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2003 Tacoma rear bumper options

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by freebird4446, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. Mar 20, 2015 at 12:07 PM
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    freebird4446

    freebird4446 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Looks to buy a rear bumper for my 2003 Toyota Tacoma 4wd 4door. I'm just looking for a replacement, nothing fancy. I was thinking this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1995-2004-T...S-/350563684665?fits=Make:Toyota|Model:Tacoma

    or:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1995-2004-T...W-/111625028157?fits=Make:Toyota|Model:Tacoma

    A new bumper from Toyota is ~$500 so there's no way I can do that. I'm worried about getting a crappy third part bumper or something that won't hold up. It says it's made of steel, it looks the same as my stock bumper, is there anything else I should consider before going this route? Thanks in advance.

    -Pete
     
  2. Mar 20, 2015 at 12:08 PM
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    roehoe72

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    Subd, im looking too. Sorry im of no help...
     
  3. Mar 20, 2015 at 7:41 PM
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    I'm also looking but all the new aftermarket bumpers are made in taiwan, not sure how long a taiwan bumper will hold up. Hopefully someone that purchased a new aftermarket replacement bumper will chime in on its durability.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2015 at 10:09 AM
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    freebird4446

    freebird4446 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Anyone? Will a third part bumper hold up the same as one from Toyota?
     
  5. Mar 22, 2015 at 1:21 PM
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    keakar

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    they are just cheap single chrome layer jobs that start rusting as soon as you put them on. oem bumpers are triple chrome plated with much thicker layers.

    the aftermarket bumpers fit ok and work ok (some have sharp edges that will slice your finder open) but I wouldn't get a chrome one because it wil be rusty in no time. get a painted one and repaint it as soon as you get it and it will last but if you want a chrome bumper, then the only smart choice is to get an oem bumper, new or used, but only an oem will last and not rust.

    I have bought 3 of these aftermarket bumpers and every one was showing rust within 2 months and one did it in just a week. they are cheap!
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015
  6. Mar 22, 2015 at 2:13 PM
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    I just purchased a nice used rust free chrome oem toyota bumper yesterday from a member here.
     
  7. Mar 22, 2015 at 5:50 PM
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    BRP27

    BRP27 When I grow up I want to be just like Me

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    I bought a cheap bumper off ebay about three years ago. I went with a black painted one. It mounted the same as OEM and was just as heavy duty. The old bumper was chrome OEM and was rusted thru due to backing into salt water to launch boats.
    I reused the plastic pads I had on old bumper.
    Don't know how chrome will hold up but they only cost $157 so....
     
  8. Mar 23, 2015 at 5:23 PM
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  9. Mar 23, 2015 at 5:26 PM
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    mhorton1911

    mhorton1911 Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of '19

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    Id just go to some local junkyards and take one from there
     
  10. Mar 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM
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    Can't be any worse than what we got from Toyota.
     
  11. Mar 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM
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    anything not made in china is better quality then most parts and IMO Taiwan doesn't automatically signal low quality
     

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