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The general consensus is that nobody on the forum likes brush guards because they are cosmetic only, and serve no functional purpose other than multiplying the damage to the hood, grill, lights fenders in the event of an accident. Also...given a price of up to $500 you are halfway to the cost of a bumper. In fact you might be able to pick up a used steel aftermarket bumper for that price.
I second this view. I have not seen too many offoraders that stick with the brushgaurd very long.

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I second this view. I have not seen too many offoraders that stick with the brushgaurd very long.
And if you read my original post you saw I'm not an offroader... so that's ok..
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And if you read my original post you saw I'm not an offroader... so that's ok..
Well I was trying to be helpful and was using the term broadly. If you take it off pavement, you are technically an "offroader". Brushguards have a reputation for not doing much and not holdong up well. Just tring to be helpful, hate seeing newer guys spend their hard earned $ and then regret it later.

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Try the Jeep forum.
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Well I was trying to be helpful and was using the term broadly. If you take it off pavement, you are technically an "offroader". Brushguards have a reputation for not doing much and not holdong up well. Just tring to be helpful, hate seeing newer guys spend their hard earned $ and then regret it later.
And I thank you for that.. And after listening to you guys I may be leaning away from a brushguard a bit. I don't think I need a HD bumper though, as I said my "offroading" is on roads and trails on my property here.
Again thanks, I did not mean to sound unappreciative at all, but I think I did.
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So maybe what I need/want to do is to put my lights up on top. I'd also like to improve my stock roof rack to be more useful and I see Baja Racks makes a drop in basket that might work there, and I think I can get light tabs welded to the front of it so I could kill two birds with one stone..

Thoughts on that?
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Ok, so asking for opinions is a bit dicey let me splain...

New FJ owner, 2010 TT about two weeks old for me. I'm not a big 4 wheeler or rock climber guy, and will most likely never buy a winch. The extent of my 4 wheeling is trails through the woods on my property here in South Carolina, hunting, maintaining or whatever. Probably a bit of car camping too.

So I'm looking for a brushguard/grill guard that will protect my front end a little and give me a place for some lights, might look into roof lights also so If you have those suggestions also, I'm listening.

Did some searching and came up with mostly old threads so I'm thinking we need a fresh one here for us new guys, I'm sure I'm not the only one looking.

I see some on ebay (most there come with no installation instructions for some reason), Amazon sells a few, and then the myriad of accessories places. Prices from $250 to over 2 grand!


I'm thinking that $250-$500 range maybe.. So whats ok, whats not, and what do I need to look out for?

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I have a hunter bull bar for sale with PIAA fogs at $150! Tampa Bay Florida area.
Is that a no drill install (using existing bolts/holes?) Would you ship to South Carolina 29067? And how much would that be?
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Is that a no drill install (using existing bolts/holes?) Would you ship to South Carolina 29067? And how much would that be?
Yes , just bolt it on. All hardware included. Shipping about $75!

Best option might be to drive to sunny Florida And Ill help with the install!

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Re: Looking for brush guard opinions.

if you are amenable to drilling two holes in the top of your bumper you can fit a pair of 7" PIAA LED driving lights like I did (see photo below)

The SET (South East Toyota) "OEM" light fit kit comes with a pair of stainless steel brackets to support from underneath - very clean and very sturdy. These brackets should last forever and still show up for sale, from time to time, on the internet. If you go with the TRD light fitting kit be sure to paint everything before you install it (the paint they come with rusts after a few years, which is why I went with the SET stainless setup).

When fitting driving lights you want them as high up as possible (above rather than below the bumper, on the roof if possible) and as bright as possible (LED beats incandescent by a mile). An LED light bar on the roof is probably the best, but I love the look of the round lamps next to the FJ front end.
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