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Armageddon Armor by Southern Style OffRoad

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by SouthernStyleOffRoad, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. Mar 18, 2020 at 1:52 PM
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    calebc

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    Having gone through building a stage 2, I would weld it up according to their instructions (i.e. with the bumper on the truck and you fit it to the truck.). The way they've designed these is really cool, but there is still a fair amount of play in the fitment.
     
  2. Mar 19, 2020 at 6:56 PM
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    Here’s another update on mine. The bumper is complete, winch installed, light bar installed, didn’t have an extra hand to help mount it up, so final install will have to wait till tomorrow. One of the things I chose to do different is: I welded shut the slots for the light bar mounting. I welded up the brackets to be permanent for my size light bar. and stage two is 100% welded. Coated in 2k aerosol Raptor coating. Great stuff, kinda pricey. But we’ll worth it.

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  3. Mar 19, 2020 at 7:03 PM
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    Here’s another pic

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  4. Mar 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM
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    toofast4u752

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  5. Mar 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM
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    Another:

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  6. Mar 21, 2020 at 4:23 PM
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    Sand_In_My_Taco

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    Stage 1 complete.

    Going to cut and start on stage 2.

    Any tips from anyone who has done stage 2 / bumper cut?

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  7. Mar 21, 2020 at 4:44 PM
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    calebc

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    My advice for stage 2 (particularly the cut)...measure twice cut once. :D Seriously though, follow their instructions and take your time. I don't know why but cutting for the bumper was no big deal, cutting for the stage 2 had me a bit nervous (normally cutting in to a vehicle doesn't bother me...it's all replaceable.
     
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  8. Mar 21, 2020 at 6:13 PM
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    I check my measurements a bunch for stage 2.....remember when cutting through fender flare you will also cut through bumper hold that line
    and your fender flare cut will show so take your time......
     
  9. Mar 22, 2020 at 10:43 AM
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    Got to put the bumper to the test: Hollister SVRA, CA. Bumper stage2 makes a huge difference while still on stock suspension:rofl:

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  10. Mar 22, 2020 at 10:46 AM
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    getting closer....
     
  12. Mar 23, 2020 at 10:42 AM
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    I ordered my stage 2 when they came back in stock. Fedex came today :cool:

    And he dropped off another stage 1 kit :(
     
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  13. Mar 24, 2020 at 9:07 AM
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    Still deciding on the bull bar.

    I also have the stage 2 in box, but I don't think I'll install it. I think this serves my needs better.

    Also... KC C series was able to squeeze in there. It's not rubbing the winch, but it's close.

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    Also, I think I got the wrong size shackles.. gotta double check. there's about 1/2' play side to side on them.
     
  15. Mar 24, 2020 at 10:12 AM
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    If you're looking for opinions... I vote "yes" for the bull bar. I'd also recommend holding on to the stage 2, as I would suspect you'll eventually want to install them.

    Those look like the proper 3/4" shackles to me. There will always be play in them (you don't want them tight). Order these isolators off of Amazon. They work great and keep them from rattling around.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J2BKYCG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  16. Mar 24, 2020 at 10:30 AM
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    The 3/4” shackles definitely have more play than I’ve seen on other bumpers, but the isolators do help a little.
     
  17. Mar 24, 2020 at 9:40 PM
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    Well, Amazon is pretty much dead for the next month or two (1-2 month delivery time on most things for me that normally come same day).

    I'll make my own isolators with some coolant hose or something. Will be cheaper for sure!
     
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  18. Mar 26, 2020 at 9:25 AM
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    I am really intrigued by this kit, but I have a couple questions. I have never welded a thing in my life, but I am very comfortable with DIY projects and vehicle maintenance etc. If I pick up a welder and some scrap metal to practice with, will I be able to tackle this bumper as my first real project? Also, is a cheap Harbor Freight flux core welder good enough or would I need something more high powered?
     
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  19. Mar 26, 2020 at 9:36 AM
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    Make sure what ever welder you get can tackle the thickest metal of this bumper which I believe is 1/4". The super cheap welders aren't rated for metal that thick.
     
  20. Mar 26, 2020 at 9:48 AM
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    calebc

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    I don't see why you wouldn't be able to tackle this eventually. Generally bumpers aren't a critical piece (meaning if a weld fails while driving down the trail, it's not going to be much more than in inconvenience). The only part you would want to make sure to be very careful/sure of is the shackles as though could have a lot of weight/stress placed on them. These bumpers are made in a way that the joints are all simple clean fitting joints. That simplifies a lot. You also grind down most of the visible welds so you wouldn't have to worry too much about having ugly welds. However, I would do more than just get some scrap and stick it together before starting this. If you have a community college nearby, many have basic welding classes you can take for cheap. There's also lots of online resources to teach you how to weld. I would go get some instruction from a competent weldor before jumping in to this project.

    As for the welder you're asking about. I personally wouldn't buy a HF welder, but that's me. I'd stick to the "brand names" like Miller, Lincoln, Esab, Hobart, etc. Even one of the smaller (135ish range) welders from the brand names could handle this with someone knowledgeable on welding. The bigger machines make it a bit easier to not be as good.
     

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