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Old 05-24-2012, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't see many people talking about lifting their pilots and was curious if anyone had any interest in it?
I am currently having my 2012 Pilot EX-L lifted with new 31" tires. The lift itself was only a couple inches and the tires will add a couple more.
If anyone is interested I will get some pics and share my experience with it.....if not..I won't
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I don't see many people talking about lifting their pilots and was curious if anyone had any interest in it?
I am currently having my 2012 Pilot EX-L lifted with new 31" tires. The lift itself was only a couple inches and the tires will add a couple more.
If anyone is interested I will get some pics and share my experience with it.....if not..I won't
Not sure that I'd do it, but am very interested in seeing how it turns out.


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Of course most of us would like to see the results. Looking forward to seeing some pic.s. :-)
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes please post some pictures!!!
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I think we are all interested in something new and different. Thanks for posting here.
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Got the lift installed yesterday! Well it's technically a leveling kit. Made by ReadyLift, it is currently the only product on the market for the pilot. You can find it on eBay for 699, but the local truck lift company sold it to me for 575...610 with tax. The install was 300.
I ended up doing it myself since my dad owns a garage....he helped. I would not recommend doing this yourself! Save yourself the trouble and have a lift company do the work. Instructions were horrible!
After the install, I took it to Goodyear to have the alignment and new tires put on. Kept the oem rims since they look nice and this was an expensive enough endeavor!
If anyone wants a pair of the oem tires with only 7k miles...shoot me a message...willing to listen to offers
Went with a 31 in all weather tire, the 31 in tire just barely fits.
Overall, spent about 1700



If I get a chance, I'll try to get picks next to another pilot to show the real difference. After lift and tires it added about 3 inches. Has more of a truck feel now, but the ride is still smooth.

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Boxxer,
What is the height to the bottom/wheel well edge? I wondered how it compared to my stock touring with factory 18 inch rims and tires. Attached a photo of what I mean. Lined up with the center of the rim. Mine is 32'' and a quarter. Thanks in advance.
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35 inches on both front and back. Pretty much on the dot.

Not sure if you were measuring your front or back? The kit was supposed to raise the pilot 2 inches in the front and 1 inch in the back. The nose does feel higher when driving.
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It was the front, I should have said sorry about that. I Should have also said I had the 2WD. Well thats quite a bit then. Since it's a pretty good size car already. Pretty neat, I like it. your's looks real sharp. Might come in handy with the snow piles in the winter.
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I used readylift to lift my suburban. When I contacted them about the 2012 Pilot they said it wouldnt work. But you definitely used it on a 2012 Pilot. If so you would make my day. I would love to hear about it.
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Atgrand, sorry for the late reply…haven't checked this in a while.

Yes, the leveling kit was technically for the 09-11 pilot, but does fit the 12 pilot.


Do not buy off of ebay….check a local company that does truck lifts..they should be able to get the kit for cheaper…saved me about a 100 bucks by going through them. The company I bought it from verified with ReadyLift that it would work before they sold it too me. Its a hard install…do not do it by yourself!!!! You need another hand when putting everything back together. Would recommend having a company that has experience in installing lifts do it.
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awesome! thanks for the post. I've been wanting to install this on my 2011 4wd for awhile now to get rid of the soccermom look it has from the factory. I just got new tires and upgraded to 245/70r17 toyo open country a/ts. they looks great and will look better after i eventually have the time to drop the truck off for a day and have them install the kit.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Did the kit change the RIDE QUALITY any?

Raising the truck, raises the center of gravity, making it more top heavy (or TIP HEAVY as the case may be).

The larger tires are also less "responsive" than 60/65 series.

LOVE the way it looks though.

Most folks would look at LOWERING and going to lower profile tires.

Either way - nice work.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 09-04-2012, 02:59 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Any update on the lift kit? How has it been? Also what size tires did you upgrade to after the lift kit?
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Hey Boxxer,

I'm also curious if the lift and larger tires had an effect on the ride, and on the milage. Most lifts tend to make the ride rougher, and the milage worse (b/c of increased wind resistence when standing taller). Just curious if you've evaluated that.

Also, have you tried it on 4WD roads at all after the lift? I'm a geologist and would love to have a family vehicle w/ decent milage but which can get a little rugged now and then (I have a Tacoma pickup for real backroads work).
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