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Re: Oh deer; Front Bumper replacement

Go ARB. Because you know the deer are circulating a picture of you in the forest.
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Re: Oh deer; Front Bumper replacement

As said, the ARB is probably the best value for the money new, but I personally really like my second-hand Demello steel bumper. I got it super cheap because the previous owner killed a deer with it at ~45mph and his insurance bought him a new one. All it took to get it back into fighting shape was a bottle jack and a 2x4 to push the panel with the logo back to straight. The structural parts of the bumper are all still straight and strong. Jason and the crew at Demello are very friendly and helpful as well.
I haven't gotten around to putting in a winch yet, so can't speak to that aspect of the ARB/Exp1/DO comparison.
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@jimmy-buffett "No that the Expedition One bumpers can't take a deer hit."

Why?
Sorry, I meant this as "NOT that the Expedition One bumpers can't take a deer hit".

Having handled and installed both on several trucks (these are probably the two I've done the most), the mounting to the front frame ends isn't substantially different to make a difference for one over the other. My impression of the grill guard portions of the two bumpers is that the ARB is a bit stronger. First, the tubing is a good bit thicker on the ARB. Second, the center pieces on the ARB is more reinforced than how the Expedition One tubing goes through in the center.

This isn't to take away from the Expedition One -- it's the bumper I chose on both my FJ and 4Runner -- but if you told me to design a truck to chase down and run over deer, I'd pick the ARB.
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I read the NO as know... that the Expedition One bumpers can't take a deer hit. And why I asked why?

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Re: Oh deer; Front Bumper replacement

Any help with lighting options? I don't have the option for a rack mounted light bar due to garage height limitations. Are bumper mounted lights just for on road use? I don't see much fog. My typical use case is I am going down a forest road at night looking for a camping spot or I got out of the woods a little late and need some help until I hit pavement.


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Any help with lighting options? I don't have the option for a rack mounted light bar due to garage height limitations. Are bumper mounted lights just for on road use? I don't see much fog. My typical use case is I am going down a forest road at night looking for a camping spot or I got out of the woods a little late and need some help until I hit pavement.
You gain two things by mounting a light up high: light bars have a lot more LEDs and being high they have a little bit of down angle. Problem is that light bars are $$$.

On both my FJ and 4Runner I've run Ridgid Dually LEDs in the bumper, they provide much better light than your headlights -- in both low beam or high -- and will make a big difference. But I wouldn't expect 8 more LEDs to light up the Earth like a good light bar will. They will just provide a bit more than your stock headlights.

On the FJ a good combo with bumper lights is to run your headlights on high beams, that way they cover up high and the bumper lights cover down low. Can't do this on the 4Runner (the computer disables the LEDs when the headlights are on high) but on the FJ you can.
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Any help with lighting options? I don't have the option for a rack mounted light bar due to garage height limitations. Are bumper mounted lights just for on road use? I don't see much fog. My typical use case is I am going down a forest road at night looking for a camping spot or I got out of the woods a little late and need some help until I hit pavement.


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Baja Designs Squadron-R Pro Pair Driving/Combo LED( Black Round Bezel) 454.99Piaa 530 LED Fog 254.15
Baja Designs Squadron-R Pro Pair Spot LED (Round Black Bezel) 454.99
PIAA 530 LED Drive 254.15
PIAA 510 SW- Night Tech Drive Beam
PIAA 510 Fog 254.15
PIAA 510 ION (Yellow) Fog Beam 254.15
PIAA 520 ION (Yellow) Halogen Lights 279.95
PIAA 520 Xtreme White Plus Lights 330.00
PIAA 530 LED Driving 254.15
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PIAA LP 530 3.5" LED Back-Up Flood Light Kit 169.15
Hella Optilux 2500 69.99
Hella Optilux 4" LED Fog 250.99
I run these floods on my front bumper and they work very well. Don't let the off brand fool you - these have outlasted and performed many of the big name lights. I'm getting ready to order another pair because you can never have to much light....right?

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Re: Oh deer; Front Bumper replacement

My suggestion is go with a TJM Bumper vs ARB. The two companies make their bumpers in their home country - Australia.

I did a lot of research and actually compared the two bumpers installed on FJ. I also got feedback from each owner.

Despite the similar looks between the ARB and TJM, I prefer the TJM bumper over the ARB. Why? (1) The round tube is much beefier on the TJM. (2) There's more room to mount monster lights on the bumper on the TJM. and (3) There are heavy duty steel plates covering the undersides of the left and right lower wings of the bumper to protect the engine compartment from flying debris and keeps debris from entering the engine compartment from the fender wells.

IMHO, I think the TJM bumper is better designed and built than the ARB.

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Re: Oh deer; Front Bumper replacement

FYR, one other thing. A member mentioned modification was necessary on aftermarket bumpers for FJ. I don't know about other manufacturer's bumpers needing modifications to make it fit - i.e., the washer bottle or other stuff i.e., transmission lines.

I know for TJM bumpers for FJ, both manual and automatic transmissions, NO MODS are necessary. HOWEVER, make sure you get the correct bumper dependent on whether you have a MT or AT.

I have been told that the powder coat finish and the welding on this bumper is the best anyone has seen on a bumper, I agree - flawlessly beautiful.

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1. I've installed or help to install pretty much every major bumper made for the FJ, including the Demello. I'm not a fan. Control box mounting is always an issue and everything on this bumper is a tight fit.
There are tradeoffs in everything...that tight fit is because the Demello is the most tucked in and up of all the bumpers I have seen. Some of them are just massive slabs of metal hanging way off the front. Great for bashing deer I imagine, but sucks from a weight distribution and approach angle standpoint, and many of them just look ungainly IMO.

But as I said there are tradeoffs in everything, the OP will just have to decide what attributes are important to him.

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