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Old 07-12-2011, 10:56 PM
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Default Grille Guard or no?

What do y'all think about me getting a grille guard?
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:59 PM
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They're nice, give a tough look, and protect if you're out in the bush alot. Lots of room to mount lights and some even have a step on the front for gettin up under your hood. I'd get one only I just got a bug deflector a little while back and like the look of it. I may just go with a bull bar.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:00 PM
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go for it. i'd think a black one would look better than a chrome one on your truck imo.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:20 AM
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protect if you're out in the bush alot. I may just go with a bull bar.
First off I go in the bush a lot lol
Second they help protect your truck against small children

And I'm thinking about a safari bar for mine
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:35 AM
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If you do a lot of boonie-crashin' they are a good idea. The only drawback is they add a lot of weight to your front end, unless you get the high-dollar aluminum type.

If you're just going for looks or a place to mount lights a bull bar is a better choice in my opinion, I like the cleaner look without all the extra metalwork. Just my 2 cents
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:18 AM
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The only drawback is they add a lot of weight to your front end
what?? I'm not an olympic bodybuilder, and I can pick up my (non-aluminum) brush guard with one hand quite easily. The weight added is so small in comparison to the vehicle weight as to be completely negligible. My gas mileage may have gone down 0.000000000001 % after I added the brush guard.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:24 AM
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If that's the look you like, go for it! I'll echo the black versus chrome but that's a personal choice. I'm going with a black one when I get mine. I've done the safari bar bit before. It's ok but I like a full brush guard better. Go big or go home!
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:23 AM
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can't argue with that!
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:48 PM
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what?? I'm not an olympic bodybuilder, and I can pick up my (non-aluminum) brush guard with one hand quite easily. The weight added is so small in comparison to the vehicle weight as to be completely negligible. My gas mileage may have gone down 0.000000000001 % after I added the brush guard.
Have you weighed it? You can easily pick up 40 lbs. with one hand, but 40lbs. hanging off the front of your bumper is hardly "completely negligible".

Look, all I said is the extra weight is the only drawback. It's not like I said brush guards are stupid. Ease up a little, Mr. Sensitive.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:53 PM
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I'm not sensitive at all... I'm just saying, it doesn't add any significant weight to the vehicle. I don't know what it weighs, but even if it is 40 pounds, that's fairly negligible compared to a 4,000-lb vehicle (only 1%), so it won't impact handling, braking, or gas mileage by any measurable amount -- that's all I was saying.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:58 PM
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If that's the look you like, go for it! I'll echo the black versus chrome but that's a personal choice. I'm going with a black one when I get mine. I've done the safari bar bit before. It's ok but I like a full brush guard better. Go big or go home!
Some companies offer black chrome!

Food for thoughts
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:18 PM
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Some companies offer black chrome!

Food for thoughts
saw some black chrome wheels, looks pretty badass
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:39 PM
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Default Re: Grille Guard or no?

Do it, but try and get one that has headlight covers/guards that are similar to the dimensions of your headlights.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:56 PM
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Default Re: Grille Guard or no?

Get one. ive had mine for 4years and love it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:53 AM
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I'm not sensitive at all... I'm just saying, it doesn't add any significant weight to the vehicle. I don't know what it weighs, but even if it is 40 pounds, that's fairly negligible compared to a 4,000-lb vehicle (only 1%), so it won't impact handling, braking, or gas mileage by any measurable amount -- that's all I was saying.
I guess it's just a matter of perspective. As I said, if I was in the brush 50% of the time I would consider a brush guard an asset. However, for mounting lights or just for looks I'd rather have a lighter bull bar. The cleaner look is just a personal taste thing.

Agreed, 40 lbs. isn't much compared to the weight of the vehicle. But 40 lbs. hanging off the front can definitely affect steering response and handling on the pavement, especially in the rain or in emergency maneuvers. I do know from my own experience it can make the front end dive significantly under heavy braking,

I see trucks with all kinds of accessories like roll bars, brush guards, taillight guards, heavy duty bumpers, winches, etc. that hardly ever get any offroad use. Add it all up and the total weight can be suprisingly heavy. It can be justified if you actually go boonie-crashing a lot, but sacrificing even a modicum of safety for the sake of looks alone should bring at least some forethought. Instead of simply dismissing the weight as negligible, it may be wise to consider the affect it may have on handling, braking, rollovers on pavement, gas mileage, etc.

Not dissin' brush guards... the OP asked for opinions/input, this is my contribution. Just some things to consider.

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