Leveling Kit on 2001 4runner

CashMoney

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I don't think your really gaining much with that. The best way to gain some ground clearance is bigger tires.
 

MotoMatt

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good choice on the Daystar kit. the Toytec kit is more expensive and people are getting better results with the Daystar kit or the Cornfed kit. Now if you plan to do a typical suspension lift, Toytec is the way to go. on my 4th gen i had Reno Toyota do my leveling kit for 1 reason. I have the XRES air suspension crap. i can take a corner and never lose grip because of the suspension, but it makes it a pain in the ass to work on it. does your 3rd gen have coilovers front or just coils? if you have just coils it should be a pretty easy job. coilovers are more of a pain because you have to rent or buy a strut compressor rather than a simple cheap coil compressor. make sure if you do end up going with the kit to get it all aligned afterwards. and like steve said, you wont get much height out of that but it will help to get a little bigger meat under there. the reason i leveled mine was because i hate the factory rake. i dont know the size of the stock 3rd gen tire but im running a 32 on my 4th gen with a leveling kit now.

call reno toyota, ask them your options on lifting it and ask for pricing. believe it or not they have a lifted suspension specialist and they leveled my 4runner with an alignment for cheaper than anywhere else i called. then ask them for their DIY kits and ask how easy it would be to do yourself.
 

Spence621

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good choice on the Daystar kit. the Toytec kit is more expensive and people are getting better results with the Daystar kit or the Cornfed kit. Now if you plan to do a typical suspension lift, Toytec is the way to go. on my 4th gen i had Reno Toyota do my leveling kit for 1 reason. I have the XRES air suspension crap. i can take a corner and never lose grip because of the suspension, but it makes it a pain in the ass to work on it. does your 3rd gen have coilovers front or just coils? if you have just coils it should be a pretty easy job. coilovers are more of a pain because you have to rent or buy a strut compressor rather than a simple cheap coil compressor. make sure if you do end up going with the kit to get it all aligned afterwards. and like steve said, you wont get much height out of that but it will help to get a little bigger meat under there. the reason i leveled mine was because i hate the factory rake. i dont know the size of the stock 3rd gen tire but im running a 32 on my 4th gen with a leveling kit now.

call reno toyota, ask them your options on lifting it and ask for pricing. believe it or not they have a lifted suspension specialist and they leveled my 4runner with an alignment for cheaper than anywhere else i called. then ask them for their DIY kits and ask how easy it would be to do yourself.

There's a shock inside the coil, is that Coilover? Sorry, I'm new to all the jargon. I don't want it that much bigger, 2.5 Inches is just about right. I have 28" AT's currently, it can fit 31"s I think. But I still want some articulation in the rear without rubbing. I Thought about swapping Land Cruiser coils , but I hear those are like 6" of lift. Would I need new shocks with the leveling kit?
 

MotoMatt

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There's a shock inside the coil, is that Coilover? Sorry, I'm new to all the jargon. I don't want it that much bigger, 2.5 Inches is just about right. I have 28" AT's currently, it can fit 31"s I think. But I still want some articulation in the rear without rubbing. I Thought about swapping Land Cruiser coils , but I hear those are like 6" of lift. Would I need new shocks with the leveling kit?

just noticed its a front only leveling kit. do yourself a favor. grab a jack. measure a spot on the front of your 4Runner, then jack up the front end about 4"-4.5". thats how tall the front end will be when you install that 2.5" spacer. when installing a spacer on the front end of a 4th gen 4runner you get about 1.5-1.8" of lift for every 1" of spacer, im sure the setup is the same on a 3rd gen. the 3rd gens are notorious for sagging rear ends as it is, add 4.5" lift to the front and youll look like you came straight out of Los Angeles.

here is a good place to start:
http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...rt&page=shop.browse&category_id=126&Itemid=72

i know i said the Daystar is better than the Toytec, but that is only for spacers. on a 3rd gen if your going to lift the front you pretty much have to lift the rear. leveling kits are more for vehicles that have the factory rake, which you dont have. you can pick up a good 3" lift for around $700 there. save your money over the leveling kit in your case.

if you go with just an inch or two of lift you can probably hold off on shocks, anything more definately get new shocks. thats why i think this is your absolute best bet:
http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...tegory_id=126&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72

then either find somebody with a coilover compressor or pay the extra $100 to have them assemble it for you, your choice.
 

Spence621

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just noticed its a front only leveling kit. do yourself a favor. grab a jack. measure a spot on the front of your 4Runner, then jack up the front end about 4"-4.5". thats how tall the front end will be when you install that 2.5" spacer. when installing a spacer on the front end of a 4th gen 4runner you get about 1.5-1.8" of lift for every 1" of spacer, im sure the setup is the same on a 3rd gen. the 3rd gens are notorious for sagging rear ends as it is, add 4.5" lift to the front and youll look like you came straight out of Los Angeles.

here is a good place to start:
http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...rt&page=shop.browse&category_id=126&Itemid=72

i know i said the Daystar is better than the Toytec, but that is only for spacers. on a 3rd gen if your going to lift the front you pretty much have to lift the rear. leveling kits are more for vehicles that have the factory rake, which you dont have. you can pick up a good 3" lift for around $700 there. save your money over the leveling kit in your case.

if you go with just an inch or two of lift you can probably hold off on shocks, anything more definately get new shocks. thats why i think this is your absolute best bet:
http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.ph...tegory_id=126&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72

then either find somebody with a coilover compressor or pay the extra $100 to have them assemble it for you, your choice.

The OME is definitely the best in terms of quality, I'll go for that. Which level should I get though, in terms of heaviness? I do Plan on getting a bumper eventually. Then I'd need bigger tires as well, or else it would look weird haha..
 

MotoMatt

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The OME is definitely the best in terms of quality, I'll go for that. Which level should I get though, in terms of heaviness? I do Plan on getting a bumper eventually. Then I'd need bigger tires as well, or else it would look weird haha..

if you plan to get a bumper and or winch in the future definately get the HD shocks and springs. since the 3rd gens are so prone to sagging, i would get the HD rear components as well. plus add in the weight of any equipment that would be stored in the back
 

Spence621

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Complete OME suspension for 96-02 4Runner
Front coil options: 882 coils (HD) for >150lbs front weight
Top Plate spacers: Top plate spacers for full 3 inch liftw 881 coils (+ $59.00)
Rear coil options: OME 891 rear coils 3 in lift for additional load
Front shocks: Unassembled
Rear shock options: 60027 For additional rear weight
Add rear shock stone guards (Pair): No OME9602-4R $758.99 $758.99
Subtotal: $758.99

Total: $758.99

How does that sound?
 

MotoMatt

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Complete OME suspension for 96-02 4Runner
Front coil options: 882 coils (HD) for >150lbs front weight
Top Plate spacers: Top plate spacers for full 3 inch liftw 881 coils (+ $59.00)
Rear coil options: OME 891 rear coils 3 in lift for additional load
Front shocks: Unassembled
Rear shock options: 60027 For additional rear weight
Add rear shock stone guards (Pair): No OME9602-4R $758.99 $758.99
Subtotal: $758.99

Total: $758.99

How does that sound?

should be a good setup. call around first about a coilover compressor. its more expensive than you think. if you cant get somebody to help you put the setup together you might end up spending more than $100 to have them assembled which would make it cheaper to have Toytec assemble them for you
 

MotoMatt

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Is that $100 on top of install at the Toyota Dealership? And what does the assembly entail?

you could probably do the install easily yourself if you get them assembled. call around. ask for pricing on assembling 2 coilovers, ask them pricing for install of the whole kit, and weigh your options. if you find somewhere that will assemble the front coilovers for well under $100 (factor in gas driving there, time out of your day, etc) then dont have Toytec assemble them, if you cant then i would say its worth the $100 to have them shipped to you assembled, then all you have to do is slide them in place of the old ones. when i was looking i couldnt find anywhere that would rent a coilover compressor, just a coil compressor. two different tools. some people use ratchet straps, i see that as a way to turn a good day bad quick IMO. your rear suspension is coils, not coilovers so you dont have to worry there.
 

Spence621

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you could probably do the install easily yourself if you get them assembled. call around. ask for pricing on assembling 2 coilovers, ask them pricing for install of the whole kit, and weigh your options. if you find somewhere that will assemble the front coilovers for well under $100 (factor in gas driving there, time out of your day, etc) then dont have Toytec assemble them, if you cant then i would say its worth the $100 to have them shipped to you assembled, then all you have to do is slide them in place of the old ones. when i was looking i couldnt find anywhere that would rent a coilover compressor, just a coil compressor. two different tools. some people use ratchet straps, i see that as a way to turn a good day bad quick IMO. your rear suspension is coils, not coilovers so you dont have to worry there.
So I could install it myself (probably with some help haha), and then get it alligned? That sounds pretty easy.
 

maxamillion2345

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I would do it yourself Spence. I'm sure if you post up people would be willing to help. I've pulled the coilovers on my Tacoma and on Joshs a few times now, so I'm sure it wouldn't be much different.

Josh and I took his to sears and they swapped em around for I think like 80 bucks. I've done mine twice and they were about 60 each time I did it.

Most tire shops will be able to do it if you just take in the assembly and parts. Or for 120 (on top of the cost of the shocks and springs) Wheelers off road will assemble and ship you the entire OME unit.

I've bought all my parts through Wheelers, and while I've also heard good things about Toytec, I've got to say Wheeler's has taken great care of me every time.

I'm running full OME on my truck and it's good stuff.


Edit: One caveat: On these IFS Toyotas, when lifted, they often won't be able to get back to the original alignment specs. To fix this, aftermarket companies have come out with new UCAs that add more camber and caster. Mine had this issue so I coughed up 400$ for Light Racing ball joint UCAs. These are the cheaper of the UCAs that are available. Most use uniballs. You may want to look into this problem for the 3rd gen as I'd expect they would have it as well and I see TC makes arms for them.
 

MotoMatt

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So I could install it myself (probably with some help haha), and then get it alligned? That sounds pretty easy.

exactly. i cant imagine it being all that hard. the whole lift seems to be complete bolt on. thats whats nice about a mild lift, not much work that needs to be done.
 

MotoMatt

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here is a pic of the 3rd gen with a 3" toytec on 33's:

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and another, same setup:

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RockRunner02

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You know I was tempted a few times to do a IFS lift on mine. I couldn't justify it back then. I got the truck in Nov. 05' and converted it in Oct. 06'. Back then there where not many options for lifts for it. Plus they where stupid expensive then! So I said f-it and skipped ahead 3,951 steps and did what I did.
 
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