(approx) 3 Hours
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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a quick look at and of course installing the Armour Front Bumper fitting all 2018 and newer F150s, excluding Raptor models. You should be checking this out if you're an F150 owner looking for a premium front end protection from all trail hazards, worksite hazards, or camping hazards, something that's gonna take the beating much better than your factory bumper ever could. Now, this bumper in particular is pretty angular, very modern looking, super aggressive, and is a textured black, matte black powder coating for corrosion and rust resistance. As for construction, this is a one-piece fully welded steel. So, of course, it's a whole lot stronger than your factory bumper and can take the beating in the long run. Now, the really nice thing about this particular bumper is it's a little bit better for ground clearance with the front end. Your front bumper comes down pretty low, especially with that front valance there, which we'll take a closer look at side by side later on in the video.Now, as for EcoBoost owners, it's worth mentioning the front end here has these two little block off plates that I would recommend removing specifically for EcoBoost for a little bit better airflow especially for your intercooler. This is also gonna be great for guys looking for a modular bumper that allows for auxiliary lighting from the aftermarket. Now, if you're looking at a light bar, the front end here, this rectangular cutout in the middle there allows for up to a 20-inch light bar. The sides with the honeycomb cutouts allow for two 3-inch cube lights. So, if you're looking for aux lighting, this is a very accepting bumper. It's worth noting that this bumper is not accepting of winches which again we'll look at later on. But if you're looking for a recovery option at the front end, there are some other options in the category for you. This is gonna allow for your tow hooks, so some of the other options out there will delete tow hooks in order to bolt up the proper brackets. This one has a little bit of a cut out there, so you still have recovery for your own truck at the front end, which I think is always a bonus for guys who use it more often than not.Now, it's also got some more modern design, some cutouts there. Great for airflow. So, this bumper all around is a pretty good fit for the front end of your F150 and it also comes in right around 800 bucks. Now, the category for bumpers has a wide range of pricing going somewhere from 500 bucks up to several thousand dollars for some of the more premium prerunner options out there for guys looking for the Baja styling. This one falls safely in the middle there for guys looking to spend a little bit more for a quality bumper, but maybe don't need all the bells and whistles of a premium, top-end option. Now, some of those top-end options come with auxiliary lighting, some of them come with premium mounts for winches, some of the other ones are completely tubular and super lightweight, great for off-roading. This one here is sort of that middle of the road. Install for this gets two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. I say two out of three not because it requires cutting or anything like that, it's a direct bolt-on, but it is super heavy and I definitely, definitely recommend having a helping hand or two on deck when you get to install it in your driveway at home. Having a couple of friends hold up each end while you work the wrench underneath will go a long way for safety and making it a little bit easier on yourself.Now, overall, it'll take two, maybe three hours from start to finish, maybe less depending on your personal experience. I'm gonna show you every step of the process. Let's get started. All right, tools used in this install include an impact gun, a ratchet, extension, 16 and 21-millimeter deep sockets, 16-millimeter wrench, and a panel removal tool. All right, first things first, grab a plastic panel removal tool, go to your factory bumper and you're gonna remove these two plastic trim pieces right above your tow hooks. Don't use anything metal because it can scratch your paint and you need to go right up against that to pry this guy off. You wanna have a hand there to catch it though, to make sure it doesn't come right off.Now, once you pry in there, just peel off. You can see there's just plastic clips and metal clips holding this guy on. Do the same thing on the other side. Now, once you have that removed, you're exposing two 21-millimeter nuts on these threaded studs here on both sides. We're not gonna completely remove them. We're just gonna loosen them up so that we can get them off by hand. Grab your 21 deep socket, grab an extension, and an impact gun or a ratchet and loosen them up. So, we got that back all the way off. I'm just gonna keep it on a couple of threads. All right, same thing on the other side. All right, so at this point, you're crawling under the front end of the truck and you're gonna unplug the factory master harness for the fog lights. Now, that's directly above the frame here, and it may be attached to the frame itself, but you can just pull that plastic clip off like I have here. What you're gonna do is just flip it over, and you're gonna pinch and disconnect. That way the fog lights are free and won't toggle in this harness attached to the vehicle.All right, now you have to actually unplug the back of the fog light harness. Now, it's really difficult to get to from underneath of the truck due to it being really close to the frame so I'm actually gonna go into our wheel well here on our passenger side and then repeat on the other side. There's two 5.5-millimeter bolts, believe it or not. I have a quarter-inch ratchet and a short 5.5 socket, get these two out of the way. You can peel that trim back enough in the wheel well liner to get to the back of the fog light which is right here. Undo the other one, then we'll peel it back. This one, you're basically gonna peel this guy back. You can actually just bend it right behind the tire, especially if you have one of these larger tires like we have here. And then right there, you'll see the fog light connector right where my fingertip is here, all right. So, it's got this blue connector on it and you're basically gonna peel back on the black. And I know that's tough to see here, right at my fingertip, and disconnect that so it falls right off. Repeat on the other side.Next up, we have to remove the third 21-millimeter nut from underneath of the truck connecting into the frame. It's basically right where the first two were but on the opposite side on the inside of the truck. So, we're crawling underneath the front end. I got my 21 socket. Now, keep in mind, guys, as you remove these two last ones, one on each side, the bumper is gonna start coming down. That's why we left the first two nuts loose so that it can catch it and it's not gonna come down on top of us. All right, so grab your 21 deep socket and extension and get these off. All right, so at this point, I'm gonna repeat that process on the other side. What you're seeing now is the front side view of that same bolt on the driver side. All right, at this point, you're basically gonna support the front bumper and remove the four 21-millimeter nuts that we left on just for a couple of threads. Keep in mind as you remove these guys, it's gonna start coming off. All right, all four are off. Let's pull this guy out of position. And with everything disconnected set it aside.So, we got our factory bumper off of our '18 F150 behind me and it's on this bumper rack here right below our new Armour Front Bumper. Now, I wanna take you through some similarities and differences between the two, and let's start with our similarities here. Now, overall fitment for your new bumper is gonna be pretty similar. When it comes to aftermarket steel bumpers that are all one piece welded, you can see some small body gaps, usually with some aftermarket bumpers here, but this guy is a pretty tight fit, which makes it a really good option in the category. Now, as far as differences go here, it's really night and day. Obviously the material here is gonna be a lot different than your factory vulnerable stock materials for the front bumper. This is made of a one-piece fully welded, super durable steel construction. That durable steel material has been powder coated with a matte black textured finish to help with corrosion and rust resistance. Great for guys like us here on the East Coast seeing a lot of road salt, which we know can take a toll on steel body parts.Now, that black textured finish does make it a really nice stealthy look at the front end as well making it super aggressive. Now, as you can see it's got a really modern angular design to it. Lots of hard edges, especially here at the corner that comes up a little bit to help slightly with approach angles but it's not a prerunner bumper so you're not getting a ton of ground clearance. Compared to your factory bumper that has that front valance that comes down pretty low, it still is a little bit higher than the front bumper so your approach angles are a little bit better. Now, this is also accommodating for aftermarket lighting. These honeycomb cutouts are great for guys who wanna mount two 3-inch cube lights. And the center there is accommodating of up to a 20-inch light bar. So, if you're looking for auxiliary lighting in the aftermarket world, this bumper is super modular and it comes with some brackets to help you get the job done. For those cube lights there are three slots at the top here so you can sort of adjust where they'd be positioned. Same case goes for the center there or you can leave it open for a little bit more of an aerodynamic look to the front end.Now, this bumper is not accommodating for aftermarket winches. If you're looking at a winch, you might wanna check out some of the other winch capable options in the category. This is not gonna be the case here. Last but not least, tow hooks are always a factor. This bumper here is gonna make it a little bit more difficult to use the tow hooks. If you're looking to have complete access to them, there are some other options out there as well. But this guy here is gonna be really just for appearance and to help give you some really solid protection at the front end. There are some other recovery and winch capable options in the category for the guys looking for that. At this point, let's focus on installing some of the brackets here on the front end, and then we'll get to installing the bumper. All right, at this point, you wanna have the bumper face down here. You wanna have your passenger side bracket picked out. We're gonna slide this guy right onto the side there where those three slotted holes are.Now, you wanna grab your bolt, make sure you have a flat washer on each end along with the split washer on the nut side. And we're gonna install it outside in. I'm gonna get all these hand-tight first and then come back down and tighten them down. All right, grab your 16 millimeter wrench to hold the bolt head and the 16 socket to tighten down the nut. Repeat on the other side. At this point, you can put the bumper up into place using those brackets we just installed to the factory mounting holes and then crawl underneath and bolt them up. All right, with the helping hand of a friend holding this up into place, tighten down those bolts. All right, repeat on the other side. That'll wrap up my review and install for the Armour Front Bumper for the '18 and newer F150, excluding Raptor models. You can get your front end protector right here at americantrucks.com.
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Aggressive Geometric Design. If you’re in the market for a front bumper that offers aggressive design and practical functionality then the Armour Front Bumper is for you. This bumper features a geometric design that’s a perfect match for your F-150’s muscular looks. This assembly’s robust build quality is engineered to effectively take just about any hazard you might encounter on the trails, so you need not worry about your front-end.
Allows Multiple LED Light Configurations. You’ll need a place to mount any auxiliary off-road lights that you may have. This front bumper has that covered by featuring mounting areas for one 20-inch LED light bar, and two 3-inch LED light cubes. Located at the center and corners respectively, these light mounting ports eliminate the need to purchase and mount additional brackets, keeping your front-end streamlined.
Robust Build Quality. Providing superior durability for all your off-road adventures is an all-steel construction using 3 mm thick plate steel. This bumper is precision-formed and completely welded for an exact fit when mounted, as well as improved strength. Lastly, this front bumper features a textured black powder-coat finish which definitely adds to the assembly’s rugged looks.
Hassle-Free Install Procedure. This Armour bumper utilizes factory locations on your truck as mounting points. No modifications to your vehicle are needed, making installation a hassle-free procedure. Also, all mounting hardware is included for convenience, and installation requires just standard hand tools.
Application. This Armour Front Bumper fits 2018-2020 Ford F-150 models excluding Raptors.
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