Nudge Bars vs. Bull Bars – Which bar is right for your rig?
Author: PX Wholesales Date Posted: 22 October 2019
If you’re looking to accessorise your 4x4 and are wondering what to add, you may have asked yourself the question – nudge bar or bull bar? If you’re an avid car enthusiast, chances are that you may know the difference between the two and each of their unique features, but if you have just started to do your research, you’ve come to the right place!
Here at PX Wholesales, we don’t only want to provide you with the highest quality 4x4 parts and products online, but we want to ensure you’re educated to the best of your knowledge on all of the products in our wide range.
What is a nudge bar?
A nudge bar is a car accessory made from lightweight aluminium tubing designed to protect smaller vehicles from minor collisions or accidents.
Often, you will see nudge bars fitted to small SUVs or sedans. Nudge bars offer protection from impact but at more of a minimal level.
Nudge bars are smaller in size in comparison to steel bull bars.
They offer protection for the radiator grille and surrounding areas of the vehicle, as well as protection in low-impact situations.
As well as the protection element, nudge bars are also useful for mounting accessories to the vehicle such as driving lights and antennas.
What is a bull bar?
A bull bar is a strong metal grille fitted to the front end of a vehicle, typically a 4x4. Traditionally, bull bars were fitted onto the vehicle during manufacturing. Over time, people have fit bull bars to their vehicles for the aesthetic aspect or to protect their vehicles from any damage whilst off-roading or being struck by large animals unexpectedly.
Bull bars are traditionally much larger and sturdier when compared to nudge bars, and are more popular with accessories such as spotlights and antennas. Depending on the type of driving you will do, if you’ll be hitting the harsh roads quite often, it is probably best to get yourself a steel bull bar, which will protect you and your vehicle from animal collisions and bumps on the road.
What is the biggest difference between a nudge bar and a bull bar?
The most obvious difference between a nudge bar and a bull bar is the size difference.
Bull bars are larger and bulkier in size, and sit on the front of the vehicle, while nudge bars are smaller and sit on the lower end of the front of the vehicle.
Bull bars tend to give maximum protection from impact while nudge bars offer protection against more minor accidents. Hence, if you plan to be regularly driving in areas where there may be a lot of livestock or kangaroos around, a bull bar is a better choice for you.
On the other hand, drivers who tend to stick to more urban areas may find that a nudge bar is sufficient for their needs.
What do we recommend?
While nudge bars and bull bars can appear to be the same, it’s the small differences in features such as overall weight, styling and material that will be the determining factors in your decision of which one to buy. Regardless of the bar you decide you want to purchase, you should always have it properly fitted so that it is airbag compatible (bull bars), strong enough to handle impacts, and not too large so that it cannot be attached to your vehicle.
Whilst the aesthetics can be the most obvious choice for nudge bars or bull bars, it is important to focus on the safety element and the safety features as the primary objective when researching the different brands and manufacturers on the market.
Still not convinced?
If after reading this article you are still unsure about what you want to purchase, you can contact us and one of our friendly team of experts will get in touch with you and talk you through your needs, and will be able to personally recommend an option for you.