Project 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner: Part 2 – Got Armor?


Much beefier BudBuilt bump-out sliders.
For the sliders, BudBuilt uses 1/4″ thick laser cut plates to bolt to the frame. They work around the KDSS or XREAS systems without interference. BudBuilt uses grade 10.9 metric hardware for extra strength into the factory threaded holes in the frame. The tubing is either .12″ thick HREW (hot rolled, electrically welded) tubing, an industry standard for sliders or .187″ thick DOM (drawn over mandrel) tubing for extra beefy, dent proof, hard core rock crawling abuse. Both are strong enough to use a hi lift jack with and both use 4 legs to the frame for the best strength.


Front porton of the slider install.
Grade 10.9 metric hardware installed in factory locations. No drilling, cutting, etc required.
Sliders installed. Need to fill in the gap for the missing rocker panel (which SR5 and Limited have to remove for slider installation) – several options out there to solve this issue.

All final pictures are taken along the Chattahoochee River, but it’s time to get her off the pavement: we have the tires, the wheels, the suspension, the armor and the sliders.  As with Part 1, we are always interested in more comments!  Until next time….what should be next (besides gettin dirty!)?

Credit to Bud Rosenberger for additional editorial.

Photo credit to Brandon Campbell



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