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Anyone have a Ranch Hand Brush Guard installed?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by RowdyRon, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Sep 7, 2015 at 6:01 PM
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    I have a 2015 4X4 TSS Tundra and have been looking at brush guards for it. I like the looks of the Ranch Hand black brush guard but am open to any make/model in black that will provide good front-end protection, allow the use of the OEM tow hooks and not involve any drilling on my new truck. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Sep 7, 2015 at 6:02 PM
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    I believe @matluth has one...2nd gen though.
     
  3. Sep 7, 2015 at 6:03 PM
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  4. Sep 7, 2015 at 6:08 PM
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    The only other non- custom fabricated grille guard that comes even remotely close is the Warn. Texas Tundra guys need to chime in. Ranch Hand products are ubiquitous in Texas, OK, and apparently Colorado Springs area. Ranch Ranch doesn't need to advertise in off road magazines. It's a given.
     
  5. Sep 7, 2015 at 7:22 PM
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    Thanks for the reply! I really like the looks of the Ranch Hand guard in your build....I'm leaning heavily in that direction. It might have just been the angle of the photos in your build but is the lower bar on your guard really low or what?
     
  6. Sep 7, 2015 at 7:52 PM
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    Yes, very low , on purpose, for strength. You will not see any other guard with that size cross member. Not even close. Not bling and does not interfere with tow hooks. You can attach recovery straps to it. Not going to budge, bend whatever. Ranch Hand products are all commercial grade. The TruckFitters store had several owner pics where the guard won vs deer and the occasional cow. You won't feel a sheep. Moose might be a different story. Don't want to find out. (Doesn't hurt to get a lift to regain some approach angle which I'm doing) Also no drilling (yes you will retain OEM hooks) and the best front end protection you will get without paying big $ for fab. Did I mention the guard frame + mounting brackets are over 1/2" thick when bolted together and the heaviest gauge tubing compared to what little competition there is? Like I said not bling, the real deal.
     
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  7. Sep 7, 2015 at 9:29 PM
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    They're pretty popular out here in NE Colorado as well. Most oil field trucks have em, along with a lot of farmers and ranchers.
     
  8. Sep 8, 2015 at 6:40 AM
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    Does the upper screen make it difficult to open the hood? Also, would appear that it would make it tough to wash/wax the front end?
     
  9. Sep 8, 2015 at 8:57 AM
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    Doesn't interfere with the hood. Wash/wax not a problem either, especially when I have my grand kids do it. The lower cross bar is slightly higher than the tow hooks without interference. Just got back from ToyTec and the guys there really liked my grill setup.
     
  10. Sep 8, 2015 at 9:26 AM
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    Very bad ass
     
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  12. Sep 8, 2015 at 12:23 PM
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    Just went outside and took some pics of the bracket mount area. Used my hand to give you some perspective on how beefy this Ranch Hand is. Also the grill screen is made from punched steel not expanded which allows you to install light brackets securely:

    CAM00419.jpg The upper brackets are 3/8" thick and attach to end of frame.
    CAM00420.jpg
    CAM00420-1.jpg
    CAM00421.jpgAs you can see, there is a large surface area over 1/2" thick to absorb a pretty decent impact without f'ing something else up like cheaper grills do (accordion affect)
    CAM00424.jpg Slightly over 1/2" thick

    CAM00426.jpg 3/8" upper bracket uses existing fastening point/nut
    CAM00427.jpg Very beefy cross pipe.
     
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  13. Sep 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM
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    Thanks much for the pics, matluth and ODSteve! They pretty much sell me on the Ranch Hand guard!
     
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  14. Sep 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM
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    I am considering the Ranch Hand but don't want the side tubes that cover the lights. Just want the bumpers and grill guard portion. Does anyone make one like that for the new Tundra? Ideally a reinforced BUllbar that doesn't just attached to the tow hooks but reinforced by upper bumper mounts as well.

    ???
     
  15. Sep 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM
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    You will wish you had the side tubes after a deer takes out your lights, etc. No such thing as a reinforced bull bar. Just saying. Reason why I dumped my Westin "Ultimate" Bull Bar. Only bling at best.
     
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    I hear ya but that tube will not do anything to fend off anything over 200lbs in weight. A deer is gonna bend those things into the lights anyway. Just like a Bullbar bends into a grill.
     
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    Wrong!! Ranch Hand has the thickest tubes over all the competition. Deer will bounce off. Plenty of proof pics on Ranch Hand site and TruckFitters store. My guard would no doubt have an issue with a bison. Deer = gnat. Don't confuse Ranch Hand build quality with the cheap ass bling knock offs out there.
     
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    I called and Ranch Hand said they don't make anything for the new Tundra?????? :(
     
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    They will.
     
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    I stand corrected..... I was thinking of Trailboss... :O
     
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    Gene, You will not regret buying a Ranch Hand product. The only thing better is a super expensive fabricated grille guard/bumper that would be overkill for the majority of us budget wise . Best buy for the $ is Ranch Hand. IMO
     
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    With the money spent on that I might as well get a Ranch Hand bullnose bumper which is just a little over $200 more. My question is..... How do I keep my parking sensors on that steel bumper? Do I need to cut holes and install them myself?
     
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    The Bull Nose bumper is great. Wouldn't mind having one, but I got my like new grill guard off Craig's List for only $200. You should call Ranch Hand about the sensors.
     
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