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    Bull bar fitting

    Anyone fitted a bull bar themselves (either brand new or second hand)? and any difficulties with it?
    '98 "Getaway" GXL Prado, 3.4L Manual, 2" Ironman Lift, ERPS, Bridgestone Dueler 265/70/R16LT, Prado point sticker

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    I fitted my ARB sahara bar myself, as well as the winch, it is very simple as long as you have everything ready at hand. I used my trolley jack to ballance the bar on and get it to the correct height, just remember that you need a 5mm gap between the bar and the bottom of either guard.
    97 VX Grande, with front & rear air lockers, ARB Sahara winch bar with tigers 11 winch, 2" EFS lift, 265/75/16 Achilles Desert hawk XMT, and more.


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    Yeah Im with croozza its actually quit simple, basically remove factory bumper bar and fit up ARB bar. I fitted both to my 90's 1st bar was sahara to the petrol 90 then it was just a standard steel winch bar to the 90 diesel. With the plastic under guards (the bit under the front wheel arches) I just folded them up out the way and cable tied them, did this to both. You can cut to fit I suppose but I did that with myn so if I ever intended to take the bullbar off and put the original bumper bar back on I had everything there (never did remove bullbar anyway) I did have my neighbour help me both times when fitting to help balance the bar and made it alot easier to aline (spelling) the bar leaving roughly 8 to 10ml under the flare either side. make sure if your buying the bar second hand to suit your GXL its the one to suit a 90 with flares, you can buy a bullbar to suit the RV's which dont have flares. It will fit a GXL, Grande etc but the bullbar will be sitting under the flares with nothing protruding past the flares to protect them and must admit looks dicky as well so better to get the correct one. If you lived near by I would help, only take a couple of hours taking it easy. This was my 90 01 grande, because I bought the bar off ebay it didnt have the cut outs for the factory driving lights so used the switch for the driving llights but added a heavy duty wiring loom
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    If your car has been in a front end collision at any stage, even minor, or been hit by another car from the side in the front, then I wouldn't ty it yourself as th chassis could be out of alignment slightly which would make fitting the wings extremely painful and even ARB or TJM might tun your car over to a panel panel beater for a coupel of hours to fit. Apart from that I have heard off others it is straight forward even with bullbars such as Ironman with little adjustment in them.
    98 GXL 3.4L V6: TJM 2" lift (HD front MD rear), Airtec snorkel, TJM T15 steel bull bar, 8500lbs T-Max winch, IPF 130w Spotlights, TJM 3/4 alloy roof cage, Dual batteries, breathers to everything, TJM Air Compressor, 46L EvaKool Fridge, Inverter, 170w Solar panels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett1979 View Post
    If your car has been in a front end collision at any stage, even minor, or been hit by another car from the side in the front, then I wouldn't ty it yourself as th chassis could be out of alignment slightly which would make fitting the wings extremely painful and even ARB or TJM might tun your car over to a panel panel beater for a coupel of hours to fit. Apart from that I have heard off others it is straight forward even with bullbars such as Ironman with little adjustment in them.
    If you chassis is not straight, then you vehicle would feel funny to drive, it would crab, wonder, and be noticed in any wheel allignment.
    97 VX Grande, with front & rear air lockers, ARB Sahara winch bar with tigers 11 winch, 2" EFS lift, 265/75/16 Achilles Desert hawk XMT, and more.


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