(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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Hey, guys, it's Sara with americantrucks.com and today, we have a review and install of the Barricade Bull Bar with Skid Plate and 20-inch LED Light Bar in Black, fitting your '09 through '18 Ram 1500s excluding the Rebel. This is perfect for the Ram owner who's looking to add some protection to the front end of the Ram and is looking for an option that includes lighting without breaking the bank. This bull bar provides protection with its integrated skid plate as well as better visibility when off-roading thanks to the 20-inch dual row LED light bar. This bull bar is constructed from heavy-duty three and a half-inch tubular stainless steel with a textured black powder coat finish. So, as far as price goes, this one comes in at around $300 making it one of the most budget-friendly options that includes lighting. I'm giving this install one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It does feature direct bolt-up installation but if you'd like to retain your splash guard you will have to cut it. All and all this can be done in approximately two hours. So, with that said, let's jump right into our install.For this install, you will need an impact gun or a ratchet, you may also want a long extension, 18, 16, 13, 10 and 7-millimeter sockets. 18, 16, and 13-millimeter wrenches and a cutting tool. All right, so the first step we need to uninstall this plastic lip on the bottom of your bumper, grab a 7-millimeter socket and remove the bolts underneath holding it on. With all the bolts removed, grab the lip and slide it forward and out. On models without tow hooks, you're gonna be removing these two nuts on the lower mounting point for your bumper in order to put a bracket there. Now, on models with tow hooks, you will not need this bracket and there is still one nut holding on the bumper but still just be careful while you're doing this. Grab an 18-millimeter socket, let's get these off. Now, you're gonna grab the bracket marked D for driver and install it over the studs. With the factory hardware, just leave it loose for now, we're gonna tighten it back up later. Repeat that process on the other side.Now, grab your bracket marked P for the passenger side and install it loosely over these studs. Grabbing the next bracket, this one's gonna be marked P, we're still on the passenger side here. Line it up over the studs on the bracket you just installed. And then with a washer, lock washer and nut get them loosely installed. Again we're gonna tighten this down later once we're sure of the alignment of the bull bar. Repeat that on the driver side with the driver side bracket. Now, we can install these support brackets and they are side specific, although they're not marked. So, just check that you have the proper one by laying it up to this bolt here, there should be a small hole on the bracket that you already installed. Once you're sure you have the right side, grab an 18-millimeter socket and remove this bolt. Line up the bracket and reinstall the bolt. Again, we're gonna leave this loose for now and tighten everything up at the end. Finally, install the smaller hardware through the opening and through the slotted hole on the bracket using a lock washer, washer and nut, get it loosely installed. Repeat that process on the other side.All right, so before we can physically bolt up our bull bar to the truck, we do need to prep it a little bit so it can go on. We're gonna start with the light bar, you can do this when it's on the truck but it might be a little easier to do it beforehand. Line it up with the opening, grabbing your bolt, lock washer and washer, go through the attached bracket into the light bar. Grab your 13-millimeter socket and tighten these down. Now, you can install the brackets to the bull bar, place the bracket over top and it's gonna have this part of it towards the inside. Grab the smallest hardware and thread it in. Again, we're gonna leave this snug but not tight because there is a lot of play to the brackets still, we wanna make sure it lines up perfectly to the front of your truck before we tighten anything down. Repeat that on the other side.Have someone help you line up the brackets on the bull bar that you just installed to the brackets on your truck. Grab the hardware, line them up and get them installed again snug for now. Hold up the other side, line up both brackets and install your hardware. Starting with the bolts on the frame, grab your 18-millimeter socket and tighten them down. Next up, tighten down the bolts holding your brackets together using an 18-millimeter socket. Now, you can tighten these OEM bolts holding on this forward bracket using your 18-millimeter socket. Using an 18-millimeter wrench and socket tighten down the bolts holding your bull bar to the brackets. Next up with a 16-millimeter wrench and socket, tighten down the bolt holding your support bracket to the main bracket. Using a 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench, tighten down the bolts that hold the bracket to the bull bar.First up we need to mount this relay somewhere. There's lots of different choices in the engine bay. I'm going to zip tie it to this plastic bracket down here. But you're welcome to position it anywhere that will allow the wires to reach. Now, you wanna route the remaining wires, the end that hooks up to our light bar we're just gonna route down for now so that we can hook up our light bar and then we can tuck it away later. So, down through the bottom should work. Next up, our positive and negative terminals, route these towards the battery and the switch goes on this end. We're gonna route that along here and you can route it into your cabin if you'd like, pretty much anywhere you want the switch to mount is fine. We're gonna go through this rubber grommet, that should put it in a nice spot on our driver side. You can tuck all these wires away and secure them. Make sure nothing's loose or hanging. Now, we're gonna attach our positive and negative leads to the battery, starting with the positive side we're gonna remove this 10-millimeter nut and attach the positive terminal and tighten it down. Repeat that with the negative terminal, this one is a 13-millimeter nut.All right, go ahead and pull the cable through that rubber grommet. Make sure to reset it too when you're done as best you can. Now we can mount up our switch, run the cable through here and you can mount this wherever you'd like inside your cab. This seems like a good spot so we're gonna go here. Pull the cable down, connect it to the rest of your harness, you should see a light come on your switch to know that it's hooked up properly, and then tuck this up and out of the way. All right at this point, you can get back underneath the truck, plug in your wiring harness to your light bar, test and make sure it works. And then you're gonna tuck the remainder, any excess wiring you have out of the way and make sure that it's secured.All right, that is gonna do it for the review and install of this bull bar, and remember for all things Ram, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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