The Toyota Hilux has been renowned for its durability, reliability, and longevity, even when unmodified. However, the modding community will always find ways to make it even better. One such tuning company is JAOS, best known for giving off-roaders a bit more attitude and capability.
Following the release of the updated Hilux in Japan, JAOS has fitted it with mods to make it stand out that little bit more. It's not just a cosmetic upgrade either, as they have also beefed-up the suspension along the way.
For starters, it gets uprated dampers designed to meet the demands of off-road driving. These heavy-duty shock absorbers are then complemented by a set of JAOS front coil springs at the front and strengthened leaf springs at the back.
With the suspension package installed, standard ride height is raised by at least 20 mm, from 217 mm (manufacturer's claim) to 237 mm of clearance. There are even lift-up blocks that adds another 10 to 15 mm to the ground clearance which, if added, brings ride height up to an impressive 252 mm, which is about 10 inches. That also means its wading depth is higher than the stock model.
As off-roading can seriously damage a vehicle's undercarriage, the JAOS Hilux can also be equipped with a skidplate at the front for added protection. Speaking of protection, there's also a nudge bar available to keep the front bumper away from damage.
While the suspension and underchassis have been given a significant upgrade, power mods are minimal at best. There's a more free-flowing exhaust and air filter available for the Hilux. For added durability (and reliability), it also has custom intercooler hoses to go along with it.
Further enhancing its look are a set of 17-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels, depending on the owner's preference. Both are shod in all-terrain tires. Other exterior accessories include mudflaps, bolt-in fender extenders, and driving lights at the front. While it's no Gazoo Racing model, the JAOS Hilux is more for the trail than high-speed off-road driving. With these mods in place, the Hilux might just be nigh-on unstoppable on the trail.