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Hey, guys. Joe from Extreme Terrain, and today I'm gonna be reviewing and installing the Rough Country Bull Bar in Black fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. This is going to be perfect for the Tacoma owner who's looking to add some aggressive off-road styling and protection to the front end of their truck for a reasonable price. This bull bar is manufactured out of 3-inch diameter heavy duty stainless steel, which is then sealed in a black powder coating, which is not only going to add to the looks but basically, serve as double protection over that stainless steel. The stainless is pretty stout as well as that's going to protect the lower area of your front bumper from any impact that would otherwise damage it. This bull bar also features a nice dye cut Rough Country logo right upfront here, which is surrounded by some pre-drilled holes to mount a front license plate. Now if your state does require that, this kit includes some brackets so you can mount that up and comply with the local laws. On top of that, you also have some pre-drilled holes right here and right here to mount some auxiliary lighting, 3-inch cube lights or a 20-inch light bar. Pricing for this kit is going to come in at around $170 mark which is going to be on the cost-effective side for bull bars in general, but this thing is pretty stout in its construction and full stainless steel, thick black powder coating. You also have some nice features on this that make it well worth the money. Also included in that price is a five-year warranty from Rough Country. Now moving on to the install, this is going to be pretty easy. It's a straight bolt on. We are going to be cutting the splash guards just a little bit, but they are plastic. I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It should only take you an hour or two to get this installed. So without any further ado, let me show you how to get this on your truck. Tools required for this install are going to be an impact, extension, 17-millimeter wrench, ratchet, tin snips, U-joint, a basic socket set ranging from 16 millimeters to 10 millimeters with a deep end shallow 14-millimeter socket. And lastly, a trim panel removal tool. For the first step of our install, we're gonna use a 10-millimeter socket to remove the 11 bolts holding on this lower air dam here, 7 of which are upfront and 2 are behind on either side. For these two, you can use a long extension or a Phillips head screwdriver. And then the same thing for the other side. So with our plastic air dam removed, we can get a better look at what we're working with and what plastic piece we'll need to be trimming back. It's gonna be this splash guard right here. So I have the driver's side bracket in my hand and if I hold that up, you could see basically where we need to trim that back an inch horizontally, and then as far as we need to go forward to get that out of the way to allow us to fly that up to make good contact with the bolts up there. I'm gonna use a pair of tin snips. A Dremel tool with a plastic cutoff wheel would work great as well. And now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. All right. So now we have our splash guard all trimmed up. What we're gonna do is lower the truck and remove the grille and a couple of air dams behind it. That's gonna allow us better access to the top of these bolts here to mount our mounting bracket. Next, we're gonna use a ratchet with a 10-millimeter socket or a Phillips head screwdriver to remove these two bolts in the middle holding on our grille and then on either side, there is a push pin. We're gonna use a trim panel removal tool to get those out of the way. Now, our grille is only held on with pushpins at this point, so if we give it a firm pull, it should come right off the truck. Now all that's blocking our view of those bolts is going to be this air dam right here. That's only held on with some clips and a push pin. We're going to use a trim panel removal tool again. All that's left is the clips, so we're gonna rotate this and pull at the same time and it should come right off. So now we have way better access to these two nuts. I'm gonna use a ratchet and a 14-millimeter socket to remove them. So now we can feed our passenger side bracket up from underneath and secure with the flange nuts we just removed. Now I'm gonna leave these just hand tight for now. That's gonna give us some wiggle room when we near the end of the install and leave these to line up with our bracket to bull bar. So now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side, and before we go tightening these all the way, I'm gonna leave these loose. That's gonna give us some wiggle room when we install the bull bar and make sure everything lines up. Now we're gonna lift the truck back up. There's one more bolt that goes through the bracket and the cross member to secure it. So now we're going to dig into the hardware that comes with the kit and the first thing we're going to need is this long bolt right here, some of the flat washers and two of these larger spacer washers as well as a Nylock Nut. Now, this is going to go through our mounting bracket and the cross member, it's gonna come all the way out the back of the cross member and then we're gonna tighten it down with a 16-millimeter wrench and socket. So we're gonna start by sliding this bolt through this hole in the cross member here and we have our spacer and flat washer in place. And then on the other side, we're going to slide our spacer in between the mounting bracket and the cross member and then secure with a Nylock nut. And again, we're going to leave that loose, but do the same thing for the other side. So with the brackets fully installed and hand tight, we're now going to move to the table and work on the bull bar itself. What we're going to be doing is installing these brackets, one here and one reversed. And as you guys can see, the tab is going to be toward the outer most edge of the bull bar. Those are going to get secured with the smallest 13-millimeter bolts, some flat washers, and lock washers, all included in the kit.And just like the other brackets we installed earlier, these are also slotted, so I'm gonna leave them finger-tight for now. And also in this shot, you can see that this tab right here is gonna go towards the outer side of the bull bar. So now we're gonna use the rest of the hardware in the kit to get our bull bar mounted onto our brackets. Next up, all we're going to do is align our bull bar and tighten down all of the hardware. We're gonna start with the two brackets. For that, it's a 16-millimeter socket and a 17-millimeter wrench. And then we'll do the same thing for the other side. Next, we're gonna tighten these two 13-millimeter bolts on the back of either side of our bull bar. So after that, we're gonna hit that longer bolt right here through our cross member. That's gonna be 16 millimeters for the bolt and a 17-millimeter for the nut. So now we have the truck back on the ground. We're going to use a 14-millimeter socket and tighten down this two factory plunge nuts that are behind the front bumper. To wrap up our install, all we're going to do next is put our front grille back together, starting with these air dams, which again just clip into place and then secure with a body clip. Next is going to be our grille which clips into place and then secures with two 10-millimeter bolts and two body clips. Now, there is one last thing I wanted to mention and it is this air dam we removed way back in the beginning of our install. Now this will fit back on the truck. The bull bar doesn't obscure any of the hardware you need to mount this. However, it does require trimming this a little bit in order to let those brackets poke through. Again, you could use the tin snips for that or a Dremel with a plastic cut off wheel would work as well, but personally, I think the truck looks pretty good without this on there. Now all that's left for us to do is shut our hood. And that is going to do it for my review and install of the Rough Country Bull Bar in Black fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. For more videos like this and all things Tacoma, please subscribe to Extreme Terrain.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Protection for Your Front-End. Get both form and function with this black Rough Country Bull Bar for your Toyota Tacoma. This bull bar offers full front-end protection, making it your perfect off-road companion. Each one is built specifically to withstand the hazards of harsh off-road trails. Even better, this bull bar comes in a very stylish design that’s guaranteed to complement your Toyota Tacoma’s overall look.
Pre-Drilled Holes for Light Mounting. This bull bar assembly is already pre-drilled with 2 center mount holes. These holes will allow you to install an additional auxiliary light set on your Toyota Tacoma without having to go through the extra work of drilling holes in your bull bar.
Durable Construction. The Rough Country Bull Bar is designed with a durable, 3-inch diameter tubing. The tubes on this bull bar are thick and rigid enough to shield your front bumper from collisions and any other damaging impacts. The bull bar is then finished with a corrosion-resistant black powder coat to keep it better protected against harsh outdoor weather.
Hassle-Free Installation. This bull bar is specifically designed to allow for an easy bolt-on installation. No other modifications or drilling will be needed and all mounting hardware required for assembly is already supplied.
Quality Backed for 5 Years. This Bull Bar is backed by Rough Country’s limited manufacturer’s warranty. For a period of 5 years from the date of purchase, this warranty shall cover for any material defects or substandard workmanship. Terms and conditions will apply. To get the full warranty policy, please visit the manufacturer’s website.
Application. The black Rough Country Bull Bar will fit perfectly on all Toyota Tacoma models manufactured from 2016 to 2021.
Fitment: 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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