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Old 10-07-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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AEV, ARB, and RSE front bumpers

Anyone out there with either one of these front bumpers? If So would love here what you like and dislike about them!
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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I like the RSE myself just my 02.

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1. AEV and probably ARB are crash tested. RSE probably not.

2. ARB and AEV Premium use standard crush cans which can avoid an expensive airbag deployment in some situations/front impacts.

3. ARB uses stock crush cans cut from stock bumper. AEV Premium comes with welded crush cans installed.
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1. AEV and probably ARB are crash tested. RSE probably not.

2. ARB and AEV Premium use standard crush cans which can avoid an expensive airbag deployment in some situations/front impacts.

3. ARB uses stock crush cans cut from stock bumper. AEV Premium comes with welded crush cans installed.


Good to Know, Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:50 PM   #5
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I have the ARB (since they are Aussie made!) and love it. Personally would have preferred the AEV for looks, but waaaaaay to expensive down here (we get screwed right royally for all that sort of stuff - bout $2K US to get one out here).

The other thing I like about the ARB is the winch sits further back so the fairlead mounts behind the front surface and doesnt stick out anywhere near as far. The crush can argument is not applicable down here as we dont have them.

Also the recovery points on the ARB are part of the bar and are bolted to the side of chassis as well as the 8 front bolts. I believe the AEV is a seperate bracket bolted on.

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Old 10-07-2011, 08:16 PM   #6
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I have the ARB. The thing is built like a tank. It would definitely be my first choice again. The only thing I didn't like is the Name plate. I don't like stickers or badges, so the recessed ARB logo on the front bothers me. I am working on something to replace it. Besides that...



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Old 10-07-2011, 09:00 PM   #7
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I have the ARB. I wanted ARB or AEV because of the Air Bag compatibility. I chose ARB in the end because of price.

What I like about ARB:
Price ($909 to by front door)
Quality
Air Bag Compatibility
Looks
Rugged
Fitment

What I don't like about ARB:
Bolt in Crush Cans
License Holder not Vertical when using Hawse Fairlead
Wiring Instructions for Marker Lights

If I was doing it over, I would go with the ARB again.
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:08 PM   #8
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now if only ARB or AEV would create one out of aluminum and cut that weight down
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:46 AM   #9
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What I like about ARB:
Price ($909 to by front door)
Bloody unbelieveable. They are designed and manufactured in Australia then shipped to the US, yet for me to buy one over the counter in Australia (so pick up, no freight) I was quoted $1675 AU (bout US$1640).

That sucks. Bought mine used for $1,000.
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I have zero experience the RSE or ARB, so no reflection on either. But I did install my AEV front and rear bumper with tire carrier two weeks ago. What I liked was that the directions were very complete, easy to follow and the parts fit the way they were designed to with no adjustments required. All the holes lined up, mine is a 2012 and the winch mount came with a relocation bracket for the vacume pump which worked great. The looks are subjective, but the application is not. So for me anyway I like the look and it mounted cleanly.

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Bloody unbelieveable. They are designed and manufactured in Australia then shipped to the US, yet for me to buy one over the counter in Australia (so pick up, no freight) I was quoted $1675 AU (bout US$1640).

That sucks. Bought mine used for $1,000.

Are they still made in australia? I thought ARB moved production to thailand.
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I installed the AEV, no complaints, easy to install and I added a Warn 9000i winch. I like the smooth lines.
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Thanks all, one thing I forgot to mention is that I would like to be able to attache a Pull bar ideally to the recovery/shackle points. I can see it would be easy with the RSE, but what about ARB, or AEV bumpers?
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:17 PM   #14
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KInd a like this setup;
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question regarding the ARB and AEV...how hard is it to install the winch at a later date after the bumper is installed? ie, after i save up enough for the winch.

i have an ARB on the front of my LR3 (i know, i know), which is a witch to install/uninstall and the winch can only be installed with the bumper off. thus, i had to do them at the same time, which was a lot of coin.
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question regarding the ARB and AEV...how hard is it to install the winch at a later date after the bumper is installed? ie, after i save up enough for the winch.

i have an ARB on the front of my LR3 (i know, i know), which is a witch to install/uninstall and the winch can only be installed with the bumper off. thus, i had to do them at the same time, which was a lot of coin.
Easy with the ARB to install winch later
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great to hear! thanks damman!
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Pics of the AEVs, please?

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