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It's Joe, from ExtremeTerrain. In this video, we're gonna be going over the Barricade 3-Inch Bull Bar in Black, fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for budget-friendly off-road styling and stainless steel protection for the front end of your truck. So what do we have going on with this bull bar? First things first, let's talk about what this thing is made out of and what it's finished in. This is made out of 3-inch heavy-duty tubular stainless steel covered in a gloss black powder coat which is not just there for looks but basically is gonna serve as a second layer of protection over the top of that stainless steel. For any reason, if this does get scratched up on the trail, all you're gonna be revealing is stainless steel underneath, so it should be looking good and keeping your truck safe for years to come.Now if the blackout look isn't for you, Barricade does have you covered. Of course, this bull bar is also offered in a polished stainless finish for the chrome fan as well that is gonna cost you a little bit of extra money. This bull bar also features a nice integrated front skid plate. It is a little bit thin, but at the very least that's going to encourage obstacles to go under rather than into the front of your Tacoma and it does have holes pre-cut out for a little bit of extra ventilation. Some added functionality here will come on this crossbar in the middle. It does have two pre-drilled holes, that's for some extra auxiliary lighting, whether it's the 20-inch light bar, some cube lights. That will be a great way to take the front end of your truck to the next level. If not, the kit does include two rubber plugs for you to clean up the looks a little bit.Now pricing for the kit, gonna drop in right about 165 bucks. Now considering the full stainless construction, black finish, I think it matches perfectly with any blackout look on any Tacoma. And comparing this to a full grille guard which could cost you north of 500 almost 600 bucks, I think this is a great return on investment if you're not looking to go the full protection, you're just looking to add some presence and a little bit of protection to the lower front of your truck, this is a great option. Before we move on to the install here, one thing I do want to make a quick note of, and this isn't gonna be a fault of the Barricade specifically but more front end protection in general, you have any adaptive cruise control, front proximity sensors, this will impede that but that is gonna be the trade-off you make for a little bit of extra front end protection.The install here is going to be relatively simple. There is a little bit of cutting involved on the plastic but that's gonna be really, really easy to do. It's gonna be on the splash guard, and if you want to reinstall the air dam and you're gonna need to cut that as well. If not, you can always remove it and run like we have it right here. The install is gonna be one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, should take at most an hour or two if you come with the right tools. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done. Tools we used for this install will include a ratchet, 17-millimeter wrench, small extension, socket set ranging from 10 millimeters all the way up to 16 millimeters, and not pictured in this shot, you will need something to trim that plastic and if you want to install the air dam, you're gonna have to trim that as well. You'll need a Dremel tool, body saw or tin snips at the very least.All right. So the first thing we're gonna need to do here is get this air dam out of the way. In order to do that, we're gonna use a ratchet, small extension, and our 10-millimeter socket, it's held in by a bunch of 10-millimeter bolts. There's two behind here, all of these at the front end to behind the splitter on the other side. And with all that out of the way, we can go ahead and remove the air dam. So now with the air dam out of the way, you could better see what exactly we're working with here. There's two 14-millimeter nuts on the outside of each frame rail. We got to get those out of here to make room for our mounting brackets. So now we can grab our mounting bracket. You want to make sure you grab the right side. These are stamped and are side-specific. That's gonna go around those two studs like so, then we can reinstall these 14-millimeter nuts.All right. So there's one more bit of hardware after those two factory nuts and it's this really big long 16-millimeter bolt. The kit includes a big washer and then some regular size flat washers here. You want to get the setup like that on end. And what we're gonna do is we're gonna come from behind, pull that through like so to meet up with that hole there. Now, you don't want to push it through just yet. You want to take another big washer. We're actually gonna use that as a spacer of sorts. And we're gonna catch that on our bolt, and then we can push it through. On this side, we're gonna go with a smaller flat washer and then we gonna wrap that up with a 17-millimeter nut. And we're gonna go over to the other side and just repeat that same exact process. We're gonna start by removing our 14-millimeter nuts. Then we're gonna come up in here with our mounting bracket and re-install. Now one thing I do want to mention here is you might have to cut away a little bit of the splash guard here. You can easily get that done with a pair of scissors, even easier would be tin snips, something like that. And also, you could do this job from the top if you really need to. It doesn't take that much to get the grille off, and that opens up a lot of space.And then again for that extra bolt, we're gonna take that really long 16-mill with the big washer and the smaller flat washer. That's gonna come in from the opposite side here. And once you get it in the neighborhood, you can kind of manipulate it to get that big washer in there. Right there you could throw on our smaller one. And last but not least, a 17-millimeter nut.So that's the mounting bracket install as far as our truck goes. We have to do a little bit of a bracket install on our actual bull bar as well. And this is gonna be really, really simple. We're gonna take these brackets right here. That's gonna sit on the end of the bull bar, just like so with the bracket bar going to the outside. And then we're gonna take two 13-millimeter bolts and secure that to our bull bar.Now, just like the rest of the stuff on this kit, those holes are slotted, so if you do need any adjustment later on, you could always loosen them up, make the adjustment as needed and tighten them back down. And we're gonna do the same thing on the other side as well. Now, all we have to do is bring the bull bar back to the truck and get those two mounting brackets secured together with the 16-millimeter hardware in the kit. And now we can adjust the bull bar where we want it to sit and tighten down all the hardware.Guys, that's gonna do it for the install. At this point, if you do want to reinstall your air dam, you absolutely can. You will need to make a few cuts first, however, the instruction through a great job at explaining exactly where those cuts need to be. But that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade 3-Inch Bull Bar in Black, fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. As always, thank you so much for watching. Keep it right here at ExtremeTerrain for all things Tacoma.
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