I bought a ARB deluxe bull bar about two years ago from 4wheelparts, for my 01 Jeep XJ (I am a college student so it didn't come cheap, haha).
I was recently involved in a 15 car pile up, in my hometown of Pittsburgh, during the first snow fall of the season. I was involved in a frontal collision with another vehicle. My bull bar took all of the impact and the airbags deployed. I suffered slight soreness in my back an neck and a slight bruise on my arm from the airbag that was deployed.
I wanted to let ARB know that bull bar I had bought and installed significantly lessened my injuries and the damage to my vehicle; I truly believe it did! I have attached a picture of the damage that was sustained to the front driver side of my Jeep. I don't want to imagine what would have happened if I had the stock bumper on!
I want to thank you for the great quality of product that you have made. I am truly grateful!
As if I wasn't a big fan of ARB products already, I will personally be advocating ARB for the rest of my life. Please make sure this gets to the men and women who make your products.
I am the Executive Director of the BlueRibbon Coalition. If you aren’t familiar with us, we are the nation’s largest motorized recreation group whose sole focus is advocacy for recreational access. You should visit our website at www.sharetrails.org. In my capacity with BRC, I work from two offices, one at my home in Rapid City, SD and the other is the home office of the BlueRibbon Coalition in Pocatello, ID. Generally about once a month I drive between the two locations. I have a Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ80) that I had Charley put a ARB winch bumper on the front and equip with OME suspension. I drive it and I wheel it.
On my latest trip back last Wednesday night around 10:00 pm, I had just crossed over the border into Idaho when a Moose decided to launch himself out of the opposite ditch and bolt across the road. A second moose decided to do the same and in the darkness, I didn’t see the second one. I managed to maneuver to miss the first moose but unfortunately took the second moose head-on at about 55-60 mph. The Moose went down and obviously I ended up driving over it at whatever speed I was now reduced to having just center punched a 6-7 hundred pound animal. I was able to maintain complete control of the vehicle.
As I pulled to the side of the road I was disappointed to have had the misfortune of taking the life of one of natures most regal animals. I was also shocked to discover that both the ARB bumper and the OME suspension had basically sucked up the entire impact and subsequent driving over of the animal. While I will need to do a little work on the relay pack of my winch and get a new license plate and mounting bracket, there was no other damage to my vehicle other than some serious cleanup.
While the second moose was not fully grown (maybe two years?), this was still a serious impact with an animal that I couldn’t even begin to budge by hand to get off the road. I had to hook up my ARB tow strap to my Land Cruiser to move the carcass from the center of the road in the interest of safety. To have driven away from this with my vehicle virtually undamaged and with no harm to my life or limb is remarkable. Thanks to ARB and OME for building such quality products.
Literally a bull bar that is strong as a moose.
Greg Mumm Executive Director, BlueRibbon Coalition
If anybody wants to know how tough the ARB bumper are, this is now is proof it REALLY WORKS!!
This happened north of Prince George, BC a couple of weeks ago on a Tuesday night while one of our salesmen Jonathan, was heading back from a road trip. At the time of the impact, the truck was going about 65mph (110 km/h). The next morning in Prince George, Jonathan met up with a RCMP officer and mentioned to him that if he was driving anything else but our F-350, police and highway crews would be peeling the moose & Jonathan out of the driver's seat.
The bumper did its job by deflecting the 1500 lb. moose away from the truck. The moose was moving from the left to the right side of the highway.
Unfortunately the impact threw the moose's head onto the hood, then proceeded to swing the butt around and cave in the driver side door and ripped off the mirror as well. The moose continued to do more damage to the front and rear rocker panel of the box, after being driven over. Needless to say the moose is a confirm kill due to verification from a truck driver I talk to on Wednesday.
So for the damaged is estimated around 10 - $15,000.00 CDN & 1 1/2 weeks in the body shop.
We have now made it mandatory for our company trucks to be outfitted with ARB Bumpers after this little incident. You never know when you'll hit another moose.
Mason Funk - Warehouse Manager
Langley BC, Canada
I had an accident back in September of '05, the other driver ran a red light when I was turning across traffic and hit me at the front/passenger corner of the Jeep.
The reason I am sharing this with you is because no one was hurt and there was NO frame damage to my Jeep. I have always believed your products are designed and constructed above your competitor's standards.
Since the accident I cannot speak highly enough of you. The ARB winch bumper was totaled but I am convinced it saved my Jeep from the same fate. My insurance company made the Jeep practically good as new and put a new ARB bumper on the front, I would have not accepted any substitutes.
Gregory L Lewis
Loyal ARB Customer
I trust this company and have heard only the best about its products and the capabilities of its products. I very much appreciate your contribution to THE best hobby and sport on the planet.
Jeep Cherokee owner