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 with LED Fog Lights, fitting all '07 to '13 Silverado 1500s. Now, this is gonna be the perfect option for you if you're looking for some aggressive off-road styling as well as durability with some included LED lighting that's completely plug and play all at a reasonable price tag. So, first thing's first before we dive into any lighting, let's talk a little bit about the bumper itself. We're gonna start with what is made out of and that is heavy-duty 5/32-inch cold rolled steel, that's gonna be great in terms of durability. It's finished in that awesome black powder coating, which is not just there to add to the looks of it. Albeit if you were going for the blackout look, this is gonna be a perfect match. It's also gonna serve as a layer of protection against the elements. So, this bumper definitely looks the part but it was also designed with off-roading in mind, we're gonna get this side by side next to the factory bumper in just a minute here to point out some key differences. But one thing did want to note is this is going to be a huge improvement in approach angle, you can see just how much this tapers up at the ends here and that's going to improve your off-road experience overall. This kit also retains a few factory features which is a nice touch, namely, these tow hooks, you get an extender bracket to make sure these will work with the Barricade bumper but I'll show you how that works in just a minute here. And on top of that you do have to pre-punched holes here right in the middle for a front plate if your state does require one. Now, the big draw with the Extreme HD obviously gonna be those five watt Cree LED light cubes, 3 inches across, definitely gonna add a nice little bit of utility. They're completely plug and play and the light they throw, 6,000K color temperature, that's gonna be a bright white leaning very very slightly toward the blue side. They're IP67 waterproof, which means they'll take a meter of water for 30 minutes. Aluminum housing, polycarbonate lens on their really high-quality stuff, exactly what you'd expect. Now, if you were looking to really tie together the LED look, this slot right here can accommodate up to a 20-inch light bar, brackets are included and Barricade even offers a matching rear bumper as well. Now, pricing for this one is gonna be more toward the budget-friendly side, even with the included LED lights, it's going to be right around 770 bucks. Really not a bad price to pay for a bumper, especially one that includes LED lighting. If you were looking to save the most amount of money though, you could pick this up without the LED light cube for around 700. Install, it's gonna be really really easy, no cutting, no drilling to get this to the state we have it in right now. One thing I do wanna touch on though, these plastic fender liners, I would trim those up a little bit just to make them nice and flush with this bottom edge on the bumper here. That's up to you how you wanna do that, but with that said, easy two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. At most I think this will take you two, three hours in the driveway with nothing but hand tools. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools you need and how it's done. Tools we used for this install are going to include an impact, a couple ratchets, small extension, some sockets ranging from 13 millimeters all the way up to 21 millimeters. This Allen key which does come included in the kit, an 18-millimeter wrench, 16-millimeter wrench and if you do wanna trim those fender liners, a cutting tool. So, 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 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 the tip here, this is the fastest way, this is the way I like to do it and hopefully you guys can use it. 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. Now, 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 the hardware removed we can go ahead and pull this bumper straight off of our Silverado. Now that we have our factory stuff off of our Silverado, I figure now would be the perfect time to stop down, put our new Barricade bumper on the ground next to the old one and point out some of the key differences between the two. Before we get started here, I did just want to note I already have the fog lights installed. I'm gonna show you how to do that in just a second here. So, differences between the Extreme HD and the factory front bumper. Well, most obviously, the biggest change is gonna be in the looks department. We're losing that factory chrome with the plastic lip at the bottom in exchange for some heavy-duty steel with that awesome black powder coating on there that's really gonna bring an off-road presence to the front end of any Silverado. Our new bumper also has brand new LED fog lights, which frankly, there's nothing to even compare them to on our factory front bumper because this truck was not optioned with fog lights. So, a nice bit of utility added to the front end of our truck here, and if you're in the scenario of this truck, you don't have any fog lights, the kit includes a nice plug and play harness to make this really really easy. If you do have fog lights, you can splice them right into the factory harness and have them work with your factory fog light switch. On top of that, the color temperature is gonna be a little bit different. If this would have had fog lights, they would have been a little bit old school reflector style yellow light, this is gonna be a little bit more modern with that bright white LED. On top of those LED lights though we do have provisions right in the middle of our new bumper for up to a 20-inch light bar. Our old factory bumper won't accommodate that. Also, that is a nice feature if you were looking to go the extra mile here. At this point, you can also see the difference between approach angle with these two that's got that really square side to it, covers up a lot of the front tire. This tapers up really nicely going to improve your overall off-road performance. And last but not least, we have those factory features, those holes for the front plate and the tow hook extensions to allow your tow hooks to work with that new Barricade. So, without any further ado, we're gonna head back to our truck. We have a little bit of a mounting bracket install before we throw this bumper up. But after that, we're gonna put this up, install it and then do some wiring. 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 per 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. Then we can go flat washer, flat washer, lock washer, lock washer, 18-millimeter nut, another 18-millimeter nut. And the bolt head 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 can 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 thing's 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 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 going to 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. Then, we can push it up on our bumper and tighten all this down. We're gonna do the same exact thing over here on the other side as well. So, next up, we're gonna focus on our lighting. And before we drop these in, you do need to do a little bit of a bracket install. So, we're gonna grab this guy, grab our light and this is just gonna slide in between the fins like so. We're gonna point this bracket toward the rear and that is because of the next thing we're gonna do is come in with this small nut here. And we're just gonna drop that down the bracket sort of like a ramp. And that is gonna get caught by this thing fin here that has a cutout specifically for that nut. And then from the side with the bolt and that fin is gonna hold the nut still, while we tighten down this bolt and I'm using the Allen key which comes in the kit with the lights. That's gonna be that for that side, we're just gonna flip this over and that nut is gonna go down that bracket, push through our bolt. And then again, I'm just gonna tighten that down. Now that we have that in, we're just gonna move that up to the top like so, and how this is gonna attach, just gonna take a 13-millimeter bolt which does come into play with the lights. That is gonna sit up in that bracket and you can tell there's two little cutouts right there to hold the bolt head still, while we come in from the top with a 13-millimeter nut. You wanna do the same exact thing for the other fog light included in the kit, and then we can take these as well as our hardware back to the truck to install them into the pods. So, we're gonna push through our connector first and then we have three choices where we want this to be. If you have four pod lights, you can put one on either side, however, the kit only comes with two. So, we're gonna go right for the middle. Then on the other side which is gonna be tough for you guys to see, just throwing on that lock washer, then a 13-millimeter nut. And then we're gonna come over here and do the same thing over on the other side. To tighten this down I'm using the old 13-millimeter socket on the ratchet. It is a tight space up there though, if you have a ratcheting wrench, that would probably be the best way to get that nut. So, now we need to do a little bit of wiring, thankfully, this is really, really easy. However, if I was doing this on my own truck, I would hardwire these lights into the factory harnesses. But if you don't have factory fog lights, this is gonna be the next best thing. This is gonna be pretty easy, first thing's first we have these two contacts here, they're gonna go right to our battery terminals. Then we're going to mount up this relay over here, feed the plug and play connectors underneath the truck and get a switch into the cabin. We're gonna start with our contacts, we're just gonna need a 10-millimeter socket to loosen up those terminals and we can install these two underneath.Now we're gonna mount up our relay, and what I'm gonna do is just along the firewall, you do have this plastic sort of clip on this stud, gonna pull that guy off, put on our relay mounting tab, then reinstall. So, now we got two more things to do, first thing's first, this switch is gonna go along the firewall over to the driver side and these plug and play connectors here we're just gonna fish those down underneath of our truck. Be careful with these, you wanna make sure you stay away from any hot or moving components. But other than that you can put these wherever you want. Now, over on this side, we're gonna take care of our switch. Right here you can see that large rubber grommet, I'm gonna push the switch through there, as you guys can see I removed the fuse box lid just to make a little bit more room for my arm. Once you pull that through on the other side, you're pretty much working with a pretty hefty amount of wire here but you can put this wherever you want. It's got some adhesive on the back of it, stick this guy wherever you want, we're gonna go right about here, it's usually where I like to put them. Now that we have our switch taken care of we're just gonna come back up front on our truck here. We just have to plug in our lights and then the kit includes a few zip ties for you to wire manage this whole thing. This is just gonna be as simple as grabbing one side, grabbing the side on our fog light and we're just gonna hit the same thing for the other side. Guys, that is gonna do it for me. It's also going to do it for the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper with LED Fog Lights, 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.