5th Gen 4Runner Mods Part 4 – Grills

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5th Gen 4Runner Mods Part 4 – Grill & Front Bumpers

5th Gen 4Runner Stock Grill Kit

Let’s Explore 5th Gen 4Runner Grill Mods & Front Bumper Mods – Grill (Grille) Kits on the 5th Gen 4Runner (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017+)

The 5th Gen 4Runner has a wide variety of grill mods and front bumper mod options. With the change in body style from the 4th Gen to the 5th Gen, Toyota opened up all kinds of room for improvements. The combination of a grill kit with a custom aftermarket front bumper or hidden winch mount can really make any 5th Gen 4Runner stand out in a crowd.

There are hundreds of options for accessories when it comes to a grill kit and custom front bumper. Some of the best and most popular options are lightbars, solid LED light mounts, shackle mount with d-rings, and so many others.

Top 5th Gen 4Runner Grill & Bumper Kit Accessories

  • Lightbars
  • Bull Bars
  • Brush Guards
  • Push Bars
  • Bumper Guards
  • Tail Light Guards
  • Off-Road Bumpers
  • Winches
  • Off-Road Lights

Front Bumpers & Grill Kits are Crucial for Maintaining your 4Runner

When it comes to maintaining the front-end of your 5th Gen 4Runner, aftermarket protection is a must. Going with a manufacturer that stands behind their product is an absolute must. Going the “cheap” route in this area is something you should not consider.

You want to select an aftermarket bumper or grill kit that is made of high-quality materials; forged steel, high-quality stainless steel and only brand names that back it up. Grill guards, brush guards and steel bumpers are an important area of focus when considering your front-end’s health on and off-road.

Best 5th Gen 4Runner Grill Kits

TRD Pro 4runner Grill Swap - Before and After

There is a decent selection of grill kits for the 5th Gen 4runner. After looking at hundreds of options for 5th Gen grill mods, we are going to go with Rigid Industries coupled with the midnight lightbar. The other grill mods below are awesome and solid contenders, the Rigid Industries grill and lightbar is a just bad ass kit. The list below should give you a good place to start when exploring aftermarket grill kits.

  • 5th Gen TRD Pro Grill Swap – $420 – Check Today’s Price on this kit
  • Satoshi Grill Mod (5th Gen Unknown)
  • Rigid Industries Grill Mod (2014-2016 models) $1700 with LED lightbar
  • DBC 4Runner LED Cube Lower Grille Insert – $400
  • T-Rex Stealth Metal Grille – $1200 with LED Lightbar
  • T-REX Grilles – 5th Gen 4 Runner Billet Grille Kit – $350
  • TORCH Series LED Light Grille With Light Bar, Mesh Grille & Bumper Kit – $1400
  • 4 Runner X-Metal with Mesh Grille & Bumper Kit –  $800+

Best 5th Gen 4Runner Aftermarket Front Bumpers

  • C4 Fab
  • Shrockworks
  • BudBuilt
  • Demello
  • 4×4 Labs
  • Pathfinder Outdoors Rockteck Bumper
  • Southern Style Off-Road (SSO) Previously SSS
  • ARB
  • CBI
  • Hefty Fabworks
  • Pelfrey Bilt
  • ProLine
  • Addicted Off Road
  • expeditiononestore.com

Best 5th Gen 4Runner Front Bumper, Light & Winch Combo Kit

2016 trail 4runner swell runner c4 fab lo pro bumper

Check out this rig here (@swellrunner)

Below, you will find some of our top picks for Front Bumper Kits with Lightbar Systems integrated or at least have the cut-out. Having a lightbar mounted in your front bumper is an awesome feature for 4Runner bumper system. For a lightbar on your grill, you can choose to go with the actual grill itself or an aftermarket bumper, or both. Either way you look at it, having a lightbar on your front-end close to the ground is key when you are in a dark situation and in need of high-quality light ground cover. If we are missing any bumpers with lightbar features and cut-outs, please let us know in the comments below.

C4 Fab Low Pro Winch Mount Bumper with Lightbar ($600-$2000+)

The C4 Fab has to be one of our top pics because of the design. As the name suggests, it is a super low profile 5th Gen 4Runner bumper with lightbar, bull bar options, winch mount options and further customization. With this aftermarket bumper, you can keep your OEM look in place and still have the features and functionality of an incredibly robust and functional aftermarket bumper.

The only downside to this aftermarket bumper is that it ships as bare steel, they do not offer a powder coat option. The C4 fab aftermarket 5th Gen 4Runner bumper also works great with the TRD skid plate. This is a 5th Gen 4Runner’s dream if you are looking to keep the OEM front-end without any major cutting of the actual body.

SouthernSS Slimline Hybrid Front Bumper for SR5 & Trail 4Runner ($750-$2000)

Very similar to the C4 Fab front bumper, the SouthernSS Slimline Hybrid Front Bumper is a very low profile bumper that still allows you to keep your OEM front-end without any cutting of the body. What the SouthernSS Slimline Hybrid Front Bumper offers that the C4 Fab does not is the option to black matte powder coat ($150) or custom color powder coat ($240).

Both the C4 Fab and the SouthernSS Slimline Hybrid Front Bumper have very similar options. Compare the two to decide for yourself. The only option that the SouthernSS Slimline Hybrid Front Bumper does not have is the custom “Trail” “TRD” or “TRD Pro” Imprint.

Pelfreybilt 2014-2017 Toyota 4Runner Aluminum Front Plate Bumper ($2000-$3000+)

Th Pelfreybilt Front Bumper works with the SR5/TRAIL/TRD/ TRD PRO and LIMITED. If you are looking to bo all-out beast mode, look no further than the Pelfreybilt Front Bumper for the 5th Gen 4runner. The Pelfreybilt Front Bumper is manufactured and produced from a very well-respected team of Off-Road Toyota enthusiasts who care nothing more than producing high-quality 4Runner body armor.

The Pelfreybilt Front Bumper comes with square fog cutouts & 30″ LED bar cutout & LED cover. This aftermarket 5th Gen 4Runner bumper is top of its class when it comes to looks, style, quality build and off-road performance, not to mention it straight looks bad ass. The front bumper also comes standard with winch mounting provisions so rest assured you can two out and be towed out.

Shrockworks 5th Gen Front Bumper 1/2″ thick plate steel ($1500-$2000+)

A very well built and well priced front bumper for the 5th Gen 4Runner. The Shrockworks 5th Gen Front Bumper is a very well-known and well-respected front bumper. Both for quality, off-road reliability, and looks. The Shrockworks 5th Gen Front Bumper also has many options for lighting, both fog lights, and spotlights.

If you are looking for a lightbar option on the Shrockworks Front Bumper, you need to install it above the bumper or on top of the bumper. This bumper does not come with any cut to place lightbar options. With that being said, the Shrockworks 5th Gen Front Bumper is no joke and a bumper to seriously consider if you are looking for an aggressive and durable piece of steel.

4×4 Labs Front Bumper 5th Gen 4Runner ($1500+)

One of the most aggressive looking front bumpers for the 5th Gen you will find. This bumper will make your 5th Gen looks like it’s a wolf preying on a little bunny. It looks angry. This front bumper for 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner is built to order with various brush guard options along with additional lighting options.

ARB Deluxe Front Bumper 5th Gen 4Runner (2010-13 $1200+ | 2014+ $1800+)

This is a long-time depended upon 4Runner front bumper. ARB as a company is a leader in the 4X4 Off-Road accessories industry. You can trust and depend on ARB to provide a very high-quality product and stand behind it. One of the biggest problems in the aftermarket 4X4 world is that you get fly-by-night companies that don’t stand behind their products. You will not have to worry about this with ARB.

The ARB front bumper design is not the most pretty, sleek or slim by any means. It is rather clunky and designed to work when you are in extreme conditions. With this being said, ARB has taken serious thought in planning for the future in the 2014+ 5th Gen 4Runner. ARB is by far one of the most conventional, thoughtful and useful front bumpers on the market for the 5th Gen 4Runner.

The new and improved ARB Summit bumper has a pressed winch cover panel, larger and upgraded ARB fog lights, and a two-piece split pan grill. The ARB also features a recessed winch control box along with a textured black powder coat, as opposed to the old satin finish. It looks much cleaner and is designed to withstand the elements of nature when it comes time to rust, this bumper will not sweat it.

Which Grill or Bumper Kit is right for you?

Depending on your style of Off-Road Adventure or On-Road cruising, you have plenty of options to choose from. With some of the more robust aftermarket 5th Gen 4Runner bumpers, you might find yourself not utilizing them to their full potential. While some of the lower end bumper kits or something as simple as a brush guard or bull guard just might not cut it when you need something extra. You know how you drive and what you use your 4Runner for. Take your time and do your research before jumping into anything right away. Although, here are my top pics that I would buy in a heartbeat.

Below are my choices on what I would install given my cruising altitude.

  • Cruising around town: C4 Fab Bumper with no Options
  • Occasional 4×4 adventure: C4/ SSO Bumper with all Options
  • Serious Off-Roading: Pelfreybilt Front Bumper
  • Overland Adventure: Pelfreybilt Front Bumper or ARB

Good luck choosing your 5th Gen Aftermarket Front Bumper!!

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  • craig

    Will the 2014+ TRD Pro front end (grill / headlights) fit a 2011.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      You will need to do some serious modifications to get the front end of a 2014+ on a 2013 and lower. You are looking for the whole front-end right, not just the pro grill? If so, you want to order all the parts from ToyotaPartSales.com. There is a great article on all of these parts located here. From there you will be able to follow the part numbers and the successfully convert your 2011 into a 2014+ front-end.
      Cheers and good luck!

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