Smartbar Spartanbar plus winch on LC79

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 16, 2023 at 22:56
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The smartbar, the ARB "plastic" bullbar looks ugly, that' s true, but I am tired to spend money just for the look and I decided to build up my new LC79 with a different approach.

I could close both eyes and go for the smartbar for the obvious positive reasons but it's not very clear to me the winch option limited to 10,000Lbs. Is the winch support not that strong? I read somewhere that vibrations are also a major issue.

Anyone had the nerve to install the plastic bullbar on the LC70? Impression? suggestions? I like to hear from real customers.

Cheers,Nick
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 06:14

Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 06:14
Nick
Talk to NSW National Parks, they have them installed on their 79 series
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Follow Up By: nickQLD - Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 15:52

Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 15:52
Many thanks Mark

Cheers, Nick
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 17:52

Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 17:52
NSW Forestry 70 series also have Smart Bars with winches
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 13:31

Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 13:31
Is your sole reasoning to go this way price driven?
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Follow Up By: nickQLD - Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 16:09

Monday, Apr 17, 2023 at 16:09
Actually the smartbar is pretty expensive but very lightweight and i like the idea to keep the GVM low as much as I can. Toyota is really annoying lately with upgrades.

I understood the smartbar can offer a fair protection and I am ok with that, but I wish a reliable winch coupled with the bar.

Cheers,Nick

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Apr 23, 2023 at 01:31

Sunday, Apr 23, 2023 at 01:31
Nick, I got a Smart bar for weight on my 200. Like you I thought the looks were not great.

After 4 years, I am completely immune to it and even think it looks ok. In fact, I hit a few things, and it bounces back to like new after a few months.

After 4 to 5 years a steel bullbar looks awful with chips etc but the Smart bar looks like new. And I save about 60Kg compared to the ARB bar.
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Follow Up By: nickQLD - Sunday, Apr 23, 2023 at 16:54

Sunday, Apr 23, 2023 at 16:54
Thanks Tony,

do you have the winch option on your LC?


Cheers,Nick
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Apr 24, 2023 at 17:50

Monday, Apr 24, 2023 at 17:50
I have a 16,500lb winch on the OKA. I don't have a bull bar. The winch cradle is attached directly to the chassis rails and is totally independent of the bumber bar..
Cheers,
Peter
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