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Front bumper bracket - Repairable?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by oracle, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. Sep 22, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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    Hi,
    The PO met a wall or something so the front bumper is somewhat caved in.
    I took the truck to a body shop and they quoted about $1000 to repair assuming a bunch of things, sounds like they want to replace as much as possible..

    Anyway, I'm pretty sure the brackets are bent, do you know if they're repairable? Or do I have to buy new brackets?

    I want to save money by doing it myself. The bumper itself will be impossible to repair so I'll need to replace it if I care about the cosmetics, maybe I should get an aftermarket and be done..

    What do you think?
     
  2. Sep 22, 2011 at 11:59 PM
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    Oh snap..guess you'll just have to get a plate bumper lol

    as for the brackets..im not sure actually. If they aren't part of the frame you should be good
     
  3. Sep 23, 2011 at 6:23 AM
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  4. Sep 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Yes you can fix the brackets. My old 2wd rode so stiff that I cracked the front brackets 3 times..even after welding and gusseting the 3rd set of brackets..tired of buying new ones. They lasted ever since I welded and gusseted them.


    If you don't have access to a welder, it's just cheaper to buy brackets. Look for a partout on here or another forum or ebay.

    Make sure you buy brackets for your year accordingly(01-04). I'm 100% sure that 95.5-97 Tacoma brackets will NOT fit on your year bumper. I'm 90% sure that 98-00 Tacoma brackets should work on your bumper.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    I was under the impression that the '95.5-'97 and the '01-'04 used the same brackets, and that the '98-'00 are different. Just double check that OP.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2011 at 4:06 PM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    I put a 03 bumper on my 99, no problem. Did use the 03 brackets though...i remember seeing the 03 brackets similar to my 99. I could be wrong, double check. Its been like 6 months since I messed with that shit.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM
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    Hey oracle I got a front bumper and all its brackets posted in the 1st gen for sale section if thats the way you end up going
     
  8. Sep 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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    my buddy cracked his front brackets. I bent them back into shape and welded the cracks up. works great.

    there was a plastic bracket on the driver side that cracked though there was no hope haha it's not a problem though
     
  9. Sep 24, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    Ok, Here are some pictures. I haven't looked underneath.

    I also included a picture of the rear bumper that needs to be replaced.


    Question: Do you know if the bumper off a 90-95 SR5 will fit?

    Thanks

    IMG_5614.jpg
    IMG_5615.jpg
    IMG_5616.jpg
    IMG_5617.jpg
     
  10. Sep 24, 2011 at 10:02 AM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Def got some battle scars.
    Does the front bumper move? Like can you push it up and down?
    If so..your brackets are completely broke.
    If it flexs a little, your brackets are cracked.

    Since you have an 01-04 truck, I'd replace it with a 01-04 bumper...a 99 divingboard would look funny on that truck.


    Rear bumper is cakewalk, your brackets look fine...bumper is just dented
     
  11. Sep 25, 2011 at 8:27 AM
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    I pushed it up/down and did not move at all (only the truck) so I guess they're not cracked or broken but just bent.. I suppose they can break when I hammer them back into alignment... If they're just too badly bent I'll just buy the brackets from the stealership and be done with it.

    This will be a winter project for sure...

    Thanks!



     
  12. Sep 25, 2011 at 9:34 AM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    That's like a 15 minute project for me, but ok lol.

    Goodluck with whatever you do!

    P.S. a 90-95 PreTaco bumper would look funny on there for two reasons

    1. There valance is weird and doesn't match body lines
    2. You have 4wd fenders...so that bumper will be skinny and won't come all the way out to the flares..so it'll look funky.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM
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    Thanks, I'll guess I'll pass on that bumper I found locally.. I'll keep looking!
     
  14. Sep 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    All right!! Now we're talking!

    I'll try that and report back..

    Thanks!
     
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