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Front / rear bumpers but what about weight?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SARTacoma, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Apr 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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    SARTacoma

    SARTacoma [OP] Member

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    I've been considering a set of custom front and rear tubular bumpers (with push/brush bars) for my 02 dbl cab. The only issue I have is weight in the front.

    As most of you know, nearly 90% of the weight on this model is UP FRONT making the rear end just a bit loose unless you counter it with about 200 lbs in the tiny little bed (if a dog p**ses on my tires, I break traction in the rear).

    How have you guys with these really awesome winch-mount riot bumpers overcome this problem? I know I could improve the front suspension to level things out but that won't change my weight balance thing will it?
     
  2. Apr 6, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    What bumpers are you looking at? Tube weighs alot less than plate keep that in mind. I also notice you're a first gen. The trail gear bumpers they offer are fairly lightweight when you consider you are taking off weight with your old bumper. 4x innovations also makes nice ones.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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    Southern01Taco

    Southern01Taco Well-Known Member

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    After I installed my bumper and winch my truck sagged a little in the front end but didn't drive any different than it did stock. I have a plate bumper and a 8000lbs winch. I have adjustable coilovers, so I just leveled the truck back out to prevent tire rubbing and it has been doing fine. The tube bumpers are a lot lighter than the plate bumpers and you have to take into account that when you swap bumpers you are taking off the factory one, which weighs about 60lbs. I have a rear plate bumper being made but it should weigh the same as the factory bumper and hitch.

    edit: ^^^ beat me to it lol.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM
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    Nitronick

    Nitronick Well-Known Member

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    you could make some yourself if you know someone with a tube bender and a welder.
     
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