A tougher leading edge for Tacomas
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.