Eibach Stage 1 Pro-Truck Lift (2.75″ Front Lift + 1″ Rear Lift) Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner
This lift kit from Eibach raises your 4Runner to 2.75″ in the front and 1″ in the rear, lifting and leveling it out from the factory “rake”.
I installed this lift kit and shared a step-by-step install a few weeks ago. I have since had had some time on and off-road to give a solid review.
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. This kit is made in the USA and offers a million-mile warranty.
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- 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium
- 265/70R17 General Grabber ATx tires
- Stealth Custom Series F5 wheels, 17×8.5 with -10mm offset
Before the Lift
Before installing this kit, the 4Runner had a lot of body roll on turns with the stock suspension.
It was comfortable since it was set up to be soft, but this didn’t inspire confidence in handling. With my aftermarket wheels and tires, my front tires would rub on the front bumper in reverse on hard lock. The look of the factory rake also bothered me personally.
My factory suspension had over 126,000 miles on it, so it was nearing the time to replace my suspension, anyway.
I didn’t take the stock setup off-road, mostly since it was old, and the lack of good ground clearance without a lift.
The SR5 has an open diff (not locking), so any help is nice which is another reason why I installed this suspension kit.
About the Eibach Stage 1 Lift Kit
This Eibach kit was developed specifically for the 4Runner.
I personally think the suspension has everything you’d ask for in a lift – comfort, stability, and performance. I noticed that all of the parts were very high quality as I was installing the kit.
Being in the automotive industry for quite a few years, I have seen a handful of suspension systems. And with this Eibach kit, you can tell that time and development were poured into this product.
Driving down the highway and on the back roads, I definitely noticed better handling. The solid feel and better cornering inspire confidence in every move. Now don’t get me wrong – it’s no sports car – but it handles amazing for a lifted SUV and handles the most spirited of drives with ease.
The overall ride quality is a little bit stiffer than stock, but that is to be expected for new suspension that has been valved for stiffer damping to improved handling.
I am still newer to the off-road world, but there is a steep and rocky road in my area that I like to test anything 4×4 on.
My 4Runner always does great here, and so had my Sequoia in the past. It performed even better with this kit. It seems the rebound is much faster and more responsive on uneven terrain. After settling, ground clearance is improved over stock by 2.50-2.75 inches in the front, and 1 inch in the rear.
Again, the overall ride quality is a little bit stiffer than stock, but that is to be expected.
I had my 4Runner aligned at a Toyota dealer a few days after this install.
My camber and toe were barely off-spec – but my caster couldn’t be corrected due to the angle of the factory Upper Control Arms (UCAs). This is due to the ball joint angle and adjustability of the stock part when lifted the vehicle over 2.5 inches… A solution is to install aftermarket and adjustable UCAs. I installed JBA Off-Road HD UCAs to correct this issue.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly and proper suspension lift kit from a reputable brand, you can’t go wrong with the Eibach Stage 1 Pro-Truck Lift on the 5th generation Toyota 4Runner.
If this lift kit is what you’re looking for, then check out the step-by-step installation instructions.