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Old 11-20-2012, 07:33 PM   #41
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This is very interesting... I have the same ARB bumper.. Looks like the ARB really did not save the truck.
Its totaled..

What should be done to fix this problem, or is it not really fixable. I bought the ARB hoping it would save my truck from being totaled by a deer..
what a let down...
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This is very interesting... I have the same ARB bumper.. Looks like the ARB really did not save the truck.
Its totaled..
Big strong bumpers can't do everything, obviously. Hitting an animal at 100 kph (about 70 mph) is a hell of an impact. As previously pointed out, the truck was still drive-able because of the protection of the bumper. It may have prevented the carcass from flying through the windshield.
Luckily the air-bags worked .
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This is very interesting... I have the same ARB bumper.. Looks like the ARB really did not save the truck.
Its totaled..

What should be done to fix this problem, or is it not really fixable. I bought the ARB hoping it would save my truck from being totaled by a deer..
what a let down...
You've obviously never seen what a 140+lb animal at highway speeds does to unprotected vehicles.


The ARB did it's job.



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That's what these things are designed for and why I wouldn't own anything else.
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My parent's hit a deer in their 2000 Impala going about 70 MPH on Christmas day, and the repair would have been a bumper, a headlight and some slight fender work. But the insurance totaled it because it cost $1500 to fix. No air bags, no frame damage only some skin on the car and it was still road safe. Then they got a Avalon and never looked back.

If one deer hit a Taco at the same speed, and it caused more damage than that. But the only difference was that a bumper that was much stronger against impact was used, instead of a plastic foam of the Impala. There are strong bumpers that provide the support for recovery and deflection, but the bumper has to absorb most of the impact to save the truck. This bumper failed in that regard. If you had the bumpers off of a 1986 Caprice, they could take a Taco in the rear at 40 MPH and just bend some sheet metal. I think the old bumpers from that era were much better than the ones used today. It's proven by many insurance tests that the old ones worked.

Just my thoughts from many a crash with me inside.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:11 PM   #46
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SupraTT had a deer collision around the same time. The All-Pro bumper deformed to absorb some of the energy. Plenty of trim damage but the frame didn't crumple, so truck was not totaled: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-hit-deer.html
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frame damage doesn't always mean totaled either. nor does airbag deployment, blahblahblah and all the other "myths".

my experience and it wasn't totaled despite frame damage:


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^Of course the frame can be replaced (Toyota was getting good at it with all the rusty frames...), and the Taco's residual value is high. Whether the truck becomes technically totaled becomes an accounting decision for the insurance co. So you plan to repair your truck or to scuttle it?
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:50 PM   #49
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^Of course the frame can be replaced (Toyota was getting good at it with all the rusty frames...), and the Taco's residual value is high. Whether the truck becomes technically totaled becomes an accounting decision for the insurance co. So you plan to repair your truck or to scuttle it?
me or the OP? that all happened Jan 2012, since has been repaired, good as new(well..)


still curious on OPs decision though, or more-less his insurance companies decision lol
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Nice truck, I like that TG bumper on yours
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:30 PM   #51
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Very true...becuse the air bags went off and the frame is twisted bla bla bla doesn't mean its totaled, can happen and it can be fixed or complete
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:26 PM   #52
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Complete rebuilt.. if the ins co totalled it, its lost over half the value it was before the accident. If you buy it back from the ins co and rebuild the truck you will have to sign a damage disclosure that there was more than 2k of damage Done to the vehice. When you sell, if u sell it you would have to tell the dealer or buyer about the damage disclosure by law.

Ive rolled a Colorado before and it was totalled, bought back from the ins co , rebuilt it drove it for another 40 k and traded it for my tacoma.. I did not get the 9k the truck was worth if it had not been totalled, instead I got 3k..

So this why I say the Arb did not save the taco. The ins.co totalled it. Sure ya can rebuild it from the ground up, but ya might as well make it a hobby truck. It will never resale high, and by law the next owner will know about the damage.

So Yeah I've rolled trucks and set them on a fours and continued to drive it without major engine work..
And I know what fuckin deer to vehicles, I've hit many in my driving career, I've hit 3 with two stock Toyota bumpers and none so far with the Arb ....

Maybe now you see where I stand....?
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I just cleaned out a buck at 45.. My allpro tube didn't flinch, only damage is a turn signal.. And this bumper is way leas expensive that an arb!
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:16 AM   #54
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I don't think speed is the only factor here. Hitting the animal square on or deflecting his rear a little, the size of the animal, if he was standing there like a derp haha or running etc . . . and of course how fast you're going. People seem to hit deer every other weekend here in the Dakotas and you can see varying damage from similar sized deer on roads with same posted speed (assuming people are within 5-10 of that as a constant). Simply stating that "I hit a deer once and had less damage" doesn't really account for many factors. Just something to consider before we start claiming what bumpers are better off of one deer strike each. Now I'm totally behind the "conceptual" here, and saying a bumper that gives a little, like crumple zones on a car, could have it's perks. Just didn't want to see three or four bumpers that have been in one singular deer strike a piece compared as if that means anything at all.
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I almost smoked an elk the other day with my brute force....I bet the bumper kept the deer from going through your windscreen though.
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hey creston that arb bumper is freaking sweet!!! but does it effect your gas mileage a noticeable amount or very minimal amount?
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Very minimal. You wont even notice it.
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For those who were curious, the truck just sold at auction for $6100.00!
I recently bought a 2007 Tundra, and going to look at a 94 4Runner for beating around the bush. Bye bye Tacoma.
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Thinking of selling my ARB bumper. What do you guys think it's worth? It is in very good shape.
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ill take you up on the offer for a good price?
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