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5th Gen Toyota 4Runner - Bumper gap solution/FIX.

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by srideout1973, Feb 11, 2024.

  1. Feb 11, 2024 at 1:31 PM
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    srideout1973

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    Everyone that owns the 5th gen 4Runner has the same bumper gap problem and most likely did not get any support from Toyota Corp. regardless of warrantee. I tried gluing it several time with the same outcome, tried finding anyone that had a solution and was told that I might have to get a new bumper installed or rebuilt!! By chance I took my 4 Runner to a local shop in Tampa called DJ Tire & Auto located off 175 Forest Lakes Blvd. and while getting new tires (65k miles on original tires) the owner Daniel was able to fix it. He dismantled the entire bumper and reattached bumper w a modified clip that he built at his shop. I have been driving w bumper modification for over two months now that there is no change or movement. 4Runner looks new in all aspects w this modification, I have asked Daniel to reach out to local Toyota Dealership w this find & solution. I hope to share with anyone struggling to solve the bumper gap problem, truly love Toyota products (this is my 3rd) but will not lie, this is my first Toyota with this sort of problem. Glad it is fixed, and hope Toyota changes the gen 6 design….Stephen

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  2. Feb 11, 2024 at 1:46 PM
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    Borracho Loco

    Borracho Loco My 4Runner identifies as a Prius!

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    Oooh look, another mod.....
    You Limited trim owners sure do complain about stupid stuff a lot.
     
  3. Feb 11, 2024 at 1:54 PM
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    RumHamRunner73

    RumHamRunner73 Dead on with a zero

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    Welcome to the forum, I want to say that Toyota had a TSB out for this current issue regarding the fitment.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2024 at 2:38 PM
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    BS67

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    Welcome Stephen!
     
  5. Feb 11, 2024 at 4:36 PM
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    Gonna need some before and after pictures to see what you're talking about. How about a picture of the "modified" clip?
    I've seen some large generalizations lately without any supporting data to prove "everyone" and "every 5th gen 4Runner". A guy the other day stated that "every 5th gen 4Runner has a steering wheel shake at 60mph". Simply not true. Please use supporting data to back up such claims. AND>>>:worthless:
     
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  6. Feb 11, 2024 at 5:04 PM
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    Daddykool

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    If mine has this peculiarity, I haven't noticed it in 5 years of ownership (bought new).
     
  7. Feb 11, 2024 at 5:38 PM
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    Photon_Chaser

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    G*&$%# d&#@ it, now I had to get up and go look (like I really needed to). Gap? what gap, all I saw was a consistent seamline...guess I'm not a part of the "Everyone" crowd.
     
  8. Feb 11, 2024 at 6:44 PM
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    RumHamRunner73

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    Seems to vary by vehicle based on the amount of posts on this forum. TSB was available.
     
  9. Feb 11, 2024 at 8:00 PM
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    glwood54

    glwood54 Stop making me buy stuff!

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    Several owners did report that the TSB did not fix the issue. It involved some adhesive backed Velcro that worked for a short while, but the gap came back.

    I've been waiting for a solution to this for a year and a half. I would be very interested in the actual details of this "fix" & "modified clip". Otherwise, it's just another myth. Any more information @srideout1973?
     
  10. Feb 11, 2024 at 8:04 PM
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    glwood54

    glwood54 Stop making me buy stuff!

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    Nice welcome.

    It is a real thing, and not just on Limiteds. Might be stupid to you, but it's annoying to some, and shouldn't even be an issue.

    A co-worker of mine has a 1/4" gap there on each side on his 2018 SR5.
     
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  11. Feb 11, 2024 at 8:08 PM
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    nova

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    I had the same problem with my LE. I took it to C4 to fix.

    All kidding aside, it’s great that you found someone who listened and figured it out. :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Feb 11, 2024 at 8:22 PM
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    glwood54 Stop making me buy stuff!

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    Agreed. Serious over-generalization. It's fairly rare, but happens. It's unfortunate that Toyota didn't really come up with a fix.
     

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  13. Feb 12, 2024 at 4:52 AM
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    Maybe this bumper gap problem is only on the limited 5th gen models? Sorry about not clarifying. It has been something that bothered me since I purchased it and make it a habit to see if others were having the same issue, conclusion is everyone that I have asked and discussed with has. Maybe some folks got lucky... Hope this helps.
     
  14. Feb 12, 2024 at 6:02 AM
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    glwood54

    glwood54 Stop making me buy stuff!

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    What would really help is knowing how the placed fixed yours.
     
  15. Feb 12, 2024 at 6:41 AM
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    steelevo Not so new anymore...

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    Welcome.
     
  16. Feb 12, 2024 at 7:04 AM
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    The TSB pdf says it affects 2014-2020 but didn't mention a specific trim. Perhaps they fixed it after 2020.
     

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