5th Gen 4Runner Mods Part 4 – Grilles

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

5th Gen 4Runner Stock Grill Kit

Let’s Explore Grille Mods & Front Bumper Mods 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. The combination of a grill kit with a custom aftermarket front bumper or hidden winch mount can really make your 4Runner stand out in terms of functionality while complimenting the design.

There are hundreds of options for accessories when it comes to a grille or front bumper. Some of the most popular options are lightbars, solid LED light mounts and pods, bumpers with shackle mounts, hidden winch mounts, amber marker lights, camera additions, and much more.

Grill & Bumper Kit Accessories

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

Custom Front Bumpers, Grill Kits & Mainstream Fabrication

When it comes to maintaining the front-end, 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.

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 at a lower cost than some mainstream, big box brands push products for.

Call a few fab shops in your area and see what they have to say. Do your research and make sure they have experience with the Yota family. It always helps when a fab shop has experience with Tacomas, Tundras, 4Runners, Landcruisers and other Yota products. But, this is absolutely NOT needed to ensure a stunning custom product. Just do your research.

Grill Kit Options

TRD Pro 4runner Grill Swap - Before and After

There is a decent selection of grill kits out there for our generation. The grill mods below are great options our front-end and many of these are compatible with aftermarket lower profile front bumpers. 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
  • Satoshi Grill Mod
  • 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+

4Runner Aftermarket Front Bumpers (Fabrication Companies)

  • 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

4Runner Front Bumper, Light & Winch Combo Kit

2016 trail 4runner swell runner c4 fab lo pro bumper

Below, you will find some of our top picks for front bumpers with lightbars integrated or at least have the cut-out. Having a lightbar mounted in your front bumper is an awesome feature for 4Runner bumper.

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 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. This is a prett dreamy option 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. 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 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 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 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 ($1500+)

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

ARB Deluxe Front Bumper (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+ 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 of Off-Road Adventure or On-Road cruising, 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. 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.

Good luck choosing your aftermarket front bumper!!

Leave a comment below and let us know what bumper you have! What do you like about it? Or, if you have any questions about 4Runner bumpers, also comment below. Cheers!

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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!

  • Tim Shapley

    I’m considering an ARB Summit bumper or similar model with full grill protection for my 18’ TRD Off-road Premium. I’m concerned that the side bars will obstruct and diminish the amazing headlights. Is this a valid concern? Have you heard of anyone noticing a difference in their lights because of these types of bumpers ?

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Tim, I have never heard of anyone having problems with something like that. ARB makes pretty solid products and I think you will be safe with that bumper. That is a pretty beefy bumper, you are going to be pretty happy with that bumper. I wouldn’t worry about the headlight issue. If you are worried about that headlight issue, look at a few other bumpers but I think you may be overthinking it.
      Let us know what you roll with!

  • Tim Shapley

    Thanks for the comment. I’m now leaning toward the Expedition One bumper. I’ll keep the forum updated and let everyone know the results. If anyone else has insight into this please comment.
    Much appreciated,

    • Chris

      Hi Pete,

      Wondering what front end mods you are considering or have done on your Limited? Please see my post below.

  • Jordan #Thayer1003

    My limited is limited… I’m looking to start the mutation of my 5th gen 4Runner Limited into the off-road vehicle it wants to be starting with the facelift. Any specific thoughts on front-end granny smashers or bull bars to modify my front end?

    • Chris

      Hi Jordan,

      Wondering what mods you are considering or have done on your 5th Gen Limited front bumper? Any photos? Please see my post below.

  • Pete

    Two days after installing a Weather Tech bumper guard on my 2-week old 4Runner I got rear-ended by a GMC 2500. I was stopped at a light. The bump was severe enough to jolt my wife & I into our seats. When I looked up the guy still had his cell phone in front of his face. Much to our amazement, the bumper guard worked. No damages! The other drives statement was priceless…”I need to get one of those”…$38 @ Amazon. My question is what can I get to put in the front of the 4Runner to offer some protection from someone backing into me or the dummy behind the wheel of my car rear-ending someone else. Thanks for this forum I have picked up some very useful information.

  • Chris

    I just purchased a 2016 4Runner Limited. One month later, I got hit by a bear. (Seriously!) There were certain features that attracted me to the Limited, but I am not attached to the front bumper chrome. It is ironic how much these accents cost.
    Honestly, before this incident, I never really considered altering a vehicle from it’s original design or realized how frequently these type of modifications are done. I have the dilemma of “downgrading” to a Base or TRD bumper or maintaining the original Limited OEM trim. I am concerned about potentially devaluing a newer year vehicle by putting on a non-model designed bumper, though I expect I may keep the vehicle for some time. I am also uncertain how the higher clearance front end of the non-Limited models would look, since the sides and rear would still ride lower and have the Limited chrome accents. One final consideration is remounting the Limited’s parking sensors as I do not believe this option is available on other models. I expect I would have to drill these holes and hope it could still be mounted in a non- Limited bumper at the correct height and angle to maintain function. Has anyone does this or a similar mod? Any photos available? Any ideas or recommendations would be grealty appreciated?

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