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Hey, guys. It's Sara with americantrucks.com, and today we have a review and install of the Barricade Pre-Runner Front Bumper with Skid Plate, fitting your '07 through '13 Silverado 1500. This is perfect for the Silverado owner looking for a high-clearance front bumper that includes accessories like the over rider hoop, skid plate, and mounting points for lighting. This high-clearance front bumper features heavy-duty tube and plate steel construction with a textured black powder coat finish. This bumper includes the optional over rider hoop as well as a skid plate and comes with several brackets to add lighting in multiple locations. And as far as price goes, this bumper comes in at around $750, which is middle of the road price-wise when compared to other options. And for your money, you are getting one of the most high-clearance options and it does include additional accessories and mounting points for lighting.And as far as the install goes, I'm giving this one a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It does feature a direct bolt-up install with no modification required, but you may want to trim your wheel well liners. All in all, this can be done within two hours. So, let's jump into our install. For this install, you will need an impact gun or a ratchet will work just fine. You'll need 4-millimeter and 5-millimeter Allen keys or Allen sockets, 10-millimeter, 13-millimeter, 15-millimeter, 18-millimeter, and 21-millimeter sockets, 19-millimeter, 18-millimeter, 13-millimeter, and 10-millimeter wrenches, a pop clip removal tool, and a razor knife or similar tool if you choose to cut your wheel well liners. All right, so the first step in our uninstall, we are gonna pull the grille out. This is not a necessity if you'd like to get to the bolts behind it, but I think it makes it a little bit easier. So, let's grab our pop clip removal tool and remove all the pop clips holding on our rad support covered. And with all the pop clips removed, pull up and remove your rad support cover.Next up we're gonna remove the four 10-millimeter bolts holding on the top of our grille. With your 10-millimeter socket get these removed. Now, with the bolts removed out of the top of the grille, you can grab it and pull it straight back towards you to release the rest of the clips. With the grille removed, you can see the 21-millimeter bolt that you have to remove. Grab a 21-millimeter socket and you may want a small extension, go ahead and get it removed. And there's another one on the other side of the truck. Go ahead and remove that one as well. Next up, we're gonna remove the bolts holding on the bumper support bar. We're gonna use a 15-millimeter socket and you may want a small extension as well as a ratchet to get this out. Repeat that on the other side. All right, so be prepared now that all of the bolts are out of your bumper, it's not held on by anything right now, so make sure it's supported. Once you have a good hand on it, go ahead and remove your bumper.Next up we're gonna remove the caps on the end of the frame rails here. There are two nuts on the inside, they're 21s. So, grab a 21-millimeter socket, and let's get these removed. Remove the bolt plate out the other side and remove the cap off of the end of your frame rail. Repeat that on the other side. All right, now one more step before we can install our new bumper. We're gonna remove these supports because we don't need them for the new one, we wanna make sure they're out of the way. Now, there are two 15-millimeter bolts right underneath here attached to the frame, we're gonna get those removed. Grab your 15-millimeter socket, go ahead and get them out. All right, now we are missing one bolt on the other side here. You wanna repeat that step on your other side. Remove all of the bolts that you have and remove the support off of the truck. All right. So one more thing that has to come off before we can begin our install is the factory skid plate.We will be replacing it, so we're gonna remove this one by removing four 15-millimeter bolts, two at the top and two underneath. With your 15-millimeter socket, go ahead and get these bolts removed. Moving on to the top bolts, get them both removed, and remove your skid plate. All right, now that we have our factory bumper uninstalled from our truck, we can check it out side by side with our new bumper here. Now, as you can see, this one is quite a bit smaller than your factory. It's gonna get you a ton more ground clearance, but it's still just as strong if not stronger, thanks to its tube and plate steel construction, which will hold up much better than the plastic of your factory. In addition, it features a textured black powder coat finish to get you that aftermarket look and style that you're going for. It's packed full of nice features like the over rider hoop, skid plate, and several mounting points for lighting. So, with that said, let's finish up our install.All right. So at this point, we're gonna install some pieces to our bumper before we can get it mounted up. We're gonna start with this center plate. Now, this differs if you have a light bar versus not. We do not have one today so we're using this plate. There's another one included if you do have one. What we're gonna do is line it up. First up is we're gonna line up this plate to the bracket on the bumper and we're using a hex bolt with a washer on one side and then a washer, lock washer, and nut on the other side. Repeat that on the other side, again, using one of the hex bolts with a washer, lock washer, and nut on the opposite side. We'll want a washer on both sides of the bolt as well. Now, we are gonna tighten these down, but you wanna be aware of where the other holes line up in the front of your bumper to be sure that you don't tighten it too much in one direction that doesn't line up anymore. With a 13-millimeter socket and a 13-millimeter wrench, go ahead and tighten these down. Repeat that on the other side.Now, as long as the holes are still lined up with the bumper, we can install our smaller Allen hardware with a washer, lock washer, and a nut on the backside. This is your M6 hardware. Then with a 4-millimeter Allen key or Allen socket and a 10-millimeter wrench, go ahead and tighten it down. Moving on to the center mounting point, repeat that process to install your hardware, and then tighten them down. Then finally, the last mounting point on the other side, repeat that process again. All right, at this point, we can bolt up the over rider hoop. Now, if you do not want this on your bumper, they do include block-off plates and you would also install those at this point. What we have is our M8 by 30-millimeter Allen bolts. At this point, we're installing our hardware. We are using a washer up top and a washer, lock washer, and nut on the backside. Repeat that with the rest of your mounting points. And with a 5-millimeter Allen key and a 13-millimeter wrench, go ahead and tighten it down.Now you can repeat that on the other side. Using your 5-millimeter Allen key or Allen socket and 13-millimeter wrench, tighten it down. All right. So our next step, we're gonna bolt up the rest of our brackets to the bumper and then we can bolt up our mid-plate and skid plate. We're gonna start with our large brackets here. This is what's gonna bolt the bumper to the truck. And while we're at it, we're also using this bracket, goes on the outside and this is gonna help bolt up our mid-plate. So, we're lining up all of our brackets, and then with our larger hardware with a washer on one side, go ahead and get those through everything. Then on the other side, we're using a washer, lock washer, and a nut. We're gonna leave this loose for now until we can get it bolted up to our mid-plate. Repeat that on the other side. Next up, we're gonna install our brackets to these brackets on the bumper here. These again are gonna hold on our mid-plate. They are marked driver and passenger because they are side-specific.So, what we're gonna do is install our bolts through the bottom. Now, there is a ton of adjustability here and we're gonna use a washer, lock washer, and nut the other side. We're gonna repeat that on the other side. Next up, we're gonna line up this mid-plate with all the brackets that we just installed. Now, this may take a bit of adjustment to get everything seated where it needs to be. We're gonna grab our Allen head bolts with a washer. On the other side, we're gonna use a washer, lock washer, and nut. Repeat that at your next mounting point. At this point we're gonna grab a 5-millimeter Allen key or a Allen head socket and a 13-millimeter wrench, we're gonna bolt this down. Moving on to our next mounting point, we're using a 13-millimeter wrench and 5-millimeter Allen socket, go ahead and tighten it down. Repeat that for the rest of your mounting points. Next up, we're using a 5-millimeter Allen key and our 13-millimeter wrench. Go ahead and tighten down the other side of the center brackets. Repeat that on the other side.Now for our larger brackets, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna center these and tighten them down. Now, there is a bit of adjustability here. So, if we need to make any adjustments later on, we can definitely do so. With an 18-millimeter socket and an 18-millimeter wrench, go ahead and tighten them down. Repeat that on the other side. All right, at this point, you can grab your bumper and line it up with your truck. The brackets go on the outside of the frame. So, slide it in place and line it up with the bolt holes. All right, at this point, we have our bumper up and we have a few bolts in just holding it in place. Make sure your bumper is supported. Next up, we're gonna have the grille, we're gonna line it up while we have enough room to line up all the posts. So, what we're gonna do is line it up on the truck. There are several clips to get those all lined up. Line it up with the posts on the top and press it into place. And now in order to ensure our grille stays in place, we're gonna reinstall the factory hardware up top and get it bolted down.With your 10-millimeter socket, go ahead and tighten these up. And now we can replace our rad support cover and reinstall all the pop clips. All right, so as you can see, we have one of the bolts already in. We're gonna install the other two in the openings on the outside of the bumper. And once they're through, we're installing a washer, lock washer, and a nut on the other side. Now, with a 19-millimeter wrench and an 18-millimeter socket, go ahead and tighten these down. Now, if you need to, you can adjust later, there's adjustment here and adjustment at the other side of these brackets. Now we can repeat that process on the other side. Again, we already have one bolt and hardware set in, install the other two. Now, with your 18-millimeter socket and 19-millimeter wrench, tighten it down. All right, so before we can bolt up our skid plate, we are putting in two bolt plates inside the frame to hold it on. There are two openings here, so slide the bolt plate in. And now we can install the clear plastic washers to keep this bolt plate in place while we bolt up the skid plate.All right, at this point, we can slide the skid plate up underneath the bumper and start to get it lined up with the holes. Now, once you have it over the studs that we just installed, we're installing a washer, lock washer and nut overtop of the stud. Repeat that for the other stud. Now we can get our bolts installed at the front. We're using our Allen head hardware with a washer, lock washer, and nut on the back, and we have a washer on the front.Moving on to the center section, repeat that process and install your hardware. And finally, at the other side, repeat that process and install the rest of your hardware. Now we can go ahead and tighten everything down. Grab a 13-millimeter socket and tighten down the nuts at the back of your skid plate. And now tighten down the Allen bolts at the front with a 5-millimeter Allen key or Allen socket and a 13-millimeter wrench. All right, so I did wanna point out one thing with this bumper, because it is one of the more high-clearance options, your wheel well liner does hang down quite a bit.Now, if you don't like this look, you can trim it. We won't be trimming on our truck today. But if you would like to, I would suggest marking along the line of the bottom of your bumper and then grabbing a razor knife or similar cutting tool and trimming along the measurement that you made. One more thing I did wanna point out is that as you can see, the windshield washer reservoir hangs down quite a bit as well. Now, if you don't like this look, you can move it up or relocate it. All right, so that is gonna do it for the review and install of this bumper. And remember for all things Silverado, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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