Accessories that increase the level of protection for your car can also be considered as must-haves. A grille guard, for example, is an aftermarket accessory that protects the grille, headlights, and the front of your car from damages caused by minor collisions. This component is made of metal tubes that take the first hit in case you accidentally jostled with another car or if you suddenly pressed on the gas while facing a parking wall. These scenarios can really happen, and you can definitely save yourself from expensive front-of-the-car repairs if you installed a grille guard in the first place. The good thing with this accessory is that it is specific to your car model and year, and it can sometimes be customized. One good source of this unit is Go Rhino, but before installing the product, let us first check its protective credentials.
- Made of steel
- With chrome finish
- With modular construction
- Mounts on the frame
- Requires no cutting and drilling
- Comes with a three-year Go Rhino limited warranty
We tested this component on a 2012 Nissan Rogue and a 2010 Honda CR-V, and here is what we have to say:
- The product definitely passed our visual inspection. The tubes were 1.5-inch thick, had a shiny finish, and looked very sturdy.
- The inclusion of the oversized slip-resistant step pads that were compressed into the steel was a great idea. The pads definitely made the unit stronger and heavy-duty.
- We drove the Rogue and the CR-V for thirty minutes on a dirt road to see how much the grille guard would protect the bumper and the other fragile components on the front of the two vehicles. We noticed that the unit blocked most of the pebbles and damaging debris, but of course, some still hit the bumper. That was acceptable and realistic.
- The product did not come with the bolts and other hardware for the installation. The brackets did not fit correctly and were a bit loose, so we had to purchase some spacers so that the guard would not create any noise when driving.
- The installation instructions were quite confusing, so we still had to check out sources online to see the pictures. The print did not say where each bolt should go, so putting the component on was a bit of a challenge.
The price of this product ranks on the higher end of the spectrum, but that is because it does not skimp on quality. The unit looks good, is heavy-duty, and provides the needed protection for a vehicle. It is advisable that you ask if the bolts would be included with the package; if not, you would better order them at the same time to prevent any delay with your upgrade.