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Gone are the days when you took an old bump off and bolted a new one on. With things like tow hooks, parking sensors, block heater plugs, cameras and more in these new bumpers, there’s a lot to consider. In this Silverado 1500 3.0-liter Duramax diesel custom bumper install video, you’ll see how Publisher Tim Esterdahl and his friend replaced Esterdahl’s factory-installed bumper with a Fab Fours bumper and Warn Winch — and still managed to keep all the tech and safety features of his 2023 Chevy Silverado.

Out with the old

Before one can get to the exciting part of adding new accessories, one must first disassemble the upper and lower bumpers and the grille. And getting them off the truck is just the start. Things like parking sensors and their brackets need to be carefully removed and set aside to later be installed on the new bumper, which doesn’t come with them — or the spaces for them.

Getting the new bumper ready for this Duramax diesel custom bumper install video

The Fab Fours bumper comes in black, but Esterdahl wanted to color match it, so he and a friend first prep the new bumper by measuring and carefully adding holes for the parking sensors and block heater outlet. They must also thin the metal a bit to make the brackets fit, since the new bumper is a lot thicker than the bumper they removed.

Next up is cleaning, priming and powder coating the bumper for a great color-match. This step will also prevent rust in the areas where holes had to be drilled.

Once the powder coating process is done it’s time to install all the wiring and sensors. They’ll also add some wiring for fog lamps, which Esterdahl plans to install in the near future.

Warn Winch install

The Zeon 12-S winch has 12,000 pounds of towing capacity and comes with 80 feet of synthetic rope. Esterdahl does a great un-boxing to show all of the things this winch comes with before he begins the install. First they’ll mount some brackets and install some wiring to power the winch.

A louver had to be relocated to fit the winch in, and get the check engine light to turn off, but Esterdahl shows you where and how they did that.

Added weight and reduced fuel economy?

In this Duramax diesel custom bumper install video, Esterdahl estimates the new bumper and winch add about 200 pounds to the front end of the truck, so this will have to be factored in when towing and hauling. And while he hasn’t done his regular 100-mile test for fuel economy he did recently do a nice little road trip where he didn’t notice any reduction in mileage per gallon of fuel used, so that’s an exciting discovery.

Ready to install your own custom bumper?

Our 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 3.0-liter Duramax diesel gets quite the upgrade with a Fab Fours bumper and Warn Winch install. This combo not only looks great but also is versatile and makes the truck that much more usable as a tool. If you are looking for a real steel bumper on a truck plus an integrated winch, check out this video. And if you’re wondering about the super cool custom wheels, you can watch the Firestone X/T tires and Fuel Wheels install video here. Also, if you’re planning on buying a winch, be sure to read our “how-to” story. 

Disclosure: The bumper and winch were sent to us for free. But we had to do the install ourselves.

Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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