Spacer Leveling Kit Install 5th Gen 4Runner

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Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit Install on 2016 5th Gen 4Runner

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Step by Step Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit Install on Toyota 5th Gen 4Runner

Since we already have a ToyTec Leveling kit installed on our other 4Runner, we decided to go another route. If you are looking for a step by step 5th Gen 4runner leveling kit install, keep reading. We got it right here. 

Pro Comp Makes Leveling Kits that fit all 5th Gen 4Runners (2010, 2011, 2012, 2o13, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). This specific Pro Comp 4Runner Leveling Kit Install will be done on the third 4Runner in our family, the 2016 5th Gen SR5 4Runner. This Pro Comp level kit is one of the largest level kits that Pro Comp offers for the 4Runner. Any larger, you would want to put a lift on your 5th Gen.

We will be putting a stage 2 Icon or Old Man EMU lift on our other 4Runner here soon. Right now, we have a Toytec 4Runner Leveling Kit on the 2014 TE (Trail Edition) 4Runner but that will all soon disappear and turn into an off-road capable 5th Gen. There are so many options when it comes to 5th Gen 4Runner leveling kits, it’s on you to decide what’s right for your daily driving and off-road driving needs. For now, we are running with a simple leveling kit for the ladies 4Runner (mostly roaming around town).

For now, we are running with a simple leveling kit for the ladies 4Runner (mostly roaming around town). This Pro Comp level kit will end up living on this 4Runner for quite a while. Let’s see how the install goes.

Pro Comp 4Runner Leveling Kit: Model #65210K

If you Want to Add Shocks

Limited Edition 4Runner’s with XREAS (Front Level Only)

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Big Thanks to Jimmy at SnailTrail4x4 for the help on this leveling kit. Good times, good laughs and a whole lotta fun.

Spacer Level Kit Step #1 – Measure Front & Rear From Center of Hub

This is an optional step, but it helps to determine if you executed the spacer kit install correctly. Measure the height for your hub to the body of the 4Runner on the front and rear. Note these numbers as you will measure again after the lift is complete. Make sure that your numbers match up with your leveling kits numbers.

4Runner Spacer Level Kit - Measure Front &Rear

Spacer Level Kit Step #2 – Crack Wheel Lug Nuts Before Lifting

This should be an obvious one but we will throw it in. Crack your lug nuts before lifting your 4Runner. If you fail to do so, your wheel will spin when you try to remove the wheel.

Spacer Level Kit Step #2 - Crack Wheel Lug Nuts

Spacer Level Kit Step #3 – Lift and Jack 4Runner on Frame

After you crack your lug nuts, lift your 4Runner with a Jack and then place Jack Stands under your frame. You will want a decent amount of room to work with underneath so try to get your jack stands as high as possible.

Spacer Level Kit Step #3 - Lift and Jack 4Runner on Frame

Spacer Level Kit Step #4 – Loosen Front Strut Assembly (Top of Strut)

You want to loosen most bolts on your front strut assembly for this leveling kit install. It doesn’t really matter which order you do this. We started with the top and worked our way down. Start with the top of the front strut bolts by loosening them.

Spacer Level Kit Step #4 - Loose Front Strut Assembly

Spacer Level Kit Step #5 – Loosen Strut Assembly (Cam Bolt x2, Strut Bolt x1, Lower Control Arm Knuckle Bolt x2)

Moving towards the bottom of the strut assembly, you will find 5 additional bolts:

  1. Cam Bolts X 2
  2. Strut Bolt X 1
  3. Lower Control Arm (LCA) Knuckle Mount Bolts X 2

Just crack and loosen these bolts for now. We will be removing them later.

Spacer Level Kit Step #5 - Strut Assembly (Cam Bolt x2, Strut Bolt x1, Lower Control Arm Knuckle Bolt x2)

Spacer Level Kit Step #6A – Remove Skid Plate

Removing skid plate requires the removal of 6 bolts. There are 2 10mm bolts, 4 12mm bolts, and one plastic cap. Unscrew these bolts and remove the skid plate. There are two tabs on the skid plate that lock into the frame. This will take some skill maneuvering through this but if you have two people, it should go quicker.

Spacer Level Kit Step #6 - Remove Skid Plate

Spacer Level Kit Step #6B – Save Hardware OEM Skid Plate

Place your skid plate to the side. Unless you want to throw it away, you will be using all OEM parts to put it back together.

Save OEM Hardware from Skid Plate Removal

Spacer Level Kit Step #7 – Knock Out Strut Bolt (Rubber Mallet & Punch)

Using a rubber mallet and a punch, knock your strut bolt out.

Spacer Level Kit Step #7 - Knock Out Strut Bolt (Rubber Mallet & Punch)

Spacer Level Kit Step #8 – Support Lower Control Arm with Jack

While the lower control arm (LCA) is still connected to the knuckle, support it with a jack. By doing this, you can support the lower control arm while unbolting the knuckle mount.

Spacer Level Kit Step #9 - Support Lower Control Arm with Jack 

Spacer Level Kit Step #9 – Remove Lower Control Arm Knuckle Mount Bolts

Remove both lower control arm knuckle mount bolts.

Remove Lower Control Arm Knuckle Mount Bolts

Spacer Level Kit Step #10 – Remove 4Runner Front Strut

Once you have removed the lower control arm knuckle mount bolts and all other connected bolts, drop out the front strut. When dropping out the front strut, you may need to wiggle things around a bit. They can be stubborn.

Remove 4Runner Front Strut

Spacer Level Kit Step #11 – Secure Strut Spacer to Front 4Runner Strut

Place your new front strut spacer leveling kit on top of the OEM Strut or aftermarket struts if you have them. Using the OEM hardware, bolt down the front strut spacer leveling kit on top of the strut. You are now ready to re-install the front strut back into place.

Secure Strut Spacer to Front 4Runner Strut

Spacer Level Kit Step #12 – Insert Front Strut Assembly

Lift your front strut assembly yup through the upper control arm (UCA) and into place. Lightly screw bolts back down securing the front strut into place.

Insert Front Strut Assembly

Spacer Level Kit Step #13 – Notice Correct and Incorrect Placement of Front Strut

Please note that we installed the front strut but we did not line up the strut with the lower control arm. Be aware that there is a correct placement of the strut back into and onto the lower control arm.

Correct and Incorrect Placement of Front Strut

Spacer Level Kit Step #14A – Tighten LCA Knuckle Bolts & Strut Bolt  w/ Torque Wrench

Once you have everything in place, jack up the lower control arm. By jacking up the lower control arm, you can align everything much easier and it takes less man power. Continue to tightening your LCA knuckle bolts along with your strut bolts. Use your torque wrench with the appropriate torque.

Tighten Down 4Runner Lower Control Arm Knuckle Bolts

Spacer Level Kit Step #14B – Tighten Cam Bolts with Torque Wrench

Be sure to torque down both cam bolts.

Tighten Cam Bolts with Torque Wrench

Spacer Level Kit Step #15 – Replace OEM 4Runner Skid Plate

Once you have all bolts torqued down, replace your skid plate with the OEM hardware and provided pacer hardware.

Replace Skid Plate

Spacer Level Kit Step #16 – Getting Started on the Rear Coil Spring Spacer

Yeah, buddy! Let’s get started on the rear coil spring spacer kit! It’s already looking better. : )

Rear Spacer Leveling Kit - 5th Gen 4Runner

Spacer Level Kit Step #17 – Unbolt Rear Shock & Sway Bar

Unbolt your rear shocks and sway bars.

Spacer Level Kit Step #18 – Remove Rear Coil Spring

Here is the tricky part. Removing the rear coil spring take a bit of maneuvering with the rear axle. Place a jack stand under one side of your differential and press down on the other. This will give you the ability to pop out the rear coil spring.

Remove Rear Coil Spring - 5th Gen 4Runner

Spacer Level Kit Step #19 – Rear Coil Spring Leveling Kit Spacer

Pictured below is exactly how you should place the rear coil spring spacer leveling kit on top of the coil spring. Lip down folks, lip down!!

Rear Coil Spring Spacer Assembly - 4Runner 5th Gen

Rear Coil Spring Spacer Assembly - 4Runner 5th Gen

Rear Coil Spring Spacer Assembly - 4Runner 5th Gen

Spacer Level Kit Step #20 – Installing Rear Coil Spring Spacer

Once you have the rear coil spring spacer placed on top of the rear coil spring, install the assembly back into place.

Everything will be much tighter as you are inserting another 2″ above the coil spring. The whole idea here is to press down on one side of your rear axle as much as possible to get rear coil spring with the spacer to fit. This is a job for two people, three might help even more. While one person pushes down the rear axle on the installation side, another can lift up the axle from the other end, while another person installs the rear coil spring with spacer.

Once you have both rear coil spring spacers in place, button everything down!!

Spacer Level Kit Step #21 – Bolt down Rear Shocks and Tighten Up Sway Bars: After this, you should be good to throw your tires back on and drive to the tire/ alignment shop.

Installing Rear Coil Spring Spacer - 5th Gen 4Runner

Finished Product – 3″ Front and 2″ Rear Spacer Leveling Kit for 5th Gen 4Runner

If you are looking for a good spacer leveling kit (front spacer and rear spacer) this Pro Comp is a pretty good option. This is not a full blown lift kit but is a mild type of lift kit that will give your 5th Gen 4Runner a great overall stance. There are plenty of spacer lift kits, coil spring lift kits, strut/ shock lift kits and suspension lift kits out there. It all depends on what look and feel you want before jumping on any one lift or leveling kit.

With that being said, this an awesome, easy to install leveling kit for a great price. For around $250-$350 – You have a pretty serious looking lift.

Options for running coil overs and rear shocks: 

  • Rear: Bilstein 5100 33-187174
  • Front Option 1 (Struts Only): 5100 24-196499
  • Front Option 2 (coil overs): 6112s – 47-259768 (This Coilover is adjustable from 0-2.5″ which means you can run the front strut spacer at 0″ or remove the front spacer and adjust the front coil overs to 2.5″)

2016 SR5 4Runner Before

5th Gen 4Runner Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit - Before

2016 SR5 4Runner After

5th Gen 4Runner Pro Comp Spacer Leveling Kit - After

2016 SR5 4Runner After 20″ Fuel Vapor Wheels & KO2 Tires

5th Gen 4Runner KO2 275/55R20 Tires & Fuel 20" Wheels

Please comment below and let us know what you think of this install and what leveling kit or lift kit you are running on your 5th Gen 4Runner.

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  • Sam
    Reply

    I have a 2016 TRD Pro 4runner will I have to change the shocks or do anything with the driveshaft after installing the kit?

    • Bgreene
      Reply

      Sam,

      No. The spacers are all you will need. The spacer kit is built for that exact 4Runner so they take the rear shocks, sway bar along with the front struts into consideration. You can always add aftermarket struts/ coil-overs in the front and aftermarket shocks in the back but this kit is plenty and all other OEM parts work great with just the kit. It also depends on how much (if any) you are going to take your runner off-road. If you do plan to wheel occasionally, you will be fine. If you plan on being really aggressive, you should look into aftermarket everything (IE: A Complete Suspension Lift – struts/ shocks) as opposed to a spacer lift. Hope this helps! Let us know what kit you go with!!

      • Bgreene
        Reply

        On a second note here:

        We are going to go with new rear shocks and possibly remove the front spacer. After we remove the front spacer, we will add new adjustable Bilstein coil overs (0-2.5″) and max them out at the 2.5″ height. By doing this, we will achieve a more rugged, durable and flexible suspension. This should put less stress on the undercarriage and perform better on and off-road. Stay tuned for a future post on the installation of the Bilstein front coil overs and rear shocks.

  • Gil
    Reply

    Hey Brenan,

    First, I’d like to say thank you for taking the time to educate us on the possible capabilities our T4Rs. I’ve been reading all of your articles.

    I was looking to purchase the Pro-Comp lift kit that you were recommending, but I just noticed that you have decided to remove the spacer kit for Bilstein coil overs and shocks.

    Not sure what it would cost to go with Bilstein on all four corners yet, but I’m sure this is the better way to go versus spacers on all four corners.

    When it comes to off-roading, I don’t plan to get too serious with it, but do plan to make an occasional joy ride. Besides that, I love the aggressive look of a 3/2 lifted T4R!

    I recently purchased a 2017 TRD PRO in Magnetic Gray, and can’t wait to get it lifted.

    Any suggestions? Thanks again.

    • Bgreene
      Reply

      Gil,

      Thanks for connecting! Glad to hear you are enjoying the posts. Congratulations on the 2017 MGM PRO!!

      We will eventually remove the front spacer and go with the 0-2.55″ Bilstein 6112 Coilovers ($607 for both). This is absolutely not necessary, but it will perform better than the spacer, on and off-road. We already purchased a set of rear shocks (Bilstein 5100 – $79 per shock) that should be going on the SR5 here in the next couple weeks. We are going leave the rear spacer on the back and eventually swap out the spring and spacer with a new 2″ coils which would make for a full suspension lift. But again, none of this is “needed”.

      This is a great kit to get started, even just understanding the undercarriage of the 5th Gen a little better, and it’s very affordable. You will not regret the look. As for off-road, this kit would suffice on fire roads and your everyday weekend adventures just fine. If however, you are pounding your suspension on rougher terrain, you may want to opt for a complete suspension lift.

      I think this kit was around $350, so well worth it in terms of looks. No problems with ride quality either. My suggestions would be relative as everything comes down to budget. Spacer kit is about $350 Vs. $600(front coils)+$200(rear coils)+$200(rear shocks) = $1000+ for suspension lift and Bilstein’s on all corners. All depends on budget but obviously coils all the way around would be the best.

      Good luck!! Any other questions, let us know.

  • Ray
    Reply

    Ok I have a dumbass question if I just wanted to bring the front end level with the without lifting the rear what kit would I need im new to Toyota

    • Bgreene
      Reply

      Ray,

      Not a dumb question at all. So, you have a few options if you just want to level the front of the 4Runner. It will be a pretty easy install as you do not have to remove the Upper Control Arms. Only the strut.

      1.5″ Spacer = Exactly Level (Check this kit out)
      2.0″ Spacer = 1/8″ Higher in the front (Check this kit out)

      A comment on that first one (1.5″): For those who want to level your 5th generation 4Runner (2010-2018) this is the kit for you.

      Let us know what you go with! Also, we would love to hook you up for sharing your step by step install when you throw it in.

  • Rod
    Reply

    Hey Brenan,

    I recently acquired a 2017 T4R limited. Is it possible to do the Pro Comp level kit with the Limited? It does have the Xreas on it. If not, what leveling kit would you recommend for us Limited owners?

    • Bgreene
      Reply

      Rod,

      Hey there. You have a few options for the XREAS.

      1. Rip off your XREAS and the sky is the limit. You can pretty much do whatever you want.
      2. Leave your XREAS on and you are limited to spacers or upgraded adjustable coilovers in the front. Being that we do not own a limited 4Runner or have not installed any kits on the limited yet, you may want to search through the forums and read through a few limited threads on installing level kits and suspensions. If you want to leave your XREAS on, you can run spacers in the front and a spacer in the rear. I would go with one of these in the front:
      1.5″ Spacer = Exactly Level (Check this kit out)
      2.0″ Spacer = 1/8″ Higher in the front (Check this kit out)

      For the rear, you can go with an aftermarket spring 1.5″ of lift or a spacer that sits on top of your spring.

      Hope this helps!

  • Wyatt
    Reply

    This may be a dumb question, but I’m confused. I just got the Pro Comp leveling kit in the mail, PN#65210K. On the front page of the booklet it says it is for a 2006-2011 FJ…does this kit fit both rigs or what?

    • Bgreene
      Reply

      Wyatt,

      Not a dumb question at all. The 5th Gen 4Runner sits on the same frame of the FJ and has the same suspension components. You are all set to use this leveling kit on your 4Runner. That is why you see on so many websites “Fits FJ and 4Runner”. We got the same instructions and installed the same kit. You are all good. Have fun with the install!

  • Chris
    Reply

    To follow up on Wyatt’s thread…I got the same kit and installed it yesterday. Trouble came when we tried to install the front differential spacers. Left (passenger side) one went in fine after loosening the two bolts on the arm. The right one we couldn’t get in because it is a different design with 3 bolts and also an “L” shape. You didn’t have these at all in the video. Are these needed? If so How do I get the driver side spacer in? 2017 4Runner. And a huge thank you for the video and step by step.
    Chris

    • Bgreene
      Reply

      Chris,

      Yeah, you do not “need” the spacers but you should put them on. This is a blub straight from the Forum that sums it up pretty well:

      I know a couple guys that have damaged their CVs in just 2 months of having their lift installed b/c they did not install a diff drop kit. On the flip side, I also know of a guy with a lifted 4Runner that has yet to have an issue with his CVs. Doesn’t mean he won’t, I’ll just have to wait and see. In short, just b/c you personally have not yet had any issues with your CVs, doesn’t mean you don’t need one. You may be fine now, but without a diff drop installed, you simply increase the risk of damaging your CVs in the long run. Remember, I didn’t say you would damage your CVs w/o running a diff drop, I simply said you greatly increase your risk of damaging them w/o a diff drop. It’s like riding a bike w/o a helmet. You can do it, but you greatly increae you risk of a head injury during a wreck without wearing one.

      We still need to throw them on our SR5. As soon as we throw them on, we will update this post.

  • Chris
    Reply

    Thanks Bgreene,
    If someone knows how to get the driver side one installed please let me know. Left was easy.
    Right……I’m stuck. Help.
    Thanks

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