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Brushguard: On or Off

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by NegroTundra, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Jan 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    NegroTundra

    NegroTundra [OP] Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion:

    Pro's
    -Looks nice
    -Good for shedding light and medium brush off the front of the truck in tight spots
    -When camping, provides a place to put you beer:D
    -You can stand on it to get a better view

    Con's
    -Decreased approach angle
    -Messes up functionality of stock tow hook
    -In event of fender bender, will contribute more damage to truck than what would have been had it been off
    -Extra weight (65lbs) and increased wind drag contributing to slight loss in mpg


    So, help me decide; on or off:

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  2. Jan 12, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    brelandt

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    Off for sure. Never liked that look. Light bars look way better and might be a better route for you?
     
  3. Jan 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM
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    CowboyTaco

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    I like on!
     
  4. Jan 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    giscott

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    From a functionality standpoint, off. For looks, on.
     
  5. Jan 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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    NegroTundra

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    Which is why I'm so torn!
     
  6. Jan 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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    VooDoo

    VooDoo More Cowbell!

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  7. Jan 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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    Radius22

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    It's what ever floats your boat man, personally on looks good on your truck. Clean truck BTW!
     
  8. Jan 12, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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    Supra TT

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    OFF. Sell it on craigslist buy a real bumper. You'll be MUCH happier.
     
  9. Jan 12, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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    Sullyman

    Sullyman Crusty ole' conservative fart

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    My son, DSully72 on TW, had a bull bar on when he encountered a deer...minor bull bar bending - no damage to the truck...Functionally I'd say leave it on....
     
  10. Jan 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM
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    easyeatlanta

    easyeatlanta Artificial Intelligence beats natural stupidity

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    how would it contribute to more damage to the truck in a fender bender?
     
  11. Jan 13, 2011 at 7:28 AM
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    TacomaJPP

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    Put a set of lights on it and then you'll want to leave it on. I'm getting ready to do mount some on mine.
     
  12. Jan 13, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    Killer

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    Leave it on
     
  13. Jan 13, 2011 at 9:18 AM
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    twfsa

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    Off looks to big for a little truck.
     
  14. Jan 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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    Jraugust

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    OFF, i hate brush gaurds...
     
  15. Jan 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    shitroc

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    imo i think the cons out weigh the pros,take er off and get ur self a light bar and some lights. youd probly be happier with that route even though youd lose the beer holder lol.
     
  16. Jan 13, 2011 at 5:02 PM
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    NegroTundra

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    Thanks for all the opinions guys....all of your posts are pretty much what go through my head everyday about it haha. I may try shitroc's suggestion...
     
  17. Jan 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM
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    DaCapt

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    If you have a deer problem, leave it on. I have many deer here and I have one on my Taco but with driving lights.
     
  18. Jan 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    KenLyns

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    Sell it and put the money towards a plate bumper, so you don't have to compromise. :p
     
  19. Jan 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM
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    Johnnie

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    Off. Brush guards look gay and the only think they will protect you from is a couple of leaves. Sell it to someone else and get a real bumper.
     
  20. Jan 14, 2011 at 6:48 AM
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    NegroTundra

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    ^ Agree with the leaf comment.....I don't know why these people with "deer problems" are saying to leave them on....I think if I hit a 250lb mule deer the brushguard would just bend over and wreck more of the truck. Real bumper not an option for me....I wish I had that much expendable income!
     
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