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ECB/alloy bar (opinions?)

Posted: March 12th, 2018, 9:47 am
by GidgeeHunter
I'm leaning towards the ECB alloy bar for weight savings (35kg typical), which of course means better on road handling and better tyre wear and better braking, and some fuel savings. Of course you put a bull bar on to provide protection so that's my primary concern. So is anyone unhappy they went with alloy? Had any run ins with wildlife that you thought the alloy didn't handle as well as steel would have?

I also like that ECB is made in Australia, need to be supporting our local jobs, not sure about some of the steel, I know ARB aren't.

Re: ECB/alloy bar (opinions?)

Posted: March 15th, 2018, 2:57 pm
by ian.gonzo
ECB bars are a good product, however if you are unfortunate enough to hit a big roo or worse still a pig you are going to be up for a replacement but you will still be mobile. Insurance will cover the cost of a new bar. With a well designed steel bar you will probably get away with no replacement being required, however as you have already stated the weight of a alloy bar is almost half of a steel bar.

Re: ECB/alloy bar (opinions?)

Posted: July 9th, 2018, 9:16 am
by dmax001
Wouldn't you be up for replacement with both types of Bar work?

I can see the benefit of going with the lighter, saving on fuel etc. Does looks come into play at all?

I'm personally not a fan of the alloy bars on 4wd's. Color Coded or a black finish.

They have a silver ripple finish and black ripple finish available too. They look alright.
Found a write up below.
http://www.aussie4x4pro.com.au/4x4-blog ... bull-bars/