(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Justin: If you're looking for one of the most affordable ways to upgrade the front end protection on your 2015 through 2017 F-150, the Barricade brush guard in black might just be the option for you. Now, the Barricade will combine a tubular stainless steel build with a gloss black powder coat for the mid $300 price point. While the install itself will involve some heavy lifting here but for the most part will be a bolt-on job. So let's call it a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and be sure to stay tuned for our detailed walkthrough later in the video. So the brush guard we have here is admittedly Barricade's entry-level option and the price is certainly going to reflect that. However, it's easily gonna be one of the most popular options currently here on the site. And while the Barricade here is gonna be a little bit more on the basic side, it's still gonna provide prospective buyers with some basic ingredients of most aftermarket brush guards but without some of the extras that tend to add onto the price tag of some of your more fancier or expensive options on the site.Now some of those basic ingredients include these twin vertical supports here on the Barricade which will offer a substantial amount of front end protection on its own and that could be anything from light impacts both on or off-road or even at the worksite. From there you are getting a bit of DOM wall tubing here, steel wall tubing that is, protecting your headlight area in addition to the hood and grille area. And this is one area where if you spent a little bit more money, you could get some more protection in the form of some steel punch plate or maybe even a little bit more tubing from Barricade or even Westin, but at the end of the day, that is totally your call. But finishing up on the construction here, guys, again, you are looking at tough stainless steel throughout, including those vertical supports which, by the way, are covered in this hard plastic material just to help protect that powder coated black finish underneath from any impacts you might encounter on or off-road.Now if you're more of a chrome or polished fan, Barricade does offer the same exact brush guard but with a polished stainless finish for about 150 bucks more that you can also find here on the site. Now there are a few other areas in particular I really enjoy about the Barricade besides its affordability and for one that's just how well this thing hugs the front end when installed and that's not gonna be the case with other brush guards you might encounter in the category. Secondly, the headlight area here kind of mimics the lines of the 2015 and newer headlights which, in my opinion, just gives this thing a higher sense of quality than that price might otherwise suggest. Now EcoBoost owners out there, if you should have any concerns with airflow or blocking airflow into that factory intercooler, well, as you can see, everything here is completely wide open.Finally, guys, Barricade does include all of the necessary mounting brackets that do still allow for use and retention of your factory tow hooks if you're concerned. But now, let's segue into that installation as promised and to give you a better idea of what's involved for this job, here is a quick, little walkthrough in addition to a tool breakdown.Ryan: Tools required for this install: 3/8 drive impact, 3/8 drive extension, a 13-millimeter socket, a 16-millimeter socket, an 18-millimeter socket, a 13-millimeter wrench, and a 17-millimeter wrench.First step of this installation, we're gonna attach the lower brackets to the frame rail. If you have tow hooks, you'll need to remove those. If you don't have tow hooks, you'll need to take this plastic panel off and trim that. Since we already have our tow hooks removed, we're gonna get started. First step, we're gonna take this nutsert plate, we're gonna insert it inside of the frame. Once you have the nutsert plate lined up with the holes, we're gonna take our bracket, place our bracket up there. We're gonna use the provided hardware, place a lock washer and a washer, and then we'll get these bolts started. Same thing with the other side. We wanna get our nutsert plate installed inside the frame. Then we're gonna place our bracket up and we have a lock washer and a washer on each one of the bolts, and then we'll get those two started.So now that we have the bottom brackets on, we're ready to install the top brackets. Behind here, there's gonna be a bolt that you need to remove from the upper section of the frame. We're gonna go ahead and insert our bracket in there and then we'll access and install the bolt from underneath. You're gonna use a long bolt with a lock washer and a washer.So now that we have all four brackets on, we're ready to lift this up and attach it. I'm gonna have someone help pick the other side up. So we're going to lift it up and then with the supplied hardware, we're gonna use our short, stubby bolts with a washer, place them through on the inside. Then we're gonna place another washer and our nylon lock nut. We'll go ahead and get both of those in and then we'll go over the other side. Install washer, nylon lock nut. Get the lower one in, washer, nut, and now we'll get the two top ones attached. So to install these upper brackets to the actual brush guard, we're gonna use our bolt, a washer, we'll place that through, then we'll install a washer and a nylon lock nut. Then we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. Washer and lock nut.Now that we have everything on, we're gonna go ahead and adjust it to where we want it and then tighten everything up. To tighten these four lower bolts, you're gonna need a 17-millimeter wrench for the nut and a 16-millimeter socket for the bolt. So we're gonna tighten those up a little bit and then we're gonna tilt this to the angle that we'd like it and then we'll finish tightening them. Then we'll go ahead and do the other side. Now for these two bottom bolts that hold the bracket, we're gonna use a 18-millimeter socket to tighten those up. Then for these two bolts here for the top brackets, we're gonna use a 13-millimeter wrench and a 13-millimeter socket to tighten those up.Now with everything tightened up, that wraps up our review and install. Check out more 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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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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