hilux bullbar and tyres

Submitted: Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 19:50
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hi everyone, just a few quick questions.

im looking to buy a bull bar for my 1998 hilux ute. what do you think is better the smartbar or a steel bar given a $200 difference between the two?

also wanted to buy sunrasia rims and new tyres. has anyone had goodyear ATR 31/10.50/15 before. they are on special for $830 wheels and tyres is this a good deal or should i look for better tyres.

also does anyone know how big tyres you can put on a hilux without putting the speedo out?

thanks for any feedback.
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Reply By: mr diamond - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 00:04

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 00:04
a few quick questions will turn into 100 questions.
bull bar will you be fitting a winch at a later date i dont think smart bar can have a winch fitted $200 isnt a lot to save if later you want a winch.
tyres atr what sort of driving to you plan on doing just remember sunrasias are only worth about $50 each new then add tyres any where from $150 eack up.
secondly with out sounding like an old stick in the mud 31x10.5x15 are illegal on a hilux in most states without an engineers certificate.
31s will put the spedo out and will probly scrub on full articulation without a little lift.
when i was doing tyres it was only a matter of cranking the front tortion bars a little then a wheel alignment.
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Follow Up By: markcain - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 09:09

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 09:09
i have no plans for fitting a winch i will buy a hand winch soon.

the driving i plan to do is mainly sealed road driving during the week and then sand on the weekends.

i might see if i can get some smaller tyres. mabe the same height as what i have already.

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Reply By: Utemad - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 12:14

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 12:14
Get some 30x9.5 15in tyres. Fit on the same rims and about the same rolling diameter. Metric is 235/75 I think.

Something to look in to anyway.

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Reply By: MrBitchi - Monday, Aug 02, 2004 at 08:07

Monday, Aug 02, 2004 at 08:07
I have a Smartbar on my Pajero. I'm more than happy with it. Many on this forum will argue the merits of steel versus alloy and dismiss "plastic" out of hand but I've seen the results of one on a GQ after hitting a roo at speed and was suitably impressed.
Some models will take a winch (mounts in a steel cradle behind the bar, same as an alloy unit).
Price difference for mine was actually closer to $500.
One downside is you can't mount a rod holder on the bar. Wrong shape and the u-bolts will dig in to the bar.
The main consideration for me was weight, as the Paj has IFS, I don't think this would be an issue for your Hilux.
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