New ARB rear bar for 100 ser toy

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 20:19
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Hello to all out there !
this is my 1st post in this forum and I just wanted some feed back on a rear bar relacement for my 98 live axle 100 ser toyo I just came home from the homebush 4x4 show and looked at 3 brands 1st was opp locks bar which looks sturdy has a gas strut assisted swing arm on the pass side wheel carrier and a spindle on the opp side for later use , this bar uses my existing towbarand has a very chunky locking latch. 2nd was a Kamar bar with same specks ,no strut and an incorperated towbar ( makes mine redundent) this also has a chunky latch system .
and 3rd was the all new ARB bar which has towbar ,strut, and a very neat look that does not look so Agricultural this has thrown me a little as this bar was chesper than the kamar and just a bit above O/L and I know everyone was saying go with Kaymar because there proven but I am now leaning towards the ARB due tothe looks and the resources and research they put into their produts ..... so any feedback on this topic would be OH SO APPRECIATED!!

P.S advice on a pair of spot lights would be great too?

thanx to all who took the time to read this mamoth text hope I didnt bore you all too much .

regards Johnny boy.
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Reply By: ev700 - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 20:40

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 20:40
I'd like to get the wheel out from under and I need a towbar but I'm not so sure I want all of the extra weight and price of a full bar.

At a recent show the ARB full bar looked good and was easy to operate. But as I say, price and weight are considerations too.
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Reply By: 80scruiser - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 20:56

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 20:56
Gday JB
As for the rear bar, I'd go for the Kaymar as I don't like the look of the ARB one.
I have Narva 240 square spotties on my 80 and have never had a drama with them. I run 130 watt bosch globes and they work great. Corrugations and rough stuff haven't seemed to have worried them and for the price they are great.
For the rear bar, its your money so go for what appeals to you.
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Follow Up By: hilux bert - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 21:19

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 21:19
i have lightforce spotties, can't go past em for light and durability.
price isn't too high for that quality light either.
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Reply By: Dinga - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 22:04

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 22:04
G'Day JB can't comment on the bar except to say that hte ARB products are always extremely well designed , tested and good quality.

As for lights, I'd also say you cant go past Lightforce. If you have hte room and can spare the $400 or so dollars a pair, I'd go 240 Blitz with great output and with the Crystal Blue lenses........... just brill.

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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 17:25

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 17:25
or $300 if you know the right people...
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 22:08

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 22:08
Johnny boy,
I've got a Kaymar bar, I've given it some rough treatment but it's still as good as the day I bought it. I've got the later bar with the stronger hinges apparently, they seem fine. The ARB bar looks good but it hasn't really done the distance yet it's relatively new. Kaymar has been around a long time and for me it was a very well finished off unit, very costly and I had to wait two months for the order to be filled. I fitted it myself only took me a few hours. One thing I do have a problem with is the the small stones from gravel roads etc getting stuck between the tyre and the carrier, the stones eventually eat / wear their way into the rubber and get jammed between the tyre and the swing arm, quite difficult to get out. The ARB bar could well be excellent but I don't have personal experience so I can't comment. My opinions as usual.
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Reply By: Croozer - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 22:43

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 22:43
I had a look at the arb bar today at the show. I reckon it looks pretty good, but when I tried to wobble the wheels on the carrier I thought there was alot more movement than on my Kaymar on my 100 series. The swing arm also needs to be shut quite hard to latch properly and I would be interested to see how they go when a bit of outback crap finds its way into the mechanism. Having said all that I do like the bar, the gas struts are good, and arb always make good gear so it should be ok.
How much is the bar with the twin carrier ??
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Reply By: ADM - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 12:52

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 12:52
A friend works at ARB and he has had a proto type on his 80 series for approx 18 months. He has not had any problems with it other than a few small improvements that you get with anything new product.

With all ARB products i am sure they have done extensive testing throughout the country.

It all comes down to looks and price i suppose.
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Reply By: Johnny boy - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:14

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:14
Hi all !
Just loged on and Im knocked out by all the advice you guys have to offer .
martin & Croozer have a Kamar and I know its a safe bet yet I still keep thinking about how well built and of course trick the ARB unit is and yes I did shake the ...POO out of all 3 and yes I did see a bit of movment on the ARB but nothing that turned me off I just thought all the welds were spot on and I didnt mind the plastic top edge of the wrap around bar it just looks that bit more factory ..if you know what I mean, and I also spoke to a woman at the show who said she once worked for ARB and she has been to the work shop and said it was all high end engineering she also added that she has a Kamar on her 4b and said my wife ( who drives it 98% of the time) will prefer the ARB due to the ease of the strut and simple latch system ...SHE LOVES TO SHOP!! and for Prices wellI dont need to tell you guys to sit down for the Kamar non show quotes $2500 to $2900 and the ARB show quote $2230 and they said that was with 15% off , O/L $1990 show quote well I hope I also answerd some questions and for the light well Im still in the dark on that choice .....mind the punt !

thanx again and keep em coming .

Regards Johnny boy.
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