Jeep Wrangler JL DV8 Off-Road Slim Fender Flares w/ LED Turn Signals Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler JL DV8 Off-Road Slim Fender Flares w/ LED Turn Signals Review & Install


Hey guys, it’s Sarah from extremeterrain.com And today we have a review an install of the dv8 off-road slim fender flares with LED turn signals fitting near 2018 up Jeep Wrangler JLS These fender flares are made of lightweight steel and feature a wrinkle black powder coat finish This kit includes four flares with LED turn signals weather stripping and all necessary hardware These flares will give your Jeep more maneuverability as well as durability when you’re off-roading not to mention They’ll allow for a larger wheel and tire package and frankly. They look great on your Jeep coming in at around $600 these fender flares are a middle-of-the-road option as far as flares go for your Jeep They may be one of the most low-profile options on the market however And they include bracketry for additional LED lighting turn signals and hardware are included as well possibly the only drawback to this kit is that the factory wheel well liners will not work with our fender flares and as you can See this leaves quite a few components open to the elements and with a jeep as new as these JLS you do want to have those protected I would recommend considering an aftermarket metal wheel well liner that’s gonna protect all the elements that we are exposing with taking away our factory wheel well liners I’m gonna give this install a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter It can be done in approximately two hours, but it will require a bit of tedious work There is 40 rib nuts that you’ll have to put on this Jeep in order to install these fender flares as well as permanent modifications to your wiring harness However, if you’re up to the job the install is not too difficult for this install, you will need a 13 millimeter wrench ten millimeter socket five millimeter allen socket four millimeter allen socket 3/8 drive ratchet quarter inch drive ratchet a four millimeter allen key a pop clip removal tool and some optional but extremely helpful tools include a razor knife a roof nut tool butt connectors electoral tape wire cutter and crimper wire stripper and a heat gun Alright, so the first step in our Unseld is to remove all of the pop clips and bolts that physically hold the fender liner to The truck you’re not gonna need to remove the fender liner from the fender because we can’t use it on our new ones So we just want to take it off in one piece So there should be only a few pop clips that physically hold this fender liner to the truck one of the most important ones being the one directly behind the motor mount we can go ahead and take our trim removal tool and Get behind it and pop it out Next we’re going to remove the five 10 millimeter bolts that hold the fender liner to the truck Next step is to remove the two bolts at the very top of the fender that hold the fender to the truck There’s a bracket under each one. So we’re going to take those two 10 millimeter bolts out now Moving on to our second bolt holding the fender to the truck This bracket is a little bit farther back also in the very top of the fender Something to note is that this is now held on with only pop clips and you will likely break most if not all of them Taking it off. If you ever plan to put this fender back on to your Jeep You will likely need to buy more pop clips because even if you’re careful They are extremely difficult to remove That being said we’re gonna grab our fender and pull straight out and that will get it off of our Jeep Now that you have all of your pop Clips removed and the fender off the truck slightly you do want to disconnect the wiring harness That works to turn signal. It’s right behind here, or you can go up and under the fender liner Just remembering it’s there and careful with it should be good first step in removing. This is pulling back on the red tab and Then you pinch and remove this Again, you can get to it underneath the fender liner. But if you’re not removing that separately it might be a little bit difficult Any of these plastic clips that didn’t come off with our fender We want to remove you don’t technically have to to get your fender on there, but they might get in the way slightly So we’re gonna take them off. We’re gonna grab a plastic trim removal tool so we don’t damage our paint Okay, so we grabbed our front fender and we’re gonna put our light and our weatherstripping in it So first step is going to be to grab this fender and flip it over Now we have our inside edge exposed and this is where the weather stripping is gonna go right along this inside line It’s meant to go against your truck so that this sharp edge doesn’t ruin your paint So grabbing the weather stripping that matches up with our front fender You’re gonna take the double-sided adhesive off a little bit I Recommend going a little at a time and we’re gonna match it up with the bolt holes and the curve of the fender There are notches along here to help with it curving and Each cutout should match up with a bolt hole if you’re not sure if you’re putting it in the correct spot we’re appealing the double sided adhesive as we go and Matching it up with our bolt holes Some of the adhesive is going to be over the holes that we want to use to put this on our truck So you might want to go back over it with a razor knife or a set of scissors later Okay, now that that’s attached we can check out exactly how much overhang there is on here And we do want to trim that because you will see it when it’s mounted on your Jeep So we’re just gonna trim back our weather stripping a little bit So this is personal preference you can take off as much as you want or not at all But I just like to trim this edge just so it cleans it up a little bit The final step in prepping our fender is to install our turn signal bulb Grabbing that we want to run the wire harness through the hole And we’re also running it through the brackets just so that the path of the wiring is a little neater And don’t forget to put the nut through the wire on the back And we’re going to try to tighten this down It isn’t kind of a difficult spot to get to because there is that lip there So just do your best to tighten it down. You’re probably not gonna be able to get a wrench on there Now that we have that secured we’re gonna run our wiring harness through the brackets You don’t have to run it through here But I think it makes it look a little neater and it tucks it up out of the way of your tire All right, our offender is prepped and now we can go ahead and get it on our truck so because these brackets are here, we’re gonna put our fender on top of that just So we can line up the holes so we know which ones to rip nut So we’re gonna start with these couple holes right here And a dv8 does recommend starting with the rear and working your way forward anyway so we’ve grabbed our rib nut and we have a rib nut tool if you don’t have one of these I recommend Borrowing one you can get it from a tool lending place They do include hardware with this kit if you absolutely don’t have one to use but it’s gonna take quite a bit longer So I this is a lifesaver But we’re gonna grab our rib nut and thread it on the end of our rib nut tool position it in the hole that’s already on our Jeep mine take a little finagling just because it is pretty similar to the size of a rib knot Once it’s flat against the truck B squeeze and then loosen up our tool We’re gonna go ahead and repeat that process for the rest of the holes on the fender Now it’s important to remember not every single hole in a spender is going to get a rib nut So you might need to position your fender on the truck Just to measure exactly which ones you need to put a rib nut in Moving on to our next set of holes The areas where the fenders are most pliable are gonna be the most difficult as long as you’re using even force you should be fine With all of our rib nuts in we can place our fender back on our truck With our fender lined up we can start to put our hardware in we want to start at the back because dv8 Recommends starting here and just putting our Hardware in loosely because we will need to finagle it a little bit And we will go back and tighten them all down later Now that we have all of our hardware installed we can go ahead and tighten them down You’re gonna want to go front to back respectively until they’re completely tight For the more hard-to-reach places where you can’t use your four millimeter allen socket you can just use a regular four millimeter allen key You want these tight but don’t over-tighten because they could warp the actual body of the Jeep. So just tight enough But don’t definitely don’t kill them Moving on to the back of our fender we can tighten these bolts down Again we want them snug but not over tightened for the ones we can’t reach we can grab our four millimeter allen key Next up we’re going to tighten down our last three bolts Now that our fender is completely attached to our Jeep we can go ahead and wire in our turn signal We’re gonna grab the connector that we disconnected during the uninstall and we’re gonna pull this off You want to pull back? This to expose as much of these wires as possible so that we can have enough room to tap into them All right, so we peel back This wiring harness to expose as much of these loose wires as possible So we have enough room to cut them either driver or passenger side. It’s going to be the second wire from the end That’s gonna be your turn signal the other side I believe is a different color But the driver side is green and white if you’re not sure you can use a test light if it blinks it is a turn signal So with our harness peeled back as much as we can And The truck off we can cut this wire And use our stripping tool to peel a little bit of it back Now it is worth mentioning that this kit comes with alligator clips however The gauge wire that dv8 includes on their turn signal is just too small for the alligator clip to grab onto So you will install these alligator clips and likely it won’t grab enough to get a power and ground for the turn signal to work So what we’re gonna do is a little bit more of a permanent modification If you’re not comfortable with that, there’s lots of different ways to wire this but this is one of the more permanent ways The most permanent is to solder but We’re going to use these connectors and then heat shrink them which should be sufficient So with that piece of wire peeled back and stripped you want to put it all the way into our connector We’ll grab our crimping tool Ensure that it’s All the way in there and in tight next up we’re going to do the same thing to this part of the harness All right so we’ve peeled back our harness a little bit for for our turn signal and as you can see this gauge wiring is Incredibly small so you see what I mean about the alligator clip We want to expose a little bit of our wire here Twist it nicely and we have part of our turn signal power wire exposed So we’re just going to try to route it as nicely as possible And we can also zip tie that up later so I wouldn’t worry too much about it and just twist it in with our Turn signal power wire once we have those join together And Insert it into our butt connector Grab our crimping tool I’m sure that’s crimped nice and tight. So it doesn’t come out we can just double check our wiring Maybe we did a pretty good job and we are going to heat shrink this here just to be clear You don’t have to put your power wire in on this side. You can do it on that side There’s lots of different ways to accomplish this. I just find its easiest to tuck it up in that configuration next up we want to use our ground wire and I’m going to tap into this one on the outside here and We’re going to hook it up to the ground on our turn signal Grabbing our stripping tool we’re going to strip back a little bit of this ground wire similar to our power wire Okay, twisting our ground wire So that we get a nice connection to our butt connector our crimping tool here Double-checking that we have a good connection now, we’re grabbing the ground wire for our turn signal and the ground wire at the other side of the ground wire for our connector and We’re gonna join these together. This is possibly the most important part So we want to make sure we have a really really good connection here. So now that they’re twisted nice and tight insert them as far as you can into the butt connector Might need a couple tries just to insure that both pieces of wire are going into the butt connector We want to make sure we do this right because this is really only a one shot type of wiring if there was a little more connector visible I’d say you have some trial and error but You really don’t want to cut back more of this harness than you need to Okay double checking that we have a good connection and do Now we can grab a heat gun, and we can heat shrink these together All right. We’re going to heat shrink these and ensure that we have a nice weather Tight seal so that we don’t have any issues with our turn signal now It can be noted that you can remove this clip entirely and it might make your wiring job a little easier However, I did want to leave it in here just in case the truck ever needs to be a return to stock I Don’t want to get rid of a connector if I don’t need you And if you’re going to do this method you want to make sure the connectors you choose our heat shrinkable If they do make some that are not Now our final step with this is That you might want to put some electrical tape on here and just tuck this harness up a little more Neatly and then you can use the factory location That this clip went to sort of finish Tucking this up The last two bolts that are gonna install our front fender go into these two brackets that hold our fender up They are the larger one the five millimeter allen head bolts so we’re gonna put them into the oval opening get a washer on each side and Then the lock nuts that are included in your hardware goes on top Using our 13 millimeter wrench on a five millimeter allen socket we can tighten these down We’re gonna repeat that process with our second large bolt into our second bracket We want to make sure that we have a washer on each side Because that’s gonna make sure that they was able to tighten down because the openings are too large to go without Grabbing our 13 millimeter wrench and five millimeter allen socket we can tighten these down All right, now we are finished the front fender we can go ahead and move on to the rear similar to the front We’re gonna remove all the pop clips that are physically attaching the fender liner to the Jeep We do not need to take the pop clips that attach the fender liner to the fender because they will come off together So there are a few more pop clips that attach the liner to the Jeep there behind the wheel We can try to get these off going with our tool behind the liner because it might be a little easier but either way You want to remove these and they might break coming out? There’s no good way for me to pry this that you guys can still see it Now that all of our pop clips are removed from our inner liner We can grab our fender and pull it straight away from our Jeep This is going to be the same process that we did on the front fender We want to make sure to remove any of these white clips that did not come off with our fender as it will get in the way of our new fender Now that we have our fender off the truck we can prep our new fender should go on So the first step in that is to grab the corresponding weather stripping and attach it to the back side of our fender You want to ensure that you have the piece that lines up with the bolt holes on the back of the fender Once we do we can go ahead and peel off the double-sided tape and be in the second peeling this back as we go and lining up our weather stripping each one of these openings is going to correspond to a bolt hole and You might have to remove some of the adhesive if it sticks over the bowl With our weather stripping fully installed we can go ahead and trim these edges This all comes down to personal preference However, you feel like you want it to look on your Jeep is how much you can take off And you will also likely need to take some off the other side So we’re just gonna cut along the line of our fender and then make a straight cut as straight as we can Now that we have our fender prepped and ready to go on our jeep We just want to line it up to the holes to know which ones we want to put a rib nut into We’re gonna start with the three at the back of the fender Using the same rib nut tool and method we used on the front fender. We can attach the rib nuts to the corresponding holes To mount our rear fender This is going to go a little bit easier because the rear part of your Jeep is more rigid than the front so it’s easier to press the rivet the rib nut in and Clamp it on Moving on To this hole where you just check to make sure it correspond with our offender and we can Put our rib nut in Next up is this far hole Again if you’re not sure which ones to put a rivet in just put your fender up to the Jeep and double-check the ones that are drilled in the fender Moving on to our final four rib nuts Alright now for our final rib nut, we’re going to go for this hole closest to the inside of the wheel With all our roof nuts in we can now mount our fender Because this one doesn’t have the nice brackets to rest on I’m gonna start with the top bolts You can basically line up wherever you feel most comfortable as long as you’re only putting the bolts in It’s a little bit just enough to hold the fender on and then we will tighten them down later on May require a little bit of finesse Because we have the weatherstripping now It’ll be a little harder to get to all of our bolts But if you need to just mush it around until we can get some of our bolts to thread This one might be a little more difficult this vendor in general just because you don’t have those nice brackets to rest on but you just take your time and Line it line it up one bolt hole at a time You should be able to get all these in With all of our bolts in we can start tightening them down. We’re going to start with the back and then skip to the front Remember we don’t want to over-tighten these just snug enough is fine And where you can’t get your five millimeter socket allen socket you can grab an allen key Alright so that is gonna do it for the review and install of our deviate fender flairs remember for all things jeep Keep it at extremeterrain.com You

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