Grille Guard & Bull Bar Installation
One great option to consider if you’re hesitant about upgrading to an off-road bumper is to add a grille guard. Bull Bar Installations don’t take long and these useful truck accessories go by many names. For example here in American they may are commonly called bull bars, brush guards, deer pushers and cow bumpers. Conversely, in Canada they are called moose bumpers, and in Australia, they are called Kangaroo bars.
So what exactly is a grill guard? A grill guard is a protective steel framework that extends out in front of your vehicle. Grille guards are available in either a one-piece all welded design or a three-piece bolt together design. As you can imagine the one-piece welded designs are much stronger structurally than the three-piece bolt together designs. The three-piece designs are less expensive we recommend the one-piece welded design for rural drivers and off-roading. On the other hand the three-piece designs for aesthetics or city drivers only.
Some of our customers question if adding a grille guard to their truck makes it more dangerous for pedestrians or even passengers in other vehicles if involved in an accident. Unfortunately, studies have shown that using a bull bar increases the risk of death or serious injury to pedestrians because bull bars are rigid and when in an accident the bull bar will transmit all the force to the pedestrian, unlike a stock bumper, which will absorb some force and crumple. We recommend using less rigid bull bars if you live in the city and more rugged grill guards if you live in the country where pedestrian’s collisions are less of a concern.
Bull bars usually come in three models, black powder coated, chrome plated steel, or stainless steel. Stainless steel is probably the most resilient material used for grille guard’s, especially stainless steel that has been highly polished to a chrome finish. The powder coated and chrome plated steel versions are more susceptible to flaking and chipping, therefore, allowing rust and corrosion. While the name grille guard suggests that these accessories will protect your vehicle’s grille from damage and they will, there are some other benefits too. Unfortunately, with so many assorted brands and models of grille guards on the market from the extravagant pure accessory type bars, to the mostly practical it may be hard to narrow down your options. So what exactly should you look for and which brand and style are right for you?
Grille guards are some of the most practical and trendiest truck accessory upgrades you can choose. Your truck will almost always take a beating when off-roading and a grill guard will give your rig an extra layer of protection when it’s needed most.
Selecting the right bull bar or brush guard can be difficult, but ultimately it boils down to your personal style, location, and the types of recreational things you do in your truck.