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Old 06-01-2011, 05:03 PM
djsncman djsncman is offline
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Default Grill Guard weight

Can anyone with a grill guard, or someone who knows, tell me the approximate weight of a grill guard. I am interested in getting one for my Ranger but don't want to if it is going to add a lot of weight.

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Old 06-01-2011, 05:18 PM
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Depends::

Size/tube thickness is everything.
On my '83 Ranger I had a grill guard that was very simple, 2 vertical bars at frame width apart, and 2 round cross tubes. That's it. With mounts and hardware weighed in around 40lbs. Vertical bars 5/16"thick, cross tubes 2.5" dia approx 0.188 wall

On my '91 Jeep the grill guard was much more extravagent. 2 full width tubes, surounds on both headlights/signals. It was entirely 1.75" tube, 0.188" wall. Don't know exact weight of it, but at LEAST 160 lbs. Took 2 buddies to hold it up while I put the first few bolts in.

Your standard center/both headlights grill guard that you see commercially sold in catalogs are 40-80lbs. But it really can vary. ARB Bull Bars are VERY stout/but come in between 100-200lbs depending on application.

Go online and try and by one and at the checkout page check the shipping weight. That's gonna be a pretty close estimate.


Don't forget that a winch adds at least 60-80lbs as well if you're going that route.
On my Jeep we made the front bumper/ grill guard/winch all pivot on the frame rails so it could be tilted away to pull the motor. The whole
assembly comes in at least 300lbs.

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Old 06-01-2011, 05:18 PM
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Default Re: Grill Guard weight

I have a TJM Bull Bar it's about 150. But the grill guards aren't usually more then 50-80 from what I have seen. Depends on make model style etc
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:19 PM
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Default Re: Grill Guard weight

I was going to buy one and ask the guy a autoanything what they weigh he said about 75 - 100lbs after I herd that I didnt buy why add another weight, every extra 100lbs you lose 1 mpg.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:27 PM
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I was going to buy one and ask the guy a autoanything what they weigh he said about 75 - 100lbs after I herd that I didnt buy why add another weight, every extra 100lbs you lose 1 mpg.
I didn't lose mpg because of my bull bar. I did because the truck is less aerodynamic. Just my 2 cents
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:31 AM
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My concern was losing MPG by adding the grill guard. Also I am not convinced on the looks for a reg. cab. I am also thinking about step bars.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:58 AM
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100lbs= -1mpg is very untrue! i JUST had my truck loaded up with over 800 pounds in the bed and lost only .7 mpg ONLY becsuse i was in the mountains dealing with shitty curves lol

so aerodynamics is the reason, not weight.....even so i hardly think its enough to lose one mpg over
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:26 AM
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My light bar (granted it's light) didn't affect my truck adversely MPG wise. Not noticeably.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:11 AM
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IF you wanna get REALLLLY technical::

No idea on a Ranger but on my Jeep Cherokee: Coefficient of aerodynamic friction from the factory was 0.61. (for perspective a Prius is 0.30, and a semi is around 0.90)

After adding 6" lift, 33's, full width axles, and a HUGE exo-cage that's definitely not aerodynamic it has a calculated coefficient of aerodynamic friction of 0.69.
Did it go up? TOTALLY. and by a fair amount. That being said totally stock I got 14/18mpg. And lifted/locked/loaded I get 13/16. I've only added about 280lbs total as alot was gutted as well.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:16 AM
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Mine maybe weighs in at like 40 if that. Its very light put at higher speeds I def noticed it on there wen I first put it on.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:59 AM
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I was going to buy one and ask the guy a autoanything what they weigh he said about 75 - 100lbs after I herd that I didnt buy why add another weight, every extra 100lbs you lose 1 mpg.
so, according to you, since I have a grille guard, steel wheels, bigger than stock tires (32's) a classIII receiver, and I weigh 350lbs. my stock ranger which is listed at 15 mpg, should now be only getting 8 mpg when I drive it?
whoever told you the 100# = 1 mpg rule is an Idiot.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:19 PM
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whoever told you the 100# = 1 mpg rule is an Idiot.
...or, in other words, the old adage is right:

more than 78.94% of all statistics are made up on the spot
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:30 PM
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i feel sorry for people with rangers that are lifted 10 inches, have 36's, a roll bar, brushguard, spare tire carrier, steel wheels.. they MUST be getting 1 mpg!!
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:13 PM
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[QUOTE=Gumcrew2;439496]Depends::




Don't forget that a winch adds at least 60-80lbs as well if you're going that route.----------



The minimum weight for a winch I've found that will even come close to pulling out a ranger (8,000 Lb) is over 100 lbs.
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:28 PM
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http://www.harborfreight.com/9000-lb...ake-68143.html

I run the older version, it's the 10,000lb Chicago Electric (yes I have a harbor freight winch, and it DOES work lol)

Shipping weight 86.70lbs, so yea not far off.

The 12,000lb winch they make is shown as 92.10 lbs shipping weight.
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