ARB Bull Bar - Conversion to accept winch

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 13:01
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Hi

This is probably a silly question - so if someone can just put me out of my misery by responding it would be very much appreciated.

I have an ARB Deluxe Bull Bar on a Patrol GU - the non-winch-variety. Is there any way that these can be adapted to take a winch (of any type) or will I need to change bull bars? I appreciate the forces re a winch and that no doubt are engineered completely differently - but I thought I would ask just in case.........

Thanks

Alan
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 13:24

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 13:24
Alan,
The mounting cradle for my Ox (hydraulic) winch is bolted directly to the chassis rails (GU), completely independant of the (TJM) b/bar...
Presumably, this mount could be used for elect. winches as well, so the only modification you should have to make to your b/bar, would be to make an opening for the fairhead (if this is not already provided for)....

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Reply By: Boopa - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 18:34

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 18:34
Hey mate,

I enquired about doing this at Total 4x4 in Epping recently, and they suggested I contact Cheezy Racing to have the bar re-inforced and a whole cut for the fairlead.
Price was around the 300 buck mark. I also was going to have the bar lifted for a body lift which was going to cost another 300 odd, so have decided to not bother for now and have a tube bar built for the body lift when I do it....a around 800ish outright.

I'm sure my old Hilux ARB winch bar had the winch mounted to the bar...mayb it's an ARB thing?
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:44

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:44
Couldnt have been to recent lol . There extinct
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:50

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:50
Still alive on my Lux.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:53

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:53
Total 4x4 in Epping are gone for good bud .
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:57

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:57
Sorry, thought you meant the bar with the direct winch mount.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:18

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:18
Just as an aside, the ARB Winch bar only supports Warn electric winches. I found this out when fitting my Brawn 9500 to the bar. It fitted though but the cable roller pins did not line up so I didnt install them to the bar.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:59

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:59
G'day Willem,

I have an ARB winch bar on my Rodeo and I fitted a 10 000lb Ox hydraulic. Needed to file the fairlead hole out along the bottom a little but it fits fine. On the Ox the mounting bolts go through the fairlead roller unit through the winch bar and into the winch. I thought all winches were like that but I guess not.
ARB bars were originally intended to house either a Warn or a Thomas hydraulic apparently.
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Reply By: Ceej - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 22:20

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 22:20
Al

ARB bars take the winch directly onto the bullbar (in the case of a winch bar). However TJM bars require a winch mount bracket which mounts the winch onto the chassis. This is the case for both Aluminium and Steel bars. I wouldnt mind guessing that their winch bracket for the Patrol GU would fit your vehicle and the ARB bar... then its just the case of cutting the hole in the bar.

Good Luck

Ceej
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Reply By: Member - Maurice F (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 02:53

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 02:53
Hi Alan i have fitted a warn 8000lb winch to my gu4.2tdiuseing the genuine ali roo bar ,used a flat 3/8"" steel plate bolted onto chassis and radiator rails reasonably tight fit but is securly attached , cut 2 air slots outa front of bar and bolt roller radiator guides to front of roo bar have used it no probs(3L i think has different chassis rails)
Maurie
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Follow Up By: Member - Maurice F (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 03:02

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 03:02
Sorry alan shoulda read my reply first ...........cut 2 air slots outa front of bar and bolt roller guides to front of roo bar(radiator mis type)
Maurie
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Reply By: Alan Atchison - Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 09:19

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 09:19
Thanks everyone for the suggestions - sounds like there is some hope afterall. I will start investgating.......
Alan
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