Brenton bought his SR5 Lux intending to keep it stock but now finds himself near the end of rebuild number 2. Sound familiar?
It’s taken a couple of builds to get it just right, but Brenton now has a seriously tough looking Lux on his hands.
As with most HiLuxes of this vintage, it’s powered by Toyota’s 3.0 D4D turbo-diesel, to which Brenton has added a 3″ mandrel bent exhaust, a TJM snorkel and a Fuel Manager Fm100 2 micron secondary fuel filter.
An Edrive throttle controller allows Brenton to manually control the sensitivity of the HiLux’s throttle.
The rest of the drivetrain has been kept relatively simple, with a change to 4.56 diff ratios and the fitment of a Harrop ELocker to the rear diff.
Phat Bars supplied the under body protection, steel sliders and a front diff drop kit. An XROX steel bar sits front and centre and is fitted with a Runva 11XP electric winch. The rear bar is an MCC unit, and it’s all balanced out nicely with a set of Jungle Flares.
The diff drop kit has allowed Brenton to give the Lux a nice suspension lift and fit (35″) 315/75/16 Kuhmo MT Tyres on steel rims. Cal Offroad raised height coils and Super Pro adjustable upper control arms are fitted to the front end, while suspension control duties have been entrusted to a set of Profender 2.5″ remote reservoir shocks.
You’ve gotta assume it’s a bit of a beast off-road!
For touring, there is dual battery setup to keep the Lux and the Waeco CFX 50-litre fridge running, a roof basket located over the tub to carry the swags and a 2m x 3m side awning for a bit of shade at camp.
We’ll let Brenton have the last words on his Lux.
“I have built the HiLux as a tough tourer and the 35’s make a huge difference. With the rear locker and re-gear, it makes it fun to attack many tracks. I have just returned from Cape York with 8 mates and I am doing the Vic high country next month”.
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