FAQs— Ford Bull Bar
- Rust is starting to show on my Ford bull bar. How can I prevent it from spreading?
Make sure not to let the rust sit on the bull bar for long so that it won't eat on the metal. Surface rust can easily be eliminated by lightly sanding it and powdercoating the tube or applying chrome spray paint. You can also apply wax, stainless steel polish, or other products that can protect the tube from rust formation. Check the tube thoroughly for other rust spots, especially on the underside. If there are some, get rid of them before they start chewing up on the metal.
- I am planning to install fog lights on my Ford bull bar, but I don't think the bar is designed to accommodate lights. Is there something I can do to be able to install such lights?
Most bull bars these days come with pre-drilled holes in areas where light can be mounted. If your bar doesn’t have one, you can drill holes along the bar where you want to position the lights and then run the necessary wires. You may need to run several wires; just make sure each of them is rated to carry both of the lights you will install on the bar.
- I am planning to add a bull bar for my offroad Ford truck, but I’m not sure whether they're strong enough to provide real purpose. Most of my friends get them for aesthetic reasons. How beneficial are they?
Besides the difference that it will bring unto your truck’s looks, a Ford bull bar can also accommodate off-road lights, which are useful for driving on off-road trails or in poorly lit areas at night. The right type of bull bar also provides a good attachment point for the winch should you wish to use your Ford truck for towing. When installed in front of the vehicle, the bull bar can offer some level of protection, particularly on uneven terrains where it’s possible for the vehicle’s front-end to hit rocks or other hard objects.
- With the range of bull bar materials available, how do I choose the right one?
Bull bars are offered in alloy, steel, aluminum, and plastic construction, and each material has its own share of advantages and disadvantages. The most popular are alloy and aluminum because they are lighter than steel and are rust resistant. Aluminum and alloy bull bars these days are made durable enough to allow winching heavy loads. But if you will be using the winch regularly, you’d better check the bar’s specs to see if it’s suitable for the task you have in mind. Steels bull bars, on the other hand, are undoubtedly strong and can capably accommodate big winch. However, they are prone to rusting, and they add significant weight unto the vehicle. Furthermore, a plastic bull bar is perfect for those who want to install such add-on for its aesthetic purpose and those who don’t have plans of using a winch.
- A friend told me that before installing a Ford bull bar, I should check first with my dealer if it will null my warranty in any way. Why is that so? What's the deal with bull bars and airbags?
This is very important for those who own modern vehicles, as they usually have crumple zones in the chassis. Such crumple zones are vital to the operation and deployment of the air bags. Bull bar installation may affect the said crumple zones. This is the reason many bull bar manufacturers add impact-absorbing mounts.
- Before installing bull bars, I want to know first if there are laws prohibiting the use of such add-ons. What are some things I should remember?
As long as your Ford bull bar is properly installed and does not in any way increase the risk of bodily injury to a person, then having one on your Ford truck is perfectly fine. Just make sure that your bull bar doesn’t have portions or won’t accommodate objects that are pointed or sharp.
- What level of protection can I expect from a plastic bull bar?
While it isn’t as tough as a steel bull bar, a plastic unit can help protect the vehicle’s front from damage it could get when it hit animals and other objects that are not rock-solid. If a plastic bull bar gets damaged during the accident, replacing it would be less costly than having to fix the bumper or replace the grill or the lights as these components are the ones that are more likely to get damaged in the absence of the bull bar.