I mounted this on a Toyota Tacoma and the weight did not weigh down the front suspension. I now feel like the front end is very well protected from accident, deer, and maybe even a moose. The thickness is more than adequate to do so, at 5/16" and it has a rhino liner like coating, that helps with rust. I'm very happy with this bumper and recommend it to any Toyota truck driver.
This bumper looks and feels great on my truck!
It is easy to install. It has a tough looking powdercoat all around. The weld marks (that are only visible from the inside) look very professional. The bumper curves with the body of the truck nicely. It does not weigh the truck down or affect the breaking capability like i thought it would. It Comes with straight forward DIY instructions but keep in mind you will need an extra person to help balance the weight during final install of bigger outer shell.
I also installed the 9,500lb smittybilt 97495 XRC winch with the movable solenoid tucked behind my grill for easy access.
All in all this was a simple DIY install and it significantly changed the look of my tacoma. Since the installation i have gotten a lot of compliments so i would definitely recommend this bumper to any tacoma driver.
The bumper looks great and I am pleased. It came with the winch plate assembled, it was a heavy feat to put on even with two people. Warning remove the bottom bolts under your frame that bolt into the bumper before attempting to line it up as it blocks the seating of the front bolts. Also you will not be able to reach two of the front bolts to tighten securely unless you first mount the winch plate part and then the outer shell. The added protection to the front of the vehicle is a huge plus compared to the plastic standard bumper,,, but at a cost of some gas mileage I am sure...
Installed easy except for the fog light brackets and placement. I ended up installing aftermarket lights and it worked out fine. I need to figure out what to do with the holes for the stock lights though!
Bumper looks great and fits perfectly. Installation was easy but using two people to hold the bumper in place while a third person tightens the bolts makes it a lot easier. Bumper is constructed very well and cut outs for tow hooks and fog lights are smooth. Receiver hitch on front is a nice addition.