Even without customization, your vehicle comes equipped with the right safety devices and the appropriate body protection. But why not take a little time and make your vehicle even tougher? All it takes is installing a brush guard on your vehicle's front end. A brush guard is useful especially if you like going on the off-road trails, where road and environment conditions are often severe. Your front end usually takes most of the abuse, dealing with fallen branches, boulders, and various other forms of debris. So why not add a brush guard that will keep flinging pebbles and stones from denting or scratching your vehicle's bumper and hood? On top of the protection, you also give your vehicle additional style! Besides, a brush guard is so easy to get here at Carparts.Simply post an order in this catalog and we will do the rest!
• More durable protection for your vehicle's front end
• Made from heavy-duty tubular steel
• Comes in a polished or powder-coated finish
Looking for the Perfect Brush Guard
Do you want to make your SUV or truck to look macho, tougher, and more you? You don't have to paint your car's body to make it look like it has a tattoo, but you can sport a brush guard. A brush guard (or grille guard) can make your car look more masculine, and protect your headlights and grilles from any form of destruction targeting the front part of your car. Convinced enough? Wait. Here's what you have to know before buying a brush guard.
Choose the perfect look and coverage
There are three common types of brush guards that depend on the size of the front-end coverage that you want:
- Full front end brush guard. Do you want your SUV to look solidly tough, and to spoil your headlights and grille by protecting them from external factors? This type boasts solid uprights bolted your car's frame. You can even mount auxiliary lights, such as fog lights and off-road lights, to make your car go like a boss every time you arrive.
- Center brush guard. If you consider your headlights to be your car's asset, then keep it bare. Though smaller than the full front end, this type of brush guard can still give you the aesthetic value and protection that you want. This makes solid impact protection, and looks good despite its smaller style.
- Nudge bars and sport bars. If you don't want to have a bulky, hulking brush guard, and you just want your car to look sporty and macho, this type fits you. This provides low-speed impact protection, but don't expect it to take care of your headlights and grille.
Finish it off with the perfect color
Sure, you don't want your brush guard to look totally alien from your SUV or truck. Choosing the finish color of your brush guard is an important decision, because it will give the lasting impression on your car. Here are your options:
- Powder coat black finish. This is a good choice, especially if you are concerned with durability. This is the typical finish of brush guards, and it will surely match your vehicle even if its white, black, or blue.
- Stainless steel or chrome-plated finish. If you think a stainless brush guard looks more elegant and sophisticated than the black one, this could be your bet. Plus, if you want rust to eat up your brush guard, and you want easy cleaning, then this one is your perfect match.
Now that you have chosen how your brush guard would look like, we recommend that you buy the 1-piece all welded design, which is stronger than the 3-piece bolt together design. You should also look for pre-drilled holes on the brush guard for easier installation. Steeling your SUV with a brush guard is the easiest way to make your car more attractive and safer to ride on.
Five-Step Brush Guard Installation
Just as a security officer is paid to protect people and offices, a brush guard is purchased for your safety driving. It not only protects your truck or SUV's headlights and grilles, but it also allows an avenue for additional lights-for functionality or aesthetic purposes. This also gives you more confidence as you drive. Installing a brush guard on your truck is very easy. Here's how you can do it:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools that you'll need:
- Torque wrench
- Brush guard
Step 1: Park your car in a flat surface. Make sure that the engine has cooled down before working on your vehicle to avoid burns from a hot grille. If your car has an existing brush guard, unbolt it and set it aside. But if it's your first time to install a brush guard, look for two factory tow hooks beneath the front bumper of your vehicle. Unbolt these hooks using a ratchet. Keep them in your toolbox for future use.
Step 2: With the bolts removed, place the lower part of the new brush guard to the grille. Secure it with the bolts and nuts included in the brush guard kit. Install all bolts using your hand; use a wrench to tighten them.
Step 3: Since the brush guard may be a bit heavy, ask someone to hold the brush guard up to the grille mounting bracket. If there is a need for additional holes, use a drill. Next, secure it with bolts, and check if it is perfectly aligned with the grille. Use a rubber mallet to push the brush guard into place.
Step 4: After checking, you may now tighten the bolts, and make sure it doesn't come off after nudging it. Torque the top mount bolts.
Step 5: Test-drive your vehicle, and check for clinching sounds of loose bolts. Torque the loose bolts, if necessary.
Warning: Be careful when you are drilling; you might damage your engine.
In less than an hour, you now have a new brush guard to give your car extra-protection. Your headlights and grilles now have a shield from bumps and crashes. Brush guards are typically made of stainless steel, which are both durable, and corrosion-resistant. Have a safe ride!