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Old 03-06-2019, 03:22 PM #1
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Leveling spacers...

ive read most the threads & stickies on lifting/leveling 4th gen 4runners & got most the info i needed, like the lift is ~2x the spacer thickness. & what shocks/struts/springs will fit the 4th gen.

i just bought a pair of used spacers that are 1" thick & made of amuminum & was curious of a few things before i install them. this is for an 08 sport with xreas that seems ok for now, so cheap spacers are all thats needed before i change out the xreas down the road aways.

1> what is the normal lift people are doing to level the front? will 2" (1" spacer) be too much of a lift & make the nose too high? i dont plan on or need to lift the rear, just want to level or improve the stock rake.

2> is there any issues or ride comfort problems with using aluminum spacers vs poly? are there any rubber isolators that should be used for these alum spacers? or just install & go?

3> will a ~2" lift require any other suspension mods? or change the alignment enough to need it re-aligned? tires on it now are crappy so doesnt matter for the short term, but will be getting some new 265/70/17 in the near future.

any pics of just a basic 1-2" front spacer lift?

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You'll definitely need an alignment.
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And possibly LCA bolts.
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thanks for the alignment info.

any other input on questions 1 & 2? & pics?
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And possibly LCA bolts.
if your lca bolts are seized your gonna need more than just bolts and prolly control arms. verify bolts are not seized before you start.
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Recent experience

I just did this yesterday on the same vehicle...first, I used a 3/4" spacer to get 1.5" of lift....perfect. Any more would have been too much.

Second, unless you're good down there, be really careful. The spacers can go in with the XREAS but you have to rotate the strut 180 degrees on re-install and run the risk of breaking the XREAS lines...which will wreck the entire system.

I had my mechanic do it, and he actually did split the line and wrecked the whol thing. I ended up going conventional.

Yes, you'll need an alignment, and mine also has 265/70 ATs.

Attached a picture....see if it's what you think you're looking for!
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thanks for the pic, looks great.

can you elaborate on the rotate the strut 180? why does it need to be rotated?
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prolly cause the spacer bolts to existing mount and spacer has studs 180 degrees apart

daystar has stud extenders and doesnt have to be rotated

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thanks, good to know these little detaiils before installing.

here are pics of the 1" spacers i bought, they dont have any markings or numbers on them, anyone recognize the brand?

i read a thread about the daystars & extended studs, do these look like they require extended studs? looks like a recessed area that maybe doesnt need extenders?? the seller said they were complete & as removed from the vehicle so hes saying they dont need anything extra & will install as is.
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those spacers bolt on over the existing strut mount studs. then you have to rotate 180 so you can bolt to upper strut mount
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I just did this yesterday on the same vehicle...first, I used a 3/4" spacer to get 1.5" of lift....perfect. Any more would have been too much.

Second, unless you're good down there, be really careful. The spacers can go in with the XREAS but you have to rotate the strut 180 degrees on re-install and run the risk of breaking the XREAS lines...which will wreck the entire system.

I had my mechanic do it, and he actually did split the line and wrecked the whol thing. I ended up going conventional.

Yes, you'll need an alignment, and mine also has 265/70 ATs.

Attached a picture....see if it's what you think you're looking for!
still confused about the rotate 180 thing... i havent looked at the suspension yet as the truck isnt on the road yet untill some other issues are addressed. im very mechanically inclined, have done a lot of work on older muscle cars including numerous full frame off restorations, suspension/engine & paint work, so doing the job isnt an issue, just not familiar with it yet.

i have the factory service manual & will look at videos of the install... but can someone explain why the shocks need to be rotated 180? is the rotation just to get the shock back in place then put back to normal position? or will they be installed 180 & stay that way? for XREAS that seems like an issue leaving it rotated & the lines twisted.

just trying to understand the reason for 180 rotation & if its just to get the shock back in or if thats how it will be positioned for good. if its for good, i think i may just go the 5100 route or FJ springs for the slight front lift i want to level it out some.
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so sounds like the strut has to be rotated 180 when mounted back in, that seems like a problem for the XREAS. i will look for the daystars or commit to doing 5100's. was hoping i could use these spacers with the xreas that still seems to function ok.

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I've heard it can work..

I've heard it can work but is tricky. I think I've seen a couple of videos of the install working, too, but even though I'm decently handy, that unless I had the right tools, it wasn't worth the potential hassle for me.

Good luck on yours; for the cost, the Billsteins might make as much sense as anything else.
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I think those are the same ones I have. They were purchased from a shop on eBay.

Here's similar:
StreetRays 2" Front Leveling Spacer Lift Kit 95-04 Toyota Tacoma 4Runner 4WD 2WD | eBay
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I think those are the same ones I have. They were purchased from a shop on eBay.

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StreetRays 2" Front Leveling Spacer Lift Kit 95-04 Toyota Tacoma 4Runner 4WD 2WD | eBay
the ones linked say are for 95-02 4runner & 95-04 tacoma. the ones i have came off a 13 tacoma & the seller said they should fit a 4th gen 03-09 4runner too.

did you install yours with the xreas or did you delete it before installing them?
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