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I have a 1995 Tacoma and it’s completely stock, I’m building a tube front bumper for it. should I build it around my remaining stock bumper or just take the stock one off and build a new one? or just build both and see wich one I like best?
 

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bmw678 said:
I have a 1995 Tacoma and it’s completely stock, I’m building a tube front bumper for it. should I build it around my remaining stock bumper or just take the stock one off and build a new one? or just build both and see wich one I like best?
i like leaving the stock upper part on (i think on the 95's its a 2 peice isnt it?) that way it hides all the shit under it.
 

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yeah, i havent looked at where the upper and lower part disconnect or how easy it is. can you send me some pictures of how you did yours?
[email protected] or [email protected]
 

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If you're looking for a better approach angle, ditch the stocker and start from scratch. If you're into desert stuff, there are quite a few designs around that retain part of the stock bumper, at least in the '01 to '04 Tacos...

ALL of the stock bumper is for show, the real "bumper" part is a super thin-walled piece of tube hidden by the valence.
 

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i have plans written out for it and i got my tubing already. i think i am going to take the front vallance off and do it that way. you guys have any ideas on tube size. i got 1 1/2" tube for around the bumper and to connect to the frame, and i also got 1" tube to house two hella lights.
 

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The 1-1/2 tube is pretty standard. I don't have a write up and the like for my truck, as I have some problems getting my pics small enough in bytes to upload them on here. But, there is a good pic of my bumper on WWW.nowwgasa.net./albums/Big Bear2-12-2005/bb_17.jpg I left the valance, it looked kinda butchered without it. I am SUPER tight to the valance, andI didn't lose any approach angle. I reinforced the daylights of the "bumper" inside the valance. It is all tied together now. My new crumple zone is the car in front of me.
 

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sorry, the link didnt work, is there a way to email them?
 

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thanks a lot, that gives me some more ideas. but i still want to see some pictures of desert trd's front bumper!!!
 

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Well, I wish you luck.... I am NEVER radius bending that friggin' 4130 again. That bumper wiped me and my equipment out. My advice is to stick to the standard radius of the tubing benders. Unless you are using regular dom tube. Then, give it a shot.
 

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there is a good pic of my bumper on WWW.nowwgasa.net./albums/Big Bear2-12-2005/bb_17.jpg I left the valance, it looked kinda butchered without it. I am SUPER tight to the valance, andI didn't lose any approach angle. I reinforced the daylights of the "bumper" inside the valance. It is all tied together now. My new crumple zone is the car in front of me.
Just a hint... the [/url] goes at the end of the addy you're linking, not in the middle. ;)

How and where does your bumper attach? How many attachment points are there?
 

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i am thinking about 4 attachment points, two right behind where the tow hooks are bolted onto the frame, and the other two on the cross member in between the two big steel beems. i dont know if you can picture that or not. i kind of made a picture on photo shop of a bumper but there are lots of revisions i can make on it.
 

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Just a hint... the [/url] goes at the end of the addy you're linking, not in the middle. ;)

How and where does your bumper attach? How many attachment points are there?
Ohh.. the computer stuff is gonna spin me for a loop... I'll tryt it out, make no promises. As for my bumper, I plated the valance bumper with 2-1/2x 1/8 angle. I used the angle to wrap around the square tube of the 'bumper'. The section of square tube is like 2-1/4 inch, and has angled plates front& rear, for attaching the POS crush bumper, and the rear plate which has a 17mm bolt going through it to the frame.Now, it won't buckle so easy. Next, I shaped a plate under this whole mess to add more meat to the attachment points. It is 2"x3/16, and goes front to back, and it bolts into the frame using the factory dual bolt holes for the tow hook attachments. I then trussed this assembly,making it a shaped solid angle "L". I then used the widely used way to make an attachment point for lots of taco's, I ran a 1-1/2" "u" tube for lower attachment points. Most folks weld to this, I wanted to be able to remove the bumper for several reasons, so I have 2 lower mounting points here. The difference is my attach point is not to an area under the frame, it is right under the valance. But, it is high enough to not cut approach angle.On top of my valance hardware, I centered up some tube, with trusses on both sides, and the entire mess slides in to get bolted off. No welding it to the frame!! A friend lifted the rig almost 5 feet off the ground with his crane, no bending. I almost feel sorry for the fool who crosses this in traffic....
 

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Worky: http://www.nowwgasa.net/albums/BigBear2-12-2005/bb_17.jpg

It doesn't look right... Go just tube, then fill it in with some metal

I like this one: http://www.bajataco.com/frontbump.html
or one from Badland Bumpers, the Basher Tube bumper

That's crazy, I just clicked on the Baja Taco link and evidently the guy who built the bumper for that rig is the same guy who built my 90 SAS toyota. We been friends for several years but I didn;t think his name was getting out past my small town of Prescott, AZ. Ironically, he has been doing tube work for quite some time but I think when he did my SAS and motor swap, it really made him realize what kind of talent he really had. Small town guy making his name on the internet, pretty incredible.
 
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