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This past Monday a brilliant Ford driver took it upon herself to make a left turn across a busy intersection and directly into the front left quarter of my 2007 LTZ. The million dollar question at the moment with my insurance company is, Can someone identify this grille guard? I can't find any markings on it.

http://www.techtoysllc.com/truck/front.jpg

For extra credit - based on the pics below, I plan on replacing the following parts. Can anyone think of anything else I should check for? 4WD and steering seems untouched and the truck drives pretty well. It has a slight pull to it now, so I'll make them pay for an alignment and re-balancing too. Excuse my naming conventions, I was never much of a body guy.

Fender
Headlight
Foglight
Wheelwheel insert plastic splashguard thing
Tire
Grille guard
Grille guard mounts
Plastic air dam/licence plate holder
left corner bumper cover with foglight mount
left bumper extension
center bumper

http://www.techtoysllc.com/truck/left_stripped.jpg
http://www.techtoysllc.com/truck/front.jpg
http://www.techtoysllc.com/truck/left1.jpg
http://www.techtoysllc.com/truck/left2.jpg
http://www.techtoysllc.com/truck/bustedford.jpg

Many thanks for any insight from the community!
 

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That's some bad luck there.. Hurts every time I see a nice truck that the owner actually cares about get hurt.

The stuff you listed and that you can see is important, yes, but the things you cannot see are more important to your and your vehicle's safety. The bumper support and support links and foam, the radiator/condenser (mainly where the two pegs at the bottom slide into rubber grommets that are mounted on the front of the frame area), and how the SDM perceived the "crash". You may want to have your truck scanned to make sure the SDM (Supplemental inflatable restraint module) didn't register and crash. The SDM is capable of shutting the truck off and once it's been in a crash, can do funny things for safety. I've seen it a few times. Make sure and hold a flat object like the thin edge of a ruler against your tie rods (between your inner and outter tie rod ends) to ensure that they haven't been bent. The truck may drive straight still, but they may be weakened or bent. In short, I would double and triple check the radiator for cracks around the bottom and have it scanned for SDM codes and check the bumper reinforcements (aka crumple zones).

Sounds like you've looked it over pretty good so far. Just wanted to add a few things. Good luck with the repairs. Oh! A few more things. The windshield washer bottle is on that side. make sure the bottle isn't cracked and use it to make sure a line didn't break or get bent. Not a major thing, but definitely an annoyance. And also look over the wiring to the fog lights. It would be a bummer to get the new fog light in and then notice the wiring is skinned or broken. Also what about splash shields and the lower valence? Along with the hardware. Those little screws are titanium and definitely add up $$ . Make sure that where your lower control arm mounts to the frame, that he bushings don't look stressed or smashed. Usually if the bushings are bad, you'll hear it under moderate accel/braking or rapid change from braking to acceleration.
 

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+1 Need a body shop to verify no suspension or frame damage. Never saw a grille guard like that one before.
 

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The guard looks like a Go Industries Big Tex.
 

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^+1. Most importantly the OP wasn't hurt! :D
 

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kashmir said:
I'd get a different grill guard, nice ranch hand or similar.
That grill guard is a little bulky looking in my opinion.
I thought so too when I bought the truck last month and I was on the fence about taking it off, but figured I'd leave it on through hunting season. Now I could care less how it looks, because it saved my grille, radiator, a/c, etc... Sucks I got screwed out of my hunting trip this weekend though. I'll probably replace it with something equally as beefy, or bigger if I can after seeing how well they work.

Thanks everyone for all the tips. I'll take a closer look at the radiator supports and crumple bumper mounts when I get the truck back. Will also take a second look at the wiring but it all seemed fine. I had the Chevy dealer check it out and no codes found in the computer. The truck is at a trusted front end shop now having everything steering related inspected again (I don't think Chevy was all that thorough). I'll have those guys fix whatever they find and change the tire/balance/4 wheel alignment when the check comes in.

I should be capable of replacing the bumper parts, grille guard, lights and all that. I'll have to find a place to send it out to have the fender replaced and painted. I found an aftermarket chrome bumper and end caps that I think will be a pretty decent looking upgrade. At least I'll get something out of the deal.

And yes, I wasn't injured very badly at all. Stiff back for a couple of days and my right leg was sore from mashing on the brake pedal at the time of impact. I'll post some pics when I start tearing down and replacing parts - maybe someone can learn something from it some day.
 

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That grille guard obviously saved you a lot of damage, that's the reason I plan to get one some day

Glad you're OK OP
 
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