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Hello all,

This post is a place saver for a detailed build thread with pictures of my Rav4 lifted on Old Man Emu Springs and the 30mm Tema 4x4 lift kit.

The attached picture is with 235/60/16 tires.

Many more details to come.

-Grathlong
 

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It's looking good! Now more aggressive tires would fit nicely. :)
 

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Howdy! I recently got a 2005 rav4 4wd. Its solid but I want to lift it. I saw somewhere that someone was running extended 4 runner struts on the rear, I was wondering about what part it was. Also what lift options are there for cheaper lifts?
 

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The cheapest lift kit you can buy is the Russian spacers kit sold on Ebay.... most lifted RAV4's use this kit. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lift-Kit-for-Toyota-RAV4-00-05-1-6-40mm-Leveling-strut-spacers/283304261011?fits=Year:2002|Model:RAV4&hash=item41f63ff593:g:AKcAAOSwSONcFB1i

About the rear 4Runner shocks, they need to be modified to fit the RAV4. I had to weld the lower shock mounts (loops) from the RAV4's shocks to those suited for a 2003-2009 4Runner. I did not know at this time that there was other shocks with better valving and a bit longer that were bolt-on to the RAV4.

But don't worry, the RAV4 original rear shocks are long enough up to 2-3'' lift. They just limit a bit the rear suspension travel (flex). But you'll need to disconnect the rear swaybar to benefits longer shocks.
 
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What other shocks bolt on? I'm not worried about prefab. I'm in a offroad club at Northern Michigan University. We do a lot of 4wd projects.
 

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i'm going to be putting on 17s in summer with meatier tires, this 'lift kit' looks interesting, may want to try it, kinda the equivalent of a body lift on trucks, dont want to go too crazy
 

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I just want to have better ground clearance and I want to run general a2 grabbers. I already screenshotted the specs for skid plates. I also want to prefab an offroad bumper so I can run a winch.
 

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What other shocks bolt on?
Old Man Emu sell excellent and cheap rear shocks for lifted RAV4. A friend of mine installed pro-comp #MX6013... and they were bolt-on. According to the application chart; they are front shocks suited for any year Jeep Wrangler lifted from 2-4 inches (extended). They are pricey because they have an adjusting valve, but I'm sure cheaper front shocks for lifted Wrangler can also do a great job (remember original Wrangler shocks are about 1'' shorter than the RAV4 rear shocks, so you need extended ones). Just make sure to buy shocks that include dust boots. This is the pic of the pro-comp vs the stock lenght rear RAV4 shock:



I just want to have better ground clearance and I want to run general a2 grabbers. I already screenshotted the specs for skid plates. I also want to prefab an offroad bumper so I can run a winch.
Without any lift, you can fit 225/75/16 tires and gain about 1'' free ground clearance.

Take a look at my build thread, you may find some interesting info for your build:

 
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S1iver00 is right; the Wrangler front shocks remplace the RAV4 rear shocks... sorry if this was confusing. ;)
 

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Old Man Emu sell excellent and cheap rear shocks for lifted RAV4. A friend of mine installed pro-comp #MX6013... and they were bolt-on. According to the application chart; they are front shocks suited for any year Jeep Wrangler lifted from 2-4 inches (extended). They are pricey because they have an adjusting valve, but I'm sure cheaper front shocks for lifted Wrangler can also do a great job (remember original Wrangler shocks are about 1'' shorter than the RAV4 rear shocks, so you need extended ones). Just make sure to buy shocks that include dust boots. This is the pic of the pro-comp vs the stock lenght rear RAV4 shock:





Without any lift, you can fit 225/75/16 tires and gain about 1'' free ground clearance.

Take a look at my build thread, you may find some interesting info for your build:

this is great idea. What about handling they are not too stiff? Are they realy bolt on, not to change anything?
 

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this is great idea. What about handling they are not too stiff? Are they realy bolt on, not to change anything?
Yes they are bolt-on, no change required. As for the stiffness; most overland/off-road guys carry pretty much stuff in the back (and some on the roof). So some more stiffness is not always a disadvantage. ;)
 

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Does you friend measure the length of this shock? I am asking because as far as a I know, the stock RAV4 shock is 620mm and Wrangler shocks form RC:
2,5-3 inch lift are 600mm
3-4.5 inch lift are 620mm

Little strange ;)
 

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Does you friend measure the length of this shock? I am asking because as far as a I know, the stock RAV4 shock is 620mm and Wrangler shocks form RC:
2,5-3 inch lift are 600mm
3-4.5 inch lift are 620mm

Little strange ;)
I can't tell you about the RC shocks. I can only show you the picture of the Pro-Comp #MX6013 side by side to the OEM lenght RAV4 rear shock. With this part number, you should be able to find more specs and the application chart.

 

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Another option is to keep standard lenght shocks, but add shocks extenders on the threaded part.
 
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