Step-By-Step Install Guide for the Body Armor 4X4 HiLine Series Front Bumper for 3rd Gen Tacoma
There’s no denying that there are a TON of aftermarket bumpers for the 3rd Gen Tacoma. Body Armor 4X4 is a trusted and well-established company that carries quite a few options for the Tacoma. In this article, we’re going to go through the installation process for one of their latest products, the HiLine front bumper.
This bumper is a great choice for someone who is looking for a trail, winch, and light ready bumper at a great price point. If you’re looking to save on weight and add functionality, this bumper is definitely for you! The install takes about 1-2 hours, depending on your skill level. It’s straight forward and we didn’t have any hangups along the way.
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2016-2020 Toyota Tacoma Body Armor 4X4 HiLine Series Front Bumper
Note: This bumper is compatible with the TRD Pro skid plate. If you are running a TRD Pro Skid plate this bumper will work for you. We can’t confirm any other skid plates at this time but we are running a TRD skid plate which is another reason why we selected this bumper.
HiLine Bumper Specifications
- Constructed from 3/16″ steel plate
- Winch plate is 1/4″ steel plate
- High clearance
- 10,000lb winch capacity
- 20″ dual row LED light cutout
You’ll need the following:
- Painters Tape
- 3/8″ Ratcheting Wrench
- Drill driver or Impact driver
- Socket Extensions
- Metric Socket set
- 10mm Socket
- 14mm Socket
- Oscillating Multi-Tool (good for cutting bumper body)
- Body Panel Remover (optional)
From the time we placed the order, to the delivery, the whole process was effortless.
The package came promptly, the box was in good condition, and the bumper was delivered quickly after order processing.
Pictured above is what the bumper looked like straight out of the box.
It was in perfect condition once we removed it, we didn’t notice any flaws or poor workmanship whatsoever. The bumper was packaged well and we were stoked to get in on the truck.
The bumper came with instructions and all the necessary hardware.
A small, but thoughtful addition, Body Armor 4X4 includes the edge trim you’ll need to hide the bumper cuts.
Without further delay, let’s jump right into the installation.
Step 1. Remove License Plate Bracket
Step 2. Remove Valence Bolts
Underneath the front bumper cover, you will see some bolts that will need to be removed for the bottom valence to be removed.
If your truck still has the factory air damn this will be connected to it as well, so either way, the bolts have to come off.
Step 3. Remove Front Grille
The next step is to remove the two clips and two bolts from the top of the grille.
These are the only hardware holding the grill in.
The next step is to remove the grille and the bezel off the truck, just pull straight out, applying even pressure to each side to remove.
Be careful with this step so you don’t damage the plastic.
Step 4. Apply Tape to Protect Bumper Paint
Per the instructions provided by BodyArmor, we covered the sides of the bumper with painters tape to protect it.
This will help to avoid any unnecessary scratches.
Step 5: Remove Lower Bumper Parts
We then went ahead and removed the front bumper cap from the main body of the bumper.
This is held on with a couple of bolts we already removed, as well as some plastic clips.
Next, pull the crash pads off of the front of the crash bar.
With the crash pads removed, you can remove the aluminum crash bar.
Once, you’ve removed the two bolts holding the crash bar in, you can remove the whole bar from the bumper.
With the crash bar removed, you can remove the bolts which hold the crash bar pillars/spacers from the front of the frame rail.
Step 6. Relocate Cooler Assembly
As you may have seen before, the OEM cooler lines interfere with the vast majority of aftermarket bumpers. This one is no exception.
Start by unbolting the OEM cooler bolts that are located on the front frame rail.
Then, undo the retainer bolt on the driver’s side frame rail.
Finally, twist on the relocation bracket with the bolt into the truck and use the OEM bolt to secure the cooler about an inch back from OEM positioning.
This will help when you insert a winch and for overall bumper fitment.
You can see the finished relocation above.
Step 7. Trim OEM Bumper
Once the radiator support relocation is done, you’ll have to cut 19-20mm of the excess bumper from the license plate bracket.
Take your time, follow the instructions and you’ll do just fine.
The finished cut should look something like this. You can use a box cutter or a very sharp knife to clean the edges if needed.
Before putting the bumper on, I recommend to get a little bit of clear coat and applying it to the cut line, this will prevent paint from peeling in the future. Then, use the provided edge trim to cover it up, some people like it and some people don’t. All personal preference.
At this point, you might want to crack open a cold one. You deserve it! Haha.
Step 8. Install New Body Armor Bumper
At this point, you might want to get a hand from a friend to make things easier.
Get a buddy and put the bumper onto the front frame brackets and use the OEM nuts you previously removed to secure the bumper onto the vehicle.
Put your grill back in and viola! You are done!
As you can see the bumper fits very well with the body lines of the Tacoma. The cutting process is pretty forgiving because you can always clean up the cut, just make sure you leave some excess plastic on the bumper if you are not sure.
Front End Close Up
This bumper is an ideal addition to your 3rd Gen Tacoma. It’s built extremely well and Body Armor 4X4 did not cut any corners.
The HiLine bumper is super strong and equipped with a winch, it’s ready for all sorts of recoveries. Even without a winch, the bumper provides you with recovery points for D-rings, shackles and the like. And of course, it looks awesome! I would highly recommend considering this option if you’re in the market for a minimalist front bumper for your Tacoma.