There are plenty of useful and stylish accessories for your Ford truck, and most of them are pretty self-explanatory. Tonneau covers keep your cargo safe, bed liners protect your truck’s bed from scratches and dents, but the purpose of a sport bar isn’t immediately obvious.
Sport bars are triangular bars that stretch between the cab and the truck bed. They were invented as a safety measure for off-road driving. In the event of a rollover, the sport bars were meant to support the cab and prevent it from crumpling inwards. In addition to providing protection, sport bars also serve as a place to mount lights to help illuminate off-road trails and rural roads.
In addition to serving a practical purpose, sport bars became a trendy truck accessory in the 1980s. Like many other retro fashions, these accessories are making a comeback.
Originally, sport bars were built from durable steel. However, modern sport bars are often added for aesthetics purposes, or only to serve as a mounting point for lights. Therefore, even if your truck has this accessory, it’s no guarantee that the bars will provide support during a rollover. If you’re planning on taking your truck on an off-road adventure, make sure to do your research on the intended purpose of its sport bars.