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Old 03-28-2021, 09:35 AM #16
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I knew I would be bad at updating this thread... haha. So some updates. Lift/level kit is on. I went with Bilstein 5100s all the way around and 1Ē Cornfed rear spacers. I was nervous going into it because of all the posts about KDSS nightmares, but there is really nothing to worry about. It went smooth and the KDSS didnít cause any issues. I set the front at 1.75Ē but now Iím wishing I wouldíve went all the way up. I still have a slight forward rake but with the way the wheel wells are offset on the 4Runners it still looks like Iím nose diving. Iím debating on taking it all back apart again to move the front up.

I also added the Pro grille, Raptor lights and a front tag holder. All of that was a very fast and easy install. I know it isnít a Pro, but in my opinion all of the 4Runners should have came with this grille from the factory. I was going to paint the letters MGM, but honestly the dark silver they came in looks nice. I also know that the Raptor lights are ďplayed outĒ and overly popular, but I like the look.






After the leveling kit, I dumped the Westin running boards and ran across a few deals. I ordered an Artec Venture Series front winch bumper from Dinoís Offroad and also bought a set of Rago rear window panels from a guy on one of the 4Runner Facebook pages. I installed the rear window panels (very easy install) and ordered a Rough Country 9,500 lb. winch for the front bumper.






The winch I ordered came from a highly rated seller on eBay, and the listing said ďSAME DAY SHIPPINGĒ. Well several days after ordering I found out they didnít have the winch in stock and were having to have it drop shipped from the manufacturer with no firm date on when it would ship, so needless to say I wonít be putting the bumper on for a while. Iím also going to have to find a single row lightbar to fit the bumper. I have a 25Ē dual color red/white (for off-road and fire Department use) but it wonít fit, I need a 30Ē. Iím also still actively searching for wheels because I really canít stand how these factory wheels look haha.


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Looks good! I have a 2014 Trail w/ KDSS like yours. Agree that all the horror stories about putting a lift on a KDSS equipped 4Runner is mainly smoke. The rear is pretty straightforward (just put my 3rd set of springs in). The front gets alot easier with the use of ratchet straps.
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