Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. It's Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, we're gonna be taking a closer look at the Barricade HD Off-Road Front Bumper with LED Fog lights fitting all '15, '16 and '17 F-150 excluding the Raptors. Now this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for a budget-friendly but off-road capable front bumper that's gonna add some protection and additional lighting to the front of your truck.
All right, so what do we have going on here with the Barricade HD off-road front bumper? Well first off, let's go into what this thing is made out of. This thing is made out of cold-formed heavy duty 5/32-inch steel plating, it's finished in that awesome black powder coating which is not just there to add to the looks, albeit if you were going for the blackout look, this would be a perfect match and it's even a great match for our matte black grille but it's also going to serve as a layer of protection against the elements.
That steel plating is gonna be great for durability, we're gonna put this next to the factory bumper in just a second here so we can highlight the differences. But comparing that steel plate to the factory bumper with all the plastic on there, this is definitely gonna be able to take a hit better than the factory front bumper would. So this has the durability, it has the looks but it's also designed with off-roading in mind. This tapers up at each end right in front of the front tires, that's gonna help your approach angle and it's going to allow you to get a tire up onto an obstacle you're trying to climb over just that much easier.
This bumper also adds some utility and style in the way of lighting as there are two 3-inch 5 Watt CREE LEDs cube lights included in this kit. They put out a bright 6,000k color temperature, that's gonna be a light white leaning very, very slightly towards the blue side. These are completely plug and play, so no wiring knowledge necessary to get these installed on the front of your truck. And on top of that, they're also IP67 rated, so they can withstand up to a meter of water for 30 minutes and that's more abuse than they should ever see on the front of your F-150.
Now that's not the only spot you could add some lighting, however, they are the only lights included. If you wanted to take this a step further, you could put a 20-inch light bar in this center section right here. You can flank that with some more cube lights if you want, and if you really wanted to take it the extra step, you could fit a 32-inch light bar on top of this bumper and all the brackets and hardware you need is included in the kit if you do want to go those ways. Now if you don't want to go that way, Barricade does include these filler plates in the kit which probably wouldn't be a bad idea if you have an Ecoboost like our truck here that's going to allow some nice cool air to get in through there and to your intercooler.
Now what I think sets this bumper over the top is just how many features you get to keep from that factory front bumper. Now obviously you get to keep your tow hooks, so that is a great recovery point. You definitely don't want to lose those and this bumper has that functionality built-in. Also if your state requires a front license plate, there is a mounting bracket and pre-drilled poles on the bottom here so you can run that no problem. Now if your truck is optioned with adaptive cruise control, you can also pick up a bracket from us that would relocate that and you get to keep that functionality with this bumper. However, that bracket is gonna come at an extra cost.
Now speaking about optional extras, Barricade even offers some products that are specific to work with this front bumper such as an overrider hoop. You can also pick up a skid plate if you're looking to add some protection to the underneath of it. And of course, there is the matching HD off-road rear bumper out there as well.
Moving right along here to pricing and for this entire kit with the LED lights, we're only looking at about 650 bucks. Now that would be a good deal for the bumper alone but with the lights and all the additional functionality here, this is definitely gonna be a great buy for your F-150 not only in the looks department but in the functionality department as well. This is definitely money well spent. Now if you don't believe me, you don't have to take it from me, take it from our other customers, the reviews on this thing are amazing and there are a bunch of customer photos for you to check out on our website.
So let me show you how to get this thing installed on your F-150. Now this is gonna be really, really easy, there's no modification required to get this installed. And again, all the lighting is plug and play, so no wiring knowledge necessary. And for that, I'm gonna give it an easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. At most, I think this will take you about two, three hours if you come with the right tools. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done.
Tools you'll need for this install are going to include an impact, U-joint, ratchet, extension, 10-millimeter wrench, a basic socket set ranging from 8 millimeters all the way up to 21 millimeters, these Allen keys which do come included in the kit as well as the trim panel removal tool. Before we start the install, I do want to state that we got our truck on the lift, that's just to make the video a little bit easier to shoot. If you guys don't have a lift or a jack, you could definitely get this done on the ground. With that out of the way though, grab a trim panel removal tool or a flat head screwdriver, maybe one wrapped in some electrical tape so you don't mess up the plastic on the front of your F-150. We're gonna peel away these caps on our front bumper, that's gonna reveal some hardware for us to remove so we can get this bumper out of the way.
So with that plastic piece off, you can see these two 21-millimeter nuts here. We're gonna remove both of those, however, I am gonna thread one back on just to hold the bumper on while we remove the rest of the hardware then once this is ready to come off, that'll be easy to reach because it's on the front. And we're gonna do the same exact thing on this side as well.
So now we're gonna crawl underneath of our truck and on the outside of the frame rail we're gonna find another 21-millimeter bolt, we're gonna take that off with the impact. And obviously, we're gonna do the same thing on the other side as well. Now before we pull this bumper off, one thing you want to make sure of, you want to disconnect any electronics, any parking centers, adaptive cruise control, stuff like that, but most of you will probably have this one and it's the fog lights, you want to do that on both sides. Now all of the hardware should be disconnected, all the electronics should be disconnected. One last thing we have to do is just remove the nuts we left on here just for safety sake and then we can pull this bumper off the truck.
So now we're gonna focus on building up our new front bumper and there's a lot of stuff on the table in front of me, we're not gonna use all of this. Mainly you're gonna be installing some grates if you don't have lights or lights if you do have lights, but this kit includes lights as you can see right on the outside here. We're gonna be installing these in just a second. If you don't want to run them though, it does come with the grates to fill in these holes all the way on the side. Now, right in the middle here, you're gonna have a light bar and again, you can flank that with some more cube lights if you want. None of those come in the kit, so we're gonna be installing these grates. However, if you do have a light bar, the brackets are included to mount one in this hole right here and another one up top if you do want to do so. So that's where we're gonna start. We're gonna install this grate, this grate, and this one, so we're gonna flip the bumper over and work on that from the other side.
So to install this, we're just gonna drop in that plate facing out. We're gonna take some of those button head bolts included in the kit, they have the captive washers on there as well as a 10-millimeter flange nut. We're just gonna go around and get all of our grates in place. Just to line things up, I'm gonna get the plate to flank that middle plate in place as well. So now we're just gonna tighten down all of those bolts using the Allen key that comes in the kit as well as a 10-millimeter wrench. Now one thing you do want to be cautious of is you want the bolt heads to be behind the grates here. Just in case you do see those, you won't see the nuts and bolts poking through, this is just a nicer look, I'd recommend doing it that way.
Before we drop our fog lights in, we are gonna have to get these mounting brackets installed. Now that is pretty easy, if I hold it up like this, you can see one side has a notch cut out of it, you want that to face towards the front of the light, so we're just gonna grab that and orient it properly and slide it in between the fins. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna bring that straight back and the idea there, it's gonna provide a little bit of a slide. You can drop a nut in. And in theory, that fin is cut out to hold that nut still, so with that nut being held still we could come in from the side with the bolt and thread the two together. Now once you have the thread started, you can use the Allen key included in the kit to snug that up. We're gonna do that for the other side of the mounting bracket and then we're gonna do the same exact thing on the other light as well.
So with the hardware in place, we can put our mounting bracket where it needs to be and that can go off to the side. For now, we're gonna do the same thing for this light as well. And again you just want to make sure that notch is toward the front of the light, that's gonna give you the range of motion you need. Then we can drop the nut down the fin and get the hardware started through the side of the light. And same thing goes for the other side too.
So now we can take our lights and head back to the bumper. And what we're gonna do is take the 13-millimeter bolt that comes included in the kit with the lights. You can see this mounting bracket is gonna hold the bolt head still, that's gonna give us time to put it into our bumper. And then on the other side, we're gonna follow it up with the lock washer and 13-millimeter nut that come with the lights. Then after that, we can align this guy and tighten down with a 13-millimeter socket. We're gonna do the same exact thing on the other side. Bolt goes through in the bracket, follow up with a lock washer and a nut.
So there's one last bit of prep work we have to do to get this bumper ready and that is going to involve taking some of the hardware off of your F-150. All we're gonna do is take that bolt plate off of the frame. We're going to install that and the kit actually give you some new plastic washers, we're just gonna squeeze those on. And that's gonna hold this in place and they're gonna make it a lot easier to install onto our truck. Same thing goes for this bolt, you'll need to take this off of your F-150 as well, that's gonna go right in the corner here and we can lock that in with a plastic washer. We're gonna do the same thing for the other side as well.
Now the only other thing you might want to install on your new front bumper is this little guy right here, this is for a front plate. Depending on your state you might need this. But other than that, our new bumper is pretty much ready to go. Before we put it on our F-150 though, I figured we put it on the ground next to our factory front bumper and point out some of the key differences between that two and basically what makes this new Barricade bumper so much better than the factory one.
Well, the first and most obvious difference here is gonna come in the looks department. We're trading out that factory plastic and body color look for some heavy-duty steel plate finished in that awesome black powder coating. There is not a 90-degree angle on this thing other than the cutouts for the fog lights I guess, and that in combination with that flat black really gives this bumper the stealth fighter look. It's gonna look great on the front end of our '16 F-150. In terms of durability, that's gonna pay dividends as well, obviously that steel is gonna hold up a lot better than this plastic lip right here as well as the plastic in the front. To be honest, the factory bumper is mostly plastic, so that steel is gonna be a huge upgrade in durability.
Now we know it has the looks going, we know it has the durability going but this Barricade bumper was also designed with off-roading in mind. If you take a closer look at the ends of each of these bumpers, you can see the Barricade tapers up a lot more than the factory one which just has that really square end to it and that's designed to help you out with approach angle. That taper there is gonna open up more of the front face of the tires and when you're off-roading that's exactly what you want. It's going to allow you to easily get a wheel up and over something you're trying to off-road over, so this is gonna be an upgrade in that respect as well.
Now another comparison between these two, we're ditching that old school reflector style foglight for more modern and better looking LED fog light that's gonna throw some more light out the front of our truck. It's gonna do it in a nice bright white fashion, that is gonna be a huge upgrade over the yellow fog lights on our factory front bumper. Now what really sets our new Barricade bumper off and what I think puts this bumper over the edge here is just how many features you keep with this new aftermarket bumper when comparing it to the factory bumper.
If your truck is optioned with adaptive cruise control, you can buy relocation bracket and that'll function just fine with that new Barricade bumper. We're keeping the tow hooks as well. This has the cutouts in the bottom to allow you to keep that recovery point. And I showed you a little bit earlier that front plate mount, so if you have that, you already have holes pre-drilled. We're also keeping our fog lights, albeit upgrading them at the same time.
Now speaking about upgrades, if you wanted to take that Barricade bumper to the next step, you definitely could as there's a lot of features on here for you to upgrade. Now obviously the light bar in the middle you can do, you could flank that with some more cube lights if you wanted to. Again, they're not included in the kit but the option is there. In our case, our EcoBoost truck, we're just gonna use that slot for airflow.
Other options include a skid plate that's specific for this front bumper, gonna give you a little bit of protection underneath of it and an overrider hoop to give you some protection on the top. So we're pretty much ready to go. At this point, this bumper is all set to be installed on our frame rails. We're gonna line it up and secure it with the factory nuts.
So you saw me put the bumper on here, I put this nut on here just to hold it still while we get the other ones in place. There's one on the inside right here, we're gonna get him hand started, and there's one all the way on the outside right here we're gonna hit as well. So now we have all of the hardware on, we're just gonna come in with the impact gun. I'm gonna align this thing and we're gonna tighten down our nuts. Now the top two are a little bit tough to get to, so we're going old school on those, I'm just going to come in here with the ratchet. Same thing goes for this one on the inside as well. Now we're just gonna jump over and do the same exact thing on the other side. And tighten these down with a 21. Also, I found this one on the outside of the frame rail is easiest to get to with a small extension. And then for this one on the inside, you can take the extension off and get pretty good access to that.
So before we call this one, we do have to do a little bit of wiring and that is gonna be pretty simple considering this harness is completely plug and play. First thing we're gonna do is apply our contacts to the terminals on the battery. And I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter socket to remove this nut, we'll install the contact and then re-install. Now for the positive side, we're gonna do the same thing but you're gonna need an 11-millimeter socket to open up this nut. And then we can reinstall that cover. So next up we're going to install this relay and we're gonna do it under this ground. Doesn't need to be a ground, this is just a regular old mounting tab but they make an easy spot to install the relay. Now to loosen this up, it's gonna be an 8-millimeter socket.
Now we need to get our plug and play connectors down to our lights and the best spot I've found to do that is right in front of the battery, you get a clear shot to below the truck here. And this is pretty much gonna be as far as you could possibly be from any hot or moving parts. So now we need to get our switch across to the engine bay and we're just gonna bring this across the engine and you can route that across the firewall. But our next step, we're gonna need to be right here to feed this switch into the cabin.
So right here you could see the rubber grommet, we're just gonna pull that out, feed our switch in and then reinstall. Now on the other side, you should be able to fish that switch through. And this has a little bit of adhesive on the back, so we're just gonna peel that away and you could mount this up wherever you want. I'm gonna go to this smooth plastic right here to make sure that gets the best stick possible. So now all we have to do is plug our connectors in into the waterproof plug. We're gonna do that on both sides. And then the kit includes a bunch of zip ties for you to wire manage this whole thing.
Guys, that is gonna do it for me, it's also gonna do it for the Barricade HD Off-Road Front Bumper with LED Fog Lights, fitting all '15, '16 and '17 F-150s excluding the Raptor models. Thank you guys for watching. Subscribe for more videos like this one. Keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Ford.