Four-wheel drives are typically associated with mud, dirt, rocks, dust, and all-around filth, but enthusiasts know that any real four-wheel-drive machine provides service both on and off the street. If you use your four-wheel drive off road on a regular basis and you want it to look acceptable in Monday morning traffic, you need to protect its panels with aftermarket bumpers and body guards to keep the body clean and straight. Custom bumpers and body guards can help enhance the exterior of any vehicle. Here are the newest styles of bumpers and body guards available for your truck or sport/utility.
Product: Truck Shields protect your vehicle from brush scratches. Consisting of a soft, magnetic plastic covered with vinyl, the shields are designed to protect your vehicle's side panels during off-road adventures. Truck Shields are available in charcoal, white, and camouflage patterns and can be used in all driving conditions.
Company: Truck Shields, Dept. 4WOR, 12050 Lena Cir., Tremonton, UT 84337, 800/553-1098, www.truckshields.com.
Product: This side step for Jeep YJs and TJs is made of steel and protects against dents and scrapes from contact with trees and rocks and parking-lot dings from low-slung econoboxes. The side step bolts directly to the frame in two places and features a nonslip urethane rubber surface and rust prevention. No drilling is required.
Company: Lange Originals, Dept. 4WOR, 3651 S. 700 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84106, 801/262-7322.
Product: Front and rear bumper brackets for '88-'99 Chevrolets with body lifts are custom-built and available for all model vehicles. Hitches for lifted vehicles are also available.
Company: JLE Ent., Dept. 4WOR, 6865 Eucalyptus, Winton, CA 95388, 209/357-7928.
Product: New grilleguards for two- and four-wheel-drive Toyota Tacomas retain the stock lower valances or are available as prerunner guards and skidplates (shown), which requires lower valance removal. An optional turn-lamp kit is also offered for use with the prerunner guard.
Company: Downey Offroad Mfg., Dept. 4WOR, 10001 S. Pioneer Blvd., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, 562/949-9494.
Product: The Eurostyle one-piece grille- and brushguard features easy bolt-on installation for most trucks and SUVs and rugged, fully welded construction. Auxiliary lighting can be added to the lower tube, and a five-step powdercoating process results in a durable, low-gloss black finish.
Company: Grizzly Products, Dept. 4WOR, 700 Allen Ave., Glendale, CA 91201, 818/247-2910.
Product: The all-new Bull Bar front-end guard for '98 and '99 Jeep Grand Cherokees is constructed of 100 percent stainless steel and mandrel-bent tubing and features formed front-end braces. The Bull Bar attaches directly to the frame for maximum rigidity. JAOS Challenger auxiliary lights and stone guards are also available.
Company: JAOS USA, Dept. 4WOR, 525 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, CA 91776, 626/309-1005, www.jaosusa.com.
Product: Complete bumper and body guard packages with NerfSteps, taillight guards, and StepGuard grille- and brushguards for the Ford F-250 Super Dutys are available in chrome or black powdercoat finish.
Company: Go Rhino! Products, Dept. 4WOR, 2097 Batavia St., Orange, CA 92865, 888/427-4466, 714/279-8300, www.gorhino.com.
Product: The integrated Trail Mate bumper, spare, and rack system allows you to carry your spare tire with room for a cooler or other items, while retaining your rear bumper. The products are also available individually, and the company also offers matching front bumpers. The system is designed for '66-'77 Broncos and Jeep CJs, YJs, and TJs.
Company: Cross Ent., Dept. 4WOR, 3833 Old Conejo Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320, 805/ 499-8169, www.4x4now.com/4wsfce.htm.
Product: Rocker-panel guards for '87-'98 Jeep Wranglers are made from 10-gauge steel, bolt directly to the body, and do not reduce ground clearance.
Company: Currie Ent., Dept. 4WOR, 1480-B N. Tustin Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807, 714/528-6957, www.currieenterprises.com.
Product: The Safari lightbar for the Isuzu Rodeo adds a rugged look and offers superior front-end protection with mounting points for auxiliary lighting. No drilling is required for installation, and the black powdercoat has a five-year warranty.
Company: Westin Automotive Products Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 5200 N. Irwindale Ave., Ste. 168, Irwindale, CA 91706, 800/345-8476.
Product: Bullet-Proof bumpers for Jeeps allow for excellent body and steering-box protection and have several options. The Bullet-Proof front and rear bumpers are available for Jeep CJs, TJs, YJs, and Cherokees and Toyota FJ-40 models.
Company: Don-A-Vee Motorsports & Accessories, Dept. 4WOR, 777 Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia, CA 92670, 800/533-7696.
Product: The three-piece modular bumper, tire carrier, and Mountain Rack system for Jeep CJs and Wranglers is manufactured from 1/4-inch steel. It can hold up to a 35-inch tire and features a quick-release pin for latching it in place as well as a built-in hitch receiver. The 20x44-inch Mountain Rack is designed to mount on top of the Durango tire carrier. All the pieces are powdercoated for durability.
Company: Durango Truck & 4x4 Outfitters, Dept. 4WOR, 29465 Hwy. 160 E., Durango, CO 81301, 888/259-8676.