Roo Bar Replacement

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 14:53
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My roo bar has hit one roo too many with the latest mishap and I need to replace it. My dilemna is that the replacements available all appear to sit way too close to the vehicle body and as such would offer little protection from the strikes that I am taking. I am unsure as it was on the car when I bought it, but my current bar could be a home made job, which is a damned shame as I really like what it does and how it looks.
Does anyone know of a replacement bar that would suit an 80 series and cover the gap between radiator grille and bar etc. ? MUST be steel and I suppose I may as well get winch type replacement.
Thanks - Coops
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Reply By: marcus - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 15:32

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 15:32
Hi Coops

Just been through all the research of bullbars and what impressed me was a demonstration video on the ARB steel bar.In the demo an alloy bar was clamped into place and a heavy bag of sand was dropped onto it from a height of approx 6 metres resulting in a smashed right wing.The test was repeated on the ARB steel bar with no damage.A good look at this bar shows really good design and utmost strength.At around $1300 painted and fitted not cheap but good protection in the long run.

regards marcus
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Follow Up By: Coops - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:36

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:36
ARB appears to be the best option but I don't think a big roo at 100-130 clicks can compare with a bag of sand which is where my concerns lie as ARB bar is too close to front of Cruiser.
I look like keeping what I've got and puttting up with dents and mis-shapen appearance until I can get something fabricated.
Thanks for help
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 19:18

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 19:18
Coops, you want a good steel bar, try CVT in Mt Isa, can't beat 'em. Ph. 07 47437821. I could probably email you a photo on an 80 series, if you'd like. Otherwise I'd go ARB, saw a new TJM one on a 100 series after a rollover, and it wasn't nice. Hooroo...
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 22:37

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 22:37
Are they the ones that are like a Semi/Truck bar? Almost like a V shape outwards? Or like the old 40series ones? bleep ING STRONG if it is.

I think thats the place I dropped into early 80's to get a roofrack repaired!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 11:46

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 11:46
Sounds like the one I mentioned,Truckster. Think they used to be 4 post, until law went against sharp corners, now have pipe corners. Probably same place, he's been going forever. Hooroo...
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Follow Up By: Coops - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:38

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:38
Bob
Would be interested in photo is that's not too much trouble (allyn@wn.com.au). Freight might prohibit but worth investigating.
many thanks
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Reply By: Truckster - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 23:36

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 23:36
How about
http://au.page.sold.yahoo.com/au/auction/511825865?aucview=0x10

Landcruiser 80 series steel winchbar. Has not had a winch in it (cut outs are still intact) but will accept lowmount winch if required. Two spotlight tags, Grey in colour. This is an original Toyota bar that comes on Commercial 80's. It is made by ARB but was sold as an original Toyota bar. Can deliver Sydney area for the cost of fuel. To see an identical bar, checkout below link www.overkill4x4.com/80series5link.html


Current Bid: 200.00 AUD
Buy Price: 300.00 AUD


Ive bought from this guy before, he is in Wollongong NSW.... Good bloke.
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Follow Up By: Coops - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:39

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:39
Insurance will be apying for this which makes it a tad difficult. Mind you if my excess is comparable to a bid then I could forgo insurance and just buy it I suppose
Thanks
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Reply By: goodsy - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 01:14

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 01:14
You cannot go wrong ARB. Very strong and they look good. Understand what you mean about space though. Hit a tree in last car, looking for camp site not where I was going. Minimal damage to bar on inpact with tree but bar came back with side rail and smashed indicator. Lucky bar was there could have been a lot more expensive.
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Follow Up By: Coops - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:43

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 14:43
I've done the very same damage with the first Pilbara roo I hit, the next 4 made no impact at all (on me at least) but the last one has caved in front of bar (car untouched) so bar is looking a bit shabby. I might keep it for my tenure here in the Pilbara and replace with ARB when I return to Perth as it appears as though confrontations are going to continue.
thanks
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Reply By: phil - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 17:45

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 17:45
The bars which point out from the front of the vehicle are now illegal in NSW. Most new bars are designed to meet the new regulations.
Phil
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Reply By: Savvas - Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 14:16

Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 14:16
Coops,

If you like the bar you have, then have you looked at getting it fixed rather than replaced.

Some metalshop may be able to press it back into shape for you. Then get it repainted or powdercoated. Good as new!
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Follow Up By: Coops - Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 21:36

Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 21:36
If repaired I would have thought this would give me a weak spot in the bar.
Would this be correct train of thought or am I completely off track?
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 23:25

Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 23:25
Weak spot would result.....
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 09:17

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 09:17
True about the weak spot. But they may be able to plate up behind where the repair is to strengthen it.

Just a thought anyway.
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