My truck now has a grille guard

Before I left to take a quick trip to Illinois, I was working on getting various modifications done to my new 2018 GMC Canyon pick-up truck. Now that I’m back, I scheduled an appointment to get my next modification installed – the Dee Zee DZ502775 grille guard.

Although I was able to install my own bed liner and tonneau cover, this grille guard wasn’t really a quick project that I could do at home, as it involved disassembling the entire front of the vehicle, cutting portions of the front where the recovery winch hook receivers would have been, and using various power tools to attach an incredibly heavy metal object to the frame of the truck. Luckily, this process was pretty easy for the experts, and the installation turned out great.

However, there is one thing to be cautious about if you also own a GMC Canyon and you want to get a grille guard. Because the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado are essentially twin trucks, parts that fit for one model will generally fit for the other model. However, the two trucks are two different makes and models for a reason – there are indeed some differences between the two, and the main differences are in the exterior appearance.

If you look at the GMC Canyon, the front fascia is a lot more “blocky” and has a more traditional truck look. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Colorado is more on the sleeker, angular side with fewer straight lines and much narrower headlights. So, for example, if you order something like these Husky Liners mud flaps, they’re interchangeable between the two models, but if you order something specifically designed for the front fascia of the truck, they’re not so interchangeable.

So, with that being said, here is a head-on view and a slightly angled view of the grille guard installed on my GMC Canyon:

View from front after installation of Dee Zee grille guard

View from front-left after installation of Dee Zee grille guard

From those angles, it’s a little bit difficult to tell that this grille guard was the “wrong part” for the GMC Canyon, apart from the fact that the upper vertical half of the grille guard slants outwards (though that could potentially just be interpreted as an intentional design choice). However, when looking directly from the side, the misalignment with the headlights is substantially more obvious:

View from side after installation of Dee Zee grille guard

This discrepancy happens because the Dee Zee DZ502775 grille guard I purchased, even though it’s marked as compatible with both the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, is actually only molded to fit the Chevrolet Colorado. If you’re familiar with the Chevy version of the truck, you know that the sides of the front grille slant outwards, and the headlights are narrow and taper off towards the end.

I’m not too disappointed about this because the grille guard still serves its purpose, even though it’s not a perfectly-styled fit. It’s still going to protect the front of my vehicle from low-speed hits by transferring the force of the impact to the frame of the vehicle, and it’s still going to prevent the front crumple zone of my vehicle from taking any damage in a situation where I may need to push something out of the way.

But, if you’re familiar with how detail-oriented I am, you may be wondering how I let this “mistake” slip through. The answer here is… that I didn’t.

The reason I went with this grille guard originally designed for the Chevrolet Colorado is because there actually weren’t really any other options of the “brush guard” variant available for the GMC Canyon. There were other listings that claimed that the grille guard was intended for the GMC Canyon, but when looking at the specific part number, it was clear that the angled design was so it would fit the Chevy counterpart, and it was just cross-listed with the GMC Canyon by default. All other grille guards that were available were either steel front bumpers or bull bars, neither of which I was interested in getting.

As a small word of warning, the guy who installed my grille guard on for me let me know that he had to do a bit of extra cutting beyond what appeared to be needed for a “normal” installation, and he had to dig through his screw and bolt collection to find some that ended up fitting better with the GMC Canyon, but as you can see from the photos above, he was ultimately able to figure it out and attach it securely to the frame of my truck.