Review & Install Video
The Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper with LED Fog Lights is available for any 2007 to 2013 Silverado owner who's looking for some front end protection, great for off-roading, while also getting some additional lighting for their front end for improved visibility, especially at night. This is not only protective but it's pretty stylish as well, for an aggressive appearance, and it's offered at more of a budget-friendly price than other options in the category. The installation doesn't require any drilling or cutting, so expect a pretty solid one-out-of-three wrenches on our difficulty meter, with the helping hand of a friend, of course, which I'll talk more about later on.
If you're going off-roading a lot and tackling some pretty tough hazards, or if you're on the work site that poses a threat to your truck, then you might want some exterior armor. Barricade has this heavy duty steel bumper that replaces your factory one to withstand the hazards that the OEM bumper couldn't. The 3-millimeter thick steel plating is strong enough to take the beating for your truck, and the black powder coating gives it a corrosion resistant layer, while also giving it a pretty stealthier look as well.
I typically have a hard time shopping for protective bumpers like this for my Silverado because I don't wanna go too overboard and add hundreds of pounds to the already 4,800-pound truck. While this one is pretty heavy for one person, it's not going to pull down your front end affecting your miles per gallon too much, if at all. It's bulky so it can protect your truck from bigger obstacles, but it's not too big to be overwhelming looking which is, I think, a big plus.
Another plus is that it retains your factory tow hooks here in the middle with laser-cut open slots, which some of the more expensive options tend to lose. One of the cool things about Barricade's is that not only does it have the laser cut-outs for your accent lighting, but it even includes the accent lights. There are two 3-inch waterproof square LED fog lights on the table here which can be mounted in each corner of your bumper, and the harnesses even come with it to hook them up. These are 5-watt spot LEDs made by an American manufacturer called Cree, with an intense 6,000K rating, making them a pure white light. Each light is also rated IP67, which is a waterproof rating, that allows them to withstand being submerged in water up to 3.3 feet deep for up to 30 minutes each, which is about the same as an iPhone 7 which I think is pretty impressive. This is all thanks to the aluminum housing sealed with a polycarbonate lens on each light. Everything I just mentioned, the lights and the bumper itself, is backed with Barricade's limited three-year warranty included in the kit to give you some peace of mind.
Typically, if you know anything about Barricade, they make pretty affordable products. This one is no different. Although it's not the cheapest option, it's also not gonna cost you an arm and a leg. This one comes in at right around $680, which is very similar to another DV8 option. Each bumper replacement on the site currently offers some kind of included accent lighting so that's really not gonna differentiate anything. But what does differentiate stuff is the other additional features. This one offers more airflow cut-outs, which is great for anyone with forced induction applications, and has an intercooler mounted up front, or for anyone looking to mount a light bar in the bumper too.
Other options like that DV8 one I just mentioned has a bar that comes up to protect a grille, while others offer relocated tow hook locations into the grille itself. It all depends on your personal preference and what you're looking to get. If you're looking for a complete front end protection, check out the Steelcraft replacement that protects literally everything. But if you're not going off-roading more often than not, then you probably won't need all that and you can settle for something simpler like this which, in my opinion, it's the simpler, the better.
The installation is fairly straightforward, the only part that will be decided upon by you is the wiring for the lights. The bumper itself will take about an hour from start to finish with a helping hand since it is pretty heavy for one person to tackle. You definitely wanna have wrenches and socket sets on deck to tackle this one, so I'm giving it one-out-of-three wrenches on our difficulty meter because it is pretty straightforward at the end of the day.
The first thing you wanna do is remove the factory license plate and bracket. Then, if you've got fog lights from the factory, you should unplug and remove the harness away from the bumper. From here, you can remove the four large factory hex nuts, two on each side, attaching the bumper to the frame. I'd suggest having a helping hand on deck so it doesn't fall off while you're working the wrench. Remove the double-bolt plates from the brackets on each side and then slide the bumper off the frame and remove the tow hooks. At this point, if you don't have factory tow hooks, you can skip this part. If you do have factory tow hooks, then you'll need to install the tow hook extension brackets with the proper hardware, then reinstall the tow hooks onto those.
Next up, you'll install the frame mounting bracket with the hex bolts and flat washers to the slots in the side of the bracket and into the frame, and repeat for the opposite side. With help from a friend, you can now mount the Barricade bumper to the frame and brackets, and line up the three holes in the driver side mounting plate on the back of the bumper with the three slots in the frame bracket and bolt it down to each side. Torque everything down once you've lined it up and adjusted the bumper into place, making sure everything is secured. There is a spot at the front of the bumper for a license plate if you need that to be installed on the front. You can install that to finish it off.
The fog light installation is pretty straightforward, they easily mount right into the pre-cut slots with the honeycomb backing here next to the two, kinda, shark striping on the side. Once that's installed there, the wiring will more so be up to you. You can splice them into the factory fog light harness if you've got them. But if not, they can go right into your headlights or to its own switch if you want them to have complete control. It's obviously completely up to you.
That just about does it here for me. So, if you're the owner of a 2007 to 2013 Silverado, you might wanna check out the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper replacement with LED accent lighting. You can find it right here at americantrucks.com.