I need a front bumper

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Box Rocket, Feb 12, 2018.

Which front bumper

  1. Slee shortbus

    41 vote(s)
    29.7%
  2. 4x4 Labs

    24 vote(s)
    17.4%
  3. Costa Fabrication

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    18.1%
  4. Binks Fab

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  5. Trail Gear

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  6. Trail Tailor

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  7. Build your own

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  8. Other

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    8.0%
  1. Box Rocket

    Box Rocket

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    I’ve sold my ARB bumper and need a replacement. I’ve gone the rounds in my own mind on what to do and haven’t been able to decide. There isn’t one out there that is “perfect” for what I want so I’ve even considered building my own. But I know there are some really good ones out there so I’d like some opinions. I’m not wanting a full bullbar otherwise I’d have just kept the ARB.

    Vote in the poll for what you like. If you have one of the listed ones feel free to post a pic. If there are things you don’t like about it let me know what it is.
     
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    I went with the trail gear for cost and the fact that it was the only model I could find that would accept my older Warn XD9000i with the integrated solenoid (ARB may of been possible but $$$ and not my favorite). I'm sure departure angle is not the best of all choices but the fact the winch mounts on top of the frame rails and not between them also keeps it out of the Midwest muck. There's very little room between the winch and grill so couldn't be made much narrower.
     
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    I had a Trail Gear bumper on my Tacoma and really liked it. Lightweight and strong. I would weld in some top plates to close it in bit it’s one I’m considering for sure. Price is awesome.
     
  4. chap79

    chap79 Wheel. Break. Fix. Repeat. SILVER Star

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    If your considering tune I’d recommend either Bump It or Metal Tech. I really like my BIO tube bumper.

    Or just build your own, you have the skills.
     
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    The Slee and Costa are my favorites...
     
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    Thought about those but I don’t like the look of either one
     
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    A,

    As you know I'm out a few weeks. Here's mine.

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    I think the Shortbus is hard to beat off the shelf. I have had mine for over 10yrs and the only change I have thought about making was to flush mount some additional lights into the face of the bumper. Beyond that, when I moved it from my last rig to the new one, I had it powder coated to match the dark gray trim. I like that much better than the black. bump1.jpg bump2.jpg
     
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  11. chap79

    chap79 Wheel. Break. Fix. Repeat. SILVER Star

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    Bumpers are like tires and oil, choose what works best for you. When I replaced my ARB I wanted something that was close to the body and offered great approach angles. Choose what suites your needs.
     
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    I'm biased, so 4x4labs. It's the only one that is actually unique looking IMO.
     
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    I don't think I've seen a 4x4 labs in person, but I think they look the best on here. You already stated you're not interested in the Metal tech, but I really like mine. Good coverage and light weight. My friend had a Trail Gear front and it was OK, but IMO stuck too far out. Lots of personal preferences obviously.
     
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    I agree that the TG one sticks out a little far. Welding in top plates would hide that a little.
    I dig the Labs bumper
     
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    Adam, you would love the Short bus. Only downside is round lights don't really look like they belong on the Short bus like they do on an ARB. (In my opinion)
     
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    A little out of the box, but consider Rogue Racing out of Henderson, NV. They have a bumper called the “Enforcer” that can be adapted to the 80. I worked with them to develop the bumper for a 2017 SEMA build. It turned out so well, I had them do a 3D scan of the front mount points on my 80. Just haven’t yet pulled the trigger, but they have all the data.

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    jfz80 bound to cover just a little more ground SILVER Star

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    Can you actually still get a BinksFab?
    Was pretty much not an option as soon as the community got excited about it.

    Maybe so if local ..... or in your case your truck gets lots of shutter time and likes to frequent magazines ;)


    I think the costa has the best design features and is solid with a subdued look. Would be my choice if in your position for my truck.
     
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    Costa Bumper is pretty sweet!


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    I voted build your own because I'm a cheap SOB and I have the toolz and skilz.

    Though I did cheat and build the one on my '92 from a kit.
     
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