Spec’ing your next truck upfit is exciting. Especially if you’ve been wanting to get a grille guard installed for a long time.
But the sheer amount of options can leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Luckily, your McAllen upfitting experts and truck parts providers here at Camco Wheel & Axle know exactly what type of grille guard you need to get the job done right. Here is a little insight to consider when selecting your next grill guard for your commercial truck.
What are the benefits of buying a grille guard?
While some may consider buying a grille guard purely for aesthetic reasons, they actually offer plenty of benefits.
They are extremely handy when traveling in rural areas. Depending on where your truck is being used, deer, javelinas, or any other wildlife can deal catastrophic damage to the grille, bumper, headlights, and the radiator should you be unlucky enough to run into one of these critters. A grille guard that is worth its salt will absorb much of impact, limiting damage to your vehicle and your passengers.
Grille guards also serve as a firm foundation for the installation of other useful truck accessories. A winch is a great tool choice for when you have some extra-duty work to accomplish. If not a winch, a grille guard can support auxiliary lights that can provide vital light during a night job.
Of course, there is no denying how good these grille guards look. The great thing about them is the variety of shapes and sizes that they come in. This gives you the ability to choose what design you are looking for. You have the option to have your grille guard cover the radiator only or the entire front end. Grille guards can also be installed where they appear to be a factory accessory.
Typically, you can find a grille guard with a variety of finishes like chrome, matte black, gloss black, and others that match the theme, style, or color of your fleet or company.
With these finishing touches, there is no doubt that those who see your sleek, sturdy looking grille guards on an equally impressive vehicle will want to hire your company for tough jobs, effectively turning your work truck into a moving advertisement.
How to Choose a Grille Guard Look That’s Right for You
Grille guards all have different purposes and looks, but how do you know where do you start?
Are you looking for something that covers the entire front end of the vehicle or less? What about lower sections that act as protection should your job take you off-road? Do you need protection from dense vegetation that threatens the integrity of your brake lights?
All of these are solid questions to ask yourself before you begin spec’ing out what you need for your next commercial truck grille guard. Here are a few options broken down into functionality for you to consider:
- Full Front End Grille Guards – These type of grille guards cover your grille and headlights with two heavy duty uprights with protective bars running horizontally over the grille and the headlights.
- Center Grille Guards – These are positioned a little lower compared to a full grille guard. They mainly cover the radiator, providing protection for it while providing a spot to install auxiliary lights. They do not, however, offer much protection to the headlights.
- Sports and Nudge Bars – These fall lower than a center grille guard yet cover about the same width. They offer protection in a low-speed impact, but none for your grille or headlights.
- Bumper Guards – As the name implies, they protect the rear end of your vehicle from damage caused by fender benders. It’ll also minimize damage received while parked in a parking lot where other drivers may not be as good at backing up as they should be.
- Skid Plates – These pieces protect the sensitive underbelly in the front of your vehicle. They are usually reserved for work trucks that go off-road frequently, but are attachable to other guards, making it an easy install should the need for off-roading arise.
- Tail Light Guards – Protecting your tail lights is just as important as protecting your headlights. These guards offer protection to them, especially when passing through narrow passes or reversing through dense vegetation.
How do you choose one that is right for you or your fleet? Who can you trust your commercial truck upfit to? Camco Wheel & Axle has the answers to your questions and the expertise necessary to install your perfect grille guard.
The upfitting experts at Camco Wheel & Axle are ready to install your grille guard today. In no time flat, you’ll see that it was well worth the investment.
If you’re looking to upfit your fleet with some fierce, state of the art grille guards, our McAllen service technicians at Camco Wheel & Axle are ready to help you choose what grille guard is best for you and install it. Let us provide you with the excellent service that we have been renowned for over 30 years.
Come see why we are the Rio Grande Valley’s number one total vehicle solution. To find out more about our truck accessories or how we can make your next truck upfit as easy as possible, contact us at (956) 781-4800 today.