The Toyota Hilux has enjoyed many years of success on Australia’s roads, and for all the right reasons. Its sheer reliability makes it the go-to truck for many off-road enthusiasts, tradespeople and the average commuter. It beats every hatchback and sedan model by a huge margin, making Toyota the most dominant SUV/utility manufacturer in Australia. The Toyota Advantage program that Toyota have implemented makes their products that much more appealing to the Australian audience.
While the average commuter and tradesmen don’t have to do any modifications to their Hilux, the off-road enthusiast might have to consider investing in lift kits for Toyota Hilux , as their model might not be suitable for the rough off-road terrain they plan driving on. Lift kits for Toyota Hilux are easily accessible; thanks to the popularity of the Hilux itself, many dealerships and online web sites have them.
Generally, buying a lift kit for a Hilux is pretty straightforward, if you know what you’re looking for, that is. If not, then you have to consider a few things before making a purchase. Some of the things you should consider involve: deciding where you’ll drive, the type of tyres you have, and whether you want an economy or a premium kit.
Considering where you plan on driving is essential. Is your Hilux going to split time between hitting the trail and driving you to work? If you’ve dedicated your Hilux to driving off the beaten trail, then you can accommodate more extreme suspension modifications. But if you have to drive to work with it every day, then you have to consider its ability to corner, brake and maneuver the asphalt for your safety and the safety of everyone else on the road.
Next, before you pick a suspension kit, consider the type of tyres you have. Start by reviewing the lift kits manufacturer’s recommended lift height for the tyres. Don’t go about chasing more height than recommended for your tyres, as you want to keep the centre of gravity low. Also worth knowing is that the tyre size recommendations from one lift kit manufacturer might not apply to another brand name.
And lastly, you should know that higher lifts cost more, as they require more modifications made to your Hilux. Not all modifications are related to the lift, meaning, you’ll face expenses associated with the purchase of new wheels, tyres, driveshafts and more. Due to this, you might be tempted to purchase a kit that doesn’t include the parts necessary to make the needed adjustments. However, although this might save you some money upfront, the end costs might turn out to be much higher.