A vehicle's bull bar, sides steps and rails are known as its "bar work". Some critics might suggest that bar work is not necessary but for people actually using their vehicles for offroad touring.
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Your have items in your shopping cart. Forum Index. Hello, Keen for some feedback on this one. I have just bought a series Prado. Mostly its a family car for travel to and from work and used for anything and everything at the weekend for 2 adults and 2 kids.
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We live in Perth and like to get out and about at the weekends but not always down dirt tracks although that is what it will be used for when needed.
My question is do I wait and see if I have an incident and then upgrade and install a bull bar by paying excess on my comprehensive insurance or do it now. My series had a steel bar and had its uses, especially one incident outside Canberra with a kilo plus roo. My Pajero didn't have one, although I was always on the look out for one I never ended up sourcing one and I didn't feel it inhibited us going any place we wanted too.
Most Prados I see are fitted with an alloy bar, not sure I see the point in an alloy bar but I am open to be corrected. Your best option for mapping and navigation no matter where you go in Australia. Back Moderator. Unisex Navy Pocket Polo - TMTE Features an embroidered motif designed especially for our clothing range that incorporates our logo and slogan "There's more to explore", ExplorOz Windscreen Sticker This clear vinyl sticker with white or black lettering "www.
ExplorOz Stubby Holder Suits beer, soft drink or water bottles. Community Forum Blogs Classifieds Membership. Beyond Pty Ltd. Patrol 4. There's time to rest when you're dead, Get out and do something instead!We will be sticking to main roads and not travelling at dawn or dusk, do you believe a bull bar is a necessity or just a nice to have option, or will a nudge bar suffice?
We drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Guess it depends on your driving habits Jack, if your one of them that drives flat out with your eyes fixed on the centre line you need one, if you drive to conditions and are observant then probably not. I've been driving on outback roads for almost 50 years and never felt the need to fit one. Just a personal opinion Jack, I'm sure others will disagree. Many valuable comments above. All valid. Have you looked into " Shu-roo's"? There are cheap little bullet shaped ones and there is an electronic device.
Here's the web site. Just to give you more to decide on. Would have been more damage to the Prado without the bull-bar, but the end result for the emu would be the same.
A bull bar is a good place to hang your mats to dry after rain too. G'Day Gerty, yep emu's are notorious for doing this, had some visiting American friends stay with us last week, they headed from YP up into the Flinders, they were concerned about roos, we explained that emu's were even less predictable, if your in emu country slow down and be vigilant. Just don't go anywhere near black cats. Live Life On Your Terms. I've done it many times and never tire of it, a great drive!
My beliefif you hit something hard enough. We never thought a bull bar was necessary until we were surprised by kangaroos. It is more the unexpected, no matter how careful you are. For me, a decent ARB bull bar is easier that having the van jack knife trying to stop or avoid it.
Jack, and many others, you may travel for years without requiring a bull bar, but that one time is all it takes. A decent bull bar will not move unless it is a huge beast. Nudge bars are just that. Agree with Larry here, lived in the NT for 25 years, no bar till we started towing the van as we can't manouvre as easily, now and even slowly have had a few near misses as we really go bush have had to stop and ask farmers if we could get the van through some "roads".
Emu's, well they seem to be idiots on legs with adeath wish, last trip in QLD one ran into the side of a van and destroyed the annex poles. Goats, switched on generally and get out of the way like crowssaw a family of 3 go under a culvert as we approached north of cobar last year, and eventually came out the other side. Why is it so? Professor Julius Sumner Miller, a profound influence on my life, who explained science to us on TV in the 60's. I was always taught to respect my elders.
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I drive to conditions and when towing, which we will be i do nothing flat outWhen it comes to protecting you and your passengers in a collision with wildlife, a bullbar will do exactly that. But what if you could avoid it altogether? Designed in Australia, the ShuRoo bar uses high-frequencies to help ward off wildlife and prevent a collision, particularly with kangaroos. It has been thoroughly tried and tested for over 30 years in the Australian outback and can help keep wildlife away from your car, 4WD, truck, bus or motorcycle.
The difference between a bull bar and a ShuRoo is that a bull bar will not deter a roo from erratically jumping out of the shrubs and in front of your moving vehicle. Rather, it alerts them to your presence using a high-pitch frequency that only animals can hear, giving you and the animal optimal chances of avoiding a collision.
The ShuRoo is an electronic device that emits a high-frequency sound approximately metres ahead of and 50m either side of the vehicle. This sound has been designed as an early warning alert for kangaroos and other wildlife, letting them know of your presence. There have been over a million miles in field tests, with fleet operators having reduced damage and downtime in remote areas.
That being said, although the ShuRoo may be the world leader in wildlife collision prevention, there are many factors to take into consideration. Click here to find out more information about the field tests. The ShuRoo can be easily fitted and installed onto a bullbar, providing your vehicle complies with Western Australian regulations. Click here to find out if your vehicle meets WA standards. However, it is a question that often divides people into two camps — there are those who see it as a form of protection against the outback when off-roading and those who see it as an urban hazard on the road.
Unexpectedly colliding with a roo or any other large animal without a bullbar can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle, leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere, and in worst cases — cause harm to you and your passengers. A bullbar helps reduce the amount of damage caused in the event of a collision by absorbing the initial impact. This can include mounting a sandflag, which is required at all times while in the dunes, rod holders for beaching fishing, additional driving lights or a UHF antenna.
Bull bars help prevent you from hitting the terrain hard and negate body damage. Certain types of bullbars have recovery points built-in, some can be added as an option, while others help expose the chassis so that points can be added.
A winch can also be installed onto a bullbar, making it one of the easiest ways to mount a winch to your vehicle. Introducing the Aside from giving your rig an added aesthetic, the benefits of a snorkel on a 4WD can include improved fuel efficiency, increased performance, and reduced wear and tear.
Questions that Click to call us at 08 08 Click to email us at sales total4x4. Toggle navigation. Bullbar or ShuRoo? Why Not Both? Air Springs. Battery Trays. Bull Bars. Cargo Barriers. Clearview Mirrors. Decked Drawer System. Driving Lights. Fire Extinguishers.I have been waiting 2 months for my bull bar and not even an update. Would not buy from them again and will ask for deposit to be refunded. Very poor service and have no idea when my bar will come.
I drove back on the PDR road from cairns to Bamaga and found out at Bramwell junction that the 3 bolts had come out of my ABR bullbar on the drivers side and it was hanging off there are now 2 cracks appearing on the mounting both sides too near the Bolts. I am not very happy that the bullbar could fall off so easily as I had checked everything before leaving cairns and it was not loose And I can't but the bolts here.
What concerns me is the cracks can they be fixed before they get bigger? Bought bt50 fully kitted right from the dealer. The arb bull bar is showing serious rust spots after 3 months. Now I live near the beach Rest of the truck as new A 12 months ago, it is already showing wide spread rusting around the edges. Looks like poor quality prep, poor paint, bloody poor product. Read more. The court order Ironman has had against me has expired.
Here is an update. Still rusting. Still waiting on a result. Still advertising the fact. After having a summit bull bar poorly fitted by Keilor ARB which caused damage to my bumper bar and getting a less than favourable response, decided to contact head office Kylsith and spoke to Jason.
To my surprise Jason and the team were fantastic and did a super job and repaired everything as what should have been done by Keilor.
I also have purchased a summit deluxe bar for my Prado VX and have had the same issues with the bullbar wobble which has led driving lights factory fog lights and uhf aerial fitted. The guards were cut nicely with about 20mm gap between bar and guard which rubs as bar wobbles which in turn vibrates the aerial loose.
We have used the predrilled holes to mount the LED lights which have needed to be tightened regularly and replaced bolts with high tensile bolts and locknuts with larger diameter mud guard washers and the steel plate has cracke We are pretty happy with the canopy and roof rack, and also the finish quality of the Summit Bull Bar.
The finish quality of the bar and white paint is very good. But this review is about the massive vibration and wobble in the Summit Bull Bar. We had the bar fitted and straight away my wife was concerned about the amount of movement in the bar Arbs service has been terrible considering the pricing of there bars the service should be amazing after many years and vehicles no more arb for me there is products out there just as good but a lot cheaper go online and save a bucket my Ute has been back four times for different problems never again.
It partially covers the headlights and greatly diminishes the ability to drive at night. They disagreed that there was an issue and virtually said tough. I have received opinions from 2 mechanics who said I will have a problem registering the vehicle after 5 year period has expired. Other buyers beware. I will be pursuing the matter through the Tribunal. Summit bar fitted to SR5 shakes at every bump in the road, much more than previous models.
ARB are blaming the platform that Toyota have given them.Other people buy crash bars simply because they believe they look good. Farmers — for whom the idea was originally developed — must now find alternative means of shielding the front of their vehicles from marauding cattle and rogue tree branches. In countries like the USA, where vehicular interventions by the police and other law enforcement officers sometimes need to be forcefully aggressive, crash bars — a.
One of the most recent bad incidents resulting specifically from bull bars occurred in Indiabut they happen in all countries where such bars are used. In some areas, rural drivers undoubtedly do need crash bars to help protect them during collisions with large animals. Traffic Inj Prev. Rigid bull bars, such as those made from steel or aluminum, stiffen the front end of vehicles and interfere with the vital shock absorption systems designed in vehicle fronts. These devices therefore significantly alter the collision dynamics of vehicles, resulting in an increased risk of pedestrian injury and mortality in crashes.
This literature review shows that bull bars do indeed increase the severity of injuries to vulnerable road users in the event of a collision and highlights the need for current traffic safety policies to reflect the safety concerns surrounding the use of bull bars. A study of accidents involving bull bar equipped vehicles TRL, Goodaye Eddie, there are no laws yet in Australia banning bull bars. There has been much discussion over the last few years and there have been changes to the types of bullbars that are legal to be fitted and there are laws against fitting fishing rod holders and other dangerous projections, but as a driver who in the last trip saw well over kangaroos and another 50 dead on the side of the road, I do recognise their value in saving lives.
Like anything, education of motorists will help more. People need to know how to deal with wildlife and often reefing the wheel to the side and possibly losing control, will only see the car crash and the animal hop away. As in all things, there is often a need for compromise and it largely depends on where and how far you travel, but I certainly agree that used government vehicles should have them removed before sale to the public.
Cheers and Safe Travelling, Rod Hannifey. My apologies, Rod. I was under the very distinct impression that some urban areas in Oz had banned vehicles with the bars fitted. I think the most useful compromise would be the one I wrongly asserted to be the case — namely to ban the use of vehicles that have crash bars fitted, in any urban areas.
Thanks for your very valued comment. Until then people will have to continue to pay for pig headedness with their lives. A second reply to Rod Hannifey: Please see the additions I have made to the above post, in relation to Australia. This is a very worn out argument. The plain facts are 1. They are also unfortunately unable to get their head around the physics involved.
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Yes, you are right. Bull bars to increase the crash damage to people…. Unfortunately, if you are in collision with an oncoming vehicle, you can be hurt significantly worse if your own car or truck has bull bars fitted.Animal collisions — if you hit an animal like a kangaroo then the impact can easily disable your car, leaving you stranded, or at least cause some major damage.
Remember, minimise the chances of animal strikes by trying to travel at times other than dawn and dusk. General protection — driving off-road is a bit of a misnomer, as no driving is actually done off a road. These have all sorts of hazards such as rocks, ruts and sticks, and the latter in particular are a real problem.No More Ban on Bull Bar, Download the proof (order's Copy) youself
They can get caught up and jammed into odd places — like the time I had a new ute on test and ended up with a stick about 40mm diameter through the front underbody next to the foglight. Or the time when I was a passenger in a Pajero, and noticed a large log jutting out from the side of the road, pointing straight at us. That was the end of our journey and nearly the end of the car.
As part of the repair the driver bought a bullbar, and while we will never know for sure if the bar would have saved us, the fact is that steel or alloy is a lot harder to pierce than plastic. Winch mounting point — there are ways to mount winches without bullbars, but a bar is the easiest. The bullbar is also a good place to mount UHF antennas too. Bars scuff, plastic breaks. Potential for recovery points — the days of vehicles with simple chassis rails extending out front are long gone, yet recovery loads are increasing.
Some bullbars have recovery points built in, others as an option, and others help expose the chassis so points can be added. Without a bar it may be difficult to fit recovery points. So, which bar to choose? Aside from the cost, the biggest disadvantage is weight. Still, if you run a bullbar it is a very good idea to upgrade the front suspension to handle the extra weight.
In fact, the modern bullbar is new a complex engineering product; it has to be airbag compatible, be strong enough to handle animal impacts, be able to mount a winch and work with modern vehicles which pack a lot of equipment up front. First Name:. Email address:. Not the best feeling. Very true Trackdaze. Some vehicles ahem, Hilux N70 exceed their front axle limit even with nobody else in the car.
There these bullbars pose an unacceptable risk to other road users and serve no purpose other than styling. Manufacturers of modern 4wd generally do not recommend bullbars as it may affect the safety rating of the vehicle. I reckon that it would be best to introduce a permit system to mount a bullbar. Hello Chris.
Maybe restrict 4WD to vehicles that are MC-categorised. Then, please read the article carefully so you understand there are reasons other than styling. Finally, please provide sources for manufacturers recommending bullbars not be fitted. Generally, I find manufacturers warn that the bar must be airbag-compatible and approved for the vehicle.
Definitely not add to my car for styling reasons. Got any evidence that the protection will be greater? As for protecting the radiator and trans cooler, go and do an internet image search on 4WD crash bull bar, particularly in forums. A decent central impact will stove the bar in and trash either or both and probably set the airbags off.A bullbar or push bumper also called a kanga roo bar or nudge bar in Australiaa moose bumper in Canadaand a push barPIT guardPIT barPIT bumperram barram bumperbrush guardgrille guardrammer or cattle pusher in the United States is a device installed on the front of a vehicle to protect its front from collisions, whether an accidental collision with a large animal in rural roads, or an intentional collision by police with another vehicle, usually during pursuits.
They range considerably in size and form, and are normally composed of welded steel or aluminium tubing, or, more recently, moulded polycarbonate and polyethylene materials. The "bull" in the name refers to cattlewhich in rural areas sometimes roam onto rural roads and highways. Studies have shown that using bull bars increases the risk of death and serious injury to pedestrians.
Due to the number of deaths and injuries caused by the rigid fronts of cars, often with metal bullbars 2, deaths and 18, serious accidents per year in Europe, according to official studies in the UK the sale of new metal bullbars which did not comply with a European Union Directive was banned in the European Union.
There are no plans for legislation to require bull bars that are already fitted to be removed. Where cattle are more prominent and where larger four-wheel drive vehicles are used, drivers use larger steel bullbars. Brushbars or bush bars are similar to bullbars, often integrated into the bull bar design. They protect the front of the vehicle, especially headlights, from brush and small trees. Bullbars typically replace the front bumper or fender, so most require indicator light housings.
Bullbars are sometimes used as a platform for mounting spotlights and vehicle recovery winches. Radio antennas for equipment such as CB radios are often mounted onto bullbars, even though mounting on the roof provides better performance. Bullbars incorporating a winch are often known as "winch bumpers", especially in the UK where the sale of bullbars that do not meet European standards, as mentioned above, was banned since However, the legislation was not retrospective, and steel frontal protection systems can still be legal, for instance when incorporating a winch fitting.
As a safety feature, traditional bars are built to protect the vehicle, which is considered less safe than allowing controlled deformation to absorb kinetic energy during a collision.
Modern design of bullbars and roo bars has advanced, so some vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket companies now offer impact bars which integrate with the vehicle safety system, such as activation of airbags after collision with the bullbar. Plastic bullbars made from materials such as polyethylene are designed to act like a spring and deflect due to the force of a collision so that the vehicle is still driveable after striking an animal.
These designs are more "pedestrian friendly" than the same vehicle without any bullbar. There are many aspects relating to the proper construction of a bullbar. It is widely accepted that the channel section which provides the strength for the protection system must be constructed from one piece of material and free from sections bolted on or welded together.
The thickness of the material is something which should be considered when choosing a bullbar, generally the thicker the material, the stronger the product delivering greater protection.