Introduction: Testosterone-Mocking Bull Bar

Do you like the aggressive look of steel tubing on your rig but your spouse has more important things to spend your money on? PVC is cheap, customizable, & nobody will be able to tell the difference. If they can, they won't say so because of how aggressive your car looks.

Step 1: Google & Plan

Browse some pictures & make a sketch. I was going for this look but without the brush guard underneath. And bigger, since this is mockery.

Step 2: Gather Up Your PVC, Supplies & Tools

I used 2" PVC; 3" is just huge, I guess because those measurements are inside diameter.

Weird thing is, I never see other giddy people in the plumbing aisle planning projects. Which is fine. I've laid a whole project out on the floor of Home Depot & nobody even noticed.

Generally, your choices of fittings are 90 degree, 60 & 45. It's pretty convenient that two 45s equal a 90 - degree corner. Not so with 60s, so I didn't use them.

I used two 45s at the horizontal top, two more 45s to get to vertical, two Tee fittings on the sides, and two 90s to turn it towards the underside of the car.

Other supplies you'll need are a stick of 2" PVC and PVC primer & cement.

The ultimate cutting tool would be a chop saw, another expenditure with zero priority in my household. I used to use a Sawzall, but then I discovered my Skil Saw makes straighter cuts.

Step 3: Crawl Under Car & Find Attachment Points

I bet every car has something solid to bolt the bull bar onto. Find it.

Step 4: Cut & Dry Fit

I thought it would be easiest to start building from the bottom. I measured how long a piece of PVC needed to be to extend from where I was bolting it underneath to in front of the grille.

I drilled a hole in the PVC pipe and just finger tightened the bolt through it and the metal with a hole that I found under the car.

Dry fit means you assemble without the cement.

Also, I made sure my creation wouldn't obstruct opening the hood. I didn't, however notice I was blocking the brights. Oh well, still got those fog lights below.

Step 5: Glue It

This is a little more challenging than it appears because the cement sets quickly - maybe 5 seconds - and sometimes the pipe doesn't want to go down in the fitting & seat. This problem is compounded when you're trying to glue a length of tubing between two fittings at once like across the top.

What I do is use a heavyish tool like a wrench to tap or bang frantically on the end before the glue sets. It works.

Ideally, you're supposed to slide the tubing in the fitting, turn it a quarter turn, & hold it for a second so it doesn't try to slide apart.

You know, it's not under water pressure. You might even be able to skip the glue altogether, & then you could scavenge the parts for another project later. Remember: PVC cement is forever (unless it wasn't seated properly).

Step 6: Paint & Secure in Place

I tried foil tape as a covering, but it didn't look like chrome. It looked like wrinkly foil.

I used "hammered" spray paint. Textures are good. To conceal those PVC joints. The not gently curving ones.

It was windy at my house, so I went to the car wash to paint it.

Then I secured it to the car's grille with zip ties.

Step 7: Done!

What I'm not happy with:

I didn't mean for it to be that wide, but that's where the securement points underneath were. But oh well, it looks like a combination between a bull bar & a grille guard.

I don't love how abruptly the 45-degree elbows turn. Same with the 90s that turn underneath.

Accidentally blocked my brights.

But it's a joke, not perfection, right?

What I do like is that I can see the top of it while I'm driving & it gives the illusion of having tight trail-like steering. No, really!

And what I do like is if I want to take it off (can't imagine that I would), it's held on by two bolts & two zip ties.

Comments

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InstinctsKill (author)2015-09-16

If you have access to a heat gun and want to improve the look of this, you could ditch the joints and bend your PVC into place with the heat gun. It would look much cleaner without the joints, but it would take a bit more time and planning.

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Loki1988 (author)2015-05-16

Is this a kind of a joke? If you hit a person and the pipes breaks you will hurt the person extremely.

Greeds of an engineer from Germany.

Looks ok, but its to dangerous... Sorry

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xaenon (author)Loki19882015-05-16

If you hit somebody hard enough to bust those pipes, it isn't going to be the pipes that injure him. It'll be the approximately 3,000 lbs of automobile they're attached to that injures him.

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Mario2007 (author)xaenon2015-05-17

pvc left out in the sun becomes brittle, I doubt it would require that much force after a while.

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xaenon (author)Mario20072015-05-17

not much force, no. But if this is attached to a car, and the car hits a pedestrian, the bulk of the injuries sustained would not be from this PVC contraption - they would be the result of BEING STRUCK BY A CAR.

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copernicus66 (author)xaenon2015-08-29

I'm careful not to hit anything. It's pretty fragile. I go real slow where I know the deer hang out.

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Vyger (author)2015-05-16

You may not think anyone in HD noticed but somewhere they probably have that surveillance tape specially tagged just in case.

I wonder, if you put the right kind of holes in it in the right places you might get it to make noise like a digerry do. Dude, your car is moaning!!

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copernicus66 (author)Vyger2015-08-29

lol lol

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egray9 (author)2015-05-16

You forgot to blur or block your tag in the third picture! I'd fix it if you are concerned about privacy, as the other blocked out tag photos suggest!

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copernicus66 (author)egray92015-08-29

I've always wondered about that. What happens if you don't blur it out?

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vicesat (author)2015-05-17

So whats the point of this?

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copernicus66 (author)vicesat2015-08-29

What part of Europe are you in? Well, some guys love their trucks. They'll spend $1000s on tires, wheels, lift kits, chrome doodads, etc. I'm so jealous. I don't say that though. Instead I made this to mock them. I like to make things but am not very mechanical. You're right about 'murica. We get away with using my favorite building materials: Duct tape, caulk, & wire.

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grannyjones (author)2015-05-18

Horribly flimsy stuff is already on most cars. The only difference is this is not horribly EXPENSIVE!

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copernicus66 (author)grannyjones2015-08-29

cheaper than a steel bar, for sure

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gravityisweak (author)2015-05-18

This is pretty amusing. It also gives you a visual of how close the front of your car is from a wall, etc when parking. I wonder if you could sand down the sharp edges of the connectors to give it a more streamlined look.

If you wanted to be super fancy and make it look even more like metal, you could heat and bend the pvc to shape the bends and be able to use fewer connectors. Nice work!

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Yeah, I thought about bending. I've bent PVC before, & it's hard. I wonder if it's even possible to make a 45 degree bend. But yeah, being able to see the fittings is the lame part. If you wanted to fool anybody.

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sxcgreekboi_24 (author)2015-05-19

Bull bars are meant to protect your car dude, not just sit there for looks, any ways that's a nudge bar not bull bar, besides that its a pretty good idea to not hit walls like that dude said

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There are no bulls where I live. I'll be sad if a deer shatters it, though.

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longwinters (author)2015-05-19

Right idea wrong place, if you made side bars it would prevent door dings.

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copernicus66 (author)longwinters2015-08-28

Good idea, but it would be hard to open said doors.

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vicesat (author)2015-05-17

In europe this is too much ilegal, you have luck to live in a country with more freedom to do what you want with your car.

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neopolitan (author)2015-05-16

super funny car mod. i would like to see one on a gremlin...

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deldotb (author)neopolitan2015-05-16

I'm totally doing that for my Civic... I live in Texas and a whole lot of bubba trucks with cattle guards here.

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Vyger (author)2015-05-16

Another thought, fill it full of cement. Then things really will bounce off it.

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myrrhmaid (author)2015-05-16

Love it! WANT!

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