(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys, it's Sara from americantrucks.com. And today we have a review and install of the RedRock 4X4 tubular off-road rear bumper, fitting your 2015 and newer F-150s, excluding the Raptor. This bumper features heavy duty steel construction with a textured black powder coated finish, giving your truck some aggressive off-road styling. This bumper allows you to retain all of the features of your factory bumper, while providing some nice upgrades, like the lighting mounts, as well as the corner steps. Now, you can retain the factory hitch with this bumper, but they also provide new brackets in case your truck does not come with a hitch, or if you don't wanna reinstall it.Coming in at around $430, this is the most budget-friendly option for your F-150, and you get quite a bit of features for your money. I'm giving this install a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, it features a direct bolt-up installation, and can be done in two hours with the help of a friend. All right. With that said, let's jump right into our install.For this install, we used a 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench, needle-nose pliers, a 21-millimeter socket, 16-millimeter socket, 13-millimeter socket, 10-millimeter socket, an air ratchet, and an impact gun.All right. So, the first step in our uninstall is to unplug the connectors at the back of our license plate lighting, as well as our trailer plug here. So, let's get under the bumper and do that now. Removing our license plate lights, you can either press down on this connector and pull back, or you can twist and remove the bulb from its housing. Remove your other license plate light. Next, remove the connector going to your trailer plug.Next up, grab a 21-millimeter socket to remove the three nuts holding your bumper to the frame. You may wanna grab a friend to help with this step, or grab some jack stands and make sure your bumper is supported. Remove the three nuts on the other side. You may wanna grab a friend for this step, but once the nuts are all off the backside of your bumper, grab it and remove it off your truck.All right. Now that we have our factory bumper uninstalled from our truck, we can put it side by side with our RedRock bumper, really check out some of the similarities and differences. Now, our RedRock bumper is constructed from tubular and plate steel, where our factory bumper is metal but also features quite a bit of plastic. This RedRock bumper also has a nice textured black powder coat finish, where our factory bumper is painted but can also come in polish. So, if you're looking to change up the look of the back of your truck completely, this will definitely get the job done. This bumper also allows you to retain all of the functionality of your factory bumper, including the use of your trailer hitch, and it also adds some nice features, like these corner steps, as well as mounts for the addition of lighting down the road.All right. Now, let's get our RedRock bumper prepped to go on our truck. Make sure you remove your license plate so we can transfer it over to our new bumper using a flat-head or a 10-millimeter socket. Next up, we're gonna remove the lock for your spare tire by popping it open, grabbing your key, and removing it. Now, we're gonna remove the trailer hitch connector by either pinching at the back or using a flat-head to depress the metal clips on both sides.Next up, we're gonna remove the housings for the license plate lights by pressing down on the plastic clips and popping them out, you can also use a flat-head here if you're careful. Now, either by hand, or with needle-nose pliers, remove each of the plastic clips that hold this plastic part to your metal bumper. We have to pry up on these little by little because there are quite a few of these plastic clips. Just go along the bumper and pop each one of these out. So, once you have released all of the clips, gently pull up on the plastic part, and remove it from your bumper.Now that the plastic portion of our bumper is removed, we'll expose these two 13-millimeter bolts that we need to remove in order to transfer over our trailer hitch. Now we can remove the remaining eight bolts holding your trailer hitch portion to your bumper. So, at this point, we're gonna prep our bumper to go on our truck, by either installing the sensors if your truck has one, or these plugs if your truck does not have backup sensors. Also, you can install your lighting at this point, or if you did not get lighting, you can install these plates on the back of your bumper. Let's get started.Make sure you press the plugs all the way into the bumper until they're seated. Next up, we can install these plates that go where our lighting would mount. Lay them in so that they line up with the edges on each side, because this side down here is not straight. Using a 10-millimeter wrench, tighten down the nut on the far stud that's underneath this bracket. Grab a 10-millimeter socket, and tighten down the nut on the other stud. Install the other plate. Grab your ratcheting wrench and tighten down the far nut. Grab your 10-millimeter socket and tighten down the nut on the other side. Now that we have our plugs and block off plates in place, we can put our bumper onto the hitch portion of our factory bumper, you may wanna grab a friend for this step.Next up, we're gonna insert these stud plates behind where your bumper is gonna mount to the hitch portion. You may need to move these around until they line up nicely. Make sure you're putting all of your hardware on, including a washer and a lock washer, before you thread on your nut. Insert your bolt plate on the other side of your bumper. Grab a 16-millimeter socket and tighten these down. Tighten down the other side.At this point, we can transfer over our license plate lights and trailer plug to our new bumper. We're just gonna pop these in. Make sure you place the side with two tabs into the larger opening towards the back of your bumper. Now, we can replace our trailer hitch plug. And finally, we can replace our spare tire lock.All right. Now, we can lift our bumper back onto our truck, and you might wanna grab a friend for this step. Now that your bumper is lined up, thread the nut on those factory studs. Grab a 21-millimeter socket and tighten these down. Grab your 21-millimeter socket and tighten these down. Plug back in your trailer hitch plug connector, reconnect your license plate light bulbs to their housings by lining them up and twisting them in. So, the last step in installing our bumper is reinstalling our license plate, we're gonna start with pressing these inserts into our bumper. Line up your license plate and reinstall your bolts.All right. So, that is gonna do it for the review and install of our RedRock bumper. Remember, for all things Ford, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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