I just looked at the ARB sliders They look about worthless . There are much better options for Sliders . . All-pro, Demello , White Knuckle just to name a few .
If you plan on really Wheeling your FJ . the stock plastic bumper will not last long . I have Holes in the bottom of mine were it rubbed on rocks . The approach angle on the FJ is not very good . The Departure angle is even worse so the rear bumper will take a beatingHm, well I do love the look of that tube bumper you have in the first image, but I also really like how the Stronghold bumper was done on the 13 TT, looks excellent. That is more for me to consider, I suppose, so I am not sure what to do at this point haha.
Thank you very much!
If you plan on doing anything like the photo I suggest the Tube Bumper. something else to take into consideration is if you need to work on your winch the tube bumper is easy to get to it. the Stronghold you would need to pull all the plastic off on the stock one. Firemedic is right approach angle is bad on the stock bumper.Hm, well I do love the look of that tube bumper you have in the first image, but I also really like how the Stronghold bumper was done on the 13 TT, looks excellent. That is more for me to consider, I suppose, so I am not sure what to do at this point haha.
Thank you very much!
So is Metal Tech one of the better suppliers to order from when living here in Calgary & surrounding area? I really like the Metal Tech FJ Cruiser Front Tube Bumper w/ Bash Plate (https://www.metaltech4x4.com/metal-tech-fj-cruiser-front-tube-bumper-w-bash-plate/), but it'd cost about $1,750 CAD to order it from there. This price excludes the group buy discount, which I still don't entirely understand how to take advantage of (also ends at the end of/by tomorrow, which is inconveniently the day I finally get paid).Last year I placed an order with Metal Tech for a Red Eye II rear bumper and sliders as part of the last group buy.
There were some delays due to I believe the popularity of the sale and arranging shipping to Canada.
I got the order in the fall, palletized with great care taken in the packaging.
As the snow was already flying and I was busy at work, I didn't get to unpacking it and mounting the new armour until the Christmas break.
Then I found to my horror that while the boxes were correctly labeled, the sliders that came were for a 5th gen. 4Runner.
I contacted Metal Tech and they sent out the correct sliders for my 07' FJ no questions asked.
This summer I'm looking to do a road trip and bring them back their 4Runner sliders.
I'm not affiliated at all with them, but they will get further business from me without question - deal in confidence, IMHO.
I have a ARB front bumper and like the fact it has been tested with airbags, but the lack of winch options and lack of front recovery points is a bit of a put off. If I was to replace the ARB, I'd go with the Metal Tech Phantom.
Smart move with the winch! I might do something like that for simplicity if nothing else!If you plan on doing anything like the photo I suggest the Tube Bumper. something else to take into consideration is if you need to work on your winch the tube bumper is easy to get to it. the Stronghold you would need to pull all the plastic off on the stock one. Firemedic is right approach angle is bad on the stock bumper.
funny story about this photo my buddy is looking for the Allpro emblem off of my skid. after 11 years knocked it off getting up this. but he found it and it is back on.
The reason I went with my bumper ( ToyOutfitters no longer being produced ) was approach angle and before I moved to Arizona i lived in Michigan and I did not want my winch out in the winter weather. it slides in the hitch mount when needed.
the last photo it the stronghold with the plastic off during install.
I'll try to keep a eye on group buys then! I don't fully understand how they work, but they seem to be something I should get excited about, and have money at the ready for in case I can save money on a part I'd like!FYI...we dont have a ton of group buys here due to FJ going out of production in North America. If you keep your eyes open at Tacoma World and Toyota-4runner.org forums in the group buy section, you will see buys come up from time to time where we can participate. For example, you just missed an RCI group buy where they were offering 20% off armor and 15% off sliders.
Just like the Metal Group Buy where they are offering it for Tacomas, 4Runners and FJs. They share a lot of the same or very similar suspension items.
I haven't painted mine yet, but that's the plan! :grinFor those with tube bumpers, what did you use to paint the front end? Did you just go HAM with Rustoleum?
They have been for me.So is Metal Tech one of the better suppliers to order from when living here in Calgary & surrounding area? I really like the Metal Tech FJ Cruiser Front Tube Bumper w/ Bash Plate (https://www.metaltech4x4.com/metal-tech-fj-cruiser-front-tube-bumper-w-bash-plate/), but it'd cost about $1,750 CAD to order it from there. This price excludes the group buy discount, which I still don't entirely understand how to take advantage of (also ends at the end of/by tomorrow, which is inconveniently the day I finally get paid).
Have you any suggestions of suppliers (potentially local ones) that are better than the alternatives here in Alberta?
Thank you for your time
Hi b.morrish,Hi all,
I have been wanting to get a new bumper for my silver '08 FJ since I bought it a month ago, and now is my chance, but what to choose!?
(NOTE: Living in Canada, so if you have any knowledge about buying parts up here, please do tell!)
I parked the FJ on the side of the road on my first day of work in town, only to come back to my bumper hanging off. My car had been clipped by a school bus that cut a corner too much, but they left a note and will be covering the estimated repair of almost $3,000 CAD.
In short, I am going to get an aftermarket bumper installed instead of replacing the broken one with a factory one, so I am in need of some tips, please
I am looking for a fairly lightweight and small(ish) front bumper, maybe a prerunner style, but I am not limiting myself to that specifically. I don't want to spend too much on it (some of the repair costs will go towards the bumper), and I like the idea of a lightweight one so I don't have to upgrade my suspension just yet. Also, a winch would be preferable, but it isn't a necessity.
Here are a few I was looking at:
N-FAB M-RDS PRERUNNER FRONT BUMPER
(I like the looks of that one, but as I said, a prerunner with winch capabilities would also be great)
ARB 3420210 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2007-2014 Deluxe Front Bumper Winch Ready with Grille Guard, Black Powder Coat Finish
(also like the looks of that one, but it is a lot heavier, and would consequently demand a suspension upgrade)
(these are similar to the ARB)
Thanks for any help you can give!
I do like the TJM front bumper than ALL the rest. Its practical and i especially like the coverage it gives to the front end. But weight was and still is a consideration, not to mention access to my winch. Current running the U.S. Off Road bumper and winch.Hi b.morrish,
I went through the whole front bumper thing decade ago. At the time I live near your neck of the woods in da U.P. (that's in the Upper Peninsula, MI for you southern folks). I wanted something that wasn't too heavy where I had to change the suspension because I like the stock Trail setup. I also had a crucial requirement, it had to have space to mount two sets of 9" diameter lights (one set for fog way low to the ground and one for lighting up the roads at night). I wanted to see the critter's eyeballs so not to hit them at night. Big critters that is ;-)
My recommendation is the TJM Bull Bar. I have compared it to the ARB and everyone I've talked to says they like the TJM over the ARB. It is manufactured in Australia and the fit and finish of the bumper is unbelievably the best I've seen.
Here is a link: TJM Outback Steel Bull Bar suits Toyota FJ Cruiser | TJM USA
I am including a photo showing how I've set it up.