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Old January 4th, 2013, 06:42 PM
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Safari Guard, story line?

Safari Guard seemed to be all over and had some pretty coveted items, at least by me, mid to late 90's I think and then disappeared . I see their stuff pop up every so often, just got some diff covers for example on line, but curious as to whatever became of the company.

anyone have some good rumors?
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Old January 4th, 2013, 06:45 PM
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Poor QC, poor customer service, small enthusiast community and limited market potential...
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Old January 4th, 2013, 08:47 PM
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Really innovative stuff, but really poor customer service and very slow and incomplete shipping. They went under and another guy tried to restart it, but he finally gave up too. Now ECR and safety devices are making the bumpers. A few others have played around with some of their designs.
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I just installed a SD bumper on my 110! I love it.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 10:19 PM
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Their bumpers are/were cool. The rest of their stuff was meh.

-Jeff
I like their sliders, and they even had a set of sliders that doubled as onboard air tanks. Cool if you ask me.

I also know it gets mixed reviews, but I like their tie-rod tube/guard. You lose a little clearance but you can bang the sh*t out of it and your tie rod comes out unscathed.

I also have their frame sliders, which seem to work well.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 12:02 AM
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Really innovative stuff, but really poor customer service and very slow and incomplete shipping. They went under and another guy tried to restart it, but he finally gave up too. Now ECR and safety devices are making the bumpers. A few others have played around with some of their designs.
This. ^^^^^

Being a San Diego company, they were local... Casey Gray purchased the business and tried to reboot it, but something went wrong and he fell off the map. He was a great guy but in the end it didn't stay afloat.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:23 AM
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Their rear corner protectors were great. I still have a pair, as well as 2 inch receiver, tank gard and sliders.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:29 AM
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Their rear corner protectors were great. I still have a pair, as well as 2 inch receiver, tank gard and sliders.
Oh cripes how did I forget their corner guards! Those things are awesome, and the only thing missing from my truck. But I did get a badass pair from Bill Larson that I need to mount up.

The other thing - which I'm not sure about - is I have a transmission/transfer case guard on my truck that *may* be $ G too.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:33 AM
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Oh cripes how did I forget their corner guards! Those things are awesome, and the only thing missing from my truck. But I did get a badass pair from Bill Larson that I need to mount up.

The other thing - which I'm not sure about - is I have a transmission/transfer case guard on my truck that *may* be $ G too.
Yeah, all the goodies on that truck are old school originals. I wouldn't be surprised if that was a SG test vehicle in the early days.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 08:40 AM
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Yeah, all the goodies on that truck are old school originals. I wouldn't be surprised if that was a SG test vehicle in the early days.
True, the 2" receiver is SG too. Damn shame they never fitted those corner guards! Not sure why I'm bothering to fit them now .
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:22 AM
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I wish someone would make some corner guards like the old SG ones again

Whomever (Greg J?) designed the SG products developed some great products, it is a shame that the customer service was soo bad.

FWIW I think only company that I have seen that made frame sliders and under belly skid plates is rockware. Had a set on my 97 and they were really tough.

http://rockware.net/rover2.html
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:26 AM
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I wish someone would make some corner guards like the old SG ones again
Be patient...I think *someone* has this plan in the works.

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FWIW I think only company that I have seen that made frame sliders and under belly skid plates is rockware. Had a set on my 97 and they were really tough.
I'm pretty sure SG made a set of these too, should be getting some "literature" out there soon that will confirm/deny and everyone will get a kick out of.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:40 AM
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Who was the original designer/owner of Safari Gard?
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Old January 5th, 2013, 09:47 AM
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Greg Jevne and his wife Brandy.

Nice folks...and there were in Temecula / Elsinore...not really San Diego.

Stopped in and visited a couple of times.

The old Disco has bumpers - sliders - diff guards - tie rod box...all of which have held up at least as well as expected.
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The problem with focusing on Land Rover specific stuff, and especially Defender stuff, is that the market is so small. You will not become rich and a large fabrication company can not sustain itself by being so narrowly focused - just ask RTE. You have to keep a small footprint, and that means an extremely small staff and making things as they are ordered. That's what eventually did SG in. They couldn't keep up and keeping people happy became difficult.

Another case is Ballistic Fabrication. They went bankrupt making promises to the US Gov't and ignoring their customer base. Somehow they have managed to survive post-bankruptcy.

It's a tough business....
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Old January 5th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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Words of the wise Wolf...???.

Then to that *someone* Lav refers too.....just make the stuff for your mates hehe
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Yeah, all the goodies on that truck are old school originals. I wouldn't be surprised if that was a SG test vehicle in the early days.
I think that was the first thing I told Jason when he sent me pics to this truck originally. Aside from those puny tires, that truck was well equipped with all SG stuff, but it could have used some tub body sliders.
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The resolution is not great, but here is a scan of a Safari Gard product brochure that my Dad kept from the late 90's. They offered some cool stuff. I have a high res version as well but it exceeds the attachment size limitations. The original is just crappy b&w printed pages stapled together, hence the fuzzy pictures.
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850 for the SG bumper...what a bargain! Getting something similar nowadays costs ridiculous money.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 11:49 AM
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Another classic from '98. This includes an interesting article featuring the SG trucks and products. I'll see if I can scan this one in too.
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