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ARB Winch Bumper
Vendor:

ARB USA 4x4 Accessories

720 SW 34th Street
Renton, WA 98057
Tel: (425) 264 1391
Fax: (425) 264 1392


Vehicle: Expeditions West: 2004 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab TRD
Cost:

Retail Price of $1057.11
Part Number ARB 3423020
* Pricing subject to change, contact vendor

Weight :

78 lbs without winch or lights

Installation Difficulty | Time required Moderate | about Four-Five hours
Installation is detailed at the bottom of this document
Specialty tools required None
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Bumpers for Expedition Travel

Why fit this heavy bumper?

1. Animal Strike:

The number one reason to buy a bull-bar is to protect the radiator and engine vitals from an animal strike. There is a much greater likelihood of hitting a donkey or deer while on an expedition, than to hit another vehicle. An animal impact can rupture the radiator, damage the fan and break intake components leaving you stranded.

The ARB bullbar is designed to catch and deflect the animals torso, sending the mass of the strike off to the sides or under the chassis.

2. Vehicle Recovery and road repair:


Photo: Brian Dearmon
Purchased as a winch bull-bar, the ARB can allow fitment of an electric or hydraulic powered winch. Most often, winches are purchased for the rare event when you will need to recover your vehicle from being stuck. In reality (considering expedition travel and "rock crawling" are quite different), the winch will be used ten times more often for road repair. Clearing felled trees, moving rocks in the road, pulling down washed-out embankments with a land anchor, etc.
Complete album of tree extraction

3. Trail Protection:

Rock impacts, crossing gullies, trees and deep ruts all present the chance of damage to the vehicles front end. A heavy duty, full length bumper is designed to take light trail impacts and also help ramp the front end over obstacles, etc.

In technical 4wd competition, I have found the ARB bumper to also provide "endo" protection.

Expeditions West's Scott Brady winning the Cliffhanger winch Competition during the Outback Challenge
Photo: Option 4x4, France

5. Accident protection:

Driving in crowded cities, remote mountain roads and tight traffic can all be prime situations for an accident. Having a stout bumper will help prevent accidents to start with, as locals will give you a slightly wider berth. If a light impact does occur, the chances of any damage is nil.

This advantage does require some responsibility though. Drive slow and watch for pedestrians.

4. Light and antennae Mounting:

The ARB bumper makes for a great light mount, with integrated holes and tabs. Most models mount the lights inside the main bars, protecting them from damage. It is also common to mount CB or VHF/UHF radio antennae to the upper tab, though the ground plane not ideal.

 

 

ARB bumpers in use on Expeditions West Adventures


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1999-2005 UZJ 100
Land Cruiser, Bull Bar

1991-1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ

1998-2005 UZJ100
Land Cruiser, Sahara Bar
1992-1997 FJ80 and FZJ80
Land Cruiser
Installation

The ARB bumper is delivered with excellent instructions with high quality installation drawings and a detailed part list. The instruction supplied here is more of a supplement to their process than a replacement.

The ARB comes tightly packaged to protect the finish during its journey from AU to the US. Cool to think that at least the bumper has already been to the outback...

The process starts with removing the stock bumper. Access to the first nuts to remove is just in front of the tires,behind the fender liner
Remove the skidplate, as you would for an oil change. The front skidplate cross support is replaced completely.
Remove the recovery and tie-down hooks on both frame rails
Remove the bolts holding the bumper frame to the side horn mounts
A plastic tap runs from the lower bumper skirt to the frame. It is easy to remove by using a thin driver to pop out the center retainer. These are on both sides.

Remove the wiring connector from the front indicator lights. Retain wiring.

The front bumper will now slide off the support frame.

Start disassembling the steel bumper cross member by unbolting it from the crush cans.
Now the crush can bolts are accessible, and easily removed
Now comes the fun stuff, installing the bull-bar. New crush blocks install, all with the skid plate cross support using supplied hardware.
The supplied bumper mounts allow for a strong connection to the frame and a crush zone for proper airbag deployment. It bolts to the frame at the recovery points, the new crush blocks and through a new vertical hole drilled in the horn.

With the bumper mounts installed, it is time to prepare the bullbar for mounting. This starts with the winch. The typical Warn requires the handle to be clocked from the 12:00 position to the 5:00 position by removing all of the allen head bolts on the gearbox cover and then lifting the cover 1/8" and rotating to the new position. Use caution during the indexing.

 

Next, Install the controller bracket and then the controller

Then install the bumperettes, which aid in very low speed impacts and to cover the seam weld

Below: Install the indicator lights

I elected to paint the stock grill, as chrome just doesn't work for me. I used a hammered finish spray paint

Take the assembled bumper and lift it onto the mounts. It will weight from 80-160+ depending on the winch, cable and fairlead chosen. I ultimately changed mine to a Winchline synthetic cable and delrin roller aluminum fairlead to save nearly 30 lbs. from the front end.

There are three bolts per side that secure the bumper. Fortunately the holes are slotted to allow for some alignment and positioning. This is also the most challenging part of the install and helps to have an extra set of hands.


DONE!
Impressions
I am continually impressed with the quality of the ARB products. It is always refreshing to install and use a product designed specifically for your requirements. I recommend installing a high quality coil-over or heavy OME springs to accommodate the weight of the bumper/winch. I also needed to bend the wheel-well side of the bumper metal in slightly to accommodate the large diameter BFG's I run 255/85 R16.
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