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Revised list after having seen how others perform, and what I've learned researching building them. If you actually beat the shit out of them this is what I would do:

Bolt on
Outer tube - Dom 1.75" 120 wall
Attachment stubs - square tubing 2x2 120 wall
Main beam should be square tubing
Needs to stick out past the doors at least 1.75 inches
More frame attachment points the better
Attachment stubs need to be gusseted at the top
Should space it 3/8ish minimum from the pinch weld along the bottom of the cab
Kick out taper needs to be small and gradual over the course of 2 or so feet
Try to extend it as close to the tires as possible
 
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Only reason I've heard to weld them on it that it's stronger.....which I've seen absolutely no evidence of. One of our socal homies that you have never met wheeled the shit out of his 2016 Tacoma with bolt on a for years, and the only problem he had was the bolts getting loose once.

Some might say that weld on deflects less... I don't know about that, my weld-ons still deflect over 1/4" and hit my pinch weld seam along the bottom of the cab.

Lastly, it's possible to remove them for repair and touch up. If I could remove mine I would probably try and raptor line them to see if it would hold up against gravel pitting from high speed cruising.

Weld on would be lighter, that's really the only benefit I can think of based on what I've seen.
 

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Only reason I've heard to weld them on it that it's stronger.....which I've seen absolutely no evidence of. One of our socal homies that you have never met wheeled the shit out of his 2016 Tacoma with bolt on a for years, and the only problem he had was the bolts getting loose once.

Some might say that weld on deflects less... I don't know about that, my weld-ons still deflect over 1/4" and hit my pinch weld seam along the bottom of the cab.

Lastly, it's possible to remove them for repair and touch up. If I could remove mine I would probably try and raptor line them to see if it would hold up against gravel pitting from high speed cruising.

Weld on would be lighter, that's really the only benefit I can think of based on what I've seen.
It is nice to take them off to paint. It's a suck fest that I got one of the first batches from RCI that was never properly fitted which makes my doors rub the tops.

However, with no trim pieces they're fine. Thinking about just leaving the trim off and finally doing the bed liner paint job on the whole rig.
 

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It is nice to take them off to paint. It's a suck fest that I got one of the first batches from RCI that was never properly fitted which makes my doors rub the tops.

However, with no trim pieces they're fine. Thinking about just leaving the trim off and finally doing the bed liner paint job on the whole rig.
Whaaaaaat?! Bed liner the whole runner?! What color?
 

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It is nice to take them off to paint. It's a suck fest that I got one of the first batches from RCI that was never properly fitted which makes my doors rub the tops.

However, with no trim pieces they're fine. Thinking about just leaving the trim off and finally doing the bed liner paint job on the whole rig.
That's plan for Black Betty in the fall in OD green. Spray on monsterliner looked like $500 Diy.
 

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