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 (20)

My 2017 hilux

By: on 24 June 2019
Hi i have a 2017 hilux sr and am looking at getting a 2” lift and all terrains in the next month or so.. I really like the look of the mud Terrains but there no good for the road are they? And will wear out too quick. What are the most aggressive all strains then? I have been told that 295 75 r16 will fit if I take off the front mud guards is that correct? I have replaced the tub with an aluminium canopy for work also..

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
Correct, Mud Terrains are not really designed for running on the bitumen and often you won't get more than 20,000 km out of them. If you do drive hard offroad, its much cheaper to run 2 sets, and spend the 20 min to swap them over when you go out on the trails. Take care with your rim selection as I think you'll find you need to run 17" rims to clear the brake rotors on your Hilux. Simple clearance mods include removing the inner plastic guards, trimming the inside of the flare (if fitted), bashing seams flat and a body mount chop, Upper control arms also help as does getting a wheel alignment with maximum caster.

say no to body lift

By: on 15 June 2019
im owner of hilux 2012 vnt turbo (you call vigo, we call vnt turbo, in my country, vigo are under 2010) , and also i have revo 2018, the point are im overlander and offroad lover, as much i love campers, and surely for those my activity im not rekomended body lifr, its way to dangerous

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
Thanks for your viewpoint. Its your choice about how you modify your vehicle. Our product has been on the market for 10 years and thousands have been installed and not one of those has ever had an issue that could be considered dangerous. Our body lift only lifts the centre of gravity by 14mm. Fitting a 50mm suspension lift raises the centre of gravity by 60mm. There are far more dangerous modifications you can do to your Hilux than fit a VMN body lift. Its disappointing to see such uninformed comment about non-existent dangers that are unsubstantiated by fact.

Haven't got a clue

By: on 15 May 2019
Hi, I have a toyota hilux 2010 single cab. It has had a very heavy steel canopy on a std factory set up suspension with the back leafs sitting flat with no load in it but the canopy. I am getting rid of canopy now for a aluminium tray and canopy set up. It will be 1/3rd of the weight about 300kg at a guess. What suspension kit would be best suited to fit as I will hardly carry anything until we decide to travel/camping on weekends and eventually plan a trip around Oz? Thanks Jase

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
Regardless of the kit you purchase, it will all comes down to the leaf springs being correctly matched to suit the constant loads you carry. When a canopy is involved, I usually recommend 300-500kg constant load leaf springs just from my own personal experience with a fibreglass canopy on a styleside. The lighter 100-300kg springs were just not enough.

Low at front end

By: on 10 March 2019
Hi, I bought a 06 Toyota 3.0 Hilux Vigo fitted with heavy duty Munro rear springs, which makes it look low at the front end, so do need to fit new stuff in the front to get it level and the what size allt's Tyers could I fit on the 17 inch alloys. Many thanks Ken.

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
Ken, its not uncommon for the front to be lower than the rear as thats how it comes from the factory, particularly if you have a heavy leaf spring paired with a light load in the rear. Many people run a higher lift in the front to level the truck out. Something like our Bilstein 3" adjustables. But then you need to add diff drop kits and upper control arms There are a few variations with tyre sizes but as a guide you should be able to fit 32" with a lift and 33's with some trimming.

Low riding

By: on 28 January 2019
Hi, currently have a 2018/19 Hilux sr extra cab aluminium tray , because I’m a plumber I carry varying amounts of weight , I have 2 steel lock box’s and combined with tools and equipment ect I’m guessing close to 500 kg, the arse is feeling the weight with the nose of the car looking up and the springs now flexing the wrong way, I’m booked in tomorrow for the addition of an extra leaf with a lift of 70mm, should I consider a set of air bags on the rear to bolster the springs and help for towing?

VMN 4X4 Marketplace Response
I suspect that you might be better off with 500kg+ springs in the rear with cargo rated rear shocks but nobody makes a standard height set so you might need to also lift the front as well. Airbags are not designed to do heavy work so I would not recommend adding them without upgrading your springs.

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