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plate or tube bumper???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Honey badger, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Jul 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM
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    Honey badger

    Honey badger [OP] Honey badger hits whatever tree he wants to hit!!

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    Like the title says plate bumper or tube bumper on an 2002 dbl cab? I am in south Louisiana so no rocks just lots of old logging roads and torn up lease roads. Not much mud that shit is hard to clean but I do like the trails that are found in parks around Texas and Arkansas they have a little bit of everything on them. Thanks for any input it's a hard thing to decide on.
     
  2. Jul 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    WTtoolman

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    In my opinion, tube bumpers look horrible! So, in other words, go with a plate bumper!!
     
  3. Jul 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM
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    Honey badger

    Honey badger [OP] Honey badger hits whatever tree he wants to hit!!

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    I do like the look of the plate bumpers a lot. I had the same feelings about tube for a long time but I kinda like the look of the trail gear one and a few other ones. I will try to find pics of a few of the ones I have been looking at.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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    jobrien

    jobrien shit happens then you die

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    this might help a bit just my .02

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  5. Jul 4, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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    WTtoolman

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    ^^^^^ That one looks pretty good!! I guess I just don't like the giant "stinger."
     
  6. Jul 4, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    ilove_taco_ma

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    IMO tube is lighter, plated bumper are heavier but more protection!!!
     
  7. Jul 4, 2011 at 6:12 PM
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    tube ftw!
     
  8. Jul 4, 2011 at 8:01 PM
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    Yea o don't like the stinger as well it was custom made based on the trail gear bumper
     
  9. Jul 4, 2011 at 8:02 PM
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    With what we got in Louisiana, get a plate bumper.
     
  10. Jul 4, 2011 at 9:37 PM
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    I like tube, and it's what I'll be getting on the front whenever the time comes.
     
  11. Jul 4, 2011 at 11:57 PM
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    Exactly what I have been thinking but I like the fact that tube ones are light weight. I know out here wirh the trees and stumpes that plate may be better.
     
  12. Jul 5, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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    Tube if you are LT, plate if you are not LT.
     
  13. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:31 AM
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    Plate = tank

    Tube = humvee

    Advantages to both.
     
  14. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:40 AM
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    I'll vote tube but I get why people don't like them.
     
  15. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:44 AM
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    There is always the hybrid option. Tube with plate. A lot of them use aluminum plate to shave off the weight. Personally I prefer plate though.
     
  16. Jul 5, 2011 at 7:15 AM
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    Yeah, a tube just wouldnt protect your front end as much as a plate. If I got a bumper it would be plate.
     
  17. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    I say tube. Saves weight and looks good imo, especially the Trail Gear :D

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    I don't really agree with that :cool:
     
  18. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:51 AM
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    tube FTW... from Avid offroad! (un painted)
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    being made without the light hoop. [​IMG]
     
  19. Jul 5, 2011 at 9:02 AM
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    i know mine is a second gen but i love tube bumpers

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  20. Jul 5, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    There are pros and cons to both. I know plate will protect but be heavy. Tube is light and does not protect as much. Obviously the two plate opions are Elite and Relet. Fab. For tube the trail gear has caught my eye and I do like it. There are others out there though that I do like. Just a hard decision.

    Sandman that tube does look nice on your truck.
     
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