going to use a soft pry tool. Just pull forward on it. There's going to be two clips on this side. So, this part is going to be a little bit difficult to see because we are in the inside of our tailgate here. So, if you're looking in the inside of your tailgate, you're going to see a bolt down at the bottom. If you follow that up, you're going to see the same bolt up at the top, and then you're going to see the mechanism for the door handle just like we saw at the front. So, I'm going to take an 8-millimeter socket. This is going to be a deep socket with a 1/4-inch drive hand ratchet, and we can go ahead and remove those two bolts. Once you get them loosened up, you should be able to kind of hand thread them off. Now, again, the top one is going to be a little bit difficult to see, but we're just going to repeat that same process. So now that it's disconnected by the posts of the door handle, we can pull it out, but it is still connected by this mechanism here. There's going to be a lever that we need to disconnect from this little red plastic retainer clip. I'm just going to use flathead screwdriver and just pop that out of place. So, once the red retainer clip is off, you can pull that part out and we can pull out the handle as a whole.So, before we can install our new handle, we do need to swap over this mechanism that's going to allow us to open our tailgate. So, for this, you'll need a T10 Torx socket or a T10 Torx bit, and you'll also need a very small standard Allen key, and then your gaskets because we're going to prep this and then we'll be able to install it on our Jeep. So, what we're going to do first is take off this piece. This is going to be the post that allows our mechanism to move up and down and it's basically our guide for that. We're just going to take out the two Allen bolts there. Next, we can remove the mechanism on the back of our factory one. I'm using that T10 Torx socket. So, you can use the new spring if you'd like, but then what we're going to do is just transfer this over and we can use the screws that came out of it originally, those Allen head screws, and thread those into place. So, once the new mechanism is installed, what we can do is install our gaskets. So, this is just the same as the front handles that we installed. And there are also a couple outer corner pieces that you can install as well. Make sure that all areas of the handle are going to have rubber on it instead of that metal on metal contact. So now that this is prepped, what we can do is head over to the Jeep and install it.So, what we have to do next is install the lever again. So, I have my hand on the inside of the tailgate. What I'm going to do is just try to slide the pin into place first and then pop the plastic retainer around it. Now, once that snaps into place, we can open up our tailgate and we can secure down the handle. Now, we're going to mount this in the same exact location as our factory handle. This is maybe difficult to see, but we're going to take the same hardware that we used up front, the longer Allen head bolt and the shorter Allen head bolt, and we're going to put that into place. Now, this is also going to be a little bit tricky to do because you're not going to have a lot of room, so I recommend you hand thread them in as best as you can first. So, once you get the top one threaded, we can install the bottom one. This one might be a little tricky as well because the bolt is a little smaller, but I recommend taking that Allen key to help you thread it into place, and then we can tighten them both up. So, once everything is tightened up, what we can do is just reinstall this vent piece. Just give it a good press, and then you'll be all set to go.So, that's going to wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe for more videos and products just like this, and always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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