A Toyota 4Runner lifted is a very beautiful sight. And an extremely popular choice for fans of customization. Today we’ll talk about the concept behind the lifting, the difference between various suspension packs, as well as my personal experience with my friend.
The initial idea for our project was not only to get the 4Runner lifted, but also make it super off-road-friendly, and we invested into a lot of other stuff, including skid plates, a front bumper, something cool for the rear bumper, and even some expensive batteries for the engine bay.
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I’ve been writing about cars for a while now, been a fan of the industry for an even longer time. And I can tell you from personal experience that customization is where the real fun starts. Just take some time and check out what some folks do with their vehicles. They truly think out of the box and go beyond regular and standard. I’ve told you the story about how me and my friends turned my uncle’s old Toyota Tundra into a blacked out beauty with painted body, rims, new seats, and, of course, a suspension lift. I promised you to talk about the lifting process in more details, and so, here I am. Painting and changing a few minor details and lifting a car are two very different things, even though some things might be similar.
My Love For Lifting And Online Help
Today we’ll discuss another Toyota brand – the 4Runner SUV.
Have you ever seen lifted Toyota 4Runners? I have, and it’s an astonishing sight. Personally, I’m not a big fan of lifting – the process, I mean. I only admire from a far 🙂
My friend Chris, on the other hand (the one we transformed the Tundra with), really loves it, and so everything I tell you guys today is what I’ve learned from him. I mean, if anything goes wrong, you know who to blame 🙂 No, seriously, I’ve learned so much from him, even though I’ve spend a lot of time studying the subject online. I always say that the Internet is a great source for gathering priceless info – and that’s true; you just gotta find the right web-sites and the right folks to get only the best coverage and not some BS that’s is all over the web these days.
So, let’s get the 4Runner lifted, shall we?
Lifting A SUV With My Best Friend
Back in the day, when I was working at my uncle’s dealership, I knew some dudes who practiced lifting on a daily basis, and I remember something from that time as well. About 4 month ago Chris invited me to his home (his home garage, to be exact), and showed me some very impressive work he had done with his car. The goal was to lift Toyota 4Runner a serious bit, and he persuaded me to stay and help him out (handing him screwdrivers, pliers, cold water – that kind of stuff). His wife and kids were out shopping in the mall, and we spend about 5 hours talking, messing around and taking care of business. We were both very happy with our final result, and so I’ve decided to share our experience with you guys. This is how we lifted 4Runner:
Toyota 4Runner Lifted – The Concept Behind The Plan
Some Toyota 4runner lifted pictures for you:
Without a doubt, upgrading the suspension and installing the Icon Suspension setup was one of the best things me and Chris did during our customization activities. Before going on with the plan, we tested the 4Runner off-road and it did pretty well with the standard shocks and springs, but still there was a lot that we knew we could improve. I gotta say that this 4Runner that my friend was driving was pretty new – we started working on it approximately 2 months after Chris bought it. And it was the latest 2015 edition, too, so, we could still smell the paint on the exterior and the leather upholstery in the interior.
True, this made the experiment a bit risky, but we were pretty confident in ourselves, so, we decided to proceed. We took an evolutionary approach with this job, moving up and adding stuff on the way. We began with an Icon Vehicles Dynamic package with 2” lift coils and 2” diameter shocks in the back and 2.5” remote reservoir extended-travel coilovers in the front. Before going with Icon we looked at other options as well, including offers from Toytec, Bilsteins 5100s, Old Man Emu, etc. They were all perfectly fine and could – without a doubt – lift Toyota 4Runner; plus, they were cheaper than Icon, but we still decided not to go cheap.
Getting The 4Runner Lifted – Step By Step
Chris always wanted to achieve factory-spec alignment specs with the lifting, so, we also bought upper control arms. We ended up with the Camburg uni-ball replacement upper control arms (well, he did). However, keep in mind that uni-balls are meant for racing trucks, and usually factory ball joints last longer. The plus of Camburgs is they have a +2degrees of positive caster, which allows you to get the truck/SUV back to where it was after you go through with lifting; back to factory alignment, that is. Next, we added bigger, bad-ass tires (285/70/17), rock sliders and a roof rack (that was my move).
The initial idea for our project was not only to get our brand-new 4Runner lifted, but also make it super off-road-friendly, and thus, we started to invest into a lot of other stuff, including skid plates, a front bumper, something cool for the rear bumper, and even some expensive batteries for the engine bay. Obviously, all of that work couldn’t be done in one day (for two reasons: time and money), so, we were adding new modifications to our mutual beast every week or so.
Icon Omega – The Best Lift Kit For Toyota 4Runner
Now, I know I praised the Icon Suspension kit we bought for our lifted 4Runner, but I gotta warn you that the rear mono-tube shocks with a 2-degrees diameter might not “keep up” with the front coilovers of 2.5-degrees, and the lift might not be a perfect 2.5-3-degrees. If you’re really serious about this, they I recommend cashing in for the ultimate lifting kit from Icon – Omega. It’s packed with double-bypass shocks (2.5-degrees in diameter), and the beautiful thing about them is you can independently adjust compression and rebound. Such a 4Runner lift kit is the best option if you’ve got that kind of money and want to invest into a serious project, and not just have a little bit of fun.
How To Lift 4Runner: A Lot Of Options
Also check out Icon’s own S2 and Total Chaos Fabrication – with either one you’ll be able to further reinforce the front end of your vehicle and make sure that your lifted 4Runner will stay that way for a very long time. Keep in mind that installing all those riches will take a lot of time – maybe as long as a month! Me and Chris had some experience in this field, so, we did the job in 3 days in total. Initially we were ready for a month-long adventure, but we were happy to finish the job sooner.
And one final thing: we still wanted to be able to drive the car “normally” after we got the Toyota 4Runner lifted. And that’s exactly what we went for. Today Chris is equally enjoying his wild-nature/off-road experience along with regular stuff like taking his kids to school, driving to the mall, etc.
Alright, folks, that’s it! Keep customizing your trucks/SUVs and don’t let anything stop you! Obviously I didn’t talk about all the tiny details of our work, so, if you’ve got any questions on lifted 4Runner – do ask. I’ll try to answer them all and share a couple of tips and tricks. Hit me back!
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