(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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So, of all the bull bars, brush guards, and bumpers we sell at americantrucks.com, the Barricade 3-inch Bull Bar in this black painted finish will be just about the most affordable and the easiest way to get some basic front end protection for your '07 to '18 Silverado. At around the $170 price point, again, this is just about the least expensive option and by a fair margin. Now, even though it is one of the most affordable, it is still pretty high quality. It's actually an entire welded one-piece unit, so there's no real assembly required. It also replaces your factory tow hook mounting points, so there's no major fabrication or modification needed to get this installed. If your truck did not come with factory tow hooks, you'll have to make some very basic trimming to the plastic inserts down here. But it's something that you can do with basic hand tools and the total install shouldn't take more than an hour or two so I'm going to give the install very easy one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. I'd say overall, this is actually a pretty good first mod if you just picked up your Silverado or if you haven't really done anything to it yet. So, if you like the price of this bull bar, you should stick around. I'm actually going to show you that install step by step. So without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. To install new bull bar, you'll need the following tools: a 17, 18, and 19-millimeter wrench, standard drive ratchets, standard metric sockets, long extensions, and a flathead screwdriver or a pry tool. Optional but helpful tools including a cordless impact, a swivel socket, and an air ratchet. So, before we install our ball bar, we have to put our factory bumper, and before we pull our factory bumper, we have to remove this plastic painted trim piece. There are some screws holding it inside the fender wells on either side of the truck, one screw on the side here, and one deeper on the inside that I can't show you yet, but I will show you in a second. To remove these screws, you're going to need a 7-millimeter socket, and if you're using a power tool like me, it's helpful to have a long extension so we can get up in there. So, now that we have those four screws removed, we can crawl underneath the truck and we can remove that plastic cover by pushing on the retaining clips inside here.It's pretty easy to do. You might want to have a flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry tool to make a lot easier on yourself. So, now that we have that plastic cover removed, we have to remove our grille. To access the hardware holding the grille in place, we have to pop off our radiator cover. This is held on with plastic push pins so you can use that same flathead screwdriver or that plastic pry tool that you used on the cover earlier. So, with radiator cover removed, we can now get to the hardware holding the grille in place. There are four screws on top and four on the bottom. All of them are 10-millimeter heads so you're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket. And for the ones on the bottom, some of them are recessed, so you'll also want to get an extension of some sort. Now that we have our grille removed, we can finally start removing our bumper. There are two support brackets inside of the truck that we have to pull off from the truck side. To remove those, you're gonna need a 13-millimeter socket. And if you're using a power tool like me, it's a tight fit, so you might want to have a swivel as well. Once you got those bumper supports removed underneath, you can then unplug your factory fog light harness. So with those two support brackets underneath removed, we can finally remove the bumper itself from the vehicle. To do that, you're going to pull four bolts from the top here. To remove those bolts, you're gonna need an 18-millimeter socket. Two of them are recessed down further, so you're also going to need an extension. So, before you pull that last bolt securing the bumper to the vehicle, make sure you have a good tight grip on it or make sure you have a friend with you. It will rest on the brackets that you just pulled those bolts from. However, it is pretty heavy, so once you go to remove, you just want to make sure that doesn't fall down and crush your feet. Now that we have our factory bumper removed, we can also remove our factory bumper brackets located on either side of the frame. To remove these brackets, you're gonna need a 15-millimeter socket. Now that our tow hooks are removed, we can reinstall our grille, bumper, and all the other hardware we removed earlier. We have to get that stuff in place before we put the brackets on for our bull bar. So we did all that work to remove our tow hooks. We got all of our hardware, our bumper, our grille back in place. We can finally install the brackets for our new bull bar. It's pretty easy. It's a little bit difficult to show you guys in here and obviously, it is a tight fit, but I mocked up what it should look like when it's installed. You got these bolt plates right here. The bolt plate studs are going to go in the holes where your original tow hook hardware went. You're also going to sit the bracket in those studs inside the tow hook mount on the frame. You're going to have flat washers and the nylon locking nuts on each of the studs, and to tighten these down, you're gonna need a 19-millimeter socket. It's a bit of a squeeze, so you might not be able to use a power tool like we've been using. You might need to use a hand ratchet.So, you can see the studs on the inside of the bolt plates that I was mentioning earlier. Again, it's a little hard to see from the outside, but you're gonna want to stick your flat washers and your nylon locking nuts on these studs. As you can see, it is a tight fit, so you'll want to use a wrench. You might be able to use a box end, but you might end up having to use an open end wrench. All right, now we finally have our brackets tightened down and we can install our bull bar. We're going to grab the remaining bolts, flat washers, and nylon locking nuts in the kit in order to secure the bull bar to the brackets. Since the brackets and the mounting point on the bar are angled, you can kind of let the bar rest on the brackets while you put all this hardware on.So, once you have all that hardware hand tightened, you just want to make sure your bull bar is lined up and level with everything before you tighten everything down. I got my buddy plank down here keeping this thing still for me. You're going to need a 17-millimeter wrench and a 16-millimeter socket. Once you've got those final bolts and nuts tightened down, go ahead and make sure everything is still aligned and that should wrap up your install. That also wraps up my review of Barricade's 3-inch Bull Bar with the black painted finish fitting your '07 to '18 Silverado. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. And for all things Silverado, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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