New ARB rear bar for 100 series IFS

Submitted: Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 21:57
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I've just come across the following info re: above topic

ARB rear bar for 100 series IFS

and was hoping someone might have some more first hand experience/photos that they could share.

One big attraction is $1000 less than a Kaymar dual wheel carrier. That will cover the cost of the long ranger fuel tank.

Thanks
Jayson, Karratha, WA
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Reply By: Member - Toolman (VIC) - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 22:13

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 22:13
Jayson,
I had a good look at these rear bars at the Melbourne Caravan Show and had a long chat the ARB people on the day. From my observation they looked great and were a much snugger fit that the Kaymar equivalent. I did not think the price difference was that great. I'll havbe to save my pennies for when the Series 80 version comes out. I will definitely chose the ARB rear bar over thew Kaymar
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Follow Up By: Jayson - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 22:40

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 22:40
Toolman,
I'm looking at a Feb 1st, 2005 ARB catalogue and list prices for both are as follows:
ARB rear step tow bar $1364 + $210 fitting
LHS/RHS wheel carriers $553 + $65 fitting each =$2810 total

Kaymar rear step tow bar $2069 + $210 fitting
LHS/RHS wheel carriers $669 + $65 fitting each =$3747 total

Save $340 fitting yourself on both.
I'm sure chances of haggling on price are better on an ARB product sold by ARB.

Cheers
Jayson
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:21

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:21
IMHO, both of them are way over priced when you work out costs of materials, then work out that how much they think labour is worth.. specially when you have jigs to work off
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:31

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:31
ok lets see , they need a CNC turret to cut the pattern , cost around $250,000 each , Then the material goes to a CNC Bender worth around $300,000 . All there shafts are done on the computer operated laths lets say $ 150,000 All the miing work gets done on a $500,000 machine . Lets not include staff
The guy's that desighned it , the guys who make it , the guys who sell it , All the shops they run and that small factory must be cheap lol.

And the end cost to the customer is ? Under 2 k ?

Rip off lol
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 00:11

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 00:11
What do you need all that crap for?

Mate of mine (think I told u about him before) used to work for Kaymar, apparently what he has told me, is him and another dude worked out that material and labour to make the wheel carrier that sells for many 100 $ cost them $60 inc labour.

He has made bars for mates without plans for $500...

$2000+ Yea massivebleepin rip off.
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Reply By: Paul - OzRoamer Camper Trailer - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 07:14

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 07:14
When you have the spare on check out how much vibration movement they is .... I recon that on a road like GRR the spare would fall off!!!!!
At the Sydney show every time you closed the rear wheel it wobbled for about 10sec.

But I do agree that they look smart and the catch system is a great improvement.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 07:34

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 07:34
Jayson,

I have got to agree with Paul, I also thought that they moved too much when in the lock position. They looked great and different, the gas strut to open the wheel carries also worked a treat and the way they recessed the tail light was also eye catching. The only problem there is when the wheel carriers were open the tail lights were exposed.

I also have to agree with Truckster, very over priced. The machinery that they use to make the rear bars are already there and only need a new computer program to cut and bend the new parts.

I have picked up some steel from work yesterday, and am having it bent this week, and by the time I leave on the 26th I should have a dual wheel Carrier for the Troopie. Cost = $100 for the stub axles, $120 for the catches, and my labour. It may not look as pretty as the Kaymar or ARB or TJM but I made it, and it will do what I want it to do.

PS. When I get back I am going to put a 9000lb Warn winch in the rear bar, the big three don't offer that as a option.

Wayne
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