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Need recommendation for aftermarket rear bumper that will work w/ receiver hitch

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Primersinmyshoe, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    Primersinmyshoe

    Primersinmyshoe [OP] Old Sheepdog

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    Yep, I've got the dreaded "Rusty Bumper" on my 2010. Instead of playing around with the dealer, I'd like to buy a custom bumper. I've read through the vendors on this forum, but haven't seen one that will work with my OEM receiver hitch (which I want to keep). A couple have hitches or receivers but say they aren't rated, so use with caution. That just won't do. I need to tow and want an officially rated hitch - and would kinda like to just keep the one I have.


    Am I missing something here? I haven't crawled under the back of the truck to actually see what is involved, so I'm asking you guys, hoping someone has gone down this road.

    I would like to have a beefy looking bumper, not just tubes welded together. And, I want to keep my rated hitch.

    Any ideas guys?
     
  2. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM
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    SmoothFox

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    Why does everyone's bumper rust but mine?:confused:
     
  3. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM
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    Primersinmyshoe

    Primersinmyshoe [OP] Old Sheepdog

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    I just noticed the rust after a couple weeks of snow, which means salt on the streets. We've had a thaw and I finally washed the truck. That's when I saw it. I wish I lived in TX! I am assuming your streets aren't salted for a couple months of the year.

    I've got a few bucks and wouldn't mind spending some on a nice looking bumper.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM
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    crf69

    crf69 scraping my emblems off my plasti-dip

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    ummm yeah
    mines an 06 and has like one or two microscopic breakthroughs of rust :cool:
     
  5. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    im looking for an aftermarket rear bumper that will work with my factory hitch also
     
  6. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM
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    lembowski

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    Been keeping an eye open for this myself but nothing I've noticed.
     
  7. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM
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    MY50cal

    MY50cal I think I'm getting the Fear.

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    Nice, Ive been drooling over ATO's + Relentless's but I just can justify giving up my RATED hitch. I was seriously about to post a thread 5 minutes before, then I saw this. Hopefully we can get some answers or at least enough people to get a vendor to get with the program. All they would have to do is get it rated and I would be sold on one.
     
  8. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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    my50cal, I hear ya! I refuse to give up my rated hitch.
     
  9. Feb 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    bump
     
  10. Feb 13, 2011 at 9:39 PM
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    MJonAgs32

    MJonAgs32 asphinctersayswhat?

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    same here
     
  11. Feb 27, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    bump this for added interest
     
  12. Feb 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM
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    Same, I have to tow a jeep and need to not worry about the hitch not being able to handle it. I have enough to worry about trying to tow the thing.
     
  13. Feb 27, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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    hogeyphenogey

    hogeyphenogey Rotted frame = New Truck!

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    Sooo..... Toyota won't cover rust at all? I thought all manufacturers had at least a 3yr/ 36,000 mile "anti-perforation" warranty???
     
  14. Feb 27, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    malander That's some tight butthole

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    I'm sure you could get a customized bumper (from a vendor) with receiver that is "beefed" up and would be much stronger than the existing hitch, then you could sell your hitch to help pay for the bumper
     
  15. Feb 27, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    They will- A few folks have had success swapping a chrome bumper for a color matched or base plastic type bumper when the chrome rusted. They won't replace the truck if the frame gets a little rust on it...but surface rust on an exterior part...They will usually work with you.

    Yup. I don't think you are going to find very many custom bumpers that'll be customized AND have the R&D behind them to get a hitch rating. That being said- I doubt there is a custom bumper/receiver out there that won't haul anything you can throw at it.
     
  16. Feb 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM
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    blacktaco21

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    would be interested if one were made also
     
  17. Feb 27, 2011 at 10:42 PM
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    The demmelo prerunner bumper will work
     
  18. Feb 27, 2011 at 10:47 PM
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    4x innovations has a rated reciever, but that's for a first gen and it's tube, an option I don't think I've seen on many or any 2nd gens
     
  19. Feb 28, 2011 at 4:04 AM
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    Primersinmyshoe

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    They say their hitch is for "off road". I'd rather have a hitch meant for pulling trailers on the highway.
     
  20. Mar 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    I'll look into making a rear that works with the factory hitch, but I looked at it when I built my replacement rear that I offer now and these were the things I saw:
    -Would only attach with 2 bolts per side; not sufficient for recovery points or hi-lift points built into the bumper
    -little to no clearance gains possible.

    But, I could certainly make a more rigid bumper 'shell' to replace the factory one. There just wouldnt be a lot gained in replacing it aside from some extra impact strength by the corners, and obviously a different look over stock. Thats why I went the route I did initially
     
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