I did this some years ago. But someone told me that my pictures were out dated, so I removed them. But, then I've received numerous request to post pictures and information. OK, my RAV4 is old. But a well setup suspension will really give another meaning to the words "Fun to Drive".
For who is this? Remember you should always prepare your RAV4 for the area that you live. If you live in a rural area, install parts and setup accordingly. If you are a TSD Rally racer (like me), Drag racer (turbo should be the way to go), Rock claimer, Mud runner, etc.
Were I live, in the mountains of PR
. Their are a lot of curves, like a snake.
This is for the RAV4.1
, yes, but you RAV4.2,.3 can try this. It works great.
Their is one things that should be done which is inexpensive and will really solidify your suspension. Change all your suspension bushings. But it will be a little harder ride on your RAV4.
Part Numbers: Energy Suspension part numbers 96-98 (from the old catalog)
1. Front End Control Arm Bushing Set 8.3113
2. Rear End Control Arm Bushing Set 8.3114
3. Rear Axle Bump Stop Set (if needed) 9.9135
4. Complete Front Sway Bar Bushing Set 25mm 9.5129
5. Tie Rod Boots 9.13101
6. Rear Coil Spring Isolator Set 9.6101
These are very inexpensive. If I'm not mistaken, about $75.00 the entire set. Oh, BTW, be sure to ask for Red
color bushings. They look cool.
That is an entire weekend of work. Some are extremely hard to install, but they come with grease, you'll need it. I'd advice to take them to a pro mechanic.
But after that, I've never had to align my RAV4 again, ever. Even though I check, the dude always says "The alignment is perfect".
You will need a set of Sport Shock and Struts. (watch out you insert 98, while you are at it, change the entire setup) I installed Bilstein and I've never needed nothing else. Pricey? Yes, but they are state of the art. They work awesome, and its a once in a life time investment. They will lower your ride 1.5 to 1.25 inch, But you can also try Tokico, Moroso, Gabriel etc. (Ehe) But remember, the springs lower your ride. You need a shock that will work with these springs (of you go H&R or Eibach) Watch out for those HD (Heavy duty) shocks. They won't cut it. You need Sport Shocks. Read the small print. HD Shocks are for stock springs
, NOT Sport. Sports springs are for sport shocks.
I use the factory size, always. (it came with 225/60/16 I use 235/60/16) Better for fuel economy. They are design for the vehicle. If you want to go bigger, wider, taller, it's your call. But you place more strain on the suspension this way, unbalancing it. You will know what I mean when your taking a curve and it will start to under steer and over steer. Your call.
OK, Spacers. The H&R have a very cool set. But...they are pricey. But wider is better! Your call.
was selling a set and a steal price, I almost bought them
, but he sold them already.
Springs, you can do the H&R, or the Eibach to lower your ride. It give your ride a cool stance. Either way, they are great, for LOWERING your ride. (use sport shocks
rear anti sway bar. When we (meaning everyone at that time in this forum) first started with this project. We had a lot of help from Addco. They even designed parts for the RAV4.1 with input from the members of this forum. But it didn't work for some of us. For some reason, ( I guess it was a heavy right foot) the metal block broke off.
It just broke off and the metal block, to this day, I don't know were it went. Too much pressure in this area.
We bought the Anti-sway bar from Summit. Summit already knew what was going on. From Addco, they mailed us the installation kit which consisted of this metal block and other metal parts as you can see. Why? The distance was too high/long from the chassis and the end links were just too long. I broke them in my first outing. It was a 86-89 Celica bar, but with this installation kit. Since I lowered my ride, I didn't have much of a problem when it came to install the bar. To this day, its still in it original position and working great. The front bar, in my case, is a TRD bar. Sold to me by the founder of this forum, Kelly (aka Mr. Camaro
) It came with Poly Bushing and it is much stronger then the RAV4 OEM bar. You will also have to open the hole on both sides of the bar so, it uses a larger bolt. Price on the TRD bar? $100.00. To find one today? Good Luck.
The Ultra Suspension:
This was the parts that really made this entire suspension come together. I'll finish this tomorrow I got to sleep and work tomorrow. Good Night.