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 (6)

For a comfort ride

By: on 25 June 2018
Which is better and lessen more the bumpy ride For 2" lift in the rear. Should i change longer shackle or put a lift block ? Thank you

VMN Hilux Marketplace Response
Personally I would go with shackles as the lesser of 2 evils. Adding lift blocks has been known to cause axle wrap becasue of the additional leverage applied on the spring. But then again shackles are approx half the cost of a set of raised springs so saving for a bit longer or using ZipMoney on the VMN web site would let you do the job properly without wasting your cash the first time round.

Shock sizes

By: on 27 May 2018
Hi , What is the largest shock size for rear of N70 Hilux 2012 I can fit ? I've seen 6" Amanda shocks but not much else .

VMN Hilux Marketplace Response
Start by popping off a rear shock and then jack up on the chassis rail and measure pin to pin on full droop and let us know by the Contact Us page and we can advise for your specific application. Normally I would expect this measurement to be 580mm and the normal 600mm shock is a good match. We have shock lengths that are 600mm, 620mm, 640mm, 656 and about 680mm before we have to dig into some catalogs. It's not a good idea to go too long as you could top the shock out on full compression and break something.

2017 Hilux suspension standard

By: on 12 January 2018
I have a 2006 Hilux and have a mate with a 2017 Hilux brand new and he just put one of these kits in and I was wondering if his standard gear will fit my Hilux

VMN Hilux Marketplace Response
The front will fit your truck but the 2015-2018+ rear has a longer and wider leaf spring than the earlier (2005-15) model and a longer shock absorber . Cheapest way out would be to use his front suspension parts and add extended shackles in the rear with your existing leaf springs. They should add 40mm or so lift.

Hi lux 4x2 2006 model

By: on 25 December 2017
How can I lift the front, it's just too low for terrain where I frequent

VMN Hilux Marketplace Response
<p>I'm sorry, we don't offer solutions for the non-4WD version of the Hilux.&nbsp;</p>

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 Marketplace 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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