Icon Stage 2 Lift 5th Gen 4Runner
Icon Stage 2 Suspension Lift – 5th Gen 4Runner (Overview)
Icon Vehicle Dynamics – Stage 2 Suspension Lift Kit – 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner
The 2010-UP Toyota 4Runner 0-3.5″ Suspension System – Stage 2 (Tubular)
Icon Vehicle Dynamics (Icon) is one of the highest sought after 4Runner suspension systems in the 5th Gen world. Icon Vehicle Dynamics make a true suspension lift that is a true testament to off-road functionality.
Unlike your average 5th Gen 4Runner spacer lift, Icon Suspension Systems are offered in a wide variety of stages ranging from introductory to highly advanced. With Icon Suspension Lift Kits, you have many options to rebuild many components and add to your suspension on the fly. While this suspension lift is not an actual “Lift Kit” is does somewhat act as one being that is is rebuildable and adjustable. With the 3″ suspension lift, you just swap out parts. With a real “4Runner Lift Kit” you have to move around brake lines and change many other components in order for the vehicle to operate. Icon, Fab Tech/ Dirt Logic makes full blown lift kits. But today, we are just talking “Suspension Lift”.
How much effort will this Install take?
While installing a 5th Gen leveling kit is much easier, they are relatively the same thing. The only difference with installing a full suspension lift is that you will be replacing the Upper Control Arms (UCA’s). This does require some extra effort. But, if you read our previous post about the Pro Comp Leveling Kit, you are familiar with how easy installing one of these kits actually is.
With the Icon Stage 2 with Extended Travel Coilovers and the Tubular Uniball Upper Control Arms, you are looking at a few more hours of work. And yes, it is a bit more advanced but not by much. If you have the right tools to get it done, you will be fine.
Icon Suspension Lifts Vs. Other Suspension Lifts?
The team at Icon Vehicle Dynamics made it easy for you to start with an introductory suspension system at around $2000. This is a complete suspension lift kit that will compete, if not dominate almost every other lift and 5th Gen 4Runner leveling kit on the market. The only other complete suspension systems that compare to Icon for the 5th Gen 4Runner would be KING (in my opinion).
Both manufacturers make stunning products that are truly built to last. But, both products perform better under different circumstances and both are made from different materials and manufactured differently. There are many 5th Gen 4Runner owners and Taco owners out there that claim “KING” might be the best, and that might be, but we are talking Verizon and AT&T here.
Icon Vehicle Dynamics is known to have slightly more affordable pricing and stellar customer service; however, that is to be debated as we have not run into an issue. Not that KING does not, their kits are just a bit more pricey and “how much” do you really want to spend on a suspension for your 5th Gen 4Runner. How much are you going to hammer and flex your suspension?
UPDATE (ICON CUSTOMER SERVICE): They sent us the wrong part, for our stage 2 suspension. Bummer but it happens. We called 5+ times on Monday, no answer. Sent 3 emails, left two voicemails. Finally, we got a one-sentence email back on Tuesday.
“Sorry for the mix up sir. If you provide mw with your shipping address I’ll rush you out a replacement spacer.”
Does Icon Still Have Amazing Products? Yeah, I am sure we are going to be stoked on this suspension.
The Benefit of a Complete “Tuned” Suspension
The benefit to Icon Vehicle Dynamics Suspension Systems for the 5th Gen 4Runner is that it comes as a complete kit and is tuned for our exact suspension. Even though this kit is supposed to be tuned for our 5th Gen 4Runner, it doesn’t feel like that after the install. After you install your Icon Stage 2, your front right driver will sit about 3/4 of an inch lower than the right.
And, Icon does not provide a spanner wrench to adjust your suspension after you install. Nor do they tell you this. You will either need to buy a spanner wrench or take it to an off-road shop and have them tune your suspension for you.
To me, that is crazy!
With KING, most of their components need to be fine-tuned for our 5th Gen. When tuned correctly, yeah KING suspensions are known to be the best for sure. With any aftermarket performance suspension, Bilstein Suspension and all others included, you will eventually need to rebuild or replace components as you hammer shocks and struts. It kinda just comes with the territory.
Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 2 Suspension Lift Kit – Overview
Similar to the IVD Stage 1 Suspension Lift Kit, Stage 2 uses many of the same components. The difference from the IVD Stage 1 Suspension Lift Kit to the IVD Stage 2 Suspension Lift Kit is the Extended Travel coilover shocks. The Extended Travel coilovers offer increased wheel travel that will enhance your off-road and on-road performance. Because of the extended travel, the IVD Stage 2 Suspension Lift Kit requires Upper Control Arms (UCA’s).
Icon Vehicle Dynamics Suspension Systems offer two types of Upper Control Arms.
- Tubular Steel Uniball
- Billet Aluminum
You can opt for the Billet Aluminum but they are a bit more expensive and offer very similar functionality. We chose the Tubular Steel Uniball as they are somewhat similar in terms of performance but are much more affordable. By going with a performance Upper Control Arm, you will have better overall articulation and much more strength as opposed to the OE UCA’s. Also, the Icon Vehicle Dynamics UCA’s have alignment correction built-in.
What Icon Say’s About The Stage 2 4Runner Lift Kit?
Icon recommends running the #56100 shock shin guards or any other shock boot to reduce the chance of shock damage. The front coilover shocks of the Icon Vehicle Dynamics Suspension System are located in a “vulnerable position” that may allow debris to make direct contact with the shock shaft.
(KDSS!) IMPORTANT: KDSS Equipped 4Runners require 54200 Rear Adjustable Track Bar (But, do they really?). NO.
There are many 5th Gen 4Runner owners that are not running the 54200 Rear Adjustable Track Bar and have no problems at all. If you plan on having flexed-out Friday’s every Friday, then you might want to get the 54200 Rear Adjustable Track Bar.
If you are fully flexed out, you will notice why Icon Vehicle Dynamics recommends that you run the Track bar.
But, you should be fine without it. We will install our suspension and then probably order the Track Bar at a later point. Better safe than sorry right.
Wheels & Tires (Can you go 34″??)
- Stock Tires and Wheels: Yes
- Aftermarket Wheels: 8-8.5″ wide, 4.75″ backspace
- Aftermarket Tires: 33″ x 11.25
- 34″+ Tires: They will fit but rubbing is possible. (Fender Mods and Body Mount Chop might be needed).
The 34″ tire question with stage 2 icon lift is a bit of a tricky question. Some guys say they run it just fine with no rubbing and some have had to make drastic changes to their frame, body and plastic wheel weel covers. We will see once we finish our install on the stage 2 icon what happens. We will be running 34″ Toyo Open County AT 2 (285/75r17’s) with 17″ Fuel Anza Wheels on the Trail4R 4Runner. Depending on what 5th Gen 4Runner Wheels you are running will depend on what mods you are going to need. If you have any questions about installs, wheel size, tire size or installing this lift kit, give us a call or contact us. We have pretty bad ass customer service.
Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 2 Kit Parts
- 58647 (x2): Extended Travel Coilover Kit (2.5″ Shocks = 3.5″ of Front Lift)
- 58451 (x2): Tubular Steel Uniball
- 52700 (x2): 4Runner Rear Spring Kit
- 56505 (x2): 1-3″ Rear 2.0 Aluminum Series IR Shocks
Additional Options that you can spend more money on…
- 56100 | icon rear shock shin guards
- 54000 | billet lower adjustable link arms
- 54100 | billet upper adjustable link arms
- 54200 | adjustable track bar
- 52800 | icon overland series dual rate 3″ lift rear coil springs
- 56104 | rear hydraulic bumpstop kit
- 191011 | icon tubular uniball upper control arm cover caps
- 198000 | icon 2 pin spanner wrench
58647 (x2): Extended Travel Coilover Kit (2.5″ Shocks = 3.5″ of Front Lift)
The Extended Travel Coilovers (2.5″ Shocks = 3.5″ of Front Lift) are a step above the Stage 1 Icon Lift. The biggest difference in the two coilovers is the actual travel or length of the actual strut and coil. In terms of actual up-travel and down travel for these shocks, you are looking about 1″. Yeah, that’s right. The extended travel coilovers offer 1″ of extra “droop”. Doesn’t seem like much but 1″ makes a huge difference in many areas of life.
Being that the actual coilover is 1″ longer really means you have 2″ of extended travel when measured at the wheel. So yes, the Extended Travel Coilovers are worth it and they provide a noticeable difference if you are paying attention and care about all of the details in your suspension lift.
OE Travel Vs. Icon Stage 1 and Stage 2 Extended Travel
- Stock Coilover Front: 7.87″
- Icon Stage 1 Front: 9.5″
- Icon Stage 2 Extended travel: 10.5″
58451 (x2): Tubular Steel Uniball (Upper Control Arms)
By upgrading your 5th Gen 4Runner suspension to an aftermarket rebuildable suspension, you are technically getting your caster and camber out of spec. When purchasing a new suspension system, you have the option to stick with your OE Upper Control Arms (USA’s) or going with aftermarket Upper Control Arms (USA’s). Most of the time, if not always, it is a good idea to get aftermarket Upper Control Arms (USA’s) with your suspension lift to account for correct caster (more adjustments). If you have low caster, you may have bad alignment and consistently make trips to the service center when all you really needed was a pair of aftermarket Upper Control Arms (USA’s).
If you are running stock Upper Control Arms (USA’s), you just run the risk of wearing them out after awhile, if you are running a 2.5-3.5″ lift. With stock Upper Control Arms (USA’s), you will have a tough time dialing in your castor, with aftermarket Upper Control Arms (USA’s), it makes life much easier. The increase in castor may mean the difference of rubbing or not rubbing your tires against the body.
52700 (x2): 4Runner Rear Spring Kit
Doesn’t the picture above just say it all. Holy shit, those coils are pretty. The 52700 4Runner Rear Spring Kit that is included in the stage 2 suspension is Icon Vehicle Dynamics Suspension go-to when it comes to rear springs for the 5th Gen 4Runner. These springs will help with load bearing in the rear and are guaranteed to never sag. That is saying a lot coming from an industry where many 5th Gen 4Runner coils and springs are prone to sagging.
When mounted with the 1-3″ Rear 2.0 Aluminum Series IR Shocks, the support on-road and off-road is unmatched in terms of feel and performance. If you decide to go with an Icon Vehicle Dynamics Suspension for your 5th Gen 4Runner, you will not be disappointed.
56505 (x2): 1-3″ Rear 2.0 Aluminum Series IR Shocks
The rear 2.0 Aluminum Series IR Shocks are about as basic as this kit gets without being “basic”. In terms of this whole suspension system, the rear shocks without remote reservoirs are kind of basic. We probably should have purchased a kit with remote reservoirs so the shocks last long but we will see what happens down the road and go from there.
Yes, they are Icon shocks and are incredibly well made but what is so different about these shocks compared to others? There are many other shocks like Bilstein and Fox that are comparable but do they offer as much dependability? Dependable is all subjective here as it depends on the type of terrain you are putting your shocks through. All aftermarket rear shocks are going to be replaced or serviced one day.
With that being said ICON and KING again are some of the best. If you are looking for the best of the best without spending an arm and a leg, go with ICON. If you are super rich, you may want to buy a KING suspension but then again the Icon Stage 6/7 is pretty bad ass.
Icon Stage 2 Lift 5th Gen 4Runner Overview Graphic
We really just wanted to put together a piece of art that represented this product the way it should be represented.