Eibach Stage 1 Pro-Truck Lift Install & Overview on 4Runner

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Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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.

This kit is going to compete directly with the popular Bilstein versions (5100 & 6112) and (5160 & 6112).

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

Contents

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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.

  1. Two Front Shocks and Springs
  2. Two Rear Shocks and Springs
  3. Extra snap rings

Install

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.

Tools/Parts Needed:

STEP 1: Raise up the vehicle and remove the wheels

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

STEP 14: Unbolt the track bar

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

STEP 15: Remove top shock nut

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

Using a vice grip and ratchet to hold the shock, unbolt the top nut.

STEP 16: Unbolt the sway bar mount

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

This allows for extra movement of the rear axle.

STEP 17: Install new rear coil springs

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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.

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

Be sure to align the bottom of the spring on the perch.

STEP 18: Install new rear shocks

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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.

Eibach Pro-Truck Lift Stage 1

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Just installed this system on my 2018 4 Runner (1/11/20) and couldn’t be happier, looks great and drives even better. I was able to install the front springs and shocks without having to remove the OCA but did disconnect the front sway to get more clearances. This setup is worth every penny. I put the front spring/shock setup on the second snap ring position in advance of a new bumper purchase.

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One thing to take note of is version two of this kit is coming out this year. Adjustable front and rears! Their IG posts updates every so often.

I installed this kit of my 4Runner this year and have been loving it. When the back is filled with camp gear you will definitely get a little backwards rack, especially if you have a roof rack, sliders, etc. I’m hoping the adjustable rears will help fix that.

Eric Ellis - @57HotrodVW
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Eric Ellis - @57HotrodVW

Nice write up, Martin!

Did you have an alignment done after installing the lift? I ask because I’m curious to know what the post-lift caster numbers are, with stock upper control arms.

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Had my front end aligned after the install, but don’t have the numbers.

Eric Ellis - @57HotrodVW
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Eric Ellis - @57HotrodVW

Ideally, you should have 3+ degrees of caster, in order to ensure that your 4R doesn’t “wander” on the road at higher speeds.

Sometimes this isn’t possible after a lift without aftermarket upper control arms, which have extra caster built into them. I have 4.3 degrees of caster in my front end, but am running Dirt King UCAs. My 4R tracks very well on the highway as a result.

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I just reserved my 2020 TRD 4R ORP non-KDSS and I’m struggling with this vs ToyTec vs Icon. Price is important but so is everything else. I plan on a front bumper upgrade and winch. I know the Icons can be ordered with heavier springs for different loads, etc. Would this system be as good after adding extra weight?

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I have a 2019 TRD-Off Road Premium. By putting this on, am I going to damage/affect the KDSS system that came with the vehicle? I want to do upgrades but not to the extent that I damage my investment. Advice?

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Brenan - @Trail4R

I have run multiple suspensions on KDSS 4Runners, and this kit will have zero negative effect on KDSS. In fact, it will likely enhance the stability and driveability all the way around. This is a great option for KDSS equipped 4Runners.

J H
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What is the biggest tire I can go that allows me to still store the tire under the car? Thank you!

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I installed the Eibach Stage 1 Pro-Truck Lift on my ’19 Tacoma TRD OFFROAD 4X4 and I love it!! Now I just need to get some wheels and tires!

My only issue is hearing a little bit of creaking when I accelerate from a complete stop. I’ll have to take it back to the shop to make sure it’s nothing or see if it’s coming the bushings

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