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Merideth: Hey, guys. So today we're checking out the Rough Country Heavy Duty LED Rear Bumper fitting all 2017 and newer F-250 Super Duties. Now this will be a great pick for you if you're looking for some heavy-duty protection to the rear end of the truck while also getting usable utility. Now the rear bumper will also add more of an off-road or utilitarian look if you're in search of some more aggressive appeal. Not to mention, if you're struggling with rear-end visibility, this rear bumper will help out in that department as well, whether that's for a work light or backing up at night.Now the bumper will feature a boxy construction with honeycomb plating on top for some sporty appeal to the build. This will also integrate two steps, one on either side to help you hop into the bed a lot easier than your factory rear bumper allows. On the face of the bumper, you're also gonna get two 2-inch flush-mounted LED cube lights, offering great lighting performance, which will just aid the back factory backup lighting that much more. This will also feature a factory-style cutouts for the hitch receiver, hitch plug, backup sensors, and the license plate lighting. So, it's gonna keep up to OE standards.This will be made of a heavy-duty steel construction, again, being durable and able to take a hit whenever need be. Now it's also gonna have a nice textured black powder coat finish on top preventing any rusting on the surface of the bumper and just adding more of an off-road feel than it already has. Now the lights will also be topped with an aluminum housing and a durable lens while offering a high lumen output and a 6,000K bright white color temperature. Now the lights will also feature a plug-and-play wiring harness with a switch, keeping it simple when it comes to the install. This will come in at roughly $750, putting this at an affordable price point for a rear bumper in the category.Now compared to other rear bumpers, this will come with a lot of features while still keeping the price reasonable, including the lighting, retaining the OEM features, and featuring those helpful steps on the side. Now I think if you find these features useful and you like the boxy oversized appearance of this rear bumper, then this is gonna be a great pick for you. Install will be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about two hours to get the job done with some basic hand tools. At this point, we can head over to the shop and check out a detailed breakdown of the install step by step. So that's gonna wrap it up for me. Let's go ahead and jump into it.Speaker 1: Tools used for this install, 3/8 electric impact gun, a push clip removal tool, 18-millimeter wrench, a 1/4-inch drive ratchet with a 10-millimeter socket, 21 and 18-millimeter sockets, a 3/8 to 1/2-inch adapter, some wiring, buck connectors, terminal connectors that you can get at your local hardware store, crimping pliers, and a plastic pry tool.Hey, guys, I'm gonna show you how to uninstall and install our Rough Country bumper here on our 2018 F-250. But first, I'm gonna go over a couple things with you. If you're buying this bumper and you're putting it on your vehicle, you might have to get, depending on the bed length and cab size, some extra wiring harnesses to do this job. Because of the bed length and the cab length, the wiring harness that they supply in the kit is not probably gonna be long enough. So double-check that before you start installing this so that you have the right stuff and the extra wiring harnesses that you need to put this bumper on.So the first thing we're gonna do on our uninstall is I'm gonna get down here on the ground, and we have two tag lights right here we're gonna disconnect. Now we're not gonna be able to get the camera in there because it's so tight of an area, but I'm gonna get down here, I'm gonna put my hand up in there. There's a little clip in there, you're gonna feel, you'll feel where the tag light is. You're gonna push on that clip, pull the connector off. So I'm gonna get under here, and you barely got enough room just to get your hand in there. And I'm just gonna pull that one off, and I'll come on this side, and I'm gonna come in from the back here. And it's a little tight, but you can get your hand on the clip, and we're gonna pull that one off.Next what we're gonna do is we're gonna get underneath here, disconnect our trailer hitch wiring harness from the plug. So now we're underneath the truck. We have a truck up in the air on a lift. Now if you're at home, you have your truck up in the air, make sure you use jack stands to support it. We're gonna get up inside here and it's gonna probably be hard to see, but your trailer plug harness is up in here. It's a little clip on it I'm gonna push, reach my hand up in there, and pop this off. I'm just gonna go up, it's clip, and remove it out of the way.Now once we get that harness off, all our electrical connections are done. Our bumper does not have the sensors in it. So if your bumper does, you're gonna have to remove those harnesses too to get this off. Next, we're gonna go on both sides of the bumper and there's two 21 millimeters we have to remove. So now we're gonna remove these two 21 millimeters here. I'm gonna back them off and leave one. Just have a couple threads on, that way the bumper does not fall off. If you're gonna take them both off, make sure you support the bumper. So I'm gonna take a 21-millimeter here on my impact gun. Like, again, I'm gonna leave one with just a couple threads on it. I'm gonna take that one off completely. Now you're gonna wanna repeat this same procedure on the opposite side. So now that we have our bumper ready to come off. This is the time you wanna grab an extra set of hands. I grabbed Alex here. We're gonna grab it. I already took the two nuts that I had just holding the bumper on. So we're just gonna grab it and give it a pull and take it off.So now we got our bumper off. We got our old bumper backup on the table. I do have some of our new stuff that we're gonna be putting on our new bumper once we get this apart. There are some things on this bumper we have to take off, the trailer plug here, the tag lights. We have this locking switch here that we're gonna take out with our key. We have a harness underneath here that I'm gonna have to pull out for the tag lights. But first, what we'll do is we'll get underneath here. I'm gonna flip this over, show you how to get the tag lights out, show you how to get the trailer plug out and get this out, and we'll get this all removed and then get our new bumper onto the table. So now we're gonna get inside here. You're gonna have your tag light bracket right here. There's three little clips, one, two, three. What you're gonna do is push down, and when you push down on a couple of them, you push tag light so it starts to go out, and then it pops out just like that. So now you're gonna wanna repeat that same procedure on the opposite side.So now we're gonna remove our trailer plug. Just gonna squeeze in on these clips. And it'll fall right out just like that. So now we're gonna remove our harness back here. These are for our tag lights. Now, there's a clip here, clip on this end, and these three clips here. This has been off of our truck a bunch of times. A lot of our clips are broke. So, I'm just going to show you, you're gonna have to try to get a screwdriver or a clip removal tool to get in there, pop everything off. Ours, it pretty much is just...like that one just came right off. And these clips are broke, as you can see. Now, if your clips aren't broke, as you can see, they're just push clips. You're just gonna get in there, pry behind them, pop them out, do the same for these. Ours are missing teeth and all kinds of stuff from being taken apart so many times. So what I'm gonna do is just pull this through, just like this. And the same on the other side, and fish this whole harness through this side. And get this out of the way. We'll be reusing this on our new bumper.So next, we're going to remove our spare tire lock here. I'm just going to put this down. You're gonna take your key from your vehicle and we will get this in there. Give it a turn. You'll be able to pull it right out like so. We'll be putting that in our new bumper. So next, we got our new bumper in place here. What we're going to do is we're going to put these plugs in place. Now, these are going to go into these holes out front here. I think there's one here, one here. Now, if your bumper is equipped with the sensors for the back, you're gonna be putting sensors in. Ours doesn't have that. So we're gonna use these plugs. And how these plugs are worked, you'll see once you get your bumper underneath, you'll see that these have little two tabs. The tabs are gonna slide right into place. So I'll start with this one down here. And we'll just take the tab, push it into place just like that. Same with this one here. Now you're gonna wanna repeat that same procedure on the opposite side.So next, we'll be installing our license plate inserts. They're just gonna push right in here, like that, like that. So next, we'll be installing our tag lights. They just clip into place and you'll just feel them pop in once you...just like that. Same with this one over here. Next, we'll be installing our trailer hitch plug. And all you're gonna do, again, just get it started and pop it into place. Now we'll be installing our spare tire lock. Just gonna take it, get it down in place like that. Use your key, give it a turn, pull it out, put the cap on, and that's installed. So now with our bumper, we have everything from our factory bumper in place. We're gonna install our lights in the back here. So what we're gonna do is just take the plug here, put it through, get our light in place here. There's some plastic film on the lens cover you can take off. In the kit, they're gonna supply us with these Allen head bolts. I'm just gonna install these. And then put these nuts here on the backside. We'll get these all started.This one, it's over here a little bit. And the last one down here. I'm gonna take the Allen wrench supplied in the kit and tighten these up. Same on this side. I was able to hold the nut from spinning. If you don't feel comfortable doing that, I think they're 10-millimeter. You can grab a 10-millimeter wrench. Hold the backside, but they got tight. Now you're gonna wanna just repeat the same procedure on the opposite side. So now we're gonna take and remove this bracket right here. There's four 21 millimeters right here. I'm gonna take my 3/8 gun with my 21-millimeter socket and remove them. I'm just gonna take the bracket off. Now you're gonna wanna repeat that whole procedure on the opposite side. So now that we have them both off, we're going to take our new brackets, they're labeled that says driver's side. We're gonna reuse our factory hardware, and we're just gonna stick this up in place here like that. We'll take our nuts that we took off to take this apart, get them on. Same up here. I'm gonna get the bracket and try to just get it straight.We put it in the middle of the slots because it is adjustable. And take my 3/8 gun and my 21-millimeter here and we're gonna tighten these up. Now you're gonna wanna just repeat that same procedure on the opposite side. Okay, so now that we got our brackets on, we're ready to install our bumper. Now's the time you're gonna need somebody. This is a heavy bumper. I got Alex here. He is gonna give me a hand. We're gonna get this bumper up in place. We're gonna start one bolt, then we'll get underneath it, and then I'll start the rest of the bolts and tighten them up.Now we'll get underneath and I'll finish putting the bolts in and we'll start tightening it up. So next, I'm gonna get under here. Now we have one bolt. I'm gonna slide our next bolt, flat washer, lock washer and nut. Get this one started. And once I get them started, I'm gonna make sure my bumper is where I want it. Looks pretty good. I'm gonna take an 18-millimeter wrench, an 18-millimeter on my 3/8 electric gun here and we're gonna tighten these up. And now you're gonna wanna repeat that same procedure on the opposite side.So now we're gonna get up inside here. I'm gonna grab this plug here. It's for our trailer hitch...for our plug, I'm sorry. And we're just gonna take this, pop it into place like that, and connect that. Next, we'll connect our tag lights. So now the harness we took out for our tag lights. What I'm gonna do, just fish this back into place here. And now, you're probably not gonna be able to see this because it's way up in here, and the trailer hitch is in its way. I'm gonna reach my other hand in here and hook up our tag lights and put our plugs in place here. That's one. Now you're gonna wanna just repeat that same procedure on the opposite side.So now that I have all our stock wiring hooked up here, we have our tag lights hooked up, we have our trailer plug hooked up. We're going to wire our fog lights that are in the bumper here in the back. What I'm gonna do is take the wiring harness that they gave us in the kit. Now they give you an extra harness here because of the length of the truck. I'm gonna plug these in. We're gonna run these along the frame. I'm gonna show you how I would do it. I'm not gonna spend the extra time to wire tie everything because this is gonna be coming off, but on your vehicle, you're gonna want to spend the extra time wiring and tying this up and making sure nothing touches, nothing rubs against anything hot, the exhaust, or any of the pinch points with the suspension. So I'm gonna plug these in here. Plug this one in here. I'm gonna tuck this up inside above the spare tire, and now I'm gonna fish it above the spare tire, and we'll start going down along the frame rail with this harness.So now I'm gonna keep fishing it up above the frame here. And again, you just wanna watch for anything that's gonna be hot or pinch points. And at this point, what I would do is I would definitely start wire tying it to...you have some brake lines up here, you have some ABS lines, some other stuff. I'd start wiring it up, tying it up. I'm gonna keep fishing it all the way up to as far as it'll go, and then we'll hook up the other harness, and finish it to the front of the vehicle. So now we're gonna plug our harness into our extension harness here, and what we're gonna do is I'm gonna just run this up and tie this up above into the frame. Now in the kit, they do give you some wire ties to use. You're gonna wanna use them, tie it up. We'll run this along the frame, the wiring harness, and we'll get it up, and then we gotta fish it inside the truck, and hook it up to the battery, and then finish running the switch back inside to the cab.So now we got our harness up to this section here. We're right where the Cadillac converters are. I'm gonna finish tucking it up along and following this wiring harness. Now there is a plug up here underneath your floor where you might be able to go in if you wanted to take your wire for your switch and run that through. I don't know if it's long enough, but I think they do give you plenty of length of wire. You could pop that plug out, pull your carpet up, and run that wire up in there. For demonstration purposes, I'm just gonna go through the door jam and show you how. But the rest of the wire, like I said, we're just gonna take it, tuck it up here by this harness, run it along our harness.And again, make sure you use plenty of wire ties to tie this up and get it nice and tight. Because we're gonna be removing this, I'm not gonna spend the time doing that, but I'm gonna get this up and then fish the main harness here through the engine compartment to the battery so we can hook it up. So now we fished our harness up into our wheel well here. I'm gonna just reach down in here and grab a hold of it. There we go. And I'm gonna pull it up in here, get the switch, put the switch over there and we'll get our harness here.So next, what we're gonna do is I'm gonna show you where I would mount this. We're gonna have to make some extensions on our wires here to run across to our battery. I'm gonna show you how to do all that and then we'll get this in place. So now we got our harness up in here. What I would do if I was mounting this permanently, I would end up taking my relay, mount it right here. That gives us enough wire here to run inside the cab. There's a couple different ways, we'll talk about that to fish this wire through the cab, but I would get a self-tapper. You can get that at your local hardware store. Drill a hole here, mount your relay here. Now in that case, this is all the wire they give us in this kit to adapt this to the battery, which would have to run all the way over there. So what I'm gonna do is take a pair of cutters and crimpers, that's these here. I'm gonna cut the ends off of this.I'm gonna cut the two ones that they put on here off. And then what I'm gonna do is strip these back. Now that I have them stripped, we're gonna give them a twist. We're gonna take two buck connectors. Now, these are not supplied in the kit. You can get these at your local auto parts store, a hardware store. I'm gonna take this, and we're gonna crimp this on this end here so we can add some wire to this to run all the way over to the other side. Next, what we're gonna do is I'm gonna take about another 6 feet, 7 feet of 14 gauge wire here. I'm gonna strip this back with our strippers. I always twist the wires, make sure they're twisted together like this. And then what we're gonna do is we're gonna take black to black, hook these up, use the crimpers. And that's gonna give us the length we need to run across the front of the truck and over to the battery.So now what I'm gonna do is remove our rad support cover here because I'm gonna run the wires underneath the front of the radiator support and over to our battery. So we have some push clips, we have some up here, some here, over here, a couple over here. I'm gonna start by removing our push clips. Just make sure that's loose there. Now we'll remove these here.I'm pretty sure I have them all out. We should be able to pop this up. Sorry, I got one locked here right here. Get that one off. And that should remove our rad support cover. So now what we're gonna do is run our wires right up along the top here. And what I would do, if this was gonna be a permanent fixture but it's not gonna be on this truck, is I would wire tie everything up very nice, run along this harness here, get everything in place here, push our wires over. And again, I would tie these all up real nice. Take your time. I'm just gonna lay them down in here for now. And now we'll go ahead and reinstall our rad support cover. So now we're going to reinstall our rad support cover. I'm just gonna take it, get it down in place here and get it underneath our...and this gets underneath there like that. This one's down there. I'm gonna take our push clips that we took off prior. So putting them in place.Now that we have all those in place, now we'll go over here and wire up our connectors at our battery. So now what we're doing, we're over here by our battery. We have our two pieces of extra wire that we extended over to here so we can get to our battery. What I'm gonna do is take this eye clamp here, and what we're gonna do is install this. Now, these terminals are not including in the kit. Again, you can get these at your local auto parts store. So we're gonna use our crimpers here and crimp our connections. Do that on the negative, and just give this a twist. Do it on the positive. So now what I'm gonna do is run these underneath here. So now I'm gonna take my 10-millimeter on my 1/4-inch ratchet. Loosen this one up here in the back. We're gonna hook our positive up to this. So we're gonna tighten this one up, put our cover back on, then we'll come over here to the negative. I'll loosen this one up. Take this off. Fish our negative wire back along here and tighten this one up.And again, make sure if you run these wires, you don't have them nowhere where they can be pinched. If you use wire ties, they only give you so many in the kits. So you're gonna have to go to the hardware store and get some more wire ties. But you could tie it up real nice to the battery cables. That's what I would do, and make it look real professional once you install it. So now that we have everything hooked up as far as our battery, again, you would have this all wired tied up. You'd have your relay here. We're gonna run this switch inside the vehicle. It's a couple different options you have. There is a couple rubber grommets down in here that you could actually cut a hole in, fish it through that way. In the bottom underneath the truck, I think I showed previously, there was a plug that's underneath there on the floor. You could run it through the floor.What I'm gonna do here, because we're not keeping this on our vehicle, I'm gonna run it up through the jam here and come into the door jam, and then come inside and mount it to the dash. So I'm just gonna fish it up inside here pretty much like this and get it up into this jam here and pull it down through. And I'll open the door and feed it inside here so I can pull it through. So now I got it pushed down inside. I'm gonna drop it through the jam here just like this. And it's behind the upper panel here. You can use a plastic trim tool to get it down in place. That's what I'm doing right now. So we're gonna come through the jam just like that. Now I'm gonna get inside here, drop it down and then mount it onto our dash.So now I have it pulled through here, and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna remove this piece right here. I'll take my plastic pry tool here and pop this off. And again, there's different ways to run this wire. There's a plug in the floor right down in here. You can pull up and run it under the carpet and come up. There's a plug inside the firewall there. You're able to cut, slice it and push it through. Because we're not making this a permanent thing, I'm actually just going to pull back a little bit on the rubber here, and run it behind the rubber, and fish this down and drop it down under the dash, pretty much like that, and push the grommet back up on like that. Reinstall our trim piece.So now that I have this out, I'm going to take the excess wire, stick it underneath the dash and get it out of the way. You also can wire-tie it up if you'd like. I'm just gonna make sure everything's tucked up in here. And then we're going to take our double-sided tape here, peel that off and mount our switch. So now that we have our switch mounted, just gonna show you. You have your red is off, green is on, back to red. Simple push button. And that'll wrap up this install. That wraps up this review and install of our Rough Country Heavy Duty LED Rear Bumper for '17 to '22 F-250 Super Duties. Thanks for watching. And for all things F-250, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Rough Country 10788
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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