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grill guard or light bar?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by milehighliving, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Feb 26, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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    milehighliving

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  2. Feb 26, 2012 at 8:56 PM
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    light bar
     
  3. Feb 26, 2012 at 8:58 PM
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    Grill guards are helpful in some accidents. Especially if deer like to run out in front of you. You can still put lights on the grill guard. I have some on mine :)
     
  4. Feb 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM
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    My thoughts exactly. I'm undecided if I like the looks of it or not. I'm all stock now, but I plan on lifting it this summer.
     
  5. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    TacoMX

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    light bar.
     
  6. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    not trying to crap on your thread here but there are a lot of people on here that say those brush guards/ grille guards whatever you want to call them cause more damage
     
  7. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM
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    Idk if they cause more damage, but they basically have no accident protection like people think. They are flimsy and are mostly for looks and repelling minor damage from brush....and shopping carts. ;)

    Someone above said that it would help in a deer strike...a deer would destroy a brush guard...no contest.

    thats why I said lightbar. They look cleaner...IMO..
     
  8. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM
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    I've went through two different brush guards from hitting deer. They each were trashed, but they kept my truck from being totaled.
     
  9. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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    BuzzardsGottaEat

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    Know a guy with that grill guard and lights, looks good on his silver taco, Idk what yours is but his looked kinda weak until he started getting black mods, rims, badges, topper etc, then it sort of fit in better. Hope that helps
     
  10. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    idk thats just what i have heard
     
  11. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    I've heard similar things about their strength. The lightbars look super clean. Do you think snobord's new wrap-around light bar would have more protection than the grill/brush guard?

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1s...-04-wrap-around-light-bar-sale-group-buy.html
     
  12. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    Light bars and brush guards are useless for and impact other than a shopping cart.
    there is a video on the site somewhere of a bulbar being used as a recovery point and it get's ripped right off the truck.
     
  13. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    for sure! The steel he uses is of much higher strength and quality. IMO...that looks a lot better then a brush guard too.
     
  14. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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    Exactly! Lol everybody says they're no good but they protect the truck right? Another brush guard is cheaper than getting the entire front end fixed
     
  15. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    Or you can buy a tube or plate bumper and never have to buy another brush guard again.

    Most brush guards I see go for $350-$600....thats how much a good tube bumper costs.

    For the money you pay for one you dont get much.

    Only way I would buy one is if I get a used one for a good deal....but I would still rather save up and get something with some real protection.
     
  16. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    Sweet guys thank your for your inputs. A brush guard popped up on CL for cheap so I started question whether I really wanted a lightbar. Now I'm definitely going to buy a lightbar, most likely one of the wrap arounds.
     
  17. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    Guy was asking $190 on CL for one
     
  18. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    thats not too bad.
     
  19. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM
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    Ya probably would go lower too. I really want an ARB bumper or something similar but can't justify spending that much right now
     
  20. Feb 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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    Can't argue that. with original post however, IMO brush guard > light bar..... but to each his own?
     
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