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#675476 - 29/04/11 09:14 PM New 2011 Xterra Pro4x Needs a Bull / Brush Guard
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I know I am a noob, but I need help.

I need to find a bull/brush guard for a 2011 Pro4x.

The problem is that none of the ones I see, including SteelCraft etc. can attach because of the skidplates.

Anyone have any suggestions for a straightforward bolt on guard that will cover the grille and the headlights??

I am somewhat handicapped so I am limited to some wrenching, that is it. I want it to bolt to the four front bolts where the recovery hooks are...

Thanks,

Aengus

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#675477 - 30/04/11 09:02 AM Re: New 2011 Xterra Pro4x Needs a Bull / Brush Guard [Re: Aengus]
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Originally Posted By: Aengus
I know I am a noob, but I need help.

I need to find a bull/brush guard for a 2011 Pro4x.

The problem is that none of the ones I see, including SteelCraft etc. can attach because of the skidplates.

Anyone have any suggestions for a straightforward bolt on guard that will cover the grille and the headlights??

I am somewhat handicapped so I am limited to some wrenching, that is it. I want it to bolt to the four front bolts where the recovery hooks are...

Thanks,

Aengus



Don't get one.

The problem is that none of the guards do what you want them to/what they LOOK like they should do.

The reason is that on the front end of the X, the mounting arms have to loop way down below the front fascia to get below it, and then loop up again to reach the frame horns.

This makes it so they are blocked by your skid plates (What you already noticed), PLUS, they end up with such a long effective lever arm, that even minor front impacts tip the guard back INTO the parts of the truck they were supposed to be "guarding".

This has resulted in a very LARGE number of examples where a small impact to one side of the truck results in damage across the entire frontal area, as the small impact pivoted the guard back into the REST of the truck, causing MORE damage than if you had NOTHING.

Additionally, the low sweep of the mounting arms KILLS your approach angle, making the truck WORSE off road than a STOCK X.



IE: They are worse than nothing.


As an alternative, and, especially considering you probably actually go off road (You have skid plates) - consider a real bumper instead of a foo foo cosmetic accessory.

You can see what one looks like by going to:

www.shrockworks.com




Good Luck!

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#675478 - 01/05/11 09:08 AM Re: New 2011 Xterra Pro4x Needs a Bull / Brush Guard [Re: TJ]
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+1 on this one. We've seen it on several occassions at the shop with the Aries grill guards. In addition to what TJ said, the "wings" or side guards flex to the point that, when impacted, they'll hit the fender and cause damage, then spring back into position.
Make the investment. Go with a real bumper.

Jeff!
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#678498 - 08/05/12 03:03 AM Re: New 2011 Xterra Pro4x Needs a Bull / Brush Guard [Re: RNTKnives]
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Shrockworks=Great. The Calmini bumpers look pretty good, too.

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#678502 - 08/05/12 09:54 AM Re: New 2011 Xterra Pro4x Needs a Bull / Brush Guard [Re: Matt E]
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Hefty Fabworks makes a nice bumper for the 2nd gen X's too.
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