Scrub bars and other things


I’ve been looking at installing ‘scrub bars’ on a 120 Prado. None of the major after marketers supply them, so I came to conclusion they’ll have to be fabricated.

Then it occurred to me that scrub bars (attached to the bull bar) may stuff up the ‘crumple zone’. Any thoughts?

During a work trip today, another UHF Arial fell to bits. It’s a ‘Mobile RF470’. This is the third time this has happened, so I’m looking around for something a lot more robust. Again, any suggestions?


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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 19:23

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 19:23
Gday Kim,
Wouldnt a set of glasses be cheaper?
That way you could just drive around things.
Just a thought.............LOL

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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 19:43

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 19:43
Listen you ‘pip squeak’ I don’t want to be moderated twice in one week, so behave....!

Theres nothing wrong with my eye sight compared to a blind Hairy Nosed Wombat.

PS I dare you to post the Hill Billy ditty on this site. LOL


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Reply By: Wilk0 - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 19:42

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 19:42
Hi Kim,

Ive got a GME "AE 4018K1" uhf aerial and i've had it about 6 years. Its well made and seems to take anything I can dish out.

It cost me about 100 bucks so expect to pay about 130- 140 now.

Not sure about stuffing up the crumple zones I dont think the rodeo has got any lol.
Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 07:58

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 07:58
Hi Kim
As for a very robust aerial, you could not go past the GME AE4705. They are the large broom stick type and you are able to screw other size aerials into the base. They come in either white or grey and are very reliable and we have never had any faulty or damaged ones returned at work.


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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 08:57

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 08:57
G'day Kim,
I use an AE409L UHF antenna. I have had the same one now for around 20 years, and while starting to show it's age, still works perfectly. It is ground plane independant, and comes as a 6Db gain with a 9Db gain extension.

Cost is approx $100.


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Reply By: Member - Timbo - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 13:07

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 13:07
I've heard/read that scrub bars aren't recommended for use on airbag equipped vehicles - but then I've seen plenty of LC100's with scrub bars, most LC100's would have airbags wouldn't they?

As for UHF aerials, I used to use a ~45cm stainless steel one (Mobile 1 from DSE) until it fatigued and snapped off at the base one day. Since then I've been using a little black 9cm 4.5db (also Mobile 1 from DSE). I think it cost around $15 but because it's so small that there's not a lot of weight swinging around so it's unlikely to self-destruct like the larger aerials tend to do on corrugations - it's coped with some rough roads so far. It may not look as impressive as a big antenna (or work as well), but it still seems to work alright for my needs.
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Reply By: Steve63 - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 13:16

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 13:16
Don't know about the crumple zone but may be an issue with airbags. If no one makes them there would be a reason. I have had the same issue with antenna's falling apart all the time. I now use the GME AE4700 series antena's. I have broken one by hitting a low hanging branch but otherwise they are tough as.


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