Taco Tuesday: Front Bumper Accessories For The 3rd Gen Tacoma

Lifted Quicksand 3rd Gen Tacoma with Backwoods Adventure Mods Front Bumper & Pathfinder LED Lights

9 Tacoma Owners & What They Mounted To Their Aftermarket Front Bumpers – Accessories For 3rd Gen Tacoma In 2022

This Week’s Topic: Aftermarket Front Bumper Accessories 

Welcome back to another Taco Tuesday! If you missed last week’s TT, we checked out some aftermarket fog lights for the 3rd Gen Tacoma. For this week, we take a look at what accessories 3rd Gen Tacoma owners are adding to their aftermarket front bumpers.

Adding a Tacoma front bumper not only adds protection and clearance to the front end of your truck, but also gives you a new template to start easily adding additional accessories to your rig as well.

With the obvious protection and ground clearance benefits aside, individuals find themselves in the market for front bumpers to easily mount recovery equipment and 3rd party accessories. Toyota designed the Tacoma to be very capable off the showroom floor, but it isn’t perfect. Enthusiasts who want to take their off-road adventures to the next level want to easily mount a winch, 30″ light bar or LED light pods to the front end of the vehicle. In addition to easily housing these accessories, aftermarket bumpers provide strong, easy-to-access front recovery points.

Now yes, you can technically most of this equipment to your OEM bumper, but you won’t have the added protection or clearance that aftermarket bumpers provide.

Having an aftermarket front bumper makes adding recovery equipment and auxiliary lighting a breeze with pre-fabricated mounting locations.

Below you will find a variety of Low Profile, Pre-Runner, and full-front bumper equipped rigs to help you decide what combination is the right fit for your Tacoma.

Enjoy!

1. Jon Rivera (@roamwithjon) – 2021 TRD OR

Lifted 3rd Gen Army Green Tacoma with Cali Raised LED Stealth Front Bumper

Front Bumper

  • Cali Raised LED Stealth Bumper

Accessories 

  • Cali Raised LED Dual Row LED Bar
  • D-Ring Shackles

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

There are plenty of reasons why I like this bumper. The bull bar is as high up as possible to protect a more significant portion of the front, while not interfering with the TSS sensor. There are a bunch of lighting options with either a single row or dual-row light bar, plus you can run the behind-the-grill hidden light bar in tandem. It’s also fairly light and enforced in the right areas to maximize protection while minimizing weight.

2. Gary Torres (@supremefish4x4) – 2018 TRD ORP

Cement 3rd Gen Tacoma with Saints Off-Road Alpha Front Bumper

Front Bumper

  • Saints Off-Road Alpha

Accessories 

  • Baja Designs Amber 30″ S8
  • Baja Designs Squadron Pro Fog Lights
  • Smittybilt X20 Winch w/ 10K Synthetic Rope

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

What I like most about my setup is that it is simple, yet aggressive. You don’t need all the accessories hanging off your rig driving around town. This setup allows me to run everything I need without having any extra unnecessary gear on my truck.

3. Paul H. (@lt.wana.be) – 2016 TRD OR

Red PreRunner Toyota Tacoma With Bailey Fabrication Custom Bumper

Front Bumper

Accessories 

  • 30″ Traveller X Light Bar w/ Back Light

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

Despite what anyone may tell you: quality cosmetics are an absolute necessity if you want your rig to truly stand out. I went with this bumper design in order to give the Tacoma more of a pre-runner-worthy look. I decided to go with something that you can’t simply buy off of a shelf or inside a warehouse and wanted to achieve a different look to my build while also giving it the protection it needs.

4. Ajbin (@idaho_tacoma) – 2018 TRD OR

Overland 3rd Gen Tacoma Build with C4 Fabrication Hybrid Front Bumper & Front Fender Trim

Front Bumper

  • C4 Fabrication Hybrid Front Bumper

Accessories 

  • Baja Designs S8 Light Bar
  • Diode Dynamic SS3 Pros
  • Diode Dynamic SS2 Pros
  • Warn VR Evo 10-S Winch

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

I like how versatile the hybrid bumper from C4 Fabrication is. It has high clearance and great visibility paired with the Diode Dynamic setup and Baja light bar. I do a decent amount of wheeling alone so having the Warn 10k winch is definitely a life saver in a sticky situation. I highly recommend the hybrid bumper from C4 Fabrication.

5. Aaron Peace (@thatvoodoobluetaco) – 2019 TRD Pro

Voodoo Blue Tacoma with Addictive Desert Designs Honey Badger Bumper

Front Bumper

  • Addictive Desert Designs Honey Badger Bumper

Accessories 

  • 10″ Side-Mounted Light Bars x2
  • 30″ Slim Radius Light Bar

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

The ADD off-road bumper offers the front protection you need with the clearance you want. The bumper is also by far one of the best-looking ones that I have seen on the market and fits the Tacoma perfectly! I love that I’m not limited to just the light bar, I can also add up to 6 LED pods and a winch!

6. Ivan Morales (@cavalry_trd) – 2019 TRD OR

Cavalry Blue 3rd Gen Tacoma with Southern Style Offroad Slimline Bumper & Stage 2 High Clearance Wings

Front Bumper

  • Southern Style Off-Road Slimline w/ Stage 2 High Clearance Wings

Accessories 

  • Agency 6 Winch Fairlead + Shackle
  • Smittybilt XRC Gen2 Winch

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

What I like most about my setup is being able to keep that OEM look while having all the benefits an aftermarket bumper offers. This bumper gives me additional clearance and the ability to mount a winch, all while looking pretty OEM.

7. Reece Pfeiffer (@54syota_official) – 2016 TRD OR

Dirt King Long Travel 3rd Gen Tacoma w/ KalilFab Front Bumper

Front Bumper

Accessories 

  • 30” Baja Designs Onyx 6

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

There are a few things that I love about this front bumper setup. First of all, it sits flush with the body of the Tacoma and provides the most clearance up front. The bumper only weighs 56 lbs., so it’s very lightweight. If you’re looking for simplicity, this is the perfect bumper.

8. Hunter Swift (@another_pnwtaco) – 2016 TRD OR

lifted White 3rd Gen Tacoma With Southern Style OffRoad Slimline Hybrid Bumper & iKamper Rooftop Tent

Front Bumper

  • Southern Style OffRoad Slimline Hybrid Bumper

Accessories 

  • Smittybilt X2O Winch w/ 10K Synthetic Rope
  • Baja Designs S8 20″ Amber Driving/Combo
  • ARB D Shackles

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

Clean, Simple, Effective. The three words that come to mind with my current bumper setup. The slimline blends in well with the body lines of the OEM front bumper for a sleek look. It may not stand out but it packs in all the features a good bumper should.

The winch is to save you or a buddy when you’re in a tight spot and lights were added to illuminate the trail or Lowe’s parking lot (no judgment). The welded-in recovery points won’t let you down when your ego gets you stuck in the mud. If you’re into the OEM-style look that packs all the features you need on the trail, or parking lot, you should check out the SSO Slimline.

Pro Tip: Get the optional powder coating, the rattle will easily peel eventually.

9. Grant Willbanks (@grizzy.gram) – 2017 TRD OR

Tacoma with Backwoods Adventure Mods Hi-Lite Overland Front Bumper (Bull Bar)

Front Bumper

  • Backwoods Adventure Mods 85lb Hi-Lite Overland Front Bumper (Bull Bar)

Accessories 

  • Aluminum Outer Shell w/ Steel Winch Cradle
  • Pathfinder PROWLR 9″ Driving Lights
  • Warn EVO 12s Winch
  • Hi-Boost Cell Booster Antenna
  • Pathfinder Amber Fog Lights

What Do You Like About Your Setup?

This is a full-protection bumper that only weighs 85lbs. It’s got a 31lb outer aluminum shell with a 54lb steel winch cradle. The steel winch cradle supports the winch and has incorporated recovery points that tie directly to the frame. The aluminum shell slips over the winch cradle, providing complete protection in an extremely light package. With the outer being aluminum, there’s no rusting and it’s easy to drill and add lighting options. Plus there are optional steel frame braces that help distribute the load more into the frame for heavy winch pulls, and an optional connector skid plate that integrates into the front bumper.

Final Thoughts

White 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma w/ SSO Front Bumper & Baja Designs Lights

There are tons of various options for front bumpers and accessories for the 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma. I hope that this week’s Taco Tuesday helped with your decision on both what kind of front bumper you may need, along with what accessories you may want to add. Additional lighting and recovery are huge when it comes to off-roading, and a front bumper is the easiest way to house all of that!

If you want to be featured for Taco Tuesday, submit your build through TrailTacoma.com/Feature. Next week’s Taco Tuesday will be featuring Barcelona Red Tacomas and asking owners what they like about their top 5 mods. 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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