I’ve mentioned this before, but when you buy a new model of vehicle, there will be delays for accessories. The bullbar was no exception to this.
I searched the Web, I attended a number of local 4×4 stores, but what was letting me down was that no vendor had a bullbar that fit the Pajero Sport Exceed. They started making them for the GLS and GLX but not the exceed. The excuses were all the same, you can’t fit a bullbar to the exceed because of the forward facing radar and front camera. I started to wish I had bought an GLS and saved myself some money. I did some research and couldn’t work out why it was not possible.. adapt and overcome?
I stumbled upon the MCC Bullbars. After heaps of research I was in two minds. There was a lot of negative feedback about MCC and their lack of customer service and some posts about bars not fitting correctly. I made my own inquires and sent off some emails which were all answered. The main question was, will this bar fit an Exceed? The answer was yes.
I decided to bite the bullet and went to a local MCC dealer at Rothwell who were quite helpful and made further inquires for me to ensure it would fit my vehicle.
Just as it was determined to fit, it was realised that the MCC rocker Bar or any of MCC bars did not allow for the headlight washers, there was no provisions. By law, if the vehicle is fitted with the headlight washers you can not remove it otherwise you would be driving a defected vehicle. I asked the dealer if it would be possible to transfer over the existing washers into the bar, they were unsure and after a few discussions we decided to give it a go.
I dropped off my vehicle and agreed to leave it there for 3 days so that they could fit, cut and install washers, remove and paint and then refit.
I opted for the bar to be painted the same colour as the vehicle as it’s quite a big bar and even though I knew it would stand out I thought by having it colour coded it might bring it back just a touch.
*** Price $3150.00 supplied, modified, painted and fitted ***
For those that are unfamiliar with the rocker bar style, it does not have any loops over the headlights (you can add them if you want though I found out).
Another main reason for wanting a bull bar was clearance. Whilst the Pajero is a capable 4×4 the clearance was an issue for me, it was pretty limited. I figured with a new bar and a lift I could reach far beyond the places I went with my Navara.
Time came to pick up the Sport and well… as I thought.. it was large, probably larger then I expected. Because there are no loops on it, it visually sticks out the front of the vehicle. I toyed with the idea of putting loops on however I did not want to be like everyone else.
This is the first photo I took of the Rocker Bar fitted.
As I drove home that day I remember thinking… what have I done.. do I like it? Its not like I can just take it back, I’ll just learn to live with it. That I did. As the days went on I started to like it. It increased my clearance like I wanted. It looks different to all the others like I wanted, it was just missing something… I needed to fill the space where it stick out, however once again I was told that I could not mount anything like spot lights on the front of the bar as the forward radar would be affected. I don’t like to be told I can not do something especially when there would be no reason why you couldn’t (in my mind).
I decided I would pull the front of the vehicle apart and get a better look at the radar.
After a little more testing with trying to block the radar I came to the conclusion that there was no reason why you couldn’t fit some spot lights providing they were far enough away from the radar itself which sits behind the Mitsubishi logo.
I ordered some 7 inch LED sport lights again from the 4wd Supacentre for about $150.00
Now I already had fitted the LED Light bar so adding the spot lights was easy considering I had already tapped into the high beam wire.
Check out my Instagram for more photos of the MCC Rocker Bar