Episode 9 - GENRIGHT Off Road Bumpers, Fenders, Tire Carrier and Rock Rails
It was finally time to do a major upgrade to the project build and we are starting out with a full on body upgrade by adding a front bumper, rear bumper, fender flares, tire carrier and rock rails all from GENRIGHT Off Road.
As with any significant upgrade, there was a lot of time that was put into researching the parts and components before purchasing. I did not want to piece together all of the components from different manufactures (front bumper from here, flares from there, etc) as to keep a uniform look and to ensure that the components connected well together when installed (example here being the fender flares and rock rails).
Once the decision was made to go with GENRIGHT hardware, it was then a decision to go with steel or aluminum (or a combination of) for the components. In this debate we had weighed in several factors:
It was a tuff call, however when taking into account that we wanted to keep the rig as light as possible for overland use, it was decided that aluminum would be the metal of choice for the upgrade. Additionally, GENRIGHT also offers steel rash guards that can be attached to the points that are more prone to contact while out on the trail. We added them onto the front and rear bumpers as well as the rock rails. This gave the rig some additional protection while out playing in the rocks. Decision: Aluminum
The following are the GENRIGHT Off Road items that were used for this install:
Additional information on all of the components installed in this video can be found on GENRIGHT's website
As you can see in the video, we broke out the tool cabinet for this install! There will be a good amount of tools needed for this install and having someone who has done Jeep similar upgrades is helpful, but not required. GENRIGHT provides you with installation instructions for all of their components, as well as the tools required for the successful install.
We were able to knock out all of the components in the install in 1 day with some great friends in the San Diego Jeep Club. While this can be done as a 1 man job, it will take considerably longer so make sure you plan accordingly. You WILL be cutting and drilling into the Jeep, make no mistake about it! We highly recommended getting together with a great bunch of Jeep people to complete the installation. Its always great to bounce suggestions and have another set of eyes while doing the install. Plus you'll have some stories to share next time ya'll are out on the trail!
If there are any questions, please feel free to post them up in our Forum
NOTE: The information contained on this site is for reference purposes only. No warranty, support or guarantee is assumed or implied by the San Diego Jeep Club. Think first! Always be smart and be safe when working on your rig!
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