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Install a 98-02 4Runner Bumper on a 95-00 Tacoma
By: Travis Bedel
In order to successfully complete this conversion you'll need:
- Socket wrench 14mm deep socket (for bumpers and brackets)
- Power drill 13mm deep socket (for 4runner bracket removal)
- Drill bits 12mm deep socket (for bumper removal and bracket removal)
Remove the Tacoma bumper. It is held on by six bolts: (4) 14 mm bolts on the front bumper brackets, and (2) 12mm nuts on the side valance in front of the inside valance. I suggest using a Haynes manual for reference on disassembly.
Red circles indicate bumper bracket location.
Close-up of front bumper bracket after removal.
Side bracket mounting location
Prepare 4Runner bumper for installation. This is a view of the rear of the 4runner bumper lights. The Tacoma 1156 bulbs are too big to fit into the smaller 4runner bumper lights holes, so modifications must be made.
Remove the 4runner bumper lights. This is where you use your unibit or a small knife to cut out a larger hole for the Tacoma light bulb and harness to fit and lock into. Be careful not to cut the hole out so large that the bulb wont lock into place.
This is what your bumper lights look like with the Tacoma bulb and harness installed. Repeat with other signal.
Drill a new hole in each of your Tacoma brackets so they attach to the 4Runner bumper. The bracket on top is a 4Runner bracket and on bottom is a Tacoma bracket. Notice how the holes on the 4Runner bumper are spaced further apart than on the Tacoma. A new hole must be drilled.
The circled area shows the holes where the brackets bolt onto the bumpers, and the yellow dot shows where a new hole must be drilled into the Tacoma bracket. Make sure that you drill in the correct spot as drilling more than one hole will make the bracket lose its structural integrity.
Bolt your newly-drilled Tacoma brackets onto the 4Runner bumper.
Now this is where the other person helps, have them hold the bumper in place while you line up the brackets and bolt the 4Runner bumper on to the Taco using the (4) 14mm bolts. I did not use the 12mm nuts from earlier.
Step back and admire your handy work.
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