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Installing new font bumper -- unexpected frame piece

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by swaterfall, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. Jun 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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    swaterfall

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    Hi!

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    I am installing a new front bumper on my 1999 Tacoma and I'm at a WTF moment right now.

    Backstory is the guy I got the truck from had a body lift installed and I've removed it but I think it's still kicking my ass.

    The bumper install should be pretty easy but there is a cross member welded on the frame right where the bumper mounting plate should go. All of the pics of 1st gen Tacomas I have seen online do not have this piece.

    Amy I crazy or was this probably welded on in order to mount the skid plate for the old body lift? Can I just cut this off?

    Thanks for any help.

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  2. Jun 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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    DTFtacoma

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    I don't know much about first gens but it looks like an after thought
     
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    That is stock. For my All Pro, I had to cut out that in between piece and cut back on the frame horns, and then install some filler plates on the frame horns.

    It's all stock. No aftermarket mod there that I can see.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    I could be wrong, but it looks like that is the mounting point of where the crash bar goes.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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    Interesting! Seems like a lot of work for an aftermarket bumper.
     
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    Thanks a ton you guys!
     
  8. Jun 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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    Mr. Biscuits

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    yeah no one really knows why, but Toyota extended the frame for the 98-00 models.

    they serve no purpose (no noticeable purpose) and anyone with those model years has to cut the sum bitches off and re weld a filler plate just to be normal, then get the aftermarket bumper.
     
  9. Jun 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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    TacoDell

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    I can't say for other aftermarket bumpers...
    but the All-Pro tube bumper has that lower cross member
    built into their tube bumper...

    * that factory installed cross member supports the forward side of the oem front skid pan.

    so yeah (already stated) that factory cross member need be removed...
    as well... the frame horns require shortening/cut off by 3"
    ^ required for all 98-00 models.

    btw... that's my junk showing on AP's *pdf
    Tho' I could have easily done the work myself...
    Can't really argue about free install/fitment
    :p

    What bumper is it that you're installing ?


     
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