Is A Grille Guard Right For My Truck?
November 10th, 2015
You’ve seen them on trucks, SUVs and even police Crown Vics…grille guards and push bars out in front of the front bumper, protecting the grille, radiator and headlights from potential impacts. In a low-speed collision or in the event of hitting a deer, they can definitely help protect everything up front. There are a few different styles and options to choose from when it comes to grille guards:
- Full Grille Guards extend across the entire front end of the vehicle, including the headlights. Typically, these grille guards have two strong vertical members on either side of the grille itself, with loop tubing around the headlights and horizontal bars to provide protection. These are popular for off-roaders, as they protect the headlights from branches and brush without obstructing visibility and the headlights’ projection.
- Center Grille Guards are essentially identical to a full grille guard, except without the protection for the headlights. Some center grille guards might only consist of the two vertical members and two heavy horizontal tubes.
- Bull Bars are a little more minimal approach, consisting of a loop of tubing that protects the grille. They were designed for off-roaders, and are often available with a built-in skid plate that extends under the vehicle to protect the oil pan and transmission cooler lines.
Grille guards are custom-designed for the vehicle they are to be fitted on. They bolt directly to the frame rails for strength, and the other proportions, such as front-end contours and headlight spacing, are taken into account as well.
The beauty of a grille guard is that, with many designs, it can serve as a mounting point for auxiliary lights, a winch or other accessories. They’re also available in a wide range of styles, designs and finishes, including stainless steel, chrome, powdercoat and enamel, to perfectly complement your truck.
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