4Runner Spacer Leveling Kit Install
Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit – Step by Step Install
2016 SR5 3″ Spacer Lift Kit with KO2 275/55R20 Tires & Fuel Vapor 20″ Wheels
Step by Step Pro Comp Front Spacer and Rear Spacer on 4Runner
This specific Install will be done on the third 4Runner in our family, the 2016 SR5. This Pro Comp level kit is one of the largest leveling kits that you can get. Any larger, you would want to upgrade your suspension.
There are so many options when it comes to 4Runner leveling kits, it’s on you to decide what’s right for your daily driving and off-road driving needs.
For now, we are running with a simple leveling kit on our 2016 SR5 (mostly roaming around town). This kit will live on this 4Runner for quite a while.
Let’s see how the install goes.
Pro Comp 3″ Front, 2″ Rear
- Pro Comp Model #65210K (Check Today’s Price)
- Similar Kit for 2018+ (Check Today’s Price)
- Front lift method: Strut Spacers
- Rear lift method: Coil Spring Spacers
- Max Tire Size: 33 Inch
- Front Coilover: Bilstein 47-259768 B8 6112 (Adjustable 0-2.55″)
- Rear Shock: Bilstein 33-187174 2″ Lift Rear Shock
Limited Edition with XREAS (Front Level)
- 1.5″ Spacer = Exactly Level (Check this kit out)
- 2.0″ Spacer = 1/8″ Higher in the front (Check this kit out)
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Big Thanks to Jimmy at SnailTrail4x4. Good times, good laughs and a whole lotta fun.
Step #1 – Measure Front & Rear From Center of Hub
This is an optional step, but it helps to determine if you executed the spacer kit install correctly. Measure the height from your hub to the body on the front and rear. Note these numbers as you will measure again after the lift is complete. Make sure that your numbers match up with your leveling kits numbers.
Step #2 – Crack Wheel Lug Nuts Before Lifting
This should be an obvious one but we will throw it in. Crack your lug nuts before lifting your 4Runner. If you fail to do so, your wheel will spin when you try to remove the wheel.
Step #3 – Lift and Jack
After you crack your lug nuts, lift your 4Runner with a Jack and then place Jack Stands under your frame. You will want a decent amount of room to work with underneath so try to get your jack stands as high as possible.
Step #4 – Loosen Front Strut Assembly (Top of Strut)
You want to loosen most bolts on your front strut assembly for this leveling kit install. It doesn’t really matter which order you do this. We started with the top and worked our way down. Start with the top of the front strut bolts by loosening them.
Step #5 – Loosen Strut Assembly (Cam Bolt x2, Strut Bolt x1, Lower Control Arm Knuckle Bolt x2)
Moving towards the bottom of the strut assembly, you will find 5 additional bolts:
- Cam Bolts X 2
- Strut Bolt X 1
- Lower Control Arm (LCA) Knuckle Mount Bolts X 2
Just crack and loosen these bolts for now. We will be removing them later.
Step #6A – Remove Skid Plate
Removing skid plate requires the removal of 6 bolts. There are 2 10mm bolts, 4 12mm bolts, and one plastic cap. Unscrew these bolts and remove the skid plate. There are two tabs on the skid plate that lock into the frame. This will take some skill maneuvering through this but if you have two people, it should go quicker.
Step #6B – Save Hardware OEM Skid Plate
Place your skid plate to the side. Unless you want to throw it away, you will be using all OEM parts to put it back together.
Step #7 – Knock Out Strut Bolt (Rubber Mallet & Punch)
Using a rubber mallet and a punch, knock your strut bolt out.
Step #8 – Support Lower Control Arm with Jack
While the lower control arm (LCA) is still connected to the knuckle, support it with a jack. By doing this, you can support the lower control arm while unbolting the knuckle mount.
Step #9 – Remove Lower Control Arm Knuckle Mount Bolts
Remove both lower control arm knuckle mount bolts.
Step #10 – Remove Front Strut
Once you have removed the lower control arm knuckle mount bolts and all other connected bolts, drop out the front strut. When dropping out the front strut, you may need to wiggle things around a bit. They can be stubborn.
Step #11 – Secure Strut Spacer to Front Strut
Place your new front strut spacer leveling kit on top of the OEM Strut or aftermarket struts if you have them. Using the OEM hardware, bolt down the front strut spacer leveling kit on top of the strut. You are now ready to re-install the front strut back into place.
Step #12 – Insert Front Strut Assembly
Lift your front strut assembly yup through the upper control arm (UCA) and into place. Lightly screw bolts back down securing the front strut into place.
Step #13 – Notice Correct and Incorrect Placement of Front Strut
Please note that we installed the front strut but we did not line up the strut with the lower control arm. Be aware that there is a correct placement of the strut back into and onto the lower control arm.
Step #14A – Tighten LCA Knuckle Bolts & Strut Bolt w/ Torque Wrench
Once you have everything in place, jack up the lower control arm. By jacking up the lower control arm, you can align everything much easier and it takes less manpower. Continue to tightening your LCA knuckle bolts along with your strut bolts. Use your torque wrench with the appropriate torque.
Step #14B – Tighten Cam Bolts with Torque Wrench
Be sure to torque down both cam bolts.
Step #15 – Replace Skid Plate
Once you have all bolts torqued down, replace your skid plate with the OEM hardware and provided pacer hardware.
Step #16 – Getting Started on the Rear Coil Spring Spacer
Yeah, buddy! Let’s get started on the rear coil spring spacer kit! It’s already looking better. : )
Step #17 – Unbolt Rear Shock & Sway Bar
Unbolt your rear shocks and sway bars.
Step #18 – Remove Rear Coil Spring
Here is the tricky part. Removing the rear coil spring take a bit of maneuvering with the rear axle. Place a jack stand under one side of your differential and press down on the other. This will give you the ability to pop out the rear coil spring.
Step #19 – Rear Coil Spring Leveling Kit Spacer
Pictured below is exactly how you should place the rear coil spring spacer leveling kit on top of the coil spring. Lip down folks, lip down!!
Step #20 – Installing Rear Coil Spring Spacer
Once you have the rear coil spring spacer placed on top of the rear coil spring, install the assembly back into place.
Everything will be much tighter as you are inserting another 2″ above the coil spring. The whole idea here is to press down on one side of your rear axle as much as possible to get rear coil spring with the spacer to fit. This is a job for two people, three might help even more. While one person pushes down the rear axle on the installation side, another can lift up the axle from the other end, while another person installs the rear coil spring with the spacer.
Once you have both rear coil spring spacers in place, button everything down!!
Step #21 – Bolt down Rear Shocks and Tighten Up Sway Bars: After this, you should be good to throw your tires back on and drive to the tire/ alignment shop.
Finished Product – 3″ Front and 2″ Rear Spacer Leveling Kit
If you are looking for a good spacer leveling kit (front spacer and rear spacer) this Pro Comp is a pretty good option. This is not a full-blown lift kit but is a mild kit that will give you a better-looking stance for an affordable price. There are plenty of other spacer lift kits and suspension lift kits out there. It all depends on what look and feel you want before purchasing a lift or leveling kit. With that being said, this is an awesome, easy to install leveling kit for a great price. For around $250-$350 – you have a pretty serious looking lift.
Options for running coil overs and rear shocks:
- Rear: Bilstein 5100 33-187174
- Front Option 1 (Struts Only): 5100 24-196499
- Front Option 2 (coil overs): 6112s – 47-259768 (This Coilover is adjustable from 0-2.5″ which means you can run the front strut spacer at 0″ or remove the front spacer and adjust the front coil overs to 2.5″)
2016 SR5 Before
2016 SR5 After
After 20″ Fuel Vapor Wheels & KO2 Tires
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