Grille guards belong to those few accessories intended to add instant front-end safety and give outstanding looks to light trucks and SUVs. When properly installed, the grille guard provides a tough shield against everyday hazards, including rocks and whatever else obstacles, not to mention other vehicles on the road! These accessories also serve as convenient 'push bars' to allow the driver to help somebody who's stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Only the right grille guard that meets all vehicle specifications will do its job the way it's expected. Since the distance between the frame rails is variable and the style of everything on the vehicle's front end is different, the guard should precisely match the contours of the front end as well as the spacing of the vehicle's headlights.
When looking for a proper grille guard, the first step to take is to learn the available options that will fit the vehicle. Considering thousands of manufacturers with their dizzying array of products, there's a vast number of grille guards to choose from. Though these add-ons perform the same function, they differ in styles and designs, so everything is up to a customer's personal taste and requirements. For the most part, the final decision is based on the look the driver wants to get and the budget available for customizing their vehicle.
When talking about grille guards and bull bars, there are different constructions and styles to be taken into consideration. As they perform slightly different from each other, we'll take in different kinds of grille guards and bull bars.
Full Grille Guards
Full guards, such as the Go Industries Rancher Grille Guard and the Dee Zee Euro Grille Guard, include two center uprights mounting directly to the frame, as well as side brush guards that wrap around and cover the headlights without compromising their function. These tough grille guards ensure the ultimate front-end protection from side impacts and front-end hazards for a truck or SUV, whether you're tearing up and down the wildest trails or simply cruising around town.
Center Grille Guards
Those drivers who have already tried full-frontal protection are looking for the same level of protection, though, without a complete wrap-around look. Center Grille Guards are designed to fill this need by employing the same tough middle upright design without the side brush guards covering the headlights. The Aegis Stainless Steel Grille Guard is initially built as a center guard, but you can simply add/remove optional headlight guards whenever you decide to freshen up your already impressive style.
Bull Bars perfectly combine function and design. They guard your front bumper and the lower section of your grille from rocks and curbs, without covering up the whole grille or 'hiding' the headlights. The bars like the Steelcraft Bull Bars are built extremely tough using the same sturdy steel tubing as full-on grille guards, and they're often equipped with pre-drilled holes or tabs to easily attach off-road fog lights or driving lights, or both.
Bull Bar Skid Plates
Many of our Bull Bars come with or without skid plates that are made of tough sheet metal and either bolted or welded to the bottom of your bull bar. On some models like Aries Bull Bars, the skid plate is removable or can be permanently mounted like the one on the Black Horse Bull Bar. These plates are not just good-for-nothing accessories, but they deliver effective protection against the pebbles and debris kicked up by the vehicles in front of you. Moreover, the skid plates guard the vehicle from big rocks and curbs, as well as tall parking curbs that can cause damage to your 'vulnerable' bumper.
Rear Bumper Guards
Same as the front end, the back of your vehicle needs proper protection as well. Your rear bumper takes a lot of abuse from careless drivers, let alone botched parallel parking jobs you'd rather not discuss. Instead of spending hundreds or thousands on a new paint job or a costly replacement bumper, keep it always shielded with a reliable rear bumper guard. For instance, the Romik Rear Bumper Guard is made of tough stainless steel tube and is custom-designed to your vehicle for a flawless fit and rugged protection from multiple impacts.
Tail Light Guard
Tail light guards are just the same idea as the headlight guards on full front-end grille guards. They consist of a framework and a series of narrow bars covering the tail light lenses from shock damage or flying rocks. These mount directly to each tail light, and that's why their protection is not quite as great as that provided to the headlights; however, don't forget that the tail lights are much less likely to suffer impacts.
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