Navara Bullbar Cracks (D22 2004)

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 15:36
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I have a factory steel bullbar on my 2004 3.0Di D22. After a few CSR trips, the Gibb River Rd and in and out of the Bungles, I noticed a crack on each side of the bar. Nissan won't fix it under warrantee as I've fitted an Ox 10,000 winch and not the recommended Warn XD9,000!!!

The cracks appear below the square hole on the central part of the bar at the front of the square hole on both sides. Has anybody had a similar problem, and if not, could you go out and check?

It looks like that after the cracks had gone from the square hole to the bottom of that section, the bar piece of metal in front is about 1.5mm proud of the back bit (on both sides). It looks like the bar is wider than the chassis on which it is fixed and has caused that stress point where fatigue has done its bit!
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Reply By: Kev M (NSW) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 15:54

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 15:54
Andy,

I remember someone asking a similar question a few months ago, but I think it was a GU bull Bar not the Navara.

They had similar problems with the response from Nissan.

I'll see if I can find the Post and put a link to it for you.

Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: Member - Andy C (WA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 16:00

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 16:00
Thanks Kev!
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Reply By: Member - Stephen M (NSW) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 20:01

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 20:01
Can you take the winch off and clean up around it to hide any evidence there was a winch there or if asked did it have a winch say yes a XD9,000 but have since taken the winch off for a service.Then take to a different dealership and repeat yourself. Just a thought if Nissan wont come to the party at the dealership you have already visited which sounds typical of them. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Ianw - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 22:09

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 22:09
I have an 02 D22 with factory steel bar and have noticed a crack on the RHS lower attachment arm between the tie down point on the bar and the tiedown point on the chassis where the bullbar arms are bolted to. Without looking at it, it is difficult to understand where abouts you are referring to. I'll try to get a look at it in the light of day tomorrow and see if I can work it out.
Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Andy C (WA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 08:51

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 08:51
Ian

I'll try to send you a pic - although I've had it welded!

I'll mark it somehow to show where the crack was!
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Follow Up By: Member - Andy C (WA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 17:45

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 17:45
Ian

Send me your email address and I'll send the pics - having trouble here uploading - too high resn I think!

Andy
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Follow Up By: Ianw - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 19:21

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 19:21
Andy
My email is ianandcharmaine@westvic.com.au

I have taken pics of mine also

ian
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Reply By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 07:41

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 07:41
Typical isn't it,

Slightest problem and there goes the guarantee, !
You would imagine that the manufacturer himself would fix it

Mine is an ARB steel one
But you made me think, that after a few trips to the outback, maybe I will check my bull bar, but I do not have a winch, so there is no weight problem.
By the way my bullbar vibrates like hell, and it is solidly mounted.
Could that be that the BB is mounted on a crumple zone ?

Another thing ,,,, Thanks fof the email reply regards, the Canning
Cheers Mate
Bucky
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Follow Up By: Ianw - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 19:51

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 19:51
Bucky

Ian here
Just been looking at your rig and your bar (ARB?) looks just like mine. Maybe mine is an ARB too. I assumed it was Nissan one as it has no brand name stamped on it and it did not look the same as the ARB ones I looked at when in the 4WD shop.
Normally ARB have great big nameplates on their stuff!!
Ian
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Reply By: Member - Andy C (WA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 20:56

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 20:56
And the difference between an Ox 10000 and a WXD9000 is an extra 4kg!

Does that mean that as soon as you put a water bag with 4 litres of water on your bullbar, the warantee is also void?
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Follow Up By: Ianw - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 21:50

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 21:50
I assume that the Ox 10000 is capable of 1000lbs extra pull. Thats what they are complaining about. If the recommended pull is 9000lbs and you might have applied 10000lbs you might have overstressed it!! Must have been stuck pretty good!!
Ian

PS got emails, have replied.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andy C (WA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 22:14

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 22:14
Used the winch once - an easy pull out of another vehicle in sand!
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 08:01

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 08:01
Andy
Have you tried another Nissan Agent ?.

Next thing they will say that if you " snatch anybody out " ,,blah, blah, blah

Andy, you could do yourself a favor, and try looking up the legalities of guarantee, under consumer affairs, as this bull bar has not lived up to its specifications, and your expextations.

But do not quote me, I am no lawyer, but a guy at my work is studying law in his spare time, and he recons he would argue the case with Nissan. Mind you he would probably not stand a chance, as they do have very sharp legal executives there.

The other thing is to " bite the bullet " and take it to a welder and get it fixed

Cheers Mate Bucky

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