Prado body & suspension lift

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 20:31
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I'll try this again - the original post went "somewhere" unknown. (New to this game).

I am thinking of buying a 2001 Prado GXL 3.0 LTD. and I would like to know if it is possible to :-

1) Give it a 50mm suspension lift.
2) Give it a 50mm body lift.

without any great hassles.
Any information would be gratefully appreciated.


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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 23:17

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 23:17
Why do you want to do a body and suspension lift?

You dont even have the car yet, and dont know how capable it is.. If it isnt capable enough standard, then you should look for somethin that is.

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Reply By: desray - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 00:23

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 00:23
Jim I am with Truckster on this one .If you want to go climb big rocks/hills ect buy a Patrol/Cruiser. I have a Prado and it is very good off road with just a 20/30 mm lift. Also have a look here. lots of good info on the Prado
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Reply By: Joe - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 20:12

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 20:12
Hi Jim,
I have 120 Prado which was little low standard. I gave it a 40mm suspention lift and fitted Cooper STT tyres. I go out regularly with the bigger Nissans and Cruisers and have no problems holding my own, in fact I have regularly got through when the bigger units have got hung up.
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Reply By: PradoBoy - Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 21:39

Thursday, Jul 15, 2004 at 21:39

I have the 2001 RV TD 3.0 L Manual. Bog standard it was very capable - it's now running 265/75R16 Cooper S/T's (as against 225/75R16 Cooper S/T's previously) - which give a bit over an inch extra clearance.

In the next week or so it will get a suspension lift - probably 45mm Front & 50mm Rear. Despite what Truckster says - it is worth considering a lift for quite a few reasons - one of which is - if it's got a few K's on it then the chances are the stock dampers are shot (like mine). I pay about $1350 for the lift and new springs and dampers - much cheaper than spending all that extra dosh going up from a Prado to a Cruiser or Patrol. And I've still got a great truck that handles everything I need and can follow most of the big guys to most spots (except the insane stuff!)...

The Prado is a great truck - if you can live with it's lack of space.

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Follow Up By: Gazzaa - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 17:25

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 17:25
If you do the 50mm suspension lift as I did, you will most like find that a vibration occurs at about 80kph which is a result of the higher angles on the half shafts. This was first reported on the 90scool forum about 2 and a bit years ago.

The trick is to drop the front diff straighten up the shaft angles and is simple to do but should be done by an automotive engineer rather than a mere mechanic as spacers need to be made.

If I recall correctly the front drops down and you need custom spacers and longer Hi Tensile bolts plus some effort to drop the bash plates as well.

Once done the vibe goes and all is fine - mines been to cape York and back since with no prob's.

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Follow Up By: Jim-Bob - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 19:55

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 19:55
Thank you Joe, Pradoboy and Gazzaa for your useful information in your replies.
I believe that the Prado is a very capable 4by in its standard form but, the main reason for the lifts is to prevent unnecessary damage to any part of the vehicle.
At the moment I own a 2.8d 4runner that has 506,000kms on the clock and last August I towed my ct to the cape via OLT, suspension lift 35mm, body lift 50mm and only touched once.
Gulf in 15 sleeps for 6 weeks(in 4runner).

Safe travels
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