Ironman 4×4 Raid Front Bumper For 3rd Gen Tundra – Install & Review

Ironman 4x4 Raid Front Bumper On 3rd Gen Tundra

Stealthy, Functional & Winch Ready Low Profile Front Bumper

It is exciting to see more and more aftermarket products being introduced and brought to market for the 3G. For front bumpers, there are now plenty of options available to customize your rig to your specific needs and looks.

For those looking for a more stealthy, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) look, the Raid series front winch bumper adds protection with steel material and functionality with tow points, winch mount, and a 20″ light bar insert while remaining subtle. It is also crash safety tested!

Find It Online

  • Raid Front Winch Bumper for 2022+ Tundra: Check Price

Overview

Lifted 3rd Gen Tundra With Low Profile Front Bumper

The Raid Front Winch Bumper is a chassis bolt-on, aftermarket protection, insert bumper made from cold rolled steel coated with a rust-resistant, ultra durable black powder coat.

Ironman 4×4 did an amazing job making this blend beautifully with the front end of the truck. It fits seamlessly under the grill. The stealthy design makes it go almost unnoticed, unless pointed out or knowing what to look for.

Compatible With Sensors

Ironman Raid Bumper Review

Although this bumper has a sleek like design, it does come with a host of benefits. Skipping over the obvious protection benefits, one great feature this has that people may not originally consider is the compatibility with your truck’s proximity parking sensors. If your truck does not have these, then this does not apply to you. However, removing the proximity sensors or relocating them from the OEM placement can cause issues with codes or will be improperly calibrated from the new position.

Recovery Points

Winch & Recovery Points On Ironman Raid Bumper

The next feature that was desperately needed is the frame mounted recovery points. Recovery points should be standard on any off-road trim vehicle, however Toyota seemed to overlook this essential feature on the Tundra. Ironman 4×4 made these recovery points with thick steel that is mounted to the frame of the truck, giving confidence that these will take the abuse in any recovery situation.

Winch & Lights

Ironman 4x4 Lights

Lastly, this it comes with mounting locations for a winch and a 20″ light bar. The winch mounting plate comes with the standard 10″ x 4.5″ mounting footprint. This is useful if you wanted to use their Ironman 4×4 Monster winch or any other winch on the market. However, this winch plate is very thick, so winches from other brands may require longer bolts than what originally comes in the box.

The 20″ light bar slot is a perfect fit for any 20″ light bar. The Ironman 4×4 20″ light bar came with my bumper, which sits flush against the slot for a nice level light projection. The wiring harness is sold separately from the Ironman 4×4 20″ light bar. This is useful if want to do your own wiring. If you want a simple wiring install that comes with a switch, the wiring harness is recommended.

Installation

Ironman Raid Bumper Components

I will simplify the installation process with steps below. I will go over the highlights and important steps, but going into every little detail would make this a very long article. Ironman 4×4 does not provide a book of instructions, but rather a very detailed YouTube video that is 55 minutes long with a lighthearted technician.

The YouTube video is easy to follow, step-by-step for your installation. I would consider this a relatively easy install, but it can be time consuming. I would recommend using a weekend or blocking out an entire day just to ensure you have enough time to complete this project. With my mistakes (which I will be sure to highlight), filming/photos, installing the winch and running to the tool store one time, it took a total of 8 hours for me to complete. If I did not make mistakes, film/pictures, install the winch, and have to run to the store, I could have easily shaved off 3 hours.

Tools Required

  • Drill
  • Step Bit
  • Screwdriver (Phillips & Flathead)
  • Ratchet + Sockets and Wrenches (10mm, 13mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm
  • Metric Hex Key Set (5mm)
  • Hammer (Sledge/Mallet)
  • Diagonal Cutting Pliers
  • Oscillating Multi-tool W/ Multi-Material Blade
  • Auto Trim Removal Tools
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Gray Sharpie
  • Bubble Level
  • Disposable Gloves

Step 1. Remove Factory Bumper & Grille

Removing Front Grille/Bumper On 3rd Gen Tundra

With a 10mm socket, you will remove 22 bolts (4 on top of the grill, 4 on bottom of the grill, 4 on the grill support bracket and 5 each side inside the wheel well). You will disconnect 4 wiring connectors (2 each side) by the headlights and below the connectors remove 2 plastic clips using a flathead to pry the top hat to lift out.

Lastly you will peel the plastic wheel well trim and the bumper out of its plastic support tabs. I use a microfiber towel along the wheel well plastic trim to keep it out of the way as well as to avoid any plastic scratching. If you have a active front spoiler/air dam, you will have extra steps to remove it.

Step 2. Remove Crash Bar

Removing 3rd Gen Tundra Crash Bar

Using a ratchet and a 17 mm socket, remove the 8 bolts holding the crash bar in place. You will also need a 17mm wrench to get 2 of the bolts that are in a tight space. Those who have the active spoiler/air dam motor unit, you will have extra steps to relocate it. Remove the crash bar, you will no longer need it.

Step 3. Mounting Nutserts

Drilling Holes For Recovery Points With Step Bit

This is the first step of installing the bumper. This needs to be done before adding the brackets or you will have to restart. This nutsert is needed to screw in a bolt. This nutsert gives the bolt an anchor against the steel to grab onto. Using a drill and step bit, you will drill a hole just big enough that the nutsert is a tight squeeze.

Bumper Nutsert

If the hole is too big (I made this mistake but was still able to save it) you will need to use the bolt and nut to crush and flower the nutsert in place.

Step 4. Brackets & Recovery Points

Installing Ironman Bumper Brackets

In this next step you will take the 4 brackets, 2 for each side that are labeled which side they go, and mount them to the chassis of the vehicle. These are used to give your winch tray a solid platform to mount on. They use (3) 18mm bolts each side along with crush tube sleeves to tie them in place together. LEAVE ALL BOLTS LOOSE.

Ironman 4x4 Recovery Points For Tundra

Installing the recovery points comes next. It is mounted to the brackets and chassis using (2) 18mm bolts and (1) 16mm bolt. The rear bolt with the 16mm head attached to the recovery point is where your nutsert is used to hold it in place, which adds the durability needed under heavy pulling.

Step 5. Mounting Winch Tray

Winch Tray For New Ironman Low Profile Bumper

The winch tray is held in by 9 bolts each side. 2 per each side are used from the original crash bar bolts which are 17mm, and the rest are the Ironman 4×4 hardware which are 18mm. The bolts will be attached to the brackets and the recovery points. Again, leave all bolts loose or you will need to un-tighten them to get all bolts in place.

Step 6. Remove Grille, Sensors, Trim

Bumper Install

You will temporarily remove the grill louver system and grill support bracket. You will need a 10mm socket to remove 6 bolts from the grill louver and disconnect the wiring connector.

Removing Parking Sensor Wires

With the grill louver out of the way, you will disconnect and remove the parking sensors, along with disconnecting the plastic wiring tabs behind the grill. You will also disconnect the adaptive cruise control radar wiring connector. This is needed in preparation to remove the plastic.

Bumper Trim Removal

Next is removing the plastic trim under the fog lights, both behind and in front of the grill. Having an auto trim removal set is very handy in this situation. However, care is needed to not do any unnecessary damage. When it comes to tools, plastic is very easy to break.

Step 7. Bumper Cut

Cutting 3G Tundra Front Bumper Cover For Low Profile Bumper

Using an oscillating multi-tool is recommended with this next step. A rotary tool may not be as surgical when working in tight spaces. Using the multi-tool, you will essential cut all plastic under the fog lights and between the front fenders.

Trimming Front Bumper Cover

Having a gray sharpie to outline your cut can help preplan your cuts. Following along with the Ironman 4×4 install YouTube video will tell you exactly where you need to cut.

Step 8. Reinstall Grille, Wires, Sensors, Light Bar

Ironman Raid Bumper Install

This is where you will put your factory grille louver bolted and wire connector back in place.

Next, you will use the zip ties in your hardware kit, or you can use your own if you want beefier zip ties. Tie your wires up and out of the way of where your aftermarket bumper will go. You will connect the extended  wire connectors into your factory parking sensor wire connectors so they can reach the parking sensor placement slots.

A kit will be provided for you to install the parking sensor brackets to the bumper so they are in their OEM placement. This kit includes the parking sensor brackets, alcohol wipe, extended parking sensor connector wires, and 3M double sided adhesive tape so the brackets are taped in place to the bumper. Disposal gloves are recommended when handling the 3M tape and alcohol wipe not to get any oil on the surface. After the parking sensor bracket are in place, install the parking sensors, but do not wire it up yet.

Mounting Light Bar On Ironman 4x4 Bumper

Next will be installing the 20″ light bar to the bumper. The light bar needs to be oriented correctly, and you can tell which is right way up by the logo that is printed on the front of the light. Install the L brackets with a Size 5 hex key to the light, and then bolt the brackets down to the bumper using the 13mm bolt and nut. The light bar will sit flush against the bumper so it is level. If you would like to install the flip-up license plate bracket, this would be a good time to install that as well.

Step 9. Reinstall Bumper & Grille

Reinstalling Front Bumper & Grille

Reinstall the front grille and bumper. Snap the plastic tabs into place, bolt in the 4 top 10mm bolts and the (10) 10mm wheel well bolts. You will bolt (2) 10mm bolts on the bottom of the grill where the L-bracket is attached to the chassis bracket to hold the fender in place.

Step 10. Mount Bumper Shell

Low Profile Bumper Install On Tundra

Installing the bumper shell is best with a partner but doable by yourself. There is 2 brackets with 3 welded nuts on each that attach a total of (6) 18mm bolts to the chassis. Leave all bolts loose to so you can adjust the bumper enough to get all bolts in place. This will also help you align so that your light bar is oriented correctly not only side to side but up and down. I used a bubble level to ensure it was aligned properly. Once everything is aligned, tighten all bolts. Attach your parking sensor wire connectors to the parking sensors.

Final Thoughts

Ironman Raid Bumper Review

After couple months of having the bumper installed, everything performs flawlessly. I used the winch to test the durability and recovery points. Even with the weight of a full size truck, everything proved to be solid under heavy loaded winching.

This Raid series bumper from Ironman 4×4 really elevates the look of the Tundra while still keeping an OEM like appearance. It is well-designed and is tough as it looks, all while being at a competitive price compared to other brands.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a low-profile option that adds protection and functionally to their Tundra.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Questions or Comments?x
()
x