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  • #16
    Yep - I'll keep my opinion to myself also, and add that I am very happy to be getting a steel bar fitted next week.

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    • #17
      Iím have a crack at reopening this thread. Can anyone add to SmartBar experiences? Not opinions, but rather experiences?
      cheers, Mat

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      • #18
        Mat we had one on our old 90 series Prado. We already had a medium-duty suspension set-up when we bought it and going with the Smart bar took the guess work out of upgrading the front suspension again...saved time and money because they're so light. We only had one hit, a medium-sized roo at 80km/hr. The bar bounced back to normal, didn't touch the body work, and the roo survived...with a broken back, so I had to put it down anyway, but it proved their pedestrian friendliness compared to a steel bar...my steel ARB bar on the old Triton would have killed it for sure.
        I'd have no hesitation buying another.

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        • #19
          I am still happy with mine. It does have some mud splash stains on it from a recent trip that have not washed off. Have been over rough roads with it and still seems to be holding to the car as originally fitted. The only thing I was concerned about was when I fitted it I followed the torque instructions for bolting on the unit and some of the inserts started to turn in the moulding. Had the torque wrench checked and it was ok. Decided not to worry about it at the time.

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          • #20
            Thanks guys. Thatís helpful. Given the weight, would standard suspension be fine?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by mat-with-one-t View Post
              Iím have a crack at reopening this thread. Can anyone add to SmartBar experiences? Not opinions, but rather experiences?
              cheers, Mat
              Hey Mat.

              I've had Smartbars fitted to my work vehicles for > 10yrs. We have driving lights on all our vehicle and there is no movement/vibration of these lights when mounted on the Smartbar. I have struck dozens of kangaroos (both large and medium size) at speeds of 100km/hr. At no time has there ever been any damage to the work vehicles or the Smartbar. The bar has always returned to its original shape.

              I'm now strongly considering getting a Smartbar for my 2018 Prado, however the picture of the 2018 smart bar on the ARB website does not look overly appealing. I've since spoken to Smartbar and they have emailed me some other photos from different angles (see below). I'm still not sure if I'm a huge fan of the new design. It does not appear to be as contoured/slimline as the previous models.

              If you're interested I also have the PDF file of the 2018 Smartbar specifications. The file is only 5MB in size, however it is too large to upload here. I can email it to you if you like.

              The reason I'm considering purchasing the Smartbar is due to its lighter weight - it won't increase my GVM too much, therefore allowing extra room for increased towing weight.

              Cheers


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              2018 150 series Smartbar. They emailed me these extra images.

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