Taco Tuesday: 6 Low Profile Front Bumpers For The 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma

Army Green 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma with Slim Low Profile Front Bumper

6 Low Profile (Lo-Pro) Bumper Setups For 3rd Gen (2016+) Toyota Tacoma – Unique Aftermarket Front Bumpers For Off-Road & Overland Truck Build Inspiration in 2022

Hey everyone, welcome back to yet another Taco Tuesday! If you missed last week’s TT, we asked owners to talk about their aftermarket black wheels for the Tacoma. Pretty sweet line up.

This week, we will be looking at 6 low-profile front bumper options for the 3rd Gen Tacoma. A low-profile bumper isn’t as aggressive as a full-width hybrid or plate bumper replacement, but you might be surprised by the benefits of running a slimmer, more lightweight focused bumper. These bumpers still offer protection and allow you to run all of the standard accessories without the commitment of a full bumper

If you want to see even more options or are maybe looking to see more full front bumpers, then check out our post on front bumpers for the 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma here.

Should I Buy A Low Profile Bumper?

4WP Tacoma low pro front bumper

Honestly, this depends on what you are really using your truck for. A low-profile front bumper gives you a very similar effect relatively to a full plate bumper but without the larger price tag and added weight.

These slim bumper designs typically take up the lower part of the front bumper and replace the OEM black front valance. In exchange for replacing the plastic valance, you get added protection, additional recovery points, and mounts for a winch and mounts for accessory lights along with a center light bar.

One drawback of a low-profile bumper is the lack of any real gain in approach angle for the front end of your truck. Now, you can definitely gain a confidence boost when approaching an obstacle knowing that you have some armor installed. However, these bumpers only replace the OEM lower valance, essentially leaving all approach angles pretty much the same. Another drawback to a low profile vs a full front bumper is no additional real estate for clearing larger tires – unless you opt for a bumper with high clearance “wings”. This is to be debated by many though as more problems are usually found at the pinch weld, firewall, and cab mounts when looking to run larger tires as opposed to in the front of the Tacoma. Just don’t go into a high clearance with wings for the sole purpose of wanting to run larger tires.

The purpose of a low-profile bumper is to remain as OEM as possible by adding some protection without cutting up your whole bumper to do it.

I really like this style bumper for the Tacoma. I am a huge fan of OEM+ functionality and a bumper like this really checks a lot of boxes for me personally. Enjoy the compilation of trucks below!

1. Erik Calvo (@chacataco) – DV8 Off-Road

3rd Gen Tacoma Center Mount DV8 Off-Road Front Bumper

Bumper Specs

  • Model: Center Mount
  • Price: ~$569.99

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

This bumper is for those who want exceptional looks and function without committing to a full-length bumper. There is an optional light hoop that fits a single row 20-inch LED light bar. However, if you don’t need the extra lighting you can opt to not install the light hoop. I really like how strong this bumper is and also just can’t get over how good it looks.

2. CL (@213_ultra_black) – CBI

Lifted Black 3rd Gen Tacoma with CBI Covert Front Bumper, AlphaRex Headlights, Prinsu Roof Rack & BFG Tires

Bumper Specs

  • Model: Covert Series
  • Weight: 75lbs
  • Price: ~$1,000

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

This bumper is mainly for looks. I like the thinner low grille guard that this bumper offers compared to others on the market. Before I eventually switch it out to a full-size bumper, I wanted the sleek low profile look of this CBI. It almost looks stock, which is one thing I really like about it.

3. Paul Nguyen (@gordi17_) – Southern Style Off-Road

Slimline Tube Bumper SSO Toyota Tacoma Front Bumper on Quicksand Tacoma

Bumper Specs

  • Model: Slimline Tube Bumper
  • Weight: 70lbs
  • Price: ~$1,100

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

I love the low-profile look of the bumper that still retains the OEM fog mounts while offering better clearance and approach angle. The bumper is of full steel construction, yet it comes in at 70lbs according to SSO. This is lighter than some aluminum bumpers on the market and means that I don’t have to upgrade to heavier front coil springs. It comes with a weather-strip to make the long cut across the bumper look super clean.

4. Alexandre (@el_taco_julien) – Body Armor 4X4

Toyota Tacoma Body Armor 4x4 Hi Line Series Low Profile Front Bumper

Bumper Specs

  • Model: HiLine Series
  • Weight: 70lbs
  • Price: ~$650

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

I like this bumper because I was able to integrate both an LED light bar and a winch into it. I’m not a big fan of winches because of how bulky they are, so being able to hide it behind the bumper is great. I can also face bigger obstacles because the approach angle is improved a little bit and feel more secure when I go off-road knowing that I am less likely to break anything. I was able to add two recovery points and the coating is guaranteed for 3 years.

5. Mason Tandal (@thatolivedrabtaco) – Southern Style Off-Road

Lifted Army Green Tacoma with Southern Style Off-Road Full Plate Slimline Front Bumper

Bumper Specs

  • Model: Full Plate Slimline Bumper
  • Weight: ~90lbs
  • Price: Starting at ~$1,150

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

The best thing about this specific one-piece full plate bumper is how clean and simple it looks while having a variety of options that will fit your off-roading needs. These options include light bar cutouts, winch access holes, and angled bull bars. It just straight up looks great!

6. Sean Wright (@drktacoma)- 4WP

Tacoma with 4 Wheel Parts (4WP) Factory Tacoma Front Bumper

Bumper Specs

  • Model: Front Bumper Base
  • Weight: 80lbs
  • Price: ~$775

What Do You Like Most About Your Setup?

This bumper comes in at a base price of about $775 without options like the high clearance wings. I’ve spec’ed mine without the high clearance wings as I dig the more factory look that this bumper gives. Along with the bumper, I have the SmittyBilt X20 Gen3 10k winch paired with it.

The main thing I love about the new 4WP bumpers is that they’re completely customizable and have tons of options to tailor them exactly to your liking. The front is merely a replacement of the plastic front valance piece with minimal cutting, allowing for a stock look while also providing the functionality that aftermarket bumpers give.

Final Thoughts

3rd Gen Tacoma with 4WP Front Bumper

Man, I really like the simplicity of these low-profile bumpers. You can definitely see the added functionality that they provide along with keeping the style of the truck pretty OEM. This would definitely be the path I take if I ever swapped out the front bumper on my Tacoma.

If you want to be featured for Taco Tuesday, submit your build through TrailTacoma.com/Feature. Next week’s Taco Tuesday will be featuring TRD Pro Tacomas and asking owners what their Top 5 mods are. We’re looking for sweet rides to showcase! If this is you and you love your setup, send in your details because we want to see it.

Thanks for reading guys. I’ll see you next week!

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