Sorry Mudder, I wouldn't say it's the "Best of the Best". but, It's probably the best of the euro style. There are several out there that are stronger (ex. ranchhand brush gaurd). The problem is they don't follow the lines of the truck.
This is what it takes to break one:
I broke my Manik a while back playin a fool. I decided to leave a parking lot by going over the curb in front me, through the grass, and on to the street. (idot!) I made it on top of the curb but couldn't go any further, so I put more trottle on it... I still didn't move. I put it in reverse and made it about a foot and could go any further. I finally got out of the truck and I found my truck on top of one of those 2 foot tall parking poles (the yellow ones). It was caught between the grill gaurd and my skid plate. I was stuck ( and really looked like an idoit!) I didn't feel like making more of a scene, so I popped it in reverse and gunned it. I had to spin the the tires till the bottom cross-member on the gaurd popped right off. ---------That's what it take to break it!
I considered getting a Ranchhand bumper replacement, but I'm going with the Manik again. They just look good!
Manik $340, valance $150, skid plate--alot of hammerin out., and about 4 hrs labor (mine of course).
2000 F-150 XLT Supercab 4x4 ORP styleside, 5.4L, 3.55LS, Towing, 17" wheels and 265 tires.
K&N Filtercharger, JVC 50W x4 cd player w/remote, Manik brush guard, 2KC daylighters 150watt, Retrax bed cover, Procomp 33 12.5 x17 All Terrains, K&N catback,
Herculiner, WMS velocity tube, SuperChip, 4-5" suspension lift