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KDSS...IS IT WORTH THE EXTRA$$$$

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by dancruz 2, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Feb 19, 2016 at 4:51 PM
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    dancruz 2

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    Looking to get a new 4Runner does anybody want to comment on the KDSS? Is it worth the extra money? Does it make the suv ride better? Any help would be appreciated.....
     
  2. Feb 20, 2016 at 12:03 AM
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    It seems to allow additional articulation offroad and reduces body roll on road. I was allowed to demo it on the Lexus GX470 when it first arrived. We had high dirt mounds set up at Dodger Stadium for training and it was great. If the cost won't set you back ridiculously, I'd opt for it.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2016 at 7:37 AM
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    Thanks for your reply...I checked it out on youtube and it is pretty cool. I will for sure order it....
     
  4. Feb 20, 2016 at 12:09 PM
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    I've heard mixed things. It depends on what your plans with the rig are.

    If you are planning on adding a bunch of armor, I've heard that KDSS is a pain to work around. If not, it's pretty cool.
     
  5. Apr 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM
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    KDSS is a fantastic upgrade. A similar setup was banned from WRC racing due to the unfair advantage it gave those who had it. I've got it on my 2016 TEP and it's fantastic, it also helps if you tow as well.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2016 at 4:46 AM
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    I think the technology is awesome.
    There are a few things to keep in mind with regards to long term serviceability of the system... one, keep it rust/ corrosion free (particularly the accumulator chamber equalizing valves). It's an undercarriage pressurized hydraulic system (much like XREAS) so long term it could be susceptible to failure (if not properly cared for and inspected) because it operates in the most extreme environment of the vehicle....
    If it fails I believe the entire system needs replaced. Like XREAS, most dealers are afraid to service it and would rather just recommend you replace it completely.

    That being said, it has been available on Toyota's flagship SUV, the Land Cruiser 200, since 2008 with minimal issues reported outside of what is mentioned above. It wouldn't surprise me for Toyota to offer it on the Tacoma and Tundra in the future...

    Something be "worth it" is only a decision you can make after becoming more educated on the pros and cons. Good luck.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2016 at 6:23 PM
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    LOVE IT on my 16 TEP!!!
     
  8. May 12, 2016 at 8:05 PM
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    I recently purchased my first Toyota product (2013 4Runner Trail w/KDSS) and I was hearing negative things regarding lifting the truck because of the KDSS. Yours looks exactly like I want mine to look.

    So no issues with any of the work that you have done on the suspension as it interacts with the KDSS? Do the tires rub at all? I assume that you have been off-road with your rig, have you had any articulation issues?

    Allan
     
  9. May 12, 2016 at 8:15 PM
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    Drumming 4Runner

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    Very nice to hear. Everyone is telling me that I can't go more than a 1" lift without issues with the KDSS which didn't make sense so I am glad to see some positive information. I really appreciate your detailing your rig on this forum. I'll follow your lead. Your truck looks great!

    I was previously a Land Rover guy so I am excited to be in the Toyota world now.
     
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  10. May 12, 2016 at 8:19 PM
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    Awesome to hear.
     
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