Our Lexus GX 470 is coming along nicely, and it’s time to focus on improving approach and departure angles and getting some of the stock plastic off of our new trail rig.
We kicked things off with the build by updating the front suspension with new 2.5-inch coilover shocks from Icon Vehicle Dynamics featuring their adjustable CDCV damping adjustability and added new Icon upper control arms to accommodate the additional travel and lift from the new shocks. In the rear, we deleted the air bags and replaced them with 3-inch springs from Icon, which are held in place by a spring retainer kit from Metal Tech 4×4; we also added new adjustable upper and lower trailing arms from Icon and replaced the rear shocks with 2.5-inch rear shocks from Icon that also feature a CDCV knob for damping adjustment.
Our most recent story was the installation of OPOR sliders from Metal Tech 4×4, which offer rocker panel protection for our GX while also replacing the plastic stock pieces that are prone to trail damage, don’t offer much protection and actually limit clearance.
For our next story we are installing Metal Tech 4×4’s Goblin front bumper. We were initially drawn to the company because of this exact bumper, as the clean lines of this bolt-on piece require no cutting of the GX 470’s body to install, and, of course, it also looked really good on a GX we saw on the trail. Metal Tech 4×4 says this bumper is 100 percent built in 3D CAD from scans of the truck to ensure the tightest fit. The bumper itself also features five different thicknesses in its steel construction to ensure it is strong where needed while saving weight where it’s not.
The Goblin front bumper features two integrated LED light pods sections, with optional 20w LED lights available. The center features a pocket for an additional 25-inch LED single-row light bar. The bumper is also ready to accept most planetary-style winches, as the winch installs beneath the bumper shell so it is almost entirely covered, and it also means the winch isn’t weighted on the bumper itself thanks to the two-piece design.
The installation for the bumper should take roughly 3-4 hours, and it will fit Lexus GX 470 models from 2003 to 2009. Follow along with our installation below.
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