Reviewed By Charles M L (Charlottesville, VA) Reviewed for a 2004 Toyota 4Runner —12/16/2011 1:23 PM
After hitting a deer, who's horns carved out the right corner of the front bumper on my girl's 4Runner, I decided a grill guard was in order. A little more protection might help prevent spending another $1000 bucks to her insurance company. I didn't want to add 60+ pounds on it's already smooshed down looking nose. So the leveling kit seemed a good cheap alternative to a full suspension mod. Concerns about Xreas shocks and changes in the vehicle's dynamics and ride were foremost. I'm happy to report the Toyota rides great, just a little bit stiffer maybe. The handling is very nearly the same as stock. The truck looks the way Toyota should have made it. When her tires wear out (it's gonna be awhile, they're new Michelins) I'll go up one size in aspect ratio (65 to 70) since they'll fit, and that'll give it just a little more ground clearance. No real issues on the install, but it's tedious and time consuming when you've just got a floor jack, a good spring compressor, and no air-power. A good repair shop could knock it out in a couple of hours if you can afford it, took us six. Be sure to get a alignment afterward. I installed a diff drop kit just to be on the safe side. Overall... well worth it.