Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login
Site Notices
9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 2/15/2006 5:06:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 5:07:01 PM EDT by Archer36]
Well I got a '99 Jeep Cherokee last june and the guy I bought it from had a manik brush guard installed on it. Now I have no clue how good this thing is, and if I had to guess its intent is for looks, however I was wondering if I hit a deer if it would bend in and cause more damage. So anyone have one?

Oh and here is a few pics:



Also I do believe I am going to tear off the bug deflector as the tape on it needs to be replaced, and never was sure if I liked it since it also came installed.

I would get another shot up close of the bar, as these pics are soon after I bought it, however we are expecting a fairly large winter storm here any time now.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 5:52:10 PM EDT
I'm shopping for a brush guard for my Durango, so I wanna hear about Manik, too. How much does it move if you grab the top bar in the middle and shake it hard? How about the same out at the far left and right?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 5:56:16 PM EDT
Well my buddy and I can both stand on the bottom bar, and it seems to show no signs of movement, however I think if somthing hit it, it may bend.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:08:34 PM EDT
I wouldnt expect it to withstand a deer, as it is just a brush guard, not an animal guard. it wont hurt to have it on there, but its not going to be a deer proof vest for your headlights
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:14:48 PM EDT
I'm wanting deer proof, or at least enough to keep from holing the radiator/condenser, trashing the grille, and mangling the fenders. Should I just get some 4130 tubing and fire up the welder?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:19:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 9:19:57 PM EDT by TheRedHorseman]

Originally Posted By SniperKage:
Should I just get some 4130 tubing and fire up the welder?

as if you need an excuse

Link Posted: 2/16/2006 1:32:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
as if you need an excuse

Just need motivation

I came up with a rough sketch of a steel bumper with a brush guard and winch mount, but I haven't had a chance to go scrounge up some 1/4" plate to build it. Fortunately a Durango's frame goes farther forward than I expected so the thing can mount straight to it with nothing but a pair of gussetted plates. God help anyone that backs into me in a parking lot
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 2:46:08 AM EDT
We used to have them on our work trucks where i used to work. You hit a deer at highway speeds and it will normally bend back and crush the hood, didnt seem to do alot more.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 7:40:07 AM EDT
Ok, cool tahnks for the info guys.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:09:34 PM EDT
Manik is more for looks than function...
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:39:09 PM EDT
Sold and installed quite a few Manik brand. Bolt on, no mod installation, decent strength, and the black finish held up the best out of the brands we tried. I'm personally not a fan of brush guards, but I will sell you one if you want it. Manik bars gave us the least headaches, overall.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 10:47:31 PM EDT
Which ones are the strongest? A winch mount is a big plus, and cutting the bumper to clear the brackets is acceptible.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:50:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:

Originally Posted By SniperKage:
Should I just get some 4130 tubing and fire up the welder?

as if you need an excuse

Why waste spendy tubing on an expendable item?
I would say at most, use some 1020 DOM

either way, custom built is always better!
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:29:17 AM EDT
IIRC I saw a bumper/grille guard for a full size truck that was designed for deer, but the damn thing looked like it belonged on a tank not a truck. Also think they said you had to re do the front suspension because it was soo heavy. But this is a IIRC.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:17:15 PM EDT
Check tihis out.

Road Armor
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 9:19:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BigZ:
Check tihis out.

Road Armor

I'd love one, but way, way out of my price range.
Top Top