Frequently Asked Questions
Can all step bumpers be fitted to the Toyota 4runner?
No, they cannot. Differences in bumper size, brackets available and bolt points mean that each and every step bumper must be built exactly to fit a specific vehicle. Be sure to look for ones that are built specifically for the 4runner.
Do step bumpers offer the same protection as regular bumpers?
Yes, they absolutely do. Step bumpers are made from the same materials as other bumpers and they are also built to protect the vehicles they are attached to during a collision. Simply put, step bumpers are exactly like plain old bumpers with the added bonus of having a stepping plate installed. They're definitely a good deal for many motorists.
Do Toyota 4runners come with a step bumper or do they need to be purchased and installed?
Most, if not all, 4runners being sold today should already come with a step bumper installed. That may change in the future though. People who are considering getting a 4runner should check out their local dealers first to see whether or not their vehicles being sold have step bumpers included.
How difficult is it to install a step bumper?
Installing a step bumper is a rather straightforward process. Usually, bumper brackets must first be installed on the vehicle before the step bumper is mounted and bolted on to them. The job can be done by one person but having an assistant is advisable since the bumper isn't such an easy part to lift.
Which step bumper type is better: plastic or fiberglass?
Usual materials used to make step bumpers include steel, plastic, fiberglass, aluminum and other light metals. The plastic and fiberglass bumpers are usually made from high grade materials, making them lightweight and extremely tough. Of the two, plastic can be considered the better material since it can easily recover from minor damages, unlike fiberglass, which will usually form scratches or even crack. Of course, almost nothing else will match the strength of steel.