Do you know the benefits of driving with a grille guard installed? From protecting your Tundra in the event of an accident to helping you avoid scrapes and dents from driving off-road, there are many reasons to consider mounting one on your truck. They’re good to have around in a variety of situations, and can add a tough new look to your vehicle. Deciding whether or not you’re interested should be pretty easy. The hard part is actually finding the right grill guard for your individual needs.
Our team at Ultimate Rides can help. We install grille guards on a regular basis, taking care of the entire process in our shop. We can select and order the parts, assemble them if necessary, and then mount it on the vehicle. That should make us qualified to talk about the best of these accessories. Below you’ll find a list sharing some of our top picks. Each entry includes a brief review as well as a link to buy them product. Take a look and decide if any of these grille guards are for you! Then be sure to contact the crew at Ultimate Rides if you need help with installation in the Midwest.
1. Westin 40-33705 Textured Black Sportsman X Grille Guard
Compatibility: 2014-2021 Toyota Tundra
One of the top manufacturers of grille guards today is Westin. Their Sportsman X Toyota Tundra grille guard is a favorite among our team, and hopefully it won’t be hard to see why. It not only offers a tough look that will fit in on any off-road truck, but it also does an excellent job protecting against everyday hazards. Unlike some other guards, the item comes all together in one piece, meaning you won’t have to worry about assembling it before you mount it. Speaking of mounting the guard, while it is possible to accomplish this at home, we strongly recommend bringing someone out to help, whether it’s a friend, family member or auto professional. Having another pair of hands there to assist will be invaluable to the process. Once you do mount it, you’ll find rugged defense and style that works across a variety of situations on and off the road. There’s a lot to love about the Sportsman X guard from Westin, so check it out and see if it could be right for your Tundra.
2. Westin 57-93705 Black HDX Winch Mount Grille Guard
Compatibility: 2014-2021 Toyota Tundra
The next item on our list once again comes from Westin, and works on the newest generation of Tundra models. Unlike the last option, it includes both a full punch grille plate, as well as a place to mount a towing winch. While the winch is not included, it should be a great thing to take advantage of for those looking to fully outfit their truck for off-road driving. It’s a very heavy-duty guard, and may be difficult to install for some. However, that arduous process will be worth it when you see all the style and protection the item has to offer. Like our last suggestion, it comes together in one piece, making that aspect of installation easy. It’s the mounting part that may cause some trouble. The end result, though, will ensure you have strong protection for your truck against a variety of potential hazards.
3. Ranch Hand GGT07HBL1 Legend Grille Guard
Compatibility: 2007-2013 Toyota Tundra
The Legend grille guard from Ranch Hand is another favorite of ours. Just be sure to note it’s for the previous generation of the vehicle! Like other options on our list, it too features a punch plate for extra grille protection. You’ll also have access to a one-year warranty from the manufacturer, which covers a wide range of problems, none of which are you very likely to run into. All the same, it’s good to have a warranty covering your back just in case. We are big fans of the rugged style offered here, and the black powder coating found on these accessories will protect against rust and other types of wear over time. It won’t disrupt your headlights, and the whole thing should be possible to install at home, or you can contact some professionals for assistance if you run into trouble.
4. Hunter Premium Truck Accessories GT-715 Grille Guard
Compatibility: 2018-2021 Toyota Tundra
Our next guard, from Hunter, is quite similar in style to our previous recommendations. It is a good pick for drivers on a budget, as it is one of the more affordable offerings on our list. You’ll be sacrificing a little bit of quality in terms of construction materials, but the steel alloy should still hold up well for most purposes. Additionally, this item includes some rubber protectors that help protect against damage caused by impact. There’s even a five-year limited warranty, ensuring you’ll have plenty of time to check out the item for possible damage that arrived during the shipping process. Overall, this is one of the better budget accessories for your truck.
5. Armordillo USA 7166134 AR Pre-Runner Style Modular Grille Guard
Compatibility: 2007-2018 Toyota Tundra
This next product from Armordillo is still a black powder-coated guard, but it features a design that is more similar to bull bars than most other options on our list. It is modular, so you’ll have to spend some time assembling it yourself before installation. Because of that, we encourage you to consider professional installation if you go with this product. It fits on a wide range of Tundra models, but won’t be suitable for some of the latest options. It is made from a heavy-duty steel that is sure to hold up to the elements, and features the perfect place for you to mount an LED light bar when you’re ready. For all those reasons, we think this is a great choice for drivers to consider.
6. ARIES 2045 1-1/2-Inch Black Steel Grille Guard, No-Drill
Compatibility: 1999-2002 Toyota Tundra
Toyota vehicles have a reputation for lasting quite a long time when taken care of. If you’re still driving your truck from model year 1999 through 2002, this guard is for you. While guards for older trucks can be harder to find, you can almost always track one down at a great price. This option from ARIES falls right into that category. These grille guards can be installed without the need for any drilling, making them an appealing choice for those looking for easy installation. Like our last recommendation, you’ll again find a spot to install an LED light as well. As long as it’s the right fit, we are confident you’ll be happy with everything this guard has in store.
7. Tyger Auto TG-GD6T60038 Front Bumper Bars
Compatibility: 2007-2021 Toyota Tundra
For the item on our list, we wanted to share something of an alternative to your standard guards. These bull bars are smaller than a full-size guard, but they’re also much more affordable. While they don’t offer quite the same level of protection, many of them feature more of an off-road style that you may prefer. While it won’t defend your grille, it will provide an extra layer of defense if you were to come into contact with a tree stump or another obstacle off-road. It’s up to you to decide if a bumper bar or full grille guard is preferable for your situation, but if you decide on a bar then this is the one we would go with.
Finding a Guard That Can Please Everyone
The Toyota Tundra is an excellent choice to take off-road, just as long as you have the right upgrades in place. One of the most useful accessories you can install to protect your vehicle is a grille guard. These accessories protect against trees, bushes, animals, and a wide range of other potential damage. While they aren’t the perfect solution to all your off-road problems, they certainly are good to have around. However, not all grille guards are going to work for your Toyota Tundra. Not only are these products designed to fit on specific vehicle models, but you’ll also have th account for model year. Even once you find an option that fits, it’s up to you to determine if it offers the right level of quality.
Differentiating the good from the bad can be hard to do if you’re just getting familiar with these accessories. The main thing you’ll want to keep an eye out for is the material the guard is made from. Stainless steel and powder-coated steel are both great choices when it comes to durability. They’ll hold up against water damage and corrosion, as well as the typical wear and tear that comes with the territory of off-road driving. That said, if you’re on a tighter budget, you may have to settle for a steel alloy. While not as strong, they’re still a good addition to your vehicle if you need some extra protection. Decide which option on or off our list is right for your Toyota Tundra, and remember that Ultimate Rides operates a reliable custom service center based about an hour south of Chicago. We’ll be happy to help you with grille guard installation and so much more!