Spe­cial Re­port

A new bumper with no cut­ting re­quired

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

Fit­ting an af­ter­mar­ket bull bar more of­ten than not means some­one has to take a saw to the ve­hi­cle’s orig­i­nal bumper and cut it to fit. This is not ideal if you want to re­turn the ve­hi­cle to stock – half-a-bumper is not quite stock. Op­po­site Lock re­cently in­tro­duced a new range of Piak no-loop bull bars that re­quire no cut­ting.

The 4×4 ac­ces­sory mar­ket is a con­stantly evolv­ing one, cater­ing for a va­ri­ety of tastes and re­quire­ments. From light polyurethane num­bers which mainly pro­tect ve­hi­cles when they strike a wild an­i­mal and heavy re­place­ment bars which can house a winch, lights and ra­dio aeri­als, to so-called no-loop bars that in­crease the ap­proach an­gle and add some mus­cle, but are lighter and less bulky than tra­di­tional bull bars.

Which brings us to Op­po­site Lock’s new range of Piak no-loop bars for a se­lec­tion of pop­u­lar bakkies.

The range of new bumpers is avail­able for the Toy­ota Hilux, the Ford Ranger, the Isuzu KB and the Nis­san Navara.

One of the ma­jor ad­van­tages of the Piak bull bar is it re­quires no cut­ting of the orig­i­nal plas­tic bumper. It sim­ply bolts into place, fill­ing the gaps left by the orig­i­nal bumper.

Piak is a highly re­garded af­ter­mar­ket brand in Thai­land, where dou­ble cab and SUV ac­ces­sories are as pop­u­lar as Gupta jokes in South Africa. In Thai­land, the brand’s prod­ucts are en­dorsed by most of the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers, its prod­ucts ap­proved and cov­ered by orig­i­nal ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer (OEM) war­ranties. This in­cludes airbag and crash-test com­pat­i­bil­ity.

plenty of pro­tec­tion

Okay, so the Piak no-loop bumpers en­sure that no bumper cut­ting is re­quired. But they have plenty of other cool fea­tures. Such as heavy-duty re­cov­ery points and high-lift jack­ing points, as well as pro­vi­sion for a winch to be fit­ted. There is also polyurethane pad­ding for mi­nor im­pact pro­tec­tion, and if your ve­hi­cle has been fit­ted with park­ing sen­sors in the orig­i­nal front bumper, the sen­sors can be retro­fit­ted in the bar, too.

The price for the new Piak no-loop bar is R19 999. This ex­cludes fit­ment.

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