- (1) Full Guard Front Bumper
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Hey, what's going on, guys? Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview of the Iron Cross from Bumper, equipped with a full guard, available for the '09 to '14 F-150. So in this video, I'll be touching on all the functionality and styling portions of this and also what makes it so protective, so all of the materials. I'll even walk you through the install to help you out with that. And I will say up front, it will get a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, making it something anybody can really do with a helping hand. The Iron Cross from Bumper with a full guard, it's gonna be for the '09 to '14 F-150 owner out there looking to swap out their wimpy factory bumper to get the absolute most maximum amount of protection for the front end of their truck while adding a lot of different bonus features, while also getting the most aggressive off-roading look on the market. So this bumper I have with me today is a part of the HD or heavy-duty series from Iron Cross, which is basically a line of bumpers, all of which have their own perqs. Now, the Base Model bumper in that series will be the least expensive and doesn't offer all the maximization for protection of your upper grill. Next up in the series will be the Push Bar, which offers a little bit more for your upper grill, and it's gonna be a little more expensive than the Base Model. And finally, we have the monster of the series, which is the Full Guard, offering the absolute with maximum protection for the top-of-the-line security for the front end of your truck. Obviously going to be the most expensive in the series. Now, all the options in the series I just mentioned will basically be all made of the same materials, which will be a heavy duty, 10-gauge steel plating which is C&C laser cut and all hand-welded inside and out, completed in a black powder coated textured finish to give it the aggressive good looks but a long-lasting. Also durability for on and off-roading. Now to jump right into the functionality, which is really the main meat of all the information about this bumper. Obviously, you could tell this is offering serious amount of protection for the front end of your truck, all of which have a lot of features I'll touch on in a little bit. But the main part that makes this stand out is the upper tubing you see here. Now all this tubing over here and on the sides will protect your front headlights, which is very uncommon with a lot of the options on the market, including the mesh bumper you see here, which is a mesh stainless steel just like the rest of the bumper that will protect your front grill. And like I said, this whole top portion is very unique to the Iron Cross series. Nothing else on the market offers this, which is why this is really giving you a lot of bang for your buck, also which I'll talk on a little bit later. Now, in addition to all these awesome features that really make this stand out, it also includes a winch mount down here at the bottom which can hold up to 12,500 pounds, which is definitely especially useful for the guys doing some off-roading and wheeling. Now if you're looking to get a little more versatility with this bumper, you can invest in the interchangeable two-inch receiver plate that Iron Cross offers that can be accepted by this bumper which will take a class III hitch and a removable winch mount. Now to keep adding on to the ongoing list of additional features for this bumper, you're looking at two beefy D-ring mounts, perfect for a set of shackles, which is great for the off-roading guys that need a little bit of recovery. And it also doesn't hurt for the additional aggressive looks. Now with that said, the shackles are not included in this kit, but you can pick them up separately to really take advantage of all the features going along with this bumper. Now, the last feature I wanna point out about this bumper is that they include two additional four-inch recessed lighting cutouts for auxiliary lighting or fog lights. I do want to point out, however, that the factory fog lights will not fit in here, but you can pick up the perfect size fog lights on americanmuscle.com if you want to take advantage of that feature as well. There is another thing I want to point out that some guys might not like, some guys might not care. Me myself, it doesn't bother me. And that's gonna be the Iron Cross logo C&C laser cut directly into the material on the front and their logo down the bottom. Now in my opinion, it makes it look a lot more badass and really adds to the offered aggression, but some of the guys might be a little picky. It really all comes down to personal preference. Now, I'm going to address what's on everybody's mind, and that's the price tag. Now for this Full Guard from Iron Cross, expect to be spending just north of $1500. Now, of course, that is a whopping price tag, but you do want to keep in mind, this option here is offering the most protection for the F-150's front end on the market right now. You can't get anything better than this. It really covers all bases of the front end. You're looking at headlight protection, grill protection, bottom bumper protection, winch, fog light mounts. There's a lot of different parts to this. You're getting a lot of bank for your buck. This one is going to be for the guys out there with the '09 to '14 F-150 who are really not concerned with a price tag and more concerned with getting a bulletproof look to the front end of their truck. So jumping right into the installation, this one will not require any drilling or permanent modification to the front end of your truck. It will include all the hardware necessary to get the job done, including quarter-inch steel brackets. And like I said in the beginning, this one will take probably about an hour or two, and I will give this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, but I will recommend getting a helping hand, maybe a person or two just to help you get this up, because this thing, as you can tell, is massive, and it's a heavy beast at that. So to kick things off, you'll start by disconnecting your fog lights and removing your factory front bumper. There is a couple of bolts next to the rubber splash guards by the headlights and the headlights themselves and then again by the inner quarter panel, which you may need an extension to get your ratchet in there. Next you'll be removing the bolts by the plastic bumper bracket, and be sure not to break the clips in the process. After that, you will be removing the frame holding the bumper to it, and it might be easier to hold the bumper up using some floor jacks or a helping hand. Next, you'll be putting all the mounting hardware up in place just to get the bumper in place. Align it properly and tighten down all the hardware provided, and you'll be getting the job done from there. So like I said, the install is really not all that bad if you have a helping hand to get it done. Now just to wrap things up, if you're the owner of an '09 to '14 F-150 and you're looking to get rid of your factory bumper to replace it with the monster of all protective front bumpers, you might want to check out the Iron Cross front bumper with a full guard available right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Installation Time: (approx) 3 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Installation Time: Afternoon
April 23, 2018
Bumper is light duty, the slotted holes they use mean the bumper can move under enough force. Put a 8000lb winch in it, and it seems to handle the force of pulling myself out. But its light, and looks great.