ARB Bullbars - a trap for young players

Submitted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 15:57
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I had a winch ready bullbar fitted and I did not realise at the time , but they took off my front recovery tow hooks . I realised today and rang them up to be told that they could not stay where they were , because they interfered with the bull bar.

I said that was not good enough as I was going to need them in the Great Sandy desert in August . So they offered to give me my hooks back ( for nothing ! wow)
and booked me in to have them "custom fitted ". I guess that will cost me a motza .

You would think that an Off Road company would tell you something like that when you were buying the bar . I mean the tow hooks are rather important !

Willie
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Reply By: Member - glenno (QLD) - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:35

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:35
I bought my troopcarrier and it already had a arb winch bar on . Unfortunately no recovery hooks on the front . When i went to arb to get some rated recovery hooks put on the front they said book it in , so i did . When i got there they looked at it and said whoever put the bullbar on didnt put the recovery hooks back on . They also said there was nowhere on the front of my troopy to put any hooks . This has been *****ing me for months.
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Follow Up By: stevesub - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 17:05

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 17:05
Recovery hooks on Troopys with Bullbars are a problem. We replaced all the bullbar securing bolts with new High Tensile bolts, then mounted the rcovery hooks on the bar. Not much else we could do other than remove the bullbar unless someone else has a bright idea which I am sure a lot of Troopy owners would love to hear (other than getting rid of the Troopy which is not an option).

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Reply By: John - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 18:35

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 18:35
This a common problem with most vehicles these days.

I would be interested to know what vehicle you own Willie and how they propose to fit them.

Also plenty of info in past threads on this topic, do a search.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie Sydney - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 12:09

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 12:09
I have a 2001 Toyota Landcruiser turbo diesel auto(IFS front suspension)
They did not tell me how they propose to do the job .
Willie
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Reply By: Michael_FNQ - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 22:41

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 22:41
Find it hard to believe that ARB would design a bullbar that did not allow refitment of original tow point, on my 100 Series bar they specifically made allowance for them.

Seen it once on a early disco bar but had reinforced eyes in the arb bar to replace the tow point.

What sort of vehicle do you have?

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie Sydney - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 12:13

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 12:13
Michael ,
Believe it because it happened yesterday . The guy from ARB Moorebank
(in Sydney) told me that they had to take them off to install the bull bar .
If I was stuck in a sand dune I think I would rather have the recovery hooks than the tow bar .
Willie
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Reply By: Michael_FNQ - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 12:22

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 12:22
Still amazed. What sort of vehicle do you have?
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie Sydney - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 12:41

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 12:41
I have a 2001 Toyota Landcruiser turbo diesel auto(IFS front suspension)
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Reply By: Michael_FNQ - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 13:22

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 13:22
You are being mislead, they definately bolt back on. I have this bar and I know that atleast the drivers side towhook was refitted no problems.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 14:50

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 14:50
You willie would not be the first to have found out without being told.. others have found out the hard way..

That would be called CUSTOMER SERVICE.. Something that died out with the Doe Doe bird
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Reply By: troy - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 20:57

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 20:57
I had an ARB Bull bar fitted to my hilux about 5 years ago and they told me that the tow hooks had to come off. I told them that i wanted it replaced in the origional position as well as a second tow hook on the passenger side.
They rang me half way through the instillation to see if i wanted a tow hook placed at the rear of the ute.
Now that is the type of service u need. Pity but lately customer service is non existant. You have to push push push to make sure the jobit done right the first (or second) time.
Troy
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