The profile of this bumper has been designed with maximum ground clearance and departure angles put first. The bumper sits as high and tight to the rear of the 1st generation Toyota Tacoma (1995.5-2004) as possible, while the recessed hitch receiver and angled lower faces will smoothly slide over obstacles and ensure you do not get hung up on the trail. These features make a very noticeable difference during deep ditch crossing and steep obstacle climbs where other aftermarket bumpers with bulky rear profiles and protruding hitch receivers will hang up and impede progress on the trail. Simply put, this bumper allows you to forget about departure angle and substantially improves the offroad capability of your Tacoma!
Unlike many aftermarket bumpers that are more or less empty shells with minimal reinforcement, this bumper contains extensive internal ribbing and mounts directly to factory holes in bottom and sides of the Tacoma’s frame for unmatched strength and stiffness. The high clearance side wings are linked directly to the frame by stout 2×2″ square support tubes – the same tubing that we use for our rock slider support legs! This ensures that you can drag the side wings over the nastiest of obstacles without any worries of body damage. We know that many Toyota Tacoma owners want to run oversized tires, which often create interference and rubbing issues with the stock bumper. We have thought ahead and specifically designed these bumper side wings to clear 37″ tires.
The main section of this bumper is CNC-bent out of a single piece of 3/16″ P&O Steel. This greatly reduces the amount of welding and grinding required by you and makes for a cleaner finished product. If you are paying to have the bumper assembled by a welding shop, this significantly lowers the cost.
We’ve also taken a unique approach to the way that these wrap-around side wings interface with the truck. With many high clearance wrap around bumpers, the factory bedsides must be cut all the way up to the height of the top of the replacement bumper. This means that the bedside cut line will be visible and that a mis-measured cut can result in an unsightly gap between the bumper and bed. With this bumper, we’ve decided to wrap the side wings around the side of the bed instead of below it, meaning that even the most hack-job cut will be completely hidden! This takes the stress out of performing an irreversible cut job and ensures you end up with a beautiful end product. Simply follow the provided instructions’ simple cutting guide and pictures.
We finished this bumper off with optional single and dual swing out carriers, a high clearance hitch receiver, LED pod lights (custom cut outs available by request), and heavy duty 9/16″ recovery points that are placed directly in line with the Toyota Tacoma frame to eliminate any leveraging effects. These recovery points are formed out of laser cut steel plates that pass through the bumper shell and tie directly into the bumper’s main mounting points on the Tacoma frame. The recovery points then get welded to the in and outside of the bumper shell. These factors all combine to form recovery points that minimize stress on your Toyota Tacoma’s frame and provide reliable recoveries of heavily loaded vehicles in the worst of offroad situations. What could make this bumper even better? The low profile design has resulted in very reasonable weights of 94lbs for the steel bumper and 46lbs for the aluminum version. Considering that this bumper replaces your factory bumper, bedside corners, hitch receiver and associated components, the resulting weight increase to your Toyota Tacoma is surprisingly minimal. This reduces added stress on your vehicle, maintains precious payload capacity, and allows you to keep your factory suspension if desired.
The swing out tire carrier comes in either a single or dual sided configuration and is built to accept a tire up to 37″ in diameter! Both carriers include mounting brackets for a hilift jack and other recovery items. The dual swing out includes the hilift mount as well as a lockable jerry can holder designed to fit two 20L NATO style jerry cans. These carriers feature heavy duty chromoly heim joint hinges, 2000lb toggle latches, T-handle spring pins, and a replaceable UHMW catch pad that provides secure, rattle free operation. The heim joints in conjunction with the toggle latch provide tons of adjustability, allowing for easy assembly and guaranteed alignment of the carrier latch. The single swing out add-on weighs 34lbs and the dual swing out add-on with gas can holder weighs 77lbs.
•DIY Weld-together kit – This bumper arrives as precision CNC-laser cut and bent pieces that you then weld together (detailed assembly instructions included)
•CNC-bent plates greatly reduces amount of welding and grinding required by you and makes for a cleaner finished product
• Wrap-around side wings maximize protection and ground clearance (Partial trimming of factory bedsides required)
• Heavy duty 3/16″ plate steel construction for maximum offroad strength and durability
• Optional 1/4″ 5052 aluminum construction for a lightweight yet very durable overlanding setup (48lb weight savings)
• Recessed 2″ hitch receiver for a clean look and further clearance gains (While the hitch is very well reinforced, we cannot rate it for on-road towing due to the DIY welding nature of this kit)
• Mounts directly to frame using 8 factory mounting points – no drilling required
•Reinforced 9/16″ thick clevis mounts allow the use of 3/4″ D-Rings and pull directly off of the frame for confident recoveries of heavily loaded vehicles
• All kits ship as clean, bare metal that is ready to weld out of the box – the Nitrogen laser cutting technology means no cutting edge oxidation and thus easier and stronger welds
•Optional Single and Dual Swing out carriers with spare tire mount, hilift jack mount and locking dual NATO can holder (dual swing out only)
•Optional LED lights include adjustable mounting tabs to mount the lights either on the swing outs or on top of the bumper