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Re: Critter350

Postby Critter350 on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 8:01 +0000

Had an ARB Frontier (poly) tank and bash plates fitted. Second time someone else has done the work for me (first time was lockers). I do prefer doing stuff myself but it’s a timing thing, planning on Holland track this weekend.
Tank hangs down a bit
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Bash plates look ok but don’t like the radiator is still exposed to sticks etc.
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What have others done to fill the gap to the bullbar?


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Re: Critter350

Postby Myralga on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 8:46 +0000

As anything goes arb gear is designed to go with arb gear.

So when you buy a ARB bull bar and UVP they actually create one continuous sheet of metal. The air gap you have is a plate that would normally come with a ARB bull bar

Your bullbar didn’t have an extra plate that wasn’t installed?

I see you like to modify stuff so if not just get a piece of sheet metal cut to shape and pick up the front bolts of the UVP (between chassis and UVP) and the last bolts on your bar pan assembly or make some new mounting holes.

Next time you walking past a ARB bar on a ute like yours just have a quick look under the front it will give you some clarification.

ARB’s Bull bars steel replaces all the plastic bits on the front underside. So it stops where the genuine steel bash plate starts.

Seems like your bar doesn’t do that?


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Re: Critter350

Postby Critter350 on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 3:03 +0000

Yeah I get that. My OCAM (have been told they’re an Iron Man knock off) did have a plate at the front that basically cover the underside of the winch. The section behind it- immediately forward of the radiator- was still exposed. I removed that plate because the installers told me they would be connecting the bullbar and might have to fab something to get it to fit because it wasn’t ARB.
Turns out it goes nowhere near the bullbar and didn’t need to remove that plate at all.

So yeah, I’ll fab something up.


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Re: Critter350

Postby Myralga on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 3:55 +0000

Yeah ARBs UVPs are designed to work with both their bar and the genuine bumper that’s why they cut so short compared to other competitors products.
Just another way for them to “pull you in” for that “awesome” “combo deal”.

I’m glad they explained it to you and didn’t just sell to you. As a ex sales guy I hate stories from customers that were mis-informed or not told the details in the first place.

Best one that always stuck with me was while I was a fitter.
Salesman brought the customer out just as I had finished cutting all the holes for his snorkel. The customer lost their $h!t asking why I had destroyed their car.
I was cheeky and asked “how did you expect the air to get to the air box? WiFi? Bluetooth?”
I left it to the salesman to sort it out after that. As I was meant to be on lunch but had been pushing through as the “customer wanted it in a hurry.”
Didn’t see the point in hurrying after that outburst.


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Re: Critter350

Postby Critter350 on Sun, 06 Oct 2019 6:46 +0000

So for the next instalment of hangover fabrications....

Ally checker plate $58 from Bunnings
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Old bed frame, broom handle, few clamps
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And fill the gap between bullbar and bashplate
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Re: Critter350

Postby NZMarkb on Mon, 07 Oct 2019 1:18 +0000

Nice work mate ;)
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Re: Critter350

Postby Myralga on Thu, 10 Oct 2019 6:32 +0000

I love the sheet metal bender. Must admit that came out really really nicely.

Great job mate


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Re: Critter350

Postby Critter350 on Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:53 +0000

New boots today.
33k over two years out of the last ones - ‘Ultima M/T’ in 31x10.5 on 15x7 kings rim, have around 30% left. Some scalloping on the fronts as they were never rotated. Getting louder...
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New Ones:
ROH Trak 2 16x8 P5
BFG KO2 265/70R16
ODO is 239800, lets see how these last.
Much smoother and quieter so far.
12mm total tread depth, 9mm to the indicators. ImageImage



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