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Old 05-07-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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Front Bumpers

I am looking at getting a front bumper for my 09, and wanted to know what people like. I am looking for a bumper that I can put a winch on, and lights on too. Mounting to the stock factory points is a must, because I don't want to have to trim anything. Any suggestions?
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Depends on your needs. ARB are probably the most stout you can get but would require a beefier front suspension, especially if you want to carry a winch also. Otherwise, check out the vendor section and pick out the style you like best. Relentless offers an aluminum version that only weighs about 60 lbs so if it's just for clearence and minor trail bumps, that might be a good option and would allow you to keep your suspension stock.
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I've looked at that link before... I guess what I am wondering more of is the reviews that people give for them.
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Depends on your needs. ARB are probably the most stout you can get but would require a beefier front suspension, especially if you want to carry a winch also. Otherwise, check out the vendor section and pick out the style you like best. Relentless offers an aluminum version that only weighs about 60 lbs so if it's just for clearence and minor trail bumps, that might be a good option and would allow you to keep your suspension stock.
Yeah I've seen quite a few ARB around. I am going to upgrade my front with Icon 2.5 resi and coil overs so I am not too worried about weight.
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Yeah I've seen quite a few ARB around. I am going to upgrade my front with Icon 2.5 resi and coil overs so I am not too worried about weight.
If you go with something like an ARB and a winch, some of the suspension manufacturers offer a heavier coil so you don't have to preload as much. I know King makes a 700# coil, not sure what Icon or Fox offer but something to keep in mind when you're dropping that kind of money into your suspension.

Also, haven't heard much bad about any of the plate bumpers other than wait time. All-Pros aren't built to take hits like ARB or the ones built by the vendors on here. The aluminum version built by Relentless also won't take impact as well as steel but it's a trade off for the weight reduction.

Lastly, ARB limits the tire size you can clear. Something about how the bumpers are built so unless you want to cut up the brand new ARB, you could have a rubbing issue if you go too large with the tires. I can't remember what size people were having an issue with, I'd have to search to find a thread on it.
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Yeah I know Icon does. And like you said, I have read about the strength of the bumpers and I know ARB is one of the stronger ones.
Have you seen any of these before?

http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-Deluxe-B...130-P3661.aspx
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Yeah I know Icon does. And like you said, I have read about the strength of the bumpers and I know ARB is one of the stronger ones.
Have you seen any of these before?

http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-Deluxe-B...130-P3661.aspx
That's the only ARB I've seen. I've seen a couple with the optional fog lights but, on a 2nd Gen Tacoma, that ARB bumper is the only version I've ever seen. They are very stout, probably have the best connection back to the frame and essentially make the front end a battering ram.

What are you looking to add a steel bumper for? Do you just need an improved approach angle, added protection, recovery points, winch mount, etc? The CBI, Relentless and Demello are all great choices and plenty strong. The ARB is more built up but lacks front recovery points.
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Well I want to throw on a winch, for when I do stupid stuff and get stuck. And driving lights would be nice, since I do a lot of night driving and some trails at night.
I don't do as much off roading as other guys on here, but when I do go out I like to have the right gear. Recovery points, winch mount, and light mounts are a must.
I find that so weird that ARB doesn't have any recovery points on it....
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I am very happy with my Relentless! But be prepared to wait for it though.
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Well I want to throw on a winch, for when I do stupid stuff and get stuck. And driving lights would be nice, since I do a lot of night driving and some trails at night.
I don't do as much off roading as other guys on here, but when I do go out I like to have the right gear. Recovery points, winch mount, and light mounts are a must.
I find that so weird that ARB doesn't have any recovery points on it....
If recovery points are a must, I'd toss ARB out unless you want to weld them on yourself (although with a winch you might not need additional points unless you get really stuck and do a 2 line recovery). Personally, I love the look of the Relentless bumpers but I hear the wait times are pretty long.
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I don't have mine yet (Relentless skids and sliders come first).
But Eric will be getting a call from me to order some Relentless aluminum bumpers some day.
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Do you have to do any trimming for the relentless? Yeah I guess you're right about not needing the D rings if you have a winch.
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anyone have any review on the body armor tacoma front bumper?
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Do you have to do any trimming for the relentless? Yeah I guess you're right about not needing the D rings if you have a winch.

Yes. The steel in front of the rad needs to be removed. Very simple to DIY it. You also need to tuck your wheel well plastics up. If you look at Eric's thread he has install instructions or he used to.

ARB while being a great bumper has literally hundreds of nuts/bolts/washers you need to install. They are a total PITA to install due to this.

You can't get your buddy to yank you out from your winch cable so front recovery points are still needed unless you want to fire up the winch every time you get stuck....and that sucks due to the amount of time it takes. Also lack of front recovery points means you can't use them if your in need of a snatch block pull (winch from truck to snatch block and back to truck).

IMO I would not even listen to everyone's opinions. Look for the best design. Everyone will tell you what they bought is the best. In the end it comes down to design, price, and lead time.

As far as I know only (3) fabricators make front plate bumpers with straps that tie the bumper to the frame sufficiently enough to make hard pulls.
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Yes. The steel in front of the rad needs to be removed. Very simple to DIY it. You also need to tuck your wheel well plastics up. If you look at Eric's thread he has install instructions or he used to.

ARB while being a great bumper has literally hundreds of nuts/bolts/washers you need to install. They are a total PITA to install due to this.

You can't get your buddy to yank you out from your winch cable so front recovery points are still needed unless you want to fire up the winch every time you get stuck....and that sucks due to the amount of time it takes. Also lack of front recovery points means you can't use them if your in need of a snatch block pull (winch from truck to snatch block and back to truck).

IMO I would not even listen to everyone's opinions. Look for the best design. Everyone will tell you what they bought is the best. In the end it comes down to design, price, and lead time.

As far as I know only (3) fabricators make front plate bumpers with straps that tie the bumper to the frame sufficiently enough to make hard pulls.
Which are the three? I just want to find one that you don't have to trim, can have a winch, put lights on, and have recovery points.
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IMO the best way for quick satisfaction is CBI... I do not own their front bumper (I've got a rear hybrid) but they are FAST to build and the craftsmanship is superb.
I totally agree, waited only 3 weeks for this beauty and the crew at CBI was awesome to deal with.
No trimming, winch mount, lights, and 3/4" recovery points.

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I totally agree, waited only 3 weeks for this beauty and the crew at CBI was awesome to deal with.
No trimming, winch mount, lights, and 3/4" recovery points.

With which options did you get it?
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I got the base bumper, with stinger and headlight hoops. The shackles and lights were purchased elsewhere. It was shipped bare steel and I painted it myself. Very affordable bumper in my eyes.
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