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Aries is coming out with these two new accessories. I have a steel blue ridge so I do not know if the grille guard will look good on mine or not but I'm planning to order the nerf bars as soon as they are available. Call Ron @ 859-252-5822
 

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Nice, do you have any more info, like cost, web site? There's always a set of nerf bars avaiable for the Ridgeline on eBay. I think an anodized aluminum bar might look better on the blue Ridgeline but some people like the contrast of black. The nerf bars on eBay also come in a polished stainless if you like that. Thanks for the new info.

Wow, someone bought a black Ridgeline in Florida.
 

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I believe the nerf bars are under $180 and the grille under $400.00. I think these are the same as the one in e bay. Last time I talked to Ron the grilles were available but the nerf bars were a cuple of weeks from being ready.
 

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Like the grill guard. Do you know if it interferes with the deployment sensor for the front airbag system? I know some aftermarket brands will essentially render the front airbag sensors inoperable.
 

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Crap, I already have the front brush guard. If I would have known it was just plastic I would not have got it. Now I want this one.
I wonder if I could patch/cover the holes in my bumper now.
Do you know how this one attaches?

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Wow, that looks really nice. I have the same question about the front airbag sensors. If I have time on Friday (daddy daycare tomorrow!) I will try to give them a call and get as much info as possible.

I'll bet the black would look awesome on my Green Machine. :D
 

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Skaught,

Just kidding around. My mom lives in Florida and I never see any black cars when I'm there. As you know, Florida tends to get a lot of sun and black cars are a lot hotter when you first get in them that a white vehicle. I have a black Dodge and I had a white Landrover. There's a huge difference. I have a green Ridgeline which seems to get pretty hot too.

I do like the black Ridgeline, it sure looks nice with all the accessories.

Thanks to dsowell too. I was also looking at the brush gaurd he's talking about. I think I'll skip that one.

I'm not really sure I need a brush gaurd with the Ridgeline but I'd like something sturdy enough to push another vehicle in an emergency. I've needed to do that before.

ROColorado
 

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Sorry folks. I didn't get to call these folks today(Friday). Toddler was sick with Gastroenteritis and my wife was working this evening. Had to keep the sick toddler away from the 5 month old! No easy task. I think I washed my hands 100 times today!!

I will try to call them tomorrow (Saturday) or Monday.
 

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Just an FYI.

All brush guards interfere with the front air bag deployment. The brush guard absorbs the impact and pushes it out to the sides.

I had a brush guard on a Land Rover discovery. Hit a deer at 80 MPH. No air bag deployment. The brush guard did absorb most of the impact. Still had about $5000 worth of damage to the truck and a broken leg. That was the one and hopefully only time I hit a deer, people tell me if it wasn't for the brush guard the truck would have been totalled.

That was 5 years ago. Needless to say I've had a brush guard on the 3 trucks I've owned since the Land Rover, and now always wear my seat belt.
 

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I ordered my brush guard two days ago. Hopefully it will get here soon as I have a few days off coming up. I will definitely post pics of the install.
 

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My brush guard is going to be delivered tomorrow! :D
 

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Sorry folks.[...] Had to keep the sick toddler away from the 5 month old! No easy task. I think I washed my hands 100 times today!!
Wouldn't the cargo net work well for the 5 month old? Is that so wrong? ;)(No, I don't have kids).
 

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No way, the cargo net is way too big. The trunk net inside the trunk would be a perfect fit. :eek:

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drouke said:
Just an FYI.

All brush guards interfere with the front air bag deployment. The brush guard absorbs the impact and pushes it out to the sides.

I had a brush guard on a Land Rover discovery. Hit a deer at 80 MPH. No air bag deployment. The brush guard did absorb most of the impact. Still had about $5000 worth of damage to the truck and a broken leg. That was the one and hopefully only time I hit a deer, people tell me if it wasn't for the brush guard the truck would have been totalled.

That was 5 years ago. Needless to say I've had a brush guard on the 3 trucks I've owned since the Land Rover, and now always wear my seat belt.
Don't know about this one, but you've pointed out an important problem with these types of devices. Most bolt directly to the frame and eliminate much or all of the impact absorbing design of the vehicle. The insurance institute did a test one a similar device on a Chevy pickup a few years ago. The frontal impact went from "survivable with limited injuries" to "fatal".

Even small impacts are transmitted directly to the frame. Your friend that hit the deer might have totalled the vehicle but probably would have escaped the broken leg.

For offroad vehicles these devices can probably protect the vehicle, but for normal on-road driving they take your 5 star impact rated vehicle down to a 1 star or worse. Death traps!

Just my opinion... think twice!
 

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Don't know about this one, but you've pointed out an important problem with these types of devices. Most bolt directly to the frame and eliminate much or all of the impact absorbing design of the vehicle...
I've not seen one of RL brush guards in person, but I looked at the install instructions. In this case it looks purely decorative and non-structural to me. I wouldn't want to hit or push anything with it, cause it would just get smushed.

For other vehicles, I agree with CSIMO that attaching a hunk of metal to the frame could alter crash worthiness. Without doing testing, it's hard to know what will happen when 200 pounds of meat runs into 4700 pounds of metal at 80mph.
 
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