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I just got a 90 toyota 4runner 4X4 SR5 that is lifted with 33 12.50's on it. When I go over a small speed bump in my neighborhood it feels like there is no cushin; it hits like a rock. I think it needs new shocks but I have no idea how to tell how much lift is on this truck, so I dont know what shocks to get. Does any one know how I can figure out how much lift is on it and what shocks I need.
 

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If it hits like a rock the shocks are fine. Odds are that the torsion bars are just turned up all the way. (It's a cheap way to lift one of those.) Look under it and see if you have any suspension add on parts. i.e. a drop bracket for the front diff or the like.
 

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I'm assuming you have 15" rims, and not 16" or 17"

Measure the distance from the top of the front rims to the bottom of the front fenders. On stock '89-'95 trucks this measurement should be anywhere from 14" to 15" (my totally stock '94 is set at 14.5"). Subtract that from what your measurement is and that is how much lift you have.

If you have a suspension lift, the most common size for your rig would be a 4" lift.

If you happen to have a body lift, and NOT a suspension lift, then your shocks will just be stock length.
 

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pics

Sorry for the first pics I didnt relize they were going to be that big.
 

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I just got it today plan on taking it to the KY mts this weekend to see how it does. so I dont know if it will rub or not.
 

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It may have a body lift but I really dont know. If it is just a body lift and the bars are turned all the way up would I just use regular factory shocks?


 

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sure looks like a 2-3 inch body lift, and yes, the T bars are cranked. The CV's are angled down well. Normal shocks are fine, and I would get those t bars torked down a hair if the ride is way to stiff for you...

You could also stand to push those steps up a bit if you are going to wheel it this weekend...
 

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Didn't expect it to ride like a cadi, that would take half the fun out of it. But riding a rock takes all the fun out of it.

Thanks for all of your help you guys are great.
 
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