My AllPro front bumper has held up to some hard knocks, and has not shifted or bent the frame even when stalling my 9,500# Warn. (The bumper was dsigned around the Warn 9.5 XP, it mounts as high and tight as anything I've ever seen.)
I have not double-lined the winch yet, and will try to tie the bitter end off to an immoveable object if I'm pulling someone else out double-lined. If I have to double-line myself out I will do it as gingerly as possible: but I'm afraid of the frame more than the All-Pro front. I think the All-Pro front is a good compromise for the Taco: it is strong, but only weighs 65#.
Extra weight on the front stresses all the steering and suspension components, and I try to keep it down. The 550# AllPro/Billstein Coilovers are the perfect suspension setup for my truck. One front shock broke recently, but I'm told that it's never been seen before. (Ain't it great to be unique!) I am sticking with the Billsteins, though.
One bitch: the bumper does NOT come with shackle mounts and it cost me $50 per pair to add them.
Stock skid plates won't work with the All-Pro front - you'll have to buy All-Pro skids or make them yourself. The All-Pro skids are working well for me.
The All-Pro rear did not stand up to my driving in Moab. It weighs 60#, which seemed a good compromise when I bought it. I've just added 5# of gussets to it, and hope it has doubled the strength of the outside corners. The receiver is NOT rated for towing and is not a good recovery point. Again, no shackle mounts on the rear, and it cost me $50 to add a pair here in Aurora. I think the Marlin rear bumper is almost a clone of the All-Pro, or vice versa. (Don't know who was first.) I have never done a side-by-side comparison of them.
If I was going to spend the money on a custom bumper, it would be for the rear, which I would have clearanced at the same time. Alex's Taco has the NUTS of a rear bumper setup IMHO.
On both the front and rear bumpers (any make) on a Taco, I think you should always tie off to both sides of the bumper when taking heavy loads (Like jerk straps.) I use a 6' tree strap between shackle mounts located at the frame rails. This spreads the load as much as possible onto both sides of the frame. Pulling on just one side turns the bumper into a lever trying to bend the frame.
The All-Pro sliders have really saved my truck. I like them. Gusset them all the way to the top of the frame when you install them or you'll bend your frame when they hit the rocks. Trim the legs to put the inner tube under the body seam for best clearance and strength in case they do flex under a hard knock.
2004 Tacoma Reg Cab, armor, lockers