Lifting the Toyota Hilux 2005-2017 and on

Author: Rod Webster   Date Posted:7 June 2016 

A quick crash course on lifting the Toyota Hilux 2005-2015. 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. Price conscious drivers who want a conservative lift for some increased clearance (30-50mm of lift)

  3. Those who want a better quality touring style kit with an emphasis on ride and reliability (50-60mm of lift)

  4. 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 three groups 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.

Comments (1)

Bigger tires for Hilux J model (4 x 2)

By: on 1 December 2017
Hi, May I know what size of tires can be mounted on my Hilux J model 4x2 (2017) without any body lifting modification? The factory mounted tires are 205/70 R15 but, they look too small for a pick-up. I usually use my Hilux as a street vehicle but I also go to the construction site often. Thanks, Dennis

VMN Hilux Body Lift Kits Response
Dennis, we are not familiar with the 2WD Hilux so can't offer much help. One thought that might be worth trying is to see if you can get your hands on some of the standard 16" rims from the base model 4WD (even from another make and model with the same stud pattern) and see if they fit. They should be pretty easy to find second hand (even from a 4WD tyre shop) as people often upgrade when they buy their new car. Just make sure you arrange a test fitting first.

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