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Stiffer sway bar for an SR5?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by a522467, Oct 10, 2021.

  1. Oct 11, 2021 at 4:35 PM
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    McSpazatron

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    While I cant speak for swaybar options (they may be out there, but I havent seen much direct experiences by others discussed in the forum), I can speak to the effect of a good suspension setup. Your may be fine, but just softer than you like. I got Dobinson IMS with their stock weight rear springs, and the slightly heavier front springs…. This setup drives like a well sorted sedan with a good suspension. Lean is very well controlled. So just know diffferent springs and/or shocks can be an option to change the character of your ride (if you happen to strike out on a sway bar options)
     
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  2. Oct 12, 2021 at 2:44 AM
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    I might have missed it, but are you still running the stock tires? The change from P265/70's to a BFG 255/75 C-rated was dramatic for me. I have the Toytec 1.6's in front and Bilstein 1" in the back with 5100's on all four, but it wasn't until the tire change that a real difference in handling was noticeable.
     
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  3. Oct 12, 2021 at 3:59 AM
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    Yes. Good point! The stock Bridgestones are awful. I’ll be changing them to BFG KO2s soon. Thanks. Curious why you went with the thinner 255/75 though. I was thinking of going with 275/70R17. Wouldn’t they fit?

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    Though I think skinny tires does not look good on a 4Runner looking dead straight skinny tires seems to be more functional than wider tires. I think those who like skinny tires highly recommend 255/80R17. Most 255/80R17 tires are 33in tall tires and very few 285/70R17 tires are 33in tall.

    Here's a good explanation -
    https://youtu.be/dvIZSq9D4Zg
     
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    Once you experience how well a moderately tall-n-skinny tire works, you quickly forget about the style aspect. In snow, soft surfaces (farm mud) and aired down for sand they are great. I have a set of DuraTrac's for winter and sloppy conditions, and KO2's for my 70/30 dirt road/paved driving.
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  6. Oct 12, 2021 at 7:14 PM
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    I was hoping to find aftermarket sway bars for my wife's new 4 Runner. It also has IMO excess body roll in turns.
    I replaced the stock sway bar bushings with Whiteline bushings and it helped. My wife could tell the difference. For me, it still needs better sway control.
    IMO there is no substitute for a heavier sway bar when it comes to controlling body roll. From my research, no one offers an option for Gen5 4 Runners.
    I'm hoping different springs and shocks will help in the near future.
     
  7. Oct 12, 2021 at 9:03 PM
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    Thanks. I’ll update the thread if I find something that fits. ADDCO is saying p/n 2301 for the rear, and I might try Hellwig’s Tacoma bar on the front.
     
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    Another fairly easy option would be air bags in the rear. I haven't tried them yet, but they worked well in my Frontier, and others like them in the 4R.
     
  9. Oct 14, 2021 at 10:07 AM
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    Pinstripes, lots of em.
    I'd try changing your tires and see if that improves anything. I found the handling of my similarly equipped 4Runner to be fantastic. I had stock size Falken Wildpeak AT3w put on day one, immediately after leaving the dealer.

    Next up was my Eibach Pro Truck Lift (4 shocks / 4 springs). I have it set at the lowest setting on the front shocks. Finally I had SPC upper control arms added with my next tire size - 285/70R17.

    Best handling in the curves was with 265 Falkens. 285's are bigger and heavier. While the steering is tighter with the UCAs, the mud tires don't grip as well. I can go pretty fast in the curves when it's dry. Wet / damp, I have to really slow down.

    I'd try some different tires.

    Otherwise I hate to say it but...
    You just need to get used to the way the 4Runner handles. It handles differently that most pickup trucks.

    Off-road I find tippy is fun and am amazed about how sideways I get my 4Runner.
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  10. Oct 14, 2021 at 10:35 AM
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    Funny, I have a similar pic:

    :D

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    You have to tilt it until the trees are straight to really see. I think you're more tilted than me in yours.
     
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  11. Oct 14, 2021 at 8:54 PM
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    I had an ‘08 4Runner for many years, so I thought I knew what to expect. It had the Urban Runner package though, which probably had sportier suspension for on-road shenanigans. Im pretty confident that tires and sway bars will do the trick on this ‘20 SR5.
     
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  12. Oct 15, 2021 at 3:45 AM
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    - GOBI roof rack and ladder - Westcott Design Rock sliders - M.O.R.E. Underbody Skid plates - Dual ARB air compressor & ARB single compressor - LED interior lighting - Ironman 2.0 meter awning and enclosure - Ironman winch with factor55 hook - Ironman foam cell pro suspension - Ironman recovery snatch rope - Ironman recovery traction boards - lilbscustomfab Hybrid Front Bumper - lilbscustomfab BMC - RRW RR7-H Hybrid Beadlock wheels - Nitto Trail Grapplers 285/75/17 M/T - 4.88 gears - ARB front air locker - ARB rear air locker - Hi-lift jack & mount - Sony aftermarket speakers - LASFIT External LED Light Conversion - Center console organizer - Glovebox organizer - ICS phone Mount holder - C4 rear bumper with dual swing arms - C4 gas skid plate - C4 rear diff skid plates
    I honestly believe in suspension. I put an Ironman suspension on and it was night and day difference. So much stiffer through the turns. This was me this past weekend going through a deep rut and my hood was just below this picture (phone was recording a video so I took a picture from that). I could reach out with no problem and touch the berm.
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