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Old November 16th, 2008, 01:18 PM
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What is the Best front Set up ARB, ROCKWARE, SAFARI GARD?

Just wanted to get your guys opinions on the best set up for the front bumper for the 90. I have to get a new bumper and I would like to get the best set up for the front with a bull bar. I like the Rockware and the ARB but from what I've heard Safari Gard is no longer?

Any suggestions would be helpful. (also if you know where a good price on used/new one is that would be helpful too)
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Old November 16th, 2008, 02:14 PM
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Rockware all the way.. ARB hangs low and is too chunky in my opinion... Looks like ECR makes a nice bumper now as well..
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Old November 16th, 2008, 02:44 PM
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I vote Rockware also.....obviously personal preference but I think it is good compromise of size, protection, and clearance.

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Old November 16th, 2008, 02:51 PM
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Thanks for the pictures. I love the color of your rover.

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I'm kind of torn.... I think the Rockware is better for offroading, clearance. It looks a little baja if that makes sense where it angles out and up. I love the square look of the D-90 and don't want to take away from that...Maybe I'm overthinking it......ahhh decisions, decisions.
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I vote for Safari Gard
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Old November 16th, 2008, 03:08 PM
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That is a nice one especially with the integrated skid plate / steering guard......I was torn between the two....can you even get Safari Gard anymore??
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Old November 16th, 2008, 03:15 PM
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My top pick I think would be the safari gard but I'm not sure like nikojo said that I can even get one anymore. I guess I could ask around if somebody has a used one or something.
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Rockware handsdown, its got a bottle opener.
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Old November 16th, 2008, 03:33 PM
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I like the look of the SG,and I have one, but the material is too thin in my opinion. I've dented the bumper, and the skid plate pretty well.
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Old November 16th, 2008, 03:42 PM
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I think the ARB is best.

And if you agree, I'll sell you mine.
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Old November 16th, 2008, 03:48 PM
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mdmccallum, why are you getting rid of yours? how much and what kind of shape is it in?
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......he likes the Rockware better!!! LOL
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Nice!
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Old November 16th, 2008, 06:08 PM
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I wasn't planning on getting rid of it. But if someone wants to buy it from me, I'll go with a Rockware. I have no qualms with the ARB. It is solid as a rock. I have scraped the underside somewhat approaching steep rock ledges. No structural damage to it after some good whacks. It just takes the abuse and keeps going. I'm very pleased with the ARB.

I don't know for sure, but I imagine the Rockware is lighter and has a better approach angle. The ARB was on my truck when I bought it. My only question is, Is the Rockware as strong as the ARB? If not, then I'd go with the ARB.
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I vote Rockware also.....obviously personal preference but I think it is good compromise of size, protection, and clearance.

Here are couple views.....
Not to HJ, but the truck looks Bad A#$! Much meaner than with the white!
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Old November 16th, 2008, 06:34 PM
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My top pick I think would be the safari gard but I'm not sure like nikojo said that I can even get one anymore. I guess I could ask around if somebody has a used one or something.
I just bought a pair of HD Sliders from Safari Gard this September. The have a new business arrangement and are making most of their stuff again. Just make sure you pay with a CC or get the item first and then pay in case there is a problem.

I was considering one of the big 3 (SG, Rockware, and ARB) for my new front bumper. I really like the look of the SG & Rockware units, but ultimately I decided on the ARB because it feels much stronger.

If you are going to upgrade your tire carrier, you might want a more unified aesthetic to you truck. In that case, I would probably go w/SG or Rockware because they just look really nice on a Defender and the added functionality to the tire rack is great.

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I bought my truck with an ARB and then got a Rockware blade bumper with no brushgaurd. The Rockware one was stronger, looked much better. In addition, I gained a great deal of approach angle. The ARB, as someone else once commented, is like having a snow plow on the front by how low it hangs down. Rockware ones can have that integrated skid plate built in too, just like the SG unit.

HAve you done search? There are a number of threads w/ pics on here about this topic.
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Not to HJ, but the truck looks Bad A#$! Much meaner than with the white!
I agree, the Rockware bumper looks much meaner on a Pastel Green truck, than the SG one on a white truck... :-)
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I definitely vote ARB, as I doubt the Safarigard and Rockware have even a 10th of the crash protection testing and engineering that ARB has put into theirs. ARB's are true bullbars, meant to take a smack into large animals in the outback. yes you do lose some clearance, so the buyer will need to decide what's important. ARB's have a singular goal...to save the radiator so you can get home.

BTW, Pendy has an ARB mod, that resolve the ARB clearance issue, that I have yet to do, but plan to at some point.
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