HIT an off-road track without a bullbar and pretty soon you’ll be calling to the nearest tow truck to escort you home.
A good-quality bullbar will lead the way through dense outback scrub and protect the front-end of your vehicle. Installing one is a no-brainer.
Two new bullbars landed in aftermarket catalogues in recent months: the Ironman 4x4 Commercial Deluxe bullbar, and the TJM Chaser bullbar for the Ford Ranger. Let’s take a closer look.
Ironman 4x4 Commercial Deluxe Bullbar: Ford Ranger
Ironman 4x4 continues to churn out top-end accessories for all popular 4x4s, with this new Commercial Deluxe Bullbar for Ford’s latest Ranger the latest example. The bar has been built using 3D scanning tech to ensure the correct, accurate fit to the front-end of the Ford workhorse. Plus, designing the bar this way has allowed the engineers to produce something that is as equally stylish as it is functional.
The bar is made from premium grade materials, such as SPHC oil and pickled steel (not mild steel) to ensure optimum strength and rust resistance. The bar also features 360-degree robotic welds, Ford Tech Pack compatibility, and provision for OE parking sensors. The bar is airbag compatible and ADR compliant and includes a unique winch mounting cradle.
The new Chaser bullbar has been built to the usual very high standards. Construction features a beefy 63mm upper tube and a 50mm lower tube, angled to maintain the optimum approach angle. The steel winch frame (fitted with a 9500lb synthetic-rope winch) mounts directly to the rig’s chassis.
The bar includes integrated 8000kg-rated recovery points, reinforced T-slots for a Hi-lift jack and can be fitted with dual radio aerials, light bars up to 900mm in length and spotties, all via integrated mounts. It comes with a 3mm steel underbody guard, dual steel wing guards and an integrated winch frame.
Designed and engineered in Australia, it includes a three-year warranty and is ADR compliant and parking-sensor compatible. Available for the Ranger PX-onwards (PXIII non-tech pack), with the range expanding to include numerous other popular dual cab utes.