Bug guards play an important role where we’re at in Central Florida. Love bugs are out in swarms when it’s hot, and when they hit your car, they leave a big mess. Love bug “remains” are acidic and if left on your truck, they can damage your paint. The front end of your truck is really vulnerable to not only bugs, but rocks, stones, and other objects that can damage your truck when you’re driving on the highway too. So even if you don’t live where there is an infestation in Love bugs, it’s still a smart investment. I just bought myself the EGR Superguard Hood Shield to protect my new 2018 Cummins. Here’s what I think so far.
MY FINAL RULING ON THE EGR Superguard Hood Shield
Although a bug guard won't go a long way in making your truck look like a SEMA build, its an important exterior accessory for anyone who drives their truck daily. For less than $100, EGR's Superguard Hood Shield can keep your hood free from bug damage or rock chips. It looks good, and at least for my Ram 2500, it offered superior protection compared to many other bug guards. It is 100% bolt on, so the installation only takes about 10 minutes. If you're looking for a bug guard, I definitely wouldn't pass up the EGR Superguard Hood Shield!
The EGR Superguard Hood Shield is built right. When it comes to exterior modifications, I know what really bothers me is when something doesn't sit like it's supposed to, or it's not "flush". After installation, our bug shield sat perfectly contoured to the front end of the Cummins we installed it on. I didn't have to try and shape it, push it, or struggle with it at all. Even after having it for a couple of weeks, it sits perfectly atop the truck. My only concern was the clips that sit atop the hood. They sit on top of some 3M tape to protect the paint. However, when I was installing them I found them to be able to move relatively easily. After a couple weeks and some high-speed, extended rides on the highway, I have not had to reposition or reinstall them yet!
Performance with a bug shield can only really be rated based off of one aspect, preventing bugs and other objects from hitting your hood. The EGR Superguard Hood Shield has done an outstanding job of keeping the bugs off of my hood. Perhaps my favorite part, it not only covers the hood above the grille, but instead it extends above the headlights as well. This is really important! It provides better coverage than many of the bug guards available for my truck. Make sure when you get your bug guard that you get one that offers maximum protection!
The EGR Superguard Hood Shield does a fantastic job at what it was made for, protecting the hood of your truck. There are numerous bug shields out there, however, and I don't see there being a tremendous difference in performance between the different manufacturers bug guards, other than maybe ease of installation. EGR's Superguard bug shield is at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to price.
I really like how EGR designed their Superguard hood shield to protect the entire front end of your vehicle. This is really important for trucks that feature a wide body, like my Ram truck. They're not only vulnerable above the grille, but also above the headlights. This bug guard covers a significant portion above the headlights too, offering greater protection.
The EGR Superguard Hood Shield is also completely bolt-on. Some of the bug shields available require drilling or they install using strips of tape. I prefer bolt-on because you can always remove it and install something else. Over time, tape can actually damage your paint. If you decided to take off a bug guard years down the road, you could also be pulling of your clearcoat or paint! Even worse, if you had to drill and afterwards you remove your bug guard, you could have some potential eye sores on your hands!
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