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ross123 01-31-2011 12:02 PM

aluminum vs regular bumper
 
well i plan on buying one of your bumpers when i get back from Afghanistan. im just wondering what the difference in your bumpers are? i know the aluminum is obviously lighter. but how much strength are you losing with the aluminum? sorry if this is a dumb question. i really just don't know what one i should get. thx for your help

RelentlessTaco 01-31-2011 07:31 PM

The steel bumper is always going to be stronger unless a lot of gussets/bracing was added to the aluminum version. The major benefit of the aluminum bumper is weight savings (approx 50lbs....1/2 the weight of the steel), and also corrosion resistance for harsh climates. Aluminum doesnt rust like steel does, so that could be a selling point as well.
The aluminum bumper is still very strong, and will handle winching and recovery with the 2 included 1" recovery points on the bumper. The time when the aluminum wouldnt be as good, is in rocky areas. It will scratch much easier than the harder steel so you could get scrapes/gouges in the metal if you bump rocks. The main weakness on the aluminum bumper would be a hard impact all the way at one of the front corners- it would bend backward easier than a steel bumper.

trowlan1 02-01-2011 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by RelentlessTaco (Post 2674890)
The steel bumper is always going to be stronger unless a lot of gussets/bracing was added to the aluminum version. The major benefit of the aluminum bumper is weight savings (approx 50lbs....1/2 the weight of the steel), and also corrosion resistance for harsh climates. Aluminum doesnt rust like steel does, so that could be a selling point as well.
The aluminum bumper is still very strong, and will handle winching and recovery with the 2 included 1" recovery points on the bumper. The time when the aluminum wouldnt be as good, is in rocky areas. It will scratch much easier than the harder steel so you could get scrapes/gouges in the metal if you bump rocks. The main weakness on the aluminum bumper would be a hard impact all the way at one of the front corners- it would bend backward easier than a steel bumper.

Have you seen the aluminum version after a deer strike or similar. Once I get my Taco, this will probably be my first mod. We don't have alot of rocks down here in Middle Georgia, so deer are my biggest concern. (4k in damage over last 2-3 years). Have you had any customers with the aluminum version who have any experience with this?

RelentlessTaco 02-01-2011 09:50 AM

Well, the 1st aluminum one will be shipping to BC Canada this week, so i havent seen any after hitting a deer. It will definitely protect the truck better than any of the factory junk! And adding a tube grille/headlight guard on the bumper would add even more strength and protection to the the truck.

OZ-T 02-01-2011 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by RelentlessTaco (Post 2676990)
Well, the 1st aluminum one will be shipping to BC Canada this week

:)

trowlan1 02-01-2011 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by RelentlessTaco (Post 2676990)
Well, the 1st aluminum one will be shipping to BC Canada this week, so i havent seen any after hitting a deer. It will definitely protect the truck better than any of the factory junk! And adding a tube grille/headlight guard on the bumper would add even more strength and protection to the the truck.

Sweet. BTW I love your stuff, those Rock Rails are a must to when I get the truck.

Thanks

RelentlessTaco 02-01-2011 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by trowlan1 (Post 2677346)
Sweet. BTW I love your stuff, those Rock Rails are a must to when I get the truck.

Thanks

Thanks man, sounds good. :thumbsup:

ross123 02-01-2011 03:32 PM

Thanks for the fast response I got 10 months to think about it.

trdtrav 05-18-2011 07:20 PM

Can the aluminum bumper be painted or powder coated? I do alot of ice fishing here in Minnesota, so weight is a big factor! Thanks.

OZ-T 05-18-2011 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by trdtrav (Post 3193345)
Can the aluminum bumper be painted or powder coated?

Yes to both

Claytor 09-06-2011 11:24 PM

First off I want to say that this is the best looking aftermarket taco bumper I've seen. Both the front and the back ;)

I'm leaning towards the aluminum front bumper for the lighter weight, no back bumper yet...I can't spooge that much money right now haha.

How long from order to delivery? :D

4Wheelin4Banger 09-06-2011 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by RelentlessTaco (Post 2676990)
Well, the 1st aluminum one will be shipping to BC Canada this week.



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Originally Posted by OZ-T (Post 2677016)
:)

What are you smiling about OZ?
Smile if you ever get it installed. :spy:

OZ-T 09-06-2011 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by 4Wheelin4Banger (Post 3688614)



What are you smiling about OZ?
Smile if you ever get it installed. :spy:

:)

4Wheelin4Banger 09-06-2011 11:57 PM

Still looks stock to me :eek:
http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...liveC0uMR2.jpg

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Originally Posted by OZ-T (Post 3097582)
Relentless Fab aluminum front bumper ( I have it , not installed yet )
That's where I am for right now , Relentless Fab aluminum bumper to go on .


OZ-T 09-07-2011 07:27 AM

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Originally Posted by 4Wheelin4Banger (Post 3688630)

Good 4 U

RelentlessTaco 09-09-2011 01:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Claytor (Post 3688580)
First off I want to say that this is the best looking aftermarket taco bumper I've seen. Both the front and the back ;)

I'm leaning towards the aluminum front bumper for the lighter weight, no back bumper yet...I can't spooge that much money right now haha.

How long from order to delivery? :D

Thanks for the compliments.
About 3 months right now. :eek:

Claytor 09-11-2011 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by RelentlessTaco (Post 3701230)
Thanks for the compliments.
About 3 months right now. :eek:

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sorry I think I blacked out for a second and when I read that...Well if I want the best I guess I'll have to wait then...but I wont be happy! (crosses arms :mad:)

I'm sure it will be worth it though

Order has been put in on your site :D

RelentlessTaco 09-12-2011 03:06 PM

I'm responding to emails now so you should be hearing from me today. :cool:


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