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The Barricade Extreme Heavy Duty Brush Guard in Black, fitting all '15 to '18 F-150s excluding Raptor is awesome for the F-150 owner that's looking to add some serious full-width protection and off-road styling to the front end of their truck for an extremely reasonable price. This is the perfect addition to protect your truck from the unexpected bruise, whether you're on your commute, at the work site, or doing some off-roading. This is for someone who's looking to go with the full width 100% protection rather than something smaller like a push bar or a bull bar. Also, this mesh insert right here can help protect your radiator or intercooler from a stray rock or stick, something that might poke a hole in it and save you from a fix out on the trail. It's also manufactured out of a heavy-duty 2-inch thick tubular stainless steel sealed in a gloss black powder coat finish. Now, the great thing about stainless is you can be sure this brush guard is going to hold up to any exposure to the elements and then it's sealed in a thick black powder coat finish that not only offers double protection but, as you can see, really complements the blackout look on our '15 F-150.At around $500, this brush guard is going to be a steal relative to some other brush guards out there that are stainless steel and full width. They can hover between the $600 and $900 range. And for 500 bucks, this is a really great return on investment. Included in that price is also Barricade's three-year manufacturer's warranty. Before we move on to the install, I just wanted to make a quick note. This brush guard isn't intended to be used with any front collision detection system or automatic cruise control. Install for this brush guard is going to be fairly simple. I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It should take you an hour or two with basic hand tools. What we're gonna be doing is effectively replacing our tow hooks with the new brush guard mounts. If your truck didn't come with factory tow hooks, you will have to do some cutting to the lower section of the front bumper to allow you to access those frame rails. But after that, it's gonna be a straight bolt-on using all factory mounting holes. With that being said, let me show you how to get this installed on your truck.Tools required for this install include: a half-inch drive impact, 3/8 drive impact, 3/8 U-joint, 17-millimeter wrench, 13-millimeter wrench, 19-millimeter socket, 21-millimeter socket, 18-millimeter socket, 17-millimeter socket, 13-millimeter deep socket, 13-millimeter socket, and optional is a trim panel removal tool or a flathead screwdriver. So, first things first, we gotta get our factory bumper out of the way. We're gonna start by unclipping our fog lights and there's a 19-millimeter nut on the backside we have to undo. To undo the fog light, you're gonna pull down from the top here and the harness should come right out. Then we're gonna move over and do the same thing for the passenger side. Next, I'm gonna use a plastic trim panel remover tool to remove this trim panel here. That's gonna allow us access to the rest of the bolts holding the bumper on. Next, we're gonna remove the four 21-millimeter nuts holding the bumper on. Now, for our last nut here, that is the last thing holding this bumper on so you wanna make sure you have it supported, maybe have a friend help you because this bumper is gonna fall off.With the front bumper off, that allows us access to the back of it, which is where we'll be mounting these mounting brackets using a 13-millimeter bolt, nut, and lock washer all supplied in the kit. And you can see, out of these three, we're gonna go for the middle one. And it's gonna be the same thing for the other side. And that is gonna be it for the installation of our upper brackets. Now, for the lower brackets, they are gonna be held in place in our frame rail using these nut plates. Now, with our bumper on, that can be pretty hard to reach so I'm just gonna put that in place and run a bolt through it to hold it in place for the time being. With everything in place good to go, we can remount our front bumper. Next, we're gonna move on to the lower mounting brackets. These are gonna mount right to the frame rail using the nut plate and bolt that we installed earlier. Now, if you don't have factory tow hooks, you will have to make a couple cuts to your lower bumper here to allow you to get at that frame rail.Thankfully, we do so this should bolt straight on. So first, I'm just gonna unscrew the bolt I had in there earlier to secure our nut plate. As you can see, that frame rail opening would be pretty hard to get at otherwise, if we didn't do that. Next, I'm just going to put a lock washer and a washer over that, then we can grab our mounting bracket and screw it in place. Same thing goes for the rear and we'll do the same for the other side. Now, as with everything, you wanna leave a little bit of wiggle room until the very end, then we'll come back and tighten all these down. That gives us a little bit adjustment to where our brush guard is going to sit. And we're just gonna take an 18-millimeter socket and just snug these down a little bit more. With your lower brackets in place, you're pretty much all good to go. The next and probably hardest step, we're gonna lift this up, hold it in place and run a bolt through there to get it seated. Now I enlisted my buddy Travis to help me out with this. I recommend you enlist a friend as well because this thing is pretty heavy-duty. With the help of a friend, you should have been able to get a bolt through that top mounting bracket. We're just going to put some bolts in the lowers as well surrounded by a couple of washers. With all the hardware in place, you can adjust this brush guard to exactly where you want it and then snug all of it down. We're gonna start with this 13-millimeter bolt up top and then move down to the two 17s on the bottom. And the very last step, you're gonna snug the two 18-millimeter bolts holding the lower mounting brackets to the frame rail. That is gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade Extreme Heavy Duty Brush Guard in Black, fitting all '15 to '18 F-150s excluding Raptors. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. And for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Technical Note. The Brush Guard may interfere with the function of front parking sensors and front camera, if equipped. Also the Brush Guard may partially block airflow getting to the intercooler on EcoBoost models.
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