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 Post subject: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:48 am 
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Looked through a few posts on these. But couldn't find the answer I was looking for.
1 or 2 guys had them in their build posts.
Is it easy to get to the winch clutch level through the bullbar ?

Just wanted to get some reviews on these bars. And if you have used the recovery points on the bullbar.
Had a TJM bar on my dmax, but the ute has been written off.
The TJM bar did its job and got me home, would of been better if the installers removed the factory steel bumper when installing it. not much clearance between the bar and this, flexed up and bent both inner guards.

So i'm in a decision between the TJM bar and the AFN bar. Going to look at an AFN installed on a dmax later in the week. Found a local dealer that can supply them at a good price.
Going to install either bar myself.

Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:18 pm 
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freezy11 wrote:
Had a TJM bar on my dmax, but the ute has been written off.
The TJM bar did its job and got me home, would of been better if the installers removed the factory steel bumper when installing it. not much clearance between the bar and this, flexed up and bent both inner guards.


Got photos? The TJM is a cut-your-front-bumper-in-half type to install it. And the front bumper is plastic, not steel.


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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:27 pm 
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Maybe used the wrong words calling it a steel bumper.
There is steel parts behind the plastic bumpers. Had the bullbar off to get the winch out, its bolted to the inner guards.
Not putting crap on the TJM bar, it held up pretty good for the impact it got. I would buy one again, its $500 cheaper than the AFN.
Just looking at the other options.
Like the idea of the tow points on the AVN bar and it looks good. Made to suit the dmax.

http://www.4wdaction.com.au/_phpBB/down ... =84778&t=1
You can see the metal bit in the photo under the headlights, was only 10-15mm between the mounts and that bit of metal.
Noticed in the AFN install manual the metal part is removed.


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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:08 pm 
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Ah right, gotcha. Wouldn't mind seeing any impact pics if you feel like sharing? I have the TJM bar. It's survived a few kangaroos at highway speed, and me running into the back of another car :oops: - all with no damage to mine.

The AFN bar seems very highly regarded by those who have it fitted. I particularly like it's approach angle, very good for offroading. One thing to checkout is the size of the gap between the bar base and the top rail, that might limit what size driving lights you may fit. Photos indicate maybe 7 inch round maximum or a single light bar?


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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:42 pm 
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The clutch lever is as easy as any other bar.

The recovery points on the bar itself are the highest rated of any bar I believe at 3 tonne each and the only ones I've seen put in the correct place from an engineering point of view.

Aussie most 250mm spotties will fit ok with a few exceptions but in Portugal they don't use spotties like us and the bar mounts are not really suited for them and the extra weight and height of them makes it flex a little and vibrate at speed, last I spoke to the boys at Wolf4x4 (the only Australian distributor) they were trying to resolve it, thicker material would fix it. Light bars work well though.

.... and they weigh 25 odd kg's less than all the mainstream bars.

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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:13 am 
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I'm going to take my FYRLYT lights and sit them in the bar.
They sound like a good bar.
Will take some detail photos when I go look at this bar later this week.

The recovery points are the selling point. Easy to get to when your stuck, nice place to hook the winch on.
Would use a equalizer strap on them anyway, so they sound like they are up to the job.

Will post some photos up of the damage, not heaps to the bullbar. More just the inner guards, quarter panels pushed up a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:05 am 
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LOL I actually edited out the fact that fyrlyts are one of the few lights that probably won't fit from my original post not realising you have them, unless they've updated the bars they're really not suited for big lights.
Ring Tristan at wolf4x4 and get an update.

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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:43 am 
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Going to look at a bar in the flesh this week. So will bring the lights with me.
4wd Shop at Gosford around 1hr north of Sydney that supplies and fits the bars.


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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:34 pm 
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Yeah most lights have mounts sort of towards the back which pushes the main body forward where as the fyrlyts are more central I believe which may make them touch the top bar, let us know how you go.

Who's the supplier BTW? I'm from the central coast originally and know most of the 4wd places.

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 Post subject: Re: AFN bullbars
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:56 pm 
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Oz Adventures.
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