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Minimum lift required

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by donerstude, May 5, 2016.

  1. May 5, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    donerstude [OP] New Member

    May 2, 2016
    I have searched and maybe I'm not so good at it but can someone tell me the minimum lift required to run 285 75 16 tires on a 2000 4runner limited with no rub or cutting up of the truck. Im looking to build an expedition rig and 33" tires seem to be the best size for what i plan to tackle, I have read a lot on this site and others and have mixed info. I would rather do a suspension/body lift then cut up my 4runner.
    Thanks in advance i appreciate the time and info!
  2. May 5, 2016 at 10:20 PM
    Dr What98

    Dr What98 New Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    99' Limited
    3" lift, 33” BFG muds, Aircraft Landing lights, Tractor muffler... The usual stuff.
    I have a 3" lift and 31.5" tires and I didn't have to cut much at all. I don't know how much of a difference there is between the 33's and 31.5's. Also with the 285's be carful about rubbing the IFS junk in the wheel well. If that makes sense.image.jpg
    I just had to cut a bit on the right inside the well. No cutting in the front. Not sure what the 33's would do.
  3. Jul 25, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    yotafan New Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    First Name:
    2001 SR5
    2.5 coil over, Outlaws, 32X11.5
    I did the DayStar 2.5" boosters and easily ran 32X11.50s. Now i'm having an issue with my ball joint covers pinching and tearing.
  4. May 18, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    jbrandt New Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Sacramento, CA
    Wow, old thread, but I'll chime in anyway (because I can, haha!!)

    For off-roading:
    Body lift = NEVER
    Spacer lift = maybe. sometimes. but really only to level it when you're just starting to drive off road

    Personally, if you want to build an off-roader, while you do want to accommodate your tires, you also want to keep your center of gravity as low as possible. So often times it's better to do a little trimming (which can be done so that one hardly notices) instead of adding another inch or so of lift.

    The other thing is to consider "what size tires do I actually need?"

    Most people think 33's are the standard "minimum" size for wheelin'. This simply isn't true. Heck, 31's do just fine. I've had 32's (technically 265/75's = 31.9's) on my Tacoma for, well, 10+ years. I had 32x11.50 m/t's on my 86 4Runner, and that thing did the Rubicon + plenty of other hairy trails. 32's are perfectly capable off road. A buddy of mine has a jeep with a 6" lift and 35's. I've run everything he has.

    Running 32's requires a lot less suspension modification, and less lift. You can probably do 1-2" lift and get by with little to no rub (easily done with a set of 5100's and new rear springs or spacers).

    Personally I'd start small, (bilstiens and 32's), and wheel the tar out if it like that. Then, once you've worn down the tread on those 32s, you'll have gained enough off road driving experience where 33's and a set of performance coilovers might actually be an advantage.
    jester243 likes this.

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