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Opinion on this bumper/bull bar?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by The Traveler, May 18, 2012.

  1. May 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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    The Traveler

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    Had a chance to visit TJM's shop last week, and they had rows of these bumpers getting ready to ship for Taco.

    This is TJM's T-15 Taco bumper. They come powdercoated black from the factory, but can be painted to match any color (as seen in the photos). I'd keep it flat black. They use factory fog harnesses, with included fog lamps. The winch punch out is in tact until you decide to add your winch, at which point you can just punch it out. It has a small skid plate just under it, but leaves room for another larger skid.

    Your thoughts on them? I'm between this bumper or Demello's 3 hoop (about $400 more).

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  2. May 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    looks pretty badass.
     
  3. May 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM
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    I like the thickness of the grille- and headlight protection hoops. Looks like it could take hits from larger animals.
     
  4. May 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM
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    That's sick
     
  5. May 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM
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    I think that bumper looks badass!! Also, it looks like it'll line up with the stock fender flare line as well. I've heard that the Demello bumpers don't
     
  6. May 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM
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    Outstanding bumper, what is the. Cost of this beast?
     
  7. May 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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    Looks mean!!!
     
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    Overall, looks good! The only thing I don't like is how it doesn't follow the contours of the truck and step down where the grille is lower than the headlights. Kinda resembles an ARB :thumbsup:
     
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    Badass. Looks like arb kinda.
     
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    Looks great!
    How thick is the steel? The rectangular openings in the middle look like they have rolled edges, which would typically only be done on thin sheet metal - thick sheets would be difficult to roll like that. That might make a difference between a show piece and a usefull bumper. (Coming from the guy with the useless bull bar :eek:)
     
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    The middle part of the bumper above the winch mount tend to be thin for most plate bumpers to save weight.

    The ARB bumper gets its strength from "corrugation". Actual section thickness is pretty thin.
     
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    I think Chris at TJM said they retail for $650, which is a steal compared to the other ones I've seen, especially for the build quality. I recall it being lighter than most bumpers I've picked up too.

    I really do not know the specs on it, but I can give Chris a call on Monday and ask him. Didn't really think about that. It seems thin, which would also make sense because of how light it seemed to me.
     
  14. May 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    it looks like an ARB knockoff, how much does it way as much as an M! Abrahms front armor?
     
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    it looks like and ARB, I like it.
     
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    Actually, it's very different from the ARB in the fact that they did NOT want to go with right angles, since there is nothing square on the Tacoma...everything has a rounded off edge, so they did the same with the hoops. If you compare them side by side, they have very distinct differences.

    And TJM and ARB have been battling it out neck in neck in Australia for the last 30 years...TJM just started marketing to the states about 18 months ago.
     
  17. May 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    From their site:

    TJM has earned a worldwide reputation for being leaders in designing and manufacturing vehicle protection.
    Australia provides the ultimate testing ground for vehicle protection, thanks to its diverse landscape, wildlife and sheer size. And if you’re equipped with TJM vehicle protection, rocks, sand and scrub won’t lead to scratches, dents or broken headlights. TJM vehicle protection fulfils many purposes, but at the top is safety to yourself, your vehicle and your environment.
    TJM has a range of aluminium and steel frontal protection bars that'll allow you to fully enjoy the outdoors. With a variety of styles designed to fit most vehicles, TJM vehicle protection minimises damage during collisions with animals and therefore protects both you and your passengers. Appropriate protection also lessens the chances of your vehicle being immobilised during minor accidents. Each TJM bull bar has been engineered and tested to ensure air bag compatibility. However, vehicle protection is not only about bull bars. It also includes both rear and sidebars.
    Not only does TJM vehicle protection look great and add value to your vehicle, it provides mounting points for winches, driving lights and communication aerials. In fact, it was TJM that pioneered the legendary and universally supported, reinforced T-slot design that allows a hi-lift jack to be mounted directly onto the bull bar.
     
  18. May 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Well I guess Ill be the first to say I dont like it, doesnt look that good, I'd go with the Demello.
     
  19. May 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Is that from TJM Australia, or from TJM USA? They make tons of parts for the Hilux.
     
  20. May 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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    Is that a punch out for a winch at the bottom? And you said, "you remember it being lighter than most", lighter as in cheaper or do think it could stand up to an ARB?
     
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