Since it was introduced on the market back in 1925, the 4×4 vehicle has become a quite popular model for the working man. Since their launching, nearly a century later, these vehicles have continued to prove their worth. Today Aussies have various models to choose from, but the Toyota Hilux is certainly the absolute favourite in the category of 4×4 off-road vehicles.
The success of Hilux comes from the growing popularity of dual-cab utes that are used now as family cars and recreation vehicles and are equipped with the same features of commercial cars. However, their off-road capabilities are amazing and can handle every terrain, provided that they are equipped with the right Hilux part.
For terrains such as river crossings or dust roads, you will need additional features such as a body lift, bar work, sliders or a better suspension. The dilemma that most Toyota Hilux users have is whether they should go with original parts from Toyota or buy ones from a third-party vendor. To clear up any doubts you might have, in this article we will see which oprion is better.
The bull bar is a device that is installed with the purpose of protecting the vehicle from collisions in any case, whether it is an accident or an intentional one (police usage). If you did not order yours when you bought your Toyota Hilux, or you have a second-hand vehicle and the original user did not order one, bear in mind that ordering a bull bar from Toyota can be quite expensive.
Whether you need a bigger, a smaller or a customized one, original bull bars cost a fortune. On the other hand, ordering one from a third-party manufacturer can save you a lot of money and can have apprximately the same quality as the original. A customized one could fit your vehicle much better as it can have LED indicators, LED driving lights, washer bottle relocation and a lower infill plate. Moreover, when you compare the time needed for your Hilux part to be ordered and shipped, if ordering from Toyota, this might take a couple of months. On the other hand, it usually takes about 6-8 weeks for a custom made part of this kind to be ready and shipped.
These are just some of the pros and cons of both ways of purchasing any Hilux part you may need. Bear in mind your needs and your budget and decide which option is better for your vehicle.