Hilux Surf and 33 inch tyres

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 09:14
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Hi all,

A mate of mine is considering buying an imported 1995 model Hilux Surf with the 3 litre turbo motor and auto transmission. It has 80,000 on the clock and the asking price is $19,999.

Firstly, any comments or things to look out for in respect of these vehicles that may warn a person off buying one?

Has anyone got one and willing to say if they are good bad or other?

My mate currenly runs 33x11.5x15 BFG AT's on his current truck (an MQ patrol), will he be able to fit them on the Surf without spending big bucks to modify the suspension, diff ratios etc and will the motor be able to push these tyres without compromising performance too much?


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Reply By: Tom - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:11

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:11

I have a 1993, 3.0ltr auto Surf and must say it's a great car. Haven't really had any problems with it apart from what you would expect from a 10 year old car. I got mine a year ago and so far have done around 16000 kms.

Fuel economy varies but average is around 12ltrs per 100kms around town. On the highway I can get down to around 10ltrs.

Engine is quite good. I am certainly not complaining about lack of power. There are lots of things you can do to improve things if standard outputs are not enough for you. I run 31 inch A/T right now but am going to move up to 33inchers soon.

According to guys who have 33 inch tyres, no problems at all. engine is quite capable of moving them along.

Get a mechanic to look it over, do a compression test on cylinders and check out the cooling system.

I would also suspect the mileage. Mine had 50000kms when I bought it but it turns out it has actually done 100000kms. I suspected that so nothing to worry. Most of them have been wound back.

To fit 33inchers you will need a 2'' body lift and 2'' suspension lift.

Hope this info helps.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:43

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 11:43
Remember to go to 33's you need to get the car engineered again. Which consists of brake tests, swerve tests etc..

Depending what state you are in too, Qld, is just about forget it.
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