Bullbar/bumper options

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Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Clem » 07 Oct 2013 17:08

Guys, what are my locally available options for the following on a 4.8 GRX:
  • a bullbar or front bumper replacement with integrated winch mounting point and hi-lift jack point
  • rear bumper with hi-lift jack point
Can a hi-lift jack be used on the back of the car without fitting a replacement rear bumper? The front I assume is not really a possibility? I'll admit I haven't really looked at the possibilities yet by climbing underneath so right now am just drawing on the collective experience here.

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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Kagiso II » 07 Oct 2013 17:44

Clem - Hi.. A F I K the Nudge'M front bull bar [local manufactured] comes at the lowest price -- Oom Jymmy now makes them winch compatible - AND they are good looking too [Look at UNGULI of Kobus [Herrie op Safari] -- really compliments.

Rear -- I saw G-Tec's one on Tinus' new Trol the weekend and it looks better than the factory plastic

Else contact Ben at BG Auto -- he purpose makes them too
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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Peter Connan » 07 Oct 2013 19:47

I have seen a number of cars with hi-lift jacking tubes welded to the sides of the towbar (mine included), and while this can work, it is in my opinion less than ideal.

In my opinion, to get the most out of a hi-lift jack, you need to be able to lift on weight centreline (which of course shifts on sideslopes) and with the jack's own jaw, not a pointymagoodgit.

However, it's a lot better than nothing, and rather inexpensive. But G-Tech's rear bumper is quite nice.

The front is more diffcult, but to be honest probably the best place to use a hi-lift jack most of the time is under the rocksliders?

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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Clem » 08 Oct 2013 05:40

Thanks guys. Much appreciated.

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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Herrie » 08 Oct 2013 08:03

I just use the wheel-buddy to lift the wheel with the Hi-Lift jack.
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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Clem » 08 Oct 2013 09:36

Herrie wrote:I just use the wheel-buddy to lift the wheel with the Hi-Lift jack.
I had one of those at a stage of the game that I had purchased many years ago but I found that it pulled the highlift jack into the bodywork of the vehicle. But it is an option that I am looking at again but I think it is possible to change the design a little bit so as to improve it. How have you found it?

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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Clem » 08 Oct 2013 09:38

Peter Connan wrote: The front is more diffcult, but to be honest probably the best place to use a hi-lift jack most of the time is under the rocksliders?
If you have them fitted! I do not think the running boards on my car will last 3 ns!

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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Tinus lotz » 08 Oct 2013 10:03

You are welcome to come and have a look at my front setup I have 2 front bbars and will part with one of them

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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Clem » 08 Oct 2013 10:12

Many thanks Tinus. I am just going to go slowly with this for now. At this point in time it is really about a winch mounting point. The other thing is that I will need to be very careful with what ever I fit for the simple reason that I cannot afford to extend the overall length of the vehicle very much, if at all – it only just fits into my garage (caravan height designed for the off-road vehicles) and increasing the total length by as little as 15 cm will mean that it will no longer fit. But we will see!

As a point of interest, what make of bull bars do you have?

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Re: Bullbar/bumper options

Post by Herrie » 08 Oct 2013 10:37

Hi Clem, I just use a piece of wood on the tire just to make sure it will not get damaged.

I already had to use it when I got stuck in mud in Botswana and had to lift both rear wheels to put stumps under the tyres.
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