Toyota 4Runner 1984-1995: Aftermarket Lug Nut Reviews

Shopping for new lug nuts can be a bit of a headache—there are different brands to choose from, and several sizes to choose between. If your first or second generation 4Runner is in need of a new set of lug nuts, then check out these three popular brands.

By Jeffrey Bausch - January 20, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota 4Runner (1984-1995).

Despite the fact that they’re crucial to holding a 4Runner’s wheels in place, lug nuts are often a neglected component that only get replaced when one goes missing, or the wheel begins to look a bit askew. If you find yourself in this situation, then you’d be best served to begin shopping for new lug nuts by checking out these three brands first. They’re the most oft-cited names that 4Runner owners reference when shopping, and despite their popularity, there’s some pretty major differences between them.

Missing lug nuts should be replaced
Figure 1. Missing lug nuts should be replaced.

Aftermarket Lug Nuts

$35 $45 $30
1.36" length 1.45" length 1.4" length
Good Excellent Okay
Limited Long Limited
Best Quality: McGard

Best Value: Gorilla


Gorilla lug nuts for 4Runner

Price – $35

Size – 1.36" length

Performance – Good

Lifespan – Limited

By far the "gorilla" in the market when it comes to advertising and brand awareness, Gorilla’s lug nuts are often the first-viewed lug nuts of anyone shopping for this specific component. While the company’s prices are fair, reviewers often cite the nuts' lack of quality, especially 4Runner drivers, who tend to be a bit more aggressive with their driving (off-roading). Specifically, drivers note the nuts tend to strip after a couple of re-applications; a few even noted rusting.


McGard lug nuts for 4Runner

Price – $45

Size – 1.45" length

Performance – Excellent

Lifespan – Long

Lesser known, but higher priced, are McGard’s lug nuts. If you are looking for a longer-lasting lug nut, that is, one that you can simply apply to your 4Runner’s wheels and forget about for a while, this is the brand to go with. 4Runner drivers who’ve used McGard lug nuts cite the high quality with which these nuts are made, and the long lasting durability that they offer the vehicles. The investment might be a bit more upfront, but you pay for what you get.


Dorman lug nut for 4Runner

Price – $30/set

Size – 1.40" length

Performance – Okay

Lifespan – Limited

In need of a quick fix and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a bunch of lug nuts? Seek out Dorman lug nuts. They’ll do the job for your 4Runner, but don’t expect them to last a long time. According to reviews, they have a faster wear rate than Gorilla, and are made of a lesser quality than McGard.

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