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Old 09-10-2014, 10:10 AM
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Let's talk about the bull bars and grille guards for Ford F-150

So, guys, let's talk about the bull bars first. The importance of a bull bar depends on the type of trips you often take. Actually, bull bars have little to do with bulls but they have a lot to do with other animals, specifically deers.
3" Stealth series black powdercoat bull bar by Aries is manufactured to enhance your safety and minimize the damage your Ford F-150 2009-2014 may suffer.
Plus, it also may be useful, if you do not want your new bumper to be scratched while parking.

Aries® - 3" Stealth Series Black Powdercoat Bull Bar


* Made in 3" stainless steel tubing;
* Brushed skid plate in 304 stainless steel included;
* Matching side steps available;

If more protection is what you are looking for, then you have to check out this grille guard by Westin:

Westin® - Sportsman Grille Guard


* Good to fit: Ford F-150 FX2 / FX4 / King Ranch / Lariat / Limited / Platinum / STX / XL / XLT 2013-2014;
* Hood protected by extra center bar;
* Available in polished stainless steel and in mild steel with black powder coat finish;
* Lifetime warranty on stainless steel grille guards;

See prices and other necessary details here: Ford Grill Guards | Push Bars & Running Boards

Which option is the best for you?
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Reading the reviews on these and other "guards" the comments are
always about how nice and shiny they look, how easy it was to
install, or to
attach extra lights.


No one writes about how well they stopped a deer driving 65 mph.
As I, and nowadays, a whole lot of people, live in deer country, I've
experienced first hand what can happen hitting one.
I've also seen bodies being loaded on an ambulance after people
hit an elk.


I feel the only guards that are designed to best protect against a large
animal are the guards that replace the front bumper. And if you know
what I'm talking about, no one says how "good looking" they are.
They're ugly, but brutally strong.


So, you got to decide; do you want a "brush guard" where you can
stick some off road lights, a "bull guard" that offers
some protection on the lower front part of your truck, or do you want a serious animal guard.
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Well you are absolutely right. Bull bars and grille guards offer absolutely different levels of protection. We recommend the bull bars for city and suburban use, mostly to avoid bumps on the traffic or at the parking lots. It also can be used for occasional country trips, where the possibility of hitting a large animal is very low. If you are planning to go serious offroading or long trips then grille guards will be your choice.
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First, the plural of "deer" is "deer". Not "deers". Second, these are more for looks and as a mounting platform for lights, etc.

Since my fire response district consists of lots of rural roads and we see many collisions with deer, horses, cattle, etc., I guess I can speak with some authority. The lightweight grille guards, like the Westin, actually typically make damage worse. They fold back into the grille and hood. If you are truly looking to add protection to the front end, you need a product like Ranch Hand, Road Armor, etc.
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Still, as we have mentioned, the bull bars are more for suburban use.
We agree with you, that grille guard will provide much better protection for the front end of your vehicle against deer strike.

Take a look, this guard is the toughest product on the market.

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We are an authorized dealer of the world's best aftermarket manufacturers in industry, such as Onki, Westin, Aries, Go Rhino, SteelCraft.
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I was looking at an Aires 3" Bull Bar in black for a 2013 F150. Your website doesn't give any dimensions. I can see some tabs on the vertical part of the bar. Are they for mounting a new LED style light? If so, what is the distance between the tabs? I would rather be able to mount a pair of normal round style Hella black magic lights to the horizontal bar. Does it have any tabs for mounting lights?


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Yes it's possible to install the LED bar on it, but unfortunately the manufacturer did not provide us with the dimensions list. I can make some of our warehouse agents measure it for you. By the way these bull bars do have per-drilled holes for the off-road driving lights on the middle bar, so you can easily install round style Hella lights!
It will be something like this:
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No need to measure it, I don't want to mount an LED bar on it. I'm still not sure if I want a Bull Bar, or just a Baja style light bar up front.
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