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On average, add 2" diameter to the OEM tire size for the maximum that will fit after the lift is installed. The MAXIMUM tire size DOES NOT mean this is what we RECOMMEND. Bigger isn't always better and finding the right tire for your needs makes all the difference. Running the largest tire possible will have the most negative impact on fuel economy, handling, etc., and also leaves very little space for things like tire chains, so if you plan on using tire chains in winter you might want consider a smaller tire size than the maximum.
Between fuel economy, on/off road performance, road noise, diameter, width, etc. there are countless factors that determine the “right” tire. A tire that does well off-road, is quiet and comfortable on-road, and delivers the best fuel economy DOES NOT EXIST. Prioritize what matters most to you and accept that everything comes at a cost. There is ample information regarding this online and we suggest that each person do their own research in order to narrow down their best option. PRIUS OFFROAD WILL NOT PROVIDE TIRE SUGGESTIONS.
As mentioned above, we cannot make tire recommendations for every individual. Tires we have enjoyed so far are listed below. Keep in mind your fuel economy WILL BE AFFECTED by tire selection.
General Altimax RT43
Yokohama Avid Ascent GT
BF Goodrich Advantage TA Sport
Yokohama Geolander AT
General Grabber AT2
Toyo Open Country ATiii
We have yet to find a way to accurately calibrate the speedometer after larger tires have been installed. Although increasing your tire size will affect your speedometer, this is typically minimal even going with the largest tire you can fit (ie: 3-4 mph off at 70mph). There are many online calculators that can calculate this for you. The website we tend to use for this is: www.tiresize.com
Backspacing, offset, diameter, width, weight, etc. Just like tires, the possibilities are endless and everyone's preferences and priorities are different. The factory wheels offer a solid foundation, and most customers end up using them without any complaints. If you are considering purchasing aftermarket wheels the one suggestion we will provide is to consider a 16” wheel based on the fact that this increases the number of oversized tire options available while also balancing out the increase in tire diameter with tire sidewall when running an oversized tire. PRIUS OFFROAD WILL NOT PROVIDE WHEEL SUGGESTIONS.
The majority of our customers have not seen a reduction to fuel economy with our lift alone. Some have stated if there was a reduction it was negligible if at all (.5-1mpg) and there have also been several “hyper-milers” that have seen a slight increase in fuel economy (.5-1mpg), however this is not something that we proclaim or promote. Keep in mind that changing tire size/type will result in a reduction in fuel economy. We suggest leaving the factory tires on and enjoying the increase in ride height without a reduction in fuel economy prior to making a decision on which tires to buy.
If you are planning on installing our lift and have over 100k-150k miles on your struts and are noticing poor driving/handling characteristics, now is an ideal time to consider replacing them since you will be removing them in order to install our lift. We ONLY RECOMMEND using KYB strut assemblies since this is what both your vehicle and our lift was designed around. With dozens of aftermarket strut companies it would be impossible to test our kits on all of them and we cannot be held responsible if our lift does not fit an aftermarket strut manufacturer.
Installation time and costs vary greatly depending on where you are located and the type of shop you are using. If you plan on doing the installation yourself we have several detailed videos on our website outlining this process step-by-step. If you are planning on having a shop handle the install we suggest calling your local auto repair or brake and alignment shop to receive a quote. If they are unable/unwilling to do the installation ask them if they have any recommendations on who might be able to handle the installation in your area. You could also consider looking for a local mobile mechanic in your area.
Typically when you think of lifted vehicles you think of trucks and SUVs, both of which the Prius is not. Think...RATIOS. A 1.5" lift on a Prius is comparable to a 3" lift on a modern full size pickup. The goal is to get the most amount of useable lift without sacrificing reliability, handling characteristics, ride, or safety. While also keeping it subtle. We have tried lift heights ranging from 1" to 3" and 1.5" was the happy median for safety, reliability, ride, comfort, and usability, both on and off road. We will not sacrifice these things in order to gain a little more height and will not build a custom lift to accomplish this.
Our lift kits are designed around making sure that the least amount of stress is put on all steering, suspension, and drivetrain components. This is the main reason we do not offer a height larger than 1.5”. By keeping the height increase at a reasonable level it ensures that all of your factory tolerances and components are within factory spec and not susceptible to premature wear or failure.
The years included are listed under each GEN. From here select the sub-model for your generation. (ie GEN 4: Prius, Prius Prime, Prius AWDe): All models within each generation utilize the same lift kit. We simply like to track what models are most popular in order to gauge future product development.
If you break our lift kit and live to talk about it, just send it back and we'll replace it free of charge. Thats right! We've made sure to cut no corners, leave no stone unturned, and produce the best lift kit for the Toyota Prius on the face of planet earth. We're so confident in the quality of our products we offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. If you're unsatisfied with your purchase you can return the NEW and UNUSED item for a refund within 30 days. Buyer responsible for return shipping cost and 10% restocking fee.*
After spending over a decade building prerunners and off-road vehicles we found ourselves logging 60K+ highway miles a year in trucks with the fuel economy of a fully loaded 1984 box van going uphill in a head wind. The need for a fuel conscious counterpart was inevitable and we reluctantly swallowed our pride for the allure of that elusive 50 mpg. It wasn't long before we fell in love with all the Prius had to offer and our once beloved trucks sat collecting dust. Soon after, we found ourselves behind the fuel sipping wheel on weekend off road adventures, even when the environment was better suited for a vehicle with more ground clearance. Determined to breathe new life into an otherwise incredibly well rounded vehicle we began to modify the Prius to better suit our needs, even if it meant sacrificing a little MPG in exchange for not ripping our skidplate off every time we pulled too far forward at a parking block or didn't painstakingly navigate that intersection or driveway approach. A little lift here, larger tires there, a 2" trailer hitch for the bike rack, a cargo platform, etc. It didn't take long until people were stopping us on the street, leaving notes under our wipers, or eagerly inquiring at our favorite BLM/National forest camp spots, where they could buy our products; and thus Prius Offroad was born!
We offer lift kits for the GEN 1, 2, 3, & 4 Toyota Prius, Prius V, Prius C, and Prius Prime. We also offer kits for the Toyota Corolla, Lexus CT200h, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix, Scion TC and XB, and several others. Our lift kits consist of CAD drawn, laser cut, hand welded, American steel, front and rear strut/coil spacers made right here in the USA. All hardware is class 10.9 ensuring it meets or exceeds any and all factory specifications, and FAR surpasses any other kit on the market. Don’t settle for polyurethane spacers that dry out, crack, and fall apart. Don’t put your life in the hands of grade 5 hardware. We offer the only metal Prius lift on the market that also provides camber and caster correction, and most importantly DOES NOT require the removal and replacement of your pressed in factory hardware.
"Why not!?" We whole heartedly believe in the untapped and unsuspecting potential of not just the Prius, but so many other vehicles exiled to the back of the Starbucks parking lot. Our goal is to improve upon an already incredible vehicle by making it better suited for the active and outdoor lifestyle many of us Prius owners thrive in. Our focus is on gaining "just enough" ground clearance to avoid scraping your bumper on driveway approaches and parking blocks, high centering on speed bumps, or adventuring down your favorite dirt road. All without sacrificing fuel economy, drivability, or positive handling characteristics. Our kit also provides enough clearance to run up to a 2" larger diameter tire for even more off-road prowess.
If you've made it this far and still have questions feel free to drop us an email or give us a call.
EMAIL: PRIUSOFFROAD@GMAIL.COM PHONE: (805)801-5270