New Suspension - lift for 2003 Prado 120 series

G'day all. My 120 series GX Prado 3lt T/D has the Toyota soft original suspension, and I want to upgrade the suspension and give it the most lift for ground clearance and performance I can without any other alterations. I've also got my new C/T which is quite heavy. The Prado's end sags considerably when the jockey wheel is wound up when the C/T is attached! So the new suspension upgrade and lift must also take into account the weight of the new C/T and not sag considerably when it's put on. I haven't put the C/T over a weighbridge as yet, so I don't know its weight. At this stage, I bought a new towing tongue so I don't have to replace the ball with the Treg hitch all the time, and the tongue is being used upside down with the Treg hitch to allow for the sag. Oh, and money's an issue as well! I hope there's something that fits that rather specific list of issues! And Happy Easter and Safe Trails to all.
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Reply By: RobAck - Friday, Apr 10, 2009 at 15:20

Friday, Apr 10, 2009 at 15:20
A normal problem and query which will generate a range of differing views on various suspension suppliers.

We run a 120 Prado which is quite heavy and also do a reasonable amount of off-road towing training so we get to see most suspension systems over a few months and on lots of different vehicles.

For the last three vehicles our suspension set up has always been the same; XGS shocks and extra raised heavy duty springs and bags. We are now using the new gold series front shocks and they are definitely better in our view but everyone has a different opinion on what constitutes a good shock and spring. A key issue when setting up is to ensure you have the same suspension set up front and rear to ensure springs and shocks are appropriately set up for your vehicle and the load it carries.

If money's an issue then you go with the springs and poly airs first as that combination gives you the lift you are looking for. But it will not be happy given you are saying your shocks are gone/going. Without the correct damping you are not progressing at all.

Another interesting set up we have seen recently is an EFS one which seems to work pretty well also.

I suggest you see if you can drive a couple of vehicles with different set-ups and work out which works the best for you. Most decent aftermarket suppliers will be happy to refer you on to clients


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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Apr 10, 2009 at 16:14

Friday, Apr 10, 2009 at 16:14
Put a Weight Distributing Hitch on it and solve your troubles.

The only thing that will level up your rig and restore weight to the front wheels

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Reply By: scedd - Friday, Apr 10, 2009 at 16:53

Friday, Apr 10, 2009 at 16:53
whatever you do stay away from old man emu.
Their suspension voids the Toyota warranty and they use every trick in the book to avoid honouring their own warranty
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Reply By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 12:26

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 12:26
Try this site for all your Prado needs
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