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help with picking out a brush guard

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by everleet, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Aug 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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    everleet

    everleet [OP] Well-Known Member

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    After coming inches from hitting a deer last night, I have come to the conclusion that a brush guard is a necessity in my area. I have looked around online and some look alright but I'm less concerned with aesthetic appeal and much more concerned with saving the front end of my truck.

    Does anyone know of a good brand or use one themselves? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Aug 25, 2010 at 2:04 PM
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    Toyota Truck

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    I would go with a ARB bumper I've seen a few videos of people running in to tress while wheelin. With little or no damage to thier truck/suv.
     
  3. Aug 25, 2010 at 2:33 PM
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    CalgaryRider

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    2009 Tacoma SR5 Aries Bush Bar All-Pro Skids & Spacers Shrockwork Sliders MB Motorsport Rims BFG All Terrains OME 885 coils, Nitro Chargers and Dakars TRD Goodies
    I have the Aries bush bar, and I like it. It bolts to the frame at the bottom and can take some impacts there, but there are no anchor points above the bumper so it does have some play up around the grill and lights.

    You can check it out in my build thread how it looks http://www.forum.ct4wd.com/showthread.php?t=1579

    After having it out on the trails it holds up pretty well, but comparing it to the after market bumpers if you want to protect yourself, get an after market bumper.

    I know a few guys who have hit things (trees, deer, mustangs) with the All-Pro bumper and they and their trucks have fared really well. (I will be upgrading to either a All-Pro or Relentless fab bumper in the future). If you want protection get a bumper.

    There are lots out there:
    All-Pro
    Relentless Fab
    Shrock Works
    ARB

    so dependent upon the look, you got lots of choices.
     
  4. Aug 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    bagster

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    Ranch Hand is supposed to be one of the best brush guards. I can't see how
    an off-road bumper will protect your radiator from the horn of a buck.
     
  5. Aug 25, 2010 at 5:23 PM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    Last time I hit a deer with my truck, the bumper was only a minor part of the damage. The thing destroyed the front quarter panel, dented the door, broke the side view mirror, crinkled the hood and scratched the hell out of the bed. Just something to think about before you go drop upwards of $800 on an ARB bumper. You might be better off investing in some good lights so you can see them coming sooner.
     
  6. Aug 25, 2010 at 5:46 PM
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    mattleegee

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    brush guards are for knocking over skicker bushes not deers/people/honda civics/small trees
     
  7. Aug 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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    Tim A

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  8. Aug 26, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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    ranch hand...



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  9. Aug 27, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    everleet

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    maybe ill just weld a cow catcher to the front of my truck
     
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