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Hey, guys. Today, I'm here with the Westin WJ2 Full-Width Front Bumper in textured Black, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So, if you're in the market for a high-quality front bumper, that's also gonna bring a lot of function and form to the table, then this option by Westin is gonna be a really good one to take a look at. So, this is going to offer a number of different benefits, including full front-end protection with uncompromised approach angles because of these angled up ends, as well as a number of different benefits on the front of this front bumper. So, in a sticky situation on the trail, you have two options for recovery, including a tow hook, as well as a D-ring mount. You have a recess winch plate, which is gonna offer a little bit of protection and a ton of light mounting points, as well as jacking points on the front of this bumper. Now, this is gonna be perfect for somebody who not only needs the insurance for the trail, but is also looking to build off of a front bumper and really make it their own. So, obviously, you can add a winch on this, but you're also getting a light bar mounting option up at the top, rock lights on either side or rock light mounting option, should I say, considering that this doesn't come with those, but it also is gonna give you the option to either swap over your factory fog lights or add an aftermarket light in their place. So, this is for somebody who really wants to take charge with a front bumper, while also having that functionality in place. So, not only is this gonna bring a lot of function to the table, but it also is gonna bring a lot of style. So, I personally really like the black powder coat finish on this. It's got a very sleek look to the powder coat. And this is also gonna have a lot of detail in the design, including the quality in the welds, as well as Westin stamped on either side of the bull bar, giving it some more style and a very aggressive look to the front end of your Wrangler.Now, with all of that being said, this is gonna be a little bit pricier than the more simplistic options, coming in at roughly $800. But I think that that's a pretty fair price for what this thing brings in the table. So, in comparison to some other choices that you may be seeing on the page, it's really gonna comedown to personal preference in design, as well as the features that you're looking for out of a front bumper. Now, my personal opinion, this is perfect for the Wrangler owner who's looking for all of the bells and whistles, and wants to invest in a high-quality front bumper that's gonna last them a very long time. So, less expensive options will not come with all the features that you see on this front bumper, making those a little bit more simplistic in comparison to this. So, I personally think if you're looking to invest in a high-quality front bumper, that's going to give you a lot of form and a lot of function out on the trail, then this is gonna be a perfect option to take a look at.So, install is gonna be a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, probably taking you about an hour to get the job done with a couple of basic hand tools. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now. Tools that I used for my install are an impact wrench, a trim removal tool, a flathead screwdriver, a 3-inch extension, an air ratchet, a 3/8-inch drive hand ratchet, quarter-inch drive hand ratchet, an 18 millimeter and 16-millimeter deep socket, a 16-millimeter shallow socket, an 8 and a 7-millimeter deep socket and the provided Allen key. So, our first step to removing our bumper is to remove the two pop clips that are holding the upper splash guard into the frame. I'm gonna use a flathead screwdriver, but you can also use a trim removal tool. So, the two pop clips that we have to remove are on the flat part of our splash guard on our frame. So, there's gonna be one on either side and I'm just going to pry on that clip, and just pry it right out of the frame. Same thing for the other side. Now, I usually like to remove the whole splash guard. However, you only really need to remove these top two to actually remove the bumper. All right, now we can head underneath to our lower splash guard.So, now that we're underneath the Jeep, what we're gonna do is remove our lower splash guard, starting with the front clips. Now, there's gonna be a couple of clips holding it at the front, I'm gonna use a trim removal tool because this is a little bit easier than the flathead that we used for the upper splash guard. We're just gonna pop these out of place. And they're gonna line the whole front of the splash guard. So, once you get the first one out, just move down the line. So, now that we have the front clips out, what we can do is move to the back of our splash shield. This is gonna be held in by two more bolts. So, you're gonna need an 8-millimeter socket and we can go ahead and remove those. Now, make sure that you have a hand on this splash guard, you don't want it to fall. And then we can do the same thing on the other side. Now when we take out the second bolt, the splash shield is gonna drop, so make sure you have a hand on it. You can put that aside and then we can fully remove our splash guard. Now, we're gonna have a skid plate here that we do have to remove to access our bumper bolts. So, I'm gonna take off the two bolts that are holding it on and slide it off, and I'm gonna be using a 16-millimeter socket. Once those bolts are out, all we can do is slide up, then we can remove this.So, our next step is to remove the hardware that's holding on to our bumper studs, that's holding onto our frame. So, I'm gonna use an 18-millimeter socket, as well as my air ratchet in order to take those off. Now you're gonna have two studs on the inside of each frame horn and then on the outside. So, we're on the inside of the passenger side frame horn right now. So, after our hardware is off of these two studs, we can do the same thing for the other three sets of studs. After we have all of our hardware off of our studs, what we can do is disconnect our fog light main wiring harness. And this is going to be on the outside of the frame horn. And then we can go ahead and remove our bumper.So, now that we have the bumper off, we do have to break this down quite a bit in order to get our fog lights out to swap them over, as well as our fog light wiring harness. Now, you're gonna need a 7-millimeter socket, in order to take the front plastic bumper cover off of the back part, as well as a flathead screwdriver or a trim removal tool to remove the side panel pop clips, as well as this top piece that we started to remove before when we were taking off the bumper. So, we can go ahead and start with this, move on to our side panels, and then we can remove all the hardware that's holding on the front to back.So, now we're gonna start by removing our upper splash guard. Now, I am gonna use a trim removal tool. You can also use a flathead screwdriver. Just gonna pry up on these clips. And then, we can pry up on the bottom there and then move on down the line. So, they do have these little cutouts, sometimes it's a little bit easier to use a flathead than it is a trim removal tool. But if they are giving you a little bit of trouble, that's really when I move over to the trim removal tool. All right, now this can come off. We can set this aside and move on to our end caps. So, it's gonna be the same process with these end caps. And these are actually covering up our fog lights. Some are giving me a little bit of trouble, move to the trim removal tool, comes out like butter. And we have one on the back corner here. All right, once all those clips are out, we can put this to the side and move to the other side.So, now that we have access to the fog lights, what we can do is depress this clip, and pull back, and put that to the side. And then we can take out the four bolts or screws that are gonna be holding this in with a 7-millimeter socket. [inaudible 00:10:57] our fog light, put that to the side. So, what we're gonna do now is remove all the 7-millimeter screws that are holding in the cover onto the back of our bumper here. And that's gonna expose our wiring harness. So, I'm gonna take a 7-millimeter socket and just start removing the hardware all around the edges. So, after all that hardware is out, what we can do is fully remove this front part of our bumper and hook it over our tow hooks. So, what I'm gonna do is just slip it on the back here, pull this cover forward. And our tow looks, I'm going to push down on the top of the bumper cover and just pop it out of that tow hook. We do that on either side. Can fully remove the cover and that's gonna expose our wiring harness. So, what I'm gonna do now is take a trim removal tool and just pop out all of these clips that are holding this in. Now, once all of the ones on the front are removed, what we're gonna do is flip this again. And there's gonna be a couple more holding on the rest of our wiring harness. So, after those are completely off, what we can do is feed this down through the front. And now we have our wiring harness.So, before we go ahead and swap over our fog lights into our new bumper, I did wanna tell you guys a little bit more about this Westin front bumper and what benefits that you're gonna see out of this and all the functionality that you're gonna see out of this in comparison to your factory setup. So, right off the bat, you can tell that this is going to be a very similar length to your factory front bumper. However, this is going to have some angled up ends giving you uncompromised approach angles or better approach angles than your factory one would. And this is also gonna be a lot more durable than the factory one would. Now this is going to be made of a thick plated steel. And it's also gonna have a nice texture black powder coat finish on top, which is going to provide some protection to the steel underneath from any rust or corrosion. What it's also gonna do is give you a very off-road and aggressive feel to the front end of your JL. Now what I really like about this powder coat is that in comparison to some other more cost-effective options that have a wrinkle powdered coat, this is gonna be more of a matte black. And I think that gives it a very high-quality look, as well as a sleeker look, which is gonna be really nice for the people that are looking for a higher quality power coat to protect that steel and also give them a very high-quality look to the front end of their Wrangler.Now, this is gonna have a couple of similarities to the factory front bumper and one of those is gonna be these tow hooks on the front. Now, these are also gonna have a D-ring mount on the bottom, which is gonna give you a safer recovery point or a more efficient recovery point than the factory tow hooks. But you also have another option as far as recovery goes since you do have the integrated tow hook on the top. And that's something that you don't really see a lot with aftermarket front bumpers and I like that there is a dual recovery option in the front of this. Now, you do have the option to swap over your factory fog lights, so you are getting that additional lighting out of the front end of your Jeep. But you do have the option to also or instead of mounting up the factory fog lights, mount up an aftermarket fog light because this does have dual mounts on the back of there. Now, speaking of lighting, this is also gonna come with a couple of different lighting options. As you can tell, you have a full slot, a 21-inch slot in the front of the bullbar up top and that is going to allow you to mount up a 21-inch light bar. Now, I do really like that because you don't have a light bar mounted on the bottom or on the top with tabs like some other more cost-effective choices. And it's actually gonna integrate into the front bumper giving it a very clean look. Now you also are getting two mounting points on the outside of this bumper that are going to offer a mounting point or a rock light. And that's something that I also really liked because it's going to give you all angles of lighting on this front bumper and really make this very functional.Now the other thing that I really liked about this is that this has a drop-in or recessed winch plate. Now, that's gonna give your winch a little bit more protection when you have that mounted up, unlike some other options that will have a top mounted late on there. So, the other thing that's pretty cool about this front bumper is, as you can tell, there are a couple holes on the front of this front bumper and those are gonna be for jacking points. So, if you do get into a sticky situation on the trail, not only do you have your winch plate, your tow hooks, and your D-ring mounts, but you also have a jacking point on the front. So, enough about these two side by side, let's go ahead and mount up our fog lights.So, now we can go ahead and mount up our fog light. So, as you can tell, we have multiple mounting locations. So, this one on the bottom is going to be for an aftermarket light. Now, we have a couple on the side. Now we only have three mounting holes for our factory LEDs. And then you also are gonna have other mounting locations for a factory halogen light. So, what I'm gonna do is place this down on in. Now, it's not going to completely sit flush with the mounting locations. It's gonna sit back a little bit, which is gonna give it a little bit of protection. So, what I'm gonna do is send the bolt up from the bottom. We can put this here for right now, but we're gonna put our spacer on, then we can take our flat washer, nylon lock nut, and secure that down. We're gonna do the same for the other two mounting points. So, what we're gonna do is take our provided Allen key, put that on the bolt head. All right, so once you have the Allen key in place, what we can do is take a 7-millimeter socket and go ahead and tighten down our bolt. Now once you get it kind of snug, what we can do is kind of reposition this where we want it and then move on to our other two bolts. All right, so then we can do the same thing on the other side.So now, we can go ahead and mount up the front bumper. Now, you will have studs on either side so it is going to stay in place but I would recommend to have your hardware staged so we can make sure that it's secure once we put it up there. So, now that we have the bumper on, what I'm gonna do is secure down the studs. Now, I'm gonna add a flat washer, lock washer, and the provided nut. And then we can do that for each of the studs. So, once we have one side secure, we can do the same thing on the other side. So, on the outside of the frame horns, there is going to be threaded holes. So, we will have the same setup with the flat washer and the lock washer, just with the bolt instead of the nut. So, now we can move to the outside to secure that down. So after we have all of our hardware in, what we can do is tighten everything down. I'm gonna use a 16-millimeter deep socket for all the hardware. All right, now we can repeat that process for the other studs. So, I'm also using a 3-inch extension just to clear the bottom of the bumper here and give myself a little bit of room.So, last but not least, we have to plug in our wiring harness. So, I'm just going to plug in our main connector first, then we can plug in our closest connector to our fog light, then we can run our wire either over or under the frame horn. There is gonna be a little bit of a gap here, so I'm gonna run it under, just to make it a little bit cleaner. And once we run that through, so if you are permanently using this, you can take off all of these clips using a pair of snips or cutters. And then, we can move over to the other side and plug in our other fog light. So, after our fog lights are plugged in, then we're all set to go. So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos and products like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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|Bumper Type||Full Width|
|Bumper Winch Mount||Winch Mount|
|Bumper Fog Light Fitment||Factory|
Total Offroad Style and Function. Take your off-road adventures to uncharted waters with these WJ2 Textured Black Full Width Front Bumper. Featuring a winch mount that’s located inside the bumper, rather than on top for better airflow into your radiator, this front bumper upgrade’s angular design complements your Jeep’s classic lines in a way that no other aftermarket bumper could. Its all-steel construction, on the other hand, is capable of taking a lot of abuse, effectively protecting your Jeep’s front end.
Options for Auxiliary Lighting. These WJ2 Textured Black Full Width Front Bumper’s features a built-in LED Light Bar Mount that can use a single row 20-inch LED Light Nar making you ready for any nighttime off-road adventures. Round ports for use with bumper-mount lighting are also included. Both help to maintain a streamlined front end by eliminating the need to purchase extra lighting brackets.
Rigid Steel Build Quality. These WJ2 Textured Black Full Width Front Bumper is manufactured from high-grade steel that’s 0.187-inch thick for exceptional rigidity. Front-mounted, fully-welded two-in-one D-ring mounts and tow hooks serve as secure anchor points for winching or towing. Lastly, this front bumper is finished in a durable-textured, black powder coat, for excellent rust protection.
Simple, No-Mod Installation. These WJ2 Textured Black Full Width Front Bumper is designed as a bolt-on component, and mounts on factory locations on your Jeep. This bumper comes with all necessary hardware for convenience, and no modifications are necessary.
Comes with a 3-Year Limited Warranty. These WJ2 Textured Black Full Width Front Bumper comes with a 3-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects.
Application. These WJ2 Textured Black Full Width Front Bumper fits all 2018-2023 Jeep Wrangler JL models.
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