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So, in piecing together my X mods, I got to thinking about bumper guards. A Shrock bumper is too much for what I need. A grille/brush guard....well, I've seen the damage they cause. No thanks. I was going to leave the bumpers as-is, but a bit of additional protection would be nice.

So what about bull bars or front runners (like the ones from WAAG)? Does anyone have experience with these, and are they worth a crap? They wouldn't destroy the hood and/or fenders in an impact - I figure if they eat it hard enough, the bumper would have been wasted from the impact anyway - and they seem like they could add marginal strength.

What I DON'T want to add is a reduction in approach or departure angles for a bit of protection. As these things worth considering, and why or why not?
 

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Any of those type of grill guards will decrease your approach angle, they mount underneath where your tow hook is. Check out some pics of Duck's X http://thenewx.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=2848&highlight=. There are some others here that have the full brush guards (I dont remember who) but they mount the same way.
 

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x2. You're occupying more space which decreases the approach angle. You can counter that decrease by adding a lift but you've got me on what ratio you would need to just break back to stock numbers.

Duck is the only one I can think of that has the bull bar right now. And just FYI, the skid plate it comes with is really just for looks. It is even thinner then the OEM skids on a OR.
 

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i have this bull bar

i like how it looks but it totally killed my clearance/approach angle. i could barely clear curbs now.
 

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that's not my truck but i have the same exact one minus the fog lights and painted rims.....

anyways, the bottom of the bull bar and the bottom of the factory step rail are about even.

the mudflaps hang even lower
 

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That's great, but you approach angle isn't affected by step rails. I have been trying to decide between a bull bar and a light bar
http://images.marketworks.com/fullView.asp?id=231338850&fc=0&img=http://images.auctionworks.com/hi/60/60198/dakar_3.jpg

It is $200 in black.

I just want to be able to mount some lights up front. They also have the bull bar her too. $190

http://images.marketworks.com/fullView.asp?id=234234027&fc=0&img=http://images.marketworks.com/hi/60/60198/bull_black_ko.jpg

They have them both for Xterras, but not pictured. opinions?
 

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Here is my bullbar and light combo. I can see how it affects the approach angle but I don't take my new 2007 into places that really need that. and actually, it isn't all that lbad compared to stock, just alittle. I do go on the beach and finding places around here to wheel is tough. Uhwarrie is close but it's too rough i think for my new truck. I like my paint too much. Maybe in 5 years once it is paid off- cause it's my only car and I need it every day. Anyhow, i wanted lights and this was the least expensive and least intrusive way to go about it..... I think it look awesome...

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http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc105/zavetsky/
 

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Bueller44 said:
That's great, but you approach angle isn't affected by step rails. I have been trying to decide between a bull bar and a light bar
http://images.marketworks.com/fullView.asp?id=231338850&fc=0&img=http://images.auctionworks.com/hi/60/60198/dakar_3.jpg

It is $200 in black.

I just want to be able to mount some lights up front. They also have the bull bar her too. $190

http://images.marketworks.com/fullView.asp?id=234234027&fc=0&img=http://images.marketworks.com/hi/60/60198/bull_black_ko.jpg

They have them both for Xterras, but not pictured. opinions?
i wonder how the lightbar attaches to the truck. that would be the way to go...to avoid the approach angle loss... to me, you'd have to either go through the bumper or instead of having those huge tubes running down underneath, make them flat, and strong enough to support the weight of the bar at the same time.... maybe like a solid piece of steel like the skid plate and thin but it would mount directly unto the tow hook points and that would be the support, not sure if that is possible or not.....
 

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I've been wanting a bull bar as well, but have yet to see a picture on a Armor X....

My 2 biggest concerns are:

Paint matching the step rails, i'll have to have it powdered...
Is the skid removable? It would look better without it...
 

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the skid on mine is removable but i kinda like having it on as to deter people from stealing the lights, it's harder to take the lights off with the skid on....not impossible, just harder.....

i originally ordered the black bull bar but the chrome showed up, at the same price, and me being impatient, decided not to complain and take it.... i kinda like it now that i have it.....
 

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which is lower, you side steps or bull bar?
the side steps definitely. check out my post with the photobucket pics. the bottom tube of my bull bar can totally fit above where the side steps end and the door begins. I looked at it tonight, and really, I don't see much of a decrease in capability. i would have gotten shrocked IF i could put one of them on without then spending 1,000's on a necessary lift. I am not ready for that yet. so, the bullbar seems to fit the bill nicely until something better comes along, maybe a true light bar that doesn't decrease approach angle and won't cause the front of the truck to sag without lifting it. I am thinking something like a lightweight shrockworks bumper if there is such a thing.
but i'm happy more or less now... i looked at the sliders, and i am not too convinced i'd get any value from them. now down the road, when i do get the lift and the bumper, then yeah. but now, it would be a waste since i don't hit the rocky stuff for now and the stock steps do help with dings and stuff...
 

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What are the chances of you taking off the skid and snapping a picture for me? I'm ready to order, but i'd like to see it underneath!

Thanks...
 

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it's something i don't want to do because it's very hard to get to the fasteners with the bar on the truck to remove the skid. I'd have to take off the bar and the lights etc..... i think "duck" has some pics around here of his, but his is black. you can always get his pic and photoshop it to match what you have??
 

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:clown: -Too bad I don't know where you live, partner, I have a chrome one for $100 bucks--

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Wiggum said:
What are the chances of you taking off the skid and snapping a picture for me? I'm ready to order, but i'd like to see it underneath!

Thanks...
-- :geek: :geek: --jimbo
 

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hey i got a brush graud with a bunch of lights on it i really dont offroad but i do alot of camping and in the winter i make a good chunck of change pulling people out of the snow . but that was before i got the brush gurad and lost my recovery hook but i am fumbling around with the recovery hook in the rear idea that i though of. as for losing your angles you def will but with the brush guard that i have (3pc auto extreme) your not going to lose a hole lot but its still is better then some of the ones out there. this is mine http://www.thenewx.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=5647&highlight=
 

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I also went with the bullbar look. I think it looks pretty sweet as long as you throw some lights on it. My X is my daily driver and I do not intend to do much serious off roading with her so the approach angle isn't going to kill me. I've been in and out of some pretty steep curbs/ramps here in NYC without a problem. Although I guess you can consider some of the streets here a bit like off roading.

 
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