Tech stuff and driving impressions:
This has been the plan since I got the van. The AWD model is not just AWD, but came with 3.73 axle ratios (all FWD have a 3.25 final drive). With the larger tires, the net gearing is still slightly lower than the FWD model which helps some with the added weight and drivetrain resistance of the AWD system.
All that is to say, it turns the 32s superbly. I much prefer the driving characteristics WITH the larger tires. If you’ve driven an AWD model, something about the 3.73s seems to forever keep the transmission one or two gears lower than I’d like. It almost never used its top gear before. Now, with the speedometer slightly tricked, or the net gearing being slightly more “sluggish” it cruises much nicer. Highway fuel economy is improving and even city seems to be going up (though I need more time to evaluate before I can say for sure).
It still accelerates just fine. The Pentastar didn’t need all that gear before. It just kinda revved itself without doing much more moving of the vehicle. Acceleration and overall driving feels like I’m driving my old, stock 3.25 FWD Pacifica. The change in shifting dynamics and general cruising rpm is very much welcome.
As for the ride quality, any spacer lift is going to increase preload and subsequently harshen the ride. It’s not as smooth as before, but then it doesn’t quite feel like a truck either. The tires are great. The increase in ride height was immediately apparent - you do have to step up quite a bit more to get in and out, but visibility is much more truck-like. I like it
The suspension install went well. Took three hours with one long break between the front and rear. I probably wasted 45 minutes too, trying to align my jack to lift the rear control arm into place without pushing the knuckle up and out of alignment. Wheel alignment was WAAAAY off after completion. I maxed front and rear negative camber before taking it in and just had the rear/front toe adjusted. They gave me grief at first because I had adaptive cruise but ultimately went through with it.
Next to a lifted Sequoia on 33s (admittedly lower than the Sequoia, but only just!!!):
Next to a 4Runner Limited with the same size tires. Considerably more real clearance. The lowest points may measure similarly high off the ground, but there’s way more crap under the 4Runner: