Originally Posted by MikeyFord3
so honestly are the really worth all the money?
For me, they are. I consider them essential equipment. Generally speaking, in an on-road accident, the body damage is dramatically less than without them. They protect the headlights, etc. The bar itself might get mangled but with a good, solid bar on the front, you're significantly better off in an accident. The damage to the other car, however, will be WAY worse than if you'd hit them with the body of your car. You can cause major damage to another vehicle and your car could easily be unscathed.
Off-road, they do what they do best...guard against brush. If you're going through an area with low hanging limbs, foliage, etc. you can literally drive into virtually any obstruction you come upon and save your body and headlights the impact. Send that impact straight to the frame, where your car is strongest. One good nasty front end bash can be $1000 at a body shop and, for me, that pays for the bar.