How to Determine Which Bumper Guard is Right for You


Taking your 4×4 or truck off-roading will always present you with new obstacles, some of which are more challenging than others. Protruding rocks and tree stumps, unpredictable dirt or sandy landscapes, and more can test your ability to safely navigate through new terrain. That’s why so many off-road enthusiasts understand the importance of upgrading their vehicle armor before hitting the trails.

Front bumper guards effectively prevent significant front end damage to your vehicle by transferring impact energy away from the bumper and hood, channeling it directly to the frame itself.

When it comes to determining the amount of protection you want to outfit your vehicle with, there are three main options for you to consider: a full guard, pre-runner guard, or no guard at all.

No Guard

If the name didn’t already give it away, selecting a front bumper without a guard is perfect for off-roading beginners or those who aren’t necessarily tackling the most extreme conditions. Forgoing a bumper guard is often a looks-driven decision, as some argue that adding a bar guard to your vehicle doesn’t always match the aesthetics of a truck. It is also important to consider your tech features on your truck when choosing a bumper. Some guards may interfere with a front camera so checking the bumper dimensions is key. In the end, it comes down to personal preferences!

Ford F-150 with No Guard Premium Front Bumper

Pre-Runner Guard

A pre-runner guard is the middle ground between a full guard and no guard. It offers grille protection from large brush and the wayward animal as well as allowing a place to attach additional lights for when the sun goes down.

Ford F-150 with Pre-Guard Premium Front Bumper

Full Guard

You’ll typically find a full guard bumper on more extreme off-road vehicles or “service vehicles” that need the extra protection while on the job. Vehicles used in construction, towing, and ranching should be equipped with a full guard front end bumper to protect it from the daily hazards.

All terrain adventurers who are approaching more challenging situations should also consider a full guard, as it offers much better protection and functionality than a pre-runner guard. Extreme activities require extreme protection measures. If you intend to take your vehicle overlanding or are looking to pull a trailer or boat behind, it’s recommended that you also install a full guard to protect against minor mishaps.

Chevrolet 1500 with Full Guard Premium Front Bumper

Not sure what type of guard – if any – is the right one for you? Fab Fours’ team of experts is here to help. Shoot us a message and we’ll find the perfect solution for your vehicle.