Bull bars can offer extra protection for your rig. Constructed from steel, these aftermarket bumpers make a sturdier candidate for taking harsh impacts on and off the road. This is why serious rig owners opt to replace their original equipment bumpers for these chunks of armor. But what good is this equipment if it is not fitted properly? Think about it. For all you know, a loose bull bar at risk of falling off your rig's nose is like a mine about to wreak havoc on your vehicle. Not only will it be a hazard on the trail, it can also get tangled up with your wheels and suspension. That's a nightmare bound to happen if you install your bull bar with substandard kits. Fortunately, off-road equipment manufacturers like ARB have devoted themselves in manufacturing quality parts so you can have peace of mind when you install protective equipment for your rig. We took a good look of the ARB bull bar mounting kit that is matched for the ARB deluxe bar for the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Here's what we think:
- For the complete installation of the ARB deluxe bar for the Toyota FJ Cruiser
- Does not compromise original equipment air bag function
- Bolts, brackets, nuts, washers, spacers, rubber components for the following:
- Mount assembly to chassis
- Bull bar to impact absorber
- Indicators to bull bar
- Winch to bull bar
- Number plate to bull bar
- We took the FJ Cruiser to our shop and started dismantling the original equipment bumper, skid plate, and other related parts. We noted the different mounting points from where the bumper is attached. The braces and brackets fitted in those areas properly. There were no issues on the measurements whatsoever.
- With all the extra weight the bullbar had, we were wary about the ARB bullbar mounting kit not holding it up well. We had to properly torque the bolts to spec to make sure the bull bar is secured in place. When we took it out on the trail, the bull bar stayed put on the rig's nose. There were no rattles, vibrations, or other tell-tale signs of poor mounting.
- Unfortunately, we still had to drill some holes on the outboard side of the chassis. We initially thought that the bull bar could be mounted without additional holes.
If you have decided to reinforce your rig with an ARB bull bar, getting the ARB bull bar mounting kit is highly recommended. The materials in the kit are specifically designed for your application, and it will ensure that your equipment is properly secured in place.