There are a few differences that you should be aware of. It’s a difference of personal opinion, a nudge bar is better than a bull bar in some ways as some believe for its compact size and doesn’t protrude as far from the front of the vehicle. This allows for easier manoeuvring in tough conditions without getting stuck on smaller bumps, which would typically occur with a bull-bar when it is attached to your vehicle too close to the ground. Bull Bars are seen as better by some as they are usually sturdier in their construction, which is ideal for any 4×4 off-road travel. Bull Bars will help protect you when you accidentally hit an obstacle while on the road and will protect your entire front end from damage. Having a stronger bull bar can give you more ground clearance when off-roading, as well as having better protection for the radiator, headlights, and panels too.
A nudge bar is light weight device that is made from low-profile metal or plastic device that you mount to the front of your vehicle to assist in protecting pedestrians from being hit in the event of an accident. The main purpose of a nudge bar is to protect smaller vehicles such as SUV’s and sedans if they are involved in minor collisions or accidents.
The bars are made from light weight material and are designed to be an aerodynamic and sleek structure so that there will not be an impact on fuel consumption or the vehicles appearance.
While the nudge bar provides minimal protection, they can be extremely useful in the event of a collision.
Some of the main benefits of a nudge bar are?
• Reduce the severity of any injuries should you be involved in a high impact collision
• Keeps pedestrians away from the vehicle
• Prevents and reduces injures in low impact collisions
• Inexpensive to purchase and fit onto the vehicle
• You can attach a small light bar for better lighting if you are out on the open road
Bull bars are sometimes referred to as a roo bar. They are an aftermarket accessory that is similar to a nudge bar and are attached to the front end of the vehicle. Their main job is to protect the vehicle and its occupants.
Now, however, bull bars are a lot heavier than a nudge bar and they are attached to the front of your vehicle using brackets or clamps often during the manufacturing process but can be added on after your purchase.
Bull bars are predominantly made from heavy steel and can be used with or without a nudge bar. In Australia it’s usually one or the other installed onto vehicles. The bull bar is designed to withstand impacts from pedestrians, other vehicles on the road or even large animals in the event of a collision.
A bull bar provides maximum protection for the driver, passengers as well as your vehicle. Bull bars protect and cover all headlights, radiators, grills, and sheet metal around your lights and even protect the full engine.
The extra bonus of a bull bar is that you can mount accessories such as winches and driving lights from them also.
Four wheel drive vehicles are not cheap, and a bull bar is one of the best accessories you can add for protecting you and your vehicle.
There are a few benefits that come with having a bull bar fitted, they are:
• Protects the entire front of the vehicle if in a collision
• Can be used with or without a nudge bar
• Protects and prevents damage to the radiator, grill and surrounding area at the front of the vehicle
• It has an aesthetic appeal making an added “look” to your vehicle
While both nudge bars and bull bars have been designed to protect the front end of the vehicle however, there are clear key differences between them both.
Nudge bars are an aluminium tubing that extends from the front bumper of the vehicle, usually covering only half of the grille. This part has sharp edges that can be used for pushing or nudging other cars out of the way if ever you are in a tight spot. Nudge bars offer the vehicle owner protection against more minor accidents and bumps as they are not as strong as a steel bull bar.
A bull bar is a thick metal bar that is mounted onto the front bumper bar and extends across the entire width of the vehicle. It is usually quite a lot heavier than a nudge bar and is designed to provide added protection to the car’s engine and chassis in the event of a collision with a larger object.
Another addition to having a bull bar is the fact that you can add additional accessories such as extra lighting or fog lights to make the vehicle more visible at night and in treacherous weather conditions such as fog and snow.
So, the main difference between the nudge bar and the bull bar is that the nudge bar is thinner. The bull bar is made from a sturdier steel construction and provides more, stronger protection to the engine.
Now, if you tend to mainly live and drive in the city then a nudge bar will offer you all the protection you need, and it is less dangerous should you have an impact collision with a pedestrian.
A bull bar can offer you the protection you need, you have an impact with a larger object like another vehicle or if outback in the country an impact with an animal. This also caters for any collisions offroad driving also. When adding 4×4 bull bars to any vehicle you need to know that adding the extra weight will add additional usage of fuel, so this is another thing you need to consider when making 4wd modifications to any vehicles.
When you are out looking at adding modifications to your 4wd we would suggest you look around at your options. Bars N Racks are an experienced 4×4 bull bar shop in Sydney that has a team of staff on hand that can work with you and your budget to decide the best option for your needs. If your wish is to add things like extra lighting, a winch, CB Radio aerials and much more. At this time also, the team will explain you about your need we will make sure your choice of bar is able to cope with the extra weight you will be adding on. The bonus to this is if you are on a budget and need to add things in stages you can have peace of mind that you can add things as you can afford them without putting unwanted strain onto the bull bar.
Have a think of what best suits your needs and call Bars N Racks have a chat to us. We are an established business with an experienced team who know the correct products and will be more than happy to assist you.
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