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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Today, I'm here with the RedRock 4x4 Rock Crawler front grille guard in textured black, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So if you're looking for some extra protection to the front end of your Wrangler with a couple different functionality benefits included, this option by RedRock is going to be a good one to take into consideration. So this is going to be more or less of a hybrid between a front bumper and a grille guard. So you're getting a lot of that grille protection up top as well as outward protection for any obstacles out on the trail, any brush or branches from getting to your actual grille area, but it's gonna replace that factory front bumper giving you full tire to tire protection as well as that grille protection.Now, this is gonna be a perfect front bumper or front grille guard option for somebody who is a fan of that tubular design, but also wants that heavy-duty protection to the front end of their Jeep with a heavy-duty steel tubular construction. Not to mention this is also going to have some functionality benefits that I mentioned before, that is a step up from the average grille guard, including D-ring mounting points on the front for recovery if you do get into a sticky situation on the trail, as well as a couple of options for light mounting options. You have two up top here and even two on the side. So, again, this is going to be a big step up from that average grille guard that you would put over your factory front bumper, but it is going to be more simplistic for the guys out there that don't wanna commit to a full heavy-duty aftermarket steel plate front bumper.With that being said, this is going to be roughly $400 staying on the affordable side for a full heavy-duty front bumper. So like I mentioned before, this is gonna be a step up from that average grille guard that you usually will mount in front of their factory front bumper, but this is going to be more simplistic than that heavy-duty steel plate option. They may offer a couple more bells and whistles but is not going to have that tubular design. Now, I personally like that this integrates a couple of extra benefits than some other grille guard as well as even some more basic tubular front bumper options like the recovery points and the additional mounting points. So for $400, I really think you can't beat it.So install is gonna be a pretty easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, you're gonna need a couple of basic hand tools to get your factory front bumper off and this one on. So speaking of that install, let's jump into that now. The tools that I used for my install are impact wrench, an 18-millimeter wrench, a flathead screwdriver, a 16-millimeter socket, an 8-millimeter, 18-millimeter, and 19-millimeter deep socket, and a trim removal tool. So our first step to taking off our bumper is to remove the upper splash guard, I'm gonna be using a trim removal tool and we can remove all eight clips. So there's gonna be two clips on the frame rail and then six clips on the back here. You can also use a flathead screwdriver to help you out, I find it is a little bit easier to do that sometimes.So there should be two more clips here, we are missing them because we take our splash guard off a lot, but once we have this last clip off the frame rail then we can go ahead and remove our splash guard. Just kind of roll it back and then pull it away. What we can do next is remove our lower splash shield. So you need an 8-millimeter socket as well as that trim removal tool that we used up top. So on either side, you'll have a screw that's holding in at the back of the splash guard. We're gonna remove both of those with an 8-millimeter socket. You can do the same thing for the other side. Then we can start removing the clips up at the top. So I'm gonna take the trim removal tool, let's pop these clips out of place. Then once you get to this last one, the splash guard will be disconnected and we can pull this down and wiggle it out. Next, we can remove our skid plate here. I'm going to use a 16-millimeter socket to remove the two bolts that are holding it on either side.Once those two bolts are removed, we could give a good push and unhook those tabs. Before we start removing the hardware that's holding on our bumper, I want to disconnect our fog light wiring harness first. Now, this sometimes can be a pain to disconnect, so I do use a flathead sometimes to help me out. But we just have to depress that tab there and pull back. Now, we can start to remove the hardware that's holding on our bumper. So now, I'm gonna use an 18-millimeter deep socket to remove the nuts on the studs that are holding on our bumper. Once those are removed we can repeat that process on the other six studs. After all the hardware is disconnected we can grab our bumper and pull it back and fully disconnect it. Before we hop into the inside, I wanted to give a little comparison on the two front bumpers next to each other and tell you guys what benefits that you're gonna receive out of this new Rock Crawler front grille guard in comparison to your factory setup.Now, right off the bat, they are going to be roughly the same length, so you're getting a full width or standard width setup that's gonna give you full front-end protection on the front of your JL. Now, where it's different on this RedRock front bumper is the fact that the tubular ends wrap around and the ends are also angled up. So that's gonna help you out while still giving you that protection, but also helping out your approach angles while you're out on the trail. As you can tell on your factory front bumper, the ends are pretty flat which can get hung up or rub if you are approaching any obstacles out on the trail. Now, this is not only going to be a little bit better as far as performance goes, but it's going to do a better job of protecting your front-end because of the heavy-duty material. The factory front bumper is made of a plastic material and you have a standard steel crash bar in the back, or if you do take a hit you can damage all that plastic on the front. With this, you're getting a two-inch tubular setup and you're also getting a crash bar down at the bottom which is gonna be made of a steel construction, a lot more heavy-duty than the factory plastics. This is also gonna be covered in a texture black powder coat finish to resist any rust or corrosion on that steel and also give you a more off-road and heavy-duty look to the front end of your JL.Now, what I really like about this is all the grille protection that you're getting considering that you have a large bull bar in the front and some tubes on the outer end giving you a lot of surface area to cover in comparison to your factory setup, which really has no grille protection at all. Now, this is also gonna come with a couple extra features. Now, we're not able to swap over the factory fog lights, but up on top of the bull bar, you do have two light mounting tabs for any auxiliary lighting, and you're also getting two of the D-ring mounts on the bottom for recovery if you get into a sticky situation. I personally like those over the factory tow hooks, they are a closed unit so it is a little bit safer and more efficient when it comes to recovery. So that's gonna wrap it up as far as the comparison goes, let's go hop into the install.Now, because I'm mounting this up by myself, what I like to do is kind of just support this with my knees, then we can go ahead and secure each side. And once we have two bolts in and through, then we can go ahead and secure the rest of the hardware. So there's gonna be two flat washers and then a nylon locknut. So now that we have a bolt in on either side, it should sit there by itself and then we can continue to attach the rest of our hardware. You can do the same thing to the other side. So once all of our hardware is attached, we can tighten everything up. With the nut side, I'm gonna use a 19-millimeter deep socket and for the bolt head side I'm gonna use an 18-millimeter wrench. After all eight bolts are tightened up then you're all set to go.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. 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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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