Affordable & Impressive New Lift Kit (2010 – 2020) for the 5th Gen 4Runner – 2.75″ Front and 1″ Rear
If you are looking for a complete suspension lift kit that is budget-friendly from a reputable brand, consider the Eibach Stage 1 Pro-Truck Lift. Made in the USA and offering a million-mile warranty, this is a solid suspension choice.
As mentioned, this kit will lift the vehicle 2.75 inches in the front, and 1 inch in the rear, leveling it out from the factory “rake”. Overall, this suspension will improve handling, articulation, ground clearance and looks of the vehicle.
This install was done on my 2014 SR5 Premium (without KDSS) at my friend’s personal shop. My 4Runner has 265/70R17 General Grabber ATx tires and Stealth Custom Series F5 wheels, at 17×8.5 with -10mm offset. After the lift, I no longer have rubbing in reverse on hard lock, as I did at factory height.
Check out our tire size guide if you have any questions on tire and wheel size.
A full on-road and off-road review will be coming soon.
STEP BY STEP INSTALL VIDEO FROM MARTY MOTORING
Install was done on 2014 SR5 Premium 5th Gen 4Runner
This kit comes with the 4 springs and 4 shocks required, along with all of the necessary hardware. The upper strut mounts in the front will need to be re-used, along with some of the factory bolts, nuts and the rear spring hat.
As per Eibach, the “PRO-LIFT” springs should be installed with the Eibach Logo right side up. All original stock spring isolators, dampers and tubing should be retained from the stock springs and used when installing the “PRO-LIFT” springs. The Pro-Truck Leveling springs must not be used with the OE shocks. Extended travel shocks are required to avoid damage to the suspension.
- Two Front Shocks and Springs
- Two Rear Shocks and Springs
- Extra snap rings
For this install, you will need to know how to jack up your truck, use jack stands, and remove your wheels. If you are not confident in these areas, I advise to use a local 4×4 shop and have them do the install.
- The kit: 2010-2020 Toyota 4Runner Lift Kit: Check Price
- Floor Jack (Pro Eagle)
- Floor Jack (Amazon)
- 2-4 Jack Stands
- Lug Nut Key (If your wheels require it)Vice
- Metric Sockets
- Vice Grips
- Impact wrench or Lug Wrench
- Coil Spring Compressors
STEP 1: Raise up the vehicle and remove the wheels
A lift and impact really came in handy, here. If you’re on the ground, break each lug nut loose with a break bar. In my case, I used the impact driver to get each lug nut off.
STEP 2: Unbolt brackets holding ABS and brake lines
There is one on the side of the spindle, and one on the Upper Control Arm (UCA).
STEP 3: Unbolt the outer tie rod end
Remove the cotter pin and castle nut. Once unbolted, hit the spindle area (not the tire rod end itself) with a mallet to vibrate the threaded area out, as shown below.
STEP 4: Unbolt the sway bar end link
Sometimes the nut just spins with the bolt. In that case, a wrench and allen key work great.
STEP 5: Unbolt spindle from the UCA
Remove the cotter pin and castle nut that is holding together the upper control arm and spindle. Then use a mallet or hammer (and some force) to get it out. There is a designated flat spot on the spindle for this purpose. A zip tie is recommended to hold it in place while hammering on.
Once everything is out of the way, we can access the shock assembly.
STEP 6: Remove the three nuts on top
Remove the three nuts that secure your shocks. There are two nuts in the front and one in the back.
STEP 7: Unbolt the lower strut bolt
Tap the bolt out with a mallet. Move the shock around to relieve pressure on the bolt.
STEP 8: Remove the front shock assembly from the vehicle
We will need to reuse the top hat/upper strut assembly on the Eibach setup.
STEP 9: Assemble new front setup
At this point, you can set the spring on the new shock. Make sure the bottom of the spring aligns with the perch. Then, we remove the old bushing from the upper strut mount. We used spring compressors to take tension off of the spring, which allows us to install the upper strut mount with new hardware and bushings. The snap ring was preinstalled on the lowest setting, which is for 2.75 inches of lift. The higher settings are to accommodate for more front weight, like an off-road style front bumper, not necessarily extra lift.
STEP 10: Install the new suspension
Install the Eibach spring and shock assembly back into the vehicle in reverse order that it was removed. Using the original hardware, thread the bolts down through the open holes and into the suspension. Hand tighten them for now. Make sure you align the bottom of the strut so it is aligned with the lower control arm strut bolt location. The sway bar can be moved and manipulated to get the new suspension in. Leave the sway bar for last when doing both sides.
STEP 11: Connect UCA, tie rod end and sway bar end link
Connect everything back together and use new cotter pins.
STEP 12: Rebolt ABS and brake line brackets
Once you have all nuts and bolts on, you want to double-check any nuts and bolts that need to be torqued to the 5th Gen 4Runner specs.
Let’s move to the rear
STEP 13: Unbolt the lower shock nut
STEP 14: Unbolt the track bar
STEP 15: Remove top shock nut
Using a vice grip and ratchet to hold the shock, unbolt the top nut.
STEP 16: Unbolt the sway bar mount
This allows for extra movement of the rear axle.
STEP 17: Install new rear coil springs
Depress the rear axle, pop out the old springs and pop the new ones in. The original rubber top mount will need to be reused and easily transfers to the new spring.
Be sure to align the bottom of the spring on the perch.
STEP 18: Install new rear shocks
First, mount the bottom, and then the top. Once tightened, reinstall the track bar and sway bar mount.
STEP 19: Tighten all nuts and bolts and put the wheels back on
Make sure everything is torqued to spec and you are good to go! An alignment may be necessary for your vehicle, due to the camber changing.
STEP 20: Enjoy your new Eibach Lift!
And that’s how it’s done. Big thanks to Ryan at Eibach, Brenan at Trail4runner and Steve of Hammerdown Motorsports.