4Runner Spacer Leveling Kit Install

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Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit – Step by Step Install

5th Gen 4Runner 3" Level Kit - KO2 275/55R20 Tires & Fuel 20" Wheels

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

Add Shocks

Limited Edition with XREAS (Front Level)

Quick Heads up!

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.

4Runner Spacer Level Kit - Measure Front &Rear

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 #2 - Crack Wheel Lug Nuts

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.

Spacer Level Kit Step #3 - Lift and Jack 4Runner on Frame

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 #4 - Loose Front Strut Assembly

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:

  1. Cam Bolts X 2
  2. Strut Bolt X 1
  3. 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 #5 - Strut Assembly (Cam Bolt x2, Strut Bolt x1, Lower Control Arm Knuckle Bolt x2)

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 #6 - Remove Skid Plate

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.

Save OEM Hardware from Skid Plate Removal

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 #7 - Knock Out Strut Bolt (Rubber Mallet & Punch)

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 - Support Lower Control Arm with Jack 

Step #9 – Remove Lower Control Arm Knuckle Mount Bolts

Remove both lower control arm knuckle mount bolts.

Remove 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.

Remove 4Runner Front Strut

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.

Secure Strut Spacer to Front 4Runner Strut

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.

Insert Front Strut Assembly

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.

Correct and Incorrect Placement of Front Strut

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.

Tighten Down 4Runner Lower Control Arm Knuckle Bolts

Step #14B – Tighten Cam Bolts with Torque Wrench

Be sure to torque down both cam bolts.

Tighten Cam Bolts with Torque Wrench

Step #15 – Replace Skid Plate

Once you have all bolts torqued down, replace your skid plate with the OEM hardware and provided pacer hardware.

Replace Skid Plate

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. : )

Rear Spacer Leveling Kit - 5th Gen 4Runner

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.

Remove Rear Coil Spring - 5th Gen 4Runner

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!!

Rear Coil Spring Spacer Assembly - 4Runner 5th Gen

Rear Coil Spring Spacer Assembly - 4Runner 5th Gen

Rear Coil Spring Spacer Assembly - 4Runner 5th Gen

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.

Installing Rear Coil Spring Spacer - 5th Gen 4Runner

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

5th Gen 4Runner Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit - Before

2016 SR5 After

5th Gen 4Runner Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit - After

After 20″ Fuel Vapor Wheels & KO2 Tires

5th Gen 4Runner KO2 275/55R20 Tires & Fuel 20" Wheels

Please comment below and let us know what you think or if you have any questions. Thanks!

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  • Sam

    I have a 2016 TRD Pro 4runner will I have to change the shocks or do anything with the driveshaft after installing the kit?

    • Bgreene


      No. The spacers are all you will need. The spacer kit is built for that exact 4Runner so they take the rear shocks, sway bar along with the front struts into consideration. You can always add aftermarket struts/ coil-overs in the front and aftermarket shocks in the back but this kit is plenty and all other OEM parts work great with just the kit. It also depends on how much (if any) you are going to take your runner off-road. If you do plan to wheel occasionally, you will be fine. If you plan on being really aggressive, you should look into aftermarket everything (IE: A Complete Suspension Lift – struts/ shocks) as opposed to a spacer lift. Hope this helps! Let us know what kit you go with!!

      • Bgreene

        On a second note here:

        We are going to go with new rear shocks and possibly remove the front spacer. After we remove the front spacer, we will add new adjustable Bilstein coil overs (0-2.5″) and max them out at the 2.5″ height. By doing this, we will achieve a more rugged, durable and flexible suspension. This should put less stress on the undercarriage and perform better on and off-road. Stay tuned for a future post on the installation of the Bilstein front coil overs and rear shocks.

  • Gil

    Hey Brenan,

    First, I’d like to say thank you for taking the time to educate us on the possible capabilities our T4Rs. I’ve been reading all of your articles.

    I was looking to purchase the Pro-Comp lift kit that you were recommending, but I just noticed that you have decided to remove the spacer kit for Bilstein coil overs and shocks.

    Not sure what it would cost to go with Bilstein on all four corners yet, but I’m sure this is the better way to go versus spacers on all four corners.

    When it comes to off-roading, I don’t plan to get too serious with it, but do plan to make an occasional joy ride. Besides that, I love the aggressive look of a 3/2 lifted T4R!

    I recently purchased a 2017 TRD PRO in Magnetic Gray, and can’t wait to get it lifted.

    Any suggestions? Thanks again.

    • Bgreene


      Thanks for connecting! Glad to hear you are enjoying the posts. Congratulations on the 2017 MGM PRO!!

      We will eventually remove the front spacer and go with the 0-2.55″ Bilstein 6112 Coilovers ($607 for both). This is absolutely not necessary, but it will perform better than the spacer, on and off-road. We already purchased a set of rear shocks (Bilstein 5100 – $79 per shock) that should be going on the SR5 here in the next couple weeks. We are going leave the rear spacer on the back and eventually swap out the spring and spacer with a new 2″ coils which would make for a full suspension lift. But again, none of this is “needed”.

      This is a great kit to get started, even just understanding the undercarriage of the 5th Gen a little better, and it’s very affordable. You will not regret the look. As for off-road, this kit would suffice on fire roads and your everyday weekend adventures just fine. If however, you are pounding your suspension on rougher terrain, you may want to opt for a complete suspension lift.

      I think this kit was around $350, so well worth it in terms of looks. Ride quality will change a bit but it all comes down to budget. Spacer kit is about $350 Vs. $600(front coils)+$200(rear coils)+$200(rear shocks) = $1000+ for suspension lift and Bilstein’s on all corners. All depends on budget but obviously coils all the way around would be the best.

  • Ray

    Ok I have a dumbass question if I just wanted to bring the front end level with the without lifting the rear what kit would I need im new to Toyota

    • Bgreene


      Not a dumb question at all. So, you have a few options if you just want to level the front of the 4Runner. It will be a pretty easy install as you do not have to remove the Upper Control Arms. Only the strut.

      1.5″ Spacer = Exactly Level (Check this kit out)
      2.0″ Spacer = 1/8″ Higher in the front (Check this kit out)

      A comment on that first one (1.5″): For those who want to level your 5th generation 4Runner (2010-2018) this is the kit for you.

      Let us know what you go with! Also, we would love to hook you up for sharing your step by step install when you throw it in.

  • Rod

    Hey Brenan,

    I recently acquired a 2017 T4R limited. Is it possible to do the Pro Comp level kit with the Limited? It does have the Xreas on it. If not, what leveling kit would you recommend for us Limited owners?

    • Bgreene


      Hey there. You have a few options for the XREAS.

      1. Rip off your XREAS and the sky is the limit. You can pretty much do whatever you want.
      2. Leave your XREAS on and you are limited to spacers or upgraded adjustable coilovers in the front. Being that we do not own a limited 4Runner or have not installed any kits on the limited yet, you may want to search through the forums and read through a few limited threads on installing level kits and suspensions. If you want to leave your XREAS on, you can run spacers in the front and a spacer in the rear. I would go with one of these in the front:
      1.5″ Spacer = Exactly Level (Check this kit out)
      2.0″ Spacer = 1/8″ Higher in the front (Check this kit out)

      For the rear, you can go with an aftermarket spring 1.5″ of lift or a spacer that sits on top of your spring.

      Hope this helps!

  • Wyatt

    This may be a dumb question, but I’m confused. I just got the Pro Comp leveling kit in the mail, PN#65210K. On the front page of the booklet it says it is for a 2006-2011 FJ…does this kit fit both rigs or what?

    • Bgreene


      Not a dumb question at all. The 5th Gen 4Runner sits on the same frame of the FJ and has the same suspension components. You are all set to use this leveling kit on your 4Runner. That is why you see on so many websites “Fits FJ and 4Runner”. We got the same instructions and installed the same kit. You are all good. Have fun with the install!

      • Noah Hamilton

        I called ProComp about the 65210K being comparisons with 2015 SRB he said I need to Go to Toyota dealer and purchase rear upper spring isolator from FJ Cruizer.

  • Chris

    To follow up on Wyatt’s thread…I got the same kit and installed it yesterday. Trouble came when we tried to install the front differential spacers. Left (passenger side) one went in fine after loosening the two bolts on the arm. The right one we couldn’t get in because it is a different design with 3 bolts and also an “L” shape. You didn’t have these at all in the video. Are these needed? If so How do I get the driver side spacer in? 2017 4Runner. And a huge thank you for the video and step by step.

    • Bgreene


      Yeah, you do not “need” the spacers but you should put them on. This is a blub straight from the Forum that sums it up pretty well:

      I know a couple guys that have damaged their CVs in just 2 months of having their lift installed b/c they did not install a diff drop kit. On the flip side, I also know of a guy with a lifted 4Runner that has yet to have an issue with his CVs. Doesn’t mean he won’t, I’ll just have to wait and see. In short, just b/c you personally have not yet had any issues with your CVs, doesn’t mean you don’t need one. You may be fine now, but without a diff drop installed, you simply increase the risk of damaging your CVs in the long run. Remember, I didn’t say you would damage your CVs w/o running a diff drop, I simply said you greatly increase your risk of damaging them w/o a diff drop. It’s like riding a bike w/o a helmet. You can do it, but you greatly increae you risk of a head injury during a wreck without wearing one.

      We still need to throw them on our SR5. As soon as we throw them on, we will update this post.

      • R.L.

        Any updates on this differential drop and the problems he had? I was planning on installing this kit this week on my 2018 TRD Off-Road but I haven’t seen any sources about this particular part.

        • Brenan - Trail4R

          Just reached out to Chris, we will see what he says.

          • R.L.

            Hey brother I did the whole front end last night including the diff drop. I’m not sure why he would have had any issues installing them. The only thing I could figure is maybe he was trying to do them individually. If so then yeah it would be hard to flex one side and then the other. As long as you drop both sides of the differential down at once then it’s more than easy and only takes 3-5 minutes at most.

          • Brenan - Trail4R

            Awesome! Thanks!

  • Chris

    Thanks Bgreene,
    If someone knows how to get the driver side one installed please let me know. Left was easy.
    Right……I’m stuck. Help.

  • Ryan Bjoro

    I installed the leveling kit on the front and now my uca hits my coil over. HELP!!!

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      It sounds like you may have disconnected the pitman arm that holds your wheel assembly together. Disconnecting this is not needed for the install and would cause the issue you are having. Maybe I am confused though. Send us an email directly if you have further questions and provide as many images as possible. Thanks.

  • Eric

    I recently purchased a 2018 4Runner and cannot find anyone who has a leveling kit for it. Will the will the bilstein shocks fit since it is a 5th gen? And if so, will they have the same effect as the leveling kit?

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      The best way to make sure the leveling kit is compatible with your 4Runner is to check with the manufacturer. Or, head over to the link provided in the description and enter in your vehicle. This will show you if the kit works (most of the time, if not then the manufacturer needs to update their kit to the newest models). I am not 100% sure if the kit works on a 2018 4Runner, but I would think you are ok. You probably ok to grab the kit but always double check before buying anything.

  • Mike S

    After installing the PRO COMP SPACER LEVELING KIT, were you able to increase the tire size? If so, by how much (without rubbing)? Have decided to proceed with this particular upgrade and have been waiting for at least one year to replace my stock 265 Duelers, which are no longer reliable in snow. Any suggestions for tire sizes after carrying out the PRO COMP SPACER LEVELING KIT? Much thanks.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      After dropping in a 3″ leveling kit, you can increase your tire size from about 31″ tires to 33″ tires. But with 33″ tires, you might get some rubbing. So, 32″ tires are safe. If you want to be safe, drop in 32″ tires, if you want to push it, move to 33″ tires. If you want to really cut some stuff apart, opt for the 34″ tires.

  • Abe

    When doing this Procomp lift will someone with kdss run into any problems with install…or kdss lean? Thanks and great write up

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      No problems with KDSS on this kit or really any other leveling kit out there. We had a very similar leveling kit on our 4Runner with KDSS and everything was fine. No problems at all.

  • Abe

    1 more question for you.. I see you have the readylift kit that looks identical for the 2018 4 runner instead of the pro comp nitro kit 65210k. I do not know of any changes in suspension on the 5th gen. From my searching I havnt seen anything updated from pro comp but my question is do you think the pro comp version will have any fitment issues on a 17 or 18 runner?

    Great website by The way. You have really condensed a lot of information that is really helpful and answer a lot of questions that people have and are afraid to ask on message boards because of the (use the search/read the manual coments)
    Well done.


    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Yeah, nothing has changed on the suspension for the 4Runner. We just had someone mention that the Pro Comp Leveling kit did not show up as compatible with the 2017 4Runner but the Readylift leveling kit did. So, we updated the post to reflect another kit option that shows as compatible. Both kits are almost identical as well. Nothing too different about these two leveling kits.
      Thank you for kind words!! It means a lot!

  • Kirby Smith

    I am a machinist with a machine shop I have dimensions for the front spacers but need some inner and outer dimensions of the rear coil spring spacers so I can finish making the lift for $free.99
    If anyone is just buying the kit take some measurements of the rear coil spring spacers please!

  • Eric D

    I just recently installed a leveling kit from rough county on my 2017 sr5 and after finishing my ABS light, traction control and 4wd lights are on on the dash. Has anyone had this problem after installation? I checked the abs wire and it’s not damaged so I’ve been scratching my head trying to figure it out. Any thoughts?

    • Dan

      yes I am having the same issue right now and want to know what is the cause of it also.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      It could be the ABS speed sensor wire was tweaked or something. You can order new ABS speed sensor wires or take it to a mechanic. This might be the issue, I am not sure, though. I have never had this happen to either of our 4Runners.

  • Wes

    I just purchased a 2018 4runner TRD Off-road premium and trying to figure out the best and cheapest way to get the front exactly level with the rear without messing with the ride quality. It’s my daily driver and I don’t do any serious off roading (just occasional dirt roads, camping, etc..) also, once the front is level with the rear, what size tires will I be able to fit? Currently have 265 70 R17. Will 275 70 R17 fit without any rubbing? Thx!

  • James

    How critical is it that I get an alignment right after the install? Can I drive 15-20 miles until I can get it in for an alignment? What’s the worst that can happen before the alignment?

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Not “critical”. You will be fine driving 20 miles to a shop. Peace of mind, if nothing else but depending on who installs it, you may or may not need it. If you install it and you are not confident with correct torque specs, then take it in. If you have a good 4×4 shop install it, you are probably fine. Either way, never a bad idea to get an alignment after a lift or spacer lift. Again, not “critical” though.

  • Ardie

    Thanks for the post! Really educational!
    Before buying online at Amazon it says will not fit on my 2017 SR5. What is your take on this? Can I still buy this eventhough Amazon indicates not fit?

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      I would say yes, but always double check with the seller.

      • Ardie

        Got it installed by local 4×4 shop. Looks awesome! Not I feel a bit of shaking on my steering when taking off, and goes away. What could be the issue here?


    Is this writeup applicable for KDSS? Im installing front spacers only. Thanks

  • Jerry

    I installed the 3 inch leveling kit on a 2018 4Runner. While doing the alignment, unable to get caster within spec. Will an after market upper control arm get the caster back within spec. Also my rear end bottoms out going over speed bumps. I think I need a longer rear shock.

    • Brenan - Trail4R

      Jerry, yeah with the 3″ leveling kit your caster angle will start to push towards the front of the 4R. This will create a negative or neutral caster. Negative or neutral caster will make the ride feel floaty and sketchy on the road. In order to set your caster at a positive angle, you want aftermarket UCAs. Aftermarket uni-ball UCAs often have caster built in so your steering feels more stable and stout. Off-road and on-road performance is generally increased with aftermarket UCAs.

      Popular uni-ball options for us are Total Chaos, Camburg, Supreme Suspensions, and Icon Vehicle Dynamics. Some Uni-ball UCAs will cause noise, and some are noise-free. The uni-ball UCAs range from $650+ with Icon being the more expensive option. Then your more affordable option would be ball-joint UCAs with a price range around $450 like the SPC ball-joint UCAs (Part #: 25480 depending on year). What is weird is that Amazon does not show fitment for these UCAs but I doubled checked and they will work. Please double check and confirm with sellers, though. At the end of the day, I would not install a ball-joint UCA as they are lower quality and prone to blowing bushings. That would suck on or off the trail. I don’t have any experience with the ball-joint UCAs, though. Some guys have probably had no problems with them but when it comes to a couple hundred bucks, save your money and buy a uni-ball. TC UCAs or Icon would be my choices. After you install your UCAs, you will either have correct caster after the install or you can take them into a shop and have the entire suspension tuned if you have been playing with the caster on your current setup.

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