The Toyota FJ Cruiser is quite capable in stock form, but when still equipped with the factory bumper it's limited to how many scrapes and scars the vehicle owner wants to look at after a trail run. A rock could easily punch through the bumper fascia and leave its indelible mark or even grab on and rip the whole bumper from its mounts. With a solid-steel front bumper in place, however, minor rock scrapes are simply minor rock scrapes, and FJ owners are left to think about their next trail adventure rather than how they'll carry out repairs from the last one.
Weighing in at less than 90 pounds, the DeMello Offroad Toyota FJ Cruiser front bumper offers a durable yet lightweight construction. It features a 1/8-inch plate-steel shell with 1/4-inch steel frame mounts. The bumper also offers an integrated 1/4-inch plate-steel winch mount that will accommodate various winches in the 8,000- to 9,000-pound range and recessed light mounts that accommodate a set of Acro lights. The DeMello bumper follows the FJ's bodylines nicely and is a good fit overall. It is secured to the front framehorns using three factory bumper-mounting studs per side in addition to two provided 12mm bolts and washers. DeMello FJ bumpers are available in bare metal but can be finished in black powdercoat at an additional cost. A center hoop and side hoops (headlight guards) can also be added at an extra cost.
We had the crew at DeMello Offroad install one of its bumpers on an '07 FJ Cruiser and were pleased with the result. The installation was completed in just over an hour, and the bumper should definitely help our confidence on the trail as we forget our worries of damaging the fragile stock bumper and instead concentrate on the obstacles ahead.