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Joe: In this video we're gonna be taking a closer look at the Barricade 3-inch Bull Bar in black, fitting all '19 and newer Ram 1500s, excluding the Rebel models. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for a budget-friendly, off-road-capable bull bar to add protection and blackout styling to the front end of your truck. So, what do we have going on here with the Barricade 3-inch Bull Bar? First things first, let's dive into build quality, and this is made out of heavy-duty three-inch tubular stainless steel which is then sealed in that black powder coating, which is not just there to add to that sort of blackout styling, but it's also going to serve as a second layer of protection over top of that stainless from any corrosion. Now, if that blackout look isn't your style, Barricade also makes this available with a bare polish stainless if you're going for more of the chrome look on the front end of your truck, and I think that would also match pretty well with the chrome accents on the front of the redesigned Ram. However, just keep in mind that bare polish stainless version, that is gonna cost you a little bit extra.This design has a couple of nice features integrated in. You can see this skid plate down here, which is a nice touch. It is a little bit thin, but at the very least, it's going to encourage obstacles to go underneath your Ram instead of into the front of it, and also we have two pre-drilled holes right up here for two cube lights, or up to a 20-inch light bar. None are included in the kit, but if you did have some after-market lighting, those holes are all set for you and ready to go. If not, they do include some rubber plugs in the kit you can throw in there to help keep the looks clean. Now, one thing I wanna mention about this bull bar, it's gonna be the front plate mounting area. This is gonna block access to the factory mounting points for the front plate, however, Barricade has thought of that, and they have made a relocation bracket available. That's gonna cost you about $20 bucks extra, but if you do live in a state that requires a front plate, obviously I recommend picking that up. Bracing for this bull bar as you see it right here, gonna drop in right around that $200 mark, which really is not too bad considering that this is made out of stainless, you've got that black powder coating over top. I think this adds a lot to the looks of the front end of the fifth-gen Ram, definitely a good return on investment.Now, before we move on to the install, there are a couple things I think that are worth noting. First things first, we have front proximity sensors. Having something like this on the front of your truck, it's gonna give you a false positive. If you still wanna go ahead and install this anyways, you can always turn off the sensor noise in the infotainment of the truck itself. Secondly, this is only designed to fit fifth-gen Rams, so if you have a 2019 Ram Classic, that's a fourth-gen truck. This is not gonna work for you. Thirdly, keen-eyed viewers out there will probably notice that this truck is missing its air dam in order to make room for the mounting brackets. I did have to remove that. The instructions do tell you to make a couple cuts in that to allow the brackets to poke through. Unfortunately, I won't be able to show you how to do that, but I will be able to show you how to remove it, and hey, once you get it off it'll probably be easier to make the cuts anyways. After you get that taken care of, this is gonna be a straight bolt-on, and for that, I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. At most, this should take you about one hour with nothing but some basic hand tools. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools I used and how it's done.Tools you'll need to bring along for this install will include an impact, U-joint, socket set wrench running 10-millimeters all the way up to 19-millimeters, a ratchet, trim panel removal tool, 18, 13, and 10-millimeter wrenches as well. Now, first things first before we move onto removing this big plastic piece underneath of our front bumper here. I want to state that we're doing this job on a lift. That's gonna make things really easy, however, if you are working on the ground, you can do this. Now, I would recommend getting some ramps, something like that, because there's a lot of hardware that holds this in if you do plan on removing it. If not, you could always make those cuts right here to make room for the brackets, and this will work just fine. Now, before we actually start working on that, we're gonna need our 10-millimeter socket for something different. We're gonna remove this active air splitter underneath here, that's gonna give us a lot more space to work. So, this splitter right here has two motors on it. Each motor has two 10s that basically hold the splitter to the motor. And that side is gonna fall right out. This side does have the motor on it, which basically blocks that bolt head, so what we're gonna do here is get the old-school ratcheting wrench in to remove that one. On the other side you can get in there pretty well. Just gonna let that one fall, and we're gonna do this side as well. So, now we can actually get started on removing this big plastic piece. Again, if you're cutting you could do this on the truck. In our case, we're gonna be removing this, and how you do that is every time you see a clip like this you can expect a 10-millimeter nut on top. Some of them are a little bit tougher to get to. You're gonna need one of these, and also we're gonna be using the ratchet and the 10-mil on a U-joint to get all these out.So, now these brackets are the only thing holding on this chin spoiler here. They're held on with a pushpin right there to the front bumper, so that can pop out with the trim tool, and then it's held on at the top with a 10-millimeter bolt. Just for safe keeping I'm gonna thread that right back in. Also, we have this small wire right here. That can get the trim panel tool as well. That's just held onto the top of that bracket with a Christmas tree clip. And then we can do the same thing to the other side. And with this bolt, the whole spoiler is gonna fall off. So, now we can finally start work on our mounting brackets, and I'm just gonna hold one up here just so you guys can see where we're gonna have to go. You can see there's three holes, one, two, three. The 2 that are perfectly vertical with each other, we have 2 13-millimeter bolts there. This one is gonna be empty, so what we're gonna do for that is we're gonna reach behind, we're gonna put through the bolt plate that comes into the kit, and then there's a plastic washer that goes on there just to hold it still. Then we can grab our 13-millimeter socket and get those two bolts out of the way. With all that out of the way, we can go ahead and put our bracket up, and I'm just gonna rest it on that stud there for a second. And then we can come in with our new hardware, flat washer, a lock washer, and a 13-millimeter nut. That's gonna be for the bolt plate. We do get some new hardware for those other two holes, as well. You can use the old stuff, but the new stuff just gives you a lock washer, which is probably not a bad idea. Now, those holes are slotted. I'm just gonna aim for the middle and tighten them all down.Now, before we wrap thing up, with this there is a support bracket that's going to install right there, underneath of this body bolt. That's a 19-millimeter socket in size, so we're just gonna remove that and install our support bracket. Grip here. I'm gonna go ahead and slip a 13-millimeter bolt through, lock washer, the flat washer, and a 13-millimeter nut. Now we're gonna go over to the driver's side and do the same thing. We're gonna start with our bolt plate and then install our plastic washer. Then we can remove those two 13-millimeter bolts. After all that's done, in comes our mounting bracket, and then flat washer, lock washer, and nut on our new bolt plate. New hardware for where those bolts were. Then we can loosen up our 19-millimeter body bolt, slide underneath our support bracket, snug that back down, and secure the two brackets together with the 13-millimeter hardware. Next we're gonna line up the bull bar and secure it to the mounting brackets with the 18-millimeter hardware. Now, guys, that's gonna do it for the install. If this still needs some adjustment, all the holes are slotted so you can loosen up the hardware, make an adjustment as needed, and tighten it all back down to get this sitting pretty. But that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade 3-inch Bull Bar fitting all '19 and newer Ram 1500s, excluding the Rebel models. Thank you guys so much for watching. Make sure you keep it right here at American Trucks for all things Ram.
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Protect Your Front-End. Protect the front fascia and undercarriage of your Dodge RAM 1500 with the Barricade 3-Inch Bull Bar; Black. This bull bar goes on the front end of your truck to shield it against off-road hazards and brutal impact.
Enables Additional Lighting. With a pair of mounts located in the middle, this bull bar enables you to introduce additional lighting to enhance your viewing ability when driving.
Durable and Corrosion-Resistant. This bull bar has incredible toughness thanks to its 3-inch round stainless-steel tubing. It is finished with a gloss black, powder-coat finish to optimize its corrosion resistance.
Easy Installation. Due to its bolt-on design and the inclusion of mounting hardware, this bull bar will be easy to install on your truck. Reserve up to an hour to complete this installation.
Application. The Barricade 3-Inch Bull Bar; Black is designed to fit all 2019-2023 Dodge RAM 1500 models except the Rebel. Does not fit RAM 1500 Classic models. It is sold individually.
Technical Note. The Bull Bar may interfere with the function of the front parking sensors, if equipped. The Bull Bar will also require you to relocate your Front License Plate, if equipped.
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Does not fit RAM 1500 Classic Models, fits the New Body Models Only.