by Chopps on Sun, 20 Mar 2022 1:41 +0000
1. its got 265/65/17 tires on it. Why would someone put 17 inch rims on a hilux?
Rim diameter is dendent on front disc/brake caliper size.
You can fit a 16" GU Patrol rim over the larger brake disc sizes but not many other 16" rims fit
Should I change these for 15 or 16 inch? I've got to swap the tires anyway as I need muddies and it currently has all terrains. I think the original owner picked these tires as they were exactly 50mm above the standard size ones (776mm vs 736mm).
Its possible the dealer wacked a wheel and tyre combo on to impress - they can get these for cheap
Save some money, stick with the 17" for now - get your money worth and drive those tyres into the ground.
2. Are there any limitations to tires/rims/suspension that are different from an SR or SR5... legally speaking, like placard says 205 R16C tires. Are there any mods that I should avoid due to it being a workmate?
Early SR5 have larger brake discs and can run slightly larger tyre size. Thats about it.
3. From the photos, does this look like it's been lifted at all? If not, can someone recommend a 2 inch lift that's cheap in Perth. Need to get it fitted as I am not so good with the tools. Also does it look like it needs leveling out to you? I'll never carry more than 300kg on the back.
It might have a lift - easy for you to check the shocks. If they are black they are stock
NEVER "level out" a hilux. It will drive like a pig and will be dangerous when you do carry something in the back
Levelled luxes look like a dog dragging its arse on the ground
4. Is there any way I can go bigger on tires and stay legal? Is that loophole regarding 205R16C tires a thing, technically not having a sidewall profile listed allows for interpretation in size.
NO. Stick with that tyre size. They work well without losing performance or increasing safety risk
5. Which mud tires would you buy? I'm on a budget so cheaper the better, but don't want something super dangerous in the wet.
Its tempting to upgrade without gaining experience with the vehicle as it is first.
Never buy cheap shocks or tyres. Next to your brakes these are the most important components on your rig
Mud tyres suck (SLIDE) on wet roads
Save your hard earned for 12 months and see what it can do. The lux is very capable as it is.
With the $$ saved you could get a locker installed and blow the socks off a lux with big muddies and lift.