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Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
« on: November 21, 2008, 07:04:16 pm »
(talking about the bull bars and such that provide full or at least some coverage to the front end)

I know that ARB and TJM are considered to be the top dawgs in the arena here. But they do cost some $$$$. I figure it'll cost 1200-1500 to get one of these. I'd dearly love to drop the cash on that, but I just can't.

Are there any other options for high quality steel guards? I know most of the ones I see on vehicles around here are cheap guards made of thin steel that's practically worthless, and actually causes more damage in a minor wreck than would without the bar.

We are talking about a '99 Chevy Silverado here...bright red with factory chrome accents...

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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 07:41:00 am »
    Ever look into a company called Westin?  They build some pretty decent stuff.   
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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #2 on: December 04, 2008, 05:28:50 pm »
    Go Rhino is also a good set up.

      I have one on my Dodge Dakota.

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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #3 on: December 04, 2008, 10:44:21 pm »
    I've looked into Westin and Go Rhino (Go Rhino would cost about $830)...

    I don't know about them...not much info available on either, 'cept the Westin is made of 14 guage steel.

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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #4 on: December 05, 2008, 11:20:50 pm »
    I need some bars for my 96 Chevy.   Yeah, they are spendy.... but worth it if you drive through the brush.  Or have to park where idits can back into your headlights. 
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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #5 on: December 06, 2008, 10:24:12 am »
    Check your friendly neighborhood truck accessory place.  I hit one awhile back and they had a line of bars from a company that usually does pushbars for police / emergency vehicles.  These were about 1/4 the price of the chromed line they had, looked a bit on the crude side, in fact they looked like the cow catcher on my CVPI.  The manager pointed out his truck in the parking lot, he had the bars front and rear on an older GMC 4x4 big Blazer.  He said they were primed not powder coated and he had his painted bright red on a white / blue custom paint job, looked amazingly good.  Place is out of business now, I don't recall the product name.  You might check the label on a local police car.  ;D

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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #6 on: December 07, 2008, 09:48:48 pm »
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    Who notes the name on his cow catcher is "Go Rhino Products."

    The thing about it is that I was hanging on a cop forum (was looking into that line of work a while back) and a thread came up about the pushbars and such.

    The opinion was pretty much unaimous that the "Go Rhino" bars and some other brand didn't work too well...that if they hit a deer or had to do a PIT stop, the bars did more damage than without...

    I want something HEAVY DUTY...but don't want to pay out the $$$$ for it...at least, not right now...

    The local truck accessory shop is a ripoff, though...
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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #7 on: December 08, 2008, 04:18:06 pm »
    Good - Cheap - Fast ... pick two.

    In your case I can only suggest a Lincoln Electric welder and some sheet and tube stock.

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    Who leaves that sort of stuff to the pros...but right now pros are working cheap!  ;)

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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #8 on: December 08, 2008, 05:29:36 pm »
    The thing about it is that I was hanging on a cop forum (was looking into that line of work a while back) and a thread came up about the pushbars and such.

    The opinion was pretty much unaimous that the "Go Rhino" bars and some other brand didn't work too well...that if they hit a deer or had to do a PIT stop, the bars did more damage than without...

    I want something HEAVY DUTY...but don't want to pay out the $$$$ for it...at least, not right now...

    The local truck accessory shop is a ripoff, though...

    Too bad you dont live closer to me.  Where do you live?  Roundabouts, is fine.  I could probably weld you something up in my shop.  I'd have to do it on the weekend though, I'm too busy during the week to devote that much time to something.
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    Re: Let's talk some bull bars/brush guards
    « Reply #9 on: December 08, 2008, 08:02:04 pm »
    Guys, I've got a halfway decent MIG welder...but not the time.

    I'll go that route later. Right now, the truck looks way too nice, and dad won't let me stick a homemade brush guard on it. And he helped pay for the truck, so I can't argue with that.

    If it was up to me? I'd be up armoring that sucker like nothing else. Heavy duty bumpers, guards, etc... it'd be near indestructible and looking like it came out of Mad Max...



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    I don't THINK I'll ever have to face down routers in the streets.

    I should hope not. Mobs of rogue woodworking tools would suck to repel.

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