Bumper Bully vs Bumper Badger: A Face Off
Bumper guards can be a polarizing topic.
For some people, they look plain ugly. For others, they’re what keeps your bumpers away from becoming ugly.
Look, uncle Mike here’s a fan of adventure, but… Driving off-road made me realize exactly how important proper car protection is.
I’d rather have my parked car look ugly to some random person I don’t care about than risk my bumpers get all messed up, alright? And those guards don’t even look bad, actually!
There are plenty of cheap bumper guards. Not touching that – unreliable, flimsy rubber, straps’ stitching falling apart…
So, I see a lot of people wondering which one is actually better. And it’s a pretty good question, of course.
I’ll take a closer look at them here, but if you want a short version…
There are extremely minor differences between them. The quality and protection you’ll be getting is as close to ‘one and the same’ as it can get.
Bumper Bully vs Bumper Badger:
3 main differences
#1 The dimensions
Bumper Bully measures 46″ in width, 12″ in height, and the length of the straps is 28″.
If you get Bumper Badger’s HD edition, you’ll also have a 46″ wide protector. However, the standard Badger is significantly narrower at 40″.
As you can guess, a narrow guard means less protection for your car.
Another slight difference in dimensions is in the distance between the straps. Badger’s ones are positioned slightly further from each other at 25″. The Bully keeps them at 22″ from each other.
#2 Design selection
Both bumper protectors have standard and premium versions of their product. Bumper Badger also has specific neat designs, though.
The Retro has rugged looks reminiscent of old school racing games in a sense. The HD edition is actually close to how Bumper Badgers are designed, while the Standard one bets on simplicity.
Keep in mind that the Retro is only 40″ in width too. This will definitely affect bumper coverage in specific models which might not be a good idea. Never trade looking cool for lacking protection!
#3 Slight nuance in the material
Both guards are a state of art in terms of durability and reliability. They’re what you’d want to slap on your car’s rear or front to ensure they stay clean.
That said, Bumper Bully’s PVC free rubber is just a little bit better than the Badger. It’s a very small, nuanced difference as the latter also features quite tough, well manufactured rubberized construction.
Differences between standard and premium version
Both brands give car owners the option to ‘upgrade’ to an improved version of their bumper protectors.
As always, the question is:
Is it worth it to shell out a few bucks for these?
My answer is:
Except if you’re ultra tight on your budget, yes. It’s totally worth it.
In Bumper Badger’s case, the HD edition has a wider design for extended rear protection. You also get 3M reflectors for better visibility and adhesion. If you feel like you’ll be doing a lot of parking at dark, you’ll like these.
The situation is somewhat similar with Bumper Bully Gold.
First of all, all Bumper Bullys feature a wider design. Their premium versions are called Gold and Platinum.
Similar to the Badger, the upgrade here gets you 3M reflectors. However, here you also have an upgrade to the straps!
They’re now furnished with vinyl coated steel cable put inside them. As you can guess, this increases durability, but above all it makes them resistant to knives and scissors.
It might seem crazy, but there are people who would slice your bumper guard and try to steal it.
The small difference between Gold and Platinum is the fact that with Platinum you also get soft impact pads on the backside of the guard. This creates an additional cushioning between it and your car.
Similarities & why these two are actually quite good
Aside from these small differences I pointed out, these two are pretty much the same. They’re packed with great features that simply make sense and take care of your car’s protection.
Here’s a few main things to point out:
Stabilizer bars: Great anchor for the straps and an important take on how stable the protector actually is. You don’t want it to flop over, you want it to stay flat and put on your bumper.
All weather material: The rubber here is tough, elastic and great at absorbing impact. Rain or extremely dry weather won’t affect the construction’s integrity. No cracking or tearing.
Soft foam rubber pads behind the straps: 2″ x 4″ in size in both brands, making sure your bumper is getting good cushioning and is protected from the guard hitting it.
Absorption ribs: Both feature a ribbed design to lessen stress from minor parking bumps.
All in all, very intelligently thought out products. For some they might seem bulky, but that’s the whole point. You want maximum coverage for your bumpers after all.
How to actually put the bumper protector
It’s as far from rocket science as it can get. Putting either of these guards is a simple, 3-step process. Of course, make sure you consult with their manuals too.
Step #1 Open your trunk.
Step #2 Grab those straps and attach their ends to the carpet.
Step #3 Adjust the protector. Ideally you want to center it so it stays aligned and wraps your plate comfortably.
You can also get a pair of additional Velcro stickers.
If you do so, remember that these should NOT be slapped to your trunk’s carpeting. Instead put them on a smooth surface (hard metal, plastic etc.) The surface should also be clean.
Speaking of cleaning…
Do clean these things from time to time. Being made of rubber, you can easily rinse them with car wash soap and lukewarm water. It takes no more than a minute.
Why you want to do this?
Well, it just looks neat. Also, accumulated dirt might mess up as it can enter between your bumper and the protector.
3 VERY important rules to follow
There are three extremely crucial things you should always remember when using a bumper protector.
Important note: By all means ensure that it doesn’t block your exhaust pipes! You should hang the guard above them.
Important note #2: Protectors are meant to be put when you’ve parked your car. Driving with them is a really, really bad idea!
Important note #3: Check your local legislation. In some states parking with your license plate covered might be illegal. Just so you don’t get fined, inform yourself on what’s up with your state laws.
That’s just about it on those two! If you’re looking for other car-related comparisons, check my shocks/struts brand face offs. I’ve been talking about KYB vs Monroe, as well as pitting Monroe against a, to me, a higher-end brand – the eternal Bilsteins!