Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. It's Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, we're gonna be taking a closer look at the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper, fitting all '07 to '13 Silverado 1500s. Now that's gonna be the perfect option for the Silverado owner out there that's looking to get an off-road capable front bumper, that's gonna bring durability and styling all at a budget-friendly price. So, what do we have going on here with the Extreme HD? First, let's dive into what this thing is made out of, and that is 5/32-inch cold form steel. Definitely, gonna be able to withstand a hit or two if you're out of the worksite or on the trails, that's gonna be great in terms of durability. It's sealed in that awesome durable black powder coating, which is not just there to add to the looks. That'll be it if you are going for the blackout look, this is gonna be a perfect match, but it also serves as a layer of protection against the elements. One thing I really like about this bumper is it does keep a few of your factory features, namely the tow hooks. This does come with some extension brackets to allow your tow hooks to work with this front bumper. We're gonna show you how that works in just a second here. You also have two pre-punched holes right in the middle here for a front plate if the state you live in requires that. It's all ready to go for you and there's a bracket included in the kit. This one also has a few lighting options on the sides here in these pods. You can put up to two, three-inch cube lights right in the middle. This can accommodate up to a 20-inch light bar as well. And all the brackets you need, they're included in the kit. Now, there is a version of this bumper available that does come with cube lights. However, expect to pay a little bit more for that one. And there's also a matching rear bumper for this as well. So, the Extreme HD has a lot going for it. You get the looks, the durability, the option to fit some aftermarket lighting if you want, keeping the tow hooks all well and good. But this was designed with off-roading in mind as well. At the ends here, you can see just how much this tapers up and that is designed to help you out with approach angle. We're gonna put this side by side next to the factory front bumper in just a second to really highlight the differences and show you how much of an improvement that is. But suffice to say that is a nice touch to help improve your overall off-road performance. So, next, let's talk about pricing. Now, I mentioned there was an option that's a little bit more expensive, that includes a couple of pod lights. However, this one without the pod lights, this is gonna drop in right around that $700 mark. And that makes this one of the most budget-friendly bumpers we have on the website. If you're looking for an off-road improvement, with the front end of your Silverado, this is going to be a great option. Now, the install for this is going to be really, really easy. There's no cutting or drilling required to get this to the point we have at right now. However, I do wanna touch on these vendor liners right here. If this was my truck, personally, I would trim those up to help improve that approach angle, clean up the looks a little bit, but that one is gonna be up to you. With that said, this is gonna be an easy two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. At most, I think this will take you two to three hours in the driveway with nothing but hand tools. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools you need and then how it's done. Tools required for this install are going to include an impact, ratchet or two, small extension, sockets ranging from 15-millimeters all the way up to 21-millimeters, 16-millimeter wrench, and an 18-millimeter wrench. So, we're over by the Silverado, and the first thing you guys might notice is we have it up on the lift. You don't need a lift to do this. You can very easily do it in the driveway. However, it is gonna make things really easy for you guys to see. So we put it up there. First thing we're gonna need, 21-millimeter socket on a ratchet or a breaker bar. There's a bolt on top of each frame rail. We're gonna loosen that up first. So, underneath of the truck and what you're looking at right here is the driver side frame rail. Now, on top of that, you'll find one 21-millimeter bolt head. If you have the tools to get to that, that'll save you a lot of time. However, if not, you can remove the grille and that will give you a bunch of access to this. Just a tip here, this is the fastest way. This is the way I like to do it. And hopefully, you guys can use this. And you can see that goes all the way through the frame rail and there's a welded-on nut on the underside here. When we install our new bumper, this isn't gonna be reinstalled. And then we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. Now that we have those big bolts out, there is one last thing holding our bumper on, two 15-millimeter bolts, one on each side of the truck. They're on the end of this support rail right here. We're gonna remove those 15-millimeter socket. Be ready to catch this bumper because, again, this is the last thing holding it on. Same thing goes for the other side. So, now we have all our hardware removed, we can go ahead and pull this bumper straight off of our Silverado. So, now that we have the factory stuff off of our Silverado, I figure now would be the perfect time to set it down on the ground next to our new Barricade bumper and point out some of the key differences between the two, basically what is gonna make that Barricade bumper so much better. Now, the first and most obvious thing here, it's gonna come, in the looks department. We're dishing that factory chrome and plastics for some heavy duty steel and black powder coating on there, definitely gonna give your truck that off-roader look upfront. But on top of that, it's also designed with off-roading in mind. You can see the ends of this factory bumper. It's got a nice square end to it with that plastic lip across the bottom. Not so with the Barricade, you completely lose that plastic lip and it tapers up at the end to give you the most amount of approach angle possible. On top of that, you're also gaining a little bit of extra utility here. Although this one does not come with the LED lights, all the provisions are there, up to a 20-inch light bar in that slot in the middle and you can put up to two cube lights on either side of this bumper in those pods. Now, one thing that does set the Barricade bumper over the top are the features that you do get to keep. Not only do you get to keep your tow hooks, which they're a great recovery option, you get to keep those. The kit even includes an extension bracket to make it fit a little bit nicer with that Barricade front bumper. But on top of that, it also has two pre-drilled holes right upfront for you to mount up a front plate if you need to. That's pretty much gonna do it as far as differences and upgrades with our new Barricade. Now, before we hang that bumper up, there's a little bit of work we have to do to our truck. You have to get rid of those factory bumper mounting brackets and replace them with new bumper mounting brackets from Barricade. Here you can better see what I mean, two 21-millimeter nuts, bolt plate on this side. We're gonna loosen those up and we can get this mounting bracket off of here. Coming over here, we're gonna do the same thing for this side as well. So, next up, we can grab our new mounting bracket. This is what it looks like. It's stamped on this side with a P for passenger. That's where we're gonna start. And that is just gonna sit on top of the frame rail. Once we have it in place, we're gonna secure with the longest bolts in the kit. One thing to note is you are gonna need this spacer right here for the inside of that bracket. Now, you can go flat wash your flat washer, lock wash your lock washer, 18-millimeter nut, another 18-millimeter nut and a bolt head. It is the same size, 18-millimeter, we can tighten this down. One thing to note is this is slotted so if you do need some adjustment later on, you'd always loosen this up, make an adjustment, tighten it back down. Now, we're just gonna do the same exact thing for the other side. For clearance reasons, we're gonna need to remove this support bar here, two 15-millimeter bolts on this side right below the body mount. And we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. So, now our truck is pretty much ready to go for our new bumper. Now, one thing I did wanna touch on, even though our truck does not have them is tow hooks. Here's how that would work if you did have them. First things first, this bracket right here, this is a tow hook extension, this is just gonna go right on your frame rail like so. And this is gonna push your tow hook out to the end here, giving it the necessary clearance to work with that Barricade front bumper. But we're not gonna do that, we can put this aside. It is in the kit if you do need it. We're gonna move right on to our bumper. We're gonna put that on top of our mounting brackets here and then we're gonna bolt it down to these holes in the side of our mounting bracket. So, now we're just gonna get our hardware in place, 16-millimeter stuff, flat washers, lock washers, 16-millimeter nut on the backside here, and then we can push up on our bumper and tighten all this down. And we're gonna do the same exact thing over here on the other side as well. Guys, that is gonna do it for me. It's also gonna do it for the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper, fitting all '07 to '13 Silverado 1500s. As always, thank you guys so much for watching. Subscribe for more like this one. Keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Silverado.