4Runner Toytec leveling Kit Vs. Stock Stance on the 5th Gen 4Runner
The 4Runner on the right is a 2014 TE (Trail Edition) KDSS and the 4Runner on the left is a 5th Gen 2016 SR5. They would look almost identical if they were both stock OEM off the lot.
The 4Runner on the right has a Toytec 2.5″ (Tac2.5), leveling kit on the front and a Daystar 1.5″ rear spacer. The SR5 on the left is stock for now but awaiting its Pro Comp leveling kit to be installed here in the next couple weeks.
Remember, 1.5″ is exactly level in the front. If you are looking for a front leveling kit only, you would want a 1.5″ leveling kit. We also put together a good overview on leveling kits so if you want to read about the different types of kits and other options, check that article out.
Also, I think Toytec discontinued their leveling kit because all of their links stopped working and it kept saying out of stock. The Revtek is a very comparable option. Check out the front option only, below.
Front & Rear Leveling Kit Options
After the Pro Comp leveling kit is installed on the SR5, we will remove the Toytec 2.5″ leveling kit on the trail edition and replace it with an Icon Stage 2. We decided to purchase the Icon stage 2 over the Icon stage 1 because of the extended travel coilovers. If you have not seen that suspension, you should check it out.
OEM Stance on the 5th Gen 2016 SR5 4Runner
As for the stance, look, feel and drive of the stock 5th Gen 2016 SR5 4Runner, I was not impressed. After driving around for a couple of days in the stock SR5 4Runner, I found myself constantly annoyed.
From massive body roll to a loosey-goosey steering wheel to horrible nose dive, the stock suspension on the SR5 is no good. This may sound like I hate the stock SR5, I don’t. The problem is going from a 4Runner with KDSS suspension to a stock SR5 4Runner with no upgraded suspension parts.
The stock SR5 was in need of something bad, which is why we just bought a set of aftermarket wheels, tires, and a Pro Comp Level Kit. This is not going to help the body roll, nose dive or cornering but at least its a mod. For the sake of the blog we wanted to do a step by step install on the leveling kit. After we install the leveling kit, we will install new coilovers, upgraded rear springs, and Upper Control Arms (UCAs). This will then help with the body roll, more stable braking and better on-road/ off-road performance.
With that being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a leveling kit, you just don’t see the same benefits as you would with an upgraded suspension system.
The Toytec 2.5″ Level Kit
Here is the best part, the Toytec 2.5″ leveling kit is less than $200. At that price, you really can’t go wrong. It is a very simple level kit and a simple install process. We do not have the step by step install on this kit but we should have another one coming up soon so stay tuned. We will keep you informed on other level kit installs.