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What aftermarket bumper is the best

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by donttellmyhusband, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    I am new to Tacoma World. My husband has a 2011 Tacoma 4X4 and I want to surprise him for his birthday with a front bumper. I saw a link in the forum with different pictures, but which one is the best. What spec's should I look for and which brand do you guys like. Please help a girl out.:eek:
     
  2. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:36 PM
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    I know nothing about these bumpers. but thumbs up to a cool ass wife.
     
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    Thanks. I pretty much Rock!!! I got him a quad for his 30th now it's time to upgrade the truck!
     
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    being a pre- runner truck, and if it were mine i would get a tube bumper. Kr fab makes a really great looking front bumper, if you search you can see, i believe someone was recently trying to sell his.

    I really like this bumper VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV


    [​IMG]
     
  7. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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    "Best" means a lot of things.

    I'm assuming this is mainly for aesthetics? In that case, you may want to find out which one he prefers the looks of.

    If it's actually going to do work, might be better to look at features and construction as opposed to looks.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM
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    3" lift, custom rims, snug top shell, shrockworks bumper, warn winch.
    I am a fan of Shrockworks. You will wait. Possibly for a while but I love it.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:47 PM
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    What does he like to do with his truck? Is it a REAL off-road rig or part time and daily driver too? Is there a budget (you are wonderful - but thought it might factor in)? Someone mentioned a tube style bumper -- I recently ordered this one for my truck and although I don't have it yet -- think it will be perfect.

    Just a thought - others might be able to help with some more info....

    http://www.avidoffroad.com/products/05-tacoma-products/light-bar/

    Merry Christmas!!
     
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    That is not a bumper.
     
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    Best to me, means that the bumper is solid and can handle abuse, with providing enough clearance.

    Do you have a bumper on your truck and what do you like and dislike about it. I want to hear from real people who have them instead of hearing from a mfg on how great they think their product is.
     
  12. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    What do you love about it? I liked them too. When you say wait awhile. How long is awhile?
    Was it easy to install?
    Were the installation instructions good? My husband isn't all that handy. I love him though...:cool:
     
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    ALL of the bumpers listed in that thread (with the exception of All-Pro and Body Armor) will handle abuse just fine.

    Generally speaking, the more low profile the bumper, the better the approach angles and clearance, but again all of these options are light years beyond the stock plastic.

    My personal bent is towards smaller fab shops, and the two I'd call out in particular are ArmorTech Offroad and Relentless Fabrications. Every single piece of armor on my truck is by ArmorTech, so that tells you what I think of their work. I've had plenty of experience with Relentless products on friends' rigs, and it is of equal quality - which is to say excellent.

    Personally, I also love the aesthetics of the products by those two fabs. But that's a more subjective thing.


    Depends on the shop, but wait times can be anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks to 6 months.

    Most are generally bolt-on, though some metal trimming may need to be done.
     
  14. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:55 PM
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    relentless, elite, cbi,shrockworks and ato are very good bumpers. they are very beefy and can handle abuse
     
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    We go off-roading on the weekends but he also commutes to work in it. Like anything the most bang for the buck is the best. What made you chose your bumper? I have been leaning towards a plate bumper.
     
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    Relentless and All pro have very similar bumpers. I kind of liked all-pros design better. What do you think? I also liked shrockworks bumper.
     
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    do NOT get all pro. the bumper is not a single piece bumper which makes it very weak.
     
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    You can get the Relentless in aluminum. I would go for the that, with the weight savings and no rust.
     
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    What makes All-pro and Body Armor not up to snuff? What do you mean by Low profile? Sorry for my ignorance?
     
  20. Nov 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM
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    I didn't realize that. That is good to know. I wonder why they did that. Is there any other mfg that does that?
     
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