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bull bars

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by fibertop, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. Oct 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM
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    fibertop

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    I'm looking to beef up the look of the front of my truck a bit. Without going to a full brush guard, what are my options? If I go with a bull bar, are Westins worth the extra dough? any help or ideas would be appreciated.
     
  2. Oct 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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    rhoppas

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    Here's a Hunter brand bar that will save you some cash if you like the looks. More pics in my gallery...

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Oct 24, 2009 at 2:15 PM
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    not a big fan on those but that one looks pretty sweet :thumbsup:
     
  4. Oct 24, 2009 at 2:16 PM
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    fibertop

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    Looks great on your truck. I was thinking a black tube with stainless skid plate would look best on mine.

    taco2.jpg
     
  5. Oct 24, 2009 at 2:21 PM
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  6. Oct 24, 2009 at 2:33 PM
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  7. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:10 PM
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    That Hunter one looks pretty cool. I have a black Aries myself and love it. And no, you don't remove the factory skid plate. Here's my black aries.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:21 PM
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    I am not completely sure but I think you do have to remove the optional OEM skid plate to use the Hunter bar. I did not have the OEM skid plate so it was not an issue for me. You should check with the manufacturer.
     
  9. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM
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    I think I read in the Westin install doc that you lose the skid plate
     
  10. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM
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    hate hate hate bull bars
     
  11. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:27 PM
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    What would you recommend then? I would prefer something finer like a nudge bar but haven't seen any for Tacos
     
  12. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:28 PM
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    That would be odd since they're virtually identical to the Aries bar I'd imagine they mount in the same location.

    But yes if you have the optional skid plate that does have to be removed.
     
  13. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:31 PM
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    rhoppas i like your set up i have the rubber mats i should have went with the ones you have how much did those run for and also the front bars i want that set up in black .. your truck is really nice
     
  14. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:41 PM
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    Thanks for the compliments scrtsql. It's been fun getting it to this point. I think I am about done with it, at least on the exterior. I would still like to put on some angry eyelids.

    My mats are Weathertechs. They are hugely popular on this website. They come up on the sides so no water/snow/dirt can get outside the mat. I believe they are about $100 for the front set or $160 for all 4. Well worth the money in my opinion.
     
  15. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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    Rhopass how about the bull bars did you get them their or where did u order them from
     
  16. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM
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    rhoppas - nice! I have the Hunter nerf bars and have been looking at their bull bar for light mounts but couldn't find pics on a SWB Sport. Thanks for the pic, that pretty much made up my mind.
     
  17. Oct 24, 2009 at 3:54 PM
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    It has been almost 2 years since I bought mine. I think I got them from the site below. However, this site doesn't list the bar for Tacomas now. I believe the ebay site I posted above is the same people just selling on ebay.

    http://www.huntertruckwholesale.com/
     
  18. Oct 24, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    not to many, love it the way it is
    the avid offroad artic bull bar looks sweet on these trucks, imho

    weighs about 60 pounds, I think
     
  19. Oct 24, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    I agree. I still love my bull bar but I think if I were doing it over today I would probably get one of those instead. I don't think they were an option 2 years ago...
     
  20. Oct 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM
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    Westin Bull Bar here, with skid plate. The only thing that had to come off was the tow hook which I store in the truck.
     
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