Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, we're gonna be working with the Westin HDX Grille Guard in Black, fitting all '14 and '15 Silverado and Sierra 1500s. Now a grille guard like this one is going to be perfect for the Silverado or Sierra owner that's looking for a high-build quality grille guard that's gonna provide their truck with some full width front end protection and off-road styling.
Now with something like this, the name of the game is going to be protection. This is going to provide way more coverage than your average bull bar or push bar obviously, as this spans the full width of your truck. It's also fully welded one-piece steel in its design. That means the wings are welded on rather than bolted on like some other grille guards out there, that's gonna help you out in a couple of different ways. It's going to add to the durability obviously, it's also gonna save you some time on the install. They're 2-inch diameter steel tubing and they also wrap around the ends of the truck just to give you a little bit more protection on the side. Now on top of that, right in the center, we have our punch plate grille that's designed to catch a stick or something similar and prevent it from going through the grille and otherwise damaging your radiator, something to think about if you're doing some serious off-roading.
This grille guard is finished in a durable black powder coat which not only adds to the looks but serves as a layer of protection from the elements as well. Now that powder coat is pretty tough, but just as a second layer of protection here, we have a nice rubberized coating on these uprights that's going to allow you to push something around without scratching up that powder coat.
Now one thing I really like about the HDX in particular and in my opinion something that sets it apart from the rest of the grille guards out there, you get to keep your factory tow hooks. Most other grille guards would have you remove those and replace them with the lower mounting brackets but not with the HDX, so a nice touch from Westin that you get to keep those factory recovery points.
Another great point about the HDX here and definitely something that's worth touching on is the fit and finish. This pretty much sits the same distance all the way around the truck, it fit perfectly right out of the box, there's no real adjusting you had to do. They even give you some nice measurements to line up the brackets perfectly on the first try, which is definitely going to save you a headache during the install.
Westin also offers the HDX in a couple of different variants as well. They offer a full stainless as well as a winch mount option. However, expect to pay a couple hundred bucks extra for those. Speaking about pricing, this one is going to come in right around the $600 mark. That makes it one of the most cost-effective Westins on our website so you get that name and build quality without having to pay the price tag associated with some of the extra options Westin offers. In terms of bull bars in general, this is gonna fall right in the middle. However, this one does include a three-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
In terms of install, this is gonna be pretty easy. There's no permanent modification required and no drilling. We are going to be, however, removing the front air dam and this assembling the grille to get the upper mounting brackets in place. With that being said, I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, should only take you two, three hours to get this installed on your truck. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you need and how it's done.
Tools we used for the install are going to be an impact, extension, ratchet, 19-millimeter wrench, 17-millimeter wrench, 10-millimeter ratcheting wrench, a basic socket set ranging from 19 all the way down to 7 millimeters, 6-millimeter Allen key, this one is included in the kit, and lastly a tape measure and trim panel removal tool.
So we're gonna start our install today at the upper mounting bracket. Now just to give you an idea of where I'm going with this, this is gonna end up right about there in between this body color piece and our front bumper. Now in order to get at that bolt that is behind the grille, we have to completely remove our grille. So the first step in doing that is removing the 12 push pin clips that hold on our radiator cover right here, I'm gonna use a trim panel removal tool to do that.
With all those push pins out of the way, we should be able to pull this plastic cover straight up and off the truck, that's gonna reveal four 10-millimeter bolts along the front length of our grille. And I'm just gonna use an impact to get those out of the way. Now we can't pull our grille straight off the truck just yet, there's still some 10-millimeter bolts that are hiding underneath of this body piece right here, so in order to get that out of the way, we're gonna use a 7-millimeter socket to remove two 7-millimeter bolts on either side of that piece then that piece is gonna peel off the truck and allow us access to the rest of the 10-millimeter bolts holding the grille on.
So now we can peel back a corner on that body color piece and remove it from the truck. So now we have access to the rest of the hardware. We have a bolt right here, another one right here, one right here and one on the end. We're gonna remove all those with a small extension and a 10-millimeter socket. Now we can grab our grille, pull it straight off the truck and that'll give us access to the bolts we need to install our upper brackets. This 18-millimeter bolt right here and the same thing on other side are the bolts you're looking for, we're gonna get those out of the way and then get our bracket started.
So as you probably noticed in the last two clips, I didn't fully tighten down that 18-millimeter bolt, now there is a reason for that. And once we get the grille back on, we'll no longer have access to that bolt to loosen it up and make adjustments to our bracket. Fortunately, Westin does have a way around that, they give you a measurement from this outside edge to right in the middle of the peak of the front bumper, it's 20 and 5/8 inches, that'll get your bracket in the perfect spot to tighten that 18-millimeter bolt down, so we're gonna measure it out and then do our final tightening. Same thing goes for the other side.
That's gonna be at as far as the upper mounting brackets go. We're just gonna rebuild the front face of our truck here by clipping the grille in place, securing it with those eight 10-millimeter bolts. Then we're gonna put that body color piece on and secure with sevens on the side then drop the radiator cover on and secure with all those push pins.
That's gonna do it for our upper brackets. We're now going to move on to the lower brackets. Now you don't need a lift to do those, but since we have one here we're gonna throw the truck up in the air, on top of that you guys will be able to see just a little bit better. Before we get started on the lower brackets, we also have to get this air dam out of the way that's held on with a bunch of 10-millimeter bolts as well as some push pin clips. We're gonna remove all those to get this plastic off of here. This is held on with a couple push pins as well, so I'm gonna use the trim panel removal tool to get those out of the way. There are a few up here that are tough to get to with a ratchet, mainly this one right next to the bumper mount and a couple of the upside down ones, for those I'm gonna use a ratcheting wrench. Now we're just gonna push these clips inward a little bit just to get them started and then they should release from the truck.
So now we can finally start installing some hardware for our lower mounting bracket. We're gonna start with this nut plate right here, that's gonna feed up into our frame rail. Make sure the nut is facing upward, obviously. Now we're gonna take this threaded stud and one of the washers in the kit as well as a plastic washer and thread that into the nut plate. Now the idea here is that nut is going to fill that hole in the frame rail and basically level it off as well as hold this center. Now we're gonna get our bracket in place and secure it with the larger flat washer, lock washer, and 18-millimeter nut all included in the kit.
Now before we tighten this lower bracket all the way down there is one thing we're gonna do. There's the support bracket that goes under this 15-millimeter bolt right there, it should sit approximately right there. There's two holes also on the bracket itself that secure it to the mounting bracket. For that, you're gonna use the 19-millimeter hardware included in the kit.
With the bracket fully built, we can now start tightening down our hardware. Now we're just gonna do the same exact thing for the other side. And we're gonna remove this bolt here for the support bracket, again this is a 15. Then we're gonna get our hardware started for our support bracket. Once we have all the hardware in place, we can tighten it down. Again, these are 19s on both sides, a 15-millimeter here and an 18-millimeter for the top.
So at this point, all the brackets are in place, all that's left for us to do is lift the grille guard up, line it up and secure with the hardware. Now this thing is pretty heavy, I would recommend grabbing a friend for this step. We're gonna get the 19-millimeter hardware started on the bottom bracket and for the top bracket we're gonna use the button head bolts.
So now our grille guard is loosely installed on the truck, all that's left for us to do is tighten down all of the hardware. We're gonna start with the bottom four bolts with a 19-millimeter socket and wrench. Now this button head bolt right here takes a 6-millimeter Allen key. You don't need a socket and a ratchet for this, I just put mine on there to make it a little bit easier. In fact, there is a 6-millimeter Allen key included in the kit for that, and on the other side I'm using a 17-millimeter wrench.
And that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Westin HDX Grille Guard in Black, fitting all '14 and '15 Silverado and Sierra 1500s. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this and all things Chevy and GMC.