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1998 Ford Explorer
Grille Guards & Bull Bars

1998 Ford Explorer Grille Guards & Bull Bars

Bull bars and brush guards, sometimes called grille guards, provide unparalleled protection and utility to the front of your truck or SUV. Whether you are looking to protect your headlights, bumper or grill, these guards come in many different configurations to meet the work you demand from your vehicle. Bull bars and bumper guards can also provide excellent utility for mounting lights or a winch to the front of your vehicle for off road purposes. The added style is a great benefit because many grille guards are designed with inserts to match perfectly to your OEM grill and bumper pattern. Whether you are looking for style, functionality, protection or all of the above, a bull bar or grille guard can be a perfect complement to your truck or SUV.

The Origins of Bull Bars


Bull bars first appeared in backcountry and rural areas like American plains, Australia and Canada in the 70s and 80s. First fitted to farm trucks, the intended design of the bumper guard was to nudge cattle and livestock along on a ranch - hence the name ‘bull bar.’ The added bonus of protection in the event of a higher speed animal collision (common in rural areas) means that bull bars are fairly ubiquitous in these places. Brush and grille guards come in many different names and variations; in Australia, it’s often called a ‘nudge bar’ or ‘push bumper,’ in Canada, ‘moose bumper’ and in the U.S., ‘rammer’ or ‘cattle pusher.’ The name typically varies on the environment and the likelihood of an encounter with a particular type of animal species.

Types of Bull Bars and Brush Guards


Bull bars also get used in off road applications to protect the front area from impact with rocks and vegetation and can be fully integrated with an off-road bumper. Off road designed bumper guards are often called brush guards because their purpose is to protect your front end from trees, bushes and other foliage. Losing a headlight to an exposed branch on the trail can be frustrating, costly and dangerous. With a fully protected front end, you can ensure that your rig has the durability to withstand off-road abuse. Added functionality in the way of accessory lights and a winch can also be a huge benefit of adding a brush guard for the trail.

Choosing a Bumper Guard


Depending on the size and intended use, bumper and grill guards come in many different configurations and each have their own associated ‘mainstream’ name. A bull bar typically only covers the lower bumper and sometimes includes a small skid plate area to protect the lower-middle portion of the front end. A grille guard or brush guard typically provides full-width coverage of the front end including the lights, grille and lower bumper area. The added style benefits of a bull bar or grille guard will definitely make your truck or SUV stand out, adding presence and purpose. If you have an aftermarket bumper or grille, it’s important to check clearances and compatibility before pulling the trigger or any bull bar or grille guard.

Whichever you choose, we want you to be satisfied with your selection. That's why our experts at AutoAnything are here to answer all your questions about bull bars and grille or bumper guards. Call us at 1-800-874-8888 or take advantage of our live chat option, and one of our seasoned agents will be happy to help you with your decision. When your decision has been made, you'll reap the added rewards of our 1-Year, Lower Price Guarantee and Free Shipping.
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1998 Ford Explorer Grille Guards & Bull Bars

Bull bars and brush guards, sometimes called grille guards, provide unparalleled protection and utility to the front of your truck or SUV. Whether you are looking to protect your headlights, bumper or grill, these guards come in many different configurations to meet the work you demand from your vehicle. Bull bars and bumper guards can also provide excellent utility for mounting lights or a winch to the front of your vehicle for off road purposes. The added style is a great benefit because many grille guards are designed with inserts to match perfectly to your OEM grill and bumper pattern. Whether you are looking for style, functionality, protection or all of the above, a bull bar or grille guard can be a perfect complement to your truck or SUV.

The Origins of Bull Bars


Bull bars first appeared in backcountry and rural areas like American plains, Australia and Canada in the 70s and 80s. First fitted to farm trucks, the intended design of the bumper guard was to nudge cattle and livestock along on a ranch - hence the name ‘bull bar.’ The added bonus of protection in the event of a higher speed animal collision (common in rural areas) means that bull bars are fairly ubiquitous in these places. Brush and grille guards come in many different names and variations; in Australia, it’s often called a ‘nudge bar’ or ‘push bumper,’ in Canada, ‘moose bumper’ and in the U.S., ‘rammer’ or ‘cattle pusher.’ The name typically varies on the environment and the likelihood of an encounter with a particular type of animal species.

Types of Bull Bars and Brush Guards


Bull bars also get used in off road applications to protect the front area from impact with rocks and vegetation and can be fully integrated with an off-road bumper. Off road designed bumper guards are often called brush guards because their purpose is to protect your front end from trees, bushes and other foliage. Losing a headlight to an exposed branch on the trail can be frustrating, costly and dangerous. With a fully protected front end, you can ensure that your rig has the durability to withstand off-road abuse. Added functionality in the way of accessory lights and a winch can also be a huge benefit of adding a brush guard for the trail.

Choosing a Bumper Guard


Depending on the size and intended use, bumper and grill guards come in many different configurations and each have their own associated ‘mainstream’ name. A bull bar typically only covers the lower bumper and sometimes includes a small skid plate area to protect the lower-middle portion of the front end. A grille guard or brush guard typically provides full-width coverage of the front end including the lights, grille and lower bumper area. The added style benefits of a bull bar or grille guard will definitely make your truck or SUV stand out, adding presence and purpose. If you have an aftermarket bumper or grille, it’s important to check clearances and compatibility before pulling the trigger or any bull bar or grille guard.

Whichever you choose, we want you to be satisfied with your selection. That's why our experts at AutoAnything are here to answer all your questions about bull bars and grille or bumper guards. Call us at 1-800-874-8888 or take advantage of our live chat option, and one of our seasoned agents will be happy to help you with your decision. When your decision has been made, you'll reap the added rewards of our 1-Year, Lower Price Guarantee and Free Shipping.
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Black Horse Off Road Grille Guard

Nice product

The grille guard appears to be well built and very solid. Looks great on our 2017 Ford Explorer. Installation instructions were well written and I could follow them with relative ease. My only suggestion would be to either use a higher quality printer to print out the instructions or to use a color printer, as some of the pictures were not the greatest. I did not really like having to cut and notch parts on our Explorer, but understand that is part of getting one of these sorts of products. View more reviews...
Posted By John P (CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI) / December 17, 2018
2017 Ford Explorer
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Black Horse Off Road Bull Bar

Black Horse Bull Bar. One small hiccup, but still nice.

Looks great. Easy installation. Great price. However, I thought the skid plate would be thicker, and I over tightened the two T-bolts and bent them and had a hard time finding replacements because both Auto Anything and Black Horse doesn't sell the parts individually. As with the nerf bars I purchased from here, I wish I could upload a picture. View more reviews...
Posted By Jospeh D (Las Vegas, NV) / March 1, 2018
2007 Ford Explorer
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AVS Slots Tail Light Guards

Hot looking lights

Made my suv look outstanding. View more reviews...
Posted By Richard S (Nashville, TN) / April 19, 2009
2003 Ford Explorer
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