Spacer Leveling Kit Install 5th Gen 4Runner
Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit Install on 2016 5th Gen 4Runner
5th Gen SR5 4Runner 3″ Spacer Lift Kit with KO2 275/55R20 Tires & Fuel Vapor 20″ Wheels
Step by Step Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit Install on Toyota 5th Gen 4Runner
Since we already have a ToyTec Leveling kit installed on our other 4Runner, we decided to go another route. If you are looking for a step by step 5th Gen 4runner leveling kit install, keep reading. We got it right here.
Pro Comp Makes Leveling Kits that fit all 5th Gen 4Runners (2010, 2011, 2012, 2o13, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). This specific Pro Comp 4Runner Leveling Kit Install will be done on the third 4Runner in our family, the 2016 5th Gen SR5 4Runner. This Pro Comp level kit is one of the largest level kits that Pro Comp offers for the 4Runner. Any larger, you would want to put a lift on your 5th Gen.
We will be putting a stage 2 Icon or Old Man EMU lift on our other 4Runner here soon. Right now, we have a Toytec 4Runner Leveling Kit on the 2014 TE (Trail Edition) 4Runner but that will all soon disappear and turn into an off-road capable 5th Gen. There are so many options when it comes to 5th Gen 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 for the ladies 4Runner (mostly roaming around town).
For now, we are running with a simple leveling kit for the ladies 4Runner (mostly roaming around town). This Pro Comp level kit will end up living on this 4Runner for quite a while. Let’s see how the install goes.
Pro Comp 4Runner Leveling Kit: Model #65210K
- Pro Comp Model #65210K (Check out Amazon’s Price on this Kit here)
- Similar Kit for 2018+ 4Runner (Check Today’s Price)
- Lift Height: 3 Inch Front, 2 Inch Rear
- Front lift method: Strut Spacers
- Rear lift method: Coil Spring Spacers
- Max Tire Size: 33 Inch
If you Want to Add Shocks
- Recommended Front Coilover: Bilstein 47-259768 B8 6112 (Adjustable 0-2.55″)
- Recommended Rear Shock: Bilstein 33-187174 2″ Lift Rear Shock
Limited Edition 4Runner’s with XREAS (Front Level Only)
- 1.5″ Spacer = Exactly Level (Check this kit out)
- 2.0″ Spacer = 1/8″ Higher in the front (Check this kit out)
Quick Heads up!
Big Thanks to Jimmy at SnailTrail4x4 for the help on this leveling kit. Good times, good laughs and a whole lotta fun.
Spacer Level Kit 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 for your hub to the body of the 4Runner 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.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit Step #3 – Lift and Jack 4Runner on Frame
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.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit Step #7 – Knock Out Strut Bolt (Rubber Mallet & Punch)
Using a rubber mallet and a punch, knock your strut bolt out.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit Step #9 – Remove Lower Control Arm Knuckle Mount Bolts
Remove both lower control arm knuckle mount bolts.
Spacer Level Kit Step #10 – Remove 4Runner 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.
Spacer Level Kit Step #11 – Secure Strut Spacer to Front 4Runner 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.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit 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 man power. Continue to tightening your LCA knuckle bolts along with your strut bolts. Use your torque wrench with the appropriate torque.
Spacer Level Kit Step #14B – Tighten Cam Bolts with Torque Wrench
Be sure to torque down both cam bolts.
Spacer Level Kit Step #15 – Replace OEM 4Runner Skid Plate
Once you have all bolts torqued down, replace your skid plate with the OEM hardware and provided pacer hardware.
Spacer Level Kit 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. : )
Spacer Level Kit Step #17 – Unbolt Rear Shock & Sway Bar
Unbolt your rear shocks and sway bars.
Spacer Level Kit 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.
Spacer Level Kit 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!!
Spacer Level Kit 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 spacer.
Once you have both rear coil spring spacers in place, button everything down!!
Spacer Level Kit 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 for 5th Gen 4Runner
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 type of lift kit that will give your 5th Gen 4Runner a great overall stance. There are plenty of spacer lift kits, coil spring lift kits, strut/ shock lift kits and suspension lift kits out there. It all depends on what look and feel you want before jumping on any one lift or leveling kit.
With that being said, this 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 4Runner Before
2016 SR5 4Runner After
2016 SR5 4Runner After 20″ Fuel Vapor Wheels & KO2 Tires
Please comment below and let us know what you think of this install and what leveling kit or lift kit you are running on your 5th Gen 4Runner.