You cant bend em or smashem. CV joints, rubber boots, and drive shafts on ATVs are expensive and they need to be protected.
Typical boot guards are installed with U-Bolts, this makes it difficult to install and the exposed threads are usually bent or smashed.
These boot guards are designed with weld on clamps specifically located to fit to your quad.
They are fastened with flat headed bolts. 10 and 12 gauge steel.