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Choosing Shocks for Your 2010-2021 Toyota 4Runner

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Daily Driver Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks give comfort and control on road for your every day driving needs

KYB - Excel-G

Daily Driver

$$$$

The Excel-G shock is KYB’s direct factory replacement shock (for most applications) to restore factory-like handling characteristics. KYB is an OEM supplier, and produces aftermarket parts with as much precision as factory parts, ensuring exact fit and restoration.

Pros

  • Budget level factory replacement shocks
  • Restores off-the-lot ride characteristics
  • Softest riding shock available for most applications

Cons

  • Lifespan is typical of factory shocks

Bilstein - 4600 Factory Replacement

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

One of the aftermarket ride control standards in shock absorbers, Bilstein has designed these shocks to improve handling and ride control, while maintaining relative comfort compared to a softer factory-like shock. Exceptionally long life and dependability, the Bilstein 4600 is not only great for the daily driver, but also capable of towing, hauling loads, and easy offroad trails.

Pros

  • Excellent factory upgrade for improved handling
  • Long lasting, very durable
  • Reduces nose dive and body roll
  • Capable for heavy duty use, easy 4x4 trails

Cons

  • Firmer than stock-like shocks
  • Higher tier shock, higher price
  • Yellow isn’t everyone’s favorite color

Eibach - Pro-Truck

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

Eibach has unmatched capabilities in the light truck and Jeep market, providing exact matches of dampers and springs for many applications. Designing and manufacturing both the shocks and coil springs for these kits in house, gives Eibach the edge by perfectly matching spring rates and damping requirements for a given application.

Pros

  • Height adjustable shocks allow for leveling your truck
  • Monotube design provides consistent fade free performance
  • Perfectly matched springs and shocks in a single package

Cons

  • Still requires coil spring compressor

Bilstein - 5100 Series, 46mm Piston

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

One of the best selling shocks for the Truck, SUV, and Jeep market, the Bilstein 5100 excels at daily drivability mixed with off-road capability. Slightly firmer than the 4600 series, and firmer than a stock-like shock, these high-pressure gas shocks offer improved handling on lifted vehicles and improved response with larger wheels &apm; tires.

Pros

  • Leveling-Kit ability for certain apps
  • Great off-road capable shock upgrade
  • Durable, long lasting
  • Improved handling on & off-road
  • Heavy Duty, Tow, Haul capable

Cons

  • Firmer than stock-like shocks
  • Performance Shock, higher price
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Hauling / Towing Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks give you the on-road stability and control necessary for hauling and towing loads

Rancho - RS9000XL

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

The adjustable RS9000XL shock has been around for decades at this point, proving just how versatile and useful these shocks are to the truck and Jeep market. Being able to adjust the ride quality from soft to firm at will provides big benefits to drivers of heavy duty rigs, offroaders, and workhorse vehicles.

Pros

  • Control for soft or firm compression damping
  • Thick bodied, large oil volume
  • Excellent adjustable shock for the price
  • 90-day Ride Guarantee by Rancho

Cons

  • Knobs prone to breakage, we replace them for free
  • Adjustment settings are imperceptible for some drivers

Falcon - Sport Tow/Haul System

Daily Driver, Tow/Haul

$$$$

Teraflex’s Falcon shock systems have a 2.25” shock body, which is a step up in oil volume and piston size compared to competing shock options. The digressive piston within these shocks means significant improvement in handling on the roads while loaded or unloaded, along with off-road capabilities that keep the tires planted in hard terrain.

Pros

  • Reduced Body roll and bottoming out action
  • Leveling Height capability
  • Exceptional build quality, aluminum shock body
  • All-in-one Kit
  • Ride Control adjustment, soft / firm response
  • Serviceable & Rebuildable

Cons

  • Not budget friendly
  • Not much else
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Off-Road Shock
Recommendations

The following shocks have the durability and longevity you need for tough terrain

Bilstein - 6112 Series, 60mm Piston

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

A new addition to Bilstein’s arsenal, the 6112 shock is equipped with a massive 60mm active piston and 2.6” shock body, providing exceptional off-road capability and handling. This shock is aimed solely at the adventurer, offroader, and overlander that sees a lot of dirt, but also doesn’t want to sacrifice daily driver comfort.

Pros

  • Leveling Height Adjustments
  • 60mm piston, “best in class”
  • Price-to-Shock ratio through the roof, 2.6” shock & spring less expensive than 2” coilovers
  • Massive off-road ride upgrade, improved road handling and comfort
  • Long lasting, durable, serviceable

Cons

  • Does not come pre-assembled from Bilstein
  • Requires coil-spring compressor for installation

FOX - 2.0 Performance IFP

Daily Driver, Off-Road

$$$$

The Fox 2.0 IFP high performance shocks are for a go-fast attitude offroad, providing significant handling improvement on & off-road over typical street-shocks. These shocks excel in aggressive terrain and the dirt, and are a great performance upgrade over factory or Bilstein.

Pros

  • Coilovers provide Leveling-kit ability
  • Excellent High Performance entry level shock
  • Handles hard hits well
  • Improves handling and traction in all terrains
  • Rebuildable / Serviceable

Cons

  • Higher price point compared to similar offerings
  • Requires servicing for optimal performance
  • Firmer than factory and other factory-like upgrades

ICON Vehicle Dynamics - 2.5 VS Series Remote Reservoir

Off-Road, Tow/Haul

$$$$

ICON’s unique approach to valving mixes digressive tuning for improved handling on and off-road, while achieving linear response in the end ranges of shock performance for high speed action. As of 2020, we put 60k miles on the ICON CDCV Remote Reservoir coilovers and shocks, with lots of hard miles, lots of fast miles, lots of mountainous terrain with varying degrees of equipment loadout.

Pros

  • Excellent control and handling improvement both on and off-road
  • Adjustable options provide increased tuning ability
  • All-in-one kits provide a total package approach
  • Unique features, such as Delta Joints for control arms, or RXT leaf and bump stop systems

Cons

  • Exceptional build quality comes with a cost

FOX - 2.5 Factory Series

Off-Road, Tow/Haul

$$$$

Stepping up to the Fox 2.5 Factory Race series shocks brings significant improvements in both comfort and ride control. The increased size of the 2.5” shock offers increased shock oil, lower operating pressures, and allows high speed driving on aggressive terrain while maintaining great control of the vehicle through race-level tuning.

Pros

  • Huge improvement to road comfort and off-road handling in one package
  • Adjustable & Reservoir options
  • Serviceable, Rebuildable, Custom Tuning Available
  • Excellent handling in high speed environments

Cons

  • Requires servicing between 30-50k miles for optimum performance

Old Man Emu - BP-51

Off-Road, Tow/Haul

$$$$

The rebound and compression adjustment is already class-leading features for OE fitted shocks. Add in the internal bypass ports of these shocks and coilovers, and you can see why these are some of our new favorite shocks. The BP51 achieves the ultimate in both comfort and offroad control through the massive amount of ride control tuning.

Pros

  • Compression adjustment to handle varying vehicle loads or tough terrain
  • Rebound adjustment to pair against compression for comfort control
  • Internal Bypass addresses comfort in every-day driving conditions

Cons

  • Compression/Rebound Adjustment is slightly tougher to change than competitors