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  • Specific Bullbar recommendations for a 2012 Prado.

    Hello all, this my first post on this forum, so apologies if I am not following proper etiquette, or if this has been asked before (I did have a look, but my question is quite specific).

    I have recently purchased a 2012 KDJ150R (love it) and I’m looking for a bull-bar - it’s currently the stock bumper, which has a few scratches.

    I should also add that I’ve never carried out any body mods to any car before, so my understanding of how this all works may be off, so feel free to correct me if/where I am wrong!

    So the question:
    I really like the look of bull-bars I’ve seen on the newer 2018+ Prados, but I can’t seem to find any that match that aesthetic for my 2012 Prado.

    I’m specifically looking for a bull-bar that ‘replaces’ the entirety of the stock bumper panel, rather than having to cut into it at the wheel arches. I’ve attached some photos to try to illustrate what I’m talking about.

    If any of you could recommend a bull-bar that doesn’t require cutting into the existing bumper panel, but rather replaces it entirely, please let me know! Also let me know if my explanation makes no sense and I’ll try to clarify…

    ‘Older-style’ that ‘cuts in’ to the bumper at the wheel arches:
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    Newer style that doesn’t cut the bumper, but ‘replaces’ it entirely:
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  • #2
    Hi mate and welcome.
    The first bar you posted a Tjm bar. Personally I think they look terrible on the Prado, but that’s up to individual taste.
    Arb require a bumper cut still. I have one on my 2021 model and think they look ok.
    Off-road animal do a good looking bar that doesn’t require a bumper cut. Personally I’d have gone with one of these but the mrs liked the ARB.
    Remember with any bullbar, you’ll need to upgrade the springs to take the extra load.

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    • #3
      The second bullbar you have pictured appears to be a “rock armour elite” which is also a full bumper replacement.
      AFN also appear to do a full bumper replacement as well.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the responses - particularly regarding spring upgrades. That’s something I hadn’t considered.

        However, as far as I can tell, AFN don’t make bull bars for a 2012 Prado, and RockArmor’s option for the 2012 Prado still requires a bumper cut.

        Does anyone know of any bull bars for a 2012 prado that doesn’t require the bumper to be cut?

        Cheers,
        Hadleton

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        • #5
          as far as I know there are two -

          hamer - which can be had with or without hoops:
          https://www.offroadcentral.com.au/ha...r-to-suit-toyo

          and the rhino which is hoopless
          https://www.genuine4x4.com.au/rhino-...09-11-2013-pre

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          • #6
            granddolph
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            granddolph Thanks, much appreciated!

            If anyone reads this who has experience with either Hamer or Rhino bullbars, I’d love to hear your reviews.

            Cheers,
            Hadleton

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            • #7
              What's the approximate cost to fit these things and how do you find someone you trust to do the work?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hadleton View Post
                granddolph
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                granddolph Thanks, much appreciated!

                If anyone reads this who has experience with either Hamer or Rhino bullbars, I’d love to hear your reviews.

                Cheers,
                Hadleton
                I bought a Hamer bar with hoops for my 2013 - 2017 prado. It looks completely different in the ad as compared to what they actually give you, the outside mounting of the hoops are in a different spot that the nice neat picture the show you in the ad, making it look oversized, then ontop of that the lines dont .... well .... line up making it impossible to look symmetrical. Definately would not recommend a Hamer bar, i regret it and wish i hadve just gone with the AFN.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hadleton View Post
                  granddolph
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                  granddolph Thanks, much appreciated!

                  If anyone reads this who has experience with either Hamer or Rhino bullbars, I’d love to hear your reviews.

                  Cheers,
                  Hadleton
                  I bought a Hamer bar with hoops for my 2013 - 2017 prado. It looks completely different in the ad as compared to what they actually give you, the outside mounting of the hoops are in a different spot that the nice neat picture the show you in the ad, making it look oversized, then ontop of that the lines dont .... well .... line up making it impossible to look symmetrical. Definately would not recommend a Hamer bar, i regret it and wish i hadve just gone with the AFN.

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