If you’re looking for ways to improve your 4×4’s looks and functionality, you may be overwhelmed by the number of available choices. A bull bar is a great option, and despite its name, it has nothing to do with actual bulls. Here are a few reasons to consider adding a bar to your off-road vehicle.
Collisions With Animals
Animal strikes are serious, causing thousands of dollars in damage each year. If you hit an animal, no matter its size, it may disable your vehicle and leave you stranded. Hamer bull bars protect the front end of your truck, so if you do hit an animal, you have a greater chance of getting through it unscathed.
Off-road driving is a slight misnomer, as very little driving is done off roads. What we call “off-roading” is actually done on rough trails, which are full of hazards such as sticks, ruts, and rocks. Branches and boulders can easily become jammed in the weirdest places, but a good bull bar can hold them off, for the most part. After all, it’s harder to pierce alloy or steel than it is to put a hole in a piece of plastic!
Providing a Mounting Point for a Winch
It is possible to mount a winch without a bull bar, but this accessory certainly makes things easier. Even if a winch isn’t in your immediate plans, spend a little extra on a winch-compatible bull bar, as it provides a strong selling point for a potential vehicle buyer.
A Better Approach Angle
With an improved approach angle, you won’t suffer the effects of tough terrain. If there are any problems, again, a bull bar will protect your vehicle’s bodywork from the rigors of off-road driving. While plastic can break and 4X4 tyres can rupture, a bull bar may, at the very worst, suffer a few scratches.
Creating a Recovery Point
In the past, vehicles were designed with chassis rails that extended outward from the front bumper, but those days are gone. Some of today’s bull bars have built-in recovery points, while others include them as options. Without a bull bar, fitting recovery points may be almost impossible.
Which Bull Bar is Right For You?
There are pros and cons to every choice, and bull bars are no exception. Apart from their cost, the biggest drawback is weight. Depending on the bar you choose and the size of your truck, you may end up adding up to 80kg to the front end of your vehicle. However, some of these gains are negated when extra trim pieces and cross-members are removed.
Of all the accessories you could add to your 4×4, wheels and bull bars have some of the biggest effects on vehicle functionality. With the right bull bar, you can get through the toughest terrain without damaging your ride. Visit us online to see our selection of 4×4 accessories or call today to get more details on our products.