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:


  • Durability - Hands down in this scenario the steel components are more durable. The steel items would hold up much better under extreme abuse (i.e. boulders, trees or the occasional Prius) and would have a higher tolerance to dent, where the the impact force on aluminum would be much less to cause damage on it. Steel is strong and less likely to warp, deform or bend under weight, force or heat.  Advantage: Steel
  • Cost - In most cases the cost price on an aluminum component is higher than the cost price of the same component in steel. This is mostly due to the raw material cost then anything else (global supply, fuel costs, etc). In this scenario the costs differences were within a couple of hundred bucks more for aluminum then steel. Advantage: Steel
  • Weight - Have you ever had to install a steel component on your Jeep? Yep, you can tell the difference upon picking something up if it is made from steel or aluminum. Steel is typically 2.5 times denser than aluminum, which accounts for the added weight for the same component. however aluminum is considered to have a better weight/strength ratio. Advantage: Aluminum
  • Other - We talked about durability, cost and weight. What other factors came into play with the decision? We also need to think about the additional costs for maintenance. Aluminum’s greatest attribute is that it is corrosion resistant without any further treatment and aluminum will not rust. When using aluminum there is no paint or coating to wear or scratch off. What this means is that we can leave the aluminum components as they are (if desired) without the need to paint or powdercoat. Any steel components would need to be treated very soon after installation by painting or powdercoating the components, this would need to be done to avoid rusting and corrosion. We also needed to take in account how heavy the Jeep is going to be after the upgrade. With all of the components we are adding on the difference is easily a couple of hundred pounds. Advantage: Aluminum


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

Installation Notes:

     Products Used

The following are the GENRIGHT Off Road items that were used for this install:

  • Jeep JK Trail/Grill Guard Front Bumper + Rash Guard (Part #FBB-8240 and #FBB-8224)
  • Jeep JK Rear Bumper + Rash Guards (Part #RBB-8220, #RBB-8224 and #RBB-8225)
  • Jeep JK 4" Flare Front Tube Fenders (Part #TFF-8720)
  • Jeep JK 4" Flare Rear Tube Fenders (Part #TFF-8020)
  • Jeep JK 4-Door Rocker Guards + Rash Guards (Part #RCG-8104 and #RCG8204)
  • Jeep JK Swing out Rear Tire Carrier + Stop Lock (Part #RTC-3810 and #RTC3890)










Additional information on all of the components installed in this video can be found on GENRIGHT's website


     Tools/Items Used

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.

  • Hand rivet nut setter (nutsert tool) - Link
  • Painter's tape - This will be used to protect the areas while installing components
  • Air Ratchet - Not required but will help you with the installation considerably!
  • Angler grinder / Air grinder with cut off and grinding wheels
  • Reciprocating Saw with metal blades
  • Ratcheting wrench (3/8" or 1/2")
  • Various sockets (metric and standard)
  • Open head / Ratcheting wrench(s)
  • Allen wrench(s)/keys
  • Drill and drill bits...and bits and bits! (Make sure they are sharp!)
  • Torque wrench



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!

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