Discover from 12 different 4 wheel parts
locations that they ALL hate installing the Tacoma version of Body Armor. "Welcome to our world". I was told this by 7 different techs.
I believe that I have also been a victim of the Chinese version of the stuff. Body Armor used to be mfg here in the US and i was told that now it is not. My front bumper skin is actually twisted somewhat, not from shipping damage but from poor jig alignment when it was welded.
I had a local guy stop me at a gas station here in town who is a Tacoma World member. I pointed out every place where I had to drill out holes and grind on the main mounting plate to get the bumper to go on the truck. I have to take the bumper back off one more time and grind some more on the bottoms of the main mounting assembly gussets as the front of the bumper still needs to tilt down about a 1/4".
My concern is that the top rear edge of the bumper skin will not clear the bottom cross brace that goes across in front of the radiator from one head light to the other head light. The bumper is already rubbing on it somewhat and there is no room for it to go down anymore.
There is a 5/8" gap at each end of the bumper at the fenders. The bumper is not "level" across the front of the truck, under the head lights, or under the fenders. It looks like it is tilted back. It is an extremely tight fit under the grill and over the cross piece between the headlights with the 3/8" lower gaps each side at the fenders. I had to grind a 3/8" taper to both sides of the bottom of the main winch support in order to To get the bumper even close to being aligned enough to even fit on the truck. I know that the entire main assembly was built wrong and there is still the miss alignment and gap between the frame and bottom tabs of main attachment assembly.
I showed this guy at the gas station, he said that he had a 2012 and was looking for bumpers. I showed where I had to grind the main mounting plate and where it needed more. I also showed him that if it needed a little more off that the bumper skin would not tilt forward, raising the rear of the bumper level with the fenders, but then could not clear the center cross brace between the headlights.
I guess you guys are beyond considering that manufactures sometimes make shit wrong. You guys would have given up putting this on I'm sure. I will look into a flicker account to upload pics so that I can tell all you guys to kiss my ass.