Lifting the Toyota Hilux 2005-2017 and on

Author: Rod Webster  

A quick crash course on lifting the Toyota Hilux 2005-2017+. This article outlines several groups of Hilux drivers and what is the perfect lift kit for their needs

Since founding VMN in 2009, I’ve seen hundreds of Hilux suspension setups and tried a few myself. The limitations of the vehicle are now well understood  but has been muddied by a few changes to the standard OEM rim and tyre combinations through the vehicle lifecycle. Netherless, the basics of suspension and tyre choice have remained unchanged and those who want to push the limits quickly find that they are limited by:

  • Clearance at the body mount behind the front wheel arch

  • Clearance on the inside at the tyre between it and the upper control arm

  • Crappy handling due to lack of down travel and wheel alignment issues after anything more than a mild lift.

  • Excessive CV angles, that lead to binding CVs, split CV boots, grease flicked everywhere, and increased risk of breakages.

  • Legislative restrictions.

 

When it comes to suspension lifts, Toyota Hilux drivers fall into four groups

  1. Those who are quite happy with the factory suspension height

  2. Happy at the standard height but need to change the front suspension to account for added weight from accessories such as a bullbar, winch or dual battery

  3. Price conscious drivers who want a conservative lift for some increased clearance (30-50mm of lift) for better on and off road handling and additional off road ground clearance

  4. Looking for a better quality 50mm (2") suspension lift with adjustable coilover struts for improved handling and the ability to trim the ride height to suit their taste

  5. Those go all out and want install the biggest lift they can get away with and add the tyres to go with it. (75mm-150mm of lift)

 

If you fall into the first group above, there are no products at VMN for you. By all means stick around and absorb some of the tech info we’ve published over the years but buy your stuff elsewhere. (unless of course we convert you to a higher calling!)

We manufacture body lifts and body lifts are installed by the fourth group in the list. However, they are rarely fitted in isolation and most people are also fitting suspension lifts and tyres to go with. Some stuff you need is hard to find, but it is all here on this site.

On this site, we’ve pulled together all of the stuff you will need to build that monster Hilux from the best brands in the business. We want to showcase it all under the one roof.

If you fit a body lift, you will need body lifted bullbars and sliders as your sills and bumper will be 50mm higher.

Once you have made some room with a body lift, then you will be keen to fit larger tyres and that means you will be giving serious consideration to diff drop kits and upper control arms as well as coilover suspension and the like. If you fit a diff drop kit, you’ll then need a custom bash plate to protect it. FInally, you need to select the suspension to complement your choice of tyres and rims.

Many products in this category are inferior quality sold by people that simply don’t care if you break a strut or CV or if there is so much suspension down travel, your steering rack is damaged. You will not find those products here.

So think of VMN as representing a network of quality brands that get your truck as far off the ground as humanly possible. Each product is included for a reason, part of a plan that will help you achieve your lofty goals. Choosing carefully from the products on this site will let you to confidently achieve the vision you have. Choosing products from our catalog will ensure you not only get a great lift but you will end up with truly long travel suspension. You won’t be exposed to reliability issues due to over travel or end up with spinal injuries from the harsh ride that comes from over extended shocks with limited down travel.

We want to help you build a Hilux that stands out from the crowd, looks different, rides like a dream on the road and is a capable offroad weapon.

So enjoy what we’ve put together, come back from time to time to see what’s changed and feel free to ask questions. We are here to help.

Want to find out what you need to lift your Hilux?

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Comments (15)

Suspension lift/ diff drop/ upper control arm 2007

By: on 28 December 2018
Hey guys. At what size suspension lift do you need to get extended upper control arms. Alsready have diff drop kit 1” body lift and 2” suspension lift.

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
Generally we say at over 2" of lift you will benefit from upper control arms. You can get away without them up to about 2.5" of lift. But even at 2" of lift, upper control arms do improve ride and handling by ensuring correct wheel alignment. Also, the improved downtravel of some aftermarket suspension kits (such as Fox Preformance coilovers) will cause the factory upper control arm can hit and bang on the spring at full droop so upper control arms will provide more clearance and help prevent this occurring.

2 inch lift.

By: on 25 December 2018
Hi Mate, Currently got a 2018 SR, Stock car..doing loads in rough roads and tracks..what would.be the best 2 inch setup. Carrying 500-1000k max

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
Your best bet is to complete our Lift assessment https://www.vehiclemods.net.au/lift-assessment

2015 3.0lt spacecab

By: on 30 November 2018
Having just installed & fitted out the new rear dnd to accomadate tools & equipment I estimate my load is in the order of 700 to 800 kg including. Toyota steel tray. Aluminium lock box tools & internal fitout. Ideally I would like a 2inch lift to align my trailor to level. Please advise. Regards. Djk Best advice is to complete our lift assessment which will give yo a lot of info. https://www.vehiclemods.net.au/lift-assessment Our Bilstein Coilovers will lift the front and we have some leaf springs that will help fix the rear rated for 500kg+ loads

Body lift

By: on 9 November 2018
I want to body lift a 4WD Toyota hilux 1997 model, what do I need to do that??

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
I'm sorry, we only lift models from 2005 and on.

Best fit lift kit

By: on 3 November 2018
What is the best fit lift kit for Toyota Hilux G 2018 Pro Comp 3 inches or Pro Comp 6 inches suspension lift kit?

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
We don't recommend you go past 3" of suspension lift but if you add one of our 2" body lifts, that will get you to 5" of height. Add some of our upper control arms and a diff drop kit and you will have a sweet ride.

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