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Will a bull bar work on my truck?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by stepsidetacoma, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Jun 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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    stepsidetacoma

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    Three years ago I bought this truck and have finally decided it's time to do some modding. I would really like to get a bull bar and some fog lights, but I'm not sure if it will be angled oddly or something of the sort because of the front end collision I had a year ago. Any ideas? Here's a pic of the front end after the crash.
    Btw, I'd rather not get the bull bar, find out it doesn't fit, and then pay for shipping to return it.
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    Thanks!!
     
  2. Jun 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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    TacomaJPP

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    The bull bar bolts into the frame horn. In fact, some frame horns (according to the installation instructions) on 1st Gen Tacomas are different...don't ask me.

    As long as the frame horns look okay and isn't tweaked, it will install fine.

    Have you replaced the hood and fenders?
     
  3. Jun 14, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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    Boerseun

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    It depends on how well it was fixed. Look at the front end of your frame and the horn extension to see if it is straight. You might also have a little play in adjusting it or adding shims as needed if it is a little off.
     
  4. Jun 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    I'm kinda new to all this truck stuff :/ by frame horns im assuming you mean the part of the frame that juts out right behind the front bumper?
    And yes everything is replaced and looking great! Made a stupid mistake a few months ago causing this long metal support piece made from what looks like angle iron to break and bend forward. Hopefully that isn't what the bull bar attaches to! I'm pretty sure it's not though
     
  5. Jun 14, 2012 at 8:28 PM
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    Damn okay. I really wanted to get a grille guard, but a bull bar is cheaper and there's a much greater chance of the grille guard being angled oddly than the bull bar in my opinion
     
  6. Jun 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM
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    Below are pictures of where mine mounts. Bull bar and grille guard mounts more or less the same. The grille guard will hopefully have beefier brackets.:eek:

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  7. Jun 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM
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    My misunderstanding. I thought you wanted an ARB Bull Bar. Ignore what I said.
     
  8. Jun 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM
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    alright! looks like I should be good. Just looked at the horns and they look like they weren't even damaged. The bar that is bent is where the front of the skid plate mounts to. Looks like that shouldn't be a problem for me. Thanks!
     

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