Roll Bars

If you’re looking for a rugged look, roll bars are an excellent addon for your pick-up truck. They’re also super functional, you can mount just about anything on them (and of course, they do provide some extra protection in the extreme case where your truck rolls over).

Roll bars are an essential part of racing cars as it protects the driver from any severe injuries. It is also popular with truck owners, especially those driving off-road. Roll bars provide additional security during a truck rollover. It supports the vehicle, so it will not crumple inward during a rollover accident.

However, their usefulness has increased over the last several years and shifted to a more aesthetic purpose. Nonetheless, it’s still a great additional feature for your truck, especially if you usually drive off-road or need extra lighting.

If you want to level up your truck by getting a roll bar, you’re reading the right article. Read on for an extensive guide when picking the perfect roll bar.

Top Roll Bars in 2021

Why We Love It: Tyger Auto devotes itself to create high-quality and innovative products that emphasize style, durability, and functionality. With this mission, it created the Sport Bar from durable materials, making it rust-resistant. The tubes come from heavy-duty carbon steel, lined with Tyger Auto’s special “E-coat.” To top it all, it has a dual-stage black powder textured finish. 

What’s great about this product are the end caps and LED light mount brackets included in the package. You will not worry about buying these items separately anymore. The light frames can fit a light bar up to 30″ in length. Still, it would be best if you drilled the truck bed’s side tail lips to install this roll bar.

It is suitable for the following: 

  • 2009-2018 Dodge Ram 1500 5.5′ Bed
  • 2004-2020 Ford F-150 Fleetside
  • 2007-2020 Toyota Tundra Fleetside
  • Most tri-fold tonneau covers mounted on top of truck bed rails

However, this roll bar will not fit the 5th Gen 2019-UP RAM 1500 New Body Style.

Benefits:

  • Superb rust resistance
  • Has end caps
  • Will not block 3rd brake light.
  • Has LED light mount brackets
  • Five-year warranty

Package includes:

  • Three tubes
  • Four Decorative and logo plates
  • Two Rubber plugs
  • Two LED light bar brackets.
  • Two base brackets
  • Two plastic sleeves
  • Screws, washers, bolts, nuts, wire, and wrenches

Overall, the Tyger Auto Sport Bar will exceed everyone’s expectations. Moreover, it has a no-hassle five-year warranty for manufacturing defects and a pending patent for its design.

Why We Love It: The Vanguard Bravo Roll Bar is created for mounting truck bed rails directly. This roll bar of Vanguard is the product of advanced manufacturing techniques that have developed over the years. It is compatible with many models; however, it is not suitable for models with bed covers.

This product only has three parts. They are made from Q235 structural steel with a black primer and a topcoat in black powder. However, you need a professional to install this roll bar as it requires drilling. What’s great about this product is the four mounting points for LED light bars. You can use the mounting points for another type of auxiliary lighting. It is excellent if you need extra light for visibility at night.

It is suitable for the following vehicles: 

  • 2007-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2007-2021 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2004-2021 Ford F-150
  • 2007-2021 Toyota Tundra
  • 2007-2021 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2007-2021 Ram 1500

Benefits:

  • It has three durable parts.
  • Has four mounting points for lights
  • Wide base

Package includes:

  • Three main body parts
  • Washers, bolts, and nuts

All in all, Vanguard Bravo Roll Bar is the most versatile product in this lineup. Moreover, it has the broadest base of all the Vanguard bed bars giving it more support.

Why We Love It: Go Rhino Mid Size Bar has a classic look and is compatible with most bed covers. You can use this product in trucks with folding, retractable, and roll-up bed covers. It is made from mild steel and has a black powder textured finish.

This product boasts compatibility with a wide range of car models. It also has several pre-drilled holes to mount LED lights or any lighting fixture you want. However, it would help if you still bought the brackets to hold the lights. Nonetheless, the Go Rhino Mid Size Bar is also budget-friendly and has a five-year warranty.

This product is suitable for: 

  • 2017-2021 Chevrolet Colorado 61.7 Bed
  • 2015-2021 Chevrolet Colorado 74.0 Bed
  • 2015-2021 GMC Canyon 61.7 Bed
  • 2015-2021 GMC Canyon 74.0 Bed
  • 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 60.5 Bed
  • 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 73.7 Bed

Benefits:

  • Many pre-drilled holes for lights
  • Compatible with most bed covers

Package includes:

  • Central and lateral body
  • Four tubes
  • Two mounting bases
  • Two cover plates
  • Spacers
  • Washers, bolts, and nuts
  • Rivet nut install tool

The Go Rhino Mid Size Bar is a great buy, and it would make your truck look great. Moreover, it is from a manufacturer that has been in the industry for decades.

Why We Love It: The DNA Motoring Heavy Duty Roll Bar is a durable yet off-road stylish roll bar in the market. It is made by one of the biggest distributors in the automotive aftermarket industry. Their motto, “Performance is our DNA,” speaks volumes through this product.

The roll bar is fabricated from lightweight, heavy-duty aluminum and coated with textured black powder. As an added feature, the roll bar includes a cargo box for additional storage when you’re going camping. The product also has square-style support beams to assist with anything you put on top of it.

The roll bar is perfect for: 

  • 2005-2020 Toyota Tacoma
  • 2004-2020 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 2004-2020 GMC Canyon

Benefits:

  • Has a cargo box
  • Has square-style support beams

Package includes:

  • One truck bed roll bar
  • One roll bar cargo box

The DNA Motoring Heavy Duty Roll Bar is another excellent buy as it has a reasonable price.

Why We Love It: If you plan to go off-roading, you might want to get this roll bar. With its patented design, the Black Horse Armour Roll Bar makes its competitions have a run for their money. It is made from durable steel and e-coat rust inhibitor primer and finished with a black powder coat. The roll bar comes with a light plate that can accommodate LED lights up to 50 inches.

You can install this product yourself, which can take up to two hours. But you can also get professional help. It is not compatible with any Tonneau cover, but it is set to release a new model suitable for the said cover. Moreover, you can bolt this product onto the truck, avoiding the tedious drilling installation. The product does not fit Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550.

You can use this roll bar for the following vehicle models: 

  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • GMC Sierra
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Ram
  • Ford F-150

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the truck’s frame
  • Increases performance on sharp turns
  • Easy lighting fixture mounting
  • No drilling required

Package includes:

  • Two installation parts
  • One connecting plate
  • Washers, bolts, and nuts
  • One steel block
  • One Allen wrench

If you want a roll bar that’s both durable and stylish, Black Horse Armour Roll Bar is the one for you. However, with a product like this one, it will come at a premium.

Minimalist Choice

Why We Love It: If you’re going for a subtle look but still have the off-road vibe, check out the Dee Zee Sport Bar. The product is made from heavy-duty steel and has a textured black powder coat for protection. If you want a roll bar that makes your truck stand out, this product’s the one for you.

It has built-in third brake light and a wiring harness. You can also add extra LED lights due to the extruded channel on top.

This roll bar is ideal for: 

  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • GMC Sierra
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Ford F-150
  • Nissan Titan

Benefits:

  • Wiring harness
  • Built-in third brake light
  • Easy lighting fixture mounting

Package includes:

  • Two tubular bars (front and back)
  • One top bracket
  • One bed bracket
  • Two plates
  • One brake light
  • One steel block
  • One rubber boot
  • One rubber grommet
  • Washers, bolts, and nuts

Although it has a minimalistic look, Dee Zee Sport Bar is an excellent addition to your truck. However, you still need to drill some holes in your car to install this one.

How to Install a Roll Bar

Manufacturers of roll bars have their take on installing one. However, they still have the same pattern. To give you a brief overview of installing a roll bar, here’s a quick guide:

  1. Read the instructions first. It is to ensure that you will not instill excessive damage to your truck except for the drilling.
  2. Check if all the parts are present, and every instruction or guide has a list of the components. These parts include the bolts, nuts, and washers. It is also best to check the pieces if they have any defects, scratches, or damages.
  3. Clean the parts and the area where you will install them with water and mild soap.
  4. Take care of the pieces while you install, drill, screw, and mount the roll bar. Any damages you’ll incur during installation are not honored for quality warranty. 

Benefits of a Roll Bar

As said earlier, roll bars are both an accessory and a tool for pick-up truck owners. Below are some of the benefits of installing it on your truck:

  • Strengthens truck performance, especially on sharp turns
  • Produces protection in case of a rollover
  • Fortifies the frame of the car
  • It makes the car more stylish.
  • Increases the truck’s off-road use
  • It gives a smart place to put LED or auxiliary lights.
  • Shields your rear window from damages caused by a large cargo
  • It can decrease the insurance rate because it makes the car safe.

Considerations When Buying a Roll Bar

There are a lot of roll bars in the market, and they are somewhat similar. If you’re still scratching your head on how to find the right roll bar, you’re in luck. Here are the three primary considerations when you’re looking for a roll bar:

Compatibility

First and foremost, you need to check if the roll bar you’re looking at is compatible with your truck. Some products only have a specific type of model/s tailored to them, and some can fit all of the car models. Also, check if the roll bar is suitable with a truck with a bed cover.

Materials Used

Always check the durability of the materials used to manufacture the roll bar. Usually, companies use steel for this product, but you can never be sure of this one. Also, check if it is rust-resistant and has a coating (internal coating is a plus) or finish.

Added Features or Item

These things are not needed, but it is a great marketing strategy for manufacturers. Also, you can get an additional feature or item for free. Here are some of the other elements to look out for:

  • Light mounts
  • Wiring harness
  • Cargo box

FAQs About Truck Roll Bars

What are the advantages of using a roll bar?

One is their ability to have LED lights installed on them. Also, it strengthens the truck’s performance, especially on sharp turns, and fortifies its frame.

Are roll bars rust-resistant?

This question is very tricky to answer. Most manufacturers put “rust-resistant” on their product description, but we can’t be entirely sure of this. As with everything we buy, we’ll rely on what the manufacturer says.

Do you need to drill holes for the roll bar?

Most roll bar installations require drilling holes in your truck. This step will ensure that you can place the bolts correctly. Nonetheless, other roll bars don’t need you to drill holes in your vehicle. 

Can I install a bed cover while there’s a roll bar?

It depends on the roll bar manufacturer, and they usually put it on the instructions or their website.  However, most of the roll bars don’t permit an installation of a bed cover. Not unless you have an adapter to help you install it.

Conclusion

Looking for a roll bar today is a challenging task. However, if you closely check the compatibility and the materials used, you’ll get the best one. Also, keep in mind why you need it. Is it for show or utility? Whatever the reason may be, you’ll choose the best one for yourself. 

For us, the top roll bar on the list is the Tyger Auto Sport Bar. This roll bar is a great mix of durability and functionality and has excellent rust resistance.

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