All Pro Off Road Next Gen Front Bumper

How do you make a good product even better? By listening to your customers. This is what All Pro Off Road did with their front bumper for the Toyota FJ Cruiser.

All Pro Off Road Next Gen Front Bumper

I have been running the original All Pro Front Bumper on my FJ Cruiser for the last 3 years and I have been very happy with it. There were some problems but I was able to modify the bumper to fix them. At the FJ Summit this last summer I had a chance to discuss the front bumper issues with All Pro and I was please to find out that a next generation front bumper was on its way.

Removing old bumper

I received one of these bumper from All Pro Off Road for an evaluation last month and I am very happy with what I see. All Pro Off Road has stayed with the minimalist design yet they have enhanced the bumper to address the concerns customers had with the original.

Ready for the new bumper to be installed

Just looking at the bumper I could tell this was an evolution of something good to something even better. The powder coat looks flawless and the welds are all clean.

To understand this evolution I need to discuss the problem with the original.

Center Bumper Section Mounted

All Pro had considerable problems with the powder coat on the original bumper. To fix this they have worked to develop a much better finish using a high quality 3 step process. The new finish has an orange peel texture which goes well with the black plastic FJ trim.

Reinforcement bracket installed

The Toyota FJ Cruiser front bumper mounts are not very strong and are not designed to be used to pull the FJ as when winching. This last summer I bent these mounts using my winch and the original bumper. To address this issue All Pro Off Road has, for some time, been shipping bumpers with a reinforcement bracket that tie the bumper to the sides of the frame. The next generation bumper includes a very strong reinforcement bracket. With the design of the All Pro Bumper the winch is placed as high as possible. The winch pull is not in line with the frame and when being used it tends to use the bumper as a lever on the mounting plates. The bracket moves this force from the mounting plates to stronger frame mount points.

Right wing showing contoured top

Left wing showing contoured top

Shows top of bumper contoured to grill

With the original bumper the top was tucked under the grill and body work. This caused a problem with the bumper contacting the bodywork and grill when the frame was flexing. People were having problems with the bumper causing damage to the grill clips. The next generation bumper addresses this issue by cleanly contouring the top of the bumper to the lines of the grill and body work.

The bumper installation requires the hood latch brace to be replaced. The original All Pro Solution had the brace attached to the bumper. This caused stress to the hood latch when the bumper moved due to frame flex. The next generation bumper includes a redesigned bracket that now attaches to a body work cross member so the latch is now isolated from the bumper.

Boxed in Bumper Wing

In addition to fixing the noted problems All Pro Off Road took the opportunity to modify the replaceable bumper wings to be stronger. The end of the wing is now boxed in and will be less prone to bending.

So what hasn’t changed:

  • The same great All Pro Off Road customer support
  • The best front approach angle of all the bumpers out there.
  • Install and fit was perfect.
  • Light weight. On My FJ Cruiser the All Pro Off Road Bumper, winch and synthetic line weigh only 100 lb. more than the original factory bumper.
  • Replaceable bumper wings that provide very good approach clearance for the front tires.
  • Optional light bars.
  • The 3 part design allows the bumper to be shipped UPS which brings shipping costs way down.

Installation Notes

For this review I mounted the bumper wings after mounting the bumper to the FJ so I could get better photos of the mount. For a normal installation the bumper wings are installed prior to the bumper being fitted to the FJ.  The installation does require the plastic fender liners to be trimmed. When installing a winch in the bumper the solenoid needs to be removed from the winch and All Pro includes a bracket for mounting the solenoid inside the bumper.

For One again All Pro Off Road delivers a quality product at a reasonable price.

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Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

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  6 comments for “All Pro Off Road Next Gen Front Bumper

  1. craig
    April 17, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    How detailed are the instructions that ship with the bumper? What roughly is one to expect the shipping costs to be?

    Thanks in advance,

    • April 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM

      Contact All Pro Off Road with any additional question you might have.

  2. jay
    April 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    is there any way of mounting a lic. plate? The state I live in requires a front plate.

    • April 27, 2010 at 9:34 AM

      I just drilled holes in the bumper and screwed int on.

  3. Joe
    May 9, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    I understand the bumper no longer runs back all the way under the headlights and body. But I’m still concerned about the body contact while at flex.

    How big is the gap between the bumper and body?

    Have you had any contact issues yet?

    • May 11, 2010 at 9:21 PM

      I have no problems at all. However I do have a 1″ body lift also. The bumper contours the body and grill and should not present any problems.

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