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Suspension Upgrades, Lift Kits and Leveling Kits – Which solution is right for you?

Below is a compiled list of links to other lift kit pages on the site. This is not everything but we do try to update it often. If you see a link on the site that needs to be updated here, let us know.

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A basic overview of lift kits, leveling kits, and suspension lifts for the 4Runner

When it comes to a 4Runner, it only looks right with a lift or leveling kit. There are a few different options available. Deciding on a suspension or leveling kit is a big decision because there are so many options.

In the details below, we only cover the top or most popular options. This is not every option out there. If you know of a kit that needs to be mentioned below, please comment and let us know.

One of the most important factors when lifting is wheels and tires. We get questions almost weekly on “What is the biggest tire size I can fit on my 4Runner” along with trimming areas in your wheel well. So, please read those posts before asking that question, please.

Some of the main questions you will face

  • Difference between level and suspension lift?
  • Stock wheels/tires and new suspension?
  • Running larger tires than stock?
  • Chopping away at your body, fender liners, and wheel well?

If you have stock wheels and tires and you are looking to upgrade your suspension, you should probably look into getting a new set to match your lift. If you add a leveling kit or lift kit with stock wheels and tires, your set-up might not look balanced.

With a 1.5″ front leveling kit only, your 4Runner will look somewhat normal with stock wheels and tires. If you go any higher in the front, for example, a 3.5″ in the front and 2″ in the back, then you might want to buy new tires to balance the look.

Depending on the kit, your wheels and tires may look pretty small with the added height, so this is something to consider.

Suspension Upgrade Vs. Lift Kits Vs. Leveling Kits Vs. Body Lifts

Falcon Suspension - 1" Front and 2" Rear Lift Kit

Pictured: Falcon Suspension – 1″ Front and 2″ Rear Lift Kit

The most common set-ups will be the six items below.

  1. Front Spacer
  2. Front and Rear Spacer
  3. Suspension
  4. Long Travel Suspension
  5. Full Lift Kit
  6. Body Lift

You have front spacer kits (front spacer only), front and rear spacer kits (front and rear spacer), and then you have a suspension kit (Coilovers, Upper Control Arms “UCAs”, rear springs, and rear shocks). The height of these kits range from 1″ – 3.5+” but can be adjusted with adjustable Coilovers.

The next level would be a little more involved. To start, you have your Long Travel Suspension which includes a wide variety of upgraded parts (usually between 3″ – 5″ of height). Then, you have full lift kits (FabTech & ProComp) which are 6″ kits.

Then, you can add a body lift (usually 1″) which separates the body from the frame. Body lifts are a touchy subject among many people in every automotive circle. Enter into a body lift at your own risk.

Suspension

A really good option out there would be to upgrade your suspension. This is going to include upgraded Coilovers, Upper Control Arms (UCAs), rear springs, and rear shocks.

Front and Rear Spacer Kit

The next option is going to be your leveling kit. Leveling kits are great for people who want a lifted look without enhanced off-road functionality and performance of an upgraded suspension system.

Front Leveling Kit

You really just want to level the front. If you do not like the raked look (slanted from back to front) and want to level everything out, you want a front leveling kit.

Level and Suspension Kit Options

ProComp Leveling Kit

  • Pro Comp Front/ Rear Spacer Kit: (Check Price)
  • Height: 3″ Front, 2″ Rear

Bilstein Front and Rear Options

Check out our full install on a Bilstein Lift

  • Front Coilover 6112 (Adjustable 0.8-2.5″): Check Price
  • Rear Shock 5100: Check Price
  • Rear Shock 5160 (remote reservoir): Check Price
  • Dobinsons 1″ rear Spring: Check Price
  • Suggested 2″ rear Spring: OME 2895 or ICON 52700

Check Dobinsons PDF for fitment on rear springs

In the rear springs section, you will see KG (kilograms). Just convert this Lbs to understand how much weight that spring can support (100KG = 220lbs).

If you are planning on an aftermarket rear bumper (200lbs) rear drawer system plus a fridge (300lbs), then you want a spring that is designed to support that much weight. You are not just looking at the lift height of the springs but the weight rating as well. You first want to decide whether you want 2″ or 3″ of lift in the back, then decide how much weight you need to support. If you know you are going to add 500lbs to the back of your 4Runner, get a spring rated to support 500lbs.

Icon 3.5″ front and 2″ rear suspension – Stage 2

These are the parts that make a stage 2. If you buy all the parts separately, you will save almost $200 (depending on state tax) as opposed to buying from Icon directly. I wish I would have known this before we bought ours. We paid almost $3000 after tax buying directly. Parting these options together will get you closer to $2500, and yes these are all the correct part numbers regardless of what Amazon says.

Limited Edition XREAS front level only

  • 1.5″ Spacer = Exactly Level: Price
  • 2.0″ Spacer = 1/8″ Higher than level in the front: Price

Difference Between Leveling Kit and Suspension Kit

  • Mod #1 – Leveling Kit
  • Mod #2 – Lift Kit

Below we are going to look at the lift and leveling option as well as suspension options.

#1 – Leveling Kit – Pro Comp Level Kit – $350

Pro Comp Level Kit - 5th Gen 4Runner

A leveling kit is typically done through a set of spacers on top of your factory struts and springs. Spacers are made of metal, rubber or a wide variety of other materials. Spacer kits offer a good introductory solution to getting your truck off the ground. Spacers come with benefits and downsides.

The reason why most owners install a leveling kit (front only) or a leveling-lift kit (front and rear) is cost. Spacer kits are cheap. With an average range of $100-$300, spacers offer an affordable solution to lifting your truck. Some owners might also install a leveling kit because that might be all they need.

With a leveling kit, you are not going to see an increase in on-road or off-road performance. If you buy a leveling kit, do not expect your 4Runner to handle any better (body roll, nose dive, etc.). This might actually get worse with a spacer kit. With the addition of a spacer kit, you may experience a more floaty feel, more body roll and even more nose dive than stock. But, this all depends on what leveling kit you buy. Not all leveling kits are made the same.

For the most part, leveling kits and leveling-lift kits serve as an affordable alternative to a suspension lift but with very few of the important features of a true suspension (coilovers, rear springs, rear shocks, and UCAs).

#2 – Suspension – Icon Stage 2 Suspension Kit – $3000

Icon Stage 2 Suspension Lift Kit - 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner

A complete suspension upgrade is going to offer better on-road and off-road performance.

Coilovers (Front Shocks)

In the picture above, you see a set of coilovers (coil spring over shock). These specific coilovers are adjustable which means you can adjust your ride height in the front. This is also known as preload (adjusting the height on your coilovers). In this case with the Icons, we can adjust our preload from 0-3.5″ and even higher but above 3.5″ is not recommended. Too much preload can make for a very stiff/bouncy/uncomfortable ride.

Adjustable and non-adjustable suspension systems typically perform much better than factory struts and springs. With an aftermarket coilover, you will often see an increased ride-quality on-road (stiffer than factory) and off-road (looser, more flex ride). This is why most owners prefer an aftermarket suspension system. It offers benefits both on and off-road.

Upper Control Arms (UCAs)

Then you have upper control arms (UCAs). UCAs are are a part that connects your suspension system to the frame. This articulating part manages the up and down range of motion that your wheels go through. Depending on the height/ preload on your coilovers, you may need UCAs. With a height of 3″ on your front coilovers, most companies recommend aftermarket UCAs. Aftermarket UCAs combined with larger shocks usually allow you to reach that happy medium 2° to 4° of caster or returning close to factory alignment.

Rear Springs 

In the back, you have rear shocks and rear springs. Springs handle your actual lift and can range in levels of load rate capacity. You have multi-rate springs, progressive-rate, dual-rate springs, and linear-rate springs. Each of these springs have their place in different suspension systems. Depending on the type of system you are going for will depend on the type of spring you will want.

Rear Shocks

Rear shocks are simple, they range in travel (how long is the shock) depending on the ride height of your rear springs. Larger shocks allow for more travel (longer up and down range of motion). Shocks can come with remote reservoirs that have more oil. More reservoirs = more oil = more heat dissipation. The more heat dissipation you have, the harder and longer you can push your shocks. Think about a Baja trophy truck racing through the desert, you want large reservoirs to support that amount of abuse on the shocks.

Understand the Types of Suspensions

  • Stock or Shocks and Springs: You have a coil-spring, independent double-wishbone (upper and lower control arms) front suspension with a stabilizer bar in the front. For the rear, you have a coil-spring 4 link with lateral rod rear suspension with a stabilizer bar in the rear. (Comes on most SR5s) – Check out our post on the strut spacer leveling kit install for the SR5 for more information.
  • X-REAS Independent Counterpart Shocks: (Connects the Passenger Rear right to Driver Front Left and Vice Versa). X-REAS helps lessen body sway, pitch, and roll.
  • K.D.S.S. Great for On and Off-Road: OFF-ROAD: Hydraulic Oil flows in loops from the front and rear cylinder which means the cylinder is not locked. ON-ROAD: Hydraulic Oil flow against each other from the front and rear cylinder which means the cylinder is locked. (Comes on Trail and TRD Off-Road models).
    • Note: KDSS will limit your travel due to the KDSS specific sway bar. If you intend on going past 6″ of lift or want to run a long-travel suspension, KDSS may give you extra challenges.

Top Brands for Lifts & Leveling Kits

  • Daystar
  • Revtek
  • Readylift
  • Rough Country
  • Truxxx
  • Toytec
  • Procomp
  • Radflo
  • Bilstein
  • Old Man Emu (OME)
  • Falcon
  • Fox
  • Icon
  • KING
  • Dirt King (Long Travel)
  • Total Chaos (Long Travel)

Different Options for Suspension Kits & Leveling Kits

  • TRD PRO Bilstein Shocks w/ TRD-tuned Front Springs – $1500+
  • Leveling Kit: Daystar – $150
  • Leveling Kit: Toytec – $250
  • Lift/Leveling Kit: Pro Comp Nitro – $350
  • Spacer Kit With Coils: Rough County – $200
  • Spacer Kit with Coils: Toytec – $320
  • Non-Rebuildable Coilovers & Shocks: Bilstein 5100 – $400
  • Non-Rebuildable Coilovers & Shocks: OME – $900-$1200 with Options
  • Non-Rebuildable Coilovers & Shocks: Pro Comp – $600
  • Rebuildable/Adjustable: Icon – $1800+ (Multiple Stages)
  • Rebuildable/Adjustable: KING – $2000+ (Multiple Stages)
  • Rebuildable/Adjustable: Total Chaos Long Travel – $3000+

This is all completely subjective and heavily relies on your knowledge of your suspension needs.

How to decide which is right for you?

Deciding which of these is for you will depend on how you drive.

If your 4Runner is a street princess or you are going for appearance only, you might want to buy a basic leveling kit. But a leveling kit might also make your on-road driving a bit more floaty than stock. A leveling kit is just a means to an end. Leveling kits typically do not solve common issues like body roll and nose dive that are commonly experienced with our factory suspension.

If you plan for mild terrain, you may want to look at a mid-level suspension kit with adjustable clip coilovers as this will have the most flexibility off-road. This would be the Bilstein 6112 front coils and a 5100 or 5160 (remote reservoir) rear shock. You would also need a rear spring like a Dobinsons, Ico or OME spring.

If you plan to explore aggressive terrain, you might want to look into a fully adjustable threaded suspension like ICON, KING, Fox, or Radflo. These suspensions will offer the most up and down travel all while being rebuildable when that day comes. Taking it all the way with long travel would get you Total Chaos or Dirt King.

Conclusion

Before buying any of these, understand which suspension you have.

If you have an SR5, the options are going to much different than if you have X-REAS. Alternatively, if you have KDSS on your Trail Edition or TRD Off-Road, your options are going to be somewhat similar compared to the SR5.

Keep in mind, KDSS does have a hydraulic stabilizer bar front and rear that prevents you from going to high. We have hit 4.5″ of lift in the front with KDSS and have had no problems. So unless you want to go with a 6″ Fabtech lift, you should be fine with KDSS under 5″.

X-REAS is really the only thorn in your side. Most websites and manufacturers do a good job of categorizing their products so you will know for sure if the kit fits.

You can always rip off your X-REAS or KDSS if you want to go higher, but do your research before you go pulling parts off.

Do your research and understand what you are buying.

If you need a solid company that you can call anytime, call Metal Tech 4×4. They are super cool, incredibly helpful and always around to answer any of your questions. Whether you are just getting started or looking to upgrade your current system, they make it all pretty simple and easy.

If you purchase a $3000 suspension and plan on doing it yourself, you should plan on having the right tools for the job.

If you are looking at spending $300 on a leveling kit, you may want to increase that dollar amount and just buy a Bilstein 6112/5100 kit. A full suspension is typically under $1000 and will work for many owners out there. Read that article. Lots of details in there.

Do you really need to spend the money? 

You don’t need a $2000 lift kit if you intend on rolling around your local mall. Sometimes guys overspend thinking they “need” extended travel lift kits like an ICON or KING. If you are going to do mostly forest service roads, a $1000 Bilstein should get the job done. If you are spending $6000 on an Icon stage 7 or big money on a Long Travel (LT) system… have fun!!

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Rome
Rome
July 12, 2019 3:32 pm

Great article! I own a 2010 T4R Limited. Last year I finally replaced my XREAS with the FJ Bilstein TRD Pro kit #PTR13-35140 (includes the purty red 600lb 14”x3” coils). I’m happy with the how the runner handles, I got about 1” upfront reducing some of the nose dive and I was able to fit 285 KO2s! Now I’m interested in more clearance for my occasional offroad trails. In my research, I found that the FJ kit’s spring perch sits 1” lower than a T4R. With that said, what would you suggest if I wanted to get another 2” lift… Read more »

Charlie
Charlie
June 1, 2019 5:42 pm

Will a suspension kit fix the rake issue, or will I need a level kit as well?

andy crisconi
andy crisconi
May 27, 2019 1:52 pm

Thank you! This is a great article, but I’m still confused about the best option for me. I have a 2019 4Runner TRD Off-Road with stock suspension. I am looking to upgrade the suspension to improve the on and off road handing, nose dive… I am off-road probably 40% of the time on our rocky Colorado trails. I do not necessarily need a lift, but ok if the upgrade adds a bit of lift. I am open to your suggestions on what would be best.

Thanks,

Andy

Max Sheehan - @life.to.the.max
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Max Sheehan - @life.to.the.max
May 27, 2019 8:53 pm
Reply to  andy crisconi

Andy // It all comes down to budget and how much you want to spend short term / long term. A basic kit such as an Old Man Emu Nitro lift kit is simple, cheaper and effective. It will help level the front, and reduce dreaded nose dive. If you want to upgrade performance, the King Shocks OEM Performance kit will work from stock height to 2.5″ without a problem. The shocks will be rebuildable and will perform much better off-road, but for a price… The route I took was to drive the heck out of the stock suspension, and… Read more »

Andy
Andy
May 28, 2019 8:43 am

Thanks Max. The sound advice is much appreciated.

Neal
Neal
April 16, 2019 10:35 pm

I have a ’17 TRD Pro and am looking to get rid of a little front rake but not necessarily being completely level. I don’t want to risk being too nose up if I’m towing anything or have a loaded down back-end. What size/product would you recommend? 1″ level on the front?

Max Sheehan - @life.to.the.max
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Max Sheehan - @life.to.the.max
May 27, 2019 8:49 pm
Reply to  Neal

Spacers, or levelers on the front can work if all you want is to change the height of the vehicle and add/change nothing about the performance. They’re cheap and effective, just be sure to add a spacer to your stock bump stops or upgrade to a Durobump bump stop to keep your stock shock undamaged in the event of a full compression cycle.

David Payne
David Payne
March 26, 2019 4:02 pm

I have a 2019 TRD Pro 4 Runner was wondering if the make a leaving kit for the front since they change the shocks to Fox?

Jeff
Jeff
February 20, 2019 3:50 pm

Hi Brenan. I’ve read your posts many times, solicited opinions from groups and forums and watched hundreds of videos. Unfortunately, I’m still clueless about what I should do. I have a 2018 TRD OR with KDSS. It’s my daily driver and I love how it handles on road. However, I also want to hit the trails, get wet and muddy and be able to climb an occasional rock pile or two. I figure lift/suspension and tires first and then maybe a lo pro winch bumper, skids and sliders as time and $$$ allows. Can you suggest the best lift /suspension… Read more »

Charlie Nguyen
Charlie Nguyen
February 12, 2019 11:33 pm

What tire size did you end up moving forward with on this lift? I’m considering on fitting closer to 34″ tires on my rig, something in between 285/75/17 or 305/70/17s. If I can go a tad bit bigger than 34s than that would be awesome! I know I’ll be looking on BMC and diff drop. Any suggestions?

Jake Haire
Jake Haire
January 28, 2019 5:01 pm

I Have a 2018 4Runner SR5 and all I’m looking for is either a 1.5″-2.5″ Leveling Kit or a 2″-3″ Lift. I’m not too sure what to get as I’m fairly new to all of this. I’m not much of an offroader either, mainly just for looks. I’ve been looking around at some Fox parts along with Daystar but I honestly have no idea what I’m looking for and could really use some guidance for what I all need. Any suggestions?

Jake Haire
Jake Haire
February 1, 2019 9:51 am

I looked through the Bilstein article and I think I might settle on th 5100 considering that the Spacers might effect the ride quality. My local shop has a deal on a set of Fox 2.0 Performance Series IFP Shocks I was wondering if those would work along with the Icon springs?

Jake Haire
Jake Haire
January 28, 2019 4:56 pm

I Have a 2018 4Runner SR5 and all I’m looking for is either a 1.5″-2.5″ Leveling Kit or a 2″-3″ Lift. I’m not too sure what to get as I’m fairly new to all of this. I’m not much of an offroader either, mainly just for looks. I’ve been looking around at some Fox parts along with Daystar but I honestly have no idea what I’m looking for. Any suggestions?

Doug Pierce
Doug Pierce
January 26, 2019 11:29 am

Do you know how much the 2″ in front and 1″ in rear raise the total unit? My tires/wheels are in and I need to make a decision on this but parking in a garage and hope to be able to add the ARB flat alloy rack as well. Just trying to get measurements down and couldn’t find it.

Doug
Doug
January 18, 2019 4:59 am

Thanks …I was leaning just 2″ in the front but now reconsidering.

Doug
Doug
January 17, 2019 12:51 pm

For an everyday driver that will be on more soft terrain (forrest roads, etc.) vs true ‘offloading’, would you recommend 2″ level or 3″ lift (2 up front 1 in rear)?

I want to improve my 4Runner, but being an everyday driver I’m just not sure how big to go. Clearly, the 3″ looks much better IMO.

Chris
Chris
January 15, 2019 7:11 pm

What would you recomend for aftermarket suspension that offer no lift to lift and can withstand winter weather conditions. I’ve heard winter weather can be rough on aftermarket coil overs.

Kaela
Kaela
December 20, 2018 3:52 pm

Hey there!
I have a 2017 4runner SR5 and just recently got the Revtek 432 3″ front/2.5″ Rear Suspension lift with the rear shocks included. I’ll be installing with a buddy of mine that has done one before, but I have not. Any tips or tricks that you recommend for me?? thanks so much, this site has been awesome for me as i am new in the 4runner world!!

Casey Chhetri
Casey Chhetri
December 7, 2018 12:37 am

Hi Brenan,
First of all, thanks for sharing the knowledge and creating this very informative site for 4Runner enthusiasts. I am considering a Pro Comp/leveling kit and wondering if new 2″ long studs are needed in the rear or just factory will work. If 2″ longer studs are needed (?) and can I combine factory (front) and Bilstein 5100 in the rears. If the lift is 3/2″ front/back what size tires can I run into TRD SEMA wheels?
Thank you.
Casey

Casey
Casey
December 7, 2018 6:16 am

Thanks Brenan,
But if it does not hurt the vehicle, can I still install +2” rear shocks (Bilstein 5100), and keep the original (factory ‘s setting) for front? or is there any benefit of doing this?

Casey
Casey
December 7, 2018 4:17 pm

If I elect to go with 285 size tire, does the trimming involves plastics only or metals too?

larry s broad
larry s broad
December 2, 2018 2:36 pm

all i can say is bilstein do it rite the first time. don’t do like i did with spacers all that other crap the bilstein 5100 set up is perfect for me anyway mostly street. but i can still hang with the big boys.

Sean
Sean
December 2, 2018 3:11 am

I really like this blog with actual information.

I own a 2018 4Runner limited. I’m looking for a good strut spacer kit so I can fit a slightly larger tire. What spacer kit do you recommend?

Thanks,

Sean

James
James
November 30, 2018 12:50 am

Awesome! Thanks again for the help Brenan.

James
James
November 24, 2018 2:55 am

Brenan, I could really use your help. I recently bought a 2018 4Runner SR5 that the dealership already installed a Rough Country 3 in. lift, 295/55/R20 Toyo RTs and 20×9 Fuel Renegade rims. I unfortunately did not test drive it well enough because by the end of my first week of ownership I discovered the short comings of this setup…on-road comfort! My rig is very uncomfortable to drive on my city’s streets, surrounding highways and certain parts of the nearby interstate. I get a lot of steering feedback, bad roads feel even worse and most times it feels like my… Read more »

James
James
November 26, 2018 5:09 pm

Brenan,

I appreciate your response and help on this. I will check out everything and make a decision. My Rough Country kit did come with rear shocks, so I might keep those, like you suggested, to keep costs down. What are your thoughts on upgrading UCA’s? Waste of money or useful for my situation?

James
James
November 26, 2018 11:02 pm

Okay, it’ll probably come down to how much I’m willing to spend at this point. I may see what happens when I upgrade to the 6112/2” spring in back combo and if I think I need them, then add them later on. If I have more questions, what’s the best way to continue this conversation? Instagram DM? I have several more so I don’t want to crowd out the comments section with them all. Thanks again for the help.

larry s broad
larry s broad
November 5, 2018 10:31 am

hey brenan well went to ojai and ventura had a great time went wheeling at the devils gulch and the locker made a huge difference i was awesome. also went to the swimming hole in matillaha canyon took me back to when i was a kid growing up down there. you need to go down one day i will send you directions of you want. talk to you later larry b

Ron
Ron
November 3, 2018 10:24 pm

Brenan, I’m going to purchase a ’19 TRD Off-Road Premium then adding an ICON Stage 2 kit, should I be getting one with or without the KDSS option?

Ron
Ron
November 5, 2018 2:04 am

Brenan, thanks so much for taking the time to reply

francisco
francisco
October 5, 2018 2:01 pm

I was at the dealer and he told me I had to remove K.D.S.S. first.

Francisco Valenzuela
Francisco Valenzuela
October 5, 2018 2:39 am

If i have K.D.S.S. . Is it true that I cannot upgrade to, for example Bilstein shocks, and keep the K.D.S.S. system? I like the K.D.S.S. but i would like to reduce some of the nose dive and gain about 1 inch.

Is there a another option for me?
thanks

Gabe
Gabe
October 1, 2018 10:58 am

Cool. Thanks. I have a 3” lift and putting 33’s on this week. I don’t think I’ll have to trim as much as with your 34’s but I’m certain I’ll have to move the liner and possibly trim the front bumper. Great website!

Gabe
Gabe
September 29, 2018 3:26 pm

Thanks. Do you have any videos of trimming the front bumper/wheel wells for bigger tires? Having trouble finding this information.

larry s broad
larry s broad
September 15, 2018 12:01 pm

hey brenan i finally found a e locker going to install it this week end wasn’t cheep but i think it is worth it. i will find out when i go to so cal in a couple weeks.

Brian E
Brian E
September 13, 2018 2:18 pm

Hey Brenan – love your website, packed full of great information! About to pull the trigger on a Bilstein 6112/5160 lift kit and am wondering if I should also throw in aftermarket UCA’s while I’m at it? My 2015 Trail w/out KDSS is a DD and 99% street princess so I’m wondering if new UCA’s would make any difference on-road? I noticed you kept your stock UCA’s on your Bilstein install post and was curious why?

Nathan Daniel Creach
Nathan Daniel Creach
August 29, 2018 6:56 pm

Brenan, You said in an earlier post that the “nose dive” was an issue. I wanted to get some perspective and had a few questions about that. Is the “nose dive” caused by the factory rake ( lower in the front, higher in the back) ? And is the factory rake there by design for towing and handling or is it more of an engineering over sight? The reason I ask is I’ve been wanting to lift my truck 3 inches and increase tire size but Ive never been sold on the “leveling” for several reasons. One, I like the… Read more »

Mike K.
Mike K.
July 31, 2018 1:19 pm

I just bought 18′ SR5 and see someone in my town selling a stock 17′ TRD PRO suspension with Toytec 2″ spacer lift and the UCA’s. I am looking for a raised look and want to throw on some 275/70/17 to the truck. How much of an “upgrade” will the TRD PRO suspension be from my stock SR5 suspension?

Larry steven Broad
Larry steven Broad
July 25, 2018 6:48 am

brenan i got my swag thanks so much already put some on my 4runner i really like the r 4 ones look cool on my rear window again thanks larry b

Bill
Bill
July 24, 2018 2:24 pm

I’ve seen a few references to installing lift kit with KDSS but am still a little fuzzy on the answer. I have a 2015 trail premium with KDSS and have purchased a 1″ to 1.5″ lift kit with differential drop spacer bolts. Just trying to raise the front a little. Would like to know if there are issues I am getting into, aside from alignment.

Cole Gabrian
Cole Gabrian
July 18, 2018 5:26 pm

Hello there, love the website and valuable information, as I am a new 4runner owner. I have the TRD off road with KDSS and was just curious if you could recommend a leveling spacer kit that would get me about 3 inches in the front and a 1 1/2 in the rear? I could be wrong, but seems like most spacer kits say they don’t work with KDSS.

larrybroad47
larrybroad47
July 5, 2018 8:14 am

5100 2.3 series did not want to go any higher because it wears out all your suspension parts very fast. But I also replaced all my suspension parts at the same time. Sold all the 3″ parts on craigslist for not much less then I paid for them, I got lucky.

larrybroad47
larrybroad47
June 25, 2018 2:50 pm

also you do not want to go more than 2″ on your lift it will wear out all your suspension parts prematurely like half shaft ball joints bearings sway bar links just everything in general. and when you do replace your struts and shocks it a good idea to replace your sway bar end links or at least the rubber donuts on them and the lower ball joints and don’t get cheap aftermarket part get toyota part only that way you won’t have to replace them again trust me i made that mistake and had to replace all the work… Read more »

Mel1725
Mel1725
July 4, 2018 11:52 pm
Reply to  larrybroad47

Hi larrybroad47,

I got my 2018 Off Road Premium from Camelback Toyota also! I’m just curious what setup you’re running since I’m looking for a 2.5-3’ lift on mine. Did you change your setup after those issues you had with the suspension parts wearing out?

larrybroad47
larrybroad47
June 25, 2018 2:24 pm

i have a 3erd gen 4runner and i got over size bilstein shocks and struts that gave me a inch and a half lift without any spacers and my truck is perfectly level and it drives great and has tons of travel when i go off road. larry b

larrybroad47
larrybroad47
June 23, 2018 12:43 pm

wow i have a lot to learn!!

Max
Max
June 23, 2018 12:18 am

Hey Brenan, thank you for this awesome website. For my needs i will simply want a 1.5″ front leveling kit for a 2017 SR5 4×4. However my local shop (which has a good reputation) advised me against it stating that those spacers (no matter which brand) will create a lot of vibrations up to 65-75mph. both on 4runners and Tacoma. Have you heard or experienced anything similar? Thank you so much again!!!

Garrett
Garrett
June 21, 2018 4:53 pm

I’m about to lift my 2018 4runner TRD Off Road Premium and put on 285/70/17 tires. How do you go about re-calibrating the speedometer for the change in tire size so that my speed is accurate? Is this something that my shop should do when they install? I have also read places that the re-calibration is not needed and that the 5th gens cannot be re-calibrated. Does anybody have any info on this when they changed to larger tires?

Todd
Todd
June 12, 2018 8:41 pm

Ive been adding mods to my 2015 4rnr TRD Pro…3” readylift level adding 285/70/17…but with the pelfrybilt front bumper and CBI full swing gate rear bumper, gobi stealth rack…winches lights beer chest, recovery gear,….you get the picture, my weight is getting up there and loaded actually sitting low a tad in the rear. My question is where do I gain this back? Upgrade the rear coils (icon overland?) or coilovers? I was trying to stay away from messing with the stock TRD PRO suspension. Any more weight RTT? And I might have to….sorry fort the long post, your thoughts?

Todd
Todd
June 14, 2018 3:02 am

Thank you Brennan! That’s what I needed to to hear! I’ll try to post soon. Now I just need to find a reputable local to put this stuff on! Lol

Jeff B
Jeff B
May 1, 2018 1:07 pm

What suspension mods and tire size are you running in the picture at the top of this page? Are you also running spacers?

Jeff
Jeff
May 2, 2018 4:38 pm

It looks great.

John
John
October 3, 2018 5:54 pm

Brenan this site is incredible. I just picked up my 18 ORP and am now getting ready to get it up to speed with the FJ I traded in.
Did you have to do any body work on the pic above to stop rubbing?
I love that look.

Nick
Nick
April 27, 2018 7:37 pm

I picked up a 2018 TRD Offroad ~2 months ago and negotiated to have the TRD Pro Suspension (PTR13-89160) installed ‘at port’ as a dealer option prior to picking up the vehicle for 1700$ Installed. Tough to be that price.

Mark
Mark
April 19, 2018 11:11 pm

I have Bilstein 5100 ready to install on my 2016 sr5 and plan on the 2.5 lift in front. Original idea to put 1.5 spacer in back for the level. Since most 1.5 rear springs seem to really be more like a 2 inch lift, I just figured on the spacer to get level. This will be mostly daily driver with some very light off road. I just noticed the Dobinsons 1 inch spring which claims to be more like a 1.25 – 1.5 rear lift. Do you think that would be a better way to go?

Ivan Cruz
Ivan Cruz
April 19, 2018 6:27 pm

Have a 2016 trail 4Runner. Wondering if the rough country lift will work with this model. The website says if you have the X-REAS it will not. And tried to call and they don’t even know. So if anyone has used that lift for any trails please let me know.

Travis
Travis
April 17, 2018 10:01 pm

Bilstein 5100’s all the way around with factory springs (for now). Trying to decide on settings for the front. Ive looked at photos, but nothing in person. Either 0.85″ or 1.75″ in the front and no spacers, or would you do 1.75″ in the front and a spacer? Offroad shop said 1.75″ no spacer. Sticking with 265 70 17 tires. Probably a nitto G2.

Max
Max
June 23, 2018 9:24 pm
Reply to  Travis

Hey I’m looking to do the same shocks but only in the front to avoid spacers. Leave the rear the way it is. Also stock size tires. What settings did you you decide eventually? Can you post any pics? Thank you

Gage
Gage
April 4, 2018 5:13 am

Brenan, 2018 SR5 Premium here. Looking for the best suspension kit that has the most value. I live by the rule of buy nice or buy twice. 1st goal is to achieve 3″ of lift and outfit my rig with 285 Nitto Trail Grapplers. 2nd Goal is to have a plush highway ride that also can handle MOST of what I throw at it offroad. I would classify myself as a noob when it comes to off-roading, but as my skill level progresses, I want my 4runner to be able to handle well. After doing much research, I’ve been leaning… Read more »

Gage
Gage
April 5, 2018 3:37 am

Thanks so much man! Have any suggestions on where to buy the kit from??

Brian
Brian
March 27, 2018 4:34 am

Brenan, 2017 LTD 4wd here, 80% of highway and 20% city drivings and I am planning to hit on some trails on weekends and I also plan to do some mild off-roading(gravel, sands) in the future. What suspension lift kit would you recommend? The reason why I don’t want leveling kit is that I am a firm believer of you get what you pay for and according to guys who have used spacers, then replaced them with the suspension lifts on their 4runners and Tacomas, they only enhance the appearance of the truck and serve no true uses, so I… Read more »

Kale
Kale
March 5, 2018 8:15 pm

So I just bought a 2018 4runner TRD Off-road Premium in Super White. I know you have lift options posted on here (the pro comp I believe) but, if I’m reading it correctly, when I go to the product, it says it either doesn’t fit my 18 or that they don’t make it anymore. I have found couple of other ones out there which leads to my second question. If I do a leveling kit, they have options with or without replacing the inner shocks. What is your advice on that? Should I get just the spacers for a couple… Read more »

Nicholas Sorrentino
Nicholas Sorrentino
April 12, 2018 4:21 pm

I have a 2018 as well, I think its just that some of the companys have not updated their info for 2018 models, so they’re just not in the system yet. If you look for 2017 parts you might have more success

Shaf
Shaf
January 21, 2018 5:34 pm

I have a 2017 SR5 base and i am interested in putting the complete TRD Pro suspension system pictured on this page: https://trail4runner.com/trd-5th-gen-4runner-lift-kits-suspension/. I have gone to various links that sell the TRD suspension but I am not sure if it is all I need. The article on that page also references other parts that make up the complete TRD suspension system. Can you please direct me to the exact TRD Pro suspension system I need for my 2017 SR5? I want to to make sure I am getting it all and the proper parts. Thanks.

Shaf
Shaf
January 22, 2018 1:34 pm

Thank you for the info.

Brian
Brian
March 12, 2018 7:16 am
Reply to  Shaf

I went through the same decision on mine and ended up with the ICON. My buddy was the trd pro with the bilistiens. Could be me making it up in m6 head but my stage 2 ICON feels better and I can upgrade it when freed up $$ allows or I ge5 more and more into this….

Kayla
Kayla
January 6, 2018 4:07 am

I have a 2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited. I have been looking for a leveling kit to fit mine. I have been have trouble because they are saying that it would make my tire sensors would go off.. or be faulty and cause issues. Do you have any suggestions? Or know if a leveling kit?

Jason Ocker
Jason Ocker
January 17, 2019 5:22 pm
Reply to  Kayla

I have a 5th gen limited that I had lifted 3 inch front, 2 in the back, with revtek spacers, no sensor issues. However it steers like crap, didn’t know alignment would become an issue. Apparently if you only do 2 inch up front alignment can still be properly set.

David
David
January 3, 2018 4:31 am

So on the OME website, it doesn’t offer lift kits available for 5th Gen 4runners. Could someone help me find a lift kit by them for a 2011 5th gen 4runner trail?

Oscar Mendoza
Oscar Mendoza
July 8, 2018 8:11 am
Reply to  David

Hello
First off I would like to thank you for this great information! It just doesn’t get better than this.
My question is, how do you prevent rake on suspension systems and are hard springs recommended only when there is significant weight from winches and bumpers?

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