We're always thrilled to discover parts that are easy to install and simultaneously look and work great. That's exactly what we got when we spotted these Toyota Tacoma bumpers at a Northwest trail ride last fall. Manufactured by Washington's Jeff Kelson and his company, Badland Bumpers, these sturdy yet trick-looking bumpers are a real cinch to install-both front and rear bumpers are pretty much direct bolt-ons.
According to Badland, the front bumper/grilleguard is designed to mount any winch from Warn, Ramsey or Mile Marker, up to the 9500 series; winches with an integrated solenoid will require some grille trimming. The rear bumpers feature a receiver and a chain mount for trailers. Installation for both bumpers could take as little as two hours. Additionally, these bumpers offer the option of adding auxiliary lighting.
Tough enough for hard-core trail hounds and plenty cool for a Saturday night cruise down the avenue, these bumpers are made of 0.120-inch DOM steel tubing.
Badland's Tacoma bumpers fit '95-'97 and '01-'03 Tacomas. 'Wheelers with '98-'00 Tacomas can still run the Badland front bumper, but the front frame horns will have to be shortened by about 3 inches. The company plans to offer bolt-on bumpers for those years shortly. Both front and rear bumpers are sold in bare metal but can be powdercoated for a little extra dough.
Weighing in at about 130 pounds, these bumpers attach at stock locations, with no welding required. However, you will have to trim about 1 inch off the stock bumper's 11/48-inch steel mounting brackets to make the bumpers fit properly.