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5th Gen 4 Runner

Discussion in '4Runners' started by NW4RUNNER, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM
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    jbmccul

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    From what I've heard if you now that you are gonna get a new lift soon after purchase get one without the KDSS, but if it is mostly gonna be used onroad then the KDSS is the way to go. I know you can get the Trail's with and without the KDSS
     
  2. Mar 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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    The KDSS is a hydraulic system with a cylinder attached to each sway bar. It's a system that helps stabilize the vehicle on road and provides a little more articulation off road. It's not difficult to lift a vehicle with the system. When I did my OME install I used ratchet straps to secure the cylinders. It was a bit tougher of an install but once I finished I didn't have to take the 4Runner in to have the KDSS calibrated. I've read people lift a KDSS rig without securing the cylinders it'll trip the dash light and the vehicle will have a drastic lean.
    . If you know what to expect with the KDSS it doesn't matter.
     
  3. Mar 11, 2013 at 5:05 AM
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    the sway bars that come with KDSS are supposedly larger diameter and much more stout. I have nothing to compare to, but I will say I am very happy with the way it rides and corners compared to the sr5 I test drove.
     
  4. Apr 8, 2013 at 7:30 AM
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    Just joined this forum to keep track of HomerTaco and his Raptor grill MOD. Figured I would say hello!

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  5. Apr 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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    NW4RUNNER

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    Nice truck man. Lets see some more pics of that thing. About how much lift are you running?
     
  6. Apr 9, 2013 at 6:07 AM
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    Thanks for the kind words! Unfortunately I don't have anymore current pics....I hope to have some soon. I just took off my bull bar to make room for a winch in the near future (Bull Bar for sale if anyone is interested...and the Westin 4" oval stainless nerf bars) and removed that black plastic airdam from under the front bumper to gain some more clearance and approach angle.

    As far as the lift goes, I have the Bilstein 5100s cranked all the way up in the front to the 2.5" setting and a 1.5" Daystar spacer in the rear to level it out. Ground to center-of-fender well measurements started out at about 34.5" up front and 36.5" in the back and I was at 38" (give or take a 1/4") all the way around after the install...that was with the stock tires. Haven't taken any measurements since I put the 33s on.

    as a reference, here is a pic from February on lift day before:
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    and after:
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    Here are a few more recent pics after the N-Fabs:
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    and a sunset photo:
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    Haven't taken any good pics since the Duratrac install, Roof Rail blackout and Bull bar/air dam removal
     
  7. Apr 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM
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    Satoshi
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  8. Apr 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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    Looks bad ass. Like the sliders a lot more than the nerf. Bug shield looks sweet on these too havent seen too many of them.

    Looks great man.
     
  9. Apr 10, 2013 at 5:26 AM
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    Anyone reading here may already be a member, but if you want to see some sweet 5th gens and chat with an awesome group of people, head over to this forum http://www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-gen-t4rs/ . 5th gen presence is very strong and from all over the country (and others).
     
  10. Apr 10, 2013 at 6:11 AM
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  11. Apr 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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    I just bought the wife one last night. we traded off her sequoia because it got worse MPG then my tundra. I sure hope the 4 runner gets what they show it should. I know my Tacoma didn't but was close. either way it has to be better then 10MPG she was getting with the sequoia.
    here is the old and new side by side
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  12. Apr 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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    With the SR5 my wife averages 20+mpg in town... 24mpg highway if you keep it below 70mph
     
  13. Apr 10, 2013 at 9:46 PM
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    Solid upgrade. Got my wife one of these as well. I get to drive it on the weekends.

    And TW is where all the cool 4 runner owners are hanging these days. :thumbsup:
     
  14. Apr 11, 2013 at 5:46 AM
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    You must be babying the hell out of that gas pedal. Before lift and tires my average MPG based on the computer was usually somewhere around 19 mpg. Now I am lucky for it to hit 17 mpg. The computer does not make the right calc with larger tires now...but you get the idea. I use to get 23-24 mpg coming down the mountain from Blacksburg, VA and about 16-17 mpg going up. Flat land would usually result in somewhere around 20 mpg. Not completely apples to apples since that is going 70-75 MPH. Long story short, with the stock 4runner, your computer read-out will probably fall right in the middle of the advertised values. probably 18-20 mpg for 50/50 highway/around town driving.
     
  15. Apr 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM
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    Yea if I wanted super awesome gas mileage I would have gotten a prius or smart car. I love the trucks, even if they get horrible gas mileage.
     
  16. Apr 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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    Yeah. We are pretty easy on it. It's the wife's daily driver.
    We bought it cause its a great reliable vehicle... Good gas mileage is just a bonus and only cause its stock right now. Hopefully it won't stay this way for long.
     
  17. May 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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    Figured I would bump this thread back up with some pics of my new wheels. Level 8 MK6, 17x8 w/ 0mm offset. Enjoy
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    Slight rub at full lock...
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  18. May 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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    :popcorn: I'll play once I get home and can post pics.
     
  19. May 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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    Picked up the 4runner for my wife so it won't get modded much.

    Day we brought it home.
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    Trip to the lake.
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    How she sits now. Added steps cause my wife is 5'2" and had a hard time getting in while she was pregnant. Also tinted the front windows.
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  20. May 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM
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    Looks super nice. Lucky wife. Sr5? What year? You guys happy with it? You just have to surprise her with the mods then hope she likes it. :D That's what I try and do.
     
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