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Exclamation Front Brush Guard Damage Multiplier *Pic*

I know this isn't a second gen xterra but I thought it shows how badly the front brush guard can multiply the damage to the vehicle on a front impact.

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most likely would've looked the same without the brush guard.


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I had one on a previous vehicle, and was in an accident with it (dimly lit morning, black cows in road...) while I totally agree it's a damage multiplier, I can see where they can possibly reduce damage to the radiator area enough a hit that might have trashed the mechanical bits might be mitigated enough you can still drive it home. I felt it did that in my case, but if it was worth it or not, doubtful.

I don't think I'd ever put one on a vehicle again. They are pretty flimsy.
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While I realize most of those things are tremendously cheesy and light, surely having just a bit more metal to crush has to reduce the amount of energy available to crush what's behind the grill guard?

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I've personally seen what one did to a buddies Silverado when he clipped a deer on his right side. The guard twisted to the right and into his fender, headlight, grille, hood, radiator and right side of his "chrome" bumper. Did massive damage to it whereas if he didn't have that on it would have most likely just been a bumper and headlight crack.

Somewhat ironically around a month after his clip I also had one myself. A deer ran out in front of me and I tried to avoid it by veering left (was going around 45 or so) and ending up clipping the right side of my Hardcore Offroad bumper. I ended up watching that deer slowly get up and stamper off probably to die later. Got out and saw NO damage what so ever to my vehicle. Only fur where it hit was there. Even my right fog light was saved.

So I look at it like this. If you want it and it's your money put it on but know that it can backfire. I personally will stick to the full guard steel bumper replacement ones.
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