Optional Powder Coat is a Satin Black Textured Finish
– July 1, 2020
I initially told myself that I would not get a rear bumper for my Tacoma unless I destroyed it. Well, I can tell you that destroying a stock rear bumper and damaging your bed sides between your rear tire and rear bumper can be easily done on a pickup truck if you are into off-roading due to the extra over hang in comparison to Jeeps or 4Runners. If you own a Tacoma and take your vehicle on technical trails, a high clearance rear bumper is a MUST have.
I purchased a CBI Offroad T3 High Clearance rear bumper without the swing arm or tire carry as I already have a setup for my full sized spare and hi-lift jack, although I can definitely see the appeal of a (dual)swing out with a fold down table.
Prior to receiving the T3 high clearance rear bumper, I did all necessary preparations (cutting) which is explained in a detailed video found on the CBI Offroad website or Youtube. I cut the bed sides using an angle grinder, after thoroughly masking off the paint to allow for a straight cut. Once the cuts were made, I used the top of the angle grinder disk to level out, and smooth the cut instead of a sanding disk shown in the installation video. After the cut was made, I did apply anti-rust paint to the cut surface using my finger to prevent future problems from occurring.
Another tip for the installation: CBI Offroad includes a rear licence plate LED light with the bumper with two short wires. The installation video says that you need to wire the LED light into the rear tail light. I can confirm that you do not need to wire the provided rear licence LED light into the tail light. You CAN use the factory wire harness that is removed from the factory bumper. Simply zap strap that factory wiring to the rear frame of the vehicle and attach the LED light wires into the pre-existing rear licence plate wires.
The most time consuming part of the installation was the wiring for the trailer electrical attachment . I had no prior experience with wiring prior to. In the installation video, CBI Offroad says that you can stretch the wiring backwards after undoing the clips to reach the new location for the trailer attachment point. I did attempt this but was still about an 1 inch short from making a proper connection. The factory trailer wiring is composed of approximately 4 different gauges. I used a 10, 20, and a 12 when lengthening the wiring approximately 4 inches. As long as you don’t use a smaller gauge on a larger gauge you will be good to go.
The T3 bumper is solid, and provides excellent protection to the entire rear end of your vehicle from nasty drop offs. The licence plate flip hinge works great. No more factory trailer hitch scraping rock as you come down those steep parts of the trails and no need to worry about destroying your bed sides from drop offs.
The website states that the rear bumper is 200lbs. I don’t know the exact weight without the swing outs, but I can tell you that it is nowhere near 200lbs. Also, you are removing the factory bumper, and factory trailer hitch which was surprisingly heavy.
If you have any questions with the install or the rear bumper in general, feel free to DM me on IG Operation_Toyota or contact CBI Offroad directly.
Vehicle: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Offroad (4 door – short box)
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