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1st gen front tube bumper / turn signal opinion needed

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Beefed Taco, Nov 5, 2011.

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Side marker mod or orange after market lights?

Poll closed Dec 5, 2011.
  1. Side marker mod

    12 vote(s)
    80.0%
  2. Orange lights

    3 vote(s)
    20.0%
  1. Beefed Taco

    Beefed Taco [OP] Taco Vending Machine Vendor

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    I'm building a front bumper for a 04 five lug. I'll have some better pics soon. It's a pretty standard style except I'm doing a couple weld in fill plates, the license plate will mount to the top of the skid plate with 3 dimple die holes under the license plate on the skid plate.

    It has 2 light tabs and this bumper will have a standard light protector bar on top of the main tube that'll be flat but will offer the option for a round stinger in the future. I like stingers, but not huge ones.

    This is where I'm looking for some opinions regarding the turn signals the guy wants to have on the bumper....

    Him and I both know about the turn signal mod to make the side markers flash but he bought these orange ones, so I'm going to add them. I'm going to let him decide tomorrow before I weld the brackets on.

    What do you guys think?

    #1. without ? just do side marker mod?

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    #2. or here? kind of the standard place

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    #3. or here? I thought about doing a round dimple die hole in the fill plate and mounting the light behind it but decided since the skid plate is going to have 3 holes on the bottom it would be too many holes and look too busy, or like a piece of swiss cheese. (even though I love swiss chese)

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    #4. or here?

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  2. Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    I'm stuck between #2 and #4
     
  3. Beefed Taco

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    Yeah me too. I think #2 will look good and even though I'm not really digging the lights too much right now, I think it'll end up looking good once the black and orange contrast each other.
     
  4. Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    also #4 looks kinda like it could get damaged easily if the bumper took a hit, but that might just be the way I'm looking at the picture

    I agree that it'll look good once some paint goes on too

    and that I am officially jelly of whoever this bumper is going to :spy:
     
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    Turn signal mod.
     
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    x2 ditch the trailer lights:D
     
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    i am definatley interested in one of these looks awesome! i like first way you have the blinker!
     
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    bumper looks GOOOOD

    Cant wait to see it finished and mounted.

    I personally would do the corner light mod (KISS)

    But if the customer wants those signals, go #2 for sure. Too low and they are vulnerable to damage.

    And a couple of ??? from a potential buyer:

    Stock skids compatible?

    Winch Mount Possible?

    DOM or HREW?

    Recovery points?
     
  12. UndefinedTaco

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    #3 is less likely to get damaged Brian..your main bar will hit first before the light will.
    It'd be nice to countersink it in the back and flush it with one of the fill plates..but that's just my opinion.
    Keep the signal light straight though, so you'll have to notch the fill plate out, then build a bracket in the back that runs parallel with the main bar..so it's even..not turned at an angle to match the line of the fill plate.


    My .2
     
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    Put them in your parking lights. Thats where mine are.
     
  14. Beefed Taco

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    Here's the bumper. I need to note also, this guy's truck is a 04 5 lug that most likely will never see any real world abuse off road. He kind of threw a wrench in my gears a few weeks ago when he said he wanted to have front and rear tube bumpers (I did his rear a while back) but drop the truck a few inches. He's calling it a "Nascar Theme".

    I'm not into building things too different than the way I prefer to make stuff, so I just went ahead and made him a off road style front bumper. He text me yesterday and said he loves it, so that's good.

    He chose to mount the lights down low with a bracket I made (vulnerable off road, I know) and will send me some pics any day here I'm sure. I kept this bumper on the simple side and didn't add a whiole lot of extra bracing since I knew the plans this guy had for the future and how it would be used.

    I have a guy bringing me a 01-04 6 lug in a matter of weeks and have plans on keeping a day or two extra and building a fixture so I can build more without needing a truck to build from, which is what I did with this 5 lug one.

    Thanks for posting up comments and adding some links to items I didn't know existed guys, appreciated!

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    That looks AWESOME...I like it a lot. What would be the approximate price point on a bumper like that? And will the six lug bumper be similar/same in design? I like how it doesn't use the factory recovery point mounts (the two/four bolt holes on the underside of the frame) Those holes are all jacked up and bent out of shape because of some really rough recoveries in the past :D

    Can't wait to see the 6 lug bumper fabbed up!
     
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    looks good! possible winch mount????
     
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    when you fab up the 6 lug bumper one suggestion is to make it compatible w/ the stock skids
     
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    Looks good. I would do 2 or 3. Definitely not 4 though
     
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    I have small led light for mine mounted right above the bumper on the grill piece under the light. Don't have to worry as much about breaking em
     
  20. Beefed Taco

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    Do you have any pics of this mod?
     
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