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  • #31
    Yeah, I'm pretty much sold on the smart bar. I'll get the version with the winch (35.5 kg with the winch fittings, I believe you drop about 15 kg in original Prado parts when it's fitted so only 20 kg extra on the front plus the winch itself).

    I just emailed them yesterday to check on latest developments before I order one. I noticed that they have a "stealth bar" out for the Ranger and they may have similar about to be released for others.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Ian Reid View Post
      If you want to stand out try this bar i saw recently

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      Geezzzuussss.!!! You can hardly see it. Very factory like....
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      Oh wait, there's a Prado attached to it.
      2004 V6 Grande. BLACK -

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      • #33
        Not quite the stealth bar I was looking for !!

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        • #34
          Easy, repaint the Prado!

          See what I mean about the approach angle? Compare that to a TJM or ARB bar.
          My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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          • #35
            True but is probably a good insurance against having you pride and joy knocked off


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            2014 VX D4D. Dobinson 2 inch lift. TJM T3 Bullbar. rhino platform. TraxRax. Maxtrax. Dual batteries. GME TX3450.
            Setup to tow Crusader Muskateer caravan

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            • #36
              Finally got it done. Fully prepared for the FUGLY aspect but must admit, very surprised when I picked it up at OL and saw it in the flesh fitted on the car. Works reasonably well on the 3 door. Some of the bars that stick forward a long way don't look the best on the shortie. It's got the VRS 9500 lb dyneema rope winch in the Smart Bar winch cradle. Just need some lift to finish it off.





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              • #37
                Hey all. Interested in hearing updates on smartbars, as I am thinking about fitting one to a graphite grey 2015 VX.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by chappy View Post
                  My employer has the smart bars fitted to a few of its utes and a couple of prados,driving back into town along Bingarn rd back into Tom Price I saw a dead
                  and very large cow by the side of the road and thought it may have been collected by a roadtrain, a couple of hundred metres up the road there was a
                  company ford ranger parked by the side of the road unattended so I went back to have a look and found this.
                  [ATTACH=CONFIG]24031[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]24032[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]24033[/ATTACH]

                  Wouldn't go near one now.
                  Interesting this one. Letís think about it. If the barís purpose is to deflect animal strikes then itís clear a cow is never gonna ďdeflectĒ unless you hit it with a freight train. Conversely, if itís designed to protect occupants (which Iím pretty sure NO Bullbars purport to try to do), then in the photographed scenario, with straight looking A pillar and door panel (with a door that probably still opened), then one could argue that the bar MAY have assisted in absorbing the impact force. Remember, itís crumple zones that protect passengers, not rigid structures.
                  In trying to research Bullbars, whilst all certified designs state that they are airbag compatible, no companies seems to make reference to the effect (good or bad) on the carís crumple zone design. I simply have to assume (unless someone has actual evidence to the contrary) that all bullbars may (or indeed are likely to) compromise the way engineers have designed crumple zones to work.
                  In my mind, Iíd prefer a family mostly uninjured in a crumpled wreck than injured in a car ďprotectedĒ by a bar. Itís tricky, and I suppose it boils down to priorities. Iím just wondering if a winch compatible Smartbar kinda meets in the middle.....?

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