On Australia Day we celebrate Britains historic arrival on these shores. To celebrate I thought of nothing better than to have a beer, a prawn ("shrimp" if you are American), to watch cricket and to fit side rails to my Landcruiser.
What are side rails, I hear my overseas friends ask. Side rails are bars that attach to the bull bar, (or roo bar), run along the side of the vehicle and attach to the chassis behind the cabin. They are designed to push scrub, and reduce the impact damage that an animal can cause.
This is my side rails. A neat fitting job even if I say so myself!
I recall being at a Japanese wedding which was being held on Sydney Harbour- an amazing affair, and I recall the Japanese guests being fascinated by the bull bar on my Nissan Patrol. It was the topic of conversation for hours.
There are many types of bars to suit many different types of vehicles. If you work or travel a lot on cattle stations then you really need a Tuff Bar. These bars all but block any chance of an animal damaging the radiator and sides of your truck. However that can be very heavy and drag the front suspension down. The Crusier in the photo below must have had after market springs fitted.
This bar sure looks Super Tuff! It looks like part of a bridge. Note it has 2 side rails on each side.
Due to the drama I had with a certain manufacturer, my new Landcruiser is fitted with a genuine Toyota bull bar, and so I bought genuine side rails to suit. I am happy with the design.
Fitting the bars was a methodical affair and with clear instructions we had the side rails bolted on and painted in a couple of hours.
At the end of this process a nice icy cold can of Victoria Bitter was had and enjoyed.