Grille Guards: Protecting and Enhancing the Style
If you’re looking for an exterior add-on that is easy to install and provide both cosmetic and functional advantage, then grille guards is what you need.
Grille guards are created to provide both safety and aesthetics to the vehicle. It is made of tubular steel that provides extra protection to the front end of your vehicle.
Grille guard is an automotive accessory usually seen on trucks and SUVs. It makes the vehicle look better and provide protection at the same time. Here are the advantages you get from putting this exterior part on your ride.
· Installing a grille guard onto the exterior can make your vehicle look tougher
· Gives a style boost for the vehicle’s front end, making it stand out from the rest
· Protects the grille and headlights from damage caused by brush, rocks, and other road substances as you drive by.
· Shields the front end of the vehicle in case of low-speed impacts
· Can be used as a push bar for helping other motorists move their vehicles, in case of emergencies
· Easy to install and can be generally mounted into pre-existing holes on the vehicle’s frame
· Protects the radiator
· Available in different finishes to complement the look and style of the truck or SUV
· Let you mount other accessories on the grille such as fog lights or off-road
Grille guards are constructed using high-quality materials to ensure its durability. Installing a grille guard is very simple and can be mounted using the pre-existing holes on the frame of your truck or SUV. Good thing about this automotive part is it provides a customized look without doing complicated modifications on the vehicle’s exterior. However, consider the gauge of steel being used before you buy one for your ride. Too much weight will affect the fuel efficiency, but the thicker it is, the better since it would guarantee more protection.
You can choose from different grille guards styles you can put on your ride. There are three basic styles you can find on the market. Check out the details below to see what suits your preference:
1. Full Grille Guards
This style protects the headlights and the entire front of the vehicle. It has bars over the headlights that prevent from damage without reducing visibility during any collision. This one is popularly used for off-road vehicles to provide safety. It is made with two vertical structural members attached to a tubing frame which covers the grille and headlights. Some designs have extra narrow bars over the headlights for their added protection.
2. Center Grille Guards
Center grille guards are quite similar as full grille guards, but without the frame and bars in front of the headlights. It has two vertical structural members connected by a steel tubing over the grille.
3. Bull Bars
There are different terms for this automotive accessory, but it is also often called nudge bars and sport bars. It provides guaranteed protection to the front end of the vehicle. The bars are constructed most especially for serious off-road driving. It causes the front of the vehicle to bounce up to allow the front tires to get on the slope. This is necessary especially when driving on a steep place that the driver wants to climb.
There are several kinds of finishes available for grille guards such as polished stainless steel, chrome plated, and black powder-coated. Polished stainless steel is the most rugged finish for grille guards while the powder-coated is the least expensive, but cannot be repainted by most auto body repair shops since it has undergone different process compared to other finishes. Stainless, on the other hand, is costly but more durable and can be refinished. You can match your grill guard to other truck accessories to give it a more complete look.