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'02 Highlander Sitting Lower in Rear

My 2002 Highlander is sitting about 1" lower in the rear compared to the front. Is this a normal stance or is it time for new struts/springs?
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My 2002 Highlander is sitting about 1" lower in the rear compared to the front. Is this a normal stance or is it time for new struts/springs?
My 03 has a lot of rear sag on bumps, but doesn't sit lower while stopped or on flats. What I did notice is massive wear on my rear tires, the front looks fine.

I wonder too. 109k, new tires @ 90,000

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How did you measure it? Which engine? I’ll measure mine to compare. I changed mine out last year
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How did you measure it? Which engine? Iíll measure mine to compare. I changed mine out last year
Measured from the outside edge of wheel well to edge of 16" rim. Front: 9-1/4", Rear: 8-1/4". V6 engine.
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Here are the measurements I got-
2001 4 cyl FWD base / 5 seat w/ tow 16 in wheels full tank
Front: 9.0 in. Rear: 8 5/8
2005 V6 AWD Limited / 7 seat w/ tow. 17 in wheel 1/4 tank
Front 8 5/8. Rear 8 1/2.
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when I did my struts the highlander sat noticeably higher, then settled a bit after a few months, so new struts can definitely change the stance. I used complete assembled units, new springs and all.
You might want to check out hayabusafalcon's thread on strut replacements, there's tons of good info from lots of people that should tell you what you need to know.
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