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What is this Thing Hanging Off My Radiator Frame?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by pinem56, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Apr 17, 2018 at 6:55 PM
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    pinem56

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    What is the purpose of this peg, that sticks out waiting to be snagged on something and then tweaking my frame? Watching an install video for the C4 Fab lo-pro bumper, it appears you can remove it by undoing the bolt next to it. As it seems to be perfectly placed to be hit by rocks, etc., I'm thinking it should go.

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  2. Apr 17, 2018 at 6:58 PM
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    Murphinator

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    I removed mine. No complaints. It doesn’t seem to do much.
     
  3. Apr 17, 2018 at 7:22 PM
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    Some type of crash beam IIRC. I pulled mine out
     
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  4. Apr 18, 2018 at 6:53 AM
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    Welp. Looks like I'm wrenching after work.
     
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  5. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:15 AM
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    I'd venture to say it's there to protect your front half shafts, at least a little bit.
     
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  6. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:18 AM
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    I certainly makes no difference to me if you remove it, but I'm just curious why people do?
     
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  7. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:23 AM
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    Replaceable crush component to help protect the steering from being bent by road debris. Seems to have been put there for a reason. It isnt in the interest of Toyotas profit margin to design, manufacture, and install a part that is pointless.
     
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  8. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:24 AM
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    It’s just the angle of the pic


    They don’t protect anything
     
  9. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:37 AM
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    I have NEVER known an auto manufacturer to install a part that has no use. Leave parts out, yes.
     
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    Isn’t it tha mount for the airdam on the sport model?. My OR has it but figured it’s just superfluous. Super lightweight steel, and hinged on a single bolt. It is not structurally strong.
     
  13. Aug 10, 2018 at 8:02 AM
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    You are correct. My bad. :hattip:

    I need to be less functionally minded. :boom:
     
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  14. Aug 10, 2018 at 8:08 AM
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    Tacoma hoods with faux scoops. TRD decals. Both have part numbers. :p[/QUOTE]
    Faux scoop?
     

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  15. Aug 10, 2018 at 8:10 AM
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    My guess is some DOT spec for minimum bumper override bar length.
     
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  16. Aug 10, 2018 at 8:13 AM
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    Yes. Just like that.

    Unless you scooped up a Christmas tree.
     
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    Well I mean, those air dams tho o_O
     
  18. Aug 10, 2018 at 8:14 AM
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    Only faux until you give it a purpose.
     
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    Can't give it a purpose....its solid plastic
     
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