2007-2013 Silverado DV8 Off-Road Front Recovery Bumper Review & Install

The DV8 Off-Road Front Recovery Bumper is
available for the ’07 to ’13 Chevy Silverado owner who’s an avid off-roader looking to
get some impressive front end protection with a full bumper replacement that offers winch
add-on capabilities that help with those tough situations that you might get stuck in. This is a hefty beast, so I’d recommend having
a helping hand on deck to get it installed, but I’ll get to that later on. I’ll let you know now, I’m giving it one out
of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. This bumper is a perfect solution for those
tough off-roading spots that could get your truck stuck in the mud. With a truck that doesn’t have anything to
help with recovery, then you’ll be relying on a friend who does, or you could be hoping
a stranger will come by to help you out. If you pick up this bumper, not only does
it look super aggressive, but it allows you to drop a winch into the 12,500 pound capable
winch plate in order to help yourself out of those situations. You might not always have a shoulder to lean
on when you’re on the trails, so being able to toss the winch around a tree and pull yourself
out is a huge advantage out in the rough. Since protection plays a pretty big part here,
this mechanically welded monoblock design adds extreme strength with cold rolled three-sixteenth
inch steel. The dual stage matte black powder coating
adds a pretty serious intimidating look which is more importantly gonna give you a corrosion
and rust resistance. You’ll notice that the bumper is cut at an
upward angle to provide a high grade approach angles, to give you the most off-road capable
design. This basically means that when approaching
a rock, the bumper provides clearance so that your tires hit the rock first instead of the
bumper. That way your bumper stays unharmed. The lifted corners take it a step farther
so your tires have proper clearance as well while going over obstacles. You’ll notice the winch plate is covered by
a layer of metal as well, hidden inside the bumper. I really like this because if you were to
come in contact with something, your winch stays protected and unharmed at all times,
still able to do its job. Some of the other recovery bumpers leave your
winch vulnerable on the outside of the bumper which can be problematic if you get in an
accident or hit a rock harder than expected while on the trails. Attached galvanized D-Rings take your recovery
a step further as well, and the pre-cut slots are for the factory fog lights or an aftermarket
spot of flood light of your choice to provide good visual aids while night crawlers are
out there or work trucks are on the site. As far as the pricing goes, this one of the
more affordable options currently on the site, which in my opinion is a huge deal. It’s one of the better-looking bumpers. It doesn’t make the truck look goofy, like
some of the other crazy, intricate options with too much going on do. It’s got a smooth, simplistic design that
keeps the off-roader in mind with properly cut angles and optimal recovering points and
winch mounting opportunities. This one comes in just under the $700 mark,
while the other recovery bumper from Iron Cross is coming in at just north of the $1,200
mark, difference being that the Iron Cross option has a wall overrider bar, but obviously,
it’s not a huge necessity unless you want that extra layer of protection. This one still has huge pros for the price. The installation is simple enough for anyone
to tackle, but like I said in the beginning, you’ll need to have some help on hand because
it is so darn heavy. You’ll wanna have a basic ratchet and socket
set available, as well as a pair of pliers on deck, and about two hours worth of time,
overall getting a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. The first thing you want to do is remove the
air dam by pulling on the plastic clips holding it in place using a set of pliers. From here, remove the factory front bumper
by removing the four nuts on both bumper mounts, and unclip the wiring harness from the fog
lights, so you don’t pull them off by accident. Cut the zip ties holding the light harness
to the bumper and pull the bumper completely off of the truck. At this point, you can either remove the factory
frame cover, or if you wanna skip that and work around it, you can leave it on if you’re
not running a winch. If you are, however, you’ll need to remove
this piece to make it work. Mount your winch, if you’ve got one you want
to install it with. You’ll be able to safely secure it to the
winch plate on the inside of the bumper. Insert the studs into the frame holes where
the stock bumper originally lined up. Mount it with a friend to the frame and tighten
on the lock washers and nuts onto the studs, and make sure the bumper is safely secured
in the proper position. Remove the factory fog lights from the stock
bumper and transfer them over to the DV8 option unless you’re replacing them with an aftermarket
spot or fog light, in which case, you can install those now. So if you’re the owner of a 2007 to 2013 Silverado,
you might wanna check out the DV8 Off-Road Recovery Bumper which is, of course, available
right here at AmericanTrucks.com.

12 thoughts on “2007-2013 Silverado DV8 Off-Road Front Recovery Bumper Review & Install

  1. Bad idea with that body lift! The combination of the body lift, the grille, and that bumper makes the truck look like a mistake was made many times over…expensive and really cool stuff can be overlooked and make a vehicle look cheap as hell if the body lines are that far off. You guys seem to be pretty cool and its nothing personal, it doesn't look good at all guys and it isn't going to get you customers..,your trucks should be spot on and a selling point for your products!

  2. Go back to the drawing board… No bueno bumper, definitely goofy an Ibeam looks better then that.

  3. Doesn’t look too bad just needs to not have that body lift and and needs a tad bit more lift

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