2008 Toyota 4Runner—June 2016Project Update

2008 Toyota 4Runner—June 2016Project Update
May 31, 2016 Coleman Mcvea

Mike Atkinson, our shipping manager, bought this 2008 Toyota 4Runner in January this year.  He wanted a vehicle he could use as a daily driver, off-road expeditions and trailering his competition rock crawler.  When asked why he went with the V8 rather than the V6 he said, “ I like the feel of the V8 better and the gas mileage is only about 2 mpg less than the V6.”

The first of many planned modifications was a suspension lift.  After consulting with TR of ARB Sales, Mike decided to go with Old Man Emu 2885 Coil Springs on Nitrocharger 90000 Shocks in the front and Old Man Emu 2896 Heavy Duty Coil Springs with 6004 Shocks in the rear.  The heavy-duty springs were used in the rear because an ARB Roof Rack and Tent are planned for the future.  Mike reports that the ride quality of his new OME suspension is noticeably better than factory.

Other future upgrades include: Front and Rear Bumpers, Rock Sliders, Doug Thorley Headers, and a snorkel, when and if one becomes available.

Click the video below to see a playlist of 3 video’s showing how to install this OME lift on Mike’s 2008 Toyota 4Runner.  These instructions apply to 2003-2015 Toyota 4Runners, Surfs and SW4s.

Before and After Lift Measurements

BEFORE:

Front Wheel Well:   32.5”    Driver Door Handle:   41.5” Rear Wheel Well:   35.0”

AFTER:

Front Wheel Well:   36.0”    Driver Door Handle:   45.0” Rear Wheel Well:   38.0”

 

TOTAL LIFT:          Front   3.5”                                  Handle  3.25”                            Rear  3.0”

 

Mike Atkinson's 2008 Toyota 4Runner before the 3" OME Lift

Mike Atkinson’s 2008 Toyota 4Runner BEFORE the 3″ OME Lift

 

Mike Atkinson's 2008 Toyota 4Runner AFTER Old Man Emu 3" lift

Mike Atkinson’s 2008 Toyota 4Runner AFTER Old Man Emu 3″ lift

Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Sport Shock with OME Coil Spring

Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Sport Shock and Coil Spring

 

Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Rear Shocks and Coil Springs

Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Rear Shocks and Coil Springs

 

5 Generations of 4Runners owned by Low Range Off-Road Employees

5 Generations of 4Runners owned by Low Range Off-Road Employees

2 Comments

  1. Matthew 1 year ago

    On the 2008 4Runner lifted. How do you plan on turning off the traction control? I have a 2005 v8 4Runner and can’t turn the TC off. (Besides unplugging the break pressure sensor)

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      Coleman Mcvea 1 year ago

      I spoke with the owner of the 2008 in our blog post. He said, “2008 and newer has a button to disable it. In the 2005 if he locks the center diff it SHOULD disable it then too.” Hope this helps.

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