Posted by Bryan Swepston on 3/27/2020 to Before you Buy
Protecting the front-end of your Tacoma against damage from off-road adventures and road debris is important if you want to keep your truck looking good and performing as intended. The rugged front bumpers typically fall into one of three categories: Boxed Steel, Tubular, and Hybrid construction. Here at Stage 3, we have a huge selection of super sweet 2005-2015 Tacoma Off-Road Front Bumpers and 2016-2020 Tacoma Off-Road Front Bumpers to add killer protection and extra utility to your already awesome truck.
Boxed Steel BumpersIf you’re looking for uncompromising strength and durability, then a boxed steel bumper is where you want to go with your build. Boxed steel bumpers generally have better clearance for winches and accessories because they protrude further from the truck body. This clearance is fantastic for adding a winch, but it does cause the bumper to stick out pretty far from the front of your truck. Boxed steel bumpers are also lacking in approach angle improvement, which can be a turnoff for some. Also, if you’re looking to add some off-road lighting to your truck, like the Rigid Industries E-Series LED Off-Road Light Bars or Baja Designs S8 Off-Road LED Light Bars, boxed steel bumpers are not the ticket. These bumpers tend only to house small LED cubes, if they support lighting at all. The bumpers are typically gusseted on the inside as well, providing a sturdy build for the most extreme off-road excursions.
Some boxed steel front bumpers available from Stage 3:
- 2016-2020 Tacoma Warn Ascent Front Bumper
- 2016-2020 Tacoma Fab Fours Premium Winch No Guard Front Bumper
- 2012-2015 Tacoma ARB Deluxe Front Bumper
Tubular BumpersNext, we have the tubular bumpers. These bumpers, though still sturdy, sacrifice a bit of the durability and strength that boxed steel bumpers possess in favor of a lighter build, improved approach angles, and much better tire clearance. These bumpers struggle with fitting a winch or other accessories, even if the bumper has a winch mount. The bumpers don’t have the room that boxed steel bumpers have, because of the focus on approach angles and tire clearance. The tubular bumpers are fantastic for mounting killer aftermarket off-road lighting like the Rigid Industries E-Series LED Off-Road Light Bars or Baja Designs S8 Off-Road LED Light Bars, sometimes capable of mounting up to 40” light bars. A tubular bumper is a perfect fit for someone who wants to lift their truck and throw some huge tires on, but still want to protect the front-end while blasting down the trails.
Some of the tubular bumpers at Stage 3:
- 2005-2015 Tacoma ADD Stealth Front Bumper
- 2005-2015 Tacoma N-Fab RSP Front Bumper w/ 30" Multi-Light Mount
- 2005-2015 Tacoma N-Fab RSP Front Bumper w/ 38" Light Bar Mounts (Gloss Black)
Hybrid BumpersFinally, we have the hybrid bumpers. These bumpers are the best of both worlds, offering strength and durability with the tire clearance and approach angles you’re after. The main drawback to hybrid bumpers are the price, which typically is much higher than both boxed steel and tubular bumpers. These bumpers will have your aggressive build looking great with a lift kit, large tires, and off-road lighting, all while providing the mounting space and strength for a winch.
Some hybrid bumpers available from Stage 3: