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    Default Grill guards/ bull bars

    I've been thinking about getting a grill guard or a bull bar for my 07 Silverado for a while now but I'm still having trouble deciding whether or not its worth the money. The main thing that I want to know is this: Does a grill guard or bull bar actually protect the front of the truck or is it really just for looks? I understand that a grill guard would help prevent scratches from brush and things like that, but would it do anything beyond that? I mean, if you rear-end another car or hit a deer would it lessen the blow at all? That is what is going to make the decision for me, if they are really just for looks then they aren't worth the money for me.

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    Matt
    2007 Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Black/Grey

    Rhino Liner
    Deezee Low-profile toolbox (black)
    Pro Comp leveling kit
    18" Moto Metal 951's (chrome) on 285/65/r18 Firestone Destination M/T's

    Planned:
    exhaust
    computer programmer
    intake
    grill guard or bull bar
    probably a lot of smaller things too

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    I had a brush guard on my jimmy. I hit a few things (a mail box and a couple small trees) it didn't do much to protect the front end, for the price it costs to buy one you could just repair the damage unless you like the looks. If you like the look buy one but if you want it for protection I wouldn't get one. hope this helps.


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    2009 Silverado LT1: All Star Edition
    5.3 Liter V8 4x4

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    Fog Lamps
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    20" Wheels

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    Driver Information Center
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    Low Profile Diamond Plate Tool Box
    GM Bed Liner
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    Silver Birch Metallic Vent Visors
    Flowmaster Super 40 (knock off)
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    Look at mine in my pics, Mine has FOR SURE saved me money in two accidents, one of them I demolished a jeep wrangler when it changed lanes in front of me without looking, all I got was a bit of paint transfer on the powder coating. the problem is mine is bolted to the bumper where as now they have to attach to the tow hooks so strength is lacking for new trucks that dont have a real bumper anymore
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    we had one on a 1999 burb and we hit a deer doing 55 and one at 60 and no damage at all just a little blood and hair on the truck (it is great to piss off peta people)

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    I have a grill guard on my 1990 Silverado 3500. Going 65 mph and hit my brakes about 35-40 feet before hitting a deer. Only damage was to my fog lights mounted to the grill guard. They are great for parking lots and especially when parallel parked. Usually do a quick walk around and more than once have noticed my upright rail marks on a vehicle that has backed into my truck (at most a little touch up black paint for me...can't say the same for the other vehicles).

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