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Bull Bars & Frontal Protection

An ARB bull bar will provide a 4WD with a massive amount of frontal protection. For those who regularly spend time in remote and rural areas, the impending risk of animal strike makes a steel bar the most obvious choice when selecting vehicle accessories. ARB's bars are superbly engineered and manufactured not only to maintain maximum functionality, but also to ensure they complement the look of the vehicle.

ARB manufactures a number of different bars from the sleek deluxe and Sahara styles, to the more functional commercial bar, as well as nudge bars for smaller SUVs and utes.

For our range of bull bars please use the links below.

Bull Bar Design & Engineering

You simply won't find a more thoroughly designed and manufactured vehicle protection system than an ARB bull bar.

Bull Bar Engineering:

Engineering a bull bar requires careful consideration of a number of factors to ensure it properly serves its purpose. Factors such as vehicle design, crush rate, air bag deployment, approach angles, accessory fitment, strength, weight and aesthetics are incorporated into every ARB bar before it enters production.

Air Bag Compatibility:

With an air bag equipped 4x4, it is essential that the vehicle's crush rate and air bag triggering is not altered when a bull bar is installed. To ensure compatibility, ARB assesses each vehicle's frontal crush characteristics and replicates the crush rate into the design of each air bag compatible bull bar and its mounting system. This method enables engineers to achieve maximum possible vehicle and passenger protection without affecting the crash pulse. ARB has invested heavily in vehicle crash barrier tests to validate the performance and compliance of its air bag compatible bull bars.

Aesthetics & Finish:

Each ARB bull bar is specifically designed to complement the unique contours of individual vehicle models. This means that we can ensure the best possible fit, look and functionality for a particular vehicle. Finished in a durable powder coat, optional colour coding is available to further enhance the bar's appeal.

Bull Bar Production

ARBís manufacturing processes have been adapted and refined over the years to ensure we can produce the best accessories available. Click on the links below for details on how a bull bar goes from a flat piece of steel to a quality protection accessory.

 

Laser Cutting

Every bull bar starts off as a flat piece of steel sheet. The components are cut into shape using ARB's in-house laser cutters, which produce superfine cuts of 0.2mm without any heat distortion. This process results in 100% accuracy, which is maintained throughout the fabrication of the bar.

 

Folding

The flat pieces of steel are then folded to make up the sections of the bull bar on a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine which ensures maximum accuracy and consistency. Most of our bull bars utilise ARB's five fold design, which provides increased strength with each fold.

 

 

 

Robot Welding

Subsequent to being folded into shape, each section is welded utilising a robot welder. Robot welders are used for straight-forward, repetitive welding jobs that require speed and accuracy

 

 

 

Robot Grinding

A robot grinder then grinds the welded sections down so they are level and visually appealing. ARB's unique grinder is torque and pressure sensitive, and incorporates both a grinding belt and a finishing belt so the end product is guaranteed to be smooth.

 

 

 

Tube Work

ARB's bull bars are made with strong 2.6mm wall thickness tubing. The tube is cut to the desired length and bent with a CNC Eagle internal mandrel bender, ensuring consistency and even wall thickness across all sections.

 

 

 

Assembly

When individual components are complete, the bull bar is assembled. All sections Ė pan, wing, uprights, outer frame and chassis brackets are placed in a jig and tack welded. This is followed by finish welding for strength and aesthetics.

 

 

 

Post Assembly

To finish off the manufacturing process our bars are steel shot blasted, bathed in a phosphate solution, then powder coated and oven baked to ensure a rich and durable finish. This doubles as an excellent base for painting if colour coding is required.

 

 

Deluxe Bull Bars

Our deluxe bull bar selection is our most extensive,

with bull bar and winch bar options available for most

vehicle models.

Loaded with features aimed at making remote area travel

safer, no other bull bar offers the same degree of vehicle

integration, protection or functionality.

 

FEATURES INCLUDE

1Wing design

Five fold upswept and tapered wing design for optimum

strength and approach angle.

 

2Recessed indicators

Recessed indicators for protection against road debris that could damage them

 

 

3Steel uprights

Steel uprights support outer frame and are finished with cover straps to ensure there are no exposed sharp edges.

 

5Driving light provision

Secure mounting points ideal for IPF driving lights

 

6Mounting system

Mounting system specifically engineered for each vehicle to ensure it functions properly in extreme circumstances.

 

7Hi-Lift jacking points

Some designs feature Hi-Lift jacking points, allowing a Hi-Lift jack to be mounted directly on the bar.

 

8Winch compatibility

The properly supported structure of winch bull bars is designed to accommodate the stresses of winching.

9Split pan design

Split pan design provides increased strength and airflow to the engine.

 

Commercial Bull Bars

ARB's range of commercial bull bars was introduced to appeal to customers who needed the structural integrity associated with ARB protection equipment, but were willing to go without some of the cosmetic features that finish our products so neatly.

FEATURES INCLUDE

1Wing design

Multi fold upswept and tapered wing design for optimum strength and approach angle.

2Split pan design

Split pan design provides increased strength and airflow to the engine.

3Steel tube

76.1mm steel centre frame tube and 47.6mm outer frame tube for added strength.

4Secure mounting

High tensile bolts securely fasten the mounting system to the chassis.

5Driving light provision

Secure mounting points ideal for IPF driving lights.

6Recessed indicators

Recessed indicators for protection against road debris.

7Electric winch provision

Some commercial bars are available with electric winch provision, and have been specifically designed to accommodate the stresses of winching.

8CB aerial brackets

Some ARB commercial bars incorporate CB aerial brackets welded behind the top cross tube.

9Hi-Lift jacking points

Some commercial bars feature Hi-Lift jacking points, allowing a Hi-Lift jack to be mounted directly on the bar.

 

Sahara Bars

An ARB Sahara bar is the most technically advanced and innovative frontal protection system available, sharing many of the strength related characteristics of a traditional ARB bull bar design.

FEATURES INCLUDE

1Wing design

Five fold upswept and tapered wing design for optimum strength and approach angle.

2Polished centre tube

Polished 76mm centre tube.

3Split pan design

Split pan design provides increased strength and airflow to the engine.

4Air bag compatible mounting system

Specifically engineered, air bag compatible mounting system.

5Polyurethane buffers

Automotive grade polyurethane buffers.

6Electric winch provision

Incorporates provision for winching and is designed to accommodate the stresses of winching.

7Secure mounting points

Secure mounting points for IPF driving lights and CB antennas.

8Recessed fog lights

Recessed fog lights (optional)

9Durable finish

Finished in a durable grey powder coat with optional colour coding available.

 

Steel Nudge Bars

ARB manufactures steel nudge bars for a large range of compact and medium sized four wheel drives. A steel nudge bar serves as an ideal platform for mounting accessories such as IPF driving lights and CB antennas, and also provides a vehicle with added protection and style.

FEATURES INCLUDE

1Mounting system

Sturdy, air bag compatible mounting system.

2Steel tube frame

60mm thick steel tube frame.

3Powder coated finish

Powder coated, millennium grey finish with the option to colour code.

4Stainless steel centre section

Press formed, stainless steel centre section.

5Mounting points

Provision for driving lights and CB antenna.

 

 
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