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Old 06-14-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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Purpose of "stinger" vs grill guard

What is the purpose of a "stinger" versus a standard grill guard bar?
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:54 PM   #2
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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OH MAN ,, I did not think most "stingers" were that sturdy? that is an interesting picture, thanks for posting
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OH MAN ,, I did not think most "stingers" were that sturdy? that is an interesting picture, thanks for posting
A lot of the cheaper ones aren't (Smittybuilt for example). They'd probably fold or snap if they were actually put to use. The good ones are reinforced and have a proper angle.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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Love the explaination. A picture really does say a thousand words
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:50 PM   #6
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The only reason that one held up us it's tied into the tube fenders. 98% of the stingers out there will just fold over.
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The only reason that one held up us it's tied into the tube fenders. 98% of the stingers out there will just fold over.
99.5% are only for looks.
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The only reason that one held up us it's tied into the tube fenders. 98% of the stingers out there will just fold over.
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99.5% are only for looks.

85.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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I never even considered wanting a stinger 'till I saw this post.

Dammit.
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85.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
Just checked and I get 86.2%.
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85.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

60% of the time, it works every time!
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WOW!! I had not idea what stingers were for either. I thought they were for looks only.
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You have a 50% chance of picking between the two.
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60% of the time, it works every time!

Which is it, 60% or 100%?


Oh, and back on topic... The first time I saw a stinger it was on a Overland type vehicle crossing like Iceland or Antartica or somewhere real cold... anyway it was to keep the truck from falling into a crevasse.

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Old 08-08-2013, 10:18 AM   #15
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The only reason that one held up us it's tied into the tube fenders. 98% of the stingers out there will just fold over.
If its gusseted properly it will hold up, probably even more than any stinger held by a fender which is attached to the body and not the frame.

But surely, the ones that are just tubes coming out of the bumper with no gusseting are decorative.
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In a rollover it keeps the weight off of the front of the hood and radiator, increasing your chances of driving off the trail.
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Another good purpose for the stinger would be to propel your front end upward onto another vehicle (to save your radiator & engine) in the event that you rear-ended another vehicle.
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hmm now I'm not sure if I want a bullbar or a stinger...


anything that can stop people from backing up into me

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A lot of the cheaper ones aren't (Smittybuilt for example). They'd probably fold or snap if they were actually put to use. The good ones are reinforced and have a proper angle.
What brand (& model) is yours?
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hmm now I'm not sure if I want a bullbar or a stinger...


anything that can stop people from backing up into me

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Since the stinger protrudes forward, I think it would keep the knuckleheads from making contact with your vehicle. They still might hit it hard enough to maybe push your vehicle back, but I don't think they'd be able to make contact with anything except the stinger.

If you go with a Bull Bar, by the time they make contact with it, they are already just inches from the rest of your vehicle.
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you're right. I'm looking at a half Bull Bar / half Stinger I guess or maybe a mini Stinger...here, check this out.

http://bit.ly/16D7pFG

I posted it in the MEGA bumper thread to see if I could get some opinions.

IMO price seems too good to be true...
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hmm now I'm not sure if I want a bullbar or a stinger...


anything that can stop people from backing up into me

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At that height no stinger or bull bar will do anything if its done by a compact car. It will help however with SUVs or pick up trucks. A steel bumper is what you need, nothing will happen to it if someone backs onto you. The only metallic part of the front bumper wraps close around the frame and thats it, the rest is 100% plastic, hence why its so easy to damage.
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Just be careful. Like others mentioned, a stinger only works as intended if it is the correct angle and the correct length for the vehicle. Just because it's long and pointy doesn't mean it works. In fact, a poorly engineered stinger will just cause the vehicle to roll over on its side.
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hmm now I'm not sure if I want a bullbar or a stinger...


anything that can stop people from backing up into me

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If this is what you want to avoid you want a prerunner style bullbar, and one thats welded, not bolted on. Prerunner means the bars point away from the Jeep, not towards the Jeep like AEV.

This is a prerunner style bullbar....see, points outward
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Just be careful. Like others mentioned, a stinger only works as intended if it is the correct angle and the correct length for the vehicle. Just because it's long and pointy doesn't mean it works. In fact, a poorly engineered stinger will just cause the vehicle to roll over on its side.
Which I'm sure is 90% of them on the market.
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Which I'm sure is 90% of them on the market.
I don't disagree.
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I'm open to suggestions...


preferably in the $500-600 range (if possible)
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I read mention of a Pre Runner here is mine.









best of both for me. It has so far stopped a Full size Chevy that pulled out in front of me and a Volvo that side swiped me.
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I'm open to suggestions...


preferably in the $500-600 range (if possible)
The rampage recovery bumper is in that range and is exactly what you are looking for. Same bumper as on my rig.

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I'm open to suggestions...


preferably in the $500-600 range (if possible)
I'm going with rampage recovery bumper... Saw one in person yesterday and it sealed the deal for me. I used to want a stinger, but after a while they look just stupid.

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