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Old January 23rd, 2006, 09:03 PM
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ARB Bumpers

What do you all think of ARB bumpers (for D90 and RRC)?
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 09:09 PM
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I like mine but I think there are better ones.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 09:14 PM
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For the 90? They are just about the heaviest thing you can hang off it, they don't have the greatest approach angle either.



But, you can pretty much hit anything you want with it and the worst you will do is scratch the paint or give it a little ding or 2. They are one of the strongest bumpers available.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 09:52 PM
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 11:45 PM
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Anyone know how the RRC bars are? I always thaught the defender bars were ok.

I know a lot of the disco guys don't like them because they have problems with them rotating and stuff and they are always complaining about the approach angle and how weak they are.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:39 AM
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I haven't had the "opportunity" to find out how the ARB would stand up in an accident, but I'm guessing that it would do ok. There is a thread on the Misc. chit-chat section regarding the performance of the ARB in accidents here:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...referrerid=710

It convinced me that I made the right decision to buy one.

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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:40 AM
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They're great for when an 82 yr. old guy in a Camary runs a red light and plows into you. Your D90 will survive, although you'll need to buy a new ARB, and maybe a fender. 'can't say the same for the Camary, however.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 08:36 AM
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Friend of mine with a RRC thought his was great untill he hit a tree a few years ago at MAR and put a tree sized dent in it as well as cracking a weld on it. He went with a Rovertym bumper but before he could put that on he totaled the ARB and Rover in a crash.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 09:41 AM
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I ran an ARB when the D90 was new. Got cut off in traffic and left an ARB imprint in the back of a pickup. The fairlead was bent but I ran the bumper for years after that. I got rid of it and fabbed up my own bumper to house a Superwinch Husky.
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I had an ARB on my Disco when an Expedition ran a red light. I pushed his b-pillar to the center console of his truck. The disco was damaged, but nothing behind the front suspension. They are good in an accident.
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I had one on my 88 RR and it sucked. They bend easily and rotate up into the body of the truck. The front eyelets bend and the departure angle sucks. And they are half as thick as other bumpers on the market (ie RTE is thicker and has a better approach angle).

But hey, that's just my opinion...
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Old January 24th, 2006, 03:50 PM
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I like the RockWare better than ARB. Better approach angle, stronger. The attatch points for recovery bend easily when pressure is from the side or when hit on rocks.
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I'm not sure I'd want anything stronger than the ARB. In a crash, that would just end up transferring the energy to the frame rails. You definitely to NOT want a bumper that's stronger than the frame. In a crash, the weakest component is going to be the one that absorbs the energy by deforming.
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Old January 25th, 2006, 07:40 AM
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DIY bumpers are the way to go IMHO

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I'm not sure I'd want anything stronger than the ARB. In a crash, that would just end up transferring the energy to the frame rails. You definitely to NOT want a bumper that's stronger than the frame. In a crash, the weakest component is going to be the one that absorbs the energy by deforming.
Spoken like a fellow Engineer... Very true.

I love my ARB, so far that is. Never had a Rockware, but have heard nothing but praise about them.
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Old January 25th, 2006, 03:10 PM
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The ARB also seems to be limited in which winches you can use with them.

For those of you that know, what is the difference in the approach angle b/w the ARB and the Rockware? I have not seen a Rockware up close. But on the web, it doesn't look all that different. I like the safarigard from the looks of it. It appears to have the best approach angle and will accommodate many different winches. However, I havent seen it up close either.
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The Rockware sits at the same hight as the stock bumper.
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about half as low just based on what thier www site says
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