Bull Bars & Grille Guards
Last Update: December 5, 2023
A bull bar is usually equipped with an A-shaped frame consisting of an outer main tube and a middle horizontal tube or crossbar. Depending on the model, the central tube projects upward from the vehicle’s underside and covers part of the bumper and grille. Usually, a front guard is bolted to the vehicle frame and covers only the middle part of the front of the vehicle, not the headlights.
Frontal guards are most commonly found on pickups, Jeeps, SUVs, and even crossover vehicles. Many of them are equipped with a crossbar to which aftermarket headlights can be attached, as well as an underride guard that attaches to the lower part of the frame to deflect rocks and other small road debris.
FEATURED BULL BARS
Black Bull Bar with Skid Plate
2004-2022 Ford F150;
Bull Bar with LED Light
2004-2022 Ford F-150 (Excludes Raptor, Ecoboost, Heritage);
2003-2017 Ford Expedition;
2006-2008 Lincoln MK-LT;
Bull Bar with LED Light
2009-2018 Dodge RAM 1500;
2019-2022 RAM 1500 Classic (Exl Rebel Sport).
Stainless Steel Bull Bar
2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma.
Black Glossy Bull Bar
07-18 Chevy Silverado 1500;
GMC Sierra 1500;
07-20 Chevy Suburban /Tahoe/GMC Yukon/Yukon XL;
2019 Chevy Silverado 1500; GMC Sierra 1500 Limited.
Crash guards differ from grille guards because they:
- Generally cover less area than grille guards;
- Do not have a brush guard to cover the headlights;
- They are usually equipped with an underride guard.
A radiator grille guard (sometimes called a brush guard) comprises two vertical elements called risers and a central horizontal component called the crossbar or central flange. The risers usually have mounting holes to attach the guard to the frame. If bullbars have an A-shaped structure, you could say that radiator grille guards have an H-shaped edge.
Most grille guards also have a pair of side brush guards or rings attached to the risers that extend outward to protect the vehicle’s headlights and an upper tube, and a lower tube that extend between the risers.
As with a bull bar, the crossbar of the grille guard is typically designed to accept aftermarket headlights, either with pre-drilled holes or with a LED headlight housing.
Radiator guards differ from front guards because they:
- Generally cover a more significant part of the front end;
- Have a brush guard that wraps around the headlights;
- They do not have an underride guard.