James’s 2013 Toyota HiLux Custom

James’s 2013 Toyota HiLux Custom

  • Model HiLux

  • Engine Type 3.0 D4D

  • Transmission Type 4-Speed Auto

  • Classification Custom

It would be fair to say that James found himself grappling with a horsepower problem, or more specifically a diesel horsepower problem. If he could only get a bit more (horsepower), the headache might go away…

James bought his first N70 HiLux back in 2013 – a manual turbo-diesel – and it was his weekend escape machine. You’d find him on the road most weekends, heading out to his favourite camping spots at Double Island Point or out near Kenilworth.

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It was during these trips that James realised he wanted a faster Lux and an off-the-shelf chip wasn’t going to cut it. Instead he chose to wander down to Just Autos and have a chat with Matt. James left with a serious addiction to diesel horsepower and an even more serious plan to scratch the new itch.

Matt’s a dangerous man.

So, James made the decision to sell the manual Lux as the gearbox wasn’t up to dealing with the angry 3.0 turbo-diesel he was planning, and into his life rolled Wendy. Wendy was a completely stock 2013 HiLux Workmate, with grey bumpers, 29″ wheels and most importantly an auto… but she didn’t stay ‘stock’ for long.

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Hiding under Wendy’s bonnet is a 3.0 D4D with all the trimmings. There’s a custom Stage 3 GTurbo, 30 percent injectors, a three-rotor Injector Pump, a 1KD front-mount intercooler and a HKS ECU tuned at Just Autos.

That’s a recipe for 305hp at the wheels on 33″ rubber and according to James, Wendy has a thing for Commodores, whatever that means?

Hi-Po diesels are tough on drivetrains, so Wendy’s four-speed auto was pulled and a custom ‘race spec’ rebuild undertaken by MV Automatics.

352987121912849015 - IMG_7982Wendy might be quick off the mark, but she’s still an off-roader and James has paid just as much attention to the rest of this build as he has to that engine.

The front diff has been dropped using a PHAT BARS diff relocation kit, to keep the front CVs happy. Wendy’s body has been lifted by 2-inches using a VMN body lift kit. In addition to this, a set of Monster Rides adjustable coil-overs have been set to provide 3-inches of suspension lift at the front.

352987121912849015 - IMG_8236The rear suspension consists of Outback Armour leaf springs and shocks. James is currently running 285/70/17 Summit Mud Hog tyres on 17×9 steelies.

Wendy sports a full complement of bar work, including a custom steel bull bar, PHAT BARS sliders, PHAT BARS front and underbody bash plates and a custom steel tray.

It’s fair to say that Matt loves Wendy. Why else would he call her his “Queen of soot goddess”?

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