PerryParts Bump Stops For The 5th Gen 4Runner – Install & Review

PerryParts Bump Stops For The 5th Gen 4Runner - Install & Review

Why Upgrading Your Factory Bump Stops Is So Important: Featuring PerryParts Bump Stops – Install & Review

It’s happened to all of us before – you’re out on the trail having a blast, when all of a sudden, an unexpected ditch makes your suspension bottom out. It causes a harsh impact, messing up your alignment and knocking everything in your cabin out of place.

How can you help mitigate this? The answer is upgraded bump stops.

Bump stops absorb the energy of a harsh suspension bottom out. Think of them like a stiff spring that engages only at the very limits of your suspension’s up travel. This protects your shocks and metal-to-metal contact with your frame. More importantly, you retain better control under extreme circumstances.

We’ve seen many bump stop designs come through in the industry – but PerryPart’s offering is one of the most interesting options currently out there. Let’s look at why.

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About PerryParts

PerryParts Bump Stops 5th Gen 4Runner Review

Aftermarket bump stops range from rubber to several forms of polyurethane. All of them offer suspension protection during travel, but PerryParts describes a feature that hasn’t been advertised with other brands – variable compression damping.

It’s worth noting, all bump stop options offer progressive spring rates, which means that the more you compress them, the exponentially higher the force feedback is. This also goes for OEM bumps.

Compression damping is how the suspension reacts to the speed of the force applied to it – aka how quickly or slowly it is allowed to compress. To outline in more detail, variable compression damping occurs when (given the same amount of displacement) the force feedback from the bump stop varies with speed. In simple terms, considering that we compress the bump stop the same distance, at a slower speed, you will have a lower force feedback, and at a higher speed, you will have a higher force feedback.

Essentially, if you hit these bump stops harder, they provide more resistance on impact. Conversely, if you hit them slower, they will provide less resistance. To achieve this, PerryParts has a patent pending internal structure that controls airflow through the bump stop.

PerryParts says that they have not experienced any issues with port clogging affecting performance thus far. Based on their research, the ports can self clear. This is technically a mathematical theory, but the real world results seem to support it.

In this article, we’ll answer the question of how these bump stops hold up to their claims and how they stack up against other options that are nearly double the price.

Step 1. Install Front Bump Stops

Remove Factory Front Bump Stop 5th Gen 4Runner

Tools & Materials

  • Large Pliers (channel locks, pipe wrench, or similar)
  • 14mm Socket + Ratchet (only necessary if your frame’s threads are rusty)

The first step of an upgrade, getting the old stuff out!

Using a pipe wrench or large pliers, unscrew the OEM bump stop from its mount counterclockwise. Then, clean up the mounting surface in preparation for the new bump.

Since the front bump stops can be installed without any tools, you don’t even need to jack up the truck to install them. This is a key advantage compared to the struggle of getting a wrench or socket past the control arms with other options.

PerryParts Front Bump Stops 5th Gen 4Runner Installation

I did remove the tire for the sake of photos, however, I confirmed that installation can be done with all tires on the ground. Of course, this is dependent on your lift. If you have less lift, you may need to jack up the vehicle (don’t forget your jackstands) to get in there.

PerryParts Front Bump Stops 5th Gen 4Runner Review

When installing the front bumps, they’re designed to tighten by hand onto the frame perch. I found that “oil filter tight” was about the right amount of force (tighten with fingers until they start to slip). If the threads inside your frame are rusty or damaged, there is a 14mm bolt head inside the bump stop that can be used to tighten it down.

Step 2. Install Rear Bump Stops

Durobumps Rear Bump Stop Removal 5th Gen 4Runner

Tools & Materials

  • 12mm Socket + Ratchet
  • Ratchet extensions

In the rear, I upgraded from Durobumps DBR425 to PerryParts’ AB7RLT. The installation remains the same whether you’re upgrading from OEM or other products. Start by removing the two bolts on each rear bump stop.

The PerryParts rear bump stops use the OEM hardware. Again, depending on your lift, you may not even need to jack up the truck. These went on with all four of my tires on the ground.

Once your existing bump stops are removed, position the new bump stop and tighten until the bolts contact the flange. Then, tighten further with one full turn.

PerryParts Rear Bump Stops 5th Gen 4Runner

If you need new hardware, I confirmed that PerryParts will provide it for free – you just need to add it to the notes on the website.

PerryParts Rear Bump Stops 5th Gen 4Runner Installation

One neat feature is that the model number and driver/passenger indicators are formed directly onto the part. No stickers or ink that can peel/wear with time. In this case, you can see that “Driver” is molded right into the side of the part, making installation and orientation very easy.

Off-Road Performance

PerryParts Rear Bump Stops Compared To Durobumps

From left to right: Durobumps (2″ extended), PerryParts (LT version), and OEM (factory) rear bump stops in the image above.

The PerryParts AB7RLT (“long travel”) are a little taller, and are meant for extended travel shocks. When flexed out, I was satisfied with the travel produced. It’s good to note that they are not a direct comparison to my old DuroBumps 2″ rears (not meant for extended travel), because of the different intended use.

I upgraded from the OEM front bump stops and Durobumps rear bump stops to PerryParts all around for this test. After some testing, I found that the PerryParts was a night-and-day improvement over OEM in the front. The suspension felt “bottomless”.

In the rear, compared to the Durobumps, I also noticed a small improvement. The PerryParts felt more damped & controlled and generally more comfortable. It wasn’t night and day, as compared to OEM, but it was noticeable, in my experience/opinion.

PerryParts also has a page on its website dedicated to the testing of their bump stops.

Final Thoughts

I’ve been running the PerryParts bump stops for about six months now, and am still very pleased with them. They’re showing nearly zero wear, and continue to provide their effects as advertised.

For the price, I believe they are by far the best suspension upgrade you can do to your vehicle. At less than the price of a single shock absorber for a full set, they’re a no-brainer. The no-questions-asked warranty is hard to beat as well.

PerryParts Front Bump Stops 5th Gen 4Runner

Compared to OEM, these bump stops are a night-and-day improvement, and even compared to other expensive offerings on the market, they perform impressively. The feel of compression damping at the end of the suspension travel is incredible.

I have more confidence on and off trail in my 4runner, and I’m very happy to have the PerryParts bump stops installed on my rig.

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7 days ago

These definitely work,dont listen to the debbie downers
I reccomend these highly. Thanks Patrick.

10 days ago

Seriously these are a blatant copy of Durobumps except these things are 3D printed and no way they will have the durability and longevity that Durobumps offers. Ditch these and get real progressive bumpstops from Durobumps.

1 month ago

Is CNN fact checking this article?

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