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Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, we're gonna be working with the Barricade HD Bull Bar with Skid Plate and 20-Inch Dual-Row LED Light Bar in Textured Black, fitting all '07 to '18 Silverado and Sierra 1500s. Now this is gonna be perfect for any truck owner out there that's looking to add some off-road styling, protection and utility to the front of their truck for an extremely budget-friendly price.This is made out of 3-1/2-inch diameter tubular stainless steel. It features a textured black powder coating which is not just there for looks. The front of our truck is a little bit chrome but if you were going for the blackout look, this will be a perfect match. It's also going to serve as a layer of protection from the elements as well. Down low we have this skid plate here which is just going to add a little bit more protection in the front end of your truck. I do have to admit it's not the thickest stainless steel down there but it's at least going to encourage a rock or any other obstacle to go underneath your truck rather than into the front of it.Now one of the best things about that skid plate and this kit in general is that it's ready to go for the integrated 20-inch dual-row LED light bar that comes included with this kit. On that light bar we have a flood and spot beam combo, it's going to come in and around a color temperature of 6,500K meaning it's going to be a bright white, very slightly toward the blue side rather than the yellow side of things. It's got a polycarbonate lens right up front and around back we have an aluminum housing which together lead this to be rated at IP67 waterproof. So it's gonna be able to withstand up to a meter of water for up to half an hour, more abuse than it could ever see on the front of your Silverado. This thing is also surprisingly bright, definitely would come in handy in any dark off-road situations where you need a little bit more light output.Pricing for this kit is going to come in right around that $250 range. And at that price you really do get a lot for your money, it's hard to argue with this one. Yeah, the skid plate might be a little bit thin, but at least it's there. The 20-inch light bar is a huge plus and on top of all of those extras, it's fully stainless in its construction, so build quality is bar none, the materials are bar none, you really are getting a lot for your 250 bucks, considering all of those positives.Install is going to be extremely easy. Now one thing I did want to touch on, if you don't have tow hooks on your truck, you will have to make some cuts to the lower plastic portion of the front bumper to allow you access to the frame rails. But with that being said, there's no other modification required, all of the wiring here's completely plug and play and everything you need, including the switch, is going to be included in the kit. It's going to get an easy one 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, U-Joint, zip ties are a good idea to have on hand for wire management, 17-millimeter wrench, 18-millimeter wrench, 19-millimeter wrench, and a 19-millimeter ratcheting wrench, lastly a basic socket set ranging from 19 millimeters all the way down to 10 millimeters. So our mounting brackets for our bull bar are going to effectively replace our tow hooks. So the first step of our install here is to get the tow hook out of the way. Now each one is held on with a little bit of 18-millimeter hardware, there's a bolt that goes all the way through and there's one bolt that threads into the tow hook itself. We're gonna use an 18-millimeter socket on the U-Joint cause it is a little bit tough to get in there and an 18-millimeter wrench.So we're gonna start with the bolt in the back and this is the one that threads into the tow hook itself. And the one up front is gonna go all the way through definitely a bolt, we're gonna remove that with the wrench and the socket. We're gonna pull that all the way out. There's this little rubber isolator here, we're gonna push that through and pull our tow hook out. Now we're just gonna do the same thing for the other side.So now we're gonna get our mounting bracket in place for our bull bar. Now the way this goes, it's gonna go right through that hole in the bumper for our tow hook, the frame rail is gonna sit right like that. Then we're gonna use this double bolt plate here, reach in the frame rail and secure this just like so, you want to make sure you're going to the forwardmost position. Once we have that in place, we're going to secure it with a washer and 19-millimeter nyloc nut. Now on the other side of the frame rail, we're gonna do the same thing except we're gonna use the single bolt plate. Now we're gonna tighten down all of those nyloc nuts with a 19-millimeter socket. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side of the frame rail here, I already got that one. This one back here is a little bit tough to get to with our bumper mount, so we're gonna go a little bit old school with the ratcheting wrench. Now we're just gonna come over to the passenger side and do the same thing. Now the frame rails are not mirrored, so no matter what you do, if you're looking at the front of your truck, the double bolt plate is gonna go toward the left sides of the frame rails and the single bolt plate is going to go toward the right. So this nut on the passenger side here is in an extra tight spot, so we're gonna have to go extra old school here and use the open-ended wrench to snug this down.So our brackets are fully built on the Silverado ready to go. If you bought this without the light bar all you'd have to do is put this in place and secure it with bolts through these mounting positions on each end. Since we have a light bar though, we're going to install that first, it's way easier to do this now, all we're going to do is drop that in place right here. I got the wire going toward the driver side that'll give us as much slack as possible. We're gonna use the 13-millimeter hardware included in the kit to secure that light bar to our bull bar. Same thing on the other side.So now we can take our bull bar, drop it in place on our mounting brackets. Then we're going to secure that with the 17-millimeter nyloc nuts and 16-millimeter bolts included in the kit. Now we're gonna do the same thing to the other side here. And then again, we're gonna tighten this down, the bolthead is 16 millimeters and the nut is 17 millimeters.So our bull bar is really starting to take shape but now we're gonna get to the fun part, the wiring. It's really not that bad, all we're going to do is connect our red and black terminals here straight up to the battery. There's a relay, we're gonna mount that somewhere safe away from any moving parts or hot parts of the engine bay. From there, we have our switch, we're gonna run that through our firewall into the cabin and then obviously this portion is what plugs into our light bar, we're gonna feed that through, connect it up. Once we have everything ran through the truck and tested to make sure it works, we're gonna wire manage this with some zip ties.So we're gonna start up here at the battery. I'm gonna pull back the shield over our positive terminal. There's a nut right here, I'm gonna remove it, it's 10 millimeters, we're gonna go underneath of that. Now the negative terminal is going to be the same process. There's a 10-millimeter flange nut, we're gonna remove that, put our connector underneath of it and then snug it back down. For our relay, what we're gonna do is remove this 10-millimeter bolt in this diagonal support brace here and then I'm gonna slide the mounting tab in between the two and re-secure it.Next, we're gonna feed through our plug and play connector. Now this one you want to be extra careful to keep away from any hot or moving parts. The best place I've found is right in between the headlight and the airbox, it gives you a clear shot straight down then you can go across to the driver side wire managing it as you go.So now we can connect our light and make sure that it works. You should feel that click into place. Once you have that connected, you can then start managing these cables and zip tie them up out of the way.So now all we have left to do is our switch. And the tricky part is getting this into the cab of our truck. What we're gonna do here is go all the way across the firewall, there's a rubber grommet near the driver's footwell, we're gonna push that through and we're actually gonna disconnect the switch here entirely to make it a little bit easier to get it past that grommet. Once we have this in the cabin, we're gonna then reconnect and mount up our switch. So right here is that big rubber grommet, just gonna push that through a little bit. And I have a little bit of space in there, now I'm just gonna feed in our quick disconnect for the switch. We don't have a lot of slack once we get into the footwell but it is just enough to make this quick disconnect, so I'm just gonna put the two together. Now, all right, so now we're into the cab of our truck with our switch wired up and good to go. It's really up to you wherever you want to mount this, there's one thing left for us to do and that is to re-secure that grommet that we pulled out in order to get this passed through.And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade HD Bull Bar with Skid Plate and 20-Inch Dual-Row LED Light Bar in Textured Black, fitting all '07 to '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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