Review & Install Video
Now, the Xtreme Heavy Duty Brush Guard we have here from Barricade is available for any F150 owner looking to add some serious frontend protection to their truck, which will definitely help for the guys looking to do some serious off-road trail running, or for the guys just looking for one of those beefed-up and aggressive exterior appearances. Now, this one in particular, obviously, has that mirror-like shine and a polished finish, but if you're more of a stealth over flash kinda guy, black is also an option as well.Now, the installation for this, as you can imagine, is gonna be pretty difficult by yourselves, since it is pretty bulky and heavy. This big guy will get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, however, does not require any drilling or cutting, but I'd recommend having a helping hand on deck to get this thing installed. Taking a closer look at the functionality aspect of the brush guard, you'll notice that this is the Heavy Duty Xtreme version of a pre-existing brush guard much like this one from Barricade. Now that one, of course, is gonna be the more budget-friendly and more entry level option. Since this is the big brother, expect the protection aspect and the functionality to be taken up a notch, especially, in the upper grill area. Now, this was made out of a one-and-a-half-inch heavy duty tubular steel from top to bottom, left to right, the whole thing extremely durable stuff. As you can see, the bright mirror-like shine on top goes great with any exterior chrome trim you may already have on your F150 now.Aside from that, you can see the vertical bars here actually have some sort of matte black, almost rubbery material covering the polished finish. It adds some contrast to it, but for functionality sake, it actually helps protect it against anything you might be bumping into. Aside from that, you can see the headlight portion does do a full wrap around design, much like its little brother or the entry level option I already mentioned. But the Heavy Duty Xtreme option here goes a little bit further and adds an extra supportive bar underneath. This, in my opinion, actually, goes great with the lines of the vehicle. Barricade did a really good job of mimicking the headlight design, kind of this curved up portion, so it does look it belongs in the frontend of your F150. Now, I did already mention the Xtreme takes it a little bit further with the grill protection as well. Not only are you getting added support bars here for the cross beams, but you're also getting a full stainless steel punch plate. Basically, a secondary grill in front of your pre-existing one to help, you know, keep the debris and unwanted rock chips out from touching the frontend of your truck. Now, as you can see down low, a couple of horizontal bars, obviously, offer some frontend protection for your lower bumper area, in addition to the grill and headlight portion. This also is a good area to mount some accent lighting to the frontend of your truck. If you've always wanted to throw a light bars, spotlights, or fog lights on your frontend, but haven't really wanted to drill into the truck itself, now you can do it into the pre-existing holes in these mounting brackets in the middle. This way, a good lighting bar can go in here, whichever one of your choosing, and, obviously, you don't have to do any extra work to have it mounted.This heavy duty option I have here from Barricade runs just around the $700-mark. If you feel you're really not gonna reap the benefits of the Xtreme Heavy Duty version, the little brother you can get for yourself for just around $500, saving yourself some money, and you can even still get the additional lighting output as it already has the pre-drilled holes as well. Either way, the polished and black versions are available. Polished is gonna run you just a little bit more than the black options, but obviously comes down to personal preference at the end of the day.When it comes on to actually mount this thing on your frontend, you wanna be prepared to lose your factory tow hooks, if your truck came with them from Ford. Now, either way, whether you have to do some cutting or not, I am still giving this a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter simply because it is a direct bolt-on install. And if you do have to cut, it's extremely minor at that. Ratchets and sockets, that will do the trick, getting the brackets installed. And, of course, if you're cutting, cutting tool of your choice will do the trick as well. Two hours at the absolute maximum, one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter.The first thing you wanna do is pop open your hood to get the front grill out of the way. Then remove the hex nut from the lower bumper support. Put the outer bumper brackets into place on each side, and then tighten the hex nut back into place. Remove the rubber splash shield from the frame, which is held on by a couple of pushpin. The inner and outer support brackets will go on each side of that frame where the splash shield was and the longer bolts will connect them on top and underneath of it.Once those are torqued down, you and a friend can help with the brush guard into place on your frontend, and you can bolt them down to the front bumper brackets you put on in the beginning. There's an extended support bar that goes underneath and that will be torqued down as well. From there, you should be good to go. With that said, we're gonna wrap things up here, so if you're the owner of an '09 to '14 F150, you might wanna check out the Barricade Xtreme Heavy Duty Brush Guard in a polished stainless steel finish. You could find it right here at americantrucks.com.