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Old 11-12-2020, 12:55 PM #1
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Need Recent Recommendations for Replacement Shocks and Struts

I used the search function but the posts were all very old. I have a 2007 4Runner that needs font struts and rear shocks replaced. Does anyone have a good recommendation on what and where to order from?

Daily driver, seldom off road use, and don't want to lift it.

What are your thoughts on the complete strut assembly? Lat time I used a spring compressor to replace struts I felt like I was holding a land mine in my hands the whole entire time.

This seems like a good deal but there are no reviews:

2007 Toyota 4Runner (without X-REAS Suspension System) Front & Rear Complete Shock Assembly & Shock Absorber Kit 8 Piece Set

I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Thanks!
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If you donít want a lift and itís your daily driver and seldom off-road, the suspension youíre looking at should be fine.

Getting the struts pre-assembled makes it a lot easier to replace the front suspension.
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My bet is that you will see no difference with the old shocks you have now versus the new set that you're looking at. In other words, the cheap new ones probably are not better than very used OEM shocks.
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You don't need to use a spring compressor to remove the springs from the struts. You can do it on the vehicle very easily and safely.

OME Install - no spring compressor - Toyota 120 Platforms Forum

Leave the sway bar connected and you won't need to support the hub as he does in the link.
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I installed a brand new suspension from a new 5th Gen 4R TRD Off-Road. It required two minor modifications. I've never been so happy with a comfortable suspension as I am with this one. My 4R has a smoother, softer ride than my friend's Lexus GX.

These suspensions are all over Craigslist around here for about $150. Taken off brand new 4Rs due to aftermarket upgrades.
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My bet is that you will see no difference with the old shocks you have now versus the new set that you're looking at. In other words, the cheap new ones probably are not better than very used OEM shocks.
Well, looking at an upgraded package - Bilsteins - but sold out....

Bilstein Height adjustable front and matching 5100 Rear shocks
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I installed a brand new suspension from a new 5th Gen 4R TRD Off-Road. It required two minor modifications. I've never been so happy with a comfortable suspension as I am with this one. My 4R has a smoother, softer ride than my friend's Lexus GX.

These suspensions are all over Craigslist around here for about $150. Taken off brand new 4Rs due to aftermarket upgrades.
I did the same on my rig, the set came off a 2019 4R I think with hardly any miles on them. Maybe $100 on E-bay just gotta watch. Like night and day and the front is a decent height now.
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Well, looking at an upgraded package - Bilsteins - but sold out....

Bilstein Height adjustable front and matching 5100 Rear shocks
I'd put the 5100 shocks in the "cheap new ones" category, but not nearly as cheap as the ones that you were looking at. Since you don't want a lift, maybe just go with KYB or Bilstein 4600. Look at what Rockauto has to offer. I have 5100s on my 3rd Gen and I wouldn't buy them again.
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Invest some time cruising the local classifieds. Find somebody that's selling their take offs. Easy to find low mileage units. With a little shopping maybe you can snag up a trd pro takeoff(that's not ridiculously overpriced).

Then you've satisfied your needs, kept budget low and retained OEM reli/durability.

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I used the search function but the posts were all very old. I have a 2007 4Runner that needs font struts and rear shocks replaced. Does anyone have a good recommendation on what and where to order from?

Daily driver, seldom off road use, and don't want to lift it.

What are your thoughts on the complete strut assembly? Lat time I used a spring compressor to replace struts I felt like I was holding a land mine in my hands the whole entire time.

This seems like a good deal but there are no reviews:

2007 Toyota 4Runner (without X-REAS Suspension System) Front & Rear Complete Shock Assembly & Shock Absorber Kit 8 Piece Set

I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Thanks!
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I'd put the 5100 shocks in the "cheap new ones" category, but not nearly as cheap as the ones that you were looking at. Since you don't want a lift, maybe just go with KYB or Bilstein 4600. Look at what Rockauto has to offer. I have 5100s on my 3rd Gen and I wouldn't buy them again.
Thanks! - I just ordered the 4600's.
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Thanks! - I just ordered the 4600's.
I have 5100s so this may not apply to you, but check to make sure you actually have enough stud from the rear shock. Mine had barely enough stud left to get the nut started without some effort.
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I used the search function but the posts were all very old. I have a 2007 4Runner that needs font struts and rear shocks replaced. Does anyone have a good recommendation on what and where to order from?

Daily driver, seldom off road use, and don't want to lift it.

What are your thoughts on the complete strut assembly? Lat time I used a spring compressor to replace struts I felt like I was holding a land mine in my hands the whole entire time.

This seems like a good deal but there are no reviews:

2007 Toyota 4Runner (without X-REAS Suspension System) Front & Rear Complete Shock Assembly & Shock Absorber Kit 8 Piece Set

I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Thanks!
I put that set on my 03 4wd Limited about a month ago.
Donít think I was replacing the originals (had Gabrielís on it), but the springs looked like the OEM springs.
Mine is mainly a daily commuter on paved roads, mix of country roads, freeway, and city streets.
And I wanted something inexpensive.

No leaks on the old ones, but I was bouncing excessively over bumps/holes and lots of body roll.

These springs are definitely firmer (more coils) than what I took off, but still plenty comfortable for my tastes.
But the ride and handling is way more controlled than with the old ones, and a lot less continual bounce over bumps.
Have one big bump/dip on my commute that I used to bounce all over the place if I hit it going fast. Now it is a single bump and then flattens right out at similar speeds.

And I drive it hard when I hit some curves, and noticeably less body roll and easier to track on my line when really committed and pushing hard in a curve.

Obviously canít speak to longevity though, will have to see how long they last and if they were worth the lower price.

Probably not as good as some of the name brand options, but was a definite improvement over the old/worn ones.
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there are qute a few recent threads on replacing shocks, even though you wnet with the 4600's teh KYB are excellent replacements & are far better than any worn out 13 year old used shocks. they great great reviews & are priced right & come with new springs installed.

also i know this is a nit pick but 4runners do not have struts, they just are a coil over shock.
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