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Hey, guys. I'm Eric with Extreme Terrain. In this video, we're gonna do a review and install of this RedRock 4x4 Grille Guard in Gloss Black fitting all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. This is really ideal for the Gladiator owner out there who's looking for a sturdy but lightweight front-end modification that's gonna provide them with some protection and off-road lighting options. Now what I personally like about the styling of this particular grille guard is that it does have an aggressive appearance. However, with the gloss black finish, it gives it a nice, clean, finished appearance that is not quite as rough and tumble as some of your off-road bumpers. So, if you're looking for maybe a slightly dressed up front-end appearance, I think this really fits the bill.Obviously, it's not all just good looks. It's very sturdy construction as well. You have steel construction throughout plus these thick rubber guards here on the front end that's really gonna protect this against any flying debris or rock damage if you're running down a dirt road behind another vehicle or even down the interstate and things tend to get kicked up and that's gonna protect this grille guard itself against any damage. The other thing that's nice is that these uprights are single pieces of cut steel and that all the tubular steel is welded directly to it and welded on both sides as well. That's really gonna add to the overall integrity of this grille guard. Like I said before, this unit is relatively lightweight and if that's something that you are looking for, this is something you should really be checking out. Now not everybody needs a full-blown off-road bumper. Those kinda come at the cost of a lot of added weight. They're much more sturdy and have a lot more steel to them and do provide a higher degree of front-end protection but if you're not necessarily gonna be hitting serious off-road trails and plan on getting stuck, you're not gonna need all that full-blown front-end bumper protection as well as a place to mount a winch. Not everybody needs all that. If you're just looking for some basic front-end protection plus you have two mounting points there and there for off-road lighting, if that's what you're looking for, I really think this is ideal compared to going a different route with, like, an off-road aftermarket bumper.Now that's not to say this grille guard is gonna come in a lot cheaper than some off-road bumpers. It really isn't. This is kind of, I would say, in the middle of the road to the upper end of the grille guard price spectrum. You are getting a very quality unit here from RedRock 4x4 and the fit and finish, I think, is really excellent compared to a lot of other products that I've seen. So, I think coming at right around $525, it is a pretty reasonable price considering what you're getting with this product.Now as far as the installation goes, guys, we're giving it a very easy two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. As you'll see here in a minute, it's nothing too challenging. Some basic tools are all you're gonna need. You should have no problem getting this job done in two hours or less. And what really kinda earns the two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter is if you wanna reuse your splashguard, you will have to do a little bit of cutting to accommodate the bracketry that's on the lower end of this grille guard. Now this isn't a permanent installation on our Gladiator so we're not gonna be cutting up our splashguard today. So really, if you're not gonna do that and you're gonna follow the installation as we're about to show you, it really is a little bit easier of an installation than the full-blown two out of three wrenches.But like I said, two hours start to finish. You should have no problem getting this done. So, let's go ahead and take a look at the tools we're gonna use and go ahead with that installation. All right, guys. Tools you're gonna see in this installation include an electric impact wrench, a flathead screwdriver, 8-millimeter, 13-millimeter, 16-millimeter and 18-millimeter sockets, a 5-millimeter Allen key and an 18-millimeter crescent wrench.All right, guys. Now to get into the installation of our new RedRock 4x4 Grille Guard, first couple of things we need to do, we need to take some stuff off our Jeep and it's gonna be the trim piece that's right here behind the bumper as well as the splashguard in the front as well as this skid plate behind it. So, let's go ahead and get started.All right, guys. Now to get this trim piece out of here, you should have two lock pins in these holes right here. This Jeep does not have those so we're not gonna have to pull those out but we do have six on the back side of the bumper here. Just go ahead and grab yourself a flat blade screwdriver. And these are the two-piece pins where you pull out the center piece and then once that's out, that's like a locking tab. Then you can pull the whole pin out like that. Just go ahead and repeat that. You should have six of them back here.If the center piece pops out like that, it's no big deal. You can put it back in just by popping it back into the clip there.With all those lock pins removed, you can just go ahead and pull this piece out. All right, guys. Now to get our splashguard off, we're gonna have a series of more of these lock pins. These look a little bit different than the ones we just pulled out but they basically function the same. There's two pieces. You're gonna wanna get your screwdriver in between the two there. You Just kinda pull down. And that kind of unlocks it. Then you get underneath the base of it and pull it out. Go ahead and repeat that. You should have about eight of these along this line here and then we're gonna have a couple of screws to remove.All right, guys. Now to get this screw out, you're gonna have two of these under here. They're both 8-millimeter sockets you'll need.And just go ahead and remove the one out on the other side as well. All right, guys. Now with all those clips and the two screws removed, you should be able to just pull this away. Next, we're gonna take off the skid plate. All right, guys. Now to get our skid plate off, you need a 16-mil socket. We've got a bolt on each side.With the two bolts undone, just pop it up. And it comes off. All right, guys. Now we're working on the inside of the driver's side frame here that supports the skid plate. You need to take a look. We're gonna be working with these holes right here. Now our Gladiator has these hexagonal shaped holes. Your Jeep might have threaded holes here and there are two different ways we can handle this. If you have the holes like we have here, they're just straight holes. There's no threading in there. You're gonna have to grab these combination nut and bolt plates. We got two, one for each side. Go ahead and put the nut side up and feed it in through the bottom so that the bolt comes out here. Then you have these plastic retaining clips you can thread on and that'll kinda hold the nut plate up in place so that it doesn't fall back in. Then what we're gonna do is go ahead and grab this shaped bracket. It should be stamped with the letter D for driver's side and it goes on like this. And then grab a flat washer and one of these nylon locking nuts to get that started here. We're not gonna tighten down anything at this point. We're just gonna get it started. Then go ahead and grab a matching bolt with a lock washer and a flat washer and get that threaded through the nut we just fed up in there. And you can kinda cinch that one down so it's a little snug but obviously, don't tighten at this point. We're gonna wanna have some play in here so we can adjust and get everything lined up before we tighten anything down here. Then go ahead and grab the bracket that's labeled P for passenger side and do this over on the other side.All right, guys. Now, next step is we're gonna remove this bolt here. You're gonna need a 16-millimeter socket for that. You're gonna take this factory bolt out and then go ahead and grab one of the L shaped brackets out of the kit, the one that's stamped D for driver's side. We're gonna line that up here and then reinstall the factory bolt in the same place.And then go ahead and repeat that on the passenger side. All right, guys. Now at this point, it may be helpful to have a second set of hands just to kinda help you lift it up and get it lined up in place. The grille guard's not all that heavy but getting the bolts lined up so it's supported, a little bit of a challenge for doing it by yourself. So, we're gonna lift it up into place and start some bolts up here on these brackets we just installed.All right, guys. Now we got those started finger-tight here, a bolt here and a bolt here. We're using the buttonhead bolts with flat washers and lock washers and just the straight nuts on each of those brackets. Now we're gonna move onto the next step. All right, now we have these three holes on these brackets where the grille guard meets up to these brackets attached to the frame. Go ahead and grab these large-gauge bolts along with a couple of flat washers, a lock washer and a nut. And we're gonna go ahead and just thread these through. And just get them started by hand for now.Then do the same thing on the driver's side. All right, guys. Now we're gonna tighten up these bolts here. You just kinda wanna check and see how it looks if it's nice and lined up and the lines are nice and even. Try and get it as close as you can. We've snugged up some of the other bolts so it has a little bit of resistance there and it's not just gonna sag as soon as you let go of it. So, to do this on the buttonhead bolts, you're gonna need a 5-millimeter Allen wrench and a 13-millimeter socket for the nut.All right, guys. Now we're gonna tighten up these bolts down below here. On both sides, the bolt and the nut side, you're gonna need an 18-millimeter tool so I'm gonna use a crescent wrench over on this side and my impact 18-millimeter socket on this side.Then repeat that over on the driver's side. All right, guys. And the last bit of hardware we're gonna tighten up on this install are these two, this nut and bolt. We've got a pair of that on each side and you're gonna need a 13-millimeter socket for both of these. Then repeat that on the passenger side.Okay, that wraps up this review and install of this RedRock 4x4 Grille Guard in Gloss Black fitting all 2020 and later Jeep Gladiators. For all things Gladiator, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Fitment: 2020 2021
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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