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Hey, guys, it's Sara with americantrucks.com. And today, we have a review and install of the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper, fitting your '07 to '13 Chevy Silverado 1500. This is perfect for the Silverado owner looking for a full-width steel front bumper that features several mounting points for lighting and utilizes your factory tow hooks. It features rugged off-road style with its heavy-duty plate steel construction and a textured black powder-coat finish. This bumper provides more clearance than your factory bumper, and also has mounting points for a light bar in the center and several pod lights out of your corners. It also works with your factory tow hooks. And as far as price goes, this option comes in at around $800, which is middle of the road price-wise when compared to other options. And for your money, you are getting a heavy-duty steel front bumper that sets you up for lighting down the road. And as far as the install goes, I'm giving this one a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It does feature a direct bolt-up install with no modification required, but because it is high clearance, you may want to trim your wheel well liners. All in all, it can be done within two hours. So, with that said, let's check out the install.For this install, you will need an impact gun or a ratchet will work just fine. You'll also need 21, 18, 16, 15, and 10-millimeter sockets. You may also want a small extension. You'll need 18 and 16-millimeter wrenches as well as a pop clip removal tool. And if you choose to trim your wheel well liners, you'll need a razor knife or a similar tool.All right. So, the first step in our uninstall, we are going to pull the grille out. This is not a necessity if you'd like to get to the bolts behind it, but I think it makes it a little bit easier. So, let's grab our pop clip removal tool and remove all of the pop clips holding on our rad support cover. And with all the pop clips removed, pull up and remove your rad support cover. Next up, we're gonna remove the four 10-millimeter bolts holding on the top of our grille. With your 10-millimeter socket, get these removed. Now, with the bolts removed out of the top of the grille, you can grab it, and pull it straight back towards you to release the rest of the clips. With the grille removed, you can see the 21-millimeter bolt that you have to remove. Grab a 21-millimeter socket and you may want a small extension, go ahead and get it removed. And there's another one on the side of the truck, go ahead and remove that one as well. Next up, we're going to remove the bolt holding on the bumper support bar. We're going to use a 15-millimeter socket, and you may want a small extension as well as a ratchet to get this out. Repeat that on the other side. All right. So, be prepared now that all of the bolts are out of your bumper, it's not held on by anything right now. So, make sure it's supported. Once you have a good hand on it, go ahead and remove your bumper.Next up, we're going to remove the caps on the end of the frame rails here. There's two nuts on the inside. They're 21s. So, grab a 21-millimeter socket and let's get these removed. Remove the bolt plate out the other side and remove the cap off of the end of your frame rail. Repeat that on the other side.All right. Now that we have our factory bumper uninstalled from our truck, we can check it out side by side with our new bumper here. Now, as you can see, the biggest difference is this nice textured black powder-coat finish giving you a more aftermarket and off-road look when compared to your factory bumper. It also features a heavy-duty steel plate construction, which is much beefier than your factory bumper, but still a bit smaller. In addition, it also has some nice features like several mounting points to add pod lights, as well as a light bar to the center. So, with that said, let's finish up our install.All right. Now, one more step before we can install our new bumper. We're going to remove these supports because we don't need them for the new one. We want to make sure they're out of the way. Now, there's two 15-millimeter bolts right underneath here attached to the frame. We're going to get those removed. Grab your 15-millimeter socket, go ahead and get them out. All right. Now, we are missing one bolt on the other side here, but you want to repeat that step on your other side. Remove all of the bolts that you have and remove the support off of the truck. All right. At this point, we can install the brackets over top of the end of our frame rail. They are marked driver and passenger, so pick the one marked driver. We're going to start on the side. Go ahead and line it up over top of the frame rail. And we do have to install one of these spacers to line it up with the holes in the frame rail itself. This spacer is going to slide between the frame of the truck and your bracket. And you're going to try to line it up as best you can with the holes. What we're going to do here is install our long hardware with a washer, and I'm going to use this to help line up this bracket. Repeat that with the other hole. Now, we're going to install the hardware on the other side, a washer, a lock washer, as well as a nut. Repeat that with your other bolt.All right. At this point, we're going to tighten them down with an 18-millimeter socket and an 18-millimeter wrench. Now, there is some adjustability in this bracket. So, if you need to loosen these and adjust them later on, you can do so. Now, we're going to repeat that process on the other side to install the passenger side bracket over the frame rail. This also requires a spacer. So, we're going to slide that behind and begin to line it up. And again, I'm using the large hardware. I'm just going to use it to help direct the spacer where it needs to go. Same thing with the other bolt. And we are using a washer on the end here. Line it up, and push it through. Now, we're going to install the hardware on the other side. And with your 18-millimeter wrench and 18-millimeter socket, go ahead and tighten this down as well. So, if your truck is equipped with tow hooks, now is the time where you would install these extensions. The tow hooks would sit right about here at the bottom of the frame. All you do is unbolt them, bolt this extension in place, and then bolt your tow hook in the end. Ours does not have them, so now we're going to move on to installing the bumper. All right. Now, what we can do is line up our bumper and slide it into place.All right. So, we've already installed one of the bolts, we're going to install the other two. What we're going to do is lift up on the bumper to line it up with the bracket we already installed and slide in our hardware. On one side, we have the bolt and the washer. And on the other side, we are using a lock washer, washer, and nut. Now, there is a ton of adjustability between the bracket and the bumper. So, keep that in mind when we go to tighten it down to ensure it fits properly to the truck. And once you have your bumper in the spot that you want it, go ahead and grab a 16-millimeter wrench and a 16-millimeter socket and tighten it down. Now, we're gonna repeat that on the other side. Again, we have one already installed for safety. And then what we're going to do is install the other two bolts. Make sure you're using a washer on the bolt side and a washer, lock washer, and nut on the opposite side. Then grab your 16-millimeter wrench and 16-millimeter socket and tighten this down. At this point, you can grab your grille and line it back up on your truck. Once it's lined up, press it back into place. With the grille in place, we can line up the bolts and thread them back in. Grab your 10-millimeter socket and tighten them down. Repeat that with the rest of your factory hardware. Now, you can grab the rad support cover and line it up back on your truck. Now, you can reinstall all of your pop clips.All right. So, I did want to point out one thing with this bumper. Because it has higher clearance than your factory bumper, the wheel well liner does hang down a bit and it is visible. Now, if you don't like this look, what you can do is trim off the excess. In order to do this, you mark the wheel well liner along the line of the bumper and then trim off the excess using a razor knife or a similar tool. The next thing I did want to note is that through this grate in the bumper, the windshield washer reservoir is visible. Now, if you don't like this look, you can relocate it or I did want to point out this is exactly where the brackets are for the addition of pod lights. If you'd like to add a set, you can find them right here on the site.All right. So, that is going to do it for the review and install of this front bumper. And remember for all things Silverado, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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