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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper in Textured Black, available for the 2014 to 2015 Silverado 1500. You should be checking this out if you're looking for an entry-level off-road front bumper to not only beef up the aggressive appearance of the front end of your truck, but also to give you a lot more durable of a front end, something to help you both on and off-road. Now, another nice thing about this bumper is it's got better ground clearance at the front end. Your factory bumper hangs down pretty low and this one's gonna come up a bit so you can go over some more obstacles that you otherwise wouldn't be able to. It also has better approach angles in the corner. That means the corner here comes up at an angle so that your tire would contact small obstacles before your bumper did which is not something you can say for the factory bumper. And I'll take a closer look at those comparing them side by side a little bit later on.Now, being an entry-level bumper, it doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of some of the more premium options, but it does give you a heavy-duty 5/32-inch steel plating, it's a full-width design that is fully welded in one piece. So, it's pretty strong, really durable, and can tackle some of the lighter off-road obstacles. So, if you're taking this as a work truck, if you're taking it to a campsite, or even if it's just a daily driver, anytime you come into contact with something at the front end here, especially some of the smaller obstacles, this guy can take the beating. It's got a two-stage epoxy pre-coating and a heavy-duty black powder coating on top which not only gives it a stealthier look, but it also adds corrosion and rust resistance. Now, this bumper also leaves a lot of room for add-ons in the future. This bumper is awesome for some auxiliary lighting you might wanna add in the future here. You can see these angular cutouts on both sides, perfect for one to two cube lights. Those have slotted holes right at the top there so you can bolt them right up without having to do any custom modification. The center section has a rectangular cutout perfect for a double-row 20-inch light bar if you wanted to pick that up separately as well. So, lots of room to add on with lighting. You can also add on a Barricade HD skidplate. Now again, it may not come with one out of the box here but you can add it onto the bottom to give you some undercarriage protection that you otherwise wouldn't have. Now, in addition to that, you can retain your factory tow hooks if your truck came with them like ours did. The cutouts are right there as well and you can transfer over front parking sensors, there are pre-drilled holes. Now, our truck did not come with parking sensors. So, instead, we have the rubber grommets included in the kit that you can plug the holes up with.This bumper here is gonna run you right around 800 bucks. Install I'm gonna give two out of three wrenches on are difficult to meter, you can tackle it in the driveway at home with very simple hand tools. There's no drilling or welding or any of that nonsense. It is a direct bolt-on but it is pretty heavy. I recommend having a helping hand on deck just to get the job done a little bit easier while you work the wrench. Because this bumper has a better ground clearance and better approach angles here at the corners, your factory wheel well liners do hang down a bit lower. With that, I'd recommend taking a box cutter or something and trimming the excess off of the liner just to make it a little bit better of an appearance at the front end. It's obviously optional, and I'll talk more detail about that at the end of the install. What do you say we get started?Tools used in the install include an impact gun, extension, couple of ratchets, 7-millimeter,10-millimeter, 13-millimeter, 15-millimeter, 16-millimeter, 18-millimeter, and 19 millimeter deep sockets, T15 Torx bit, Phillips head screwdriver, panel removal tool, 13-millimeter, 16-millimeter, and 18-millimeter wrenches, and if you need any additional tools for running your wiring.First step, of course, pop your hood, we got to get our factory grille out of the way. In order to do that, we need to access the bolts underneath by kicking off our top radiator shroud. Grab your panel removal tool, and we're gonna remove these black pushpin clips along the top. Now we can lift up on the shroud itself and set it aside. So now we can grab a 10-millimeter socket and get off the four 10-millimeter bolt holding on the top of our grille. We have to take off the trim going underneath of the grille on top of the bumper. In each of the wheel wells, there's a Phillips head screw so I'm gonna use this little stubby screwdriver to get these off. Once you have one side off, that should break free, do the same thing on the other side. So, now we can take that trim piece off here. We already peeled off the one side. Once you take care of the other side here, it's all gonna come off in one piece. You can pull this off in one piece and set it aside. Underneath of the grille, behind that trim panel we just removed their four bolts holding on the bottom of that grille there, grab your extension and 10-millimeter, start from one side and work your way around.Now we can take our grille off. Start from the top, pull that guy down, make sure it's disconnected, and set it aside. Before we move on to the next step, I just wanna quickly say that you don't have to take the front bumper off in order to go forward. You can see the bolts holding on the tow hooks from here, but the bumper brackets on the backside do tend to make it a little bit difficult getting a longer bolt out of place. In order to give yourself more clearance, it's recommended to do one of two things. Loosen up all of the bolts on the bumper and wiggling around just to get enough clearance there or just take the bumper off altogether. If you're already loosening the bolts, it could be easier just to take it off, that's the route I'm gonna take. It's completely up to you. From here, we're gonna grab our 19 socket and extension and get the 4 bumper bolts holding it on from the top. While we're up here, because I'm gonna completely remove the front bumper, I wanna unplug this fog light harness, it sits right in the middle there, you're just gonna pinch and disconnect.Now, directly in front of each tire, there's a bar running underneath that connects the corners of the bumper to the frame, crawl underneath and get that one 18-millimeter bolt on each side. You're seeing it from the top angle, you can see the bolt is facing downward. Grab your extension and impact gun and get those off. Now, if you just loosened all the bolts, at this point you can start wiggling the bumper to get some clearance on those tow hook bolts. But if you're removing it like I am, you can pull the whole thing off now. Now we have complete access to our tow hooks whether you have the bumper off or not. Grab an 18-millimeter wrench, you're gonna hold the bolt head on the inside along with an 18 socket on the outside nut and get that first bolt off. With the nut loose on the other side, you can pull this straight back. All right now on the opposite side, I'm gonna switch over to my 19 socket and get the other bolt off. Tow hook comes out, you can set those bolts aside. Now you can repeat the exact same thing for the other tow hook.Last step for the uninstall is going to be to remove these black plastic brackets from underneath the headlight where it meets the fender. There are two 7-millimeter bolts facing out with the bolt head on the inside. So, you have to go underneath and then there's one in the wheel well. So, I'm gonna get this one off, then you'll repeat that for this and then in the wheel well. Once you get far enough along you should be able to get your hand in there to get the bolt out. There it is, just a small 7-millimeter bolt. Again, right there facing outward. Pop that down, repeat that for this. Okay, now we have one more in the wheel well. We actually have one more here on the side down below. This one's a little bit easier to get to. Okay, repeat that for the other side.So, we got our factory bumper off of our '14 Silverado and it's on this rack here underneath of our Barricade HD front bumper. Let's go through some similarities and differences here. Now, in terms of construction and materials, that's gonna be the biggest difference. Your factory bumper is more susceptible to damage, dents, and dings. The chrome finish is not my cup of tea whatsoever, but if you're into the chrome that may be yours, but at the end of the day in terms of looks and durability, they're gonna be completely different. This new bumper from Barricade has a two-stage epoxy pre-coating and a black powder coating on top. So, very different finish than our factory bumper. And it's made from a heavy-duty 5/32 steel plating, it's fully welded, it's one piece, and it's a full-width bumper. So, that is very different than factory. Now, in terms of functionality, it's gonna add some ground clearance and better approach angles as I said earlier. Just taking a look at this on surface level, you can see how much more narrow this bumper is than your factory one. That chin spoiler at the bottom hangs down so much lower than your new Barricade option. So, you get better ground clearance, you can go over more obstacles, and the approach angle here is much tighter up where it meets the fender so you can go over more obstacles hitting your tire first, rather than your bumper.Finally, in terms of functionality when it comes to lighting, our factory bumper did come with fog lights but yours may not have in which case this can be a good upgrade in the future. This bumper has those cutouts here for cube lights, you can fit two to three cube lights in there depending on their size obviously, and this guy does have an option available in the category where you can pick it up with lights, this one just does not. The brackets aren't welded on the back there so you can add them later. Same thing for the center where the light bar would be. You can see the tow hook cutouts, of course, you can add your tow hooks back if your truck did come with them. So, lots of ways you can reuse some of the factory functionality but a big upgrade in terms of quality and functionality here with the light add-ons in the future. With that said what we're gonna do next is plug up our parking sensor holes. If your truck did come with front parking sensors, transfer them over now. If not, use the grommets like we're going to and plug them up.All right, so next up we're focusing here on the passenger side of our bumper, we have these two parking light sensor holes. Again, if you have parking sensors, you wanna transfer them over. If not, you're gonna plug them up with these grommets like I'm doing, they just push in from the back. All right, repeat that on the other side. Next up, we're gonna start installing our brackets. Now, that's gonna go right to the frame where your tow hooks were, just above the tow hook area. We're gonna use the factory 15-millimeter bolts that we took off with those brackets, it's gonna sit just like that. Keep in mind that these are side-specific, so you wanna make sure you're pulling the one that's labeled D for driver and P for passenger. Now, when you tighten this down, these are slotted so they can move side to side, you just wanna try to center it as best as you can. Grab your 15 socket, I'm gonna use an extension and tighten them down.Okay, next, we can do our tow hook assembly. Next we're gonna install our tow hook installation bracket. Now, the tow hook rack is gonna extend the tow hooks out more to accommodate for the new bumper. Basically, grab the driver's side tow hook bracket, take the double nut bolt plate, and it's gonna go in just like that. And when you insert this plate, it's gonna go through the holes in the frame into the holes in the extension bracket, just like that. From there, you're gonna put a flat washer, a split washer, and a nut on both of those studs. Now, before you tighten these down, there's another single bolt plate that goes on the opposite side of the frame. So, this guy is gonna go the same thing but on the other side. So, this guy is gonna slide in just like that. Do the same thing on the outside, put a washer and two spacers, and then your nut. All right, so we can tighten these guys down. I like to get them nice and tight by hand and grab your socket and tighten them down. Grab your 18-millimeter deep socket and tighten them down on both sides. Okay, now we can install our tow hook.So now we're gonna install our tow hook into the same spot, but you can see it's a little loose. You wanna grab the shims included in the kit and these shims here are gonna add some material there so it's not loose. Grab the factory hardware and we're gonna put it straight through. Let's start here with the longer bolt that's gonna go in the front, put the nut on the backside here and, you know this is threaded. So, you just gonna grab your factory bolt and put it through here, tighten that down. And now we can grab our socket and tighten all this down. Okay, so here I'm gonna grab my 18 deep socket, hold that nut, 18 wrench, tighten these down. Now, our bolt is a 19 for the back end, so I'm gonna switch over and tighten that down. Repeat this whole assembly on the other side.All right with the helping hand of a friend, lift your bumper up into place. All right, now you can grab your bolts and tighten it down. All right, so if your by yourself, I have the bumper supported with jack stands, then you're gonna crawl underneath, make sure it's secure first, put a bolt through, follow it up with a washer, and your nut. Okay, you're gonna repeat that for all three bolts. We're gonna put the truck up in the air just to get a better view, and then we can tighten them down.Okay, so now we have the truck up in the air for a better view, you're just gonna keep going, putting those bolts through, make sure you have a flat washer, split washer, and your nut on the opposite side. Okay, put the bolts in on the other side. So repeat over there. And then with the helping hand of a friend push the bumper up into place and tighten these down. I know this is very tough to see. But underneath of your headlight, there's a piece of plastic, there's black plastic trim, that's actually preventing our bumper from seating upward properly, so we're gonna remove that. Now, at this point, I'm gonna be using two long extensions along with a T15 Torx bit. There are two screws, one here and one in the opposite corner. I don't even need a ratchet. They're just small screws, so you can really unwind them like you would with a screwdriver. You're just gonna pull that guy out, I'm gonna reach my hand in here, squeeze that down. There's one in the opposite corner. So we're gonna do that one too. All right, so we have one more and again, I'm just using my extension, going straight up to get this guy off. All right, just knock that guy right off. From here, we can take the plastic piece out, you can see it just falls right down. And we're just gonna pull it out through the front. All right, here's that black plastic piece, the screws were in each corner. It was upside down, just like that. You're gonna get those two screws out, repeat on the other side. All right with a helping hand of a friend push the bumper up into place and tighten down your bolts. Repeat on the other side. Next up, we just wanna put our grille back on. So, we're gonna set that guy right on top of the bumper there, slide it in, and snap it into place. All right, snap that guy in, grab your 10-millimeter bolts and put them back on top. Okay, last step's gonna be the shroud. Drop that guy back in place, grab your pushpin clips, and set them back in.Now, the last step here is optional, but I'm gonna recommend it anyway. Because our bumper has higher approach angles, your factory wheel well liners hang down below it and may be an ugly sight for some people at the front end. What I'd recommend doing is taking a box cutter or pocket knife or something and maybe even a sharpie, draw a line straight across parallel to the bottom of the bumper and trim off the excess wheel well liner. That way you don't have to worry about it hanging down and you retain the wheel well liner in the wheel arches. Now, if you don't wanna make that modification, and you don't wanna cut, the alternative could be to just completely remove the wheel well liner, but we recommend trimming. Now, because we're gonna be going back to stock, just for demonstration purposes I'm not gonna be doing the cutting. I'm just gonna tuck back the wheel well liners so you guys can get a good idea of what it would look like if you did trim it.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper in Textured Black, available for the '14 or 15 Silverado 1500. Get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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