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4WD bull bars

Bull bars are one of the most important accessories to be added to any proper off-road 4x4, improving your approach angle, your frontal protection and your protection from collisions with animals.

Custom made Redroo Offroad bull bars help protect your vehicle from animal strikes when driving on remote roads, and they provide convenient locations to mount other 4x4 accessories such as winches, lights and aerials. Plus because they are custom made we can fit them perfectly to the particular requirements of your vehicle.

Designed, engineered and tested in Australia.

Every Redroo Offroad bull bar is carefully crafted from premium grade materials and components to deliver the most comprehensive frontal protection and styling available. We carefully model your custom bull bar using precision 3D vehicle scanning techniques to achieve optimal cosmetic design whilst providing maximum vehicle collision protection.

All Redroo Offroad bull bars are winch, airbag and ADR compatible to ensure you and your family's safety isn't compromised.

What to look for in a 4WD Bull bar?

There was a time not too many years ago where your choices for a Bull Bar on your 4WD were limited to a handful of companies. Today though, there are a huge number of 4WD Bull Bar manufacturers around, and your choices are much greater. The thing is though, Bull Bars are not all the same, and there are a lot of things you really should consider before committing to one.

Does your ute, truck or 4x4 not quite fit the standard mould

Bull bars are usually made to fit standardized vehicles, so if you’re modified the front of your vehicle then there’s a good chance a standard-sized bull bar won’t fit.

Why should you install a Bull Bar?

These days, Bull Bars are one of the most common accessories found on a 4WD. A lot of people fit them for protection from animal strikes, a place to mount winches, spotlights, light bars, and antennas, and to improve entry angle.

Others fit them purely for aesthetics. Either way, knowing what you want from a Bull bar is a good place to start in buying the right one for your needs. Bull bars are not the same, and one style will not suit everyone.

What should you look for in a 4WD Bull bar?

  1. Weight

Bull bars range from lightweight bits of aluminium pipe (nudge bars) through to seriously heavy-duty chunks of steel designed for regular animal strikes without damaging the vehicle. Full size Bull Bars generally weigh anywhere from 25 – 80kg, depending on the material used, thickness and overall design.

Weight on your 4WD is bad. It puts more stress on everything, makes you use more fuel and eats into both your payload and axle capacity. Every single item you put in, or on your 4WD takes away from the capacity you have left, and in many cases puts you over the line.

Bar work is one of the heaviest things you’ll add to your 4WD, so think very carefully about the payload you have, and the ratings of your axle capacities. If you are unsure of weights, and all of the acronyms that you need to abide by, check this out; Towing Capacity; a simple guide to keep you legal.

Obviously, a Bull Bar applies its weight primarily to the front axle, and this is a point well worth considering. A significant number of modern 4WD’s cannot take much extra weight over the front axle once you’ve added a driver and a passenger. If you fit a heavy Bull Bar (and/or a winch) you may find that your new 4WD is suddenly not legal, and as a result, your 4WD insurance company can legally walk away from any claims that may have been caused, or contributed to by the modification.

Bull bar weight is an important consideration that Redroo Offroad considers when designing and manufacturing your custom bull bar. For more information email us at info@redrooofffroad.com.au or call us directly.

  1. Winch compatibility

The next thing to think long and hard about is whether you want the ability to install a winch or not. While a bull bar might look the same from the front, what is behind is often vastly different to safely attach a winch to, and to support the weight of a 4WD being pulled from it. Some Bull Bars are winch compatible, and many are not. There are some cases where you can install a bull bar to a non-winch compatible one, but often it’s not possible without replacing the entire bar.

It’s worth mentioning is that you can get winch compatible bull bars in both aluminium and steel, and that some winch bars require additional gussets, or cradles to be installed as a separate item that may, or may not come with the bar at the time of purchase!

Not all Bull Bars are winch compatible but Redroo Offroad builds our bull bars to be compatible with all popular winch models, including our preferred winches, Carbon Winch.

 

  1. Ease of fitment

The harder a bar is to fit, the more you will pay to have it done, or the more you will curse while installing it. We not only design and build custom bull bars, we also install them, so the hassle of installing it yourself is eliminated.

 

  1. Length - The wrong bull bar can make your vehicle much longer and therefore harder to parkSome bull bars are designed to tuck in a lot, sit close to the panels and maintain a similar design to the original bumper. Others though, stick out up to 400mm from the front of your vehicle. This does several things. Firstly, it makes your 4WD longer, which can be a significant problem if you park it in a garage. When custom building your bull bar we always take into consideration the shape, length and size of your vehicle.

 

  1. Air flow

One of the things that a lot of people don’t think too much about is what happens to air flow when you install a bull bar. Your 4WD requires air to cool the motor, your differentials and if you have an automatic, your transmission.

Many bull bars on the market right now have terrible air flow, and that means your motor has to work harder to pull cool air in, and your transmission also has to work harder. This all adds up together; if you add a Bull Bar, spotlights, bigger tyres, more weight and bash plates etc, then you will often end up with a vehicle that has overheating issues, potentially costing you thousands of dollars in repair bills.

Redroo Offroad always takes into consideration your cars cooling needs when creating the perfect bull bar for your pride and joy.

 

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