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Old 01-06-2020, 07:26 PM #16
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@hbrogers Any updates?

Curious on which route you are going?
No updates yet. So many different routes to take I don't know which would be best. As I'll be adding bit's and pieces at a time, the only way I see to do it is buy a suspension that has stiffer springs and suffer with a less desirable ride until all the weight is added. Really don't want to do this but think it might be the only route to take.
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Thanks for the input. I've been looking at doing the Fox 2.5 up front and 2.0 in the rear but would I be able to do just 2 inches up front? I'd really like to not have to spend more money on UCA but understand if that is a necessity. I definitely will need good caster since it's DD.
Just a bit of clarification. A fox 2.5 vs 2.0 - the number is a reference to the shock piston diameter. So a fox 2.5 means the size of the shock piston. Fox 2.5 and 2.0 front coilovers can be set at any height from stock to 3 inches of lift or more. So you could use either the 2.0 or 2.5 shocks and have a lift height at 2 inches.

There's very little information on the 2.0 fox shocks for the 4Runner. I think they're a bit too expensive for what you get. The 2.5's are a big step up into the next grade of shock and they're a lot more popular because they're competitively priced with similar offerings from others. With some minor variation - all of the 2.5 inch shocks from Fox, King, SAW, ICON are basically the same. Pick your favorite color.

For something less than that - the Bilstien 6112 are a pretty solid option that a lot of people like with a lower cost. And I wouldn't count out a twin tube shock either. Some of them can ride pretty nicely and work really well if you don't need to do high speed desert runs. Dobinsons, ARB, and others offer some pretty good stuff that is not too expensive and works well for most people's use.

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Just a bit of clarification. A fox 2.5 vs 2.0 - the number is a reference to the shock piston diameter. So a fox 2.5 means the size of the shock piston. Fox 2.5 and 2.0 front coilovers can be set at any height from stock to 3 inches of lift or more. So you could use either the 2.0 or 2.5 shocks and have a lift height at 2 inches.

There's very little information on the 2.0 fox shocks for the 4Runner. I think they're a bit too expensive for what you get. The 2.5's are a big step up into the next grade of shock and they're a lot more popular because they're competitively priced with similar offerings from others. With some minor variation - all of the 2.5 inch shocks from Fox, King, SAW, ICON are basically the same. Pick your favorite color.

For something less than that - the Bilstien 6112 are a pretty solid option that a lot of people like with a lower cost. And I wouldn't count out a twin tube shock either. Some of them can ride pretty nicely and work really well if you don't need to do high speed desert runs. Dobinsons, ARB, and others offer some pretty good stuff that is not too expensive and works well for most people's use.

Good luck.
Thanks for that clarification. I figured the Fox 2.5s could be set at 2in but glad you solidified my assumption. Right now I'm guessing my picks for setup would be....

Fox 2.5 F / 2.0 R
Bilstein 6112 F / 5100 R
Dobinsons but not sure which setup
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Just my opinion but I would have a hard time tearing apart a brand new 4Runner just to throw 5100 on them. I don’t really consider them an upgrade in capability, I consider them a good quality OE style replacement which accommodates a lift height. It’s the type of shock you buy to replacement a blown OEM shock and don’t want to buy garbage as a replacement.

I am a pretty big proponent of the 6112 for a daily driver/weekend warrior, it’s worth the extra coin over the 5100 in the front. Fox take-offs from a Pro would also be a nice find but they don’t do much for lift height adjustments.

Once you go to a performance 2.5, all other options basically feel like you bought a Monroe shock from Sears, but I also think it’s a somewhat high maintenance option unless you are really into suspension stuff and don’t mind blowing cash. 6112 gets you most of the way there without going too crazy.
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Thanks for the input. I've been looking at doing the Fox 2.5 up front and 2.0 in the rear but would I be able to do just 2 inches up front? I'd really like to not have to spend more money on UCA but understand if that is a necessity. I definitely will need good caster since it's DD.
Sure the front coilovers are adjustable from 0 to about 3 inches. If you stay at 2 inches up front, you should not need UCAs.
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I am curious to know your guys' take on 5160 vs 5100. I've read into it and understand that 5160's come with reservoir for additional oil to the shocks but at what point is it beneficial to go to 5160s from 5100. Mine is also a daily driver but do mild off-roading about twice a month.
i went with 5160s and dobinsons 1.5" coils which really gave me 2 or so inches of lift. i dotn have any weight in the back so the rear is pretty stiff, but no issues for the last 25k miles or so
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I'm still trying to decide on suspension setup but I did get a quote for OME Nitrocharger Sport suspension and labor. I was quoted the following:

Front struts and coils, rear coils and shocks, new top hats = $956.35
Labor $800.00 (8 hrs.)

I was pretty surprised by the labor charge on it and was wondering if that was typical or if I should continue to look around?
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My shop installed both front and rears + alignment for $550
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My shop installed both front and rears + alignment for $550
Thanks for the info. I was thinking $800 is high and that doesn't include alignment. He mentioned 8hrs is industry standard but I guess I'll shop around a little more.
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