ARB Deluxe Modular Bull Bar Bumper ReviewPosted in How To: Body Chassis on October 30, 2017
Modern diesel trucks have all the power you need to haul heavy loads, tackle your daily commute in comfort, and even get respectable fuel economy. They are versatile tools, and we are continually finding new uses for them.
Our 6.7L Cummins–powered 2014 Ram 2500 Big Horn 4x4 has served us well for years as a daily driver and long-distance hauler. With a good set of tires and a handful of practical upgrades, it has worked well for most of our needs. However, we were constantly finding that we could benefit from a winch. Couple this with plenty of close encounters with wildlife on the backroads in North Carolina, and we had officially made the case for a front-end upgrade. Understanding that our tow rig would not see any type of extreme off-roading, we wanted something that would add protection and improve the looks of our Ram. Given there is no shortage of bumper options these days for late-model trucks, we came to our bumper of choice after narrowing price, features, and visual attributes.
Our bumper of choice comes from ARB (yes, the same ARB that makes selectable Air Lockers). The bumper is part of the company’s Modular Series line of bull bars. The “modular” part is rather interesting as it allows you to personalize the bumper by running the lower portion of the bumper only, or adding the center grille protector, along with a set of outer wings that guard the headlight area. It fits a Warn 16.5ti winch, so we could pull whatever we need (including ourselves), and the stock tow points are integrated, so we don’t lose any standard features.
To do the heavy lifting, we took our truck to the off-road experts at Low Range 4x4 in Wilmington, North Carolina. While the install took a few hours, it was an easy bolt-on process.