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Trouble finding replacement for rear bumper. 2003 PreRunner SR5. HELP :/

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by JBF, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. Apr 7, 2020 at 1:33 PM
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    Hoping someone more knowledgeable than I can help me out. I have a 2003 PreRunner SR5 2.7 liter 4 cylinder single cab AT Tacoma. I was rear ended a while back and ordered a replacement bumper off of Amazon (this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IUD9N4W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) which according to Amazon fits my truck. Went to install today and found out it indeed does not. I stupidly removed my old bumper and installed the new brackets and was trying to get the new bumper on when I realized there was no way. Doesn't fit the shape of my truck at all. It's clear when you compare the two bumpers to one another which I should've done in the first place (live and learn...).

    I'll upload a picture of my bumper. Just looking for a replacement and don't want to order the wrong thing again. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  2. Apr 7, 2020 at 2:47 PM
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    Was the one you received boxed wrong ?

    Wrong part shipped ??

    In theory it should be the correct one.

    Did the impact damage things enough the new bumper does not fit??

    Is it even close ? No bolts should ever be tightened till all the bolts are in .
     
  3. Apr 7, 2020 at 2:52 PM
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    If your Taco is a stepside, which I think it is, then that bumper will not work.
     
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    It's the right part. The brackets went in fine, I kept everything loose before trying to put the bumper on, it literally is just shaped differently from my current bumper. If I hold it up to the truck it's clear it won't fit.
     
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    Are you sure that's not a 2nd gen bumper?
     
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    Yeah it is a stepside. Any idea where I can find the right bumper?
     
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    Don't think so. Looks different to me. I'll attach some more pictures. The last one is the corner of the new bumper. You can see it's shaped differently to mine.

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    Dang, looks like that's my issue. Appreciate the help everyone. If anyone knows where to find one let me know. Didn't realize this would be so difficult haha.
     
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    I grabbed one off of eBay for a pretty penny, I guess getting out of this for $150 was wishful thinking haha. Thanks a bunch for the part number, would not have been able to find it without that. Fingers crossed everything goes well this time!
     
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    Good luck!
     
  12. Apr 8, 2020 at 1:01 AM
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    Think you need to just remove those corner pieces from your old bumper and transfer it to your new one
     
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    Ah the elusive Stepside. They’re really uncommon and have a unique bumper.
     
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    Everything that I have read is that the main part of the stepside bumper is the same as the normal one. The only difference is the extensions/pads that go on the ends. I've never seen one in person so I don't know how it attaches though.
    This is all taken from here: https://japancars.ru/index.php?route=catalog/toyota&area=US&cat=674460&pn=4332439015&blk_id=6554
    you can also reference these parts in toyodiy.com: https://www.toyodiy.com/parts/p_U_2003_TOYOTA_TACOMA_VZN170L-CRMDKAB_6554.2.html?hl=66405
    Stepside Bumper 1.jpg
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    Stepside Bumper 4.jpg

    EDIT: I just realized that the gap between the bedsides would be smaller on the stepside. I don't know if the stock bumper sticks into this area, but I know that the bumper pads do. Therefore you would also need the correct bumper pads.
     
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    For future reference putting “HELP” in the title of your thread is usually reserved for if there’s a serious injury or rescue needed, but you’re new so it’s no biggie.

    I too have a stepside, you will not find an aftermarket bumper for it unless you custom fab one. I have actually gone as far as to locate a regular bed and trade the owner for my stepside bed. They are more of a pain in the ass than they’re worth. Too small, not enough aftermarket support, the list goes on.

    Good luck OP
     

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