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Old 02-03-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Question for Bull Bar owners

I'm thinking of a bull bar for my 2013 Tacoma DCSB. does the bull bar replace the factory skid plate? Is it one or the other? Thanks, new to TW. Great forum!
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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The one i have does not replace the skid plate,,its an unknown brand i got off craigslist
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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i had a DeeZee bull bar with PIAA lights installed. factory skid plate was not removed. i have a 2012 taco ma tx pro trd. call your dealership and speak to one of the service personel. youll find theyre not a lot of bull bar fans on this site.
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Mine is a Westin. Didn't need to remove the skid. Idk why some instructions say that it needs to be removed. Same with the brush guard my brother got. Still has his skid on too.
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I have a factory bull bar (dealer add-on that's actually made by Westin). I did not have to remove my TRD Off Road skid plates to install it. However, if you have the Toyota accessories skid plate (shown here) I believe it'll have to be removed in order to install the bull bar.
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I have a factory bull bar (dealer add-on that's actually made by Westin). I did not have to remove my TRD Off Road skid plates to install it. However, if you have the Toyota accessories skid plate (shown here) I believe it'll have to be removed in order to install the bull bar.
Mine is still on
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Mine is still on
Good to know! I thought I remember the mounting instructions that came with mine saying that the skid plate had to go (I bought it back in '06, so my memory may be failing me). I do remember having to remove my front tow hook, however.
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Thanks all! Sounds like mainly no need to remove plate, but depends on brand. I'm looking at the Steelcraft, so went to their site to find: Tacoma (*Doesn't fit with factory skid plate)" Thanks again.
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2011 Access sr5- Most of this has been said, but specific model types never hurt, right? I installed a Westin ultimate bullbar with KC slimlites and everything fit perfectly. I did not need to remove factory skid plate.

Also if you need a front license plate in your state, you shant need to buy the license plate re-locator bracket. I did, and when I mounted the bar to the truck, it actually left the plate a little lower than it was on the bumper. (the re-locator is supposed to raise the plate.) So I recommend saving yourself the 20 or so dollars.

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