WOW. What an empty section!

yamba24

New Member
Well, I was excited to see a section for Rocky's. That excitement didn't last very long! Doesn't look like I will be using this site to gather/share Daihatsu info.
 

Alien d2

4x4 Earth Contributer
You never know, every now and then new members join who say they have or had a Rocky.

I can still just remember working on them when they where new.
 

frosty

Well-Known Member
Rockys?

They make for good traction!

sent from a phone that's bigger and smarter than BIG RWIG!!!!!
 

cookie64

4x4 Earth Contributer
Well, I was excited to see a section for Rocky's. That excitement didn't last very long! Doesn't look like I will be using this site to gather/share Daihatsu info.
Hey Yamba, it's gotta start somewhere mate, who knows there may well be someone on that could answer your question

cheers
 

chris_stoffa

4x4 Earth Contributer
Well, I was excited to see a section for Rocky's. That excitement didn't last very long! Doesn't look like I will be using this site to gather/share Daihatsu info.
Yamba, it is what you make of it, there will be members who previously owned them and have moved to other makes/models but retain a wealth of knowledge to tap into

Who knows, one day you may do the same :D

Welcome to the forum
 

Wang

Well-Known Member
I've had a few f20s/scat and still got my rocky which I've had for 15+ years.

Not many rockys left on the roads or tracks these days

Just bought a 2010 patrol for family touring but can't bring myself to get rid of the rocky

Mine has a v6 commodore motor lift and tyres etc and still take it out and have heaps of fun with my sons

Alway keen to help any daihatsu owners just ask if I can I'll help out


cheers Craig
 

cookie64

4x4 Earth Contributer
I've had a few f20s/scat and still got my rocky which I've had for 15+ years.

Not many rockys left on the roads or tracks these days

Just bought a 2010 patrol for family touring but can't bring myself to get rid of the rocky

Mine has a v6 commodore motor lift and tyres etc and still take it out and have heaps of fun with my sons

Alway keen to help any daihatsu owners just ask if I can I'll help out


cheers Craig
Cheers Craig, that would be great if you can help these guys out

cheers
 

Gavo

4x4 Earth Contributer
My first fourby was a f55. Man I wish I still had that little truck. Best little bush/shooting rig ever!

As mentioned you just never know who's out there with some info. Every section has to start somewhere!

No man ever cut himself bearding!
 
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yamba24

New Member
WOW! What a response!

Might have to change the title of this thread...
Awesome feedback guys. Thanks a heap!

I only got the Rocky in December. Its an F78, which puts it at the very rare end of the scale. I had to get the rear diff rebuilt - PO just let the seal leak. Pinion bearing went. Not too much damage, but $2.5k all up with brakes. Brake master cylinder and wheel cylinders HAD to come from the UK. They were not physically available here in OZ. Because they're so rare, I could find none being wrecked in all of Australia.
I saw a copy of the F78 & F73 workshop manual go for $280 on eBay. There are no digital copies available anywhere online. The manual for other Rockies covers a lot, but not all of what I need.
There is a pretty decent Facebook community of Daihatsu 4wd owners. Most of em own Feroza's, but there are a couple of Rocky drivers.
Since I got it, I have built a shelf, and installed a 40l Engel. It needs new suspension. I can get a 3" lifted set of coils for the rear, and upgraded torsion bars for the front. Just not sure if the 3" lift will be too much for the CV's and universal joints. I know 2" is fine... its a hard decision. I would rather have more clearance - who wouldnt?!

Other than a few initial teething problems with the diff, the vehicle is amazing. No rust, no dents (except the ones I have already put in while out bush) good paint. The engine is great. 318xxxkm now. I have replaced all of the fluids and filters. Air con is good. The gearbox is loud at 85 onwards, but I have read that is a common issue, and apart from the sound, there is no problem. The stereo drowns it out. About 9.1l/100km, which is pretty bloody good. Turbo kicks in at around 2,000 RPM. That is ok, as its a good range to sit in while 4wd is engaged. =50km/h in 3rd on the beach. Low range is a very nice speed, and could deadset pull a house down. I havent even had to use half of what it has to give.

I have had to learn a fair bit about the vehicle since I got it. I have already given it a fair workout, and it is a very capable vehicle. Beach work is no problem. I have been stuck in mud (clearance) and have had wheels off the ground. I was going to buy an ex-army 110 Defender, but am happy with my decision to buy the Rocky. After a few upgrades including a snorkel, I dont think there is anywhere my mates could go that I could not. I actually reckon I could go further than most of them.

Again, Thanks heaps for the support guys.

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ratsack

Member
My niece has a Feroza and is coming down to visit soon. She wants us to take her out on a few tracks to see how it goes.

Yamba, your Rocky looks like a cool tidy little rig! I'd love to get an old Daihatsu or Suzuki one day for weekend fun.
 

Blue-collar-kid

New Member
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G'day fellas, I'm 17 and this is my first car, it's an f78 Rocko that's got the basic mods. Good to see there's a thread for these and I'm always trying to find out new ways to upgrade this lil beaut. I love the little thing and it's good enough to chase patrols and cruisers through glass house and I couldn't be happier. Good to see what others are doing with their builds
Cheers
 

typhoeus

Well-Known Member
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G'day fellas, I'm 17 and this is my first car, it's an f78 Rocko that's got the basic mods. Good to see there's a thread for these and I'm always trying to find out new ways to upgrade this lil beaut. I love the little thing and it's good enough to chase patrols and cruisers through glass house and I couldn't be happier. Good to see what others are doing with their builds
Cheers
Is that the petrol or turbo Diesel? I had one, diesel a few years ago, bit hard to get bits for, like diffs, but she was a great vehicle,. . . until someone rear ended me and wrote it off.
 
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