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Fix bull bar or get brush guard?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Leadgolem, Jun 10, 2010.

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Front end...

Poll closed Jul 10, 2010.
  1. Fix bull bar.

    7.3%
  2. Get a good brush guard.

    24.4%
  3. Get a wheeling bumper.

    68.3%
  1. Jun 10, 2010 at 2:53 AM
    #1
    Leadgolem

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    I'm trying to decide if I should replace my bull bar with a good brush guard, or just fix it up. Here's my truck right now.

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    Here's what I was thinking of getting.

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    Image shamelessly stolen from 2000yota.
    I probably won't be wheeling much, but I do drive on some country roads, so deer could be an issue. Opinions and/or reasons welcome.
     
  2. Jun 10, 2010 at 3:07 AM
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    MadeInMaine

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    I grew up in the woods of Maine, and dumb ass deer running out from the bushes was always something to worry about, and I hit one when I was growing up.
    The full brush guard would probably save your grill, headlight, and possibly bumper, maybe even air bags....
     
  3. Jun 10, 2010 at 6:57 AM
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    STLharry

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    Brush guards are weak. Replace the bumper.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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    AlexanderD

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  5. Jun 10, 2010 at 8:10 AM
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    I was having the save delima, brush vs bull. I grew up with a brush guard on my 91 mazda b2200 and it saved me more than once. But the newer brush guards all seem to have the head light grills which I don't dig. At the moment I'll leaning toward a bull bar.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM
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    CalgaryRider

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    I would say Bush guards, I have one and love it, its saved my bumper more then once on the trail (the rubber sliders work really well to save from a bumper scrape), and by having the headlight grills/bars it has saved my headlights from some of the major impacts with branches on the trails.

    I have also noticed that the full bush bar helps me to see the corners of my truck easier on the trails and for a newbie like me its pretty helpful for those tricky sections.

    just my .02 anyways
     
  7. Jun 10, 2010 at 3:07 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    getting there....
    normally....since i like them alot.....i would have said get a brush guard. but......i voted get a wheeling bumper....such as arb.

    i have a hunters accessories brush guard,liked it alot at first, but getting over it pretty quickly. not stout at all.....which i already knew, but rust from shitty cleaning and powdercoating from the factory would keep me away from it now. not all brush guards are like this.....westin has some nice ones. but if i was gonna do it all over again....i'd go arb in a sec.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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    STLharry

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    Then you should do it over again....but with ARB!
     
  9. Jun 10, 2010 at 3:24 PM
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    getting there....
    had i the coin to do so........i would. cant do it for a while tho.
     
  10. Jun 10, 2010 at 3:24 PM
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    JasoTaco

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    For the money I like the brush guard. If you have the money do the full bumper.
     
  11. Jun 10, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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    STLharry

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    I've been there too. Know what you mean.
     
  12. Jun 28, 2010 at 4:35 AM
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    Barnone

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    Agree completely.Those guards in the two photos that the OP posted are for show only. They might be good enough for mall crawling.:D
     
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