(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Today we're taking a closer look at and installing the DV8 Off-Road Recovery Bumper with the Bull Bar available for the 2007 to 2013 Silverado 1500. You should be taking a look at this particular DV8 bumper with the bull bar option if you're looking to beef up the front end aggression of your Silverado, giving you a more protective front end than that factory bumper can offer. With that being said, there are really three distinct reasons that this bumper stands out from the rest: the styling, the protection, and the recovery opportunities. Now, all of that can be yours for your own '07 to '13 Silverado for just over 600 bucks which again, is on the more affordable side of the spectrum. A lot of these aftermarket bumpers that are fully-welded steel with this much protection can run you over $1,000. And a lot of those don't include the opportunity for the recovery like this one has or the opportunity for additional lighting. So, there really is a lot of bang for your buck with this particular one for just around 600 bucks. Two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here. You can have it done within an hour with the help of a friend. Simple hand tools on deck will get the job done and I wanna show you how to tackle it, so let's get to it. Tools used for this install would be a cordless impact or a ratchet, panel removal tool or a flat-head screwdriver, universal swivel joint, 10-millimeter deep socket, 15-millimeter socket, 18-millimeter deep socket, 21-millimeter deep socket, and 18-millimeter wrench. All right. Kicking off the uninstall here. Of course, we're gonna remove our factory front bumper and as you can see it is in a couple of different pieces. We've got these side panels underneath our headlights on both sides. Then, we have this trim piece and the lower part of the bumper. So, we do have a couple of things to uninstall before moving on to that DV8 bumper. So, to kick that off, I am gonna actually remove our upper grille just to make life a little easier, gain access to the bolts inside this trim piece and our bumper. So, we're gonna pop the hood. I'm gonna use a panel removal tool to pop off the push pin clips holding on our factory radiator shroud. Let's do it. All right. Hood's popped. We got our panel tool here. Now, if you don't have one of these, a flat-head screwdriver will also do the trick. I'm gonna pop off the center section and dig in there. If you need to you can pop the whole thing out. At that point, the plastic will just coming right off. All right. Now, we can take the whole shroud off. Now, for our upper grille here, we'll have four 10-millimeter bolts running underneath of that shroud. That's why we had to remove that piece first. So, grab your impact gun or your ratchet and get those off. At this point, you can lift up and pull back on each one of those bolt holes. That will release the top portion. Once you have that top part released, pull back firmly but cautiously on the bottom so you don't break the metal clips, pull the whole grille out of place. All right. Looking straight down at our frame here you'll see a 21-millimeter bolt on each side of our top trim piece or the top part of that bumper. Grab your impact or ratchet and get those off. Now, we're underneath the truck with a 15-millimeter swivel socket to remove the two 15-millimeter bolts on either side of the front bumper. This will take that middle section and the two side pieces off all in one piece. So, like I said in the very beginning the front bumper on our truck here is a couple of different pieces. The way that we just removed all those bolts today, makes it so that we can just pull it all off in one piece without taken them off separately. This is a much easier way to do things than pulling it off piece by piece. So, now that we have the two top bolts removed and the two bolts underneath on those side brackets connecting them two together, we'll be able to pull this thing off altogether. So, I'm gonna stand here in the middle, pull it up and out, then we're gonna set it on that bracket back here to take a look at them side by side with our DV8 aftermarket bumper. So, let's get to it. So, we finally got our factory bumper off of our 2013 Silverado, sitting underneath of our DV8 Off-Road Recovery Bumper with the bull bar attachment. Now, as you can see, complete night and day difference between the two options here. This one has a very clear distinct function of being off-road capable, extremely durable, armor protective for the front end, while also giving you some recovery points and off-road advantages. The bottom bumper here, that factory chrome kind of tacky, ugly looking bumper there, really has no benefit for off-road, has very poor ground clearance, doesn't protect that front end very much, and also has a lot of chrome. The bumper up top here is fully-welded steel from DV8 with a textured black powdered-coated finish on top to give you that stealthy front end look. Now, the functionary aspect is the really important part. That steel is gonna protect you from all brush or off-road trail hazards or really just things on the road as well. Debris won't be dinging and scratching your front end. It will take the beating for you. The recovery aspect is a whole other thing for off-road as well. It's got a fully-welded winch plate, welded to the inside of this bumper. Which means you can mount a winch of your own to the back end here capable of holding up to 12,500 pounds. That's a lot of recovery opportunity there you can add in yourself. It comes with the galvanized D-rings to further help that out as well. Now, as you can see the open slots here do not have lights preinstalled in them, but they do have welded brackets to the inside. So, if you wanted to pick up additional auxiliary lightning on the side there, you can mount them up without having to drill or cut into this bumper that you just paid 600 bucks for. Now, obviously, when you pick something up like this, you don't wanna have to make modifications to get lighting to work. In this case, you will not. That bull bar up top is giving you that additional protection for your upper grille which some of the other options in the category will not offer. There is a more base model DV8 recovery bumper that is not include the bull bar. So, if you're not really too adamant about going extreme off-roading, you might not need that, you can pick up that base model for just a little bit less. That bull bar, however, does come with welded on brackets as well for a nice size light bar. Can fit about a 40-inch light bar up there which honestly is gonna light up the road pretty well if you wanted to get that additional lighting. That'll really complete that front end look. Now, as you can see that stock bumper down low really doesn't have any of those opportunities. The ground clearance is pretty poor with that factory splitter down low. This has higher approach angles, so you can attack some of those obstacles at a better angle without getting stuck or scraping up the bottom of this. It also gives you a high approach angle in the middle here. And again, it's just gonna protect you in ways that your factory one will not. Now, I wanna stop talking about it. Let's get installed. I wanna show you how they gets done. So, let's get to it. This bracket on each side of the front frame here is gonna have to be removed. These two bolts are together on one piece and they'll be reuse when attaching your new DV8 bumper. So, grab your 21-millimeter socket, remove these nuts and pull the two bolts out. All right. These two are together on one plate, that'll go right back through the same spot through the new bumper brackets. Remove this on both sides. [inaudible 00:08:11]. Make sure...just make sure the wheel liner's inside the bumper. We're underneath here with our twin bolt that we took off of our factory plate. We're gonna do is slide that through the twin holes here and bolt it down the other side with those factory nuts. Can you lift up on it just a little bit? Little more. There we go. All right. Now, we got the new hardware provided to us by DV8. We're gonna make sure we put one washer toward the bolt head, slide that through. And then, we're gonna do another flat washer and then a lock washer. And then, top it off with our nut. All right. Now, same thing on the other side. The new DV8 bolt we have in the bottom is an 18-millimeter, so grab your socket and wrench and tighten those down. Last couple of steps here guys, we're gonna throw on our factory upper grille, then top it off with our radiator shroud, drop the hood back down and we'll be finished. Now, we can put our 10-millimeter bolts back in the top of our grille. Now, before we wrap this one up guys, I just wanna point one thing out here. Now, if you look directly under the bumper after it's installed, you can see the bottom part of your inner fender liner. Now, some guys might not care about this, might not bother them at all. But if you don't like the look of that, you have two options essentially, completely remove the interior fender liner from the inside of your fenders or just give it a cut right along the line of the bumper here. Now, if it was my personal truck I probably would just cut them right below where the bumper is, so you don't have to see that bottom piece here. That's gonna wrap up my review and install of the DV8 Off-Road Recovery Bumper with the bull bar which is available for that '07 to '13 Silverado 1500. If you're looking to pick up something for your Silverado that gives you that really, really off-road aggressive front end, this is a good way to go. It also comes along with a lot of functionality as far as recovery opportunities with the 12,500-pound capable winch plate on the inside of the bumper, galvanized D-rings. So, if you wanna get this one for your truck, you can do so right here at americantrucks.com.
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