5th Gen 4Runner Mods Part 4 – Grilles
Grille & Front Bumpers: Grille Mods & Front-End Options on the 5th Generation 4Runner
We have 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 room for improvements.
You can choose a grill kit with a light bar, a custom aftermarket front bumper, a hidden winch mount, or a combination of these.
There are hundreds of options for accessories when it comes to a grille or front bumper.
Some of the most popular options are lightbars, LED fog lights, solid LED light mounts and pods, bumpers with shackle mounts, hidden winch mounts, amber marker lights, anytime camera additions, and much more.
Grille & Bumper Kit Accessories
- Behind the grille lightbars
- Front facing grille kit light bars
- Steel/Aluminum front bumpers
- Hidden winch mounts
- Bull Bars/ Brush Guards
- Off-Road LED fog Light upgrades
- TRD Pro Grille
- TSO Pro Grille
Mainstream Bumper Fabrication or Custom Fabrication?
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.
Going with a manufacturer that stands behind their product is an absolute must. Some of these companies have been designing and fabricating bumpers and off-road products for years. Their prices may be a little high but is often worth it at the end of the day when it protects you and your cargo.
Mainstream companies tend to have longer wait/lead times. The Gobi rack is an extreme example of about 3 months just to get a roof rack to show up.
Off-road bumper companies come in quicker usually at around 4-8 weeks. Still, prepare to wait.
Going the custom route is always an option as well.
If you know a fabrication shop close to you, you can often get a better deal than buying a name brand product that is mass produced. Often times fabricators will produce a similar looking bumper, tailored for your truck at a lower cost than some mainstream companies.
Call a few fab shops in your area and see what they have to say about Toyota 4Runners. If you feel comfortable, go for it.
Do your research and see if they have experience with the Toyota family (Landcruisers, Tacomas, Tundras, etc). It always helps when a custom fabrication shop has experience with the Toyota Brand. But, this is absolutely NOT needed to ensure a stunning custom product.
Jeep shops can still work on Toyota trucks, but you should look for a Toyota-focused shop first.
Just do your research.
Grill Kit Options
There is a decent selection of grill kits out there for our generation.
The grille mods below are great options our front-end but many of these are not compatible with aftermarket front bumpers.
In that link above, you will find a list of full-length and low profile bumper options. Some of the grille kit options below will work with some low profile options but few, if any, full-length options.
The list below should give you a good place to start when exploring aftermarket grille kits.
Grille Kit Option List
Comment below if we are missing any
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- Trail Standard Off-Road TRD style Grille (seen above)
- Satoshi Grill Mod/ XP Predator Package
- 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 – 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+
Aftermarket Front Bumper Companies
- C4 Fab
- 4×4 Labs
- Pathfinder Outdoors Rockteck Bumper
- Southern Style Off-Road (SSO) Previously SSS
- Hefty Fabworks
- Addicted Off Road
Front Bumper, Light & Winch Combo Kit
Below, you will find some common options for front bumpers with light bars and winch options integrated or at least have the optional cut-out. For a lightbar on your grill, you can choose to go with the light bar in the actual grill itself or mounted to the steel.
Either way, having a lightbar and winch on your front-end is essential when in remote locations and rough terrain.
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 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 LoPro bumper also works great with the TRD skid plate.
SSO Slimline Hybrid Front Bumper ($750-$2000)
Very similar to the C4 Fab front bumper, the SSO Slimline Hybrid is a very low profile bumper that still allows you to keep your OEM front-end with minimal cutting of the body. What the SSO Slimline Hybrid 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 SSO Slimline Hybrid have very similar options. Compare the two to decide for yourself. The only option that the SSO Slimline Hybrid does not have is the custom “Trail” “TRD” or “TRD Pro” Imprint.
Shrockworks Front Bumper 1/2″ thick plate steel ($1500-$2000+)
A very well built and well priced front bumper.
The Shrockworks front bumper is a very well-known and well-respected front bumper. Both for quality, off-road reliability, and looks. The Shrockworks bumper also has many options for lighting, both fog lights, and spotlights.
If you are looking for a lightbar option on the Shrockworks 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 bumper is an aggressive and durable piece of steel.
ARB Deluxe Front Bumper (2010-13 $1200+ | 2014+ $1800+)
This is a long-time depended upon bumper.
ARB as a company is a leader in the off-road 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 off-road world is 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+ models. ARB is by far one of the most conventional, thoughtful and useful front bumpers on the market for many makes and models.
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, you have plenty of options to choose from. With some of the more robust aftermarket 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.
Only you know how you drive and how you intend on using your truck. Take your time and do your research before jumping into anything right away.
Good luck choosing grille and front bumper options!
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