FAQs— Toyota Bull Bar
- I’m planning to paint my bull bar. Can you share some tips so I can do it right?
Make sure that the bull bar isn’t installed on your Toyota while you do the DIY task. Clean it thoroughly first before you sand it down with 80-grit sandpaper. Wash it after sanding to get rid of dust. Apply primer from 6 inches away from the bar, making sure you spray with even left-to-right strokes. Apply multiple thin coats, allowing each coat to dry before spraying the next coat. Then, let the primer dry for 2 hours. It’s advised that you use a spray-on primer containing rust inhibitor. Apply light coats of paint (also from 6 inches away) using an even left-to-right stroke. Let each coat dry for 20 minutes before applying another coat. Allow the paint to dry and to fully cure for 24 hours before installation and allow another 24 hours curing before driving.
- I’ve long been wanting to convert my Toyota bull bar to a different color, but I’m torn between painting or powdercoating. Any advice?
It depends on what’s important to you. If you are after the looks, powder coating will make the bull bar look better—it also lasts longer. Painting is cheaper and can easily be touched up in case of dents or paint chips.
- What's the risk caused by bull bars? Why are they not recommended for some vehicles?
Since they have rigid structures, bull bars may affect the vehicle’s ability to perform as needed and as it was designed to during frontal collisions. Some people also have issues with the bull bar’s effect on the deployment of frontal airbags. These add-ons aren’t recommended for vehicle driven on urban areas because they affect the vehicle’s compliance with road worthiness requirements. They can cause severe hazards to pedestrians in cases of collision.
- Which is more advantageous: a bull bar or a grille guard? What’s the difference between these add-ons?
It’s all a matter of personal preference. If it’s ultimate front-end protection that you want, you’d better go for a grille guard. However, it will make your ride look more rugged and masculine. If you don’t want to drastically alter the vehicle’s appearance, a bull bar will be safer. Since it is designed to protect only the most vulnerable parts of the vehicle’s front, it doesn’t have that much effect on your ride’s looks and stance.
- If I outfit my Toyota with a bull bar, what kind of protection can I expect from it?
A bull bar can deliver modest to solid protection to your front-end bumper, lights, and grille during low-speed, low-impact collision. There are even cases when the bull bar was able to push sedentary objects for a short distance at low speeds, preventing it from hitting the more important and delicate front-end components. However, you shouldn’t expect this add-on to protect your ride in high-speed and high-impact crash. It can, in fact, be pushed back into your grille, therefore increasing the damage to your Toyota vehicle.
- Bull bars are offered in different finishes. Can you share some tips on how I can find the right bull bar finish for my Toyota?
Bull bars come either polished or powedercoated. Polished units are either chrome-plated steel or mirror-polished stainless steel. Again, your choice will depend on your personal preference. If you want to achieve tough look for your ride, go for a bull bar with powder-coat black finish. If your Toyota comes with chrome trim, a polished bull bar will surely complement those chrome appointments in your ride. Those who reside in areas where corrosive elements abound can go for stainless steel or chrome-plated polished units.
- When is it practical to get a bull bar?
This truck add-on proves to be practical if you are residing in rural areas where kangaroos and other large wildlife can be found and can potentially harm motorists even on streets. They can also be installed on vehicles that are frequently driven off the beaten path, since these rides need serious front-end protection. Moreover, you can outfit your Toyota with a bull bar during trips wherein you need to mount a hitch or a winch.