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Old 06-16-2020, 11:42 PM #1
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Xreas failure at 30k miles

Title pretty much says it all. My drivers front shock is leaking at 30k miles. 2016 Limited purchased as a leftover March of 2017 so barely out of 36 month bumper to bumper.

Already spoke with Toyota Corporate and they were not very helpful. Toyota is offering $400 as a goodwill gesture towards replacing drivers front shock, lines, accumulator, and passenger rear shock. Dealer estimated $2200 at first, but once Toyota came to the rescue, dealer is now at $1800 for the job. So $1400 out of my pocket for an obviously defective part from the factory.

As of now, I (we) havenít noticed any degradation in handling. However, this is my wifeís daily driver and she does most of the parental duty hauling around our two amazing children.

I purchased the 4Runner because I thought it was the best mid size SUV available and had Toyota reliability behind it. I was wrong. Toyota has really let me down.

This has been beat to death on the forums and I should have known better. Xreas is failure prone.

Looking for recommendations on what to replace the Xreas suspension with. We get dirt on the tires 3 or 4 times a year, so just looking to replace with OEM quality. Not looking for a lift. Would prefer a compliant ride to off road capability.

Appreciate any input or commiserations.
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I feel your pain and frustration. Mine went out at 60k. The main thing I noticed when it went bad was extra body roll. I almost soiled my pants when I took a highway exit curve a little bit faster than usual and experienced much more body roll. You can replace the Xreas with any conventional suspension for a lot less. Bilstein 5100 are a popular choice. You can check for TRD Pro take off etc. Good luck.
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Thanks for the response and advice.

Yes, if I wasnít clear in my original post, I have zero intentions of putting any Xreas suspension back in the truck.

I intend to strip all xreas components and replace. Would like to keep a compliant sporty (little to no body roll) ride that the limited comes with though. Not sure if thatís possible. Have heard the Bilstein 5100ís can be a little stiffer than stock.

Also looking for longevity. Maybe Iím crazy but I think shocks should last a minimum of 75k miles with zero issues.
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Thanks for the response and advice.

Yes, if I wasnít clear in my original post, I have zero intentions of putting any Xreas suspension back in the truck.

I intend to strip all xreas components and replace. Would like to keep a compliant sporty (little to no body roll) ride that the limited comes with though. Not sure if thatís possible. Have heard the Bilstein 5100ís can be a little stiffer than stock.

Also looking for longevity. Maybe Iím crazy but I think shocks should last a minimum of 75k miles with zero issues.
5100s are a good inexpensive option. You could also consider 6112s up front and 5160s, 5100s, or fox 2.0s in the rear in conjunction with a new spring set depending on whether or not you want any lift
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I'd pull it and install your own suspension.
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Same here. Failed at approx. 50k


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I'd pull it and install your own suspension.

Thatís the plan.

Looking for input on options. Not really interested in a lift, just want something that handles as good or better than stock and is reliable.
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Mine failed at 60k. I knew it probably would so was expecting it. I haven't replaced it yet (Icon Stage 2 looking at me from their boxes as I type), but the only thing I've noticed is wheel hop until they warm up. Basically like the tire is out of balance, but it goes away after a few miles.
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Thatís the plan.

Looking for input on options. Not really interested in a lift, just want something that handles as good or better than stock and is reliable.
If you don't want a lift Bilstein shocks and some Eibach coils are a good choice.

Since the cost is similar, you might as well get one that can be adjusted to get some lift out of it.
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No brainer. Take the cash, rip them out and replace with at least Bilsteins.
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No brainer. Take the cash, rip them out and replace with at least Bilsteins.
Cash is only in play if spent at the dealership, so that's a no go unless I order something through the parts department maybe.
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That’s the plan.
While I didn't do the work there, I was quoted 6 hrs of labor to do the job at the dealer (conventional shocks front/rear + front coils), so if you have the capability to do it yourself, go for it.

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Cash is only in play if spent at the dealership, so that's a no go unless I order something through the parts department maybe.
Ah. Then let them keep the cash and do the rest.
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