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Would we have been better off going with the TRD Pro?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Scott0327, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Feb 11, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Scott0327 [OP] New Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    First Name:
    2017 Silver TRD Premium Off-Road
    Toytec 3” lift w/ Bilstien 5100 front shocks and coils, Toytec rear coils and Toytec Boss shocks. SPC Upper Control Arms. N-Fab step bars. TRD 17” Wheels w/ Nitto Terra Grappler G2 Wheels.
    Good afternoon,

    We bought our first Toyota about 10 months ago. We opted for a 2017 4Runner TRD Premium Off-Road. We went with the TRD Premium instead of the PRO because of $$$. This past week we installed a a 3 inch Toytec suspension lift with Bilstein 5100 coils and shocks in the front, Toytec rear coils and Toytec Boss rear shocks. Additionally, we swapped the factory Upper control arms for the SPC upper control arms. We swapped out the TRD Premium wheels for the 17 inch matte black TRD Pro wheels with 265/70/17 Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires. We swapped out the factory running boards with N-Fab step bars.

    We did a little bit of research before deciding on our modifications up to this point. A couple of questions though. Was it essential to swap the upper control arms with the 3 inch lift? Additionally, we spent about $3800 (parts and labor) on everything. Would we have been better off going with the TRD Pro right off the bat?

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2018
  2. Feb 11, 2018 at 8:57 PM
    PVT Pablo

    PVT Pablo Ultra Junior Member

    Mar 10, 2016
    First Name:
    Chesapeake, VA
    2016 4Runner TRD Pro
    As far as the upper control arms and the 3" lift, I say yes, a necessary mod. Running stock upper control arms with 3" of lift sucks.

    For the part about making the right decision TRD Premium vs Pro, we'd have to know what you paid for your 4Runner. Essentially the only difference between your rig now and a Pro is the suspension, and front grille. You have a 5100 series lift, the Pro has a 6112 series. The Pro's suspension is better, but yours is taller. The Pro can be lifted for about 400 bucks with a specific lift from Toytec. The TRD Pro grille is around $500.

    The one thing you have going for you is you have a moonroof, which the Pro doesn't.

    Lift looks great by the way.

    Curious as why you didn't opt for 285's for the tires?
  3. Feb 12, 2018 at 6:12 AM

    billnourse New Member

    Jul 12, 2017
    First Name:
    Bloomfield, NM
    2017 4Runner TRD Off Road Premium
    Toytec Ultimate lift, SSO Slimline bumper and 10,000# winch, emblem blackout, hood scoop wrap.
    6S2A6475-1.jpg I have a Toytec Ultimate and did not change UCA. Dealer installed and aligned. The dealer said the alignment was correct. It handles and drives just fine with no wandering, etc., so I would say that you did not need UCA's.

    Most of the Pro's deal is cosmetic with the exception of the suspension and it appears you have covered that with what you have for less than the price difference between the two vehicles. So unless you are really impressed with a grill and a couple of badges, you are good. As far as the wheels go, I wouldn't have gone with factory pro wheels at only 7" wide. What if you want bigger tires? I don't know what Toyota was thinking when they picked these wheels for a "PRO" off road vehicle.

    On my OR I had the dealer install the Toytec, running boards, and an SSO front bumper with Smittybilt 20x 10,000 winch with syn. rope for about 4,500. I added a blackout kit for 150.00 and am really happy with the result. My only other upgrade will be FNFX Pro wheels. They look just like the factory Pro wheels, only cost 799.00 and are 8" instead of 7".

    I got my OR Premium with KDSS and moon roof for under 40,000 so with my add on's I'm at about list for a Pro, and where can you buy a Pro for list.??

    Last edited: Feb 12, 2018
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  4. Feb 12, 2018 at 3:39 PM
    Riding Dirty

    Riding Dirty Sinner; saved by grace

    Jul 19, 2017
    2017 T4R Pro 040
    Is plasti-dip a mod?!
    I bought my pro at list.......:D

    OP, don’t sweat it, you wanted a lift, so you would’ve ended up spending more and ripping out all the suspension you would have paid a premium for anyways. Plus, if you like the moonroof option, it’s not available for the pro.

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