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)

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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.

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

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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?

Gil
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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… Read more »

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Josh

Hey bud I’m new to the 4 runners,(2017 sr5) And i like the look of this lift. So you removed the front spacers and used adjustable shocks for the front. Did you keep the rear spacer? Or did you do something different in the back

Ray
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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

Rod
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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?

Wyatt
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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?

Chris
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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.
Chris

Chris
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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.
Thanks

Ryan Bjoro
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Ryan Bjoro

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

Eric
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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?

Mike S
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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.

Abe
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Abe

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

Abe
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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… Read more »

Kirby Smith
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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
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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
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Dan

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

Wes
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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
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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?

Ardie
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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?

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TOMEKABSOLUTE

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

Jerry
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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.

Kerry
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Kerry

I just performed this with a Daystar leveling kit on my 2016 trail premium. I had to disconnect the sway bar and upper control arm in order to get the strut out. I only did the front thus far. I started it up and i am not getting ABS, traction control , and multi-terrain disabled. I unplugged the battery for a few minutes and reconnected. That did not fix the problem. Anyone seen this? thanks

Robert
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Robert

nice article! i noticed there is a bolt and spacer for the diff drop kit. did you have to install with the 3″ level kit? have a 2017 SR5 and debating whether to do a 2.5 to avoid the diff drop kit. thanks !!

Adam
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Adam

Question:

2018 Toyota Off Road Pro Premium with KDSS. Will the Pro Comp Model #65210K work with my setup?

Dmilli
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Dmilli

What are the wheel specs? Trying to do a similar wheel/tire setup.

dranged
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dranged

Thank you for a comprehensive video install! I have a GX470 which shares chassis with 4th gen 4R, and b/x my GX has KDSS so it also shares with some early 5th gen 4R. I understand differences between different lift options, spacer, vs. coilover, vs. longer spring and shock and diff drops and I also understand that this procomp spacer lift was mainly for levelling, lift and on-road use. My question may or may not be answerable as this rig wasn’t intended for off-road use but you’ve indicated understanding of the geometries of both, so here goes (with some possibly… Read more »

dranged
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dranged

Cool. Thanks for replying. The sketch of why 1.5″ spacer affords 3″ lift was meaningful. Also, my spelling is horrible, (but I really enjoyed geometry in school ;p) Pythagorean Theorem, A^2 + B^2 = C^2, but I digress. This helps suggest the large number of spacer lifts are largely leveling kits and just for looks and bigger tires (also mostly for looks), but a spacer lift can be more functional by addressing the bump stop concern. Agreed it’s no coil over or suspension travel improvement, but when mild can maintain stock articulation but push the skids away from the earth… Read more »

Raj
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Raj

This was so detailed!!! I am sure lot of people got benefited from you post.. One quick question. I have 2016 Toyota 4runner SR5 and I installed Bilstein 5100 Adjustable and lifted my front up by 2.5″ but the ride was really sturdy. I could manage but since being a new dad 🙂 , thinking of installing Pro Comp Nitro kit as per your above explanation , and going to bring back the front Bilstein to normal instead of 2.5″. Do you think this is a good idea and improve my riding both on and off road? Thanks again and… Read more »

Bryce
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Bryce

Help!
I just had a ProTune 3″ front and 2″ rear suspension lift kit installed on my 2018 T4R Off-Road Premium (w/o KDSS) to help bring it almost level.
According to my research this should have closed the gap between the front and back to 1/2″, yes?
The rear is still 1.5″ higher than the front though. What am I missing?

Thanks in advance

Tad
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Tad

Hey Brennan. Love the page! Very informative. As of right now my 2016 TEP with KDSS sits stock from the factory. My procomp spacer kit front and rear are being installed today. I have 2 specific questions…..what unforeseen issues could I face with KDSS today while installing? And can’t i upgrade my shocks and front strut to Bilstein 5100 keeping them at 0? I saw that Raj already kinda mentioned this. Can’t i use these shocks just to improve ride quality and not necessarily gain more lift from them? Again great site! Look forward to hearing from you.

Nick
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Nick

Hi,

Purchased the kit and getting ready to install it on 2018 SR5. That said, I noticed when I hit the brakes hard, the front end nose dives. Will the kit improve the nose dive or make it worse? If the kit increases pre-load, it might make for ‘stiffer’ ride but should decrease the nose dive (unless I have that wrong lol). Alternatively, could the Bilstein 5100’s with the spacer kit address this? Second question, does the lift kit decrease the life expectancy of OEM struts?

•Rear: Bilstein 5100 33-187174
•Front Option 1 (Struts Only): 5100 24-196499

Thanks!

Jason
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Jason

New to the 4runner world. Just bought a 2018 sr5 premium, it is not 4wd, but I would still like to put a small lift on it, what do you suggest? and is it worth doing if it is not a 4wd?

Thank you

Jay Moore
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Jay Moore

Recently bought a 2018 TRD Off-Road Premium with KDSS and want to level it. The link from this article put me on to the ReadyLift 69-5060 (3″F, 2″R) kit, though the ReadyLift website does not mention KDSS it does state not compatible with X-REAS. Any firsthand knowledge using this kit on a KDSS-equipped 4Runner?

Josh
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Josh

Want to install this kit or Bilstein 5100s front and rear with OME 883 springs in the front and 898 heavy weight coils in the back to get me that leveled look. With the procomp level kit do you think it will wear out the OEM struts faster? In the resort I work at there are about 18 speed bumps before I get to my parking lot. Driving this on a daily basis in and out with the procomp level kit, do you think the 5100s are a better long run investment?

Greg
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Greg

Hey Brenan, just got the Revtek 432X kit installed on my 2019 4Runner limited!! It looks awesome!! A question, do you know what size tire I can safely run with out scrubbing? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Greg

Nick
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Nick

I saw some people suggest new adjustable Upper Control arms for proper alignment… are these actually needed? If so, at what lift height would i need to get them?

Alex
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Alex

I was going to install this on my 2014 4runner but the shop told me I would have to carv out the bump stop on this kit because it wouldn’t fit is this true ? He told me the only one that he had that fits was 600 dollars and it is Revtec brand

Kevin
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Kevin

Will this setup work for a 2013 model 4Runner?

Chris
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Chris

Just installed this on my 2016 4r, thanks so much!! Putting some 32″ duratrecs on tomorrow and then head to Canada for 10 days to bounce around.

Thanks tons for the great install walkthrough and video.

Chase
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Chase

I apologize if this has been asked before, I searched for a similar question but didn’t find exactly what I needed. I have a 2019 Off Road Premium with KDSS. Will the Pro Comp Model #65210K (amazon link below) fit? I’m wanting to make sure I like the look of a 3″ lift before going with a full-blown $1000+ suspension lift, so I want to give this kit a try as a trial run but need to make sure it’ll fit my rig before ordering. Amazon claims that this kit *DOESN’T* fit my model, but from my understanding, there wasn’t… Read more »

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