What's a Bull Bar? Only the toughest bumper known to man! These bumpers offer unmatched quality, protection, strength and style and weigh in the 90-100 pound neighborhood. Features: Bull Bars are manufactured with todays latest technology: computer designing, laser-cut components, mandrel bending and clean quality welds. Mounting systems are engineered to each specific vehicle rather than the more commonly found universal approach. This ensures for uncompromised vehicle protection as well as proper strength for winching. Like everything else ARB does, the powder coating process is top notch. Although ARB Bull Bumpers were designed for WARN winches, an integrated winch mount with all the necessary hardware is standard on every bumper and will accept other winches. Other features include mounting points for off-road lights and clevis/d-rings, amber driving lights and 1-7/8" diameter tubing for fender and Grille protection.*This bumper is shipped via truck shipment.
Pros: 1. This is a very stout, great looking bumper with turn signals and a wiring harness included. When installed, it feels extremely well built with high quality steel. 2. It has the mount points for up to 4 accessories. 3. You don't need to relocate your horns with this bumper and it comes with a mounting plate for your vacuum canister. Super easy!
Cons: 1. The mount points for the D-Ring Shackles are not even half as thick as the beefier smittybilt bumpers, which makes me question how much tension they could actually take. I called ARB and they don't keep technical specifics available to their sales people which is something they should really have at the ready for serious customers. Id imagine standard D-Rings would also wobble horizontally when driving. 2. They only include text based descriptions of bolts and brackets on their instructions, a pictured parts inventory would help the novice DIY customer alot. 3. Also, they don't tell you that you need to remove any nutcerts on the front frame before installing the bumper. 4. The bumper's pre-drilled holes which require you to drill the frame to 1/2 inch are not 1/2 inch themselves which makes it really difficult to get the threads of the bolts started into the "plate - captive nut assy". Drill these just a touch wider than 1/2 inch until the bolts slide in smoothly and you will save frustration. The nuts on the plates have to be angled just perfect to thread them properly.
Other observations: Despite ARB's push to use Warn winches, you can us another brand winch with the same mounting bolt pattern. Beware though that this bumper has a custom molded front bracket to mount your fairlead and the smittybilt wont fit, its about 1/2 an inch too short, so you must buy a Warn roller fairlead which can be pricy. Also, hawse fairleads will not fit this bumper properly without heavy modification of the hawse fairlead.
It took a friend and I about 4 hours to fully install this bumper which includes mounting the winch.
Overall I do recommend this bumper, I absolutely love the design with the full brush guard. Buy the bumper from the guys at 4WP, they have the best price on the internet for this bumper and they are great people who will bend over backwards to help you out.
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