I would send it back. That small strip of plastic isn't going to stop anything from hitting all of the flat surfaces. If you happen to like the way it looks, like others do, then put it on. But, I wouldn't drill into the hood to do it. Your best protection for the front is a good quality grill insert. There's everything from the best, Metalcrafters, to home made. A search will answer all of your questions regarding grill inserts.