Westin makes a plethora of really tough stuff. It’s truck gear for every environment and every use. Almost every use. You already know the basics of what to do with your Westin winch, bug shield, and grille guard, but we thought it would be helpful to share a few things not to do, categorized by Westin’s sub-brands.
Westin Grille Guard
The suits out in Irwindale kept their traditional moniker to cover their line of grille guards, bull bars, and the like. And they’re rugged, but not rugged enough for the bright ideas some might come up with.
For example, don’t hook up a pair of chains to your grille guard and try to use it to pull down the fortress of your nemesis. There are stronger places to hook chains to your truck, and frankly, the aforementioned fortress will probably fall on you.
Don’t try to jump your truck from a conveniently placed railroad-side mound of dirt and crash through the walls of a moving boxcar in spectacular style. We don’t care if you’re chasing an evil spy who, seconds before, used the same mound of dirt to jump over a now absent flatbed car. Most box-cars these days are actually steel shipping containers, which don’t take kindly to vehicles moving quickly in perpendicular fashion.
Don’t try to reenact a scene from the beloved but short lived 1994 sitcom Dinosaurs
and push over a tree, using naught but your truck and your grille guard. You’ll be disappointed with the results.
Wade Bug Shield
Westin has Wade handle their bug shield duties. They make window and sunroof wind guards, too, but they have their limits.
So don’t try to use your Wade bug shield to extend the windshield on your Lamborghini Aventador J. We know it would double the windshield’s height, but at 217 mph, it might come loose. Into your face.
On that note, we know the bug shield is clear, but that doesn’t mean it makes an ideal welding mask. Just use a real one.
And despite its long, curved shape, the bug shield will not serve as a very good scimitar, so don’t try to use it to vanquish your foes.
Westin’s Fey sub-brand handles all of their bumper duties. But, as with every other bumper, don’t use yours to purposefully bump things. The owners of those things will become agitated quickly, and it’s best to live at peace with everyone, when it’s up to you.
Do not use your Fey Bumper as a standing place while swashbuckling road pirates, even if they’re swarming your truck and screaming, “Yar!” It’s just too narrow an area for the footwork required.
Do not cover it with anti-country and western, anti-NASCAR, or anti-biscuits and gravy bumper stickers and drive it through the American South. It’s likely to be damaged, along with the rest of your truck.
Finally, the ever-useful T-Max winch stands ready to assist Westin’s muddier customers. But it’s best used for that purpose – pulling your vehicle out of the mud, sand, snow, or rocks.
It’s not suited for attaching to top-floor fire escapes and helping your truck climb walls like Tim Burton’s Batmobile. Said fire escape will likely acquaint itself with your windshield with alacrity, and the winches don’t even move that fast, so it won’t be a terribly impressive scene.
Similarly, do not take it to the Antarctic, hurl it over a crevasse, and attempt to Indiana Jones yourself across. The physics will defeat you.
Do not attempt to use the cable to hog-tie any wild game like an AT-AT out of The Empire Strikes Back. No matter how many passes you take, you’ll likely only enrage the animal, who will see your truck as a challenger for its savannah throne, and you’ll end up with a rhinoceros horn for a camshaft.
I’m glad we cleared that up. Now go forth and do right things with your Westin gear.