I am planning to add a few accessories to my Toyota Prado to make it a better beach and bush camping tourer. In particular, I want to add roof racks and luggage tray, and possibly 2″ larger rubber and a 2″ lift to give me extra clearance under the vehicle.
My Prado also gets used as a run-around-town car. It therefore has to fit into car parks. Most car parks in our part of the world seem to have minimum heights of at least two metres. 2.05 m and 2.10 m heights are not uncommon. I therefore need to keep the overall height of the vehicle under 2 m in order to fulfil its other role in life as a shopping trolley and school bus.
The Toyota owner’s manual states that the height of my standard Prado is 1865 mm (that is on 265/65R17 tyres without rear height control air suspension and without roof rails).
Doing a simple calculation based on a 2″ lift and 2″ larger rubber:
Standard Prado height — 1865 mm
2” suspension lift – 51 mm
2” larger rubber – 25 mm
Total – 1941 mm
That only leaves 59 mm for a roof rack!
I guess I need to reconsider either the lift or the vehicle’s role as a shopping trolley.