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Old 01-28-2016, 06:40 PM   #1
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Utility of a Cattle Guard

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Though I have done long distance trips to the Rockies and Appalachians without one previously, we are going on a 3 month trip to Alaska via Canada and I am thus considering mounting a cattle guard (heavy duty brush guard)....what are your thoughts? Do they really provide extra protection?


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Old 01-28-2016, 06:46 PM   #2
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Depends on what you hit!

Deer.. Maybe.
Moose? No way.

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Old 01-28-2016, 06:48 PM   #3
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Depends also on the guard some are much better than others


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Old 01-28-2016, 06:48 PM   #4
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Amen....Moose, elk and beer probably not much help.....not sure about the return on the investment....

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When you hit a deer, you get to replace the guard and repair what the guard smashes on your vehicle. You have to get one like on a semi before it does any good. IMHO.

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Old 01-28-2016, 07:14 PM   #6
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"Brush" guards help with brush not collisions with animals. One that will stop an animal would have to be pretty heavy duty.

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Old 01-28-2016, 09:22 PM   #7
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I agree with the Above.
Being in the collision industry, most "brush guards" are nothing more than a cosmetic accessory. I won't put one on any of my vehicles.....the reason....they usually cause even more damage than whatever you hit would have done without one.

But....they look kinda cool on some trucks!
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The big bumper replacements with sturdy bars add a ton of weight to the front end but I know of guys who have hit deer at highway speeds with little, if any, damage to their truck. That's a cattle guard. The other things are brush guards.
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We always called them "Cow Catchers"- like the front end of trains. Most of the better ones will help if you hit a deer, but that's about it. A real one is integrated into the front bumper; in other words kind of all-in-one. But still, not much help if you hit anything larger than a deer.
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I grew up in Alaska, the chances of hitting a moose in the summer are very slim. Most people hit them in the winter, why?

1. It's dark 3/4 of the day, hard to see them jumping out of the ditch and onto the road in the dark.
2. There is 5' of snow for a moose to walk through or they can walk on the nice plowed road or train tracks.

You hit one, it just falls through your windshield or lands on your hood or roof. You may have some legs stuck in the brush guard but most of the animal is laying on your windshield in your lap.

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