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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the Armor Heavy Duty Front Bumper available for the '13 to '18 RAM 1500 excluding the Rebel Model. You should be checking this out if you're looking for an entry-level off-road front bumper to not only beef up the appearance of your truck, but also give you a little bit more protection at the front end from both on and off-road obstacles.Being an entry-level front bumper, it may not come with all the bells and whistles of a more premium option, but it's gonna give you an entrance into the off-road world and appearance and functionality. That's got a very angular, blocky-looking design, it's got better ground clearance at the front end coming up off the ground a little bit higher than your factory bumper, and it's got better approach angles here.Now, if you're looking for all-out ground clearance and you're really heavy into off-roading, check out some of the pre-runner options out there. This guy is just a little bit blockier, it's a little bit bigger than some of the other ones, but it's very durable. It's made from 5/32-inch steel plating, fully welded, one-piece full with design. It's got a textured black powder coating. Now, that powder coating there has a two-stage of poxy precoding, and then the high-quality black powder coating on top. Now, this design, in particular, there's a couple of bumpers out in the category that look very similar to this one but with very subtle differences, so it's all personal preference.This textured black powder coating is a little bit smoother than some of the other ones that look a lot like it. If you're looking for something with more texture, there are other ones out there like the body armor option. If you like a fine grain texture, this is a great way to go. And it's got somewhat of a sheen to it, a slight sheen, but more of a matte black finish. Like I said, this does have room for additional auxiliary lighting later on. You can see this angular fog light cutout, good for two to three fog lights, and we'll take a closer look at that comparing it to stock a little bit later on in the video. You have an option to add a light bar in the center there and both the brackets for the light bar and the fog lights on the side are welded on inside the bumper. It also comes with additional light bar brackets in the box to help you bolt them right up so no drilling will be required.It also allows you to retain your factory tow hooks, it's got the cutouts there on the bottom. That one there is a little bit different than some of the similar designs in the category that has a closed-off bottom section whereas some of the other similar designs out there have an open-ended tow hook section. So again, personal preference, very small differences, may not make a difference in functionality, but it's just an appearance thing, obviously, that comes down to personal preference. When it comes to price, this guy is coming in right around 950 bucks.Install, I'm giving two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, definitely at least a two-man job. It is a pretty heavy bumper given that it's all fully welded steel that's gonna need some help with holding it up while you work the wrench or vice versa. Install time is about two, maybe three hours from start to finish, I'm gonna show you every step of that process. And before we get started, because you have better approach angles on the corners here, your factory wheel well liners or fender liners hang down a little bit lower than the bumper itself, in which case, I recommend just trimming them right off, trimming off the excess so you don't see them from the front end or you can remove the wheel well liner altogether.Now we're not gonna be cutting our wheel well liner because our truck will be going back to stock, but I recommend cutting it, and I'll talk about that at the very end of the install. With that said, let's get started. Tools used in the install include an impact gun, a ratchet, extensions, 8 and 10-millimeter deep sockets, 10-millimeter swivel socket is recommended 16, 18, and 19-millimeter deep sockets, 5/32 hex socket or Allen key, small swivel socket, Phillips head screwdriver, 16 and 18-millimeter wrenches.The first step of the uninstall here is to go into your wheel well, so you can start on the driver or passenger, I'm on the passenger side. I'm gonna grab my Phillips head screwdriver, a small one, and remove the three Phillips head screws in our wheel well. Now, some models may have 7 or 8-millimeter bolts instead, but either way, you're gonna get these guys off and out of the way. With these guys out of the way, we can peel back our wheel well liner to expose the bolts holding the bumper to the fender. I'm just gonna fold that behind the tire to gain access to the backend.Now, our next step is extremely difficult to see, but there's basically a bolt on this bracket here, you can see the top of the stud bolt facing up and, then there's one directly here facing down. Now, you can get a ratchet and socket in there. There's just enough room for me to get my impact gun in though, and that's what we're gonna do here. But you can grab your 10-millimeter socket, whether it be with a ratchet or an impact like this, I'm using a swivel socket to get these guys off. All right. So that's the one facing up like that, now we can tackle the one facing down. All right. We got that loosened up there, that one is tucked in this corner here, just like that facing down. Now this comes off. All right. So now you can repeat this exact same process on the other side.All right. So we have our truck up in the air, if you're working in your driveway, of course, you're just gonna crawl up under the front end there. We're gonna unplug the master harness for our fog lights. Now, if your vehicle doesn't have fog lights, you may not have this harness, but we do. So we're basically just gonna pinch this guy and disconnect, it's there on our driver's side. So now I'm showing you guys on the passenger side how to remove the bumper bolts connecting to the frame. There are 3 of them to 18-millimeter nuts. For this, I'm gonna use my ratchet, a short extension for a couple of them, and my 18 deep sockets to get those guys off. Once you crack it loose, you can most likely get it off by hand. Now, once you crack that loose, you can get it off by hand and then repeat that for the third nut directly above this one here, in which case, we'll have to take off our extension. All right. Repeat that on the other side. So at this point, your bumper is loose, we can pop it off from the front end. You want to make sure you're cracking both sides loose just like that, carefully pulling it off the truck and setting it aside. All right. Not quite done the uninstall just yet, we got to get our black trim pieces off that were underneath of the bumper, there are three of them, two are the same, one each corner and then the middle piece. The ones in the corners have three 10-millimeter bolts, one in each of these little divots there. Grab your 10 socket and extension and get these off. Okay. Repeat that same thing for the other side.Now, that middle trim piece has 4 bolts, 2 on each corner, grab your 10 socket and an extension, and get these 2 guys off on each side. All right. Repeat that for the other side. Okay. With this fourth one, the whole thing will come off. All right. There are four Christmas tree clips in here, so basically what you're gonna do is pull straight back and disconnect those Christmas tree clips, they're just plastic. Right there, you can see all four of those, they snap right in, set this guy aside.So we've got our factory '14 RAM bumper off of the front end and we have it underneath of our Armor front bumper. Now this heavy-duty bumper here has a lot of differences compared to the factory bumper, so let's talk about it. This bumper here is made from a 5/32nd steel plating, fully welded, a lot more durable than the factory bumper ever could be. Another big thing is ground clearance. Now, this isn't the most ground clearance acceptable bumpers in the category, but it's definitely gonna give you more ground clearance than your factory bumper, which you can see this bottom lip hangs down pretty low. That means anytime you go over some of the smaller obstacles on and especially off-road, you're probably gonna come in contact with it at the front end here.You may have a little bit better of a chance going over with this guy here because it comes up a lot higher, and the same thing goes for approach angles in the corner since it's angled upward instead of angled downward like the factory bumper. So better angles and better ground clearance than the factory one. You'll also notice that this bumper is extremely angular, it's got a lot of blocky parts to it in sections there, all fully welded like I said. The angular design continues with the fog light cutouts, which are good for up to two to three cube lights like I said earlier. It's got a honeycomb backing on the inside too and slots up top for you to bolt up some auxiliary lighting.Not the case here with the factory bumper. Again, if you have factory fog lights like we do, some vehicles do not, then you have those at the front end, but the opportunity for auxiliary lighting is not present on the factory one without modification, so you have a lot of opportunities there. There are pre-drilled holes here for factory parking sensors, our truck did not come with them so we're not gonna be using those. We are gonna be using the grommets included in the kit to plug up the open holes. You have a center cutout good for a 20-inch dual-layer light bar if you're looking to add that or you can add some more cube lights there as well. Overall, more durable, better angles, better ground clearance, and more opportunities add in the future whereas your factory bumper is just a lot more susceptible to damage.With that said, we have to install our corner triangles that will fill the body gaps on the corners there where it meets the fender, and then we'll plug up those holes. All right. So we're gonna grab those triangles there. They're marked P and D on the inside there for passenger and driver. You're gonna take the hex screw or bolt included in the kit and you're gonna thread it on from underneath through the open hole on the corner. Then you're gonna use your Allen key included in the kit or if you're looking to make life easier, you can use a 5/32nd hex socket. All right. Now I can grab my Allen key and just finish off a job and then repeat on the other side. Now, if you have parking sensors, you want to transfer them over now, but since we don't, I'm gonna be using these rubber grommets which go straight in through the back, kind of looks like this, thread it through the back with your fingers and you can push it right into place. All right. Repeat that for all of them. All right. The same thing on the other side. First, after the install, we're gonna head back over to our frame here. You want to grab the brackets included in the kit, they are site-specific, they're labeled P for passenger, D for driver, and hold it up just like that, it's gonna line up to the holes on the frame there. You want to grab the hex bolts included in the kit and put them through from the front, facing the back. You want a washer on the bolthead side, washer on the back, followed up by a split washer, and then your nut. Now you gonna do that for all four holes. We're gonna put the bolts on loosely by hand in all four holes and then go back and tighten them down. All right. Once you have all four bolts on, you're gonna make sure the bracket is centered, make sure it's level, and then tighten all four down with your 16 socket and 16 wrench. Repeat on the other side. All right. At this point, you can grab a friend, get your bumper set up in place on those brackets and use the bolts included in the kit to tighten them down. All right. So again, with the helping hand of a friend, hold that bumper in place and put the bolts through. So now we have the truck up in the air just to make life a little bit easier, but of course, if you're in the driveway at home, you're just gonna crawl underneath the front and finish off putting your bolts through. All right. Once you have all the bolts through on each side, three on each side, so just repeat this on the other side, and then you're gonna line up your bumper to make sure they have even body gaps on both sides, and then tighten them down. With the helping hand of a friend, lift the bumper into place and tighten them down with your 18 socket and wrench. Once you have one side tight, do the same thing on the other side.Now, like I said earlier, because our bumper has a better ground clearance and better approach angles, your wheel well liners hang down below. Now, what I'd recommend doing here is taking a box cutter or something sharp like that, maybe a sharpie, mark a line parallel to the bottom of the bumper here, and then trim the excess off of your fender liners just to make sure that it's not visible from the front end, now that's one solution. The alternative would be to completely remove your well liners or leave them as is. Because our trucks gonna be going back to stock, I'm not gonna be permanently cutting them, I'm just gonna tuck back the wheel well liner to give you guys a better idea of what it would look like if you did cut yours, but that's the recommended process, just cut straight across to make it even with the bumper.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Armor Heavy Duty Front Bumper available for the '13 to '18 RAM 1500 excluding Rebel Models. Get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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Highly Reliable Safeguard. Whichever vehicle you drive, you should always ensure that you are safe. This is especially important for heavy duty vehicles primarily driven off-road. The vehicles encounter immense barriers that make it necessary to install a protective device. If you are wondering what to do to enhance the safety of your passengers, then this Armour Front HD Bumper is what you need. The bumper is the surest way to protect yourself in a case of an accident. It’s made of heavy duty stainless steel construction technology. The material gives it a firm and sturdy nature that acts as a guard against injuries.
Incredible Longevity. The bumper has an assured durability. The thick steel used in its construction doesn't corrode easily. Additionally, the material is stainless and has a superb strength to face all the environmental hazards encountered both off-road and on the road. The bumper has an amazing ability to absorb shock, and it doesn't bend easily
Impressive Design. This front HD bumper is uniquely designed to give your vehicle a classy and elegant look. This offers a duo-function of protection and providing an excellent look to your truck. The bumper is devised in a way that it can accommodate a winch. This increases flexibility and enhances the functionality of the truck.
3-Year Warranty. This product has a 3-year warranty against structural and workmanship defects. The repair and replacement mustn't result from carelessness and use for the unintended purpose.
Application. This Armour Front HD Bumper is specially made for 2013-2018 Dodge RAM 1500s, except Rebel models.
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