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Westin vs Aries Bull bar, technically the same?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Rconectn, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Dec 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM
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    Rconectn

    Rconectn [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Westin is a bit more expensive than the Aries line of bull bars, but does this make it a better product than the Aries line?

    I would like to purchase a bull bar for my Tacoma, but which one should I purchase? Which is a better quality product? I know that because something is more expensive it doesn't mean that it is better. So what do you guys say?
     
  2. Dec 5, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Enforcer

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    getting there....
    go with aries. the welds are alot better than the westins. i had one on my 06. the westins have the black "sleeves" on theirs to cover up crap welds.
     
  3. Dec 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    I say Westin. i got one on my `04. idk if u saw it but i posted a thread about the deer i hit 2 nights ago. my truck is flawless. the only thing is the skidplate is a little bent in but ill be able to just bang it out. in other words, my Westin ultimate ate that thing for breakfast =). and i also was able to keep a little souvenier. theres was (and still is) some fur jammed in one of those "sleeves" lol. i just never took it out... its like my trophy =)
     
  4. Dec 5, 2010 at 10:49 AM
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    Rconectn

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    LOL!

    Ok a little bit more input from a couple more members and then I'll be able to make a choice.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2010 at 9:54 PM
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    pjo

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    I have an Aries on mine - nicely made with clean welds and easy to put on. Only thing I'd suggest is painting the skid plate before assembly if you are thinking about that ;)
     
  6. Dec 5, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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    i have notice that a lot more of the 2nd gens have the aries bar than the westin....
     
  7. Dec 5, 2010 at 10:25 PM
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    go with a avid light bar.
    i had a westin on my truck before and i hated that damn thing. they are so ugly. heres the pics to prove it......

    beautiful avid light bar....
    [​IMG]
    ugly ass bull bar....
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Dec 5, 2010 at 10:26 PM
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    Detective_Dan

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    ^^^^^and to top that off, the bull bars are shitty aluminum, and the avid bar is steel and very very strong
     
  9. Dec 5, 2010 at 11:34 PM
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    OZ-T

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    ^^^ Yup , no difference between them .
     
  10. Dec 6, 2010 at 4:52 AM
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    I have a black aries and have had it for a 2-3 years. It's been good and the only complaint I have is the paint is starting to pit....

    The stainless part has been really good. I use a stainless polish to keep it looking new.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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    I've decided with the Aries black bull bar. I know some people don't like the look of it, but I think it gives the truck a more aggressive look :infantry:
     
  12. Dec 7, 2010 at 1:29 PM
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    Good for you man, go with what you like :D
     
  13. Dec 7, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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    CROSSFAB makes some cool looking light bars also.
    they are a vendor on here.
    http://www.crossfab.com/toyota
    I once had a aries, it saved my factory bumper.
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    now i have a little more protection up front.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Dec 7, 2010 at 2:04 PM
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    I have a black Aries and painted the skid plate black.

    [​IMG]

    V-Train, your pic with the smashed in skid plate makes me laugh. I bent mine pretty good on a snow bank haha. Definitely not the sturdiest piece.
     
  15. Dec 7, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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    I have a Westin, not really sure whats better or not. I haven't had any problems and IMHO I like the looks even though most people dont. I had Westin step bars on my 4Runner in the past and they took alot of abuse, therfore I stayed with the brand when I bought my Bull Bar/Step Bars. GL w/ your choice. Make sure you get polished stainless steel as it wont rust.
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  16. Dec 8, 2010 at 6:03 AM
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    yea, i did mine one night. I was hauling tail down I-95 eating some fries,
    looked up, and 20 yards in front of truck in middle of my lane sits a black
    5 gallon bucket. had just enough time to let off gas, drop fries, and hold on tight. Lol, actually, the skid is so flimsy, i took the bar off, and was able to beat it out with a rubber hammer. you could not even tell it ever happened.
     
  17. Dec 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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    Which one comes as the Toyota Bull Bar? Westin? My truck had it from the dealership and I like it. Wouldn't have payed for it if I had the option, but satisfied with it there.
     
  18. Dec 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    That's exactly what I've got, and in my opinion, it looks sick.
     
  19. Dec 9, 2010 at 12:10 AM
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    Nice ride :thumbsup:
     
  20. Dec 9, 2010 at 12:19 AM
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    same shit as everyone else
    I had a bullbar but i realized how much it increased my approach angle. After a couple good off road adventures my bull bar fucked up my front bumper pretty bad. I took it off and will never get one again. But if you never go off road, i had a westin and it was always faithful to me!
     
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