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SSO Slimline Hybrid Stage 2 High Clearance kit

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by SouthernStyleOffRoad, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. Jul 27, 2019 at 7:17 AM
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    Sootytom

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    Mission complete :) I worked late last night and got just about wrapped up. I ordered some kydex to rebuilt the inner fender wells I cut out, that will be later this week.
    I'm extremely happy with the finished product, but it took A Lot of extra work.
    If your planning on installing this bumper at the moment, I would purchase it bare metal, bolt it all up, mock it upon your truck, make necessary adjustments, with grinder and hammer, paint or powder paint it, than install and make final adjustments to plastic cuts on truck.
    Sorry but 1/8" gaps are not ok.
    I'm sure on new systems purchased as a set things will be tighter, but I would still purchase it bare metal.
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    I removed, cut and capped the 2"-3" tubing that has the nuts for the lower bumper bolts so it's not sticking out 4" on both sides.
    I also ran the plastic edging behind the fender flares, trimming the front on the plastic flare so the trim would tuck under it nicely, than I backfill the gap under the black plastic flare with silicone caulking to secure it to truck better.
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    To the guy that posted before me. You've got to cut your plastic on both sides quit a bit more, the edge trim should sit on top of the bumper, your's is tucked behind the bumper, which is causing the center area to push up away from the bumper. That's why you've got such a large gap along the center

    Peace, Joy and Love. The Greatest Is Love.
     
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  2. Jul 27, 2019 at 7:22 AM
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    BlueDevilPharmD

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    Do you think the best option would be to take and draw a line along the line that mine is currently sitting and then just cut along that line? Or should I cut a little above the line or below? I guess I am not sure what you did to make it so perfect.
     
  3. Jul 27, 2019 at 7:26 AM
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    Whatcha doing next weekend ? Feel like visiting Long Island ? Have a few cold beers do a little fishing. Oh and I have this one little bumper project that I could use a hand with.
     
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  4. Jul 27, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    Before you cut your bumper higher I would try lowering the stage two wings. It's hard to tell from the pictures but it looks like you have them at the wrong angle.
     
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  5. Jul 27, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    SouthernStyleOffRoad

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    Yeah, you've got the plastic in a bind. It should install from underneath the plastic, not inf front. I see theres also a large gap above the slimline as well. Make sure the slimline fits well within the cuts before bolting on the side wings.
     
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  6. Jul 27, 2019 at 9:31 AM
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    There is not much play available but I got it lined up as close as possible after messing with it for hours.
     
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  7. Jul 27, 2019 at 9:35 AM
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    3000 x2 miles for a couple of beers.
    Why don’t you drive out here and we’ll finish your bumper, than go wheeling out in Lucerne Valley at Cougar Buttes.
    Home of King of The Hammer.
    20 miles away.

    About your install.
    I would remove the black edging.
    Mark your plastic with a sharpie.
    Remove the bumper.
    Trim your plastic leaving an extra 1/8”.
    Leaving edging off, reinstall the bumper, keeping plastic on top of bumper, adjust stage 2’s so reveal is satisfactory. Remark plastic with sharpie.
    Remove bumper trim plastic again.
    Remount bumper check all plastic to fit. Make sure plastic is relaxed should have 1/16-1/8” gap.
    Remove bumper install black edging.
    Mount bumper final time.

    Take your time and do it step by step and it’ll look good.
    I’ve got 30 hours in the total job.
    Mounting bumper, stage 2 kit, prepping truck for warn winch, installing everything and wiring winch and light bar.
    Hope this helps.
    Tom.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2019 at 9:45 AM
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    He did issue a refund of $49 but I paid $59 for shipping so he did not refund all of the shipping charges like he said he did.
     
  9. Jul 27, 2019 at 9:45 AM
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    You drive a hard bargain. 36pk and a pizza! BTW this is not the guy with the slimline mounted. Mines coming next week. Anyways you did a beautiful job. I will probably be getting mine welded if I have any serious gaps. You inspired me
     
  10. Jul 27, 2019 at 10:07 AM
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    Little late response, but I bolted a cheap hinged fairlead mount plate holder to mine. Bolted it to the face because I felt like the one that mounts to the fairlead would drag off road.

    Sorry this is about the best picture I have, the hinge isn't really noticeable. [​IMG]

    edit - Also just saw that you're also in SATX :wave:
     
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  11. Jul 27, 2019 at 10:18 AM
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    Is there anything I can do to get that driver side wing to line up better? It fits the top line and the curve perfectly but then just does not follow the same like at the tip at the bottom.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2019 at 10:22 AM
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    Thanks for the link. This is the look I'm going for (license plate). So, did you drill two holes in the front of the bumper to mount it? A close up picture would be great if you get around to it....
     
  13. Jul 27, 2019 at 12:15 PM
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    Yes. I had already drilled two holes and originally had the license attached with thumbscrews, so I just added this where the thumb screws were.

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  14. Jul 27, 2019 at 12:30 PM
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    Perfect! You just solved a future dilemma of mine :cheers: :thumbsup: Thank you!
     
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  15. Jul 27, 2019 at 3:48 PM
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    I had the same issues on the drivers side. I could not get even reveal at the face. That's when I got the grinder and 3lb sledge out, needed a little massaging. I ended up with an even reveal, but it was 1/8"+

    This was the best I could do even with shims. The passenger side was acceptable, but the driver was
    Not even with 3shims.

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    After a little grinding and massaging the flanges, here's the difference.
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    For me it was a no brainer that I needed to weld everything up, it was a lot more effort, but necessary at this point.
     
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  16. Jul 27, 2019 at 4:39 PM
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    I sure am! I bought the warrior products one that attaches with wingnuts. I wish I had seen yours before I bought mine though... looks clean!
     
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  17. Jul 28, 2019 at 3:43 PM
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    What a difference a day, some patience, and some awesome advice from SSO and Sooty can do! Lined it all up again, did some extra cutting, sanding, and shimming to get what I think is as perfect as I am capable of as far as fit goes.A9D7CA0B-58C1-411A-B80F-5483F81273AB.jpg09C90241-4155-4D83-950E-6BBAA184DCA7.jpg
     
  18. Jul 28, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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    Very nice.
     
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  19. Jul 28, 2019 at 4:28 PM
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    So what was the advice? May help others
     
  20. Jul 28, 2019 at 4:46 PM
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    I followed what he talked about in his post about using a belt sander to make it even and making sure to do some test fits with the plastic a little longer to see where you should make minor adjustments before tightening everything down. Mainly just see how much work he put into it with asking it on and off because it probably won’t be perfect on the first cut. I just left about 1/2 inch more than I should have on most areas.
     
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