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Hey, guys. Joe from ExtremeTerrain. And today, we're gonna be working with the Barricade Brush Guard in Stainless Steel fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Now a brush guard like this is going to be perfect for the Tacoma owner that's looking for a stainless steel brush guard, something to hold up to the elements and something that's going to perfectly match the chrome accents on the front of the Tacoma.This brush guard is made out of a heavy-duty 1-1/2-inch diameter tubular stainless steel featuring a mirror finish that you can be sure it's going to hold up to the elements for years to come. If you live in any salty conditions, this is gonna be the perfect option for you as you can be sure that shine is gonna be there for years to come.We also have these wraparound wings on either side, they're gonna be perfect for pushing brush or branches away from the front of your truck, definitely a plus if you plan on doing any off-roading, something to think about. The grilles in there are also completely removable so you have that choice between full-protection. If you want to clean up the looks a little bit, you can take them out, when you get to the trail put them right back in.This brush guard also has some utility features as well. Right in that crossbar in the middle, you have two pre-drilled holes that can fit up to a 20-inch light bar or two cube lights if you'd like. We also have these rubberized uprights here, so if you need to push something around with your truck, it allows you to do so without scratching up the stainless underneath.Now at this point if you're feeling the stainless finish might be a little bit too bold for your truck, Barricade also manufacturers the same exact grille guard in a black version and since we're losing that stainless steel, it actually comes in at a price point that's about a 100 bucks cheaper as well. This version though is gonna be the second most budget-friendly coming in right around the $400 mark. And again, the reason for that price difference is going to be that upgrade to stainless steel. So if you're looking for longevity, if you live in a salty condition, this might be the one for you.Install for this is going to be really easy, there's no modifications to the truck, no drilling, no cutting of that lower plastic splash guard unlike many grille guards out there that would have you do that. I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, should only take you an hour or two to get this hooked up to your truck. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you need and let me show you how it's done.Tools you'll need for this install are going to be an impact or ratchet, 16-millimeter wrench, a couple extensions, 6-millimeter Allen key and a 10, 16 and 17-millimeter socket. So to start our install, we're gonna focus on the lower brackets. In order to get those installed, we have to remove this air dam here, it's held on by 13 10-millimeter bolts, two behind here, nine up front and two behind on the other side. We're gonna get those out of the way and pull this plastic air dam off the truck. As you can see, I have my truck in the air, you don't need a lift to do this, you could just as easily do it on the ground. And same goes for the other side, but for these two here you can use the 10-millimeter socket or a Phillips head screwdriver and also an extension helps. So with the air dam removed, that gives us a clear shot of where our lower bracket is going to sit. Next, we're going to install this bolt plate and secure it with a plastic washer then we're going to remove this 17-millimeter bolt right here, put our bracket in place then reinstall that.And then for that top bolt plate, we're going to get a flat washer and lock washer on there and then secure it with a 16-millimeter nut. Now we're just gonna do the same exact thing for the other side. And when you're doing this you just want to make sure you grab the right bracket. As you can see, they're marked with a D for the driver side and the one we did first is marked with a P for the passenger side.That's gonna be it for the lower brackets and now we're gonna move on to the top, they're going to get installed in these bolt plates and these are going to go in a support brace that goes in front of the radiator, we're just gonna reach behind the grille and put these in place. And the driver side is gonna go in right about here, it is a little bit tougher to get to, but definitely possible.Now we're going to get our mounting brackets in place. Just like the lower mounting brackets, these are marked with passenger and driver and they're gonna slot through this lower slat in the grille right here. Next, we're gonna get that hand tight with a flat washer, lock washer and 16-millimeter nut then do the same thing for the driver side. So now we're going to reach up from underneath with a long extension and 16-millimeter socket and tighten down those nuts, but before you do, make sure your upper brackets are in line with the lower.So now all that's left for us to do is hang our grille guard on the brackets, you don't even need a friend with this one, I'm gonna show you how to do it by yourself. We're gonna rock this forward, get our 16-millimeter hardware started on the bottom then fold this up and get our button head bolt started in the top bracket.Now lift with your knees and not your back. We're gonna fold this together and then secure the grille guard to the upper brackets using these button head bolts, they tighten down with a 6-millimeter Allen key. Now we're gonna put the rest of our hardware in place, adjust our grille guard as necessary and then run through and tighten all of this down.And that is gonna do it for the install. Now there is one last thing I wanted to touch on, and it's this air dam right here that we uninstalled in the beginning. You can reinstall this if you're willing to cut the plastic, it'll go right back in place but in my opinion, personally, I think it looks just fine without it. And that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Barricade Brush Guard in Stainless Steel, fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this and all things Tacoma.
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