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Old 01-29-2016, 02:35 PM   #21
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No mater what's on your truck you hit a moose all you do is take out its legs and the rest of it goes through your windshield. drive carefully.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:01 PM   #22
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Most brush guards are nothing more than great places to hang a bunch of lights. Although that will help in identifying what's coming through the windshield before it gets there. Be safe.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:20 PM   #23
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I had one on my jeep that got taken out by a minivan. Then upgraded to one that actually tied into the frame of my jeep, and it took a 50mph hit against a deer and barely budged. So not only is it how heavy duty the unit it is, but also how it is tied into the vehicle.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:43 AM   #24
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Believe it or not, you need the type they use downunder. They work. Most up here are for show. Pre- Runner type might do the trick. The Aussy Roo- Bar works.

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Old 01-30-2016, 10:08 AM   #25
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Moose, elk and beer probably not much help.....
Drunk moose and elk are the worst.
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:40 PM   #26
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when I drove up built one used heavy screen wire. only thing you need to worry about are rocks from some one in front of you. when I went up in 1971 was no pavement. lot of fun driving. john
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:49 PM   #27
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We have motorhome now, but my truck has a Ranch Hand guard on the front. Saved my truck twice. I was rear ended in Houston. I was pushed into the car in front of me. I was stopped when I was hit. My guard put their trunk into their backseat. No damage to the front of the truck at all. Otherwise all those plastic lights, grills, hood, etc. would have been smashed. Second time, hit white tail deer crossing a road. Killed the doe only blood and hair on the Ranch Hand. Not one of those gigantic bumpers either. Just the guard.
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Old 01-31-2016, 03:20 PM   #28
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Made that trip 20 years ago. Not bad then, probably better now. I saw everything from cattle guards, I-beams with wire screen and 4x8 plywood across the front of TTs.
I only had headlight screens and hardware cloth for the radiator. No losses and no damage. Rocks are far more prevalent than wildlife.
Just drive during the daylight (pretty hard not to during the summer) and make sure your insurance is solid!
As cap'n Ron says, "If anything's going to happen, it'll happen out there!"
Relax and try not to over think it. It is an adventure and well worth it.

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Old 02-01-2016, 05:28 PM   #29
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Just another note .... brush guards can interfere with the Airbag deployment.
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Old 02-03-2016, 01:56 PM   #30
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Make sure it's heavy duty materials used in the construction (I.E. Steel) otherwise when you hit a deer or elk (which is more likely then a cow) at high speeds it will mess up not only the guard, the guard will bend and fold into your vehicle front end usually taking out lights and radiator etc. a typical brush guard will not do do the trick...check out monsterbumpers.com as an example of what to have..there are lots of options on the Internet..
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