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.

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Comments (25)

Hilux 2011 dual cab 4WD

By: on 28 August 2019
Gday, Im decking the ute out for a trip around Oz at the end of the year. At the moment Im am going for a GVM upgrade to 3300kgs with 2” lift by Lovells. What tires and rims would be best suited for the task and still keep me within legal track width and tire size and load limits? Any further suggestions on possible improvements to ride capability and handling for the lap stound OZ task? Thanks.

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
I'd probably keep it pretty normal and not go past 32's as you want reliability for that trip not massive clearance. + 20 offset and our Option Upper control arms

Lift advise needed (Hilux SR5 N70 1grfe)

By: on 18 August 2019
I currently have the following setup, 2" suspension lift by tough dog and am running 33" inch nittos, also have a diff drop kit and other goodies, I have modified the front body mounts to clear the tyres however I am wanting slightly more height. I would like a 4" suspension setup for touring and doing the occasional mud and bog hole day, what can I purchase to utilise the leaf springs in the rear but change the front struts and rear shocks? I will extent the brake lines and change the upper control arms to potentially the brake hawk range or something you may suggest! Can I utilise blocks for the leafs and strut spacers in the front, what are my limitations there? What will give me the most movement?

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
Our Bilstein adjustable coilovers will give you a lift from where you are. You could add Extended shackles to lift the rear a bit. You don't say what year your Hilux is but you would need to extend the rear shocks. Bilstein are a bit short for this. We would have Fox option. We have had better luck with the VMN Option UCA's. If you need more advice, please contact us on one of our enquiry options on the web site rather than a blog post as this is not monitored daily.

Lift kit 2013

By: on 12 August 2019
I have a 2013 sr hilux. I have gone out and bought 285 75 16s on 16x8 zero offset wheels. Going by the guide i will need a 3 inch loft kit to fit. Which lift kit would you recommend and what else would i need to fit them? Thanks

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
3" is normal for 285's. You would need to add a diff drop and our upper control arms. Our 3" Adjustable height Bilstein kit we the best options out there as we've worked with the manufacturer's suspension engineer who has changed his build sheedt based on our feedback

Hilux lift

By: on 29 July 2019
Hello, I have a 2013 hilux with a 2 inch suspension lift. Will this be transferable to my new shaped 2016 hilux? Thanks

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
The front will work but the rear has different shackles and leaf springs.

Hilux lift

By: on 28 July 2019
Hello, I have a 2013 hilux with a 2 inch suspension lift. Will this be transferable to my new shaped 2016 hilux? Thanks

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
The front will fit OK, the rear bushes are the same but you will need different shackles and leaf springs. We can put a package together so feel free to contact us via the contact us us page on this web site.

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