Brush guards are not like they used to be twenty years ago. Twenty years ago they were strictly utilitarian and no attention was given to appearance. So you would see great looking trucks and SUVs with awful looking welded contraptions that hid the front of the vehicle. The old guards made the vehicles look like they just came off the scrap pile even if they did get the job done.
Today the brush guard has been streamlined so that it can actually enhance the vehicle's appearance. They are made with stainless steel that shines like the chrome on the truck. You can also buy brush guards that are made out of powdercoat carbon steel. The bars which make up the guards are designed in different configurations too so that you can choose how high and wide the guard comes on the front of the truck. The availability of different styles gives you an opportunity to choose a version that best fits your needs.
In the old days a brush guard had to be bolted onto the frame of the vehicle through drilled holes. Because holes had to be drilled, it was much more likely that the vehicle would eventually experience body rust. The new brush guards bolt on to the vehicle without requiring drilling. The brush guard can accommodate extra lights like fog lights too. You can also fit a winch onto the front of the frame and add the brush guard.
The price of trucks and SUVs only keeps going up. The amount people pay for a full sized truck with extended cab and a long bed is close to the amount people once paid for their homes fifty years ago. Buying a truck is an investment and the last thing you want is for the grille or engine to be damaged. Brush guards fit over the grille and provide double duty protection. When you drive through the woods or heavy underbrush, these accessories prevent anything from damaging the grille, poking through the grille to the engine and also ruining the paint on the front of the truck.
Brush guards are useful in a number of situations. Hunters, farmers, ranchers, 4-wheelers, developers, contractors and surveyors are typical of the kinds of people who find themselves driving through potentially damaging brush. The brush guard not only protects the vehicle, but it also adds a safety feature to the truck or SUV. Any one driving a truck or SUV with a stainless steel brush guard is more protected than he or she would be in a truck without a brush guard.
If you have a truck or SUV and plan on driving through difficult conditions which put your grille or engine at risk, adding this accessory to your vehicle can give anyone peace of mind. Also called grille guards, they are designed to protect the grille, the engine, the front end paint job and even the driver under the most difficult brush driving situations. Brush guards are made to accommodate style preferences in two different materials, stainless steel and carbon steel. Trucks and SUVs that have them attached often find they need to lead the way for other vehicles without the same protection.
People who spend a lot of time driving through brush, tall grass and wooded areas, can make great use of brush guards. Instead of letting Mother Nature damage your vehicle, the simple installation of brush guards can keep your investment safe from potential damage. The new guards do not ruin the look of vehicles like they once did. That's why you see trucks sporting brush guards that have never seen the brush.
Andy West is a writer for Buy Auto Truck Accessories which offers many unique auto accessories including brush guards.