Contoured lines to fit the unique design of the factory bumper, retains the OEM trailer hitch. Comes complete with new frame brackets made of 3/16 inch plate. Bumper attaches to the brackets through eight grade 8 bolts that are reinforced by a 1/4 inch thick steel plate with recovery shackles. Pre-drilled license plate mounting holes. Add the TC-5293 swing arm tire carrier by replacing the shackles with the mount points that are included with the swing arm. Easy bolt on installation.
I've wanted a replacement bumper for my Tacoma for some time, but was put off by the crazy prices. I didn't understand why a relatively simple rear bumper should cost several hundred dollars more than a substantially more complex
ARB front bullbar. This one is about half the price of the rear bumpers offered by other manufacturers, so I jumped on it. Despite the lower cost, the materials are first rate and are very stout, and the provided hardware is high quality, though I will replace mine with black oxide Grade 8 bolts to better match the bumper itself. All in all, this bumper is nicely heavy duty and is very well constructed.
One suggestion I would have for the manufacturer is to also offer this in a smooth powder coated finish. The textured finish is nice and appears to be quite durable, but it doesn't match the ARB bumper I have on the front of my truck. Not a huge deal, but it would be nice to have that as an option.
Installation was a breeze. Removing the factory bumper took longer than bolting up the replacement unit. About 1.5 hours for the entire install, taking my time, using minimal tools. I did it by myself, though a buddy would be handy as it is awkward to mount by yourself without scratching the body. The factory receiver hitch remains in place, along with the factory wiring,
which is great. No drilling or other modifications are required.
There is no provision for mounting a license plate light, which is required in most states, if not all. I'm not going to worry about it, but it seems like this should be provided. I suppose I could fabricate something if I need to, but it would be nice not to have to. Bolts/screws for fastening a license plate were also not provided (slightly annoying), but holes for mounting a plate are nicely pre-drilled to left of center, presumably so that the plate will not be blocked from view if you decide to add the optional swing-away tire carrier.
My only dissatisfaction with the bumper is the styling. The lines along the sides do not conform to the body lines of the adjoining rear fenders, and the bottom corners of the bumper stick out and look kind of goofy. They also look like they will catch mud thrown up from the rear tires. The bumper itself is quite boxy and looks a little stodgy. See the attached photos. I expect this
is a reflection of the low price...adding angles, bends, and additional welds would add to manufacturing costs and thus to the price. You get what you pay for. The somewhat clunky styling is not a deal breaker, however, and the bumper looks way better than the original factory unit, and is way stronger and provides a great attachment point for recovery purposes, something that is totally lacking on the original bumper. Still, I'm knocking off a star for the Plain Jane styling. I'm not expecting Ferrari styling here, but a step or two up from a base model Plymouth would be nice.
By Desert Man from San Francisco, CA
Great, sturdy bumper
Great bumper for off-road use. Fantasic look - head turning. Easy installation. Took longer to remove factory bumper than to install. Need to have a second set of helping hands for easiest installation.
Can You get this bumper without the License plate light or plate predrilled and can you bolt up the factory HD Reciever
Mac from San Antonio, Tx on
Thanks for the the question.
Sorry, they come that way from the manufacturing plant. They do not offer custom orders.
The bumper will clear the factory receiver hitch.
from San Antonio, Tx on
Will this fit a 1991 toyota 4x4 pickup? Do you have one that is compatible?
Ken from Winston Salem NC on
Hello Ken. The Body Armor 4x4 Toyota Tacome Rear Bumper in Black Powder Coat, part # B/ATC-2961, will not fit your application. Unfortunately at this time this style bumper is not available for your vehicle. Here is a link to a rear bumper which we can get for your pickup. Thank you
John from Winston Salem NC on
In a previous question you said that you reuse OEM license plate lights on this bumper. On another question you said that it is drilled for mounting the plate but you must use after market plate lights. Is there just a couple of holes and you can either mount a plate or mount lights? Dan
Dan from Tacoma on
Hello Dan and thank you for your question! Body Armor 4x4 Toyota Tacome Rear Bumper in Black Powder Coat does take the OEM license plate lights.
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