- Are grille guards, brush guards, and bull bars the same thing?
Grille guards and brush guards are considered the same. Both of them are designed to protect the front end of the vehicle from scratches, especially when passing through high brush. Over time, however, the design of the brush guard has been remodeled for that part of grille guard that covers the headlight.
Bull bars, meanwhile, are entirely different from these accessories. These are also used on the front end of the vehicle. The metal bar keeps the bumper and grille details safe. However, the bull bar doesn’t offer full front-end protection like the grill guard but focuses on a certain area only. It doesn’t cover the headlights, although the bull bar, which may be set on top of the skid plate, may have light mounts.
- If I install a Chevrolet bull bar, will this interfere with the air bag function or deployment on my truck?
Accessories like bull bars don’t trigger the air bag deployment or affect the function of the air bags. Air bags are usually triggered as the sensors sense sudden forward deceleration. Also, since the sensors are typically positioned under the hood, bull bars can’t easily affect the deployment or trigger it. However, it would be best to check the instructions from the manufacturer of the bull bar first before installing this front-end accessory to check for any possibility of interference and to make sure that this won’t affect the air bag function or the sensors.
- Can a bull bar actually protect the vehicle in case of a collision?
The bull bar can limit the damage on front-end bumpers, lights, and grille details in case of a low-speed, low-impact collision. This is initially designed to keep the vehicle and its passengers safe from collisions with animals. A bull bar can provide front-end protection, especially if it comes with a skid plate. However, in a high-speed, high-impact collision, the bar will crush and may collapse into the grille. Although it may add to the ruggedness or tough appearance of the vehicle, its protection is limited. It’s not designed to keep the front end intact in case of a high-speed crash or heavy blow.
- Aside from providing front-end protection to the vehicle, what are the benefits of using a bull bar?
The bull bar isn’t only installed for front-end protection but also as a stylish accessory. The metal bar gives the truck or SUV a custom look, a more rugged, hard-wearing appearance. The bull bar can also be used for mounting off-road lights.
- Is it a good idea to install a bull bar by myself? I don’t have much experience with DIY jobs, but I figured that I could save some money if I just order the bull bar online and install it on my own.
For bull bar installation, what you’ll need is an adjustable wrench and a proper-fitting bull bar. This can be bolted on easily. This accessory can be installed on the brackets found underneath the vehicle’s front bumper—the job can be done without trouble as long as the metal bar fits perfectly. Once the installation brackets are set, you have to align the bull bar so that the mounting holes would match the holes on the brackets. Secure them with bolts and nuts using an adjustable wrench. Check the manual for further instructions.
- How can I restore the old bull bar I have on my Chevy? It already looks dull, but I don’t want to purchase a new front-end accessory yet.
To cover up chips and rough spots, the bar can be re-painted. It must be sanded down using some 80-grit sandpaper to remove debris, surface rust, and tar. Before the primer is applied, the sanded surface must be cleaned first, making sure that there’s no more dust. The primer should be applied in even strokes and in several light coats and should be allowed to dry completely. When coating it with paint, make sure that you allow each light coat to dry for about 20 minutes, or as instructed by the manufacturer.
- I just repainted my bull bar. How long should it take before I could put it back and take the car on the road?
The bull bar should be allowed to cure for several hours. Check the manufacturer instructions for the best results. Don’t take the vehicle out for driving right away once it has been reinstalled. Wait for about 24 hours.