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Lifting a 5th Gen

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Mtbpsych, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Dec 3, 2018 at 7:41 PM
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    Hey everyone,

    I’m looking at getting a 2017+ 4Runner, and the urge has been getting stronger lately. I currently have a 2017 Tacoma, and rarely use the bed or the features of a truck. I had a 2011 4Runner and loved everything about it and find myself missing a lot of aspects of the SUV.

    Do the 4runners have any issues with the needle bearings as do the Tacoma’s when lifting? Do the same principles from lifting a truck apply to the 4Runner as far as driveline vicbrations and what not? I’ve been trying to find a lightly used Inferno 4Runner but I’ve either found them with higher miles (50k+) and/or heavily modded.

    Thanks for any insight!

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  2. Dec 3, 2018 at 8:31 PM
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    Strandskov Take the Road Less Traveled

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    Welcome, I particularly never heard of those issues on a 4runner but that depends on exactly how high you want it lifted and what kit you will be using.
    Will you be Offroading or using it as a Daily driver?
    The guys here in this Fourm are definitely knowledgeable, I'm sure you will find the answer you need..
    Good luck
     
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  3. Dec 3, 2018 at 8:33 PM
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    I would hope to be 2.5”-3” of lift, with some coil overs more than likely. 80% of my driving would be city but the other 20% would be on my weekends and getting out to do some exploring in the mountains. I’m an absolute noob to the 4runners so thank you sir!
     
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  4. Dec 3, 2018 at 8:42 PM
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    Strandskov Take the Road Less Traveled

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    Lol by the way I'm a girl...

    That's exactly something that I was thinking when I get my lift, that is pretty Standard for first time lift kits.. I was thinking of a Fox because the ride is much smoother.
     
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  5. Dec 3, 2018 at 9:10 PM
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    Ahhh excuse me ma’am. Need to keep an eye where it says female:D
     
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    No worries, :)
     
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  7. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:35 AM
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    I’m running a 3” Ready Lift and so far I’m completely happy with it. I’m more a daily driver with occasional snow play.
     
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  8. Dec 4, 2018 at 6:25 AM
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    Nice rig.! Good luck with your search for the 4runner... crazy how this is the second time in two days that I've heard of this issue... sounds like it has primarily hit the Tacomas' tho..?
     
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  9. Dec 4, 2018 at 7:18 AM
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    Thank you! Yeah it is a really common issue with Tacoma’s and I really don’t want to have to deal with it in the 4runner so that’s why I’m trying to figure out what issues may come with lifting a 5th gen if I end up pursuing selling my truck for it.
     
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  10. Dec 4, 2018 at 7:41 AM
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    jgcaps Lovin the Colorado Life.!

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    I've had my lift for about 3-4 months now and I have had no issues and absolutely love the ride..
     
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    So short answer - no bearing or vibration problems when lifting a 5th gen 4runner. If you keep it low (Say 2" and below) you can probably stick with the stock UCAs. Any higher and you will need adjustable UCAs so that you can get your caster back into spec.

    Then once you go to aftermarket UCAs, there is a good chance you will need either spacers or different rims to keep your tires from rubbing on the UCAs (Assuming you install taller and wider tires to go with the lift).

    THEN once you install spacers and/or different rims, there is a good chance you will need to do a Body Mount Chop to keep your tires from rubbing on the body mount. Of course you will also have to trim the inside portion of the front bumper as well.

    But no, no vibration or bearing issues. : - )
     
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  12. Dec 4, 2018 at 12:55 PM
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    Good to know there are no vibration issues or bearing issues. I plan on doing 3” but it seems that even then the needle bearing on the 4runners doesn’t seem to be an issue which is good. I appreciate the insight gentlemen.
     
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    You made me lol.
     
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    I am at about 2 1/2"s on Kings, the performance on, and off road is great. I don't think the needle bearing thing is a problem, but my Falken MTs probably drown that out. Lolimage.jpgimage.jpg
     
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  15. Dec 4, 2018 at 3:54 PM
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    I'm running ADS, and the ride is amazing.

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    How much did this set up cost you?
     
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    About $2700 for coilovers, rear shocks, rear springs and UCA's.
     
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    Thanks. Humor is always a risk as so many folks don't get it.
     
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    king 3" lift kit, fuel vectors, 285 toyo mt's, oem audio 500q, morimoto hid headlights, morimoto led fogs,
    Think long and hard before you make the change.
    Heres what I missed about my 2016 OR Tacoma
    Back up sensors for tight turning on the narrow trails.
    BSM
    Black headliner!
    Color Information screen with tire prssure for airing down, and all the other options of the color info screen between the tach and speedo. Instead of a monochrome 80's style ugly center info screen with virtually nothing to give.
    Tacoma has a much bigger navigation screen, the 4runner screen is the siaze of my cell phone. WTF was toyota thinking on this?
    Tad more horse power 278 over 270
    Towing... Tacoma 6500lbs 4runner 5000lbs
    Better gas mileage
    Wireless phone charger
    Under rear seat storage
    LED DRL
    Better stock stereo 4runner with premium sound didnt hold a candle to the Tacoma JBL system.
    cup holders! Tacoma had way more accesible for the driver
    Exhaust ran to the side of the tire. not sticking straight out back to catch rocks when wheeling.
    Both rigs were lifted the same height and both ran toyo MT 285/70/17
    These are of course are my opinions but something to think about.
    What I like about the 4runner over the Tacoma
    Better break over angle
    Better butt dyno feel in the 4 liter over the 3.5
    front end styling
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  20. Dec 8, 2018 at 10:41 AM
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    I appreciate the post! I’ve definitely been giving it thought but probably should wait a little longer before I pull the trigger. I don’t wheel a lot so a lot of the off road features aren’t huge to me,but I agree the interior dash on the 4Runner needs a SERIOUS update. I love the style of the 4Runner and how they look lifted and how much smoother they ride in comparison to the Tacoma. Beautiful rigs by the way!
     

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