I'm no autobody guy but I think it would depend on the strength of the bull bar that was installed no? And I'm not arguing with you that they said it, simply wondering if what they typically see is the lightweight "light bar" style bumper guard as opposed to a serious full protection bumper.We’ll my 2019 Expedition with 1000 miles on it took a large 4point buck between the headlights two weeks ago. He came down off a hill at full run opposite side of the road at us at a 45 degree angle basically head on full run. I was doing 35mph hit the brakes and basically stopped just as he hit us at a full run. $13,000 in parts being replaced.
I actually discussed what impact a bull bar would have had with the shop repairing my truck. All three guys unanimously said bent frame instead of bent radiator and smashed soft bits in the front end. I did drive it home radiator wasn’t ruptured and wasn’t pushed far enough to contact the spinning bits on the front of the engine. Fenders were even untouched! The buck basically rolled over the bumper and went under the hood and through the grill. Then took off!! F-cker.... lol
Bull bar would have bent the front ends of my frame.
I can see a thin metal bumper guard deflecting enough in an animal strike to pull the bumper ends as they described. But (for example- and I have no ties to this company but saw the info on their website) the Ranchhand bumper uses 4" Schedule 40 pipe as its "base". To deflect that enough to pull the frame ends in would seem to me to have to be a biga** animal. 4" Schedule 40 has almost .25" wall thickness.
Again, I'm not saying they didn't tell you that, more wondering if they're referring to the lightweight bumpers that we see all the time that are really nothing more than a platform to mount driving lights and to look cool. Some of the posts right in this thread have suggested that the correct design (meaning heavy enough steel) does provide the protection needed from animal strikes. Just sort of wondering.