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Old February 1st, 2009, 06:51 PM
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Window Guards- To install or Not

I have Mike Boggs and Devin's old 110 and it is as Expedition Ready as any 110 could be (and not be a diesel!)

I have a Genuine NAS 110 Dog Guard on its way and have an opportunity to acquire an authentic Mantec set of rear window guards.

The dilemma is ... to drill the body panels and install, or pass on the guards.

I think the guards are considered acceptable add-ons, ... I just need some feedback to help me suss out the debate of drilling or not.

Thanks for your feedback.

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Old February 1st, 2009, 07:46 PM
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Do Not Drill!!!

I installed the genuine dog guard into my 110 (when I had it) and it fit very nice--great place to mount things also. Only holes are two just in front of the first rear jump seat on each side. I would not drill into the exterior for the window guards, although they look cool. My 2 cents!
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Old February 1st, 2009, 08:26 PM
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Welcome Mike. Glad to see you here.

Dendy I'm with Mike.
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Old February 1st, 2009, 10:37 PM
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There is no way on God's green earth that I would drill those body panels unless I had a spare set to do it to. They are easy enough to change, and not too expensive when you find them for sale.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 07:42 AM
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Side panels are easy to find. Go ahead and mount them. Drill baby, drill!
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 08:16 AM
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I decided to replace the rear windows with aluminum sheet. no new holes needed.

But the guards are a moot point if you can still access the front windows and easily breakable door handles. If you need the truck to be secure you will need to make all the windows not breakable and doors un-openable. It does not matter if you stuff is safe, it sucks to have to fix the damage.

This is on my mind because we were broken into twice in bariloche, argentina a few weeks ago. Once through the rear drivers side window and the second time by breaking the handle and forcing the lock to open...bastard should have just jimmied the door. only got some (all) clothes and the laptop power cable.

We are now considering bars that lock in place to not allow entry in to a broken window or opening of the door .

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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:50 AM
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If it is just on the side roof panels I would drill.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:11 AM
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I would drill too. I really like the look of them, but didn't want to drill up a truck I was planning to sell. If I were keeping this 110 I wouldn't mind drilling for the covers. You can always get new side panels (like others have said). My only concern would be buyers who don't like them, but if you are keeping it, you don't have that concern.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 12:52 PM
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I don't know how big of a hole the mounts require. If they're not too big, you could always remove them ( the guards) and simply put pop rivets in place of the the bolts. It's not like there isn't pop rivet heads showing already.

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Old February 2nd, 2009, 09:53 PM
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Wow, what a split down the middle crowd! Need more to chime in on this.
Hey, Mike at ECR ... what say you?

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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:39 PM
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I'd go with a secure lockbox if there is stuff you can not afford to lose. A Defender must be child's play for the common thief. Flimsy doors to jimmy a bar down into. Crappy locks on the window sliders. If you really want to stop people from getting in, a really nasty guard dog might be the best option.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by NashvilleRover
I have Mike Boggs and Devin's old 110
Wait....what are Mike and Cyn driving these days!? v. nice folks...

Oh, no way I'd drill any more holes in those things.....can you attach to any existing interior (seat belt) bracing?

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