rx80 wrote:Anyone ever did a lift on one of the new hilux locally? Looking at doing a lift and prol a suspension upgrade later in the year..
There are a few D4-D IMV hiluxes out there on the road with lift kits.
This model comes with front coil-overs, while the previous model came with torsion bars (IIRC - I could be wrong).
In this case, you have a couple options in lifting the truck:
1. Coil Spacers + Longer rear Shackles
The easiest method of lifting, basically putting a spacer between the coil-springs and suspension mount, as well as using a longer rear-shackles to push the rear leaf springs down. There are kits you can buy online with spacers and greasable shackles - eg. Deans Wheels has a calmini spacer + shackle kit for sale - $5000 installed. You're using back the same suspension components, so dont' expect any upgrade in performance or any increase in articulation of the suspension; but you at least maintain the stock ride.
Basically a set of blocks that go on all the mounting points between the body and the chassis. To be combined with a spacer + shackle kit, in order to keep the shocks/springs at the same stock height/extension when driving. Usually constructed out of polyurethane, but can be milled/fabricated if available.
3. Full Suspension kit
Usually comes with Front spacers, new coilovers, new leafsprings, longer shackles & pins (greasable), longer ubolts and new bushings. This is the most complete kit and gives the best overall performance (better ride, better shock absorption on a trail, more suspension articulation). Usually the most expensive option, but most companies give a complete kit to swap out all the required components.
Here's an example of what's possible with your newer-model hilux. This is Calmini's page for Nissan D40 navara/frontier lift-kits - haven't seen any lift kits for the Hilux from Calmini, but the setup/parts are very similar.http://www.purenissan.com/05%20suspension.htm
This is the catalogue page for the Vigo/IMV hilux (2005 - on) from Ironman 4x4.http://www.ironman4x4.com/html/toyota/71.html
Couple points to note:
- Safest height to lift without modifying major components is 2.5" on most of our local trucks. If you plan to go above 3", you'll have to extend the brake lines, possibly drop the front differential with special brackets, get longer control arms, etc. You'll also have to consider the increased angle for the driveshaft connection with the rear axle, as well as the CV joints (hence the front diff drop). Your rubber CV boots may wear out faster as well. Other unforeseen factors like modifying the radiator location, extending the spout for the fuel-tank, etc. will have to be taken into consideration.
- Lifting beyond 3" will drastically change the handling characteristics of the truck. COG will be higher and chances of roll-over increased. Also you won't be able to park in certain shopping centers (eg. Pricesmart in POS, Long circular mall, Nipdec carpark, Hyatt carpark, etc.).
Basic idea is to lift according to your intended requirements (cosmetic vs. performance vs. larger tire fitment) but as little as possible.