Installing All-Pro Bumpers and Armor and Smittybilt X20 Comp-Series Winch
Sometimes we want to go ’wheeling so bad with our newly found 4x4s that we forget they might not be ready for the punishment of going off-road. Tackling a difficult trail can be rewarding and a lot of fun, but if your rig just has a lift and bigger tires and is not adequately protected and set up with a good winch, you may end up with permanent damage to the front or rear, rocker panel, or undercarriage.
We want to avoid this scenario with our 2004 Tacoma Double Cab TRD, so we contacted a well-known Toyota 4x4 specialist, All-Pro Off-Road in Hemet, California, to get all the parts we would need to protect it. We also acquired a Smittybilt X20 winch to help recover it when needed.
All-Pro Off-Road has been building hardcore parts for Toyotas for over 15 years, and knows how to set up trucks, 4Runners, and ’Cruisers for the trail. And since this Tacoma will gradually transform from our daily driver to more of a hardcore rock-crawler, we wanted to protect it from all angles. The rear received an All-Pro wrap-around tube bumper that also allowed for an All-Pro two-inch receiver hitch set up to tow a mid size trailer or motorcycle trailer. Up front is a high clearance All-Pro tube winch bumper with front skidplate, side hoops for corner protection, and a front hoop to hang a few off-road lights. We also opted for the All-Pro fill plates in front and on top of the bumper that not only help with aesthetics, but also keep road debris from chipping the chassis paint. For the rocker panels we went with the All-Pro bolt-on/weld on rock sliders with a kick out at the rear that helps to push your truck away from the rocks in that time of need. We also chose to weld them on in order to be able to use a high lift and just plain abuse them a bit more if the situation arose. On the bottom of the truck we installed the two 3/16-inch-thick steel All-Pro skidplates, which connect to each other to form one long skid. The front skidplate is made to mount to the bottom of the All-Pro front bumper to tie it all together. In addition to protecting the oil pan and transmission, All-Pro also offers a factory TRD rear locker actuator skidplate, and a transfer case skidplate that will work much better than the wimpy stock item, so we opted for both.
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