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ARB bumper questions

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kyle01, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. Nov 7, 2019 at 8:02 PM
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    Kyle01

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    So...

    Found an almost new ARB bumper on Craigslist that is listed as “2005+” but I see there’s a bumper that goes up to 2010, then another one from then up- (my truck is a 2015)

    Question is- how different are they?

    I can grab this bumper for about half price... is it just mounting bracket BS that I’d have to mess with? The front end has changed some... but not much. Any ideas? Anybody done this?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Nov 7, 2019 at 8:09 PM
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    You have to search. There's a previous thread on here with photos of pre-2011 arb on a 2012+.
    Major difference is that the older bumper protrudes less.
     
  3. Nov 7, 2019 at 8:10 PM
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    That’s good news in my book. One area where protruding less is a benefit
     
  4. Nov 7, 2019 at 8:15 PM
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    A few mods here and there and counting....
    If i recalled correctly, the 05-11 ARB bumper will hug the 12-15 front end closer.
     
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  5. Nov 7, 2019 at 8:16 PM
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    F-in A. For $700 I could use a good hug.
     
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  6. Nov 8, 2019 at 5:54 AM
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  7. Nov 8, 2019 at 6:27 AM
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    Utah's High Desert.......
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    Installed an ARB on my '14 in March....actually paid a buddy for his labor

    Turned out better than expected...get compliments all the time how good it looks

    My suggestions would be..add a winch during install..no better time to do it

    Or...the 2" receiver is another option too...my bud filled in the gap behind the ARB

    with a section of the OEM plastic...real clean job too...Yes..I changed coils to OME 886's

    Overall.....money well spent....

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  8. Nov 11, 2019 at 6:56 PM
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    Well, I grabbed the bumper this afternoon- it’s like new. The guy bought a regular cab 4 cyl and it was on there- but it was big and heavy for that truck. But it’s not like the one you guys are picturing- it’s plain, no fog light cutouts. I kinda dig it. 1254319E-BF07-4364-B3C6-F0B4883905A7.jpg

    I’ll get it mounted as soon as I’m home for a few days in a row. Thanks @llamasmurf for the link- it looks pretty straightforward... I’m handy with a sawzall and grinding wheel so we should be golden. This is how it looks tonight

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    Jammed into the bed (one of those times you wish you had a long bed) waiting for along ride home from MN after a long week of work up here. Looking forward to it though!
     
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  9. Nov 11, 2019 at 7:01 PM
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    Nice!

    Looks really clean :thumbsup:

    Spam us with the pics when its on, I love the look of these ARB's on our rigs :cookiemonster:
     
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  10. Nov 11, 2019 at 9:00 PM
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    I went w/ OME 885 springs on some 5100’s
    MY12-MY15 sticks out a wee bit longer than the MY05-MY11. Great bumpers tho!

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  11. Nov 12, 2019 at 5:22 AM
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    I have steel skids and sliders, so I upgraded from OME 885's before the bumper to 886's, on 5100's as well :thumbsup:
     
  12. Nov 12, 2019 at 9:26 AM
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    My eibach/toytec/5100’s are sitting on my garage floor now. Nothing wrong with them but I had over 100k miles and blew the rear 5100’s when I loaded the poor taco down with about 2k lbs of oak and had to hump it 10 miles or so out of the woods across some pretty brutal “roads”. Just put a set of Fat Bobs coilovers on the front a few weeks ago and from what I can tell the spring rate is a little higher possibly... at any rate, I’m likely going with the receiver mount for a winch up front as road salt is a killer where I’m at as well, so that saves ~90lbs or so. I don’t see the weight of the bumper alone causing any issues. 7CD9C361-6BCA-4FF2-A4CE-EDA5CE906055.jpg921035D4-5EB0-4696-BB1F-93A55A131D24.jpg
     
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  13. Nov 12, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    I learned why they suggest a sway bar relocation... can’t use it with the Fat Bobs. I opted to just get rid of it. -10 more lbs FTW. Rides nice without it, plush almost. I love it.
     
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  14. Nov 12, 2019 at 9:51 AM
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    good choice, simple cuts with a grinding wheel and things will fit. sold mine to a local who did the same thing

    i do miss the old bumper sometimes
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  15. Nov 12, 2019 at 1:51 PM
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    Mother fucker! I was looking at that same bumper on CL the other week waiting for my paycheck to come in lol.

    Cant wait to be disgruntled when you post the pics.
     
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    Hahahaha... I know the feeling! Just happened to be up here working and saw it on CL last week- but I flew here. So I let it ride till this week and drove back this time. Honey, look what jumped into the back of my truck! Not a typical CL find. I was looking for lower control arms with bushings that aren’t seized... oh well, got a bumper now.
     
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  17. Nov 12, 2019 at 3:04 PM
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    Its a heavy SOB......I added the foggers......$90

    Have fun installing......you'll like it......

    Let us know how the OEM plastic fits behind ARB...

    Remember my installer trimmed it off the ole bumper

    Maybe yours won't stick out as far........:rofl:

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  18. Nov 12, 2019 at 5:02 PM
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    I’ve been looking and damn, the 05’-11’ version tucks in considerably closer. Not sure what necessitated the change but I think @llamasmurf still had to trim his stock bumper to fill the gap. Looking at the pics he definitely had less of a gap to fill however.
     
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  19. Nov 12, 2019 at 6:33 PM
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    No sir, I did not use my stock bumper to fill any gap.

    I actually had to cut notches in my grill to accept it. It sits up much closer to the front.



     
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  20. Nov 13, 2019 at 6:48 AM
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    its about a 3- 4" of lip savings

    some trim the grill and some trim the backs of the triangles of the bar supports, take your pick
     

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