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Jeep Wrangler JK Barricade Trail Force HD Front Bumper Review & Install


Hey, guys. It’s Sara from extremeterrain.com. And today, we have a review and install the
Barricade HD Trail Force Front Bumper, fitting your ’07 through ’18 Jeep Wrangler JKs. This bumper features 5/32 steel plate construction
with a textured black powder coat finish, so it’s sure to add some protection to the
front of your Jeep, while giving it that aggressive aftermarket look that you’re going for. This bumper features a built-in winch plate
that can handle a winch rated up to 12,000 pounds, as well as these reinforced D-ring
mounts and D-rings that are rated up to 9,500 pounds. This bumper also includes fog light mounts
that allow you to transfer your fog lights over from your factory bumper. One side note here is that this will not work
with special edition fog mounts. Coming in at around $280, this is one of the
most budget-friendly options you can choose as far as JK front bumpers. Now the only downside to this is that you
don’t get quite as much adjustability as you get with some of the more expensive bumpers. What I mean by that is that there’s only one
slot here for mounting your winch where others will have more than one, and there’s only
one set of tabs for mounting lighting here where some of the more expensive options have
more than one. But if you’re okay with those features, it
is still a great bargain and you still get all the same features as the more expensive
bumpers. I’m giving this install a one out of three
wrenches on the difficulty meter. It features a direct bolt-up installation. However, you may need to do some small wiring
in order to extend your fog light wiring harnesses so that your lights can go to the outside
of your bumper. But this can all be done in about an hour
with the help of a friend. For this install, we used a shallow and deep
18-millimeter socket, a Phillips head socket, a 7-millimeter wrench, a Phillips head screwdriver,
a 3/8 drive ratchet, and some optional but helpful tools include an electric ratchet
and an impact gun. All right, so the first step in our uninstall
is to remove your factory splash guard and top cover if you still have them. You can do this by removing the factory pop
clips. Now since our Jeep does not have these installed,
we can go into the second step, which is to disconnect the factory fog lights. Pressing on the tab on your factory connector,
remove it from your fog light. Remove your other connector from your fog
light. Disconnect your fog lights by removing the
factory connector. So the next step is to remove the eight 18-millimeter
nuts that hold your bumper to your Jeep, there will be four on each side. With your 18-millimeter sockets, remove these
nuts. With all eight nuts removed, we can now pull
the bumper off of our Jeep. So now that our factory bumper is off of our
Jeep, I did want to point out something here. Our new Barricade bumper relocates your fog
lights from the inside of the frame rail to the outside. So in this situation, you may need to extend
your wiring harness a little bit in order to get the connector that far out. But ours was already done on our Jeep, so
we’re gonna roll into the next step. So to remove our fog lights from our factory
bumper, we’re gonna remove the four screws at the back of each fog light. You can do this with a Phillips head socket,
or if you don’t have one a Phillips head screwdriver will work. Let’s get these out. Now that we have our factory bumper uninstalled
from our Jeep, we can put it side by side with our Barricade bumper and really check
out some of the differences. Our Barricade bumper features a steel plate
construction, which is gonna offer much more protection than the plastic of your factory
bumper. You do still get to retain the two factory
tow points in the front courtesy of the D-rings that they have included. Our Barricade bumper also includes a winch
mount as well as lighting mounts, so you can add those features down the road, all while
retaining your factory fog lights which are moved to the outside to accommodate that winch. And speaking of our factory fog lights, let’s
see how we install them now. Now we can go ahead and install our fog lights. Line them up with the brackets already installed
on your bumper, using the smaller hardware, a Phillips head bolt on one side, and the
7-millimeter nut on the other side. Using your 7-millimeter wrench, thread in
the bolt. And then using a Phillips head screwdriver
or our Philip socket, tighten this down. Repeat that process on the other side. Now we can get our bumper mounted to our Jeep
and you may want to grab a friend for this step. Slide the hardware over the studs, make sure
you’re using a washer and a lock washer, and then thread your nut. Repeat that step on the other side. Thread in the one bolt into this top hole
here. Grab your 18-millimeter socket and tighten
it down. Thread your washer and lock washer over the
stud on the bottom. Thread on your nut and tighten it down. Repeat that step on the other side. Reconnect your fog lights. Okay, so that is gonna do it for the review
and install of our Barricade Bumper. Remember for all things Jeep, keep it at extremeterrain.com.

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