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Old 05-20-2010, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have kicked around the idea of getting a new bumper, bull bar, and a brush guard. And for me, A brush guard just makes the most sense. I plan on mounting two PIAA's (details TBD) on the guard.

Anyone have any experience with Brush guards and can point me in the right direction?

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So I have kicked around the idea of getting a new bumper, bull bar, and a brush guard. And for me, A brush guard just makes the most sense. I plan on mounting two PIAA's (details TBD) on the guard.

Anyone have any experience with Brush guards and can point me in the right direction?

Thanks!
I'm sure you've read all the Pros and Cons? Damage multiplier and some of the Brush guards vibrate and shake when you hit pot holes or if you have a out of balance tire. I used to have the Hunter 807...it was sturdy enough and I think Stallion and several others are built well.
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I'm sure you've read all the Pros and Cons? Damage multiplier and some of the Brush guards vibrate and shake when you hit pot holes or if you have a out of balance tire. I used to have the Hunter 807...it was sturdy enough and I think Stallion and several others are built well.
Yea, I thought about getting a new bumper all together but I don't wheel hard enough to really put the money into it. Guess I better do some shopping
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Re: Brush Guards

To me the whole damage multiplier aspect makes me shy away from brush guards. If you really just want to mount additional lights there are ways to mount them to the stock bumper.

Pictures of Lights Mounted to Stock Front Bumper

Extra driving/fog lights to stock bumper/rack.

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MOUNTING AUXILIARY LIGHTS: On stock front bumper

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So if lights are your priority I would mount them on the stock bumper, if you just want the look then a brush guard is an affordable way to get there, if you want any additional protection (whether that's for 4wheeling, things like deer or tress, or traffic) then just save up and get an aftermarket bumper.

Just looking at the 'buyer's guide - product comparison' part of this site it appears that most of the various brush guards and light bars run around $200 - $450 while $600 gets you a basic aftermarket bumper. Of course you might find either option cheaper used. It also looks like there might be a group buy on Demello bumpers (I love mine), so I would keep my eye put for that (http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...-buy-info.html).
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you buy a used Brush guard (ex.OEM) Locate a template before you buy it. That was the hardest part for me. Also make double sure all the nuts bolts brackets and support plates come with it. Good Luck.
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If you decide to go with an OEM brushguard then make sure you get all the hardware with it as the install kit is expensive (about $150 ish ??) Its only a couple of brackets and bolts but when a good like new brushguard with the brackets goes for about $250 or so you don't want to bump it to $400 just because the seller was lazy and didn't include all the brackets. You can see the parts in the pdf below.

This file has the install instructions:
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...l-brsh71fj.pdf

This file has the mounting template:
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Thanks for all the help, I appreciate all the input!
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My brush guard pretty muched distroyed my entire front end from a little fender bender i got into last week. over 7k damage. if the brush guard had not been there i would have only been looking at replacing a fender and fender flare.

So no more brush guards for me, going with a real bumper this time around.
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I got a manik brush guard, havent had any problems yet, I will let you know how it handles when i do though!

I was thinking of keeping my brushguard and mounting a demello replacement bumper with it in the future, think that would work? As bad as it sounds, i am waiting for a deer to come my way... of course a deer would prob wreck more than my bumper..
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