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Aluminum, Plate, or Tube?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Phuket, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Mar 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM
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    Phuket

    Phuket [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just like the title says. I may be in the market for a new front bumper soon. I've been looking at all pro's tube bumper, elite/relentless bumpers, and a company called aluminess.
    http://www.aluminess.com/trucks.htm

    i was looking for tw's help with aluminum and thoughts on the three different bumpers, and which is the best. By the way my budget is 1k powder coated and installed.
     
  2. Mar 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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    Box Rocket

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    Aluminum is more brittle and will crack and split easier than steel. The trade off is much lighter weight from the aluminum. Personally I would only run a steel bumper, but if you're not bashing it in the rocks then aluminum might be fine.

    For tube bumpers I like the Trail Gear low profile. (that's what I have) Strong and relatively lightweight for a steel bumper. Big plus is total bolt on.

    For plate bumpers I think the Elite is the best looking and looks like a strong design.
     
  3. Mar 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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    TherealScuba

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  4. Mar 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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    kmok

    kmok Plastidipped ma Hootus!

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    I'd go with a tube bumper. It's light as well as strong and I think they look better than plate bumpers.

    X2 on the Trail Gear bumper :D
     
  5. Mar 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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    Snowman

    Snowman I have a problem for your solutionÂ…

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    I think Tim (Elite) makes the best looking 1st gen bumper around.
    But it comes down to what you want it for.
     
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