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2nd gen bumper advice

Discussion in '2nd Gen 4Runners (1990-1995)' started by SEAURCHIN, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Jun 13, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    SEAURCHIN [OP] New Member

    Jun 11, 2019
    95 4runner
    Hello Second-Genologists!

    I'm new to the forum and will post pictures of my rig soon. After 18 years and blown head gasket, decided have decided to keep the beast and give her a refresh. She's coming along well with tires, wheels, sliders, etc.

    Question for you handy folks is about bumpers - is it possible to use a 1990 4runner front bumper on a 1995. If I gather correctly the 1990 bumper looks like it has the turn signal within the bumper (which I liek better) - whereas the 1995 has the signals sandwiched between the valence and bumper...

    Are the mounting points the same so just matter of getting an early bumper?

    Thanks much!
  2. Jun 19, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    atgparker New Member

    Jun 20, 2018
    First Name:
    Mission Viejo, CA
    1991 White 4Runner 3.0 L
    Rebuilt Engine MLS and ARP on the heads, DT Header, 2-1/2" CARB compliant Flow-Master CAT with 2.0" Bosal CAT back Dayco 1-1/4" Spacers, SkyJacker M-Series Monotube Shocks, Ball Joint Spacers Next.
    Fabricated a new rear bumper as I couldn't really find one I liked. I used a receiver and round tube from a hitch that I removed from my wife's Honda Odyssey. The outer tubing is mostly 1-1/2 inch square at the bottom and 1-1/4 tube at the top of the recessed areas along with some steel strip were needed. Some 1/2 X 1-1/2 rectangular is bridging what you see at the very back of the bumper. The license frame is re-positioned and the spare tire is raised up an inch with the hole in the middle sporting a nine element LED-lamp as an additional back up illumination solution. Hi-Lift mounted as shown on some 1/8" bent steel strip with it tapped to receive an M12 bolt into the strip with a flat washer, a spring washer and a wing nut securing the jack at each end. Note receivers for plugging the Hi-Lift into! Departure is greatly increased and I had to cut 7 inches from the straight section of the Bosal Cat-Back tail pipe in order to tuck the outlet. The rear OEM hanger at the tail pipe is also modified to bring the clamping up to just under the bumpers new height. Bumper paint is RUST-OLEUM Hammer-Rite Silver/Grey. Panels are bent from 5052-H32 aluminum sheet, Scotch-brightened and polished with mothers and pop-riveted to the square frame tubes with RTV to seal up the lap jointed surfaces between the steel painted tubes and the panels. Contemplating a bit of tread plate no the top surfaces to provide a step and if I bend it would hide the gap under the tail gate's bottom edge! Note tucked location for trailer light plug.

    OEM Bumper is available make me an offer on it as you please via my inbox.
    I am not interested in reproducing this design shown above.
    But I do have some SolidWorks CAD I used to figure out the corner angles and lengths!

    cmbronc76 likes this.

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