5th Gen 4Runner Mods (Part 1)

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5th Gen 4Runner Mods (Part 1) – Where to Start?

Stock 2016 SR5 4Runner No Mods

Where to start with 5th Gen 4Runner Mods (Trail, Sr5, Limited and TRD Pro)

From Stock to “Oh yeah, that’s Looking Good” in 4 steps

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Ok, first thing is first, when you get a new 5th Gen 4runner, you wanna mod it out. Where do you start? There are hundreds of options and mods when it comes to decking out your 5th Gen. Should you go straight into your 4Runner with a TRD Cold Air Intake with a dope MagnaFlow exhaust?

Or, should you go a little more outside the box with a Roof Rack and a set of LED lights or a lightbar to start? Furthermore, you could just opt for a new aftermarket 4Runner grille with the perfectly, designed to match lightbar.

Last but not least, just go straight for a Toytec 5th Gen 4Runner lift kit, Afterall, that’s all we really want right… a slightly lifted 3″- 3.5″ lift kit with some AT (All Terrains) tailored with a custom set of wheels.

There are so many options when it comes to modding out your 5th Gen. We could all go broke in a day buying all the items we want to add to our stock 5th Gen.

The Basics on 5th Gen 4Runner Mods (Small but Important)

  1. 4Runner Rain GuardsCheck Today’s Price
  2. 4Runner Center Console Organizer – Check Today’s Price
  3. 4Runner Floor MatsCheck Today’s Price
  4. 4Runner Rear Cargo MatCheck Today’s Price
  5. 4Runner Blackout Emblem KitCheck Price

That should wrap up the initial modding of your 4Runner. These are the basic interior and exterior mods that we would do to any 4Runner before we actually start with the next-level mods. You can start in any order you want, but it is always nice to start small and work your way up. That way, you can get a feel for your 4Runner inside and out. Once you are comfortable playing around with the little mods here and there, you can jump into the bigger installs, like aftermarket steps, intakes, exhaust, and many other.

Our New 2016 SR5 4Runner is the Second Addition to our Family!

We bought the 2014 Trail 4Runner back in August of 2014, and now we are bringing home this new 2016 SR5 4Runner (White) Third Row. I didn’t even know that it had the third row until the girl brought it home. The third row 4Runner is super hard to find. Not that it is anything very special, it is just incredibly hard to find. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a third row 4Runner. The 2016 SR5 4Runner along with the Limited 4Runner models both have OPTIONS for third-row seating, but the Trail Premium and the TRD Pro models do not.

Where to start with the 5th Gen 4Runner Mods?

We have a clean slate to work with on this SR5 4Runner, so here is my take on where to start with your 5th Gen 4Runner mods. Keep in mind, this is our vision for step 1 of the SR5 4Runner mods, everyone’s is going to be a little bit different, so we would love to hear your comments at the bottom.

4Runner Mod #1 – Replace OEM Running Boards with Nerf Bars

Trail 4Runner N-Fab Hooped Nerf Bars - 5th Gen

I put this as the first item on the list for 5th Gen 4Runner mods because the OEM running boards scream soccer mom. Even if you mod out any other area of your 4Runner and run the OEM running boards, it will still have that “basic” look. There are a few options that come to mind for replacing the OEM running boards with 4Runner Rock Sliders and Nerf Bars.

Best Options for 5th Gen 4Runner Nerf Bars

  1. N-fab Nerf Bars Full Review
  2. Shrockworks Nerf Bars – Tube or Dimpled Tread Plates
  3. Trail Gear Rock Slider Kit
  4. White Knuckle Off-Road Sliders
  5. (OEM – Toyota) D-cab Black Oval Tube Step Kit
  6. C4 Fabrication Rock Sliders/ Steps

4Runner Mod #2 – Window Tint

5th Gen SR5 Window Tint Tinted


  • Front Window: 50%
  • Front Side Windows: 35%
  • Rear Windows: 3% over factory 20%

Tinting a 5th Gen 4Runner is a must. The only thing I dislike about tinting the windows all the way around is looking in the rear-view. If you go with 20% tint on the back window and all the way around, you will be fine. But, the 5th Gen 4Runner already comes with a factory window tint at 20%. So, if you are going to add another layer of 20% tint film over the factory tint, you would be at 10%. I think that is how it works, correct me if I am wrong.

4Runner Mod #3 – Replace OEM Tires with AT (All Terrains)

5th Gen 4Runner All Terrain Tires

If you can wait the 2-4 years it takes to wear down the stock OEM tires, then wait until you run your tread down to 20-30%.

If you are impatient and want some meaner looking tires on your 5th Gen now, then do your research and find a set of All-Terrain tires that will stand out and perform under the harshest winter and off-road conditions. Budget is always an item on the table, so I am going to break down my top selection of AT (All-Terrain) Tires by price range.

$50-$100/ per tire (265/55r20)

I personally do not recommend anything under $100 when buying all-terrain tires. Either they will be made in China with some off-brand name or underperform when you need them the most. Try heading down to the next bracket.

$100-$200/ per tire (265/55r20)

A perfect range for anyone looking for a fresh set of all-terrain tires. Any worthwhile AT tire is going be in this range.

  1. Yokohama Geolandar A/T: $120 (Light tread depth)
  2. Firestone Destination A/T: $120-$150
  3. General Grabber A/T: $120-$170
  4. Nitto Terra Grapplers A/T: $150 – Top Choice
  5. Toyo Open Country A/T: $150
  6. Cooper Discoverer A/T: 150 (Bad Ass)

$200-$500/ per tire (265/55r20)

Stepping it up in this range of tires will get you some serious rubber, tread pattern options and tires that will push through anything you throw at them.

  1. BF Goodrich KO2 A/T: $250-$350
  2. Toyo Open Country A/T 2: $260
  3. Nitto Trail Grapplers A/T: $300
  4. Goodyear Duratrac A/T: $400+
  5. Cooper Discoverer STT Pro Off Road Tire A/T: $400+ – Top Choice
  6. Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac A/T: $400+

4Runner Mod #4 – Replace OEM Wheels with Something Epic

Trail 4Runner Wheels American Racing

When it comes to wheels, the options are endless. This is the most exciting part about modding out your 5th Gen 4Runner. Most of the TRD pros are coming off the lot with the aftermarket TRD Wheels, which are awesome. The only problem with these wheels is that everyone has them. Not a bad thing, just every TRD Pro you see, they have a set of the TRD wheels. Throwing a set of TRD 4Runner wheels on a stock Sr5 would never be a bad thing, I would just like to see a little more originality in today’s 5th Gen 4Runner world. For another idea on 5th Gen Wheel Inspiration, check out the Fuel 20″ Vapor Wheels with KO2’s we put on the 2016 SR5 4Runner.

I would rather go for an option that is not often seen. There are quite a few options to choose from when it comes to 5th Gen 4Runner wheels.

Best Options (Brands) for 5th Gen 4Runners

  1. TRD SEMA Wheels
  2. TRD Beadlock Wheels
  3. SCS wheels – stealthcustomseries.com
  4. blackrhinowheels.com
  5. Fuel Off-Road
  6. Level 8 MK6 Wheels
  7. kmcwheels.com – Mean Lineup of Black Wheels
  8. MB72’s Black – Classic
  9. ultrawheel.com
  10. atxwheels.com – Currently on our 2014 Trail 4Runner
  11. methodracewheels.com (301) – Classic

I could go on for hours about wheels. Another great place to check out inspiration for wheels is the forums. But I thought this list above is a nice go-to list of 5th Gen 4Runner wheel options. I have never seen this list put together but I think it should help some you out there looking for some actual websites and all product lines.

This is just part 1 of the 5th Gen 4Runner Mods section. We plan on doing a 5th Gen 4Runner Mods Part 2 and 5th Gen 4Runner Mods Part 3 next. Stay tuned and check back often for more installs and mods on the amazing 5th Gen 4Runner.

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  • angel gomez

    Please help me buy the supercharger for the 2017 4Runner. Thanks.

  • ian

    Any suggestion on the size of AT tire if you leave the stock rims on the vehicle? This is a 2018.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      It’s not really the size of tire you can run on the wheel. It has to do with the size of tire you can run on what lift or level kit you have. You can fit a 31″-40″+ all-terrain tire on your 17″ wheels. But, you can only fit a 31″-32″ tire on your stock wheel with your stock suspension. So, if you want to run a larger tire, the wheel size doesn’t matter. It is the clearance in your wheel well that matters. If you are looking to run a bigger tire, you should look into 5th Gen 4Runner Leveling Kits or a complete 4Runner Suspension Lift. In any case, shoot us an email anytime man. We are always around and love to help everyone out. Let us know if you have any other questions about general 4Runner mods, leveling kits or suspension lifts. Thanks for the comment!

  • William

    Love this post. This is exactly where I got started when I bought my truck new. Too many mods and don’t know where to dump my hard earned money! Before anything I took my truck out to drive on and off road for a few k miles with the stock set up to see which path of mods I wanted to take and how comfortable you feel with the stock set up. I feel that is the easiest way to decide while not spending money on mods you may potentially not use or need.

  • John

    Hi. Love your site. I live in Truckee, great Castle Peak story. Buying a new 2018 4runner trd offroad. I have a question about wheels. I see a fair amount of info on the trd sema wheels that come on the pro (17×7 offset 4). The offroad comes with 17×7.5 offset 15. If I want to put 285/70/17 on, is the stock wheel going to work? (17×7.5 offset 15) Obviously will be adding leveling/lift. Or should I go with the 17×7 offset 4 (trd sema), or get yet another rim. Assuming looks are not considered.
    Thank you,

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      For sure, the 285/70/17’s will fit the stock wheel for sure. Just make sure whatever tire shop you are ordering your 285s’ from that you give them your wheel specs. They will be able to match an exact 285 to those wheel specs. Also, a deeper offset is going to be much better. If I could have gone with a deeper offset, I would have. Mine is only 6.

  • George Ryan Connor

    what do you recommend for a hood protector?

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