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Rugged Ridge Spartacus Front Bumper - Satin Black (18-20 Jeep Wrangler JL)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Ryan: The Rugged Ridge Spartacus Front Bumper in Satin Black is for those of you that have a 2018 and up JL that are looking for a modular front bumper that's also going to give you a very different look than a lot of the other bumpers out there because of the way this thing is put together. This is going to be a pretty easy one out of three wrenches for the installation. It is going bolt together. As you can see, there are a couple of more parts than with most bumpers, but still very, very easy, very straightforward to get installed. And we're gonna show you how to do it in just a second. So, this is a bumper that is made from stamped steel. And what that means is it can have a very different design and a very different style than most of the other bumpers out there that are either bent on a brake or are individual pieces of plate steel that are welded together. And some of those edges are smooth with a grinder. This is actually stamped out. So all of these compound curves that you're getting, all of the intricate design and detail along the bottom here, that's something that you really can get from a plate steel bumper only from something like this that's going to be stamped. This bumper is going to have a drastically different look than at some of the other ones out there. It also takes a page out of the factory Rubicon front bumper on the JL's book in the fact that it is modular. So these ends here, these are going to be completely removable. So if you just wanna take them off when you go off-roading, if you just wanna leave them in the box, not install them at all because you like a shorter bumper look, whatever the case is, these are going to pop off for you, which is going to be a little bit more clearance off-road, a little bit less stuff to bang up on the trail.Now, something else that makes this bumper unique is the fact that it has a couple of plastic parts built into it. Most steel bumpers are steel through and through. This has a couple of plastic shields on the outside here that these are just detail pieces here that do get bolted and snapped into place. And then these actually go from the inside. I don't have the bumper assembled here on the table. But going from the inside so this area right here is right here, that little plastic bump out and then your fog light mounts in here as well. So this will accept your factory fog lights. Even if you take the corners off, I know it can look a little bit strange. But even if you take the corners off, you will still have the factory fog lights mounted in your bumper, which is really nice. This has a spot for your factory tow hooks. It also has a winch mount built right into it. And as you can see, this also has a fairly mount that's really down in the center of the bumper, and that's a look that I really like when they sink the winch down in the bumper, a little bit hide as much as the winch as possible, it gives it a nice sleek look, in my opinion. So that is another really nice feature. So, overall, this is gonna be a good looking bumper at least in my opinion. But because of the way it's manufactured, because it is multiple pieces, this is gonna be a little bit more expensive than some of the other choices out there coming in at right around that $700 mark. I do think you're getting a lot of features. I do think you're getting a unique look. So, if you have the budget for it, I don't think that is a crazy price. I think it is gonna be a pretty fair deal for what you get here. So, as I said before, this is a nice easy one out of three wrenches for the installation. Let me show you how to do it.Man: Tools used for this installation, quarter-inch drive, 3/8-inch drive, a 3/8 universal, various extensions. I used a 3/8-inch drive, 6-millimeter Allen key socket, as well as a Phillips head socket. This is a 7-millimeter socket, 8-mil, 13-mil, 18-millimeter socket. This is a 6-millimeter Allen key, Phillips head, push pin removal tool, small flathead, side cutters, a 17-millimeter wrench, optional is an impact. All right, to first start off we're gonna be removing two push pins from the top, securing this trim. So I have a push pin removal tool. If you don't have one, just use a flathead screwdriver. We're not gonna be reusing these push pins. So if you break them, that's fine. The next step is to get the Jeep up in the air. There are eight pushpins underneath that you have to get to next, so let's do that now. All right, now the one underneath the Jeep, there are eight pushpins. They are the bigger type. They are a little bit more robust and they take a little more of a beating. So we're just gonna pry these out of here, and there are two 8-millimeter screws on the bottom here. We're gonna leave those so this doesn't fall down your face. All right, now we're gonna take out these two 8-millimeter screws. All right, guys, 8-millimeter screw on my impact. I have it at my lowest setting. I'm gonna support this with my other arm, and then we're gonna pull back on the skid plate and remove it.All right, before we remove the bumper, let's disconnect our fog lights here. All right, so our next step in removing our bumper is to remove our eight nuts holding our bumper on. There are four on the outside and then four on the inside, four on each frame rail itself, so eight in total.I have an 18-millimeter socket on a universal swivel on my impact and I'm going to break free these nuts. Grab that nut and just put it off to the side. We are gonna be reusing them. Now we're gonna move on to the inside of the frame rail. And I'm going to remove all four on this side. I'm going to leave one on the other side so we can get the Jeep back down the ground and safely remove this bumper. All right, now we're on the inside of the driver side frame rail. We're gonna do the same thing and remove those two 18-millimeter nuts. All right, now I'm gonna get my last two nuts off. Again, I'm gonna leave one with just a couple threads left, so the bumper does not fall off. And now we're gonna get the Jeep back down on the ground and get this bumper off because there's a few things we gotta take out of there, like the fog lights, the fog light wiring harness, and the tow hooks because the tow hooks are actually gonna be utilized for our mounting points. All right, let's get this bumper off. Again, you're just gonna have that one nut on there. So let's take that off and put that on top of the tire. And then when taking this bumper off, you wanna make sure, again, that your fog lights are disconnected, your top trim keys and your bottom trim keys are off. So we're just gonna pull straight back on the bumper now and we're gonna take this to the bench because there are a lot of parts you gotta take out of here.All right, to start off, we're gonna be removing a couple of these trim pieces, this top one in particular and these two sides to expose our fog lights. And then we need to take off the support here in the middle to get access to our fog light harness. So let's pop off these push pins. Now let's go on to the side over here and get these pushpins out of the way. And as you'll see, when I pop off this cover, the fog light is right behind there. Let's take off this other cover now. Now we're gonna disconnect our fog lights, get our 7-millimeter socket here, and get these out of here. I'm gonna set these off in a nice, clean place so that they're not gonna get scratched up.All right, guys, now I have a 13-millimeter socket on my impact. We're gonna be taking off the eight 13-millimeter nuts holding this metal brace into our bumper. All right. Now we're gonna pull this out of here. All right, now we have to get our tow hooks out. And one thing we have to do is remove these little metal washers at the bottom. And what I found is, if you start a little bit like on that edge that I have, you can break them off and that's the best way to do it. You can also take a pair of side cutters, get underneath it, and try to trim that piece right here, and it should cut it and allow us to take this off. All right, well, let's get this last one off here. Again, I'm just gonna put my screwdriver in the bottom of it and try to break this metal tab right here. Just like that. Now we can pull out the backing of our bumper support here. This will allow us to remove our tow hooks, which we will be reusing on our new bumper. Then after that, we gotta get our 7-millimeter back on our impact and take off this plastic housing because underneath that is where our wiring harness is at.So let's do that now. All right, we're gonna start with the top here and then work our way to the bottom. Now we're gonna go from underneath. All right, guys, cool. With all those 7-millimeter bolts out of the way, I'm gonna tuck my wiring harness back through that opening. We're gonna do that on both sides because we're gonna pull this plastic backing off to expose the rest of our harness. All right, so with our wires tucked in there, we are going to take the plastic and flip it over to expose our wiring harness right on the top there.All right, guys, now we're gonna use our push pin removal tool and remove these Christmas tree clips that are holding our wiring harness in. Let's gently pry up. All right. Now, we're gonna take this wiring harness, put it to the side, and bring our new back bumper onto the table. We can put this off to the side as well. All right, so now that we have our new bumper on the table, our fog lights, our wiring harness, and our tow hooks, we're gonna start by putting our fog lights in the housings themselves. Now Rugged Ridge does include new hardware for this so we can thread these plastic little studs here. So I have all my impact set at the very low speed, a Phillips head impact socket to get this mounted up. All right, just got the other side in. Now if you don't have a Sahara or a Rubicon with the updated lighting that we have, you will need to buy or modify the mounting points if you have a Sport or just a regular Wrangler with fog lights. All right, we can also throw our wiring harness in there and just loosely wire this up.Now, this is a winch bumper. We're not installing the winch on it but you do have the option to do that. And the driver side just gets that one. Now we'll clean up this wiring, make it a little bit neater, and tighten everything back up, probably use a tape and tape it along there, and use a zip tie to bunch up the extra wire there. All right, now let's prep the Jeep to get our mounting brackets on there as well as our tow hooks, and then we can get this bumper on there. All right, now I'm gonna have to get the front of our Jeep ready to accept our new Rugged Ridge bumper. Now, there are a couple of brackets we got to put on there first in this orientation here. So this is, like, a little, I guess, you'd call a little bumper stop. This actually butts up against that spring you may have saw inside of that bumper. So it's gonna look like that.The best way I can describe it is these mounting points on the top are angled inward. So we're gonna put that there, we're gonna bring our tow hook in to help keep what we got here, like this. We're going to put it on, start our nuts on the inside and outside. The instructions that are included with the product say to install this loosely. So we're not gonna install it all the way on, just two about there. So we're gonna do this on both sides, and then we'll be able to bring our bumper on to these hooks and these mounting points. Again, I'm just making these a little tight. Not our final tight, though. I just don't want them to move too much. All right, guys, with our brackets in place, now we can bring in our bumper. So we're gonna go slide right over top of our tow hooks, get those in. And then our key here is we need to get the bracket gets on the bottom, it looks like that one already is, and you get the bracket right here on the bottom to go underneath, just like that.Now we need to get some of our supplied hardware, start bolting down the tops, and then go down to the bottom, bolt down the bottom. All right, so what I'm doing now is just making sure my bumper is lined up. And these aren't threaded so you don't have to worry about putting a wrench on the backside. It's really nice. All I have to do is just start that bolt. Make sure your bumper is nice and centered. I'm gonna start one on this side and then go ahead and go on the other side, and get another one started. Make sure that one is threaded on there. Nice. And let's get the rest of the bolts in.All right, guys, now this bumper comes with two different looks, this kind of stubby look or you can bring in the wings here and give yourself a full-width bumper. We are going to do the full-width option here. Now we're gonna tighten down the top and go underneath and tighten the bottom down. All right, guys, now we're gonna put some bolts in the bottom of the bumper. We're gonna start over on the wings. All right, now we're gonna go on the inside here. All right, now let's get the bracket into the lower bumper. All right, guys, I'm gonna be using a small screwdriver to help me position these threads where I need them to go. I'm going to tighten that up there. All right, now we're gonna tighten down those factory nuts that support the bumper. We're gonna be doing this for all eight nuts. All right, now we're gonna reconnect our factory fog lights, get the vehicle back down on the ground, and we'll show you what it looks like. All right, guys, that's gonna wrap up my install of this Rugged Ridge Spartacus Front Bumper. And for all things Jeep, keep it here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Spartacus Satin Black Front Bumper
      • Enhanced Front Fascia with Sculpted Style
      • Tough, Rust-Resistant Manufacture
      • Covered by Five-Year Limited Warranty
      • Expert-Level Installation
      • Requires Fog Light Relocation on Sport Model
      • Sold Individually
      • Satin Black Finish
      • Fits All 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL Models


      Enhanced Front Fascia with Sculpted Style. Aesthetically enhance the front end of your 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL with the Rugged Ridge Spartacus Front Bumper - Satin Black. With multiple molds and flowing lines that give it a chiseled feel, this bumper will attract the attention of just about anyone when you are on the road or on the trail.

      Tough, Rust-Resistant Manufacture. With its steel manufacture, this bumper will be extremely hard—if not downright impossible—to bend or break with impact. And thanks to a satin black finish, you don’t have to worry about it rusting.

      Covered by 5-Year Limited Warranty. For a period of 5 years from the date of purchase, Rugged Ridge will warrant that this bumper will not have defects in material and workmanship under normal and reasonable use.

      Expert-Level Installation. Installing this bumper requires an expert level of technical skill. Expect to spend a little over 3 hours to do so.

      Application. The satin black Rugged Ridge Spartacus Front Bumper fits all 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL models. Shipped with a satin black finish, it is sold individually.

      Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods. What is freight shipping? Your Answers are Right Here!.

      Fitment: 2018 2019 2020

      MPN# 11544.21

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (2)

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      Ratings Summary

      3.0 out of 5 overall rating from 2 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      • March 12, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - AnthonyV Installation Time: Afternoon

        Love it

        Couldn't be happier. Install was fairly easy, only took a few hours. My only complaint is I had a little bit of an issue getting the bottom two driver side bolts to line up. I had to get someone to help so I didn't cross thread the bolt.

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      • January 01, 2019

        1 2018 Rubicon - RL

        High cost and flimsy

        Not impressed with this bumper at all. Especially the price tag. The bumper seemed flimsy and cheap and having to use the factory plastic pieces that hold the fog lights is not ideal for a bumper that is $699. I didn’t even install it after opening and the box was less than in tact when received(probably due to XMas holiday delivery). Unboxed it and it never even made it on the Jeep. Once I received my DV8 rear bumper and installed, I shipped this back on a return. Would not recommend.

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      Questions & Answers (6 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Is this product available with a winch plate?

      • No, this bumper is not available with a winch plate.

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      Can you use the existing fog lights of a 2018 JLU? Also does the installation of this bumper require you to remove the JLU tow hooks?

      • Yes, the Rugged Ridge Spartacus Front Bumper is accepting of the factory fog lights and also retains the factory tow hooks.

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      Hello was wondering if I could add a skid plate to this setup and which one would work thanks.

      • We do not offer a skid plate that is compatible with this bumper.

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      To clarify, what material is this bumper made of? Thank you.

      • This is made from stamped steel.

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      Can I transfer the LED Sahara Fog Lights right over? Do I need extended wire?

      • The Sahara fog lights will work and will not need extended wires.

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      Do the ends come off to turn it to stubby? Also is there a light bar available for it? 1 answer

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