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Hey, guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com and today we're gonna be talking about this DV8 Off-Road HD Full-Width Front Bumper for the '09 to '14 F-150s excluding the Raptor models. Now, you should be checking out this particular front bumper for a couple of reasons. This is a really good affordable option coming in right around 600 bucks that offers front-end protection for the full width of your front-end, it gives you a little bit extra with that bull bar up at the top, it gives you light mounting opportunities for aftermarket auxiliary lights that you can pick up separately, and it also gives you a pretty good amount of off-road recovery points. Now, the entire thing is made of a fully welded 3/16s-inch cold rolled steel with quarter-inch brackets in some places such as those mounting points on the backend. It also comes with a separate winch plate that you'll be using to attach the bumper to the frame and also a winch if you decided to add that in the future. It's got that cutout right in the middle to accommodate up to 12,500-pound capable winches, so you can pick that up separately, again, not included in the kit, but that bracket is included. So, all you'd have to do is pick that up, bolt it down to that plate before you throw your bumper in place and you're good to go.In addition to that recovery option, you're also given two 7/8s D-ring shackles that are already installed for you on the bumper right out of the package, those are also great for recovery. In addition to the light bar mounting opportunities on that bull bar up here, you have bracket's welded to that so you just bolt one up, you're also given these two round cutouts on each side to accommodate spot or fog lights. This is again a really good option for recovery, lighting opportunity for on and off-road use and, of course, just giving you that badass front-end off-road appearance. All of this is then coated in a two-stage epoxy powder coating process that gives you that textured black finish, but that first step of that stage gives you the corrosion and rust-resistance. So, all around scratch-resistant, impact-resistant, definitely good for tackling on and off-road obstacles and overall appearance benefits because it makes the front-end of your F-150 look so much better. This, again, comes in right around 600 bucks making it one of the more affordable front-end bumpers for this generation F-150, excluding the Raptor, of course, because that is a different beast. But if you're looking for that protection, you want a little bit of extra protection for that upper low-end grille portion while also getting a lot of mounting opportunities for lighting, this is a good way to go.Now, before we move into the installation guys, I wanted to let you know that it is gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficult to meter. The whole installation process for this takes about two hours, maybe a little bit more given your experience. Very simple hand tools and I would absolutely recommend having a friend help you out. It is pretty heavy and it's hard to get in place by yourself while also working the wrench to bolt it down. My solution to that is if you are working by yourself, have a couple of jack stands to support that weight properly. All the hardware is included in the kit, there is no lighting included in the kit, but again, with all those mounting opportunities, picking something up separately and bolting it down is not a problem. No drilling, no modifications necessary. I'll walk you through this entire process starting with the process of getting your old bumper out of the way. So, let's get to it. Tools used in this install include an impact gun, extension, ratchet, eight-millimeter deep socket, 10-millimeter deep socket, 18-millimeter deep socket, and an 18-millimeter wrench. The first step of the uninstall here is to disconnect your fog light bulbs from the housing, that way when you pull the front bumper off, you're not pulling the harness with it. So, we're gonna reach our hand in right under the headlights, twist the entire bulb right out of the housing on both sides to disconnect it. All right. Same thing on the other side. Now, there's four bolts and nuts holding on the bumper to the frame, two on each side. There are 21-millimeter nuts on this stud here and one on the other side of the frame here and the same thing on the other side. So, grab a 21 socket and a ratchet. I'm gonna pop these nuts off. Once you break it loose, you should be able to just rotate the nut by hand and pull that off. Now, because these nuts are on studs, the studs should still hold the bumper into place, but use caution when removing them. All right. Now, do the same thing on the other side. The bumper is basically resting on the studs we just took those nuts off of, so I'm just gonna pull straight back on the bumper to disconnect it and we'll just set it aside. So, we finally got our factory bumper off of our 2013 F-150 on the bumper rack here underneath our DV8 full-width off-road bumper. This thing complete night and day difference compared to that factory one in materials, the appearance, and the overall functionality. As far as materials, you're moving over to a 3/16s cold rolled steel with quarter-inch steel in the key areas such as mounting points and things of that nature. Those mounting points will be reinforced with quarter-inch steel which is a little bit thicker, a little more durable, and a little more heavy-duty. The steel on top though, fully welded in all components, you've got this added bull bar here up at the top to you give you added protection for your upper grille. All of this has gone through a two-stage powder coating process. The first stage of that powder coating is a proprietary compound built for corrosion-resistance. After that, they add on that UV-resistant textured black matte black finish over top that gives it that stealthy look, that off-road look, and really it just makes it look a lot more badass. This is a little bit better looking and a little bit better responding to dents and scratches than just a gloss black finish would have been. But the powdered black finish gives it that added toughness. As I said earlier, you're also given pre-drilled mounting positions for auxiliary lighting. If you wanted to pick those up separately, all of these holes are drilled out for you so you don't have to worry about drilling them out yourself, not making any modifications to a really thick, really heavy steel. It's all easy, very convenient right out of the box. It also has mounting brackets welded. You can't see it from where you are right there, but on the back here, there are brackets over top of these open slots so you can bolt down easily those cube lights or aftermarket auxiliary lights. Same thing goes for this bull bar up top here. There are mounting holes at the top, you can mount a big light bar up to, I'd say somewhere around 30 inches, 32 inches up here. That way it'll give you a light bar opportunity as well for the front-end, which is great. You have a lot of versatility when it comes to off-road lighting, but if you decided to not go with any off-road lighting, it's not going to look silly. These open holes won't look a little goofy, in my opinion, they'll still look complete as it is a pretty badass bumper.In the middle here, you're probably wondering again what that cutout slot in the front is, that's where your winch plate is gonna go. Your winch cord will go right through there, that is capable of up to 12,500 pounds. Pretty impressive stuff here. Winch, of course, not included, but the winch plate for the back-end is. We'll be bolting that up as well when we go to tackle our DV8 bumper. Now, the last thing I wanna talk about, of course, is the install. Now, we're gonna get into that. We're gonna start with our brackets. Again, no drilling, no cutting, none of that nonsense, you don't have to worry about tow hooks or anything like that. We're gonna pop this into place starting with that winch plate. All the hardware is provided in the kit, of course. So, what do you say we get to it? All right. The first step of getting this whole thing installed, of course, is your winch plate. Now, the winch plate has brackets welded to it that your bumper will then attach to. So, brackets and winch plate all in one piece, we're going to install this first to our tow hook area. If you're F-150 has tow hooks from the factory, now is the time to get those off and out of the way. That way we're going to install our double nut plate in its place. That double nut plate, of course, is gonna slide right inside of this little section here. Same thing on the opposite end. From there, we're going to install our nuts, flat washer, and lock washer on the bottom and tighten it all down. With that installed, grab your 18-millimeter deep socket and tighten them down from the bottom. Repeat for the other side. All right. The next step here is to bolt it up on the inside and the outside of those flanges, again, using the same bolts, same hex bolts. You want a flat washer on the bolthead side, flat washer, and a lock washer on the nut side. Put it in straight through the front, cap it off from the back. One on the inside, do the same thing for the outside. All right. Grab your socket and a wrench to hold the nut side, tighten everything down. All right. Now, the same thing on the opposite side. All right, guys. So, once you get it into place by yourself, if you are by yourself, you wanna make sure you have jack stands under each side, one on each side to help support that weight. With the winch plate installed, this will wedge itself between the winch plate and against those jack stands and hold itself up just like this. This isn't bolted up yet, but with that weight, it is crucial to have that weight supported with jack stands if you're by yourself. If you have a helping hand on deck or two, have your buddies hold that up while you go underneath to work the ratchet and wrench, that way it is a lot safer. You don't have to worry about getting injured. Now, that we have those in place, what we are gonna do is grab the hardware included in the kit, crawl underneath and bolt everything down using extreme caution. One thing I do wanna point out. Since this does have open holes for auxiliary lighting, if you are installing separate lighting that you picked up yourself, now is the time to install that. I would recommend doing so before you bolt everything up, maybe even off-car would be easier simply because you'll have a little bit more room to work with. Since we're not installing any lighting, we're just gonna bolt it up as is. So, let's grab the hardware, grab our tools, crawl underneath, get this thing bolted up. All right. So, you're gonna slide your bolt head through the outside and put the spacer, lock washer and the nut on the inside of the winch plate here. You're gonna do one on the top, one on the bottom, repeat to the other side. Grab your 18-millimeter socket and 18-millimeter wrench and tighten them down. All right. With the hood closed, there's only two things left to do which are completely optional. Now that our factory fog lights are not installed on our DV8 bumper, you can just secure those harnesses back and remove those bulbs so they're not hanging down. Second thing would be that splash shield underneath that front bumper. That is going to hang down just a little bit below this particular bumper clearance. So, if you wanted to remove that splash shield, you have that option. Some guys might not want to, doesn't really affect anything, but if you don't wanna see that underneath there is that option as well. With all that said, that's gonna wrap up my review and install of the DV8 Off-Road HD Full-Width Front Bumper available for the '09 to '14 F-150, and you can get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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Built for Abuse. The DV8 Offroad HD Full Width Front Bumper is built with abuse in mind. Tested and proven in desert, off-road recovery, and utility settings, this 3-piece bumper offers aggressive protection and design. Able to accommodate a 12,500-pound winch, the bumper comes with 7/8-inch D-ring shackles and has holes ready drilled for LED lighting.
Cold, Hard, Rolled Steel. DV8 bumpers are made with high tensile strength, 3/16-inch cold rolled steel and reinforced with 1/4-inch steel in key areas, such as mounting points. The bumper is finished with DV8’s exclusive, 2-step powder coating process. First, it's coated with a proprietary compound for corrosion resistance, followed by their textured black, UV resistant, scratch resistant powder coating. This process ensures your bumper that will look great and perform even better for miles and years to come.
Two-Hour Install. DV8 bumpers are conveniently 100% bolt on and can be installed with basic automotive tools in around 2 hours.
Three-Year Warranty. DV8 stand behind its products with a 3-year limited warranty against function, workmanship and material defect. Please read the warranty carefully for full details.
Application. The DV8 Offroad HD Full Width Front Bumper is designed to fit all 2009-2014 Ford F-150 trucks, excluding Raptor models.
Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods. What is freight shipping? Your Answers are Right Here!.
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