First post, thought it would start with a question I've had. And please try to withhold nooby bashing if this has already been discussed in great detail already, late night and no luck finding a thread yet.
To start, I have a 2012 f150 4x4 offroad package and I have been looking to replace the front bumper/add a grill guard. Our company, without much dispute, has told everyone to add a heavy duty bumper and/or grill guard to their trucks. We have had several collisions with the local deer here and costs to protect is quickly going to override costs to fix damages. However, of course I have made this way more complicated for myself than it really should be, but I'm picky when it comes to my truck.
My personal preference is leaning me towards a prerunner style bumper and guard similar to these made by:
Iron Bull, etc. Forgive me if I left any out, but these seem to be the fabricators that are producing full bumper replacements with a stylish prerunner guard.
We are using a local fabricator due to well established business relations, but he has the capability to build anything similar to these. However, he has told me that not only is a full bumper a little too heavy for a 150, but also that the prerunner style does not actually give the protection i'm looking for against wandering deer on country roads. He says that style will actually vault the deer into your hood/windshield and suggests a standard independent full guard to solve both issues. Personally, I think it's BS, but have no experience with it.
Looking for any opinions on both the weight and protection issues he has brought up. FYI, F150 is not my weapon of choice....
Does anyone know the stock front bumper weight? just curious for comparison.
Wordy first post, but trying to get him fabbing today sometime. Thanks in advance to all input given!