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Old 08-03-2014, 06:17 PM
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Mileage loss with a deer slayer bumper or brush guard

For some reason, I seem to hit deer quite frequently. Possibly because I am out and about all hours of the day and night because of work. Fortunately, I usually get slowed down enough that I don't do any damage, but I have destroyed some front ends in the past.

That being said, I am considering either a Ranchhand, Buckstop, or Boonedock bumper or perhaps a Westin brush guard. My question is; for those that have them installed on their truck, did you notice any or much mileage loss? Normally I'm not really concerned, but I can't afford two trucks, so in addition to farm use and pulling the family travel trailer, I also use it for work and get paid mileage. Since I travel 2000 miles plus each month for work, fuel economy is of the essence. I wouldn't mind a mile/gal loss just for the peace of mind.

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Old 08-03-2014, 06:28 PM
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u need to update your sig picture ;-)

good question I know a small change can make a mile or 2 difference

i remember when the 08's came out they swapped the valance for a longer version going to job 2 or 3 and they also bumped the mileage per gallon with just that change
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Adding weight will lower your mileage. Changing the aerodinamics of the truck will lower the mileage as well.

I was in the same boat as you. I worked in the Texas panhandle for a while and saw mule-deer the size of small horses on a regular basis. Being 10 hours away from home I wanted to increase my chances of getting home if I did hit something. I went with a Ranch-hand grill guard. If I took out a light...I'd work through it. if you take a hit in the center of the grill you're on the side of the road. I did NOT want the weight of a full replacement bumper. The grill guard is very heavy for what it is...meaning it's built with the right stuff...compared to the mall posers that use thin walled steel.

Good luck with your choice.
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I went with a Ranch Hand LEGEND full bumper unit on my 2004 F-250 and my new 2014 F-350 dually. Awesome strength, heavy duty, about 298 pounds but the whole idea is to keep the critters out of the front end with 6 or 7 radiators under the hood! Stay away from the light weight sissy types - if you're going to invest in a unit make it a HD one that will do the job. Check out videos on You Tube- one guy had a Go Pro camera and destroyed a deer, tearing it to pieces and all he had to do was hose off the guts - no damage to the truck or bumper. Both of mine were under $1500 installed, shipping and taxes included, for each truck. I also added the rails & rack on the F-350. You can't get any more heavy duty than this. Love the Ranch Hand brand.

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