Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Denver, CO, USA
Thanks for all the tips. I may end up going with a tube setup rather than a plate bumper - besides cost the other thing I'm trying to avoid is excess weight.
Quick question about the bumpers - does anything different need to be done to make a bumper work with the air bags? I know the ARB and TJM sites specifically indicate that their bumpers are air-bag compliant. What does it need, just to have the sensor taken off the stock bumper and placed into the new one? Anyone had any air bag problems with an aftermarket bumper?
That armorology bumper is gorgeous, though, IMO it's even better looking than an ARB.
Jacket, I think I'm going to have to pass on the TRD axle, at least for now. I really want to do as little modification as I can get away with - just the bare minimum stuff I need to increase my capabilities. I think there are really only two mods I want to make at this point: Some kind of beefed up bumper to protect the front end and to make recovery easier (one of the reasons I want a receiver on the front) and some kind of traction-assistance in the rear axle, whether it is LSD or locker. Beyond that the only thing I plan on doing is going to a slightly bigger, narrower tire (285/35 16) which I think I can do without a lift (right now I'm running the stock 265/70R 16s, which are 31.7", and the 235/85s would only be about an inch more in diameter. If that's not sufficient, I may go with a lift but it will be absolutely the smallest lift I can get away with - maybe 2".
"I thought I had an Appetite for Destruction. Turns out all I wanted was a Club Sandwich." - Homer Simpson
2004 Xcab SR5, 3.4l, 5 Speed 4x4
Leer Topper, stock 265/70R16s.