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Thread: Terrafirma front bumper, TF007A

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    Terrafirma front bumper, TF007A

    I recently purchased and installed a Terrafirma front winch bumper, https://www.lucky8llc.com/products/t...t-winch-bumper

    In my experience it is a near perfect fit, both inside and outside. Mounting a winch however will require more work to the car. The bumper has a space for the electric motor on the inside and a recession to reach for a free spool lever on the top. My milemarker hydraulic winch does fit, however, I can not operate it's levers since they will hit either the bumper or the cross member on the front. Also, when fitting a winch the AC fans will be in the way. There is room to move them up a couple of cm which may or may not be enough. Once I get that figured out I will let you know

    The bumper came with a bashplate but in order to fit that you will have to cut of the factory tow hook, hence I have not done that yet.

    Overal, the bumper sits really nice and tightly. You can see the wiperwash bottle though but I think the bashplate will cover it largely. My only gripe is that though the fit is esthetically pleasing in that it protrudes minimally from the front of the car, if you wish to add/modify it to have bars to make it a full brush/roobar, there is very little space to do so. Personally I will make an effort though.

    As always, I'll keep you guys posted!

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    Hi Guys, an update of my experience with the bumper so far.

    I got around to mounting the bashplate and I must say that it is a bit of work getting that done. The holes are made into the bumper but they are not threaded so a nut needs to be place on the other end, meaning you have to twist and bend yourself a lot to get them on. It is doable though. The same goes for the bottom part, the bashplate comes with holes pre-drilled but there is nowhere to mount it on the vehicle. I think I'll drill some holes and tap thread into them to mount it to the bottom chassis bar.

    Anyway, now to the less positive part. I recently did a play-day at one of our more challenging terrains and the car slipped into a fairly deep right hand down hole. Not the end of the world but a rock of sorts stuck out of the mud and I hit it dead on with the front bumper. Once I got out the other side I noticed heavy rubbing so I got out to asses the damage. The bumper appeared to have been knocked back so I called it a day and returned home. Once home I tried to find any chassis damage or perhaps see some slippage of the bolts but knothing of that. Whilst staring between the bumper and headlights I noticed a bend in the steel. Turns out the bumper simply bent out of shape just behind the chassis mounts. Since the car was quite dirty I did not make any pictures of that right old mess but suffice it to say that this is quite the design flaw. I never went any faster than a slip from 50cm up and IMHO the bumper should have easily taken that beating. I huge sledge and elbow grease got it back into shape but I do plan on stiffening that part up when I remove the bumper for powder coating after I have built my brushbar on top of it.

    so, in all, I guess you get what you pay for. These things are not that expensive and made of decent steel but beyond the winch mounting and recovery points they seem quite weak.

    That's it for now,

    -P

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    I think I'll stick to my plan to fit the ARB D2 bar
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    Not that i have a RR, but rather a D4. Brit parts and Terrafirma, make a lot of parts for LR. But they seem to be only the basic or a cheap copy of a decent aftermarket item. That why I bought the Devon discrete winch bar. Cost a lot more but in my opinion gives you a lot more protection. As they say you pay for quality only once.
    2016.5 TDV6 Graphite Corris Grey, APT sliders, Goe air comp plate, UHF & HF radio, Airflow snorkel, Discrete Winch,Compomotive rims with 265/65/18 KO Ta's, LLAMs, Traxide dual battery with winch set up, EAS emergency kit,

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTree View Post
    I think I'll stick to my plan to fit the ARB D2 bar
    They are very well built. I also added a 5mm steel bash plate bbetreen the bottom of the bar and the radiator protector. It's not moving 😊
    Gary

    1996 p38a HSE
    2" lift, Gen3 bags, adjustable Terra Firma +2" shocks, adjustable panhard rod, adjustable sway bar disconnects, EAS bypass, Ashcroft ATB F&R, 255/55/18 Toyo Proxes ST for road & 265/75/16 Maxxis Big Horns for off road :)

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