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Barricade 3.5 in. Bull Bar - Black (04-20 F-150, Excluding Raptor)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Provides Front-End Protection
    • 3.5" Tubular Construction
    • Heavy Duty Stainless Steel
    • Durable Black Painted Finish
    • Easy, No Drill Installation; Some Cutting May Be Required
    • Fits 2004-2020 F-150's, Excluding SVT Raptors

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, guys, it's Joe from AmericanTrucks and today we're gonna be taking a closer look at the Barricade 3.5-inch Bull Bar in Black fitting all '04 and newer F-150s, excluding the Raptor models. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for some off-road styling and protection for the front end of your truck at a budget-friendly price tag. Now, diving into the video here, we're gonna start with what this thing is made out of and to answer that question, it's 3.5-inch tubular stainless steel. It's finished in that awesome black powder coating, which is not just there to add to the looks, albeit, it if you were going for the blackout look, this is gonna be a perfect match. It matches our grille really, really nicely, but it's also there to serve as a second layer of protection over top of that stainless steel and the powder coating in combination with the stainless steel are gonna make sure that this thing is doing its best job to resist any corrosion and it's gonna be looking good for years to come.Diving into the features here, down here, we do have a little bit of a skid plate. Now, this isn't the most durable thing in the world. If you were planning on doing some serious off-roading, I would recommend the standalone skid plate, but at the very least, this is going to encourage any obstacle that would have went into the front bumper to go underneath of the truck, so that's a nice touch. It also has some holes cut in at the bottom here to allow you to keep that airflow to the intercooler if you do have an EcoBoost truck.Another great feature about this bull bar is we have some pre-threaded end pre-drilled poles up top here. Brackets for those are included in the kit and what that's intended for is some 3-inch LED cube lights. They don't come in the kit, but if you did have an aftermarket pair of those, they would mount right out to this bull bar and allow you to take it to the next level. If you didn't wanna go with the cube lights, you could also mount up to a 20-inch light bar up on the top here. Now, speaking about lighting, this isn't the only variant of this Barricade bull bar. If you know you wanted to go with lights, Barricade offers that as a kit. This kit plate will have a cutout right here and the kit will include a 20-inch light bar, obviously, however, that is gonna cost you at a little bit extra. This is gonna be the most budget-friendly option if you're just looking for some front-end protection. Also, if the blackout look is not your thing, Barricade also offers this in a polish stainless if you're going for more of the chrome look on your truck. So this all comes together to make a really, really nice package for the front end of your truck. It's a great bull bar. The fit and finish, build quality and features are all there. If you don't believe me, take it from our customers. It's about mid-2019 right now. This has over 100 reviews on it and currently sits at about a 4.7 out of 5 stars, so I'm not the only one that thinks this way. This is a great option for the front end of your F150.Now, that's not to say that this bull bar is without its flaws. Couple things I do think are worth mentioning here is the mounting brackets for this, they're going to effectively replace your tow hooks, so you will lose that as a recovery option. Also, if you have any sensors, radar cruise control, proximity sensors in the front, this will interfere with that, obviously. Another one is if you have a front-facing camera, this hoop right here is effectively going to take off a little bit of what that camera sees. But again, even with those flaws considered, this is a really popular option. If you're not worried about those things too much, this is gonna be a great buy. Pricing is gonna come in right about 150 bucks. Now, I've already sung the praises enough, but that is one heck of a budget-friendly price. You're getting a lot for your money here. Build quality, features, fit and finish, it's all there, definitely well worth the 150 bucks as this is gonna bring a lot of style and off-road protection for the front end of your F150.The install for this is going to be really, really easy if you have tow hooks. No modifications required, if that's the case for you. Definitely gonna get a one out of three, should take at most an hour in that case. However, if you don't have tow hooks, you will have to do a little bit of cutting on the lower front bumper to allow you access to the frame rails, and the instructions do a great job on telling you how to measure that up and make the cuts so this will fit perfectly. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to include an impact or a ratchet, 18, 16, and 13-millimeter sockets as well as 17 and 15-millimeter wrenches. Again, obviously, if you don't have tow hooks, you will need to bring either a Sawzall or a body saw to make some cuts to the plastic of the front bumper. Now, this is gonna be really, really easy if you have tow hooks like our truck, no modifications required. If you do not, you'll basically have to cut this hole in the splash guard to allow you access to the frame rail. But other than that, all the hardware you need is included in the kit. So on our tow hook truck, we're gonna be reusing some of that factory tow hook hardware. If your truck does not have tow hooks, again, all the hardware you need will come included in the kit. So basically, what we're gonna be doing first is installing this little mounting bracket right here. This is going to go on in place of our tow hooks, so we need to get that tow hook out of here. And in order to do that, we're gonna loosen up this 18-millimeter bolt at the front of the tow hook and this 15-millimeter bolt at the rear of the tow hook.Here's a closer shot of that. This bolt up front, 18-millimeter, that's gonna have to come all the way out. At the rear here, 15-millimeter. We're only gonna have to loosen that up. You can see that's gonna go through this slot in the tow hook and allow us to get this outta here. Now, you will have to use the wrench for this one because the splash guard is in the way a little bit, but that's not too bad. We're gonna have to do the same thing on the other side to get the tow hook out of the way over here as well. And again, 18 at the front and loosen up this 15 at the rear, and that will allow you to get the tow hook out.So now that we have our tow hooks out of the way, we could start with our mounting bracket install. Now, again, if you don't have tow hooks, you won't have this hardware there. However, this U-bolt does come included in the kit. You're basically gonna fish that through the frame rail like so and then you could tighten down the mounting bracket we're about to do. But since we do have tow hook hardware, this is gonna be even more simple. All we're going to do is take our mounting bracket. You wanna make sure you have the right one. You can see this one is marked with a D there for driver side. This is slotted at the back, so we're just gonna put it through our 15-millimeter bolt and then at the front, we're gonna reinstall our 18-millimeter bolt. And then we can tighten them both down. The holes on there are slotted. We're just gonna aim for the middle right now. If you do need some adjustment, later on, you can always come back, loosen this, adjust, and then tighten it back down. We're gonna do the same exact thing with the passenger side mounting bracket on the other side. One thing to note here, just to make this a little bit easier on yourself, you wanna make sure that the threads are lined up with that hole and slide on your bracket and secure with an 18-millimeter bolt. And just like the other side, then you could tighten down this 15 at the rear.So now we have all of our prep work done on the side of the truck. We can start a little bit of prep work on the bull bar itself. We're basically just gonna take the mounting brackets that install to the bull bar. These are gonna sit on the ends like so. You wanna make sure this tab portion is facing toward the inside. That's already pre-threaded. We're just gonna take the 13-millimeter hardware included in the kit and secure it. Now we're just gonna tighten that down with a 13-millimeter socket. And before we do, one thing to mention, this is slotted just like all the brackets on the kit. We're gonna aim for the middle right now and what I'm gonna actually do is push that in just a hair extra. I find that that little wiggle room with this tab slightly more toward the inside makes this line up a lot easier. And we're gonna do the same thing to the other side.Now we're just gonna put our two brackets together, secure them both with the 16-millimeter bolt and 17-millimeter nyloc nut. And then once we have these finger-tight, we're gonna align the bull bar, tighten it down with a socket and wrench.Guys, that's gonna do it for me. It's also gonna do it for the Barricade 3.5-inch Bull Bar in Black fitting all '04 and newer F-150s, excluding the Raptor models. Thank you, guys, for watching. Subscribe for more videos like this one. 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    Extra Protection. A Barricade Off-Road 3.5 in. Bull Bar provides dependable front-end and under-carriage protection from all types of trail and road hazards - prefect for F-150's that pull double duty both on and off the road.

    Quality Construction.
    Manufactured from heavy duty 3.5 in. stainless steel tubing for superior strength, this Barricade Off-Road F-150 bull bar is completed in a durable black painted finish for impressive good looks and long lasting corrosion resistance.

    Easy, Bolt-on Installation. Barricades F-150 Bull Bars are engineered to be a direct bolt-on upgrade using just basic hand tools, so there is no drilling required for a clean straight forward installation. All hardware for installation is included making this an easy job for anyone to complete. F-150s that are not equipped with tow hooks will require some cutting to the factory plastic lower bumper cover.

    Application. This Black Barricade Off-Road 3.5 in. Bull Bar is specifically designed for use on the 2004 to 2020 F-150s, including the FX2, FX4, Harley Davidson, King Ranch, Lariat, Limited, Platinum, STX, XL and XLT models. Does not fit SVT Raptor models.

    Technical Note. The Bull Bar may interfere with the function of the front parking sensor and forward facing camera, if equipped. Also the Bull Bar will partially block airflow to the intercooler on EcoBoost models.

    Barricade Off-Road

    Fitment: 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Details

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Oval Bull Bar
    • (1) Driver Side Frame Bracket
    • (1) Passenger Side Frame Bracket
    • (2) Bull Bar Mounting Brackets
    • (2) Light Brackets
    • Hardware
    Installation Info
    Will it fit my F-150?
    • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
    • 3.0L V6 Power-Stroke - 18, 19, 20
    • 3.3L V6 - 18, 19, 20
    • 3.5L V6 - 15, 16, 17
    • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
    • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Limited - 19, 20
    • 3.7L V6 - 11, 12, 13, 14
    • 4.2L V6 - 05, 06, 07, 08
    • 4.6L V8 - 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
    • 5.0L V8 - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
    • 5.4L V8 - 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
    • 6.2L V8 - 11, 12, 13, 14

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        Questions & Answers (63)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        If you install a bull bar do you loose the tow hooks and if so can you use the bull bar to tow.

        • Installation of the Barricade 3.5 in. Bull Bar will eliminate your OEM tow/recovery hooks. The Bull bar is not designed as a recovery point/tow point.

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        Is it made in the U.S.A.

        • The Barricade 3.5 in. Bull Bar is not made in the U.S.A

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        can aux lights be added

        • HI, This Barricade 3.5 in. Bull Bar does support the use of Aux Lighting this bar kit will come with 2 light brackets.

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        My 2015 F-150 Lariat has the front camera. Will this bull bar get in the field of view?

        • Unfortunately, the Barricade 3.5 in. Bull Bar - Polished Stainless (04-16 All, Excluding Raptor) will block the front camera. The Bull Bar ends right under the Ford emblem, thus block the view.

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        Will the 20inch light bar you guys install in the lower bumper work on this bull bar?

        • Hey Ksp, The 20" light bar should work with this bull bar, also if you take a look at some of the customer submitted photos there is a photo with that 20" light bar install on the lower bumper with this bull bar. So you should be all set!

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        10 More Questions
        Can you install any bull bars with any of the after market front bumpers on this website? 1 answer
        If my bull bar never came with the Light bar mounting brackets is there anyway y'all can refer to where i can get two more because i am just now wanting to but a light bar on there? 0 answer
        What is the size of the opening? I have a 22 inch Fire Fighter light bar I want o mount on it. 0 answer
        How much of the front license plate will this block. Can the front license plate be mounted to the bull bar. 1 answer
        does it block the airflow from going into the inter coolers? 1 answer
        Will this Bull bar fit on my Barricade Extreme HD bumper? 1 answer
        My bull bar blocks my front license plate. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get around that? Maybe brackets that I can use to mount it to avoid drilling into the bar? 1 answer
        I have a 2013, 3.5 Ecoboost. Will this interfere with the intercooler? Is there enough space to allow for adequate airflow? 1 answer
        Will this work with the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper w/ LED Fog Lights? 1 answer
        Whats the distance between the holes for the lightbar mount 1 answer

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          Ratings Summary

          4.6 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

          Installation Time: Afternoon

          Installation Cost: 0-$100

          • January 05, 2020

            5 2008 - EStarr75 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Looks good, decent protection.

            Purchased this back in the beginning of August. Install was quick and easy. Hit 2 deer at the end of august and it slightly dented the main upright tube. Got the truck stuck 3 weeks ago and had to hook a strap to the bar (I know it's not recommended, but I needed out asap) the mounting brackets snapped off, BUT I was able to get the truck out in the process. Will likely purchase another one to replace the one that broke.

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          • January 04, 2020

            4 2018 XLT - Jason1c4 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Open box deal

            Product was purchased as an open box deal at a hugely discounted price. It definitely was a deal because I had to Fab up one of the main mounting brackets and supply my own hardware. But for the price I am very happy with the deal I got and will be looking dor more "open box" deals. Thanks AT!

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          • January 02, 2020

            5 2011 Harley-Davidson Edition - KennethK Installation Time: Afternoon

            Best Bar for the Buck$$$$

            LOVE the extra 1/2 inch thickness this bar boasts looking more beefier than the others and how sturdy it feels after bolting it up to your bumper. My Harley Davidson Edition offered a more challenging install than other F150’s in that it didn’t come with tow hooks or the cut out for them in the bumper cover. Thank goodness the bumper itself did and after studying the whole set up all I needed to do was break out the Dremel, measure, and cut out the area on the bumper cover to access the frame to bolt up the bull bar. It’s fairly simple and it came out looking factory, after cleaning up the cuts it truly looks AMAZING with the Barricade 20” led light bar on it too! Sooo if you have a F150 model that has the premium front bumper on it without the tow hooks don’t be afraid to make the move and install one because it wasn’t that hard and it looks AWESOME! Well worth it I PROMISE

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          • December 30, 2019

            4 2016 XL - bobkam0 Installation Time: Afternoon

            Looks GRRRReat

            Not as easy if on an F150 4x4 Removal of tow hooks a bit tricky Unless you want to take whole front off. Theres 2 clips on inside of a rubber 'flange' around tow hook that can be removed then bend back to access front bolt Low air dam must be removed. However, if you roto-zip a slot for the bar, it can be replaced

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          • December 23, 2019

            5 2019 XLT - Jer66ome Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Well made. Easy to install Looks great Very reasonably priced.

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          • December 06, 2019

            5 2010 Lariat - Truckstuff

            Bully bar

            Fits and looks perfect. I added some hella lights to it and it is amazing still.

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          • November 17, 2019

            5 2014 FX4 - Gage Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Looks amazing on my truck. Absolutely love it. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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          • November 14, 2019

            5 2010 Lariat - ColoradoFord Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great Bull Bar

            This was installed in less than an hour, super easy and great product. As others stated, blocks license plate, so has to be moved, but really nice look and solid quality for great price.

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          • October 24, 2019

            5 2014 FX4 - Sierra117 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Worth Every Penny

            I was on the fence about getting one of these for a while - glad I finally pulled the trigger on it. Shipped very quickly and packaged/protected well. Installed by myself and took about an hour and a half. I'm impressed with the build quality for the price. Came with all the required hardware, plenty of spare nuts/washers/etc., and a set of instructions. I recommend watching AmericanTrucks' install video while putting it on. All in all I'm very happy - it adds that "missing touch" that I needed on the front of the truck.

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          • September 19, 2019

            5 2018 XL - tuck Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Love it.

            Check a few good Youtube videos before you tackle your tow hook boots. lol You can actually get 'em off without cutting if you get the back flaps out and pull...hard. On the upside, installing the bull bar was a piece of cake. "Less than an hour" is really more like slightly over an hour. Turns a pretty F150 face into a genuine beauty.

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          • September 18, 2019

            5 2014 STX - CMan Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Awesome Bull Bar

            The bull bar absolutely added some muscle to my 2014 F150. It's aesthetically pleasing and it's as strong as a Bull. The black finish compliments my tuxedo black exterior, and I feel a lot more secure about protecting my Proven Ground Raptor style grille as well as the weak OEM bumper. I also added a 22" light bar that truly makes the Bull Bar an outstanding mod. It was a good purchase for it's price and quality. It's well built, and not that difficult to install. Overall it was a great investment for all of its intended purposes. I would by it again, and if you're thinking about buying one, I strongly advise you to go ahead because you will not be disappointed.

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          • September 01, 2019

            5 2019 XL - DwayneD Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great Price

            Great product. I used Barricade products on my Jeep and loved them. So I decided to purchase this Bull Bar for my F-150 (2019 STX 4X4 w/tow hooks). The most time consuming part of the whole installation was removing the covers around the tow hook and the hook itself. It’s best to cut the cover around the tow hooks off, and then the bolts where easy to get to. Take the front hook out and loosen the back one, then you can push the hook out the back. After that it bolts up pretty easily.

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          • August 30, 2019

            5 2004 XL - DeniseJ Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great looking

            Looks great on my husband's 2004 f150 great quality and shipped fast. Was easy to install too!

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          • August 10, 2019

            4 2011 FX2 - ANDREW Installation Time: Afternoon

            Perfect touch!

            The bar was absolutely the perfect touch for a more aggressive looking truck! The bar and brackets are stupid simple to assemble, but my truck doesnt have factory tow hooks. So you have to remove the plastic valence (which is a pain). I used a dremel with a pvc blade to cut holes for the brackets. So if your truck is like mine, have some tools and an extra set of hands ready. All that aside though, it hasnt even left the driveway yet and is racking in the questions amd comments! Awesome way to make your truck make a statement!

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          • June 26, 2019

            5 2014 FX4 - JStull Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Bull Bar

            Easiest mod I've ever done... Looks fantastic!! Took less than 20 minutes with hand tools!

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          • June 20, 2019

            1 2010 STX - Wi1

            Bull guard

            Hitting deer on accident at 55-60 these things don't stand up to it. One deer mangled the bull guard plus it be t up the bumper and more. So in vest in something that actually will protect your truck and not just for looks.

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          • June 12, 2019

            5 2015 Lariat - waterlogged21 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Nice Bar

            Installed this on my 2015 F150, pretty easy install, just cut the ruybber away from the tow hooks that were already there. I wanted a bar that wasn't perfectly tubular and this was exactly what i wanted. It did come with a missing rubber plug but American Trucks sent me the missing part right away. I will do business with them again! I also installed the licence plate re-locator with this and it worked perfectly even though there is no confirmation. I pulled a center screw from the skid plate and put the rel-locator bracket there, then put the screw back in to attach skid plate and re-locator bracket.

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          • June 12, 2019

            5 2015 - chanman Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Perfect Bullbar

            I installed this on my 2015 F150 and could not be happier!

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          • June 08, 2019

            5 2015 XL - RickB Installation Time: Afternoon

            Looks Great!

            Looks Great! Fairly easy to install, and a great addition. Put some lights on it and have been getting compliments on how great it made the truck look.

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          • May 28, 2019

            5 2012 Lariat - George Installation Time: Shop Install

            Looks great!!!

            Great quality, looks great! Awesome customer service!

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