Not That Kind of Sports Bar
If sports bars evoke images of kicking back at the pub with a pot and parma, we’re going to redirect that train of thought to a car. Also known as ‘roll bars’, sports bars are those handle-like additions you see attached to the hindmost half of a 4x4. They are often made from high-strength steel, although other robust materials—such as aluminium, chrome or carbon fibre—are often used. Why so robust, you ask? Because, like many 4x4 parts, sports or roll bars are protective accessories that shine in the case of vehicular roll-over or challenging off-road conditions.
What’s Great About Sports Bars?
Sports bars come with a fair few advantages for cars. Living up to their alternative name, sports or roll bars kick into action when—God forbid—your car rolls over. Of course, we always hope this never happens, but it’s never outside the realm of possibility for four-wheel drives, especially when you’re driving in rural or off-road locations. In the event of roll-over, the sports bar will form a protective cage around your passengers and yourself, which can not only reduce the risk of injury but also be a literal life-saver. The roll bar will also retain the structural integrity of the roof as best it can, preventing claustrophobia-inducing collapses. The ability to hold shape in this way is great for off-roading in general, too. Not only does it provide passengers with that extra stability, but it also better equips the four-wheel drive to navigate more challenging conditions.
What Else Can I Add to My 4x4?
If you’re looking for more to add to your four-wheel drive, we have 4x4 parts galore at Machter. For example, a lift kit may pair well with your sports bar, especially if you’re braving challenging conditions or terrain. With a lift kit, you can add height to your car by adding a spacer between your car’s frame and body. Some people appreciate the aesthetics of this, but the practical reason behind heightening a car is to enhance front or rear suspension lift. This can also help you dodge rocks, branches or other obstacles when you’re driving off the beaten track.
Of course, another popular addition to any four-wheel drive is a towbar. If you intend to lug about some larger-than-life items, you’ll need to secure it with something stable. At Machter, we have a range of towbar attachments to add to your four-wheel drive, so be sure to check them out. If ever you’re off-roading with a camper trailer in tow, a high-endurance towbar will be a must.
Sports Bars for Everything From Toyota to Ford
The final thing to note about sports bars is that they can vary depending on your model of car. Ergo, it’s important to choose your bar carefully. At Machter, we have sports bars available for all sorts of 4x4s, including the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger. Speaking of Ford Ranger fans, we know they often prefer their sports bar to come in black. If this is you—or if you need anything else you’re not seeing in our collection—be sure to ask the Machter team for assistance. We’re always happy to help you find that perfect next addition to your vehicle!
Shop Sports Bars at Machter
Whether you’re camping, off-roading, towing, or just wanting that extra (aesthetic) protection, you can find the sports bar for your car at Machter. Shop our auto parts collection online!