Just bought a bull bar but you're not exactly sure on how to attach it to your vehicle? Don't worry! This installation job is quite easy as long as you have the right tools and basic repair skills. As a matter of fact, it will only take you around 30 minutes to install one on your vehicle. To help you get started, follow the 7 simple steps below:
Tools you'll need:
- Socket and ratchet
- Torque wrench
- Drill and bit
Step 1: Double-check if you have the right hardware included in the package.
Bull bar kits include all the essential hardware for installation. If you notice that the package includes extra bolts or nuts, don't worry because manufacturers include all hardware pieces that can be used on a variety of installation applications. The key here is to figure out which bolts and nuts you'll need.
Step 2: Remove the front license frame and tow hooks (if applicable).
Carefully unbolt the license frame and tow hook (if your car has this hook), making sure that you don't scratch your car's paint.
Step 3: Locate the pre-drilled holes (if there are any).
Once you've removed the tow hook and license frame, look for pre-drilled holes where you could bolt on the bull bar. You may have to get under your vehicle to find these holes.
Step 4: Drill the holes if there are no pre-drilled slots (Skip this step if there are pre-drilled holes).
Mark and drill out the bolt holes using the right size of bit. Make sure that the holes are properly centered and aligned.
Step 5: Attach the mounting brackets.
Bolt the mounting brackets to the holes. In some models, the mounting brackets are actually attached to the core support of the radiator.
Step 6: Bolt the bull bar to the mounting bracket.
Before tightening the bolts with a torque wrench, make sure that the bar is properly leveled.
Step 7: Tighten the bolts.
To secure the bar in place, tighten the bolts with a torque wrench. Always double-check if the bolts are tight.
Bull bar installation tips:
- Before bolting anything onto the front end of your vehicle, figure out first if the mounting brackets are to be attached on the frame rails or onto the radiator's core support. If it's the latter, you might have to get through the grille first.
- Let someone help you during the installation process since bull bars are very large and heavy.
- Make sure you know the torque specifications for the mounting bolts. Bolts that are too tight or loose can cause premature wear and tear.
- Because tightening a bolt is tiring, a trick to make your job easier is to spray some oil-based lubricant or grease onto the bolt threads. This is especially helpful if you're dealing with brand-new bolts.
- If your hands are starting to ache while tightening the bolts, let someone else do it while you take a break. There's no use in injuring yourself during the installation process.