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Jake: Jake here for AmericanTrucks. And today, I'm taking a look at this Grille Guard in Black, fitting 2019 and newer Silverado 1500s, excluding the ZR2. Now, whether it's additional protection you're looking for, or just some more of rugged aggressive style, this grille guard is gonna deliver the aesthetic and function you're looking for, all for one of the lowest prices in the category.Now, as you can see, this is a full grille guard. And it's gonna wrap around the edges of your fenders as well, providing you with full coverage for your front lights. And it's just big overall, as you can see. I may not be that big of a person, but this thing is large. And it is gonna cover most of the front end as well, so it's gonna give you excellent protection should you need to actually put it to good use.However, it also isn't gonna compromise on function. Now, obviously, you've still got plenty of access to open the hood. Your headlights are not gonna be obstructed either. And the whole center section too, as you can see, is nice and open. So it's going to allow plenty of airflow into the engine bay through the grille, pretty much like you don't have anything on there.Now, these central uprights are also flat on the outer edges here and they've got a nice covering on them. So, should you need to use this as a bit of a push bar, well, you've got the provisions to do that. Now, I think this brings a bit of that classic farm truck sort of style to the newer Silverado, and I think it works well with the styling too. Now, that is my opinion, obviously, which is subjective. You can formulate your own about it, but there is no denying that this makes the front end look that much more serious and work focused. And you've got some additional functionality to boot without compromising your truck in the process.The guard is constructed from T304 stainless steel. And as you can see, it's finished off in this nice gloss-black coating. So, you've got two really strong layers of protection against rust and corrosion. Plus, the gloss black just looks nice on these trucks, especially if you're going for that blacked outlook with your build. Welds are of good quality, and the thing has got some real heft to it. So, you can rest easy knowing that this is gonna be strong and that it's gonna tolerate whatever you can throw its way.Pricing comes in at about $625, making this the most affordable full grille guard out there for this gen of Silverado. And that's great considering you're still getting good quality materials and solid construction. Now, that is to say, this doesn't have a lot of additional fancy features like a built-in winch mount, but it does have some provisions for additional lights should you want to go that route. So, if you're looking for a grille guard that can handle some abuse and look good without spending your entire budget, this is gonna be right up your alley.Installation is gonna get a two out of three on our difficulty meter. And you should plan on this taking you about two hours to complete. Now, this is a direct bolt-on part that doesn't require you to make any modifications to your truck. However, as we talked about earlier and as you can see, this thing is large. It's cumbersome given the size. So, I would highly recommend that you get a friend to help you out, just for the sake of safety. But with that, let's head over to the install bay and we'll show you how to get this mounted up on your truck.Man: Tools you will need for this install are a ratchet, T15 Torx bit, an adapter, 10-millimeter, 13-millimeter, 17-millimeter, and 18-millimeter sockets, an extension, 13, 17, and 18-millimeter wrenches, the provided 5-millimeter Allen wrench, a clip removal tool, and an impact.What's up, guys? Today, we're gonna be installing a grille guard on a Silverado. So, let's get started. So, our first step is gonna be to remove our factory tow hooks. And each of them are held on by two 18-millimeter bolts. So, to take them off, we're gonna use our 18-millimeter socket and an 18-millimeter wrench. And you may need an extension for your rear bolt as there is a bumper mounting point directly by it.And once you have your bolts out, you can go ahead and remove your factory tow hook, and go ahead and do the same thing for the other side. Now, that we have our tow hooks removed, we can go ahead and start installing our mounting brackets to our frame horns. And to do that, we're gonna go ahead and grab our driver's side bracket first. Notice the L is going towards the outside of the vehicle, not in. And then we're gonna use our provided double bolt plates, two 12-millimeter flat washers, two lock washers, and two 12-millimeter nuts.So, to secure these, we're gonna use our provided double bolt plates first, two 18-millimeter nuts, two lock washers, and two flat washers. And you may have to trim out your bumper insert here. But as you can see, ours has already been trimmed from a previous install. So, we'll go ahead and line that up. Lay our double bolt plate in there so you can go ahead and slide your mounting bracket in, get it kind of lined up. Go ahead and slide your double bolt plate in. Go ahead and get it lined up. Then we can install our nuts and our washers.Now we're under here, under the driver's side frame rail. Now, we can go ahead and install our flat washer, lock washer, and 18-millimeter nut. And we're just gonna snug these down for now. We're not gonna actually send them home. And you can go ahead and repeat this process on the other side.So, once you have your nuts and your washer on, you want to go ahead and just snug them down a bit, not all the way tight yet. This can be a tight squeeze in here, so just have some patience. This front one is directly blocked by the bumper bolt, so we can't really get an impact on it. So, now that we have our front snug down a little bit, we can use our 18-millimeter socket and extension on our impact to go ahead and snug our rear one down. Again, we're not fully tightening things yet, just making them a little bit firm.So, once we have our double-bolt plate snugged up, we can go ahead and grab one of our provided single-bolt plates and go ahead and insert that into your frame rail on the outside. You can go ahead and line that up with your mounting hole and slide that through. And again, we're gonna be using a flat washer, lock washer, and 18-millimeter nut for that one as well.So, now that we have our provided single-bolt plate slid into our frame rail and out towards the driver's side through our mounting holes, we can go ahead and install our flat washer, lock washer, and 18-millimeter nut. And again, we're just gonna snug these down for now. We're not gonna actually tighten them for any adjustments that need to be made. We're gonna go ahead and grab our impact and 18-millimeter socket and just run our nut down a little bit. And then we can go ahead and repeat this process for the other side.So, next, we can go ahead and slide our single-bolt plate into our frame horn and have that pointed out towards the driver's side of the vehicle through our mounting holes onto the other side of our plate. And then you can go ahead and install your flat washer, lock washer, and 18-millimeter nut onto that stud, and go ahead and snug it down using your 18-millimeter socket. But we're not gonna fully tighten it yet. Just snug it a little. Okay. And now you can repeat this process for the other side.So, now that we have our lower mounting brackets on, we can go ahead and move to the upper portion of our grille, and go ahead and remove our radiator shroud and latch release panel so we can go ahead and access the bolts underneath of it holding our grille on. And to do that, we're gonna start with the handle and use our T15 Torx bit and our ratchet to go ahead and remove our two T15 Torx bolts holding our handle on, and go ahead and slide that out of the way instead of to the side.Once you have your handle off, you can go ahead and thread your bolts back in a couple times, just for safekeeping, and go ahead and set your handle off to the side. Now that we have our latch release handle off, we can go ahead and remove the 10 push pin clips holding our upper radiator shroud in place. To do that, we're gonna use our clip removal tool and go ahead and pop them out.Once you have all your clips out, you can go ahead and remove your upper radiator shroud. Once you have your shroud off, we can go ahead and remove the four 10-millimeter bolts holding the upper portion of our grille in place. And to do that, we're gonna use our 10-millimeter socket on our ratchet. And once you have your four bolts out, you can go ahead and pull your grille out from its clips. And go ahead and remove your grille.So, now that we have our grille off, you can go ahead and come to the backside of your upper bumper bracket here and locate the two bolts holding the driver and passenger side on. And you're gonna want to remove the outer bolt towards the outside of the car on each side. And to do that, we're gonna go ahead and use our 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench.Once you have that out, you can go ahead and grab your provided upper brackets. They are marked L for left and R for right. So, we're on the driver's side, so we want the L. You can go ahead and reuse that bolt and go ahead and mount your bracket. Now, your kit will come with adhesive backing for the top and bottom for your bumper to protect it. Ours is already installed. But if you want to put one on each side, that's fine. And we'll go ahead and tighten that back up, again, using our 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench. And then go ahead and repeat the same process for your other side.Now that we have our bracketry installed on our truck, we can go ahead and grab our grille guard, and we're gonna install our wings loosely onto the center section. And for this, it is best to have a second set of hands, but figure we show you how to do it if it's just you for the time being. You can go ahead and use a jack stand or something to prop it up, and we can go ahead and install our hardware for our wings. And to do that, we're gonna grab our 5-millimeter button head screws, two flat washers, and a lock washer.Now that we have our bolt-through with our flat washer on the outside, we're gonna go ahead and install our other flat washer and our lock nut on the inside. And the bottom one will hold this in place. And we have this ear on the top to go ahead and hold the top section in place so we can install our other two. And you go ahead and get those through. Again, flat washer on each side, and our lock nut. Number three.And we're just gonna snug these down for now. We're not gonna fully tighten them all the way. And to do that, we're gonna use our 13-millimeter socket on our impact and your provided 5-millimeter Allen wrench. And just go ahead and lightly tighten them down. And then you can repeat this process for your other side.So, now that we have our wings on our grille guard, we're ready to install it onto our truck. And for this step, you will need an extra set of hands. And to do that, we're gonna mount our top and bottom brackets. And your top one is gonna be using a 17-millimeter bolt, two flat washers, and a lock washer, and a hex nut. And our bottom will be two 18-millimeter bolts, two flat washers, lock washer, and an 18-millimeter nut.So, now that we have our upper brackets mounted, we can go ahead and install our lower hardware bolts. Again, just loosely fitting them now so we can check fitment and adjust as we go. To do that, we're gonna use our two 18-millimeter bolts, two flat washers, a lock washer, and our 18-millimeter nut. And we're keeping everything loose now so we can adjust and get our fitment just how we want it. And also, we'll still need to reinstall our grille.Once you have those two loosely on, we can go ahead and do the same thing for the other side. So, now that we have our grille guard on and we're happy with our lateral adjustments, we can go ahead and fully tighten down our brackets to our frame horn. So, we're under here on the driver's side frame horn, and we're gonna use our 18-millimeter socket, an 18-millimeter wrench on our impact to go ahead and fully tighten these down.And you will need an extension for these inner ones because of the bumper bracket. And you may have to go back and forth once they get set in. And once you have that tight, you can go ahead and do the same thing for your other side. So, now we're ready to go ahead and reinstall our grille. Since we still have our hardware loosely attached up front, we can go ahead and rotate our grille guard forward as far as it'll go. Then go ahead and grab your grille and maneuver it back into place, lining up all your tabs on the bottom first. And go ahead and push all your tabs back into place around your grille. And we're just gonna leave it with the tabs for now and go ahead and tighten up the rest of our hardware on our grille guard before we move on.So, now you're ready to go ahead and set your angle of your grille guard. We're just gonna go ahead and put ours pretty vertical and we have our wings lined up with the angle of our headlights. And then we can go ahead and tighten up our two top bolts first. And to do that, we're gonna use our 17-millimeter socket on our impact and a 17-millimeter wrench. And you may need an extension for this. Go ahead and get the angle you need. You can go ahead and tighten down your other top bolt as well.Next, we can go ahead and tighten our two bottom bolts for each side. And to do that, we're gonna use our 18-millimeter socket on our impact, and our 18-millimeter wrench. And go ahead and do the same thing for the other side. Next, we can go ahead and reinstall our four 10-millimeter bolts holding our upper grille in place. And to do that, we're using our 10- millimeter socket and our ratchet.Now, we can go ahead and reinstall our upper radiator shroud, and just slide that back into place. And reinstall your 10 push pin clips holding it in. And lastly, we can go ahead and reinstall our hood latch release handle. So, we'll go ahead and just slide that over the bracket. Reinstall your two T15 Torx bolts. And to tighten these down, we're gonna go ahead and use our T15 Torx bit on our ratchet.So, now that you have everything back together and we've closed our hood, we can go ahead and do our final inspection of fitment and go ahead and tighten down our wing bolts using our provided 5-millimeter Allen wrench, 13-millimeter socket on our impact. And once you have those tightened down, you can do the same thing for the other side.All righty, guys. That about wraps up our review and install on our Grille Guard with Black finish for your '19 to current Silverado 1500, Excluding the ZR2. Thank you for watching. And as always, for everything Silverado, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Modern Design. Enough are the days of attaching a boring piece of grille guard in front of your vehicle. This Grille Guard features a modern layout that improves the look of your truck. It provides an aggressive appeal to your vehicle making it a serious-looking work truck for the modern age.
Durable Construction. Made from high-grade stainless steel, this grille guard was designed to be tough as nails but still light enough to prevent affecting the weight distribution of your truck. Each weld is carefully made by a master craftsman to ensure the optimal quality for your grille guard. It comes with a black finish that adds a layer of protection to reduce rusting or oxidation.
Installation. This grille guard features a direct fitment design that does not require any additional modification to your vehicle upon installation.
Warranty. This product comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Application. This Grille Guard; Black is designed to fit 2019-2021 Silverado 1500 and 2022 Silverado 1500 LTD. This Grille only fits LTD Models, it does not fit the 2022-2023 New Body Models.
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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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