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what is the best lift kit that is smooth

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by heheheigotarunner, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. Nov 24, 2018 at 4:01 PM
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    heheheigotarunner

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    I just got a 4runner it is bone stock it is not a trd line its just an sr5 so it looks boring I want to lift it but I don't know what lift to put on it. I need something that will not be a pain to drive and can be a daily driver for at least 40 miles a day
     
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  2. Nov 24, 2018 at 4:15 PM
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    So you are only after looks? Get a spacer lift, black rims, and more aggressive looking tires.

    Or...

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Dec 11, 2018 at 1:25 PM
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    do you have a picture? I am considering a similar set up to you and just bought an SR5 like the OP. I'm most curious about whether the 1.6 will bring it to level with stock shocks and springs in the back.
     
  5. Dec 11, 2018 at 2:32 PM
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    To be determined
    Best Lift: Kings with total chaos UCAs
     
  6. Dec 11, 2018 at 3:14 PM
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    I have an SR5 as well. I'll try to get a picture on level ground within the next few days. With 1.6" of lift in the front and stock coils all around, I have a very slight amount of factory rake. I've put a level on the frame to test and it's very close to being level, but not exact. If you don't want any factory rake, you'll have to go up to the 2.5" lift setting and add a 3/4" spacer to the rear. That should get you pretty close to being dead level.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2018 at 12:08 PM
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    So I double checked a couple of things yesterday after writing this and here's what I found:

    I didn't know this before, but my garage floor is not completely level. When my truck is parked in the garage, it has the appearance of a slight factory rake, but the rake is in the same direction that the floor dips (garage floor is a tad higher at the rear wheels and lower at the front). So the appearance of factory rake is most likely a function of how it's sitting in my garage.

    All and all, I think 1.6" of lift in the front will put you really close to being level. But even at this height there are other design cues on the 4Runner that will give in the appearance of factory rake. The wheel wells in the back arch up a bit higher than the fronts and the bottom of the windows have a slight dip from back to front if you're looking at a side profile.

    Here's a pic:

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  8. Dec 12, 2018 at 2:11 PM
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    Figures. Appreciate the pics, that looks great. A slight rake towards the front is acceptable for me because when loaded it's probably just right. I want the eibach's but I really don't want to have to go with the full 2.75 in front because my wife is about 5 ft even and this is a DD. From what I read the stock shocks will keep the ride smooth.
     
  9. Dec 12, 2018 at 3:27 PM
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    I'm really happy with the way the Eibachs ride. I liked the stock ride (for the most part) and was worried about making it too stiff. I heard a lot of people complain about how stiff Bilstein 5100's were. Haven't tried them on a 4Runner, but I've tried them on a different truck and they were definitely too stiff. Took them off and sent them back.

    The Eibach shocks with stock springs feel great. I don't feel every little crack in the road. Of course tires will also have an impact on ride quality. Don't get D or E load rated tires and watch your air pressures and it should ride great!
     

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