Which Bullbar is best, ARB or TJM?

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 22, 2002 at 00:00
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Hi, all. I have just purchased a 100 series Landcruiser GXL and would like to fit a bulbar that is airbag compatible. I have been scouring the internet for information but my research has just raised more questions.

1. Which bulbar design is stronger, the A-frame design of the vertical struts as in the ARB bulbars, or the tube types as with the TJM T15 bulbars?
2. Which brand has more room between the bulbar and car grill to fit spot/driving lights?
3. Can sidebars be fitted with an airbag compatible bulbar?
4. Does ARB do sidebars? I haven’t seen any on their web site.
5. Finally, does anyone have any preference to either brand and why?

Thanks.
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Reply By: PETER - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
call mark at paeninsular tow bars seaford victoria for the best advise and deal possible - mention my name if you like - you will not find a better bloke - maybe ray his dad. its all price - both are grear bars but you need to speak to a pro that knows both products thoroughly.

i have a tjm on my disco that they supplied and fitted - an excellent job and price. soon they will fit up my new pajero . i got tired of all the bleep and decided that the specialists in any one area are just that and they will not advise about competitors regards peterw
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Follow Up By: Chrisb - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks for the contact Peter. I'll head down there late October when the vehicle arrives. You're definitely right about independents giving better all round advice.
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Follow Up By: Greg G - Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00
Hi all You are all a lot smarter than me.I have 100 td I got a genuine Toyota alloy bar fitted from new.I am not impressed with the quality after 12 months.It is my first alloy bar looks nice in the show-room but a couple of days later looks terrible and hasn't improved since.I think I would get an aftermarket steel one next time...Regard Greg g
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
Chris, I recently purchased the same vehicle. I looked at both. Happy with both. ARB showed me a video of tests carried out on polycarbonate, alloy and steel by a victorian university. They weren't necessarily ARB bars. For vehicle vehicle protection, the steel won by a long way. I bought ARB steel. Room for lights, antennae etc.. Mal Try.
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Follow Up By: Chrisb - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
Thank for the reply Mal. My dad has ARB on his 100 series and he thinks it's great but he got ARB just cause he lives near the factory, what was the deciding factor for you then? Price? Look? Strength? or Customer service?
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Reply By: Kevin - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
Both are great bars, however ARB you will only have room for rectangle spotlights were as TJM you will be able to fit decent set of round Spotties!
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Follow Up By: Chrisb - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks Kevin. I have a pair of rather large round Super-Oscar Cibbies that I originally had on my FJ40. I'll take one of them with me to try on both brands before I purchase, as this will be a deciding factor.

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Reply By: Glen - Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Aug 23, 2002 at 00:00
Chris I have just been handed my keys for my new 100 (after waiting nearly 10 weeks ) and ended up ordering a ARB winch bar.I have Hella 4000's which have been told fit ok.The price difference between the two bars was negligible. I went with a ARB bar because 1. The bar is level on the top making it visual at both corners from the drivers seat (easy for the wife to park) and 2. Every body else seems to have a TJM bar and I hate to be the same.ARB do side rails but I do not know if that is on Air bags.I have had to wait one month for my bar so it may be wise to order early.
Cheers hope this helps and hope you enjoy the 100, we are loving ours.
glen
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Follow Up By: Chrisb - Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00
Glen, Thanks for the reply. You've struck an issue there for me as my wife has a SWB Pajero (no bulbar) that is currently at the panel beaters as she got a post caught under the front left wheel arch in the car park and drove off leaving the flared arch guard hanging off the bumper. Now you know why I'm interested in sidebars.
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Follow Up By: Andrew D - Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00
What's the problem with the same bar as you have a car thats the same as lots of others!!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Glen - Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00
Andrew .D...Yes I have a 100 series the same as lots of other people, buts thats where it stops. The vehicle is customised to my taste's. Different wheels,offroad tyres. pinstriping, colour, Bullbar, height, plates and the list goes on.This is what makes it stand out in a crowd as an individual and my car. Glen.
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Reply By: Roy- Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Chris saw your query about bull bars and thought I would run this past you just in case you might be interested.
I have an ARB deluxe steel winch bull bar for sale. Traded my 100 series landcruiser petrol on a 100 series turbo diesel and lo and behold my bullbar did not fit the turbo diesel. Different chassis. It is in excellent condition, black powder coated , no dents dings or otherwise. When I had an HF radio fitted the small ariel mount was replaced with a heavy duty one. All original bolts and bits available. These bars currently retail for over $1200. I'm looking for $850.00. I live in Adelaide. Email is haven@chariot.net.au
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Reply By: Roy - Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Aug 24, 2002 at 00:00
Sorry Chris meant to say the bar is also air bag compatible
Roy
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Monday, Aug 26, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 26, 2002 at 00:00
Chris, in reply to your followup- customer service (ARB southside Brisbane), looks, strength and the owner's wife. And she doesn't look anything like a bullbar. Mal Try.
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