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Hey, guys. So today, we're checking out the Barricade HD Off-Road Front Bumper with LED Lights, fitting all 2013 to 2018 RAM 1500, excluding the Rebel. So, if you're in search of a heavy-duty front bumper that's gonna provide a lot of protection, while also upgrading the front end lighting on your RAM in the meantime, then this is gonna be a great choice to take a look into.So, this bumper is gonna have a heavy-duty steel construction allowing a lot of protection for the front end of your RAM and it will be able to take whatever you throw at it. Not only are you getting that heavy-duty protection upfront, but you're getting a lot of space to work with, considering that this has a very sleek and compact design. So you're gonna have a lot of room on the sides for larger wheels and tires and a lot of room underneath in comparison to some other choices. Not only are you getting a lot of protection and clearance, but you're also getting some heavy-duty styling, especially with this black powder coat finish and the panels on the sides, right next to the lights. Now, speaking of those lights, those are going to allow us some better visibility while you're driving at night [inaudible 00:01:04] for somebody who's not really a fan of their factory fog lights setup and is looking for, again, that better visibility while also an upgraded and more modernized look.Now, what I really like about this front bumper is that, not only are you getting this front bumper setup, but you're also getting the ability to build on it in the future. So you're gonna get attachment points up top for the barricade bull bar, attachments down at the bottom for the barricade skid plate. And you're also getting some mounting locations in this center grille area, if you're looking to add some additional lighting or even a light bar. So, the fact that you can customize this is definitely a feature that I think stands out.With all that being said, this is going to come in at roughly $800, which is a very affordable price point for a heavy-duty front bumper. Now, in comparison to some other choices on the page, they're usually gonna be set up a little bit differently. Some may not have a compact design like this. They may provide a little bit more protection to the front of the tire here. Some may not come with LED lights, or even if they do, they may come with a different setup. Now, what I really like about this, again, which I think makes it stand out, is the fact that you can customize this however you want. And the bull bar and the skid plate, as well as the additional lighting does not come in the kit. So you can really mix and match to your own aesthetic and how you want to build this front bumper. Or if you wanna leave it like this, you definitely can do so.Now, I would like to mention that this is not going to come with a winch plate. Some other options on the page you may see winch-compatible bumpers. Now, if you're not necessarily concerned about a winch, you're just looking for a heavy-duty aesthetic and heavy-duty builds to provide some protection to the front end of your RAM, while also getting some lighting in the meantime, then again, this is going to be the bumper for you.So install is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, probably taking you about two hours to get the job done with some very basic hand tools. So speaking of that install, let me walk you through that right now.Tools that I used for my install were an 18 and a 10-millimeter wrench, a ratchet, an 18, 13, 10, 8, and 7-millimeter deep socket, 4-millimeter Allen socket, 3-inch extension, an impact wrench, and a trim removal tool.To kick off this install, we're gonna go ahead and take off our grille. Now, if you have a cover here, you're just gonna need a trim removal tool in order to remove those clips that are holding it in. But we do not, so we're gonna go ahead and remove the 10-millimeter bolts that are holding our grille on. I'm using a 10-millimeter socket and an impact wrench. I'm just gonna remove those four bolts around the grille. Also just going to pull this cable back out of this clip, tuck it back so it doesn't get hooked on our grille. You can lift up on our grille and give it a pull back and set it to the side.Next, we can remove the bolt that's holding on part of our bumper cover. It's right underneath our headlight here in the inner corner. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench just because there's not a lot of room here and we can go ahead and remove that. After that's removed, we can repeat that on the other side. Well, what we can do next is remove the three bolts on the inside of our bumper that are connecting our bumper to our inner fender liner. I'm gonna use a 7-millimeter socket to remove those. Once that's disconnected, what we can do is pull back our liner and we can expose the bolt that's holding our bumper to our support system here, our fender here. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter socket in order to remove that.So next we can remove this bolt that's holding our bumper to our fender. Now, I removed the headlight in order for you guys to get a better look. You do not need to do this. You can just pull back the liner like I did, and remove that with a 10-millimeter socket. After this bolt is removed, we can do the same thing on the other side. Now, we can head on underneath our bumper and remove the three nuts that are holding our bumper to our frame. I'm gonna use an 18-millimeter deep socket in order to remove those. Once those three are off, we can do the same thing on the other side. I would recommend to have the bumper supported because once we take off these two nuts, the bumper will be able to be disconnected from our RAM.Now, before we pull our bumper off completely, we do need to disconnect this wiring harness. This is the master harness for both of the fog lights. I'm just gonna press down on that and pull back. All right, I'm just gonna press down on that and pull back, and then we'll be able to remove our front bumper. So now we can give our bumper a good wiggle and completely remove it.Before we hop into our install, I did wanna stop down and give you guys a quick comparison of our new Barricade front bumper, next to our factory from bumper and tell you guys more about what benefits you're gonna receive out of this new aftermarket setup. So, right off the bat, you can tell that our Barricade front bumper is gonna be a lot more compact than our factory bumper. That's gonna help you out with clearance, as well as approach angles and even some better tire clearance, considering that the sides are angled up. Now, not only is it just going to help you out with functionality when you're driving your truck, but it's going to give you a very sleek, and compact, and even aggressive look to the front end of your RAM. Now, this is also going to be a lot more durable than the factory front bumper. A factory front bumper is made of a plastic material on the outside, that's gonna be the bumper cover and then some plastic and standard steel crash bars in the back, which is pretty standard.Now, with this new option, this is gonna come in a steel construction and it's going to be able to take a lot more abuse than your factory front bumper, especially with this texture black powder coat on top that's gonna protect the steel underneath from any rust or corrosion. Now, with that black powder coat, it is going to be a fine powder coat finish. So it is gonna give a very sleek look to the front end of the RAM. Not to mention our new Barricade front bumper is going to allow a lot more, as far as features are concerned. Now, we have a big slot in the middle, as you can see it. Now, you are gonna receive a paneling in the kit to cover that up, make it look a lot more finished, which we'll get to in just a second, but you will be able to mount up a light bar inside that front slot there.Now, the light bar is not included in the kit, but the lighting that is included in the kit is the 3-inch pod lighting on either side. Now, I'll get into those details in just a sec when we install them, but you are able to mount up LED fog lights, which is going to be a big plus and a big step up from your factory halogen bulbs. Not to mention this front bumper is also able to allow the Barricade skid plate as well as the Barricade bull bar to be installed if you are looking to add on to this in the future. So enough about our two bumpers side by side. Let's go ahead and prep our new bumper for install.So now that we have our bumper on the table, what we can do is install our mesh paneling, since we won't be installing a light bar. However, there are brackets included in the kit, if you will like to do so at this time. But we're also gonna be installing our fog lights. Now, the fog lights that are included are a Cree LED 3-inch cube light. You're gonna have four Cree LEDs inside of the light itself and they're going to be incredibly bright in comparison to your factory halogen bulbs. So this is gonna be great if you're looking for better visibility at night while you're driving. These are gonna have a more uniform light pattern and they're also going to look a lot cleaner with a 6,000K color temperature in comparison to a halogen bulb, which is lower on the Kelvin scale, about 3,000, which gives off a more yellowish hue. So these are gonna have a very bright white light.Not to mention they are also going to be IP67 rated, which essentially means that no dust, no water is going to get inside and damage the LEDs themselves. So you don't have to worry about taking your truck through any mud, dust, water. These are going to hold up just fine and perform a lot better than the factory halogens will, as long as it lasts a lot longer. These usually will have a 50,000-hour lifespan, which is incredibly long in comparison to a halogen bulb. Not to mention you're getting a durable housing. This is an aluminum housing. It's gonna have a black finish on top to prevent any corrosion on the aluminum underneath. And it's going to have a polycarbonate lens, which essentially means that this is gonna be able to take a hit while still offering complete transparency out of the lens itself. You even get some riveting accents on the side for a little bit of extra styling.So now that we've covered all of the specs of our new LEDs, what we can do is mount them up to our brackets and mount them up to our bumper. So as you can see in the back of our LED, we're gonna have multiple fins, but there's gonna be a split between the outer two. So we're gonna take our 10-millimeter nut that's provided in the kit and we are going to slip that down into the channel. This is gonna hold our nut in place so when we attach the bracket we can thread that into place.So I usually like to take something small like an Allen key and position it inside the channel there. You could also use a small flathead screwdriver or really anything in between. Once those are down in place, what we can do is grab our provided bracket. Now, this is gonna sit up top like this. However, what I always like to do, just because there's not a lot of room here, is to put the bolt that we're gonna secure it down with first. Then we can align it up, take our provided Allen head bolts, put that through the bracket into that nut there that we just placed inside that channel. Once it's in there, we can take our provided Allen key. Now, we're not going to completely tighten them down. We just wanna make sure that they're pretty snug. We still need a little bit of adjustability so we can adjust our fog lights once they're on our bumper. You can do the same thing for the other fog lights.All right, so once our U-brackets are installed on our fog lights, we can move over to our bumper and install them there. So now, we can place our fog light down on in. Like I said, you're just gonna need a little bit of adjustability here to get that lined up. I usually like to have the fog lights slip back a little bit, if there is a bunch of adjustability here. But once that is down on in, what we can do is take the provided lock washer that comes in the kit and our provided nut and thread that on, tighten it up. All right, once we have it where we want it, we can take a 13-millimeter socket and just tighten that nut down. Last but not least, we can tighten down our new bracket to the light with our provided Allen key. Then we can repeat that process on the other side.What we can do now is install our mesh paneling. Now, we're gonna have a larger piece that's going to drop in the middle here. Then we're gonna have two smaller pieces for the outside. They're going to overlap each other. Then we can take our provided Allen head bolts as well as our provided nuts and secure down all of the mounting locations. There should be 10 on either side. There's gonna be tabs up at the front and holes down at the bottom. Wanna make sure that all of those are threaded in by hand first. Then we can go back and tighten them up with a 10-millimeter wrench and our provided Allen key. What we can do now is tighten up all of those bolts with a 10-millimeter wrench and you can use the provided Allen key. However, if you have a 4-millimeter Allen socket, that would go a little bit faster and be a little bit easier. All right? Then we can just repeat that on all 10 bolts.Now that we have our bumper off, we can remove our support brackets. There's a couple of 10-millimeter bolts that are holding it in. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter socket and an extension. Next, we can remove the center support bracket, but there is a shroud connected to the bottom here. I'm gonna use the trim removal tool to remove the clips that are holding those two together. Now that those are apart, what we can do is remove the bolts on either side to remove this support bracket. So I'm using that same 10-millimeter socket and extension. You can do the same thing to the other side.Now, with the help of a friend, holding up the bumper in place, we can mount up the bumper with the provided hardware. We'll be using the provided bolt, two flat washers, a lock washer, and a nut on the other side of the frame. We're gonna make sure both sides of the bumper are secured. Now that we have the bumper-mounted up partially, what we can do is finish securing it down with the rest of the hardware. Now, we're going to mount it up in the same factory location, the two on the bottom of the frame and the one on the outer part of the frame that's up at the top. You repeat that for the other side before we tighten it down.Now that all the hardware is secured to the bumper as well as the frame, what we can do is adjust it to where we need it. So we're gonna have to lift it up and tighten these down. It might be helpful to grab a friend at the same time. So once you have one of the bolts tightened down where you want your bumper adjusted, we can tighten the rest down. I'm gonna be using an 18-millimeter socket and an 18-millimeter wrench. We're gonna repeat that for the other side. So, as you can see on the side, there is a small cutout in between the fender, the headlight, and the bumper. We are provided with little filler plates and they're gonna have welded nuts on the backside. They are also going to be side specific so make sure you keep that in mind.We're gonna be working on the passenger side first. We're going to place this down on in. Once you have it in place and lined up, we're gonna take the provided button head bolts or Allen head bolts, a lock washer, and a flat washer, as well as a 4-millimeter Allen key, or Allen socket, and go up underneath the bumper, and thread that into the filler plate. So once you have the most of the way threaded in, you can take a ratchet. I'm also using an extension just to give myself a little bit of room. You can go ahead tighten those up. After the passenger side is done, what we can do is repeat that on the other side. So now, we can install our wiring harness for our lights. We're gonna have a relay box up here, as well as leads for the battery with an inline fuse.I'm gonna lay those out over beside our battery along with the wire for our switch. With that we're gonna route inside our cab area. But, right now, what we're gonna do is attach our two leads to our LED lights that are in our bumper. You're going to have a lot of wire here. We wanna make sure that we route it correctly and we also are tying it up at the end to make sure that there's no excess wiring. So right now, I'm gonna put passenger side wire over on the other side while we wrap the driver side. Actually, I gonna go down in front of the fuse box, making sure that the wire is not near anything hot or moving and come up to [inaudible 00:27:33] and plug this in.Now, we can do that for the driver side. I'm going to run this wire along the front. Put this in on the passenger side. What we can do now is send our switch through our firewall. What I'm gonna do is actually disconnect the switch part. So we don't have to send it the big part of the switch through the firewall, we can, kind of, sneak this little piece through. And then right on our main wiring harness here, we can push back on that rubber. We should be able to access that in the driver's side profile. What we can do now is hook up our leads to our battery. I'm gonna start with the positive over on this side with the 10-millimeter socket. Now, we can connect the negative lead, tighten that up with that 13-millimeter socket.So what we can do now is, kind of, clean up our wiring. So there is a tab here where you can mount up wherever you'd like. I'm just gonna tuck it behind our battery cover here, over on the side, just to make sure that it's out of the way. And then, we can tuck up all of our wiring and make sure that this is out of the way as well. So, right now, just to keep the excess together, what I'm going to do is add a zip tie. And then you can zip tie this to wherever you'd like. Now we can mount our bar switch. You can mount this wherever you'd like. There is a piece of 3M tape on the back. I'm just gonna mount it up right on the side here, so it's easily accessible. Now, that red light is gonna be for off, green is for on. And then what we can do is tie all of this excess wire up out of the way, make sure that it's not in the way of your brake pedal or your gas pedal or, if your manual, in the way of your clutch. And again, you are provided with zip ties in the kit. Just wanna make sure that that's tucked out of the way and away from any moving parts.Last, but not least, we can pop our grille back on. Reusing our factory hardware, we can secure our grille down to our support in here. Tighten those up with a 10-millimeter socket. So, for the last step, you guys at home may want to either remove your inner fender liner or trim it. As you can tell it comes below the bumper and will not be connected down at the bottom here. So I do recommend that you either trim it or remove your fender liners.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. 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Hardcore Functionality. Dramatically enhance both the appearance and the functionality of your 2013-2018 RAM 1500 by replacing its stock front bumper with Barricade's HD Off-Road Front Bumper with LED Fog Lights. Sporting a full width design and an aggressively off-road look, this bumper is built to provide ideal protection against rugged terrains, while adding serious to your rig's front end.
Luminous Shine. Not only does the HD Off-Road Front Bumper boast a show-stopping look, but it also comes with superior LED fog lights that can be used to easily light your way when off-roading when the sun goes down. Two 3-inch square lights illuminate the path ahead with a vivid 6000K beam to ensure you're aware of everything that lies ahead. The lights are also IP67 rated with aluminum housing and a polycarbonate lens to allow for maximum durability.
Heavy-Duty Construction. Manufactured with care and precision to unbeatable standards, the HD Off-Road Front Bumper is guaranteed to please, no matter what tough obstacles you're up against. Crafted from hardcore steel plating and mandrel-bent tubing, this front bumper boasts both strength and rigidity and is finished with a protective and stylish, textured black powdercoat that combats rust and corrosion.
Installation. Securing this bumper is a straightforward process for those with moderate mechanical skills. Designed to be a direct bolt-on replacement, the bumper requires no cutting, welding, or fabrication and can be completed in just 2 hours.
Application. Barricade's HD Off-Road Front Bumper with LED Fog Lights is designed to fit all 2013-2018 RAM 1500s, excluding Rebels.
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