As i wrote I'm from Israel.
The israli deserts and the Golan heights include verious trails from easy levels to extream. I think my trips are somewhere in the middle.
First off all the reason I choose a pickup in general and the Triton in particular (here the ML and MN are called Hunter):
The choice of a pickup was mainly becuse SUV's have become less and less off road worthy. The choices here (2010 model and up) are: Toyota Land cruiser, Pajero BK, Pathfinder, kia Sorento and Sangyong Rexton. Every car has its issues but the main common issue for all of them is over complicated and expensive maintenance.
Regardind the Triton choice: In the budget i had after selling our old Pajero the Triton fitted nicely. I wanted a car not older than 10 years, manual gears with rear diff locker. Hilux is way more expensive here and Isuzu D-max are inferior in suspension and due to the lack of diff locker. Nissan pickups here have a bad reputation in relaiebity terms.
The main disadvantage s of the Triton are small wheels and ground clearance.
I drive on a 245/70/16. Here is the "biggest" size available to keep the truck street legal (I would love to put 265/70/16 or 265/75/16). Regarding tires brand and model. As I drinve around 25000km yearly, I wanted A/T tires to keep the balance between on road and off road. Due to type of terrain I usually drive in a 3 ply sidewall is an advantage. The only A/T tires I know with 3 ply are BF's and the Maxxiss 811 RAZR, so these are my choices.
Regarding the lift kit I did some online research, mainly reviews from Australia. The only full lift kits available here are Oldman and EFS. My car have a constant load of 500kg which means I looked for an HD lift kit. For this kind of weight the EFS had better reviews then the Oldman. It's a new set and I can only give an opinion after some time but for noe I'm pleased with it.
just for the fun I'll add some more pics
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