Betsy The LN106 Hilux

Mitchmate

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Good Points
Last of the solid axle fronts
2.8 diesel
Fuel economy

Bad Points
Nothing so far...

What mods have you done?
32" BFG KM2's
ARB Winch bar
Rampt Engineering rock sliders
ARB Rear bar
Airtech snorkel
Dual battery setup
2" lift full Tough dog setup
Z bar Draglink
Adjustable pitch mount
Rancho RS9000 shocks
UHF
Spotties
Extended breathers
DTS TD04 Turbo setup
Water-Air intercooler
Rear Drawers
Roof cage with awning
What mods are on the list to do?
Winch
Locker(s?)
Water Tank
There will be more no doubt....
Why did you buy this vehicle?
The odd 4by trip and used to tow the boat and needed a 4 door...
As well as having a project something to play with and learn about 4x4's

How often do you go offroad?
Not as often as ide like but often enough that its usually dirty :rolleyes:

What will your next vehicle be?
Something with a bit more go...

Ive had the truck for almost a year now I'll back-date some of the bigger points in the build
 
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Mitchmate

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First up was the rust that was on the truck small areas but if left un-attended could have become an issue long term, so front rad panel was a bit rotted out so apart it came to repair the rust patches and re-spray the front
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There was some spidering and surface rust starting to show through on the roof so that got a go over whilst i was at it along with the old chipped windscreen that had slowly cracked over time so that was out too!
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A few months after this i got a bit close to a tree up the watagans one day and rubbed the tub against it fairly nasty so off comes the tub, at this point i was trying to get a good steel dual cab tray but alas nothing local appeared so it was decided to repair the factory tub.
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Whilst that was off the back of the cab got a spray up and repairs to the cab where something had rubbed againsted it over time i'm thinking the old canopy it had on it, it sat a lot closer than the newer one...
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As time went by i started going through it mechanically and it wasn't as good as it all initially looked when i bought it... In saying that nothing ever failed i usually got to it first, all the major running gear has been rebuilt and replaced largely.
On a side note and i dont mean to start the old debate ive got an ARB air locker fitted to a center already waiting to go in, what are peoples thoughts on these ive heard very mixed things...
 
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Very nice ute mate! 106 is by far my pick of all the hiluxes.
also would not advise on the arb locker. adding 100+ psi to a differential can never be a good idea. besides they are worth another car!
 

Mitchmate

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Very nice ute mate! 106 is by far my pick of all the hiluxes.
also would not advise on the arb locker. adding 100+ psi to a differential can never be a good idea. besides they are worth another car!
Thanks mate still got plans for it
Yea I actually ended up with the lockers by chance swapped a spare axle I had for some bits and they where in the pile I was a bit hesitant on them which is why I haven't fitted them yet, the LSD is only a viscous job and is pretty much useless even when it's on the hoist it won't lock up like its supposed too... Been looking at Autolockers too liking the idea but have heard of them locking up on the road
Mitch
 
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Air lockers are fantastic when they work. but when things go wrong, they go wrong. agreed with the LSD and Auto lockers are probably the way to go.
how do you like the tub? many hitch points on it?
 

Mitchmate

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Air lockers are fantastic when they work. but when things go wrong, they go wrong. agreed with the LSD and Auto lockers are probably the way to go.
how do you like the tub? many hitch points on it?
Well I haven't gotten it too badly stuck yet haven't needed lockers for what I'm doing just yet.....
The tub does lack tie down points especially with the canopy on... But I have a single cab 2wd ute so I use that for work and the 4by for play haha I would have preferred a tray but I needed it at the time and couldn't wait around for a good tray to come up for sale ah well :)
 
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Very nice ute mate! 106 is by far my pick of all the hiluxes.
also would not advise on the arb locker. adding 100+ psi to a differential can never be a good idea. besides they are worth another car!
Hi Mark

I was under the impression the locker itself only recieved the 100psi not the overall differential..??????
 

Mitchmate

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Hi Mark

I was under the impression the locker itself only recieved the 100psi not the overall differential..??????
Yea that is correct however that 100psi is fed and sealed by two small O rings that run on the carrier which leak and go bad over time and then the air will naturally find the path of least resistance and leak into the housing which can blow seals out etc
That's my understanding of it anyways and they are a pain to replace the seals whole centre has to come out etc... Not the best idea in my books everything hinges on the condition of two 80 cent o rings when you think about it...
Open to correction
Mitch
 
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I read a thread of a mechanic saying the o rings are impossible to get if they decay and almost all the time ARB will make you purchase a brand new locker. Not sure if the do this to everyone but they did this to a mechanic so who knows.
 

Mitchmate

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I read a thread of a mechanic saying the o rings are impossible to get if they decay and almost all the time ARB will make you purchase a brand new locker. Not sure if the do this to everyone but they did this to a mechanic so who knows.
Yea I've heard stories too not plugging or anything but the boys at ARB at Hamilton in Newcastle are always pretty good
In other news took it for a run up to Stockton Beach today
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Mitchmate

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About time I did an update geez... Ok been slowly doing some more work on the hilux after the memorable Gardens of Stone trip when the truck decided it was time for a sleep, and an altercation with a big rut up the Watagans and the many sectioned repairs and bush pin striping ide had enough of the multi-White hilux... That and along with yet more rust coming up in the bottom of the doors and having fitted surf mirrors the old door mirror mounts where patched and filled...
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Next up drawers, anyone else running those Titan drawers from the SupaCentre for the price I'm thinking about them just not a fan of how shallow they are
 

underdog

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About time I did an update geez... Ok been slowly doing some more work on the hilux after the memorable Gardens of Stone trip when the truck decided it was time for a sleep, and an altercation with a big rut up the Watagans and the many sectioned repairs and bush pin striping ide had enough of the multi-White hilux... That and along with yet more rust coming up in the bottom of the doors and having fitted surf mirrors the old door mirror mounts where patched and filled... View attachment 36698
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Next up drawers, anyone else running those Titan drawers from the SupaCentre for the price I'm thinking about them just not a fan of how shallow they are
Keep an eye on gumtree/ebay while you're looking mate. I regularly see good quality drawers going pretty cheap. If it wasn't for my needs being so specific, I'd have bought at least 3 sets already haha. Happy hunting!
 
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About time I did an update geez... Ok been slowly doing some more work on the hilux after the memorable Gardens of Stone trip when the truck decided it was time for a sleep, and an altercation with a big rut up the Watagans and the many sectioned repairs and bush pin striping ide had enough of the multi-White hilux... That and along with yet more rust coming up in the bottom of the doors and having fitted surf mirrors the old door mirror mounts where patched and filled... View attachment 36698
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Next up drawers, anyone else running those Titan drawers from the SupaCentre for the price I'm thinking about them just not a fan of how shallow they are
got a set of the Titans drawers in my ute, not bad for the price. Not perfect but they do the job and are fairly strong.
 

Mitchmate

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yea i got a brand new kit through work for 2200, i had been uming and aring about it for ages until a mate of mine fitted one to his he set it up per the instructions and what a difference! his running factory exhaust intake etc! ive got a FMIC to go on it and a new exhaust too it will keep EGT's down and should go a bit better! they go just about anywhere but damn they take their time doing so...
 
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Very true! Ive been looking second hand and new but am leaning towards new for peace of mind and having all correct parts. Are the instructions straight forward, is there anything that would hold you up as in require removing/modding parts. 2200 sounds a good price I'm sure it'll be a new ute to drive.
 

Mitchmate

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Yea that was my thinking i sort of thought sure you can go 2nd hand but who knows what condition everything is in and oil/coolant lines go bad with time etc. I gotta be honest the instructions are, brief... which i thought was good and bad, good in a sense of they are'nt confusing but bad because they are really confusing :confused: i was pretty much expecting the old Mechano style instruction booklet with photos and diagrams but a single A4 sheet with about 22 steps was all that was there, with a good mechanical understanding its a sinch and really well designed kit, so far i havent hit any dramas aside from the exhaust manifold that had pretty much become one with the head.... i had forgotten about my build thread! thanks for digging it up i think ill have to do some updates over the weekend now!
 
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