Date Posted:11 December 2015
With so many products on the market, we help you with making an informed decision about which bull bar suits you best.
WHAT IS THE BEST BULL BAR FOR YOU - COMPARING ALLOY AND STEEL BULL BARS
4WD vehicles are built tough! But, they aren't indestructible.
The front of your 4x4 generally could do with a little more protection, and that's where after-market bull bars come in.
Rocks, large sticks and wildlife can damage the front of your vehicle, especially if you are driving at night and don't see them in time. Without adequate protection you can be left with broken lights or worse, a smashed radiator.
No matter how hard you try to avoid it there’s always a risk of damage, and that can mean you are left stuck in the middle of nowhere. Most people looking at travelling throughout Australia, or even those who just love a weekend adventure look at getting a bull bar to give their 4x4 the very best protection.
Bullbars are better then a standard bumper bar for several reasons:
If you are looking at installing a Bull Bar, you'll need to decide what kind of material you want it made of.
There are three choices here. The first is Steel, the second is Alloy, and the third is Polythene Smart bars.
Alloy Bull Bars
Alloy Bullbars such as ECB Bull Bars are light and strong and come with a range of standard powder coats finishes. If you're wanting to mount a winch on your Alloy bull bar you will need ensure it comes with a steel cradle, which attaches to the chassis and ensures a secure hold. Unfortunately, if the alloy bull bar does happen to get scuffed or damaged, alloy can be difficult to repaint. The upside is they are highly resistant to corrosion.
Steel Bull Bars
Steel bars such as MCC Bull Bars are heavier than alloy, the trade off being that they are significantly cheaper. Steel bull bars are more rigid than alloy, so, you are less likely to get damage to your vehicle after a big hit, whereas Alloy might bend back into the vehicle. Another bonus is your winch can bolt straight onto the bar. One of the other popular steel bars is the Xrox Bull Bar, which is a 3 piece bar, enabling you to replace damaged parts if necessary without having to buy the whole bar again.
A third option is relatively new technology. Australian made from roto-moulded polyethylene, these bull bars come in a range that suits many popular vehicles. They are plastic and as such come in a range of colours which don't fade and don't scratch. Tests indicate that these bull bars are actually very tough and resistant to damage. Certain models have built-in winch mounting brackets (these brackets are made of steel).
At the end of the day, bullbars are a great addition to your 4x4 vehicle for protection, accessories & good looks.
Each of these options have advantages and disadvantages so it important to do your research, take your time and choose the one that is right for you, if you have any questions please feel free to call us on (07) 3203 2155.