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bumper upgrade questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by imatacomaowner, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Mar 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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    imatacomaowner

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    Hi everyone,

    I have a 1998 tacoma and want to upgrade from the crappy plastic stock bumper. I like the look of plate steel, but arb is just so heavy (and pricey). I don't really want 200 lbs of steel hanging off the front of the truck.

    Does anyone have any good suggestions for plate type bumpers that are decent (it doesn't take much to improve on the stock) at least half the weight of arb (maybe 100 lbs or less).

    I dont want a winch, but the option later might be nice.

    thanks!
     
  2. Mar 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM
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    Cvd2312

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    I'm guessing that's going to be hard to find. Steel weighs a lot more than plastic.
     
  3. Mar 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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    valon5150

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    Relentless or Elite Fab? Not sure about the 1st gen bumpers but Relentless's 2nd gen front steel ones are 90 something pounds and I think the Aluminum is 50? Could be wrong but I believe it is in that range. Sick looking bumpers too by both of them
     
  4. Mar 25, 2012 at 4:41 PM
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    TacoMX

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    iirc...elite makes an aluminum version of their plate bumper. Either them or relentless...
     
  5. Mar 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM
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    David411

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    Unfortunately the lead time for relentless is ridiculous, five months to get a bumper.
     
  6. Mar 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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    Fiolo

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    Aluminium or tube bumper
     
  7. Mar 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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    ilove_taco_ma

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    nothing, all stock expect got a OE replacement air filter K&N.
    tube bumpers are pretty good. they do some protection too. look into them.
     
  8. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM
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    TacoMX

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    some? Tube bumpers are much, much stronger than stock....sure they may not have the coverage/protection that a plate unit has...but plenty of strength for sure :cool:
     
  9. Mar 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM
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    telcobilly

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    Stock right now.
    Like you, I didn't like the stock flimsy bumpers either. I bought a rear bumper, then a front bumper and finally a tube tailgate (original stolen) from Brian at streetacos.com.
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