got to disagree with on the brush gaurds causeing more damage in a front end collision when i first got my bronc it had one and saved my raditor that winter.
No offense taken, there are always exceptions to the rule.
I am glad it saved ya bud, because a wasted radiator can be a pain if you are stuck in BFE.
I really meant more along the lines of some idiot backing into you at the grocery store, all the way to big accidents.
A simple fender bender can crush the mount on the frame, and most body shops will not want to repair a frame.
Some insurance companies will not take that possibility of failure and total out you rig especially if it is an old Bronco.
Most insurance companies would rather hand us a thousand dollar check than repair our Broncos.
Another thing is on the newer bronco the front end of the frame has crumple zones. When you get in a front end collision they are made to crumple so that the impact will help avoid shock to the passengers in the vehicle.
If you have mods or a bracket over that then the zone will not crumple correctly, your air bags may not deploy correctly, and it is a stronger possibility that the incident may lead to more human damage.
Not a risk most of us are willing to take.
But i say this again, there are always exceptions to the rule
This data was collected by simple research and opinions shared from car dealerships.
99% of the time if you get a brush guard from a dealership mounted on oem style, the damn thing is plastic. That is because they dont want it to manipulate the way your frame was designed to handle during an impact. (there is also that little rule of liability). Hope this helps.