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Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks and today we're gonna be working with the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper with LED fog lights fitting all '16, '17 and '18 Silverado and Sierra 1500s. Now this bumper is going to be perfect for any truck owner out there looking to get some aggressive styling as well as clearance, durability and utility over the factory front bumper. This bumper is made out of 5/32nds inch steel plating which is going to be a huge upgrade over the chrome and plastic front bumper. We're gonna sit the two next to each other in just a second so we can really draw out some comparisons. It's finished in a durable black powder coating which is there not just to add to the looks. Albeit if you were going for the blackout look this would be a perfect match but it also serves as a layer of protection from the elements as well.This bumper is built with approach angle in mind which means it's going to be easier since this tapers up at the end to get a wheel on whatever it is you're trying to crawl over. Now one of the biggest benefits about this kit here is that it's sold with a pair of three inch LED cube lights. They feature a five watt Cree LED and a color temperature of around 6,000 K which is going to come in right at a bright white slightly toward the blue side. They're also IP67 waterproof meaning they can take up to a meter of water for up to half an hour. More than they should ever see on the front end of your Silverado. And one of the best parts is they're completely plug and play so no wiring knowledge necessary to get these installed on your front bumper. Now if you wanted to take that a step further, Barricade also gives you all the hardware necessary to mount up to a 20 inch light bar right in the middle.Now one of the things that I personally like about this bumper and one of the things Barricade kept in mind when they were designing this are the factory features. So this has some predrilled holes for your parking sensors up front and all the hardware needed to transfer those in your new Barricade bumper. We also have some tow hook extensions which means you get to keep those as a factory recovery point. Barricade also includes all the hardware you need and mounting bracket for a front plate if you live in a state that requires that.Pricing for this is going to land right around that $650 mark and you do get a lot for your money there. Strong, stealthy and utilitarian. Similar bumpers from name brands will cost you double, even triple the price so well worth the money.As far as install goes, this is a complete bolt-on. Again the lights are plug and play. There's no modification necessary to your Silverado to get this installed. I'm gonna give it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Should take you at most an hour or two to get this hooked up to your truck. 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 or ratchet, couple of extensions, a basic socket set ranging from 18 millimeters all the way down to 10, a U-joint, 18, 16 and 13 millimeter wrenches and lastly, a trim panel removal tool.The hardware that holds our bumper on is actually underneath of the front grille so we're gonna remove that first and the first step in doing that is getting off this big, plastic radiator shroud right here. It's held on with a bunch of pushpins. I'm going to use a trim panel removal tool to remove those.With that out of the way it's gonna reveal 4 10 millimeter bolts right behind this chrome lip at the front grille right here. We're gonna remove those and pull the grille off next. At this point the grille is held on with a couple of body clips so we're just gonna give it a firm pull and it should come right off.So now we have clear access to the hardware holding on our bumper on top. Before we loosen that up we're actually going to crawl underneath and hit some hardware on the bottom. It's 15 millimeters. We're gonna do that first so this doesn't fall on us if we save that hardware for last. So the bolt we're going to be loosening up is on this arm here. As you can see, our bolt is pretty much new. It's a 17 millimeter. I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be a 15 millimeter from the factory. And we're gonna do the same thing for the other side.So now we can come back up top. There's 4 18 millimeter bolts holding the bumper on now. We're gonna remove the two on top. There's two in the middle that are a little bit sunken down so I have the extension on the gun to make those reachable. Now our bumper's completely loose we can pull it straight off the truck.So now we could see these bumper mounting brackets here. They're held on with 3 15 millimeter bolts. We're going to remove those on both sides. Now we can take our tow hook apart. This is held on with all 18 millimeter hardware. One thing to note, this bolt in the front does go all the way through the tow hook so you will need an 18 millimeter wrench for that one. This one in the back threads right into it. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side.So with our factory bumper off the truck I just wanted to take a second to put it on the ground next to our new Barricade Extreme HD Bumper and point out some of the key improvements here. And the first and most obvious one is going to come in the looks department. We're ditching that factory plastic and chrome look over here on our old bumper for a new black powder coated 5/32nds inch steel which is going to be more durable but also bring that aggressive off-road presence to the front of your truck.Now we're also adding some new utility on our Barricade here not only with those LED cube lights but right in the middle. If you're looking to light up those trails even more, we have that spot for up to a 20 inch light bar. Where I really think our new Barricade bumper shines though is just how much it keeps from the factory. We get to keep those factory tow hooks so if you do ever get stuck you get to have those as a recovery point. There's predrilled holes for the factory front parking sensors so you don't lose that function there. And also if you live in a state that requires a front plate there's some new hardware included to mount that up to our new Barricade. So without any further ado, there's a little bit more prep work we have to do to get our tow hooks and new bumper mounting brackets installed so let's head back to the truck, get that done and we'll hang this up.So we're gonna start our install with the tow hook extension brackets. Now this is going to sit underneath of our frame like that and we're gonna take this double bolt plate here and push it through and secure this bracket to our frame rail with some 18 millimeter hardware included in the kit. Now for the other side here we're gonna do the same exact thing except with the single bolt plates included in the kit. And again, all the hardware here is 18 millimeters.Now we can mount up our tow hook to the bracket. As you can see, it does have a little wiggle room side to side so we get these spacer plates here. We're going to drop one of those in on either side.So now we have our frame bracket which is going to go on just like so on the end of the frame rail and eventually our bumper is going to mount in these holes here. We're going to use the original 15 millimeter hardware to secure that.We're gonna do the same exact thing to the other side. We're gonna start with a single bolt plate. On the other side we're gonna get the double bolt plate started and then run through and tighten everything down. Again, I'm using an 18 millimeter socket.Then we could drop our tow hook on, get our spacers in place, secure this bolt in the back that threads right into the tow hook and the bolt that goes all the way through. Again, all with an 18 millimeter socket and a wrench. And lastly, we can get that frame bracket in place with the factory 15 millimeter hardware.So now we have all the hardware in place to actually bolt up our bumper here but before we do that we actually need to get some of our extras in place. If you have parking sensors, now would be the time to transfer those over. We're gonna do our LED cube lights now. If you have a 20 inch light bar, now would be the time to do that as well and probably a front plate would be easiest to do with tje bumper on the table. But with that being said, we're gonna start with our LED cubes here. So we're gonna grab this bracket. It does have a notch in it. You wanna make sure that that's facing forward and we can slide this in between the fins. So then what we're gonna do is actually slide our brackets to the back like that and we're gonna take this small nut right here and fish it in the light and basically slide it down the bracket. Now the nut is resting in between the fins and that's gonna hold it still. Once we have that going we could tread in our button head bolt to meet up with that nut. You wanna make sure your bracket is aligned as well. Now we can use the included Allen key to tighten down that bolt and I'm just gonna snug that down finger tight for now and do the same thing on the other side. You wanna make sure that bracket stays movable to make it a little bit easier.Now we're gonna grab the bolt included with the fog lights here and drop it in the bracket. And the bracket is actually going to hold it still as we tighten the nut down on top. Then we can go behind our bumper here, feed the wire through and get our fog light in place. Now, you do have three choices for this. One here, one there and what I went for right in the middle. Once you have that situated where you want it you can drop on the lock washer and nut. Now we're gonna grab a 13 millimeter wrench and get that nut tightened.Now we're just gonna do the same thing for the other side in the same order. Just gonna drop our bracket in place here. It's actually not holding itself still so we have to stretch that out a little bit. Then align the bracket and drop the nut down the fins. And get that bolt started.Now we're gonna remove...move around to this side of the bracket and do the same thing. Now we can pull that bracket up top. And again we're going to fish that wire through and then secure our fog light with the 13 millimeter nut and lock washer.Now if you do have front parking sensors it's pretty much going to be the same process. You're just going to pinch the sensor in there and then run those bolts behind it to stop it from backing out. Also if you have a front plate now's the time to do that. Here's the bracket for it. All the hardware necessary comes included in the kit. Same thing for these here which go for a 20 inch light bar. Once you have this set up as you need it we could take this back to the truck and get it in place on our frame mounting brackets.So now we're gonna drop our bracket in place. Thankfully, the brackets are pretty flat on top so you should be able to rest this on there pretty securely. That'll allow you to get the 16 millimeter bolts started. There's three on each side. You want these three to line up with the three holes on each bracket.So now our bumper is resting on the brackets. This thing is pretty heavy. You definitely wanna make sure that it's nice and secure before you crawl underneath of it but once you do, you can run through and get all of the 16 millimeter hardware started. There's three on each side. Now we're gonna get the three bolts started on the other side. Then make any adjustments to this to make sure it's seated in the correct position. Then we're gonna run through and tighten all of these down with a 16 millimeter wrench and socket. We'll probably need a U-joint to make this corner around the bumper as well.So like I said earlier, one of the biggest benefits with this one are the plug and play fog lights. Before we put our grille back together we're gonna manage to wire this up right now. Now, where you route this wire is going to be pretty much up to you but it is pretty simple how to get it working. Red and black are going to go to our battery terminals. We have a relay here. We're gonna mount that up somewhere safe away from any hotspots or moving parts. Then these are going to plug into our fog lights, obviously, and the switch is going to make its way into the cabin of our Silverado here.We're gonna start by attaching our terminals here. Obviously the one closest to you is going to be positive. We're gonna use a 10 millimeter socket to take that nut all the way off. And I'm just trying to get the washer here. Then we can put the red wire on there. I'm actually gonna go underneath the support brace here. And we're gonna tighten that back down. Same thing goes for the black wire. It's gonna go underneath the brace. Pull that back forward. Now we're gonna feed some of our wires across. We have the plugs for the fog lights going through right here next to our radiator, sort of behind the headlight is a good spot for that. We're just going to feed our switch here across the firewall and feed it into the cabin on the driver side. Now, behind the fuse box here there's a big, rubber gasket. We're gonna pull that out. And this is the wiring loom that goes in the cabin here. We're gonna pull that out, feed our switch through and then reinstall this.So I've actually pushed that grommet through into our cab just a little bit. What I'm gonna do here because this is a pretty tight fit is I'm just gonna disconnect the button portion of it and feed this little wire through that and then reconnect this on the cab side.So now you pull that wire through. Reconnect the two together. And you could see we have a ton of slack here for our button. There are some double-sided adhesive tape on the back. I'm just gonna remove the backing here. And go right about here on the plastic trim piece away from the parking brake, brake and we'll manage this cable a little bit later.Now we're just gonna plug in our fog lights and we should be good to go. As you can see, we have a ton of slack here underneath of our truck. Thankfully, the kit does include some zip ties to manage those cables.Now, to make it over to the passenger side what I like to do and I feel like the most secure spot here is to just run this wire directly over the frame rails and that'll sit on the bottom side of the grille and give you just enough slack. Now we just have to rebuild our grille. We're gonna clip this back in place and secure it with the 4 10 millimeter bolts on top. Now we're gonna put our plastic cover in place and lastly, use the 12 pushpins to secure it back in place.And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper with LED fog lights fitting all '16, '17 and '18 Silverado and Sierra 1500s. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this and all things Chevy and GMC.
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