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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 with the LED fog lights, spot lights and the LED light bar, available for the '04 to '08 F-150. You should be checking this out if you're looking for an entry-level front bumper, one that's gonna beef up the front end appearance of your F-150 but also make you a little bit more durable and resistant to off-road and on-road trail hazards. Now this guy here is made from a 5/32-inch steel plating with a black powder coated finish on top with an epoxy pre-coating. That powder coated finish is gonna add that corrosion and rust-resistant layer to the steel that you want so that it can last a long time.Now this bumper itself when it comes to design is a lot more angular and more aggressive than your factory one. And the fact that it is a powder black finish makes it a little bit stealthier at the front end too. You get a little bit more ground clearance at the front end which comes up a little bit higher off the ground than your factory bumper, and it's got this higher angle at the wheels too so you get a better approach angle as well. Now this bumper is modular which is a really cool thing. While it is entry-level in terms of the bumper design and it being just kind of your generic off-road front bumper, it is modular in the sense that it has these cutouts on the side for fog lights and a cutout in the middle for a light bar. Now this is the upgraded package for the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper so it comes with all those things to bolt it right up out of the box. This is gonna come with two LED cube lights, 3-inch cube lights that will fit in these corner pockets. It's also gonna come with two LED spot lights which are more of a fixated light, similar in housing and design but the interior LEDs are a little more fixated for the spot light design. And then finally you get the LED light bar which is perfect for that cutout right in the middle there. Now the nice thing about all of this is it comes with three wiring harnesses, one for the fog lights, one for the spot lights, and then of course one for the light bar. With those wiring harnesses you get three individual switches that you can then customize and run into your cabin there on the driver side so you have three switches controlling each kind of light. Now, I'd recommend installing one spot light on each side, one fog light on each side, and then of course the light bar goes right in the middle, that's pretty self-explanatory, but it's up to you how you lay everything out on your truck. You can customize it that way. Wiring can be a little bit custom as well, but I'd recommend running everything to the battery and then of course straight in through the firewall to the driver side. But again, there's a number of different ways to do that.Now this bumper is gonna come in right around a thousand bucks. It is a little bit more expensive because it is the all-inclusive Barricade Extreme HD package. If you're not interested or you don't have a need for all of this lighting, there's one notch down where you can just get two of the LED fog lights to go in each of these cutouts and no light bar. And if you don't need any lighting at all, you can just get the bumper itself which of course cuts down cost significantly. Now the install for this is gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. The bumper itself is extremely easy to install. It'll take you about two hours from start to finish. And I definitely recommend having a helping hand on deck just to hold the bumper's weight while you work the ratchet and socket to make sure everything's bolted down properly and you don't injure yourself in the process because the bumper can be pretty heavy. In terms of lighting, again, all of the wiring harnesses are plug and play. They come with little connectors and rings on them to make sure you can mount it to either a 12-volt ignition switch or the battery directly. And I'll be showing you the battery method. Now I'm gonna show you every step of this process, so what do you say we get started?Tools used in this install include an impact gun, extension, 1/4-inch and 3/8 ratchet, 8, 10-milleter deep sockets, 13 short and deep sockets, 16 and 21-millimeter deep sockets, 13 and 16-millimeter wrenches.All right. First step getting our factory bumper off, we gotta pop your hood of course and you're gonna remove these three 8-millimeter bolts. There's one, two, three holding the plastic trim onto that bumper. I'm gonna use my extension and my 8-millimeter socket to get them off. All right. Next up we have to take off our hood latch. Now the hood latch is just one 10-millimeter bolt. We're gonna put that there with our extension and get this off. All right. So that's disconnected, we're just gonna set that aside right there. I'm actually gonna take that factory 10-millimeter and I'm just gonna thread it back on so we don't lose it. All right. Next up we have to do both of the grille bump stop brackets. That's this rubber piece here that follows all the way down to another 10-millimeter. Grab your extension and socket and get that off and do the same thing on the other side. And again, I'm just gonna thread that bolt back on. All right, now we're doing the same thing on the other side. All right. For this next step you can just crawl under the truck, but it might be easier for you to just reach your hand down here. I'm gonna lift up this air flap here and I'm just gonna reach my hand in and pinch and disconnect our fog light, basically just lifting up on the tabs and pushing it down. There we go. Do the same thing on both sides.There are four nuts holding on the factory bumper, both of which you can reach from right under the hood here. So there's one right here, one on this side of the frame as well, and then of course on the other side of the vehicle. Grab a 21-millimeter socket and your ratchet and I'm gonna basically work these guys off from up top. You can of course crawl underneath the truck if it makes your life easier. Once you break them loose you should be able to work them by hand. The next one is directly on the opposite side of this frame rail right there. You're just gonna go right across and do the same thing. There you go. And now we can do the same thing on the other side. All right. So now we're doing the same thing on the other side, looking at these 21-millimeter nuts. You wanna make sure you're supporting the bottom of the front bumper there, just to make sure you're catching it if it falls off. All right. Now we have one more on the other side of the frame here. All right, so I'm just getting this last bolt off. With that guy out of the way the bumper is free. So you wanna carefully pull it away from the truck and set it aside.All right. So we got our factory bumper off of our '07 F-150 and it's on the ground next to our all-inclusive Barricade HD Extreme Front Bumper here that also has fog lights and an LED light bar. Now, I wanna take you through some similarities and differences between the two kits, and I first wanna talk about construction. Now your factory bumper is a little bit more susceptible to damage both on and off-road and after upwards of a decade old, this is an '07, we're talking about it in 2020, you do the math, it's pretty up there. It's got some damage done to it. You can see it's looking a little worse for wear. So instead of picking up another factory bumper that's just as susceptible to damage, why not pick up an off-road one? Now this guy from Barricade is a complete one-piece 5/32 steel plating and it's got a nice angular design to it and a really durable construction with a nice coating on top. Now that coating on top is going to be a two-stage black powder coated finish with an epoxy pre-coating, and all of that high grade materials there, being a textured black powder coating, it's also going to add a layer of corrosion and rust-resistance to that steel bumper. Now the bumper itself is also a little bit higher off the ground than your factory bumper which has that air duct at the bottom or the chin spoiler. Now that's gonna hang down a little lower. Your new Barricade bumper here gives you a little bit more ground clearance so you have a better approach angle for some of the obstacles off-road. The sides here come up at an angle as well and with the rest of the angular design of the bumper there, it's a lot more aggressive looking. And the stealthy look comes from of course that black powder coating.Now the nice thing about this bumper is it's also modular. Now this particular package is more of a all-inclusive like I said, so it also includes four individual 3-inch cube lights or fog lights along with a light bar for the center. If you're interested in picking up auxiliary lighting for off-road, you might be looking at this particular package because it comes with everything out of the box. You don't have to piece together other things from the aftermarket world and make sure that it fits here. Everything included is perfectly going to fit in these cutouts on the side and the center. Now these side cutouts have a honeycomb backing here which is removable. Now you can install both of those fog lights into the slots with the honeycomb backing in, or pop it out to give yourself a little bit more room for adjustment to accommodate for that housing of each cube light. Now each cube light uses four individual lights within themselves which are a bright 6K LED color temperature, which is a pure white light, which is gonna be really instrumental on getting you on and off-road safely whether it be on the trails or on the job site. Finally, the light bar in the middle there is a star player. You don't see a lot of that included in some of the aftermarket bumpers so it's a nice unique touch for this Barricade package. Now that light bar there uses a string of LED lights that are the same color temperature as the fog lights, so they'll match perfectly and it's gonna light up a ton of room up front of your truck off-road. Now if you're not interested in all of the lighting included in this package which can carry a little bit of a heavier price tag at around a thousand bucks, you can also pick up a similar package with the same bumper and only two fog lights, no light bar for a little bit less. And if you don't need lighting at all, you can just get the bumper by itself for a lot less as well. So you can definitely piece together how you'd like it. There are package out there for everyone. At this point what I wanna do is focus on installing our brackets, get our bumper installed, and then we'll tackle all of the lighting which includes all of the wiring necessary. So what do you say we get started?All right. First step here we're gonna take our bracket, and we have our driver side bracket. I'm gonna slide that guy into position. Now what you wanna do is take one of the hex bolts along with a flat washer, put that through the front. You also wanna take a flat washer and a lock washer, split washer and put it through the back. Once you have those on, take one of the nuts and thread it on through the back. Doing everything by hand at first. With that guy in place do the same thing on this other side. All right, now when you tighten this guy down you wanna try and get it centered on both sides so it's nice and even. Grab a 16-millimeter wrench and a 16 socket and tighten them down. Same thing on the other side. All right. Now we can tighten it down. All right. Next up we're gonna install our grille relocation brackets. Now this is gonna go right on the front. The top two holes, put the bracket on the front of it. You can go underneath with a smaller hex bolt. Follow it up with the same process as before, using a flat and split washer, and then a nut on the back side. So that one will hold it up and then we have to do another one right next to it. All right. Grab a 13 socket and wrench and tighten them down. And I'm gonna use an extension for the 13 socket as well. All right, now we can repeat this on the other side. All right. At this point you can basically get your bumper in position. Have a helping hand on deck just because it is pretty heavy. Crawl underneath and work the bolts. All right, so now we can line up our bumper and tighten down these bolts. All right, now at this point, depending on which model you have, you may have to install a hood latch relocation bracket. Because ours is still using this factory plastic piece we can pop our bracket right back on, following up with that factory 10-millimeter bolt. I'm gonna tighten that guy down. Also a similar case applies to our bump stumps. Now we did install these bump stop relocation brackets on the sides. We attached those to the brackets holding our bumper on. Depending on what model you have, you may have the shorter bump stops, in which case, install those shorter bump stops at this slot here. If you have a model with the longer bump stops like the ones we took off, that's not gonna work with this bracket, you can omit those altogether and it'll just connect to the hood latch here. At that point you're good to go.When it comes to installing the fog lights, there are three individual slots at the top of this interior cutout. I'm gonna position my fog light to the inside here, that way we can leave room for another light. Now what you wanna do first is grab this wiring harness and you wanna feed it through the square cutout at the top of the honeycomb. You can remove the honeycomb backing if you like, but there is a specific cutout for the wiring harness so you can feed that through. At this point you wanna make sure your finger's on the inside here holding that bolt head up, and you wanna take this nut off. Set that guy down just there. At that point you wanna feed this bolt up through whichever slot you wanna position it in, just like that. And you're basically either gonna crawl underneath or reach your hand over top to tighten down the nut from the inside. All right. So now we have this bolt put in through that slot. I'm gonna go up underneath and I'm just gonna tighten down that 13-millimeter nut by hand and then we'll come back with our socket. The nice thing about this is once you have that tightened down by hand, you can actually position the fog light where you want it and then come back and tighten it down. All right, so I like that position so now we can tighten that guy down. All right. So at this point we can do the same thing on the other side.All right. So next we wanna talk about wiring harnesses. Now I'm gonna show you one method and there's a number of different ways to skin a cat when it comes to wiring. So you can run this however you like, whatever you see fit, but it does come with a wiring harness here for every fog light or every set of lights that you may get with this kit. And it includes a switch. So you can run to the dashboard on your driver side. You'll have to feed it through the firewall of course to get it into the cabin, but I'm just gonna show you guys a loose way of wiring this up to your battery. Now, do not use this method if you're not driving your truck every day. It's gonna be constantly pulling power from the battery to illuminate the lights on the switch. And if you're driving your truck every day, your battery won't die. It's gonna keep regenerating itself every time you drive it. So it shouldn't be a problem at all. But if you're not driving your truck every day it will eventually run your battery dry, kill the battery because it's constantly pulling power for this light switch. Now the alternative method to avoid that is to run your power and ground here to a 12-volt ignition switch that only draws power when the key is in the ignition and the ignition is turned on. So that's the alternative. I'm gonna run it to our battery just for demonstration purposes, but if you're driving your truck every day, shouldn't be a problem there either. So what we're gonna do first is just lay our wiring harness up here with our switch, the fuse, and of course the power and ground wires. I'm gonna wire the power and ground to our battery. We're basically gonna loosen up this bolt here on the negative terminal, and I'm gonna put this ring right around that and put the nut back on. And then do the same thing for the power here on the positive terminal. So that's what we're do next. Grab a socket and a ratchet and we're gonna loosen those up and install those.I've got my 10-millimeter socket and ratchet, I'm just gonna loosen up this negative terminal. Grab the black wire, you're gonna pop that guy onto that stud and then thread that nut back on. All right, do the same thing with the red wire to the positive terminal. All right. Now if you have any other accessories that you're running to this, any other wiring harnesses, it's the exact same method. So just rinse and repeat for each one that you may have. All right. So basically what I did was I fed down the connectors through the engine bay, down underneath of the truck here. You're basically gonna take the light we just installed and you're gonna plug in the plug and play connector and then take the other one and feed it all the way over to the driver side and then we can tuck up or zip tie up any excess wiring. All right. So I fed the other side of the wiring harness to our driver side. And again, it's just plug and play. Once you have that connected, you can tuck up any excess wiring or zip tie that however you feel, depending on how much you have left. And then of course if you have additional wiring you can always repeat the same exact process for the rest of the additional ones. All right. Now the light bar is pretty easy, although you do have to crawl underneath the truck for it. Now I'm gonna rotate the light bar so it's facing down so we have a little bit more room with these brackets that are on that swivel. Take your bolt along with a flat washer and you're basically gonna feed this in so that the bolt drops down into that bracket there that's already on the side of the light bar. Do that on both sides. You can't really get your hand in there if the light bar is facing forward. So now that you have the bolts in there you can start rotating this so that the brackets are on the bottom and the light bar is facing forward, just like that. From here we can drop it into the bumper here, making sure the bolts go through those brackets on the sides. So just make sure the bolts go through. And it should sit there by itself while you put the washers and nuts on the bottom.All right. Now this is a pretty awkward angle. Basically you're gonna hold down the bolt from the top of the inside while you feed on the washer. All right, once you have that washer in place, support washer comes next, and then finally there's just a couple of threads for the nut. All right, do the same thing on the other one. All right, once you get that tightened down, make sure your light bar's aligned right in the middle of that opening on the bumper and then you can tighten down these bolts. Grab your 13 socket and ratchet, tighten this guy down. All right. So at that point we just basically did the same wiring. We're just gonna plug in our connectors. All right, keep in mind, guys, we're doing the exact same wiring over and over for each of the fog lights and now again for the light bar. And then you'll probably wanna take some time to make sure all of the wiring under the hood is nice and neat. And then of course run your switches if you're doing this method into the driver side of the cabin there. So lotta custom things you gotta do to make sure that this is going the way that you want it to be for your personal preference. I'm just showing you the quick and easy route. And here's the very last step, we're gonna plug in the lighting harness for the light bar, tuck up that wiring and you're good to go. Now when you tuck up the wiring, you wanna make sure you're zip tying it back if you have those, or if you have any other electrical connectors that you can connect them to up here. Sometimes wiring harnesses have retainer pins. So depending on your model you may have pin it back a certain way depending on how your wiring's run back here.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Barricade Extreme HD Front Bumper with the LED fog lights, spot lights, and the LED light bar for the '04 to '08 F-150. It's available for your truck right here at americantrucks.com.
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