Hi Aaron, thanks for taking time to share your thoughts. No, not interested in a whinch but I believe there is a whinch incl Smartbar model.Have a think about what you want the bull bar for - in many cases they actually reduce the safety rating of a vehicle.
Your 4WD is very good at protecting the occupants even without a bullbar. The flip side of course, is when you have a smaller accident, or you hit wildlife your vehicle comes off second best.
A decent steel (or alloy bar) will take a few medium sized hits from wildlife and off road work without doing any major damage to your vehicle, and the main thing is that you can often drive home with the damage. Without a bar, the same accident might leave you waiting for a tow truck.
Smart bars are very clever, and highly rated by a lot of people. They are certainly a great option. Are you intending mounting a winch? Are they winch compatible?
Hi Bridget, welcome to earth, I think what bar you get depends on where you want to take your car, if you intend on going outback/bush a lot a steel bar would be best, if only going local/beach occasionally type stuff the smart bar would probably do.Good point, thanks! I guess I really have to consider if I want to take to risk to be stranded in nowhere land vs making it to the next mechanic....