Haven’t really done much to her in a while, but my wife did surprise with some brand new Nitto all terrains for my birthday back in September, and I did collect some springs that I am ready to put on give her a little lift. Truth be told I did a partial suspension job when I first picked her up.
I swapped out the original shocks (that had 171k miles on them) when I just picked up the truck, and thought, “I can do the springs later”. I hind sight, I wish I had done them all at once, but just wasn’t thinking clearly at the time. So now, I get to go back and do it all over again. The joy of removing the front shocks, using my Harbor Freight spring compressors that seem to flex under the stress, then nervously un-compress the old springs and try to do the same thing with newer harder springs… Love it!
So, what did I end up going with? I ended up picking up the Land Cruiser springs for the rear (Color codes are double purple, yellow and white) and Tundra springs for the front. There are a number of sites that give you the specs on your expected lift for both (here’s a link in case you are interested in reading more www.sonoransteel.com). The end result is supposed to be a 2 inch lift all the way around.
So… here’s what I ended up with. You can tell from the pictures that I picked up about 2 inches in the front, but the back looks like it sits a little higher than I want. I still have a couple notches left on the shocks that I can go up (Dig the adjustable ring on the Bilsteins!) but, I am not going to lie, I get a little nervous when tightening down the Tundra springs with my Harbor Freight spring compressors. I mean… the through rods you tighten start to flex a bit, that’s scary stuff!
Couple of quick tips if you are planning on doing this on your own.
Get a friend to help you with the front. I needed a buddy to put pressure on the front arms to get the shock and strut back in place.
Make use of your factory jack! I found that using the factory jack between the axel and the bump stop in the rear made the spring swap a breeze. Make sure you disconnect the shock first to get a little more downward travel. Also, the bushing in the shock can be a pain! I used a flat piece of wood with a little tap of the hammer to get everything back in place.
(Before the installation of the Tundra Springs on the front)
(After installation of the Tundra Springs on the front)
And that is that!! So what’s next?? I am not sure. I would really like a roof rack (Preferably one that is not $1500 but still looks cool) and some boxed in bumpers for the front and rear. I’ve thought about new wheels for a bit, but I actually like the factory wheels, so I may stick with those for a while longer.
(Sitting pretty in the driveway)
If only I had an endless supply of money for my 3rd Gen 4Runner…
Drop me a line if you have any questions! I will post all of the part numbers I used on my next post, which will be after the diff drop kit installation and the new adjustable panhard bar int he rear.