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How "tough" are the stock bumpers?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 4X42HEL, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Aug 3, 2010 at 7:10 AM
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    4X42HEL

    4X42HEL [OP] Don't really understand 2WD trucks....

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    Hi, kind of a weird question to ask, and not that I plan on mowing anything down, but does anybody have any first hand experience on how tough the plastic-looking front bumpers are?

    I know when I bought my taco that was one part I wish they had made beefier and more like the rear bumper. I think we all ding things here and there, and back in the day I would even "push" vehicles that were stuck in my old chevy with a solid bumper.
     
  2. Aug 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM
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    Incognito

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    I don't think they are very tough, given that it's just a plastic up there. I haven't really tested how tough it is and don't plan on it intentionally. :eek:
     
  3. Aug 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM
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    How tough is an egg shell?
     
  4. Aug 3, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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    as tough as a plastic bumper...
     
  5. Aug 3, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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    I saw someone on here bend it and put it in the trash after installing an after market rear bumper!! But yeah, I agree with Darknight as tough as an eggshell :rolleyes:
     
  6. Aug 3, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    might stand up to a bird encounter but i wouldn't count on it.
     
  7. Aug 3, 2010 at 9:22 AM
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    Now that can be pretty tough. Take an egg .... place it in your palms .... point to point .... and press hard ..... it'll hold. [​IMG]






    I am not held responsible for any damage, mess, stains, etc.
     
  8. Aug 3, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    I caved in one side of my bumper where the fog light is. Nice thing about plastic is you just take a heat gun to it heat it up a little bit and pop it back into shape.
     
  9. Aug 3, 2010 at 9:29 AM
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    Take your finger and push into front bumper... it'll flex... not strong at all.
     
  10. Aug 3, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    ^x2 - Its proven an Egg Shell on its Arch from Top to Bottom is designed to support great force. The design of it has been used in building Arch like bridges to support the weight. The shape of the arch distributes the compressive forces to the weight-bearing piers that support the arch.


    An eggshell is a natural example of an arch. One end of the shell has a larger, rounder arch, and the other end is narrower and more pointed. It's pretty easy to crack an eggshell if you tap it against a hard surface. But if you interlock your fingers and try to squeeze an egg lengthwise to break it, you'll find that it can withstand more force than you might expect.
     
  11. Aug 3, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    ^^^ Wow Well I can say on my buds earlier(2002) tundra the platic holds pretty well. I went flying through mud hit a tree destroyed the fog light but the bumper held. Overtime the heat pushed the dent back out
     
  12. Aug 3, 2010 at 9:38 AM
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    I wouldn't use the word "tough" to describe it.
     
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    I watched some stupid moron put her car in reverse, floor the gas, and make a 20 foot fun at my truck. Nothing but a scratch and a couple marks. I think I got lucky. I dont think they are very strong. I think she hit it just right...
     
  14. Aug 3, 2010 at 9:41 AM
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    I've had too other trucks bounce off my rear bumper... with only slight damage

    1st one: 80's Mazda truck going about 12-15 mph... destroyed his front end, dented my bumper

    2nd one: 2009 Tacoma going about 5-10 mph... destroyed his fender and headlight, scratched my bumper

    the rear bumper is pretty strong for a bumper... the front OTOH is not strong all
     
  15. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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    I replaced the aluminum reinforcement with a piece of scrap from a 2x2x1/8 when I rear ended a honda odessey, the plastic is dented and punctured in a couple of places, but will have to do until I can spring the money for a new aftermarket bumper, possibly All-pro or CBI.

    Fixed the grill myself and welded the new reinforcement myself, only my friend at the body shop pulled the radiator mount area back out and squared the front for me at no charge so I pay the beers that night at the bar next to the body shop, My cost was $100.00 for the used aftermarket headlights, 4 or 6 hrs working in the truck and around $50.00 for beers at the body shop.
    The odessey need $7K+ on repairs including a new rear door, new bumper and panel pull and paint.
    The honda also hit a lexus in front and that was another $1,200 worth of repairs.
    I would say it's pretty strong as it is, but I would like something beefier so my repairs are $0.00

    The only part that needed replacement was the aluminum reinforcement that disintegrated and the dealer wanted $250.00 for it, I even reused the aluminum crush-cans with the new steel reinforcement.
    It looks like nothing happened to the casual eye, but under close inspection, it can be seen that something happened.
     
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    Long terrible story short I got railroaded down a deer-path in thick swamp-like brush. my flat black SR5 bumper took it just fine.
     
  17. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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    Here are a few pics of the new reinforcement, excuse my birdshit welds :D:D:D

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    I actually got rear ended at 30mph with very little cosmetic damage to the bumper. The other car is a different story though :)
     
  19. Aug 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM
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    4X42HEL [OP] Don't really understand 2WD trucks....

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    Hmm... well, I was mainly talking about the front bumper. I'm a bit confused... why would Toyota make such a puny front bumper on a somewhat decently rugged truck.

    I still remember those commercials where the would-be ex-girlfriend rolls the dude's truck down a cliff and it is in perfect condition on impact.

    Wonder if false advertisement applies to foreign import products....
     
  20. Aug 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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    I agree that the plastic facade is flimsy and Off Road sucks big time, at least can be smacked back to it's original shape, but scratches and punctures easily.
    I wanted to change bumpers since I bought the truck back in 06, but needed a reason to justify myself replacing a working part, when the reason finally came I don't have the money, life plays you tricks :rolleyes:
     
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