(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
$856.99 (each)+ $149.00 Handling Fee with FREE Shipping
Hey, guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Steel Craft HD Elevation Front Bumper available for the '09 to '14 F-150. You should be checking out this particular bumper if you're looking for that bumper brush guard combo to give you the ultimate off-road and on-road protection while making your front end just look extremely badass. This particular bumper and brush guard combo really does protect every aspect of the front end, including the lower bumper by actually fully replacing it with a flat steel construction and a fully welded brush guard to wrap all the way around the sides, protecting the headlights, fenders, hoodline and your front grille. This being all inclusive for your front end protection you would think is extremely expensive, but actually, it's pretty affordable in the world of bumper and brush guards. This comes in right around 850 bucks, which was surprising to me because I can see this quality built into this brush guard bumper combo. This is a fully welded flat steel construction which is gonna increase all of that durability, making it a ton stronger than some of the other things in the category. Some of the other options out there are three-piece, meaning that this whole middle section would then separately bolt up to your headlight guards and so on and so forth, which looks a little bit easier for the installation but won't be as strong as that fully welded construction you see here. That wrap-around design really hugs the lines of your headlights, follows that body line so it looks like it belongs on that F-150 and it was really made for this specific vehicle. Some of those other ones out there just look like they're copy and pasted in universal fitment but this one here really does look and feel like it's meant for this generation F-150.Now, a couple of key things to take away from this particular option here when comparing it to some of the other ones out there. Number one, it is that fully welded combo. The bumper and the brush guard all in one piece, it bolts up altogether. Nothing is separate, which means it's increasing durability and it means it's a little easier on the install, in my personal opinion. That bumper down low is completely replacing that factory one which is going to take a beating like the factory one could never. This thing on and off-road protection is completely superior. Now, you're not exactly gaining ground clearance. If anything, it might be hanging down just a little bit lower than the factory one, which means you're not tackling as many obstacles as you would like to. But with that in mind, it is gonna be a lot stronger. If you were to come in contact with an obstacle on the trail, like a log or rock or even something in the parking lot, you'd be causing more damage to the obstacle than you'd be taking on the front end of this truck. That steel construction takes that beating for you, it's impact resistant, and it's gone through a two-stage Epoxy coating, giving it corrosion and rust resistance. So, if you were to ding something up this thing, you don't have to worry about rusting away, and that texture black finish is going to be more scratch resistant so it won't look like it came in contact with something when you're done. With all that said, there are a couple of more points I wanna point out here. Our F-150 does not come with factory tow hooks, but if yours does, you have open slots you see here which will definitely make sure that you can retain those. You might have to take them off for the install of the brackets, but you will be able to throw them right back on to fully utilize that for that front end functionality. Second thing I wanna point out here, factory fog lights are retained in this bumper. No need to cut, no need to weld, no need to drill, none of that nonsense.Those pre-cut holes are perfect, and there's brackets on the back of this bumper to accept the factory mounting positions and mounting points on this factory fog light bracket. So, they bolt right up very easily before you throw this whole thing onto the truck. Super simple stuff, I'll walk you through that in just a little bit. Also, dead center. You can see this grille that's cut out in the center. That is accepting a double row 20-inch LED light bar. So, if you want to pick that up separately, there's mounting brackets on the back there as well, so you can add additional auxiliary lighting. The top here as well has that honeycomb grille, giving you just a little bit of extra protection for that front end. That's really nice, some of the other options don't carry that. Some guys might not like the look of it, but if you're going for that functionality, this is something that you really will appreciate because of that added protection to the front grille. It's pretty important. You don't wanna get any debris or say you're driving on the highway and a bird smacks into this, you're not gonna get all that guts going straight into your rad. This is gonna give you that little bit of extra protection.Steel Craft right above that Ford oval logo. In my opinion, I'm not the biggest fan of front end branding like this, but I will say this is a little more subtle. It's not really big and vibrant. It kind of blends in with the black. So, not super picky about that, I think it still looks pretty good on the front end. The last thing I wanna point out for the guys out there in states with front end license plates, this does have cut out squares on the front end and plugs included in the hardware package to make sure that you can retain that front end plate and stay street legal. The install, I am gonna give a soft two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, simply because it's very big, very heavy because it is that full-width full wrap-around. Have a helping hand on deck. It's gonna go a long way, it's going to be nearly impossible to install by yourself. It's just too heavy to hold and wrench. It's not worth the risk because you definitely can get hurt if this thing falls on you. Have a helping hand, some very simple hand tools that will get the job done, and I'm gonna show you guys how it gets done. Say about two, maybe three hours from start to finish. So what do you say we just get to it?Tools used in this install are: impact gun, ratchet, 8-millimeter deep socket, 10-millimeter socket, 13, 15, 18, 19, 21-millimeter deep sockets, 10-millimeter swivel socket, variety of extensions, 10-millimeter wrench, 18 and 19-millimeter wrenches. 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, they're 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, we're 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.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. All right, so it's about time we got our factory bumper on our table here. There's a couple of things we need to remove and transfer over to our new Steel Craft bumper. What we're gonna do is going to remove our factory fog lights. Now, that whole bracket is attached to the factory bumper with three 8-millimeter bolts, two at the top here, one at the bottom, same thing on the opposite side. We're gonna transfer those over to our new bumper. We're also gonna transfer over this bracket at the top here. Now, we know that there's this big exoskeleton on the back of the bumper here. We don't have to remove the entire bracketing from the back. There's just two bolts holding on this top bracket that initially held on your hood latch release. We're gonna take that off and that's gonna attach to the plastic trim right under our headlights underneath of where that grille would be. So, first things first, we'll get back to this. We want to remove our factory fog lights. We got a 8-millimeter socket, we're gonna remove those bolts. Next up, grab your 13-millimeter socket and remove the two bolts one on each corner of that bracket that held on that hood latch release. Now, we can set our factory bumper aside. Now that we have our fog lights in place here, we're just gonna slide those right on top of those brackets. Use our new hardware provided in the kit, they're 10-millimeter bolts and lock nuts. Make sure you have a spacer or washer on the bolt head side underneath, followed by the nylon lock nut. Same thing for the other two open holes. Repeat this for the other side. Now, we can install our hood latch bracket using our factory hardware. It's gonna go right underneath this plastic trim. Tighten these down with those factory 8-millimeter bolts, and then we'll move on to reattaching that hood latch.Next up, grab that hood latch release, hook that into place, put your factory 10-millimeter bolt back in, and we're gonna tighten that down. It's about time we put our Steel Craft front brush guard into place with that bumper. I got my buddy Travis here from American Trucks to help me. It is extremely heavy, so you wanna have a helping hand on deck. So, what do you say we get to it? Now, while your friend's holding up that brush guard in place since it's really heavy, it's gonna be really awkward for you to work the ratchet and hold it up. So, have that helping hand on deck, put those bolts provided for you in the kit through the open slots on the top and the bottom, leaving this middle one free. We'll come back to that in just a little bit, but for now, tighten these down. And just repeat for the other side. The last step of the actual install for our bumper and brush guard is our flat or straight brackets. These straight brackets are gonna go on just like the slanted brackets we installed to our frame brackets before we got it on our bumper and brush guard. Now, what that basically means, on that frame bracket, the really large bracket we installed at first. On the one side, there was a slanted bracket that looked just like this, slanted at the top. That got installed on one side from the flange to the bracket itself. This is simply going on on the opposite side. They're gonna help you line things up, they're gonna get this thing nice and straight. So, all those bolts we just put in, the top and bottom on the right, top and bottom on the left. We got them nice and snug, but now we wanna install this flat or straight bracket, to line everything up, go back down and tighten down all of our hardware. Sounds a little confusing, but just really on the opposite side of our original bracket, we're gonna install this, just like we did with our slant bracket. So, hop underneath, install this with two bolts, of course, one going to the flange, one going to our frame bracket. And then the last thing we have to do, just plug in our fog lights.Now, of course, if you have any light bars or any other lighting you wanna install to this, now is the time, but we're not gonna be tackling that. And the only other thing we didn't tackle was tow hooks. Our factory F-150 did not come with tow hooks, but if yours did, open slots right here for it. So, first things first, flat or straight brackets, then our fog lights, then we're done. Now it's time to plug our fog lights back in, and of course, we just twist them out of our factory housing. So we're going to do the same here since we are still using the factory housing, and repeat for the other side. Last step of the whole thing, reconnect our battery. Of course, we disconnect the negative terminal, so we want to pop that back in place, grab your eight-mill socket, tighten down that nut. All right, once your hood is shut and everything's bolted up, you've tightened everything down, you're good to go. That's gonna wrap up my review and install of the Steel Craft HD Elevation Front Bumper, available right here at americantrucks.com.
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Intimidate. Give your off-road machine the mug that it deserves. These HD Elevation Front Bumper is the perfect addition to your vehicle's face for the ultimate in front-end protection with that highly-aggressive look of outdoor and off-road non-stop power and strength. Drivers will go weak in the knees from your vehicle's look of intimidation.
The Wrap Around. This HD Elevation Front Bumper delivers a one-piece welded designed for a hard edge, wrap-around-style frame. Manufactured to accommodate your specific vehicle make and model, the bumper has a superior engineered flat steel construction. The unit comes ready to accommodate 20-inch double row LED lights and is designed for you to keep your stock tow hook, fog lights, and license plate. The bumper is completely E-coated and black powder-coated, and has under gone a texture 1 matte finish for the ultimate shielding against corrosion and wear.
Direct Bolt-On Installation. The HD Elevation Front Bumper commands a direct bolt-on installation. Detailed installation instructions and hardware are included. Be advised, the bumper is heavy and assistance might be needed.
2-Year Limited Warranty. The manufacturer covers this HD Elevation Bumper with a 2-year limited warranty against all defects in materials and workmanship. Please refer to the manufacturer's website for further information and details.
Application. These HD Elevation Front Bumper is designed to fit all 2009-2014 Ford F-150 models, excluding the 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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