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ARB Bumper with body lift

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Phisherman162, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Aug 2, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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    Phisherman162

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    I have a 98 taco with a 3" BL. I need to install my new ARB bumper, but I know I will have to do some modification. The install kit for this bumper came with some blocks that are for mounting the bumper on the 03 rig (I think). The blocks are for shorter frames. What I am wondering is if I can weld the blocks onto the top part of my frame, do a little gusseting, then mount the bumper to the welded blocks.

    Please do not start in with the BL cracks. I like my body lift and I don't want to argue about it.
     
  2. Aug 2, 2010 at 12:34 PM
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    paintdiddy

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    are you running a winch or going to in the future???if so i would wouldnt raise the bumper unless you really reinforce the hell out of the mounting brackets
     
  3. Aug 2, 2010 at 1:03 PM
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    Phisherman162

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    reinforce the mounting brackets where?
     
  4. Aug 2, 2010 at 1:08 PM
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    What it looks like is I will have to install the mounting brackets above the frame instead of below the frame. I will also have to sister in another piece on top of the existing frames so I can bolt into the end of that. I can use the blocks that came as "frame extenders" for the 2002 2003 tacoma.

    I called ARB and they recommended I cut up the crush cans and weld them back together. That seems like a bad idea. I would much rather add additional stuff to the frame to make it work then start cutting apart stuff on the airbag compliant part of the assembly.

    Does anyone have pictures of them mounting the bumper on a rig with a body lift?
     
  5. Aug 2, 2010 at 1:40 PM
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    STLharry

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    Sorry, wish I could help, but I have never dealt with body lifts. If ARB recommended you cut them then go ahead I guess. Otherwise good luck.
     
  6. Aug 12, 2010 at 6:18 AM
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    whitaco

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    I have a 3" body lift and was hoping to get some input on this as well. Keep me posted :)
     
  7. Nov 18, 2010 at 9:43 PM
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    So what I ended up doing was welding the crush cans and brackets onto the top of the frame. The body list is exactly the same height as the end of the frame. Instead of mounting it with bolts and screws, I just welded it all four sides, nice and deep. I will be adding gussets when I get a new winch. The warn I had wont fit into this bumper! I will post some pics when bear season is over. Truck was still covered in dear season mud when I went elk hunting. Course, fall chinook after bear season, then we roll into winter steelhead...
     
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