If you are driving your 4×4 off the beaten track more often than not, a TJM bullbar is a must. Fitting a bullbar is not just for protecting against wild animals, but can affect how well you can recover from bogs, and whether it’s suitable for your chassis. Here’s a checklist to help you choose the perfect bullbar for your 4×4.
What materials are best?
Bullbars come in three major variants; steel, hard plastic, or aluminium. Bullbars are built tough for tough conditions, and steel is likely the strongest and most durable choice for bullbars. Many bullbars have synthetic or rubber casing, to comply with Australian Standards. You should always inquire about the thickness of your bullbar; as some aluminium bars cannot withstand the rigours of offroad driving. Keep in mind steel bullbars can add significant weight to your overall load.
Pictured: TJM T3 Explorer Bull Bar
How is it mounted?
The bullbar mounting should have high enough clearance to allow for steep angles of approach, allowing you to tackle steeper inclines. Your bullbar should also have mounting points for recovery built into it. Many 4×4 clubs will not allow owners to join unless they have accessible recovery points. Also, other aspects to consider is whether the bullbar comes with foglights as standard, and if they are halogen or LEDs. Some bullbar manufacturers expect you to foot the bill for foglights.
Does it have a proper winch mounting?
A winch is a boon for offroaders, as it means easy recovery. But some bullbars don’t allow for winches, or are not rated for them. Other manufacturers have winch mounting points contrary to smooth operation. The strongest mount is to ensure a bolting straight to the front of the bullbar so the winch rope exits between the mounting bolts. If it isn’t bolted as such, it may not withstand proper recovery, which can leave you and your team in the lurch.
How well does it protect?
The bullbar’s purpose is in the name – it is supposed to protect your vehicle from animal (mostly kangaroo) strikes. Animal strikes can often damage the radiator or headlights if not protected. A frame-reinforced Outback style bullbar might be worth considering if you are going out bush and encountering wildlife on a regular basis. Other bullbars may not require as much protection, just enough force to have a winch mount. Of course, other bullbars offer other levels of protection in between, such as a single hoop or three tube hoops. It depends on the likelihood you’ll be running into errant wildlife.
Do you like the look of it?
Last, but not quite least, is the aesthetics. Does your bullbar look good enough on your vehicle? A big bullbar that doesn’t match the contours and shape of your front will likely reduce the resale value, as it doesn’t look correct. It should have a good fit, not too short, and not too long.
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