TJM Alloy bars

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 17:24
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Just want to get any opinions people may have on TJM bars?
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 17:40

Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 17:40
Alloy bars regardless of brand are for show only.
Lean on them and they bend like a coke can.

If your serious buy a steel one.
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Reply By: bigjon - Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 20:28

Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 20:28
I'd have to disagree with John. I live in Dubbo and travel all over the state for work and have not had one problem with my alloy TJM bullbar. I've hit plenty of roo's. I also don't think you can have steel airbag compatible bullbars, but don't quote me though. Cheers
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Reply By: Foss - Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 21:04

Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 21:04
Having recently spent some time at a TJM workshop fitting accessories I can unequivically say that they are more a cosmetic item than a safety device. I.E. something to put your lights on. also can't mount a winch in one. same goes for their steel bars! they have to be mounted in a winch cradle that is a separate item bolted onto the chassis.

I suggest you have a look at an ARB steel bulbar for your car and then have a look at a TJM steel bullbar for your car. The difference should be very obvious.

any vehicle that has an airbag and can have a bar fitted must by law have an airbag compatible bar fitted, aluminium or otherwise.
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Follow Up By: bigjon - Friday, Aug 20, 2004 at 18:37

Friday, Aug 20, 2004 at 18:37
I know that, but does anyone make a steel bar that's airbag compatible? When I got my '02 Hilux the only bar that was airbag compatible was alloy. Just curious :) Cheers, Jon
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Reply By: mattieharding - Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 21:13

Thursday, Aug 12, 2004 at 21:13
Yeah if they made one for my car (suzuki grand vitara) I would buy one, i realise ally bars are merely for looks and some safety.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Aug 13, 2004 at 01:36

Friday, Aug 13, 2004 at 01:36
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Reply By: fozzy - Friday, Aug 13, 2004 at 08:01

Friday, Aug 13, 2004 at 08:01
nothing wrong with alloy bars these days
certainly will reduce damage to front hitting roo or something else
you can fit winches to tjm alloy bars
check the clearances ie angles on tjm compared to others-you will be impressed in either steel/alloy
obviously steel is stronger than alloy theoretically speaking
after hitting big roo depending where on front u hit-u still may need to replace either steel/alloy bar and no one can say whether u can keep driving as each collision is different
hit something not to hard and steel bar may not bend as much as alloy but look at gaps in bonnet /guards etc as everything else other than bar moves while may not happen with alloy-again individual crashes all different
unfortunately alloy had bad reputation previously and that thought is hard for people to get past these days
alloy v steel -watch the front sag with steel
all my opinion
this debate will go on and on and on and on-get the drift
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Follow Up By: fozzy - Friday, Aug 13, 2004 at 09:31

Friday, Aug 13, 2004 at 09:31
rephrase that-can have winch with alloy tjm bar-which as pointed out fits in cradle directly to chasis-which is stronger mounting point than bar
also note you cant use high lift jack on alloy bar-as far as im aware
like most things relating to 4wd gear there are plussses and minus;s
take on board what you want
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