Everybody, I&039;m Justin with americantrucks.com, and welcome to my Best Stuff video for the
bumper category available for that 2015 and newer F-150.
Now, the purpose of this video is to give you my top three bumper options currently
on the site when it comes to protection based heavily off customer popularity but my own
personal feedback as well to help you narrow down the selection when it comes to that new
As always, guys, these are just three of many different options you&039;re gonna find here at
So if you&039;re not exactly digging anything I have in this video, that&039;s totally cool.
In fact, feel free to check out the rest of our selection here on the site.
So why even change out that front bumper in the first place?
Well, it could be a number of reasons, and it usually involves some level of protection,
appearance, and also functionality or maybe a combination of all three.
But just how much protection or how much functionality do you need?
Well, that&039;s what we&039;re here to find out today.
I think you&039;ll find that all three of my picks, including the Barricade, the Rogue, and the
Steelcraft, will all offer their own level of protection depending on what you have planned
for your truck.
So, without further ado, what do you say we get into my picks?
First up, we have Barricade&039;s Raptor-Style Front Bumper, which will only be a minor upgrade
and protection, but a big upgrade in styling.
Now, it&039;s no secret that this particular bumper draws its inspiration from the mighty Ford
Raptor and, as you might imagine, looks right at home on the standard F-150 as well.
It&039;s currently one of the most popular in the category in addition to being the most
affordable at just under 600 bucks.
Now, even though the Barricade isn&039;t gonna be packing a ton of added protection, it is
built to withstand some abuse.
In fact, you&039;re looking at cold-formed steel plate construction finished off in a textured
charcoal powder coat, which is easily enough to handle the stresses of being installed
on your daily driver in addition to some light off-roading as well.
And on top of that, the Barricade bumper is backed by a three-year warranty if you should
ever need it.
But on the topic of off-roading, you are gonna be getting a little bit more approach angle
here with the Barricade in place for those who are interested in doing some occasional
But for the most part, guys, this bumper will be an aesthetic upgrade first and a protection
Now, you will find some provisions for auxiliary lighting here with the Barricade but nothing
quite like my next bumper in the video, no winch mounts or anything of the sort.
So, in closing, if you&039;re spending most of your time on the road and are looking to switch
up the look of your truck for not a lot of dough, the Barricade here is going to be a
But what if you want a little bit more versatility or functionality out of your front bumper
in addition to that awesome prerunner look?
Well, for that, I really like the Rogue Racing Rebel with the Dimple Side Skins.
Like the Barricade we&039;ve just talked about, the Rogue Racing is one of the most popular
in the category and in my opinion will offer a great balance of functionality, look, and
Listen, guys, when you make the switch to a bumper like this, whether it be Rogue, ADD,
Fab Fours, or whatever, the price tends to start climbing dramatically over your entry-level
options like the Barricade, for instance, but, in return, you&039;re gonna be getting a
really well-made part that is gonna offer a bunch of versatility for about the $1,500
price point here for the Rebel.
For starters, you&039;re looking at a combination of 1 and 3/4-inch tubular steel for the lateral
mains in addition to this burly 3/16-inch thick aluminum skid plate that absolutely
dwarfs the factory piece you&039;re gonna be replacing here, just offering loads more protection
up front for the guys who take their rigs off-road and aren&039;t afraid to occasionally
Now, this particular option from Rogue does feature their dimple skins, as they call it,
but Rogue does also offer a mesh panel in this area on a separate bumper.
You can find that on the site as well.
But the dimple option here is gonna be more popular.
It&039;s also gonna be a little bit more affordable between the two.
As far as functionality, well, we&039;ve already covered the added protection of the tubular
steel build and the aluminum skid plate here, but Rogue also implements some auxiliary light
mounts as well.
In fact, the Rebel here will accommodate up to 240-inch radius light bars, which is enough
firepower to light up just about any situation.
So, all in all, guys, the Rogue is a very good-looking bumper that will offer a nice
balance of functionality and price for the truck owners who like to take their stuff
off-road and thrash on it a little bit or maybe at least look like you do.
So my first two options have offered some solid improvements over the factory bumper
in regards to both appearance and protection, but there will be truck owners out there who
And if that sounds like you, may I present the Steelcraft HD Front Bumper, my choice
for the most front end protection for your 2015 and newer F-150.
So when all out protection is the goal, a full coverage brush guard or bumper like the
Steelcraft here is the first thing that comes to mind.
Now, this thing is gonna be bulletproof in just about every sense of the word.
It would easily be my choice for a zombie apocalypse if and when it ever happens.
But what do you say we break down the construction a little bit more?
And at its core, you have an extremely burly steel diamond plate bumper that accommodates
the factory fog lights along with those front factory tow hooks.
From there, the grille guard does consist of a combination of 1 and 1/4-inch schedule
40 piping covering the front end and headlight area along with the steel punch plate material,
which will be a lot more durable and offer a lot more protection compared to some other
mesh materials you might see on other bumper options.
So, essentially, you have just extreme levels of protection for the front end of that F-150
on top of just a super tough look.
On top of the protection, you are getting some added spots for auxiliary lighting if
needed on top of a two-year warranty if you should ever run into any issues with this
Now, the Steelcraft HD is the most popular in the full coverage category and, all things
considered, is pretty affordable at the $1,000 price point.
Just an absolutely rock-solid suit of armor for the front end of your F-150 for those
who don&039;t wanna compromise when it comes to front end protection.
Now, it should be pointed out that, while all three of my bumpers in this video will
essentially bolt into place, there will be some heavy lifting involved, including the
Steelcraft HD here, which does weigh in at a whopping 140 pounds.
So just have a buddy or two around to help you get this guy into place along with some
basic hand tools, including a socket set.
It&039;s really all you&039;re looking at to tackle this job in about an hour or two from start
Well, guys, that&039;s gonna wrap us up here for my Best Stuff video for the bumper category
available for your 2015 and newer F-150.
I hope this video helps you narrow down your choices a little bit more based off of what
kind of driving you plan on doing with your F-150.
As always, if you want more info on any of my bumper choices in this video along with
other armor options, feel free to check out the respective product pages at any time.
Thanks for watching.
And for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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After Ford Signals Support For NFL Anthem Protesting
Players, Cops Strike Back — Hard
The National Football League turned into a huge mess after the players started refusing
to stand during the national anthem.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that there will be a policy change and the players will
have to show respect to the anthem.
However, many people think that the policy change will only encourage the players to
take a knee.
Recently, Ford Motor Co. issued a statement in which it shows support to NFL players to
lock their arms or kneel during the national anthem.
This statement came unexpectedly.
Daily Lightify reported: “We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they
are not ones we share.
That’s part of what makes America great again,” the statement read.
After their statement, Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington said that his department
will no longer buy Ford vehicles or any other product until the NFL demands its players
to stand during the anthem.
Whittington wrote a letter to Hixson Ford in Alexandria Louisiana, and his decision
couldn’t be clearer.
Daily Lightify reported: “Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary,
but we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and taxpayers of Bossier Parish, have a right
to spend our money elsewhere.
I realize that Ford Motor Co. has made this decision and may not necessarily be supported
by your company, but you are our dealer,” the statement read.
Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office doesn’t want to support those disrespect our country,
flag and national anthem.
Sheriff Whittington explained why he will boycott Ford and called on other law enforcement
agencies and leaders to follow his example.
This means that the company may lose its top clients.
However, that is what you get for disrespecting our country, flag, and national anthem.
What will be the next move of
Ford Takes Side Of NFL Protesters So Louisiana Cops Take Something Of Theirs In Return
total disrespect of our heritage that&039;s a total disrespect of everything that we
stand for okay everything that we stand for Louisiana Sheriff has called for a
boycott of Ford Motor Company police vehicles over the manufacturers support
for NFL players kneeling or otherwise protesting while the national anthem
plays before football games in an open letter to a local Ford dealership
sheriff Julian Whittington wrote bat the Bossier Parish Sheriff&039;s Office will no
longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sites with the protesting players
the company previously issued a statement in late September saying it
respects individuals rights to express their views even if they are not ones we
share that&039;s part of what makes America great
sheriff Whittington acknowledges that Hickson Ford of Alexandria wasn&039;t
involved in the corporate decision-making that led to the
announcement but he wants his actions to force a conversation up the chain of
command and rattled the gates in Detroit he claims to be sending the letter to
every other Sheriff&039;s Office in the state as well as several national law
enforcement groups the recent events surrounding the NFL its players and
their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American flag the American
military as well as the obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement in
general forces me to take a stand NFL players have the right to protest as
they deem necessary but we the Bossier Sheriff&039;s Office and the taxpayers of
Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere according to the
Shreveport Times the bps owe bought 29 vehicles from Hickson Ford over the last
two years for a total of nearly 750,000 dollars those purchases included 21 Ford
police interceptors for Ford Tauruses a couple of Ford f250 s a Ford f-150 and a
Ford Explorer automotive news reports the office also uses ford transit vans
as prison at and sports there are a few czev rollit
tahoe and ram trucks running around but the majority of its 300 vehicle fleet
are Ford&039;s food has stronger connections to the NFL and most other automakers as
CNN points out the company is in the middle of a three-year deal with the
league that made the Ford f-series the official truck of the NFL members of the
food family also of the Detroit Lions who play in the city&039;s Ford Field the
office posted an update to their Facebook page saying that sheriff
Whittington had spoken to the owner of the dealership group who claims he was
unaware of Ford statement on the issue and that such a stance concerns him as
well however no mention was made of the boycott being ended calls to the
sheriff&039;s office Nixon Ford and Ford&039;s corporate office
seeking comment were not returned the men and women of law enforcement make it
possible for the Ford Motor Co to do business in a safe and secure
environment the letter ends it&039;s time they took a stand for each of them thank
you god bless you and God bless america
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2015 Ford Mustang GT vs. 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO
High-Flying Dogfight: 2015 Ford Mustang GT vs. 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO. The automotive industry is ground zero for this epic battle where Japanese brands tussle with the Detroit Three in nearly every segment of the market.
To the benefit of us all its a much friendlier confrontation than Nakajima fighters squaring off against the latest products from Grumman or the USS Washington returning a salvo to the battle-cruiser Kirishima.
Nissan’s Z-Car and the Ford Mustang are sporty coupes and perfect rivals. They both feature powerful engines, offer manual gearboxes and are dressed to kill.
Just like an air battle unfolding in the skies seven decades ago we’ve got a dogfight on our hands. America’s National Park of Speed.
And the best place to compare these thoroughbred machines is on a closed circuit where drivers are free from worrying about pedestrians or police. Road America is a premiere racing facility near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Its four-plus miles of asphalt are frighteningly quick thanks to a pair of runway-like straights. Plenty of tight corners and elevation change keeps things interesting and makes lapping it a challenge, even for expert drivers. Red, White and Glue.
Ford’s latest ponycar is all new for 2015, gaining additional features, more power and extra refinement. But the greatest engineering upgrade requires a jack and creeper to get a good look at.
For the first time in Mustang’s five-decade history mainstream models have dispensed with a chariot-grade live-axle in favor of something from the 21st century.
Yes, a proper independent rear suspension is finally here, its outdated predecessor has at last been sent off to the adhesives factory.
GT versions of this car are powered by a muscular and technologically advanced engine. Even after several years of availability the blue oval’s 50-liter V8 is still a masterpiece.
Fill the tank with 93-octane gasoline and you’re rewarded with 435 storming horses and an even 400 lb-ft of torque.
Mat the accelerator and she pulls like a jet, providing torrents of silky thrust and a reedy-sounding intake rumble that’s as addictive as a bucket of popcorn chicken. Keep some napkins in the glove box; you’re going to need them.
Nissan’s answer to cars like the Mustang is their 370Z, the latest offering in a line of performance machines that dates back more than 30 years.
Ratcheting up the sport factor is their NISMO version, which gains unique – and functional – aerodynamic enchantments, more power, special wheels and exclusive Recaro seats that hug your torso like a flight suit.
In typical American fashion more is always better and the ‘Stang has a two-cylinder, 1.3-liter advantage over the Z.
But Nissan engineers have managed to do more with less and this car’s 3.7-liter V6 is heroic enough to win a chest-full of medals. It puts out 350 horses, 18 more than a standard 370Z, along with 276 lb-ft of peak torque.
Ensuring it can run like the wind this car’s engine spins to 7,500 RPM and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-gear automatic transmission.
Whether you want to row your own or let the vehicle take care of business, with the Mustang it’s six across the board.
Strapped into the Mustang’s pilot seat everything feels huge, like the car is just two inches narrower than your lane of travel. Visibility is also somewhat challenging thanks to an elevated hood and limited amounts of glass.
Beyond all of this the optional Racaro seats ($1,595) don’t seem to adjust low enough, making the driving position slightly awkward, especially for lanky motorists.
Still, there’s plenty to like about the new Mustang. The car’s interior is stylish and built of mostly premium materials.
Likewise, the manual transmission’s shifter is slick, gliding from gate to gate with the fluidity of water flowing down hill. And when you’re cleared for takeoff the clutch pedal is a joy to operate.
It’s perfectly weighted with just enough heft and a broad engagement range. Factor in an engine that provides ample low-end torque you have a vehicle that’s extremely easy to drive smoothly.
While the Mustang’s interior strikes a nice balance between retro and modern the Nissan’s cockpit is purely old-school, but not in a good way. The design looks outdated and some of its controls seem even more antiquated.
In short, it’s noticeably cruder than the Ford.
And this rough-hewn feel continues when the car is in motion. The clutch for instance is heavy and grabby, especially compared to the ‘Stang’s, which feels much lighter despite having to contend with an additional 124 lb-ft of torque.
The Z’s shifter also requires ridiculously high amounts of effort to use and there’s even a hint of gear whine at low speed.
Fortunately for Nissan fans it’s not all bad news. The 370Z is easier to see out of and has a better driving position, which helps build confidence.
Additionally it has SyncroRev Match, a mind-blowing feature that automatically blips the throttle on down-shifts for PERFECT gear-changes every time.
But how do these similar-yet-different machines compare out on the track? Driving them back to back on Road America provided some interesting contrasts.
For starters the Nissan feels about half the size of the Ford, though in truth it’s only about 300 pounds lighter. The Z’s steering is more lively and chassis more playful; once again, it’s confidence inspiring.
Despite “only” having a V6 the Nissan is seriously fast. Its hopped-up VQ engine pulls brilliantly at high RPM and makes appealing sounds; the thrust it provides is real and addictive.
However, accompanying all of that goodness is vibration, and lots of it. When driven in anger the powerplant shakes like a rock crusher, the shifter responding with a chorus of tingles. This lack of refinement is disappointing and a little annoying.
In comparison, the Mustang seems somewhat ponderous, even when equipped with the optional GT Performance Package ($2,495), which adds things like special chassis tuning, Brembo brakes, a Torsen rear end and more goodies.
Still, the car is broad shouldered and seems a little heavy in lateral transitions; it’s not as eager to play as the 370Z, though it does start to feel smaller the more you drive it.
However, Ford’s reborn five-point-oh-my-God trounces Nissan’s powerplant in many ways, generating extra torque, more horses and better noise all without vibrating like a wand massager.
It’s silky smooth yet still revs explosively, pulling extremely hard from about 6,000 RPM to redline, which is a grand beyond.
Fuel consumption is even comparable, with the Mustang averaging 19 miles per gallon (15 city, 25 highway) and the 370Z, 21 (18 city, 26 highway).
Wrapping things up with a pretty little bow, these two machines are probably more similar than different. They’re both rear-wheel drive, offer manual transmissions and have sporty styling.
Even their as-tested prices were within spitting distance. The Mustang cost $45,885 out the door including $825 in deliver fees; the Z stickered for $46,425, a figure that also included $810 in destination charges.
But in spite of their on-paper similarities these two cars do have a number of differences. The Ford is larger, more refined and somewhat isolated.
Nissan’s offering is lighter and more playful but cruder feeling. While well endowed, the 370Z’s engine is coarser than a bucket of spent shell casings. In comparison the Mustang’s brawny V8 is silky and sonorous.
Choosing a winner is like picking your favorite child; there’s plenty to love about both of these cars. The Mustang is a better all-around vehicle but if you’re a track junkie the 370Z definitely has an edge.
In the end we’re inclined to give the nod to Ford because that 50-liter engine is just so damn addictive, but this win is by the narrowest of margins.