You may have mounted bolt-on or bolt-on look fen­der flares, as I did to my 2004 Ram 1500. Maybe you did this just for the rugged look, but prob­a­bly to help cover the larger tires you in­stalled. You can now get the same rugged look in a hood protector with the Tough FormFit Guard.

My Ram was re­tired af­ter hit­ting 300,000 km and now there is a blue 2015 Jeep Wran­gler Un­lim­ited in the sta­ble. The first 25,000 km have al­ready put a few chips in the lead­ing edge of the hood so I went look­ing for some pro­tec­tion. I stum­bled across Fo­cus Auto De­sign at SEMA 2017 and was stoked to see the bolt-on look hood pro­tec­tors. Af­ter a quick chat, I was even more ex­cited to hear they were a Cana­dian com­pany out of Cal­gary that had been build­ing hood pro­tec­tors for orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEM) for over 20 years. The UV sta­ble acrylic capped ABS hood guard was a solid piece of con­struc­tion with the all-im­por­tant ‘nodrill’ in­stal­la­tion. I or­dered one.

In­stal­la­tion takes roughly an hour and although it is not hard, I rec­om­mend you read the in­struc­tions once be­fore you start and keep this mag handy as pho­tos are al­ways eas­ier to un­der­stand than di­a­grams.

You’ll need a tape mea­sure, fine point sharpie (or sharp white crayon if your truck is dark), T45 Torx (or 7/32” allen key), #2 Phillips, a 21°C day or heated garage, a steady hand and, good but not nec­es­sary, a buddy who doesn’t chirp at you while you work.

MSRP: $180 www.form­fit­hood­pro­tec­ YouTube - https://youtu. be/8G6G6N7­drds

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