Bull Bar - TJM or ARB ?

Submitted: Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:17
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Hi all - Just after some advice on bull bars. I have a Series II Disco & need a winch compatible bull bar. Have priced tjm & arb. Tjm are about $150 cheaper at this stage.
Does anyone have any feed back on the 2. I can't get a second hand one anywhere!
Cheers
Jason
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Reply By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:27

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:27
Check with TJM what extra bits and pieces you need to buy to fit the winch. From memory TJM need a winch fitting kit ( a frame and re-inforcing plate) which was around $150 where with ARB you just bolt straight in. I bought ARB because I needed/wanted a 12,000lb winch and TJM will no go this big. I fitted it myself. The instructions were spot on and it was a nice fit.
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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:39

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:39
Hi Mike - Thanks for the info.
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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:05

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:05
Hi
When my Comercial ARB bar was found not to be able to fitted with the light/winch combination i wanted they replaced it with a DELUXE BAR(FITTED) 5 YEARS AFTER I BOUGHT THE OTHER BAR!!! THAT'S WHAT I CALL SERVICE!!
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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:40

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:40
Hi Lyndon - Thats unreal. Can't beat that.
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Reply By: apriti00 - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:45

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:45
If after sales has anything to do with it I have no hesitation in suggesting you seriously consider the ARB product, like the other persons post I had a problem with a very early bar for the IFS 100 series and ARB promptly upgraded mine the latest version free of charge after 6 years.
Can't ask for any more than that.
Walter MEL
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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:23

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:23
Thanks Walter. Looks like ARB are the go.
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Reply By: marcus - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:46

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:46
jjt98,
More than happy with my ARB bull bar.
Just remember the quality still remains long after the purchase price is forgotten.
Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:24

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:24
Good point
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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:55

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:55
Opp's forgot to say that we hit an emu at 100km/hr,not a mark!
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Reply By: Member - Derek L (QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 20:01

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 20:01
I just fitted an ARB Deluxe Bar to my 100 series, got it colour coded and I think it looks great. I didn't just get it because it looks great but I reckon the ABR bars have been welded better, have better manufactured stronger mounts for the airbag compatibility. My local ABR and TJM stores are across the road from each other and the guys at ARB do what they say they are going to do and the equipment does what they say it will do. I had a bought a few things from both stores now and after I have had bought something from ABR never had any problems, never had to rewire it or take it off and refit it plus they always ring me a few weeks later to give me a chance to use to see if everything is ok. Thats the difference of $150 I reckon.

Hope my thoughts helps.

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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:25

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:25
Thanks for the reply Derek - Good info.
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Reply By: Kev & Darkie - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 20:05

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 20:05
TJM finish on their bars is crap, you need additional parts to fit a winch in their winch bars.

ARB might be slightly more expensive but well worth the extra cash.

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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:26

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:26
Cheers for that Kev
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Reply By: normglenda - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:06

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:06
JJ
I have a ARB bar. At the time of my research 2 years ago when I fitted to my 100 series Landcruiser. ARB and Eastcoast came out the best. I have hit a Kangaroo (70kmph) and emu (100 kph). Did not move the bar, ARB bloke said so it should not.
It did get scratched when the wife hit a star picket at 4 KMPH.
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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 06:54

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 06:54
Hi Norm,
Thanks for the info - You don't want to mess with those star pickets :-)
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Reply By: Shane (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 16:09

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 16:09
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Mate every time I head out to Cunnamulla I useally clean up a Roo near St George. 5 Roo's so far with the ARB with no damage, mostly around 100kph with a succession of demolished spotlights, one spotty lense from the d/s fell out due to the shock of the impact on the the p/s tip of bullbar. Hit a big roo on the left side one morning & thought he would defineately bend it, no damage to the ARB but a big crease in L/H side guard from his tail. Yeh ! I would say go ARB, but if you are going to do some serious outbacking, consider putting steel mesh between the bars as the roos have a tendacy to go through the openings on the normal bars. DO NOT consider putting on a Alloy Bar as they are useless against roo's. I had a Nissan Patrol go past me one morning at a great rate of Knots & up the road was a fresh dead sheep, got to the next town & the bloke was there inspecting the damage. You would swear he hit a Buffalo, the Bullbar was a wreck & both spotties pointing to the heavens.
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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 17:58

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 17:58
Hi Shane - there seems to be an overwhelming lean towards arb bars. I think my query has been answered.
Thanks for the response.
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Jason
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 18:55

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 18:55
ARB make and sell their Bars for $1500 for a STD L/cruiser, they also make the same Bar for Toyota and Toyota sell theirs for $ 750, I now this for a fact as I bought one from Toyota and it was the same as the ARB one.

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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 18:55

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 18:55
ARB make and sell their Bars for $1500 for a STD L/cruiser, they also make the same Bar for Toyota and Toyota sell theirs for $ 750, I now this for a fact as I bought one from Toyota and it was the same as the ARB one.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:47

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:47
Cool Steve - I did go down that path with Landrover but with not the same result as yours. Either cheap & cosmetic or too expensive.
Nice thought though.
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Jason
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 20:41

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 20:41
I went for a TJM on my D2. Reasons being 1) less protrusion 2) far better clearance 3) Flex on ARB bar, possibly connecting with panels 4) aesthetics - but thats a personal thing!
I bought the winch cradle at the same time, yet to get a winch & fit it though.
Do a search on AULRO!
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