Body Armor 4X4 HiLine Front Bumper Install 3rd Gen Tacoma

Body Armor 4X4 Off-Road HiLine Front Bumper on 3rd Gen Tacoma

Low-Profile Bumper With Bull Bar & Room For Dual LED Light

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 hang ups along the way.

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  • 2016-2023 Tacoma HiLine Front Winch Bumper: Check Price


3rd Gen Quicksand Tacoma with Body Armor 4X4 Steel Front Bumper

  • 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:


Body Armor 4X4 HiLine Front Bumper Packaging

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.

Slim, Low-Profile Steel Winch Bumper for 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

Body Armor 4X4 HiLine Front Bumper Parts

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 Plate Bracket

Removing License Plate Frame & Bracket on 3rd Gen Tacoma

Step 2. Remove Valence Bolts

Removing Front Bumper Valence on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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 Grille

Removing Front Grille on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

3rd Gen Tacoma Front Grille Removal

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

Body Armor 4X4 HiLine Front Bumper Install on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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 Parts

Disassembling Front Bumper on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

Removing Plastic Crash Bar on 3rd Gen Tacoma

Next, pull the crash pads off of the front of the crash bar.

Removing Aluminum Crash Bar on 3rd Gen Tacoma

With the crash pads removed, you can remove the aluminum crash bar.

Removing Aluminum Crash Bar on 3rd Gen Tacoma

Once, you’ve removed the two bolts holding the crash bar in, you can remove the whole bar from the bumper.

Removing Crash Bar Pillars/Spacers on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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

Cooler Assembly Relocation on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

Cooler Assembly Relocation on 3rd Gen Tacoma

Then, undo the retainer bolt on the driver’s side frame rail.

Cooler Assembly Relocation on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

Cooler Assembly Relocation on 3rd Gen Tacoma

You can see the finished relocation above.

Step 7. Trim OEM Bumper

Trimming Front Bumper for Bumper Install on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

Trimmed Front Bumper for Bumper Install on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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 Bumper

Install for Body Armor 4X4 Steel HiLine Winch Bumper on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

Final Fitment

Body Armor 4X4 HiLine Front Bumper Step-By-Step Install on 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

Side Profile

Body Armor 4X4 Tacoma HiLine Front Bumper Side Profile

Front End

3rd Gen Tacoma Body Armor 4X4 HiLine Low-Profile Front Bumper

Final Thoughts

Aftermarket Steel Winch Bumper on Quicksand 3rd Gen Tacoma

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.

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Elmer van Beek
Elmer van Beek
2 years ago

On your photo titled “Side Profile”, it looks like you cut away your bumper for additional clearance. Do you have a write up for that? More specifically, what did you do with your fender liner?

Christopher Jamison
Christopher Jamison
3 years ago

Would you recommend installing the light bar and winch before installation on the truck or after?

3 years ago

Pretty much all aftermarket bumpers require removal of the bumper to install accessories like those you mentioned. If you want to make your life easier, knock it all out in one go.

Jimi Wright
Jimi Wright
3 years ago

Looks awesome, but what about lisence plate. Is there a place to mount it back to where it belongs?

Joe Pod
Joe Pod
3 years ago
Reply to  Jimi Wright

There’s a license plate bracket supplied with the bumper and it mounts using the fair lead bolt holes.

3 years ago

Super awesome to see the step by step instructions laid out clearly. I just got my Tacoma recently and this is the bumper I’m planning on getting when I can!

3 years ago
Reply to  Seth

Glad you found the article useful! It’s a great option.

Richard Ward
Richard Ward
3 years ago

if you aren’t going to use a winch or lights do you still have to relocate the cooler lines?

3 years ago
Reply to  Richard Ward

Good question. I would direct you to Body Armor with that question.

3 years ago

What light bar would you recommend running with this bumper? Looks like a dual row?

3 years ago
Reply to  jason

You could pull up a thicker single row which is what I’m most likely gonna do. But made for a double row.

3 years ago

How much does this High Line Bumper for a 2020 Tacoma weigh?

Joe Pod
Joe Pod
3 years ago
Reply to  rbarney

Ship weight is 80 lbs , which includes all the packaging materials and optional front plate bracket.

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