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Old July 4th, 2011, 02:29 PM   #1
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Need info on 97 4Runner lift...

I'm having the recall done next week to supposedly fix the rear end sag that these 4runners had from the factory. I'm wondering if I will need to add a spacer or something to compensate for how low these things sit. I feel like I'm riding in a car sometimes.

Some info would be appreciated, maybe there's nothing I can do, but I would like to keep it as close to stock and cheap as possilbe...

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Old July 5th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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I have been looking into lifting my 97. There is nothing real cheap. Rancho has quik lift shocks for the front. I think there are some Bilteins that will work to lift the front as well. There are some spacer kits if you just want it a little taller. Also some of the 99's were an inch taller if you can find someone who lifted theirs and kept the stock springs. I think I am going with Bilstiens and new OME springs.
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Old July 5th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #3
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You can use stock fj80 coils to lift the back.....I thinl you need fronts but I'm not certain
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Old July 6th, 2011, 04:42 PM   #4
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I picked up a 2000 4runner with 3 inch suspension and 2 inch body, will clear 35s if needed, but running 33s.

The front was done with Sway away coilovers. Not cheap (1K for the pair). The rear has 80 series springs with OME shocks.
http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/96024runnersaw.htm

nice set up all around. MUCH smoother than my stock 97 4runner.
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Old July 7th, 2011, 03:07 PM   #5
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You can find a better deal on saws if you shop around. The thing to keep in mind with saw is their customer service and warranty suck ass. If you are gonna drop the cash on co's get icons....there warranty goes above and beyond as does there customer service......they are a better choice hands down
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Old July 9th, 2011, 10:47 PM   #6
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Call the guys at Wheelers. They are very helpful and won't just try to sell you everything. I've dealt with them several times now.

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Old July 25th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #7
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If you are trying to save some money there is a ton of 4runner lifts on Yotatech.com the people there are really helpful and friendly. I am running Old Man Emu 890's and spacer front. Old man emu makes springs for the rear without lifting it much (1" or less) plus the ride is the best you will find and it won't sag. You can pickup a used set for $100 all day long on Yotatech.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 06:27 AM   #8
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I second the OMEs. I just put some OMEs on the front of my Tacoma along with some Bilstein 5100s. Wow!! I am impressed by the ride. It is a vast improvement over the blown Tokicos and coilspacers.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #9
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Thanks guys for all the info, this should get me started with places to look. I really just want to level out the ride. The front does ride a bit harsh with the factory setup, but it's just too expensive to change. Sounds like the OME's will be good for the rear. Should I get longer shocks? Or is it fine with factory if it's only lifted an inch or two?

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Old September 14th, 2011, 06:09 PM   #10
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When I first put the Bilstein 5100s on my Taco the back had an old AAL. The shocks didn't great until I got the back end up "2.5

You can always try expeditionportal.com, IH8MUD, toyota-4runner.org, or toyota120.com
THose forums are loaded with info (and probably stuff for sale too).
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