(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys, Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, I'm gonna be reviewing and installing the DV8 OffRoad recovery front bumper, fitting all '18 and newer F-150s, excluding the Raptors. A bumper like this is gonna be perfect for the F-150 owner who's looking to get some serious utility out of the front end of their truck with a winch-capable front bumper that's still budget-friendly. If you've ever taken your truck off-roading, you know it can take some serious abuse from time to time, but this bumper is built to stand up to it. It's made out of 3/16 and 0.25-inch cold rolled steel and features a two-stage black powder coating, which not only adds to the looks but serves as a layer of protection from the elements as well.One thing I mentioned earlier is just how much utility is going to come with this bumper. One of the biggest draws is the included winch plate which supports up to a 12,500-pound winch. That's basically going to be your end all be all in terms of recovery tools for an F-150 that's planning on doing any off-roading. Now, if that wasn't enough for you, we also have some included D-rings here that serve as another recovery point. One thing I also really like about this one, and it's also going to serve you well on the trails, are the two included 3-inch cube LED lights that are on either side underneath the headlights. As you can see, both of those are kind of angled outward. Now, that is there for a purpose. That's to illuminate the edges of the trails exactly right in front of where your wheel would be, and they almost serve as a rock light.Now, there are a couple of things I wanted to mention about our DV8 front bumper here. If your truck is optioned with adaptive cruise control, like most bumpers out there, this will not accommodate those sensors, and you will lose that function. Also, if your state requires the use of a front license plate, there are no mounts integrated in the front of this bumper. Now, another thing about this one that I wanted to touch on are just gonna be these gaps right here. We've adjusted this every which way possible and we've got it to fit nice and flush against this lower portion of our front grille, but the fitment below the headlights does leave a little bit to be desired.Now, with that being said, the name of the game for this one is utility. For instance, if you need to pull someone out of a ditch, you have provisions for a winch that's able to do that. If you need more recovery points, you have D-rings on either side. If you need more lighting, you have LEDs on either side. If you need this to take a hit for your truck, it's made out of solid steel. So, the idea here is utility takes a front seat and a priority over the looks. If you're looking for something that's to be used as a tool on your F-150, this is the bumper for you.Pricing for this bumper is going to come in at around $1,000. Now, comparing that to some of the other premier bumper brands out there that offer a similar amount of utility, that really is a deal. Some of them even cost double, even triple, the price and offer the same amount of options. Now, also included in the $1,000 price tag for this one is going to be DV8's no-hassle three-year warranty. Install for this is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Should only take you a couple of hours to get this hooked up to your truck. Overall, it is a pretty easy process. The only thing I did wanna say is that the LEDs are an open-ended pigtail, so that is up to you where you wanna wire those into your truck. But there's no modification required otherwise, and this can be installed with nothing but basic hand tools. So, without any further ado, let me show you how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to be an impact or two, a couple extensions, this Allen key, which does come included in the kit, wire strippers, wire cutters, needle-nose pliers. The lights in this kit are open-ended pigtails, so you better have some connectors on hand. I used a butt connector like this one. 15, 18 and 21-millimeter sockets, an 18-millimeter wrench, a ratcheting one helps a ton, a 13-millimeter wrench, and a trim panel removal tool.So, first things first, we have to get our factory front bumper out of the way. That is going to be pretty easy. We're gonna start on the backside by unclipping our fog lights on either side and undoing a 21-millimeter nut. Then, we're gonna jump back up front and remove these flat portions of the front lower grille right here. That will allow us access to the other two 21-millimeter nuts on either side. We're gonna remove those, and then the whole front bumper should slide right off the truck. Starting with the fog lights, you can push down on the two upward-facing prongs, and that should release the harness. Same thing for the other side.Now, right here, there is one Christmas tree clip on either side holding this harness onto the bumper. I'm gonna use a trim panel removal tool to get those out of the way. Now, right toward the inside of those Christmas tree clips is going to be a 21-millimeter nut. We're gonna remove both of those on either side. Next, we move back around to the front. These flat portions of the lower grille are going to need to be removed. I'm going to use a plastic trim panel removal tool to get those out of the way. That's gonna reveal our other four 21-millimeter nuts that we're going to be removing to get our bumper off the truck. So, there's one last thing we have to remove, and it's the tow hooks, one on either side. We're going to be replacing those with our winch plate. In order to get those out, it's 250-millimeter bolts for each tow hook. And we can pull out this nut plate as well.So, we're just about ready to start installing our new DV8 bumper. But before we do, I just wanted to lay it out on the ground next to our factory bumper and point out some key improvements that our DV8 bumper is going to be making. And the name of the game with this new bumper is going to be utility. Right up front there, you see our winch plate, which can take up to a 12,500-pound winch. A winch like that is gonna be the end all be all in terms of utility in any off-road situation. On top of that, we also have some added utility with the D-rings as well. They serve as just another added recovery point and just up the utility that much more. We also have some LEDs on the wings. Those are going to improve lighting in any dark off-road situation. It's a really nice touch from DV8 and just ups the utility that much more.One of the biggest and most obvious differences between the two next to each other are gonna be the added durability with this DV8. It features 3/16-inch and 0.25-inch cold rolled steel throughout its construction. It's going to be a huge upgrade over factory in terms of durability. That's then sealed in a two-stage black powder coating, which not only serves to add to the looks, another huge benefit over the factory front bumper, but serves as a layer of protection from the elements as well.So, now, we're gonna grab some of these pieces, head back to the truck, and start building up our new bumper. So, we're gonna start with the passenger side frame bracket, and we're gonna install this using the factory 21-millimeter nuts that we uninstalled earlier. Then, we're gonna go over to the driver side and do the same thing. Now, when I tighten these down with the impact on, I'm only gonna snug it down a little bit, enough to hold it in place, but enough to move if it needs to to align itself with the other pieces. The last bolt to secure those brackets to our truck is still on our factory front bumper. We're going to have to take that off, but it's held on with a retaining clip. I'm gonna use a pair of wire cutters to snip that and then get that bolt out. Then, we're gonna run that through and do the same thing for the driver side.Next is going to be our winch mounting plate. That's going to get installed to the inside edge of our mounting bracket right here with the new 18-millimeter hardware from DV8 as well as to the frame rail with the factory 15-millimeter tow hook hardware. Now, at this point, I'm just gonna run through and snug up some of that hardware just a little bit. Now, at this point, everything is tightened down except the brackets to the frame. This is probably the last time I'm gonna have easy access to those 21-millimeter nuts with the impact gun, so I'm gonna snug those up now. If we need to make adjustments later on, we should be able to get at them with the wrench.Next, you're ready to start mounting up the bumper itself. We're going to start with the middle portion. That gets secured with the 18-millimeter hardware included in the kit from DV8. At this point, I'm gonna do my best to align this here and then tighten it down with an 18-millimeter wrench and socket. Before we mount up the wings for our bumper here, I figured it would be a good idea to take care of the fog light mounting brackets and get those installed on the wings while we have some easy access to their mounting points. First, we're gonna need the mounting bracket itself and the hardware that comes in the kit. Now, this mounting bracket does have a small notch in it. That's gonna go forward toward the lens. With that being said, you could slide it in between the fins.So, now, you wanna take the smaller nut included in the fog light kit and slide that down the bracket in between the fins. With that in place, you can grab the small button head bolt and feed it through the outside housing of the fog light. Then, you could use gravity and the cutout in the fins to hold the nut still while you get the bolt started in it with the Allen key. Then, do the same thing for the other side. And you could do the same thing for the other light as well.So, now, we can grab the larger bolt included in the fog light kit and feed that up through the bracket, then move it over to the wing, and get it tightened down. So, now, we're gonna align the light as best as possible, and then tighten down that nut with a 13-millimeter wrench. DV8 also gives you this adhesive-backed foam. We're gonna apply that to the winglet. That's just going to serve as a buffer between the wing and the center part of the bumper. Then, we're gonna do the same exact thing for the other side.One thing you do wanna make sure of before you get this fog light all the way tightened down is to put this bolt in place because once this is oriented in any sort of correct position, it'll be impossible later on. Then, we could use the last of our 18-millimeter hardware to get the wings bolted in place. Now, we're just gonna do the same thing for the other side. I'm actually gonna use a ratcheting wrench. That makes things a lot easier. So, our bumper is really starting to take shape.There's only two more things left for us to do, and that's to wire up the fog lights. Now, again, that is an open-ended pigtail harness, so you could wire that pretty much however you want. So, it's a little bit tough to see underneath of our truck here. So, we're gonna do this on the table. We have the sacrificial wiring harness here so we don't have to tap into the one that's actually on our truck. But underneath, you're going to find a connector just like this one.And to start our wiring here, we're just gonna grab the wire cutters, and we're gonna snip that connector off. And the wiring harness is a little bit thick here, so I'm just gonna cut back some of that a little bit. So, now, we almost have the two positive and negative wires on the end here. We just have to cut away a little bit of the jacketing. And we could peel that off. And that's gonna reveal our positive and negative. Then, we can come in here with the wire strippers. I'm just gonna pull about 0.5 inch off that positive wire. And I'm gonna do the same thing for the negative wire as well. Just to make a clean connection, I'm gonna give those a little bit of a twist. And I actually think they're a little bit too long for our butt connector here. I don't want any of that copper to stick out beyond the length of that, so I'm just gonna trim that back a hair.Now, we're just gonna combine our positive to positive and the negative to negative with a butt connector. Now, the colors of your wiring may vary in between your ranges for the F-150. If yours doesn't look exactly like this, it would probably be a good idea to test and find out what's positive with a multimeter or a test light. And we're gonna do the same thing with our negative wire as well. Now, to really lock that in, you'd wanna hit those with a heat gun that is heat shrink. And that will make a nice weather-tight seal. Since we're only doing this for demonstration purposes, we're gonna leave it right like that. All that's left for us to do is mount up our D-rings.And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the DV8 OffRoad recovery front bumper, fitting all '18 and newer F-150s, excluding the Raptor models. 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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Tough, Stylish Upgrade. Get the DV8 Offroad Recovery Front Bumper for your F-150 and enjoy reliable defense against impacts, while having the special features needed for off-road recoveries. This front bumper is specially designed for off-road trucks and can withstand exposure to harsh conditions on the road. With DV8, you can have the best bumper for on and off-road adventures.
Integrated LEDs. This front bumper offers protection and adds more light to your ride, too. Four LED lights are built-in to this DV8 front bumper to add more illumination when travelling through low light conditions.
Durable Construction. DV8’s front bumpers are made from 3/16-inch, cold-rolled steel with ¼-inch structural support in key areas. This long-lasting construction allows for intense coverage and front-end protection for your F-150. A 2-stage finish includes a first coat for corrosion resistance and a textured-black powder coating for UV and scratch resistance. Moreover, this construction allows for up to 12,500-pound winches for recoveries.
Worry-Free Installation. DV8 front bumpers are designed to be a bolt-on installation, so no modification is needed. Some mechanical skill is required to do the installation.
Three-Year Limited Warranty. DV8 Offroad guarantees a limited 3-year warranty from the date of original purchase against manufacturer defects. Some exclusions may apply.
Application. The DV8 Offroad Recovery Front Bumper is designed exclusively for all 2020 Ford F-150 models, excluding Raptor.
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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April 15, 2020
Install was a pain, especially when I tried to install my winch into it. Had I cut away some metal and do some welding to get the job done.Helpful (0)
July 22, 2019
Great heavy duty bumper for the price!
First off, this bumper was a great deal. Everything else that had a winch mount was pricey. That being said there were no instructions, some hardware was missing or just not enough, and there are some minor rust spots on the corners. After all that I still give it 4 stars because it is a beast and all the issues I mentioned I fixed easily. My favorite thing is the aggressive look it has now. I also was wanting all black and the metal inserts were silver. I decided to paint them orange to match my Ford emblem and am super happy with the look. All and all even if you don't need a winch this is a great bumper for the price that anyone with some wrenches should be able to install.Helpful (0)
June 24, 2019
It was pretty easy to install, but the only difficult step was adjustment to fit the form of the truck. Definitely worth the price. Got pulled out with it 2 days ago.Helpful (0)
June 05, 2019
Great looking bumper. The gap on the wings of the bumper in the pictures won't show, you just need to make sure bumper is adjusted. I fitted mine with a light bar and winch. The only issue i had was installing the winch. I bought a smittybuilt winch and the holes did not line up at all on the wich plate.Helpful (0)
May 21, 2019
Big and Bold.
I have done quite a bit of changes to my truck, and these bumpers front and rear really made my truck look mean, and all I have gotten is compliments . No matter where I go I get ''NICE TRUCK !'' I really love the look. Now, I'm looking for a nice winch.Helpful (0)
December 28, 2018
DV8 Front Bumper
I personally love this bumper if you don’t wanna pay $2000 on the ADD bumper and want a similar bumper for a lot cheaper ( I payed $510 for mine) this is the one I love this look on my truck with my new lights and grill. Only issue I had was no instructions because it comes in pieces the sides and center piece but I figured it out pretty simple. It’s comes with new led lights just connect those to the fog lights and you have a way Better fog light. I love this set up a lot. There is a little gap just like the picture shows which I was scared of but it looks pretty good and smooth once you align it properly.Helpful (6)
does this interfere with the factory inter cooler ?
This should not interfere with the intercooler.
What winch will fit in this bumper? I noticed another person commented in their review that a Smittybilt winch did have matching holes. Do I need a low profile winch?
Is there a method for installing a front license plate as it is required in my state?
Yes, you can install a front license plate over your winch fairlead. There are relocation brackets for both roller and hawse fairleads.
How heavy is the shipping weight for this bumper?
Shipped weight is 164 lbs.
Is it possible to splice the OEM bumper fog light plugs to the new lights rat tails
That can be done if you so choose.
This would not work with the camera or the sensors.
This is not compatible with Adaptive Cruise Control.
The product pictures are indeed indicative of how this will look once installed.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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