(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks and today, we're gonna be working with the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper in Textured Black fitting all '13 to '18 RAM 1500s excluding the Rebels. This is going to be great for any RAM owner out there looking for off-road protection, styling, and durability all at a reasonable price. So, what do we have here with our Barricade Extreme HD? It's made out of 5/32-inch cold-rolled steel plate. It's one piece welded in its design which is great for durability. It features that awesome black powder coating which is not just there for looks, it's going to serve as a layer of protection from the elements as well. On top of that, I really do like the design here. Not only does this look great on the front of any RAM, it's really going to match any of that blackout look, but it's also designed with off-roading in mind. You put this side by side next to the factory bumper which we will in just a second here and you can see just how much this is going to add to your approach angle here. So much in fact that this plastic wheel well liner does hang down a little bit. You could trim that up, that's up to you. But the biggest benefit of that is it gives you a lot more area on the front facing part of the tire here, allowing you to get that up onto an obstacle so you could climb over it when you're on the trails.This isn't just designed with off-roading in mind though, it's definitely designed for some of the street as well. You know that by just how much of the factory front bumper features are retained with the Barricade Extreme HD. This comes with pre-drilled holes for parking sensors and if you don't have those like our truck here, it comes with some plastic plugs for you to fill them up. We have some holes here for the tow hooks. If your truck is optioned with those, those would come right through there. And on top of that, we have pre-drilled holes right up front here for a front plate if your state does require that, all the hardware included. On top of that, there's also a lot of lighting options included as well. You have accommodations for a three-inch cube light right here. Same thing goes on the other side. Right up front, this will fit up to a 20-inch light bar. There's some brackets in there, and this kit also comes with all the hardware you need to mount that up. However, neither of those lights are included, but you do get some plug and play wiring harnesses. Barricade must be assuming that that is going to be the first thing anyone's gonna do to this bumper. And in fact, Barricade even sells this with some included fog lights for a little bit extra. If you're looking to tie this whole look together though, Barricade also manufacturers a matching rear bumper to complete the look on your truck.As far as pricing for the front bumper goes though, this one without any LED options in it is going to come in right around that $775 mark. And for what you're getting here, this is going to be a very, very cost-effective price for a great bumper that's really a performer off-road and have some upgrade options for you in the future. As far as the install goes, this is a little bit more involved than you would think. We're gonna end up removing the grille here, we also have to remove our headlights in order to get this in place. And for that, I'm gonna give it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Should take you two hours at most with some basic hand tools. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to be an impact, ratchet, U-joint, couple of extensions, 18 and 16-millimeter wrenches, a basic socket set ranging from 18 millimeters all the way down to seven millimeters, a four-millimeter Allen key, I used mine on a socket just to speed things up but there is one included in the kit and lastly, a trim panel removal tool.So, the first thing we're going to do here, we have to get our grille out of the way and in order to do that, we have to get this big plastic piece out of the way. It's held on with six push pins. I'm going to use a trim panel removal tool to remove those. Once we have that big plastic piece out of the way, that's going to reveal four 10-millimeter bolts. We're gonna get those out of the way as well and then pull our grille off. Now, we can pull that big plastic piece out of the way and you can see those four 10-millimeter bolts. We're gonna get those too. Now, our grille is just held in with a couple of push tabs. You should be able to get a good grip on that, pull straight back, it should come right off the truck.Now, we're gonna get our headlight out of the way, that's held on with two 10-mils. This bolt right up top and this guy right here, which has a little bit of a weird angle. You can see I have the U-joint on the gun for him. To release that one, you're just gonna push down on the tab here. This one at the back, we're gonna pull back on that red safety clip and then push in on the tab and that should pop off as well, allowing us to pull our headlight away from the truck. Now, we're just gonna get the other side caught up as well. Now, we're gonna reach behind the headlight here and you'll see these two bolts right here. They're both 10 millimeters and they're both facing opposite directions. This one that's facing back toward the rear of the truck is a real pain in the butt, but this flap right here makes it a lot easier if you have an extension and a U-joint and a 10-millimeter socket that's short. You can get on that through this flap here. This guy, as you can see he's pretty loose, but we should be able to just get him from the front, no problem. And it's these two bolts that hold the bumper to the fender, so we're gonna get those out of the way and then do the same thing on the other side.Now, one thing I did wanna note, this bolt right here facing toward the front of the truck does hold the fender on. If you wanted to remove that, it will probably make bumper removal a little bit easier, but it is not necessary. So, for this side, we're gonna leave it in and just get that bolt from the back with the extension. Next up, we're gonna remove this seven-millimeter bolt right here. Now, we should have push pins in this spot and this spot right here, but our truck's been taken apart so many times that they've gone missing. You'll probably need the trim panel removal tool to remove those as well. Make sure they're out of the way. Remove this bolt and then we'll do the same thing for the other side. Now, we're gonna remove these three 18-millimeter nuts. There's two on the bottom and one way up here, I'm gonna get those out of the way. You wanna be careful when we do this on the other side as well because these are all that's holding on the bumper. Before we unbolt the other side, make sure you disconnect your fog lights as well. Just pull back on this grey clip and it should pop out and allow you to leave the light in the fog light and have our harness disconnected. Now, we're just gonna do the same thing for the other side. Then we can loosen up the three 18-millimeter nuts and this bumper should fall off.Now, once we go to take off the bumper, the only thing that's going to hold you up wiring wise is going to be this master harness here. So, we're gonna disconnect that. You can keep your fogs in place just by disconnecting this one big connector to the bumper from the truck. You might need to work free some of the plastic clips on this leading edge of the bumper right here, but as you're about to see me do, just give them a firm pull, they should pop free and allow you to get the bumper right off.So, with our factory bumper completely uninstalled, I figured now would be the perfect time to sit it next to our new Barricade Extreme HD bumper and point out some of the key differences here and namely some of the key improvements our new Barricade bumper is going to make. And the first one is going to be the most obvious, it's going to come in the looks department. We're trading out that factory plastic in exchange for that stealthy off-roader black powder coat look with our new Barricade. Our new Barricade also has the strength to back up that off-roader look, it's made out of cold-rolled 5/32-inch steel rather than that factory plastic again, and it's actually designed to be for the off-roader as well. It's hard to tell with these two bumpers sitting on the ground next to each other. This is going to be flat all the way across the bottom and it impedes a lot of this front-facing area on the wheel. It makes it hard to get that up onto a rock or something and this is mainly designed for aerodynamics. Our new Barricade over here though definitely designed with approach angle in mind as it tapers up the ends, exposes a lot more of the front side of that wheel allowing you an easier time to get it up onto a rock so you could crawl over it. Our new Barricade is also going to improve on the lighting situation as well. Now, all the lights you buy for this are optional, but if you do you'd be ditching those reflector factory style fogs in exchange for LED cube lights on each side and up to a 20-inch light bar in the middle, which is definitely going to help out with utility that your front bumper can put out, especially on those dark trails or at the work site.There are some similarities between these two and it's definitely a highlight of the Barricade. You get to keep a lot of your factory features if you have them optioned. First off, you can see there's pre-drilled holes all the way across this new Barricade, those are for parking sensors. If you have those and you transfer them over to your new Barricade, they work just fine. If not, the kit does include some rubber plugs to fill those. We're gonna show you how that's done in just a second. There's also a precut hole for the tow hooks if your truck has them optioned, our truck does not, and also there's some pre-drilled holes for the front license plate if that's required in your state. So, without any further ado, we're gonna do a little bit more prep work to our Barricade here and then we're gonna get this onto our RAM.So, I have everything you would need to do depending on what options you have to your Barricade before it would go on the truck laid out on the table here and working from right to left, you can see that this comes with three harnesses here to make your lights plug and play as well as some zip ties to wire manage them. Again, those lights are optional but if you do have them, all the hardware is included. These brackets right here, they go on to these brackets right here and that would be for again, up to your 20-inch light bar. This guy right in the middle here, this is for a front plate mount and all the way on the left here, these are going to be the plugs for the parking sensors. We're gonna start there. Again, our truck isn't optioned with the sensor, so we're gonna put the rubber plugs in and then follow them up with the plastic plug to lock them in place.Now, if you have to do any of that other stuff to your bumper that's on the table, now would be the time to do it, but once you have that wrapped up and everything installed that needs to be installed on that new Barricade bumper, we can head over to the truck. We're gonna use a 10-millimeter socket to remove these plastic pieces underneath where the headlight goes. It's held on with three bolts. So, now we're going to take our mounting brackets here, you can see this is for the passenger side. You wanna make sure you grab the right one and the three mounting points here they should be toward the outside of the frame rail. Then we're gonna use the 16-millimeter hardware included in the kit to bolt that to our frame rail. Now, this does have as you can see a little bit of adjustment to it, so I'm just gonna leave this finger tight for now and that'll make aligning our bumper a lot easier in the end of our install. We're just gonna get the other side caught up to the same spot.Before we drop our bumper on, we have to remove this big plastic piece right here as well. It does have this aerodynamic panel clipped in the bottom of it, so I'm gonna use the trim panel tool to pry those out. Once that's away, we're gonna use the 10-millimeter socket to remove two bolts on each side to drop this away.So, now we're just gonna pick this bumper up, line it up with our brackets on the frame and secure it using the 18-millimeter hardware included in the kit. Now, one word of warning here. This thing is pretty heavy, I recommend you guys grab a friend. My buddy, Jared, behind the lens is gonna help me lift this in place. So, we have our bumper finger tight on the truck here, there's three 18-millimeter bolts on either side. We have all those started and I'm gonna leave them just finger tight for now and rebuild the front of our truck. Reason being, this is gonna help us align it to the bottom of the headlights and the bottom of the grille later on.So, we're gonna start with this headlight here. This is just going to plug in the like so and then we can secure it with that tab. Same thing goes for that harness as well. Then this is going to drop in, there's a little alignment pin at the back of it. You'll feel that click into place and I'm going to use that old 10-millimeter hardware to secure that back to our truck. And at this point, you can see why I'm doing this first. Look at this gap here, I would have no idea where this would have been had I leveled out the bumper and tried to align it first. And I'm just gonna use a 10-mil again to tighten those down. Just gonna get the other side caught up as well. And you can see that alignment pin right here. Now, we're going to drop our grille in place. And we're gonna secure this with the four 10-millimeter bolts across the top. Now, when you're tightening these down, be careful, they do thread into plastic and ours have been taken on and off so many times that we've replaced them with metal because of this. So, do as I say not as I do. Do not use an impact to tighten these on your truck, use hand tools. After that, you can drop on your plastic cover and secure it with the six push pins.Now, before we get our bumper situated, one thing we do have to add to it here and it makes it easier to do this now rather than on the table because you wouldn't be able to get it past the headlight, we're going to install this little triangular piece that gets installed with these little button head bolts and tighten down with a four-millimeter Allen key. There is one included in the kit, but this is a little bit tough to reach. So, I'm gonna use mine on a socket and an extension. We're just gonna do the same thing here for the other side.So, now everything is built on the truck and the last step here is going to beat alignment. We're gonna pull this up nice and flush to the bottom of the headlight like that, and then we're gonna tighten down our brackets to the frame with 16-millimeter socket and a 16-millimeter wrench, and then the brackets to our bumper with an 18-millimeter wrench and an 18-millimeter socket.And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper in Textured Black fitting all '13 to '18 RAM 1500s excluding the Rebel models. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you leave a comment if this video helped you at all, make sure you subscribe for more videos like this and as always, keep it right here for all things RAM.
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May 05, 2020
I’ve had this bumper a little less than a year now, after the first few month I started seeing a spot fading and waited a few more month and than rust was starting to appear! I’d say whoever powder coated it didn’t do that great of a job. Very disappointing.Helpful (1)
December 10, 2019
Great bumper, looks awesome. Much heavier than the stock bumper and looks much better. Installation was fairly easy, but recommended two people as the bumper is pretty heavy.Helpful (2)
August 22, 2019
Love the look
Looks great and wasnt hard to install at all. was easier to install than my grille.Helpful (1)
February 26, 2019
Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper
i like it...good fit...nice and rugged....sensor install was a bit of a pain...but took a couple hours and looks greatHelpful (2)
February 06, 2019
Ham sandwich easy
Installed myself with half a"" tools. No issue whatsoever. Take junk off...put junk on. Looks good though.Helpful (6)
October 21, 2018
LOOKS nice : ( but not worth it.
I purchase front and rear bumpers with lights for my F150. They looked very very nice but at the 1 year mark the powder coating came off and my rust proof bumpers have rust all over them. I called and talked to someone at Barricade and their response was take them to a local paint shop repair them and we will see what we can do. I dont want to be rude but are you serious !!! I bought your bumpers so that they dont rust especially barley 1 year after purchasing them. It's crazy what happend to all the reliable truthful companies that used to stick behind their products ? Just being honest to the next hard working person that decides to treat themselves and purchase these.Helpful (25)
September 09, 2018
I have been wanting to change out the factory bumper with something bolder looking. This is great and has a very good fit. Love the cutouts for extra lights. I did the install by myself but really recommend 2 people.Helpful (10)
August 01, 2018
Fits Well and Looks Great
The bumper fits well and looks great on the truck! It took more than hour, but less than an afternoon to install. The speed of installation depends on the help available.Helpful (11)
March 15, 2018
It’s a nice bumper. Well built. It was however a little harder to get on than the directions say. They leave out a couple of steps on removing your old stock one. But besides that it is niceHelpful (18)
is there a cut out for the factory tow hooks?
This will have cutouts for the factory tow hooks yes.
I have a 2013 Ram 1500 Express. I wanted to ask if this bumper will fit Express models as well because they differ from ram tradesman and other ram models.
This bumper will fit the RAM Express trim level.
How does this fit with the front parking sensors? How hard is it to add in LED lights to it? Custom brackets is says.
The bumper can accommodate for the sensors, however, it would eliminate the tow hooks and factory fog lights. In terms of the LED lights, it would indeed require custom modification to mount them, but as long as you can get into a build like that and wire them in that will work.
If you don’t not have factory fog light will the fog lights including still work or do you need the factory fog light for the lights to work
Your installation guide does not address what to do with the fender wells. All the photos you have posted show them cut back. What's the recommendation for trimming or securing them appropriately? This is the link you gave me previously: https://www.americantrucks.com/barricade-extreme-hd-front-bumper-textured-black-1317-excluding-rebel-manu-install.html
The Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper does not require cutting or modifications for proper installation. Any trimming of the fender wells is at the customer's discretion.
We suggest taking a look at this installation guide to assist with that! https://www.americantrucks.com/barricade-extreme-hd-front-bumper-textured-black-1317-excluding-rebel-manu-install.html
This will accept most 20" light bars.
Unfortunately this bumper will not fit a 2007 Ram 1500.
This Barricade Off-Road Extreme HD Front Bumper was designed for use on the 2013-2018 Dodge RAM 1500 models. This bumper will not re-utilizes the factory equipped fog lights.
This bumper is not designed to have a Bull Bar attached to it without some modification.
This bumper is not offered with a white finish.
The Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper will work with factory fender flare equipped Rams without need for modification.
Custom brackets would be required to add fog lights.
This bumper does not include a winch plate attachment.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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