Hilux Lift Kit Types
When browsing our Hilux range, you’ll notice we offer Economy, Premium and Extreme lift kit packages. We also offer Hilux Levelling kits.
Here is some more information about the different types of Hilux lift kits we offer, so you can easily find the right solution for your needs.
Economy Hilux Lift Kits
Our Economy lift kits are a great option for those who are looking to improve the look and raise the ride height of their Hilux at minimal cost.
These basic lift kit setups include a minimum of components and are the most cost-effective, which is perfect if you’re on a budget.
Premium Hilux Lift Kits
Our Premium lift kits have been expertly designed to tick all the boxes when it comes to offering your Hilux the most complete of suspension packages.
Premium lift kit packages are designed to improve off-road use and load carrying. Most kits include the option to select the Front and Rear Setup. This allows you to customise the kit based on the additional heavy accessories fitted or rear load carrying requirements.
This is the ideal option for tradies or those who enjoy heading off-road!
Extreme Hilux Lift Kits
You guessed it, our Extreme lift kits are the way to go if you want to equip your Hilux for the most challenging off-road adventures!
Designed to add much-needed wheel travel and ground clearance for when you’re exploring Australia’s toughest terrains. This is the ultimate suspension upgrade!
Most kits include either adjustable shock absorbers or are a taller lift kit (3”).
Hilux Levelling Kits
Similar to our Economy Kits, the Levelling Kits are a basic upgrade designed to improve the look of your vehicle. Most 4WD’s have a ‘nose down’ appearance from standard and these kits are designed to alleviate this to give the vehicle a more level stance.
These basic lift kit setups include a minimum of components and are another cost-effective option.
Hilux Lift Kit Brands
As mentioned earlier, all our Hilux lift kits are carefully assembled, using only components of the highest quality from industry-leading brands such as Tough Dog, Koni, Rancho, Bilstein, King Springs and Roadsafe.
Tough Dog Lift Kits for Hilux
Tough Dog, one of the most trusted brands in the industry, has been supplying durable suspension components of the highest quality for decades.
We use their range of aftermarket 4WD suspension parts throughout the majority of our Hilux lift kits. Most kits include Tough Dog and other brands to create our custom kits.
Lift kits are available with Tough Dog’s award-winning Foam Cell shocks as well as the 9 Stage Adjustable Shocks.
Bilstein Lift Kits for Hilux
Bilstein’s B6 Offroad shocks are another sought-after option. Their mono-tube gas pressure technology instantly reacts to any condition providing maximum vehicle body motion control while maintaining more precise handling.
Lift kits with Bilstein shocks are available for the later model Hilux.
Koni Lift Kits for Hilux
Koni Heavy Track and Raid shocks are among the highest quality off-road shock absorbers. Their valving technology and full hydraulic design mean they are ideal for comfort and ride quality. Raid shocks feature a large outer body for maximum heat dissipation over rough roads and corrugations.
Although they are on the high end of the market, most Koni shocks are adjustable and serviceable to ensure maximum life span and value for money.
Rancho Lift Kits for Hilux
Rancho RS5000X shock absorbers are available for a range of Hilux models.
The RS5000X shock absorber uses advanced compression functionality and a unique rebound valving system. This reduces harsh impacts and improves the vehicle’s on and off-road handling performance.
Developed right here in Australia, Rancho shocks are designed to meet the demands of comfortable four-wheel drive use in the rugged Aussie outback!
Rancho Levelling Kits are also available with Rancho RS5000X shocks and Rancho Coil Springs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to lift a Hilux?
Raising the ride height of your 4x4 Toyota Hilux can be achieved by fitting a lift kit.
Depending on the particular model variant, a lift kit usually consists of raised leaf springs, raised coil springs or upgraded torsion bars as well as long travel shocks and other fitting components.
Extended rear shackles and front strut spacers are also another lift option.
Torsion bars can be adjusted or wound up to raise the front ride height of the vehicle. The same can be achieved with aftermarket upgraded Torsion bars, which are included in our kits. When doing so it is important to ensure sufficient droop is maintained.
Replacing the standard leaf or coil springs with raised springs will increase the ride height. Raised Leaf and Coil springs are designed with a heavier grade material over the OE springs and varying spring rates are available to suit accessories fitted or constant load carrying.
When fitting raised springs we always recommend fitting long travel shocks.
How to install a Hilux lift kit?
Installing suspension parts should always be completed by a qualified person or at a licensed workshop.
If you choose to install the kit yourself, we can supply assembled front struts for ease of installation.
The ‘Strut Assembly Option’ is an additional $180 and includes two new top mounts and labour to assemble the parts. This option is available for Hilux models from 2005 onwards.
Once the installation is complete, a wheel alignment is required.
If you choose to install the kit yourself we strongly recommend taking the vehicle to a suspension workshop for a check-over. Most workshops offer free or inexpensive inspections. Better to be safe than sorry!
Step-by-step instructions are not included with all parts and only basic instructions are included where required. You can also refer to the vehicle owner's manual if required.
Can you lift a 2wd Hilux?
Depending on the suspension setup of the vehicle some raised spring options are available.
Torsion bar front suspension can be adjusted up to raise the front ride height. When doing so it is important to ensure sufficient droop in maintained.
Coil springs can be replaced with raised coil springs to increase the front ride height.
Leaf springs can be replaced or reset to raise the rear ride height. Resetting leaf springs is done by a spring maker.
Aftermarket raised springs will increase the vehicle's ride height by approximately 20-30mm.
How to lower a Hilux?
Apart from appearance reasons, the ride height of your Hilux can be lowered for ease of access. Or perhaps the vehicle is fitted with a more extreme lift kit that is no longer practical for the family.
The car show scene in the 1990’s and 2000’s showcased many low riders and mini trucks but the trend has since taken a backseat. With the 4x4 dual cab Hilux increasing in popularity consumers are opting for lift kits to improve off-road use.
If you are looking to modify your Hi-Lux to a Low-Lux there are a few options available to do so depending on the vehicle’s suspension setup and if the vehicle is 2WD or 4WD:
- Torsion bar front suspension can be adjusted to lower the front ride height of the vehicle.
- Coil spring front suspension can be replaced with lowered coil springs to lower the front ride height.
- Leaf springs can be replaced with lowered leaf springs or reset down to lower the rear ride height.
- Lowering Block kits are available for 2WD models where the diff is mounted above the leaf springs. We do not recommend flipping leaf springs or other short-cut methods.
- Hydraulic suspension or Airbags are intended for show vehicles and require extensive fabrication to fit and is illegal for on-road use in most states.
- Short shock absorbers are available for some models but keep in mind that short shocks will not alter the ride height. In most cases you can keep your OE shocks.
- If the vehicle is already fitted with a 3-4” Lift Kit there are a few changes that can be made to lower the ride height. If fitted, strut spacers and extended shackles can be removed which will lower the ride height.
Each suspension setup may be different so please contact us with the details of the parts fitted and we can provide assistance.
How to soften Hilux suspension?
Let's be honest, with a commercial vehicle you won't achieve a plush Rolls Royce ride quality!
But, there are a number of factors that can contribute to a rough ride quality and most of which can be improved.
Regular maintenance to ensure your suspension parts are in good condition and replacing worn parts as necessary is a good place to start.
Shock absorbers can wear out overtime and become less efficient, leaking or worn out shocks should be replaced and will assist with restoring comfort and ride control.
Selecting the correct spring rate for the vehicle is also a factor to consider. Whilst a heavier spring rate is ideal for load carrying it is best to ensure the springs selected are suitable for the accessories fitted or constant load carrying.
Using a heavy constant load spring without any weight can be contributing to a rough ride quality.
If you are unsure of what spring rate to select or what may be suitable for your vehicle setup please read through our 4WD Setup Page or contact us for assistance.