Do you want to make your SUV or truck to look macho, tougher, and more you? You don't have to paint your car's body to make it look like it has a tattoo, but you can sport a brush guard. A brush guard (or grille guard) can make your car look more masculine, and protect your headlights and grilles from any form of destruction targeting the front part of your car. Convinced enough? Wait. Here's what you have to know before buying a brush guard.
Choose the perfect look and coverage
There are three common types of brush guards that depend on the size of the front-end coverage that you want:
- Full front end brush guard. Do you want your SUV to look solidly tough, and to spoil your headlights and grille by protecting them from external factors? This type boasts solid uprights bolted your car's frame. You can even mount auxiliary lights, such as fog lights and off-road lights, to make your car go like a boss every time you arrive.
- Center brush guard. If you consider your headlights to be your car's asset, then keep it bare. Though smaller than the full front end, this type of brush guard can still give you the aesthetic value and protection that you want. This makes solid impact protection, and looks good despite its smaller style.
- Nudge bars and sport bars. If you don't want to have a bulky, hulking brush guard, and you just want your car to look sporty and macho, this type fits you. This provides low-speed impact protection, but don't expect it to take care of your headlights and grille.
Finish it off with the perfect color
Sure, you don't want your brush guard to look totally alien from your SUV or truck. Choosing the finish color of your brush guard is an important decision, because it will give the lasting impression on your car. Here are your options:
- Powder coat black finish. This is a good choice, especially if you are concerned with durability. This is the typical finish of brush guards, and it will surely match your vehicle even if its white, black, or blue.
- Stainless steel or chrome-plated finish. If you think a stainless brush guard looks more elegant and sophisticated than the black one, this could be your bet. Plus, if you want rust to eat up your brush guard, and you want easy cleaning, then this one is your perfect match.
Now that you have chosen how your brush guard would look like, we recommend that you buy the 1-piece all welded design, which is stronger than the 3-piece bolt together design. You should also look for pre-drilled holes on the brush guard for easier installation. Steeling your SUV with a brush guard is the easiest way to make your car more attractive and safer to ride on.