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C4 FAB '12-'15 Tacoma front Lo-Pro Winch bumper install instructions

Discussion in 'C4 Fabrication' started by C4 Fabrication, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Oct 23, 2016 at 2:34 PM
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    C4 Fabrication

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    Hey everyone, here are the install instructions for our '12-'15 Tacoma Lo-Pro winch bumper.

    Tools required:
    Flathead screwdriver
    10mm wrench/socket
    12mm wrench/socket
    14mm wrench/socket
    17mm wrench/socket
    7/16" wrench/socket
    3/4" wrench/socket
    Jigsaw or tin snips to cut plastic bumper.
    Drill with 1/4" bit.


    1) First you will need to start by removing the plastic front bumper cover. You will need to remove the grille first and set it aside. Then remove the plastic bumper cover.
    Here is a link to a quick video that shows how to remove the bumper cover. The Tacoma in the video is an 05-11 model, but the process is the same.
    We did not make this video and are in no way taking credit for it. We are simply posting the link for easy access to the removal process.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgGvdKexBqY

    Here is what the truck will look like once the grille and cover are removed.
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    2) Once the plastic cover is removed, take the foam insert out of the back of the bumper cover and discard it. The bumper cover should look like this after the foam is taken out.
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    3) Now the black plastic insert in the center of the bumper cover needs to be removed. Use a flat head screw driver to push down on the tab on the blue plastic clips on the inside of the bumper cover. Slide the clips out of their slot and then the center plastic piece can be removed.
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    The next step is to cut out the plastic portion of the bumper that is no longer needed.
    4) Cut along the natural shape of the bumper right in this area to remove the plastic in the center of the bumper cover.
    DSCN3539.jpg DSCN3538.jpg

    The bumper should look like this after the cutting is complete.
    DSCN3540.jpg

    5) Clean up the edges of the cuts with a sanding pad on a dremel tool or die grinder. That is the only cutting that is required.

    6) Now remove the aluminum crash bar, frame end caps and tow hook from the truck.
    Use a 14mm socket and wrench or impact drill to remove the crash bar parts.
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    Use the 17mm wrench or socket for the frame end caps.
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    Also remove the tow hook.
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  2. Oct 23, 2016 at 2:49 PM
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    You can now re-install the plastic bumper cover and grille onto the truck.
    The cover will look like this after trimming and re-installing:
    DSCN3584.jpg


    You are now ready to install the Lo-Pro winch bumper.
    If you are using a winch and/or light bar inside the bumper, install them into the bumper first.
    1) Lift the Lo-Pro bumper up into place and attach it to the mounting studs where the aluminum crash bar used to be attached. Use the original hardware at this attachment point.
    2) Install the supplied 1/2"x1 1/2" bolt with flat washers and lock washer into each hole where the frame end caps used to be.
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    Do not forgot to install the nut on the inside of the bumper as well.
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    3) Now the plastic bumper cover needs to be attached to the small mounting tabs on the bottom side of the Lo-Pro bumper. Hold the plastic in place above the tab. Using the metal tab as a guide, drill a 1/4" hole up through the hole in the tab and through the plastic bumper cover.
    4) Install the supplied 1/4"x1" bolt and washers into the tab and through the hole in the plastic to hold the plastic cover in place.
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    5) Do a final check to make sure all mounting bolts are tight and your installation is now complete!

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  3. Jan 27, 2017 at 4:59 PM
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    As pictured, is that the 30" light bar cutout?
     
  4. Jan 28, 2017 at 10:33 AM
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    yes it is.
     
  5. Mar 19, 2017 at 6:24 AM
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    Hellwig 2K helpers,
    I have a question and was hoping someone could answer it for me. I have been looking at aftermarket bumpers for about a year. I am interested in the LO-Pro front bumper for the stock looking clean lines and weight. I am in the process of modifying my 2015 DCLB for alot of towing and want additional protection for the trans and oil coolers and it looks like to LO-Pro will provide some measure of protection. Last year in SW Colorado My brother-in-law hit a mule deer with a RAM 2500. It took out the AC and trans cooler which sidelined us. I know there is nothing foolproof in protecting against deer strikes but at lease if I can save the coolers I can limp to a dealer. I looked at the install pictures in this thread but I cannot see how much clearance there is between the bumper and Rad, AC coil, trans cooler. There is a TW thread with a Derale 52506 trans cooler installed and I will be installing one on my Taco. They are 44000 BTUs of cooling and will cover about half of the radiator. So here is the question; will a trans cooler that large fit behind the LO-Pro?
     
  6. Mar 20, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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    I could not tell you for sure if there is room for that cooler to fit. Basically the bumper does not extend past the front face of the flat bumper mounting brackets on the front of the frame rails. I do not know for sure how much room is between the front face of the frame and the radiator.
     
  7. Mar 20, 2017 at 5:21 PM
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    Thanks for the quick response. As soon as I save some coin I will be ordering a LO-Pro.
     
  8. Mar 21, 2017 at 7:03 AM
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    No problem, and we look forward to your order!
     
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