Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Are all Toyota Pickup bumpers legal?
Answer: Bumper standards were lowered in the 1980's, allowing most bumpers to be used. However, a legal bumper does not always provide ideal protection. It is important to ensure that a new bumper does not interfere with a Toyota Pickup's safety features (like air bag deployment).
How much will a Toyota Pickup bumper cost?
Answer: The prices vary depending on factors like design, brand, location, and type of finish. Primered bumpers are generally the cheapest ($53 to around $131). Chrome-plated bumpers are more expensive with prices ranging anywhere from as low as $58 to around $220. Powder-coated bumpers are the priciest choice for the Toyota Pickup (over $900).
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a chrome-plated bumper for a Toyota Pickup?
Answer: Chrome-plating is known for its durability, its high resistance to rust and corrosion, and its reflective shine. It is also relatively easy to maintain. Disadvantages include its high price, the hazardous waste it produces, and its lack of color variety—black is the only other color possible.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of powder-coated bumpers?
Answer: Powder coating is easily applied, very durable, recyclable, and produces much less hazardous waste than chrome plating. It can also be used with a variety of colors. However, it is ideally applied in thick quantities and its use in providing thin layers on small objects or small spaces can result in a wrinkled, orange-peel finish. It is also vulnerable to UV rays. Although deterioration is gradual over a period of five to 10 years, the effect on a powder-coated Toyota Pickup bumper is easily noticed.
What advantages can a quality aftermarket bumper give to a Toyota Pickup?
Answer: A new aftermarket bumper made of more durable material like steel with chrome or powder coating, can provide more reliable protection against collisions and can last much longer before showing any signs of wear or rust. Additional accessories like fog lamps and a winch can be mounted on a sturdy front bumper to give the Toyota Pickup added utility. Finally, a well-chosen bumper can give the Toyota Pickup an edgier, outdoor look.