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Westin HDX Grille Guard Reviews? And a couple questions...

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by shockinyall, Jun 13, 2017.

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HDX or $Fab Four$

  1. HDX

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  2. Save for the Fab Four

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  1. Jun 13, 2017 at 12:29 PM
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    shockinyall

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    So I have been considering bumpers / grille guards. I had a grille guard on my Tacoma that I could definitely understand would be a damage multiplier since the upper mounts basically were asking to be shoved through the radiator if you hit something. However, looking at the Westin HDX , it appears that both the lower mounts and upper mounts are on the frame. (Mounting Instructions) One mount taking up the stock tow hook and the other directly on the bumper mount. This makes me think that it would be a bit more sturdy than the one I had in the past. What do you all think? Especially at $500 and a heavier mounting system it seems like it is starting to compete with a full bumper replacement. :crapstorm:

    Also wondering about it affecting the parking sensors. I think since it is in the center of the bumper it shouldn't affect them. The HDX with the winch mount has a little more beefy mounts, but other than that doesn't seem to differ a whole lot.

    And if anybody around here has one, how happy are you with it? Main concern is deer. There are way too many around here any more...

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  2. Jun 13, 2017 at 12:31 PM
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  3. Jun 13, 2017 at 12:33 PM
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    Well thanks for the help, lol. This is what I really want, but that means saving up and waiting that much longer at more than 4x the price...

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  4. Jun 13, 2017 at 1:58 PM
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    It kind of depends on what you want as an end result. I install a lot of HDX's at my shop and they are nice but not nearly as heavy duty as the Fab Four. The HDX mounting hardware is improved but maybe not as stout as the installation instructions would suggest. I'm not sure how many Tundras have front proximity sensors or adaptive cruise control but the HDX will cause problems with those things. The other thing that's difficult to do with an HDX is mounting additional lighting and if you're considering a winch their carrier is decent but I don't know that I'd put that much faith in their mounting brackets. IMO, for basic front end protection the HDX is more than adequate but for anything more off road, heavy duty or winch compatible the Fab Four gets my vote.
     
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    FAB FOUR from the two you've suggested
     
  6. Jun 13, 2017 at 4:15 PM
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