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Ranch hand grill guard or bumper?? HELP

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Old 04-20-2010, 08:45 PM
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Default Ranch hand grill guard or bumper?? HELP

Hey y'all, well i had a close call with a deer a couple of weeks ago that ran me off the road, fortunately there was no damage to my truck or my self. I had a chance to stop by ranch hand outlet store here in san antonio and check out some bumpers that might prevent some damage to my truck in case i hit something. (Lots of deer where i live)

Well im between the ranch hand grill guard or the full bumper replacement , the guy from the store said the grill guard will provide the same protection as long as i hit the animal in the center piece where as the bumper gives me full protection. The grill guard costs 565 and the bumper replacement costs 926. What do you guys think i should go with, grill guard or bumper replacement, what are some pros and cons, im new to the truck world. If you have thee bumpers on your truck please post some pics!!

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Old 04-20-2010, 09:26 PM
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A couple of weeks ago I saw a 2500 in downtown SA that had a Rough Country bumper replacement. It looked pretty sweet. I don't know where they bought it, but it looked like it would fit the 1500 as well.
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I really like the replacement bumper (even though I hate the diamond plating on it!). I wouldn't get the replacement unless you plan on getting the rear bumper too, to balance the look. Have you checked out the bumpers from Go Industries or Top Gun?
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I vote No. Looks Horrible to me.
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I vote No. Looks Horrible to me.
Sorry but in Texas a truck is 'naked' without one! Lol
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I really like the replacement bumper (even though I hate the diamond plating on it!). I wouldn't get the replacement unless you plan on getting the rear bumper too, to balance the look. Have you checked out the bumpers from Go Industries or Top Gun?
Havent checked them out yet, there arent many options for the 4th gen ram as of now.



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Sorry but in Texas a truck is 'naked' without one! Lol
Agreed in texas its a must, i do want to change the rear bumper but ranch hand has not come out with a replacement, thats one of the reasons i was leaning towards the grill guard.
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get a lift and tires to go with it!
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front end replacement for sure, i'm not a fan of the brush guards whatsoever...Some times those replacements will make a 1/2 ton squat but that can be remedied with a level kit
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Agreed in texas its a must, i do want to change the rear bumper but ranch hand has not come out with a replacement, thats one of the reasons i was leaning towards the grill guard.
The same 2500 also had a Rough Country rear bumper replacement as well. Both looked damn good and would be on my truck in a heartbeat if I didn't have a 4x2 Sport.
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For either option, i vote yes! Im from oklahoma and i have the grill guard on the font, i did that for the reason they did not have the bumper replacement when i bought it. Even with that on there it make the front end sag, but i know of people with just grill guards that have hit deer and have them bounce off. I wont knock the full bumper replacement, but it adds alot of weight and cost so much money, for something the grill guard can do.

I am attaching a picture of what it looks like on my new truck, i can get more if you want...

But as i recall on the price i only think i paid like 450 or 500 for it to be installed.
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IMHO the full bumper replacements only look good on big, mean lifted trucks. Especially black ones. The thread on here about 'just painted the truck' would look killer with the bumpers on it. Your little white truck would look like massive implants on a skinny chick. Nice bumpers, but too big for the body.
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these guys don't have their '09-10 models ready yet, but the "stealth" models are nice looking enough to make me want to wait. especially the gray model on your truck. also matching rear bumpers.
http://www.roadarmor.com/site/dodge/....php#product02
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IMHO the full bumper replacements only look good on big, mean lifted trucks. Especially black ones. The thread on here about 'just painted the truck' would look killer with the bumpers on it. Your little white truck would look like massive implants on a skinny chick. Nice bumpers, but too big for the body.
4" lift kit and 35 grappler tires are on the way. That should help a lot
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4" lift kit and 35 grappler tires are on the way. That should help a lot
Heck yeah!! That's the setup I'll be shooting for myself- but might be with Cooper STTs. After the lift I'll definitely be looking for replacement bumper or grill guard- either way I'm putting something on the front end!! lol

Which lift are you going with?
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Here is a rear bumper http://www.frontier-gear.com/html/BB4/BBGallery4.html
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If you must have one, go with a full on replacement. Should you end up hitting something with just a brush guard on, you'll be unimpressed with the fact that it will usually cause more damage compared to it not being there at all. What usually happens is that instead of messing up the bumper, you'll push that guard back into the body and mess much much more up. I believe that the whole bumper replacement units aren't as bad, but they can still cause more headaches vs a "bare" truck.
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I got the TopGun model myself, i love it. If you want i can take some better pics tonight and post them up, for now here is a link to my old post.
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i have the ranch hand brush guard, i really like it.....but when i bought it...two weeks later they came out with the front bumper replacement....i would have gotten that instead. i am for sure getting the rear bumper replacement from ranch hand with the dual cutouts.
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I have had grill guards on 3 3rd gen Dodges so far and am eager to put one on my 2012. I do NOT like the full width ones I have had the center section only models and tagged 5 deer between the 3 with no visible damage to any of them. I had Go Rhino on 2 and a Mopar unit on my last one and they were all strong enough and mounted well enough to do the job. BTW the deer in PA and WV are somewhat smaller than those out west, probably 125 pounds was the largest one so that might make a difference. Just my $.02.
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Wow, back from the dead. i almost forgot about this site, traded my truck in for a GTO a year ago.
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