Yes, it’s our fourth solid axle swap HiLux in the last week and this one was completed by a couple of mates over the course of a long-weekend.
John’s no stranger to getting his hands dirty and his Lux is the proof: it’s never once seen the inside of a workshop. What you see here is what his hands have created.
John chose the HiLux a few years back, because for a turbo-diesel “it was pretty quick” and – well – “what young bloke doesn’t want a HiLux?”.
Being a 2002 model, John’s Lux is running the good ol’ 1KZ-TE 3.0-litre turbo-diesel. John’s tickled it under the chin with the addition of a DP Chip, a hi-flowed turbo with the boost set at 19psi, a 3″ stainless exhaust and a custom top-mount inter-cooler that breathes through a LandCruiser bonnet scoop.
The original factory independent front suspension has been replaced by a solid axle, that runs custom built high-clearance radius arms.
The rear suspension features custom made leaf springs that are longer and allow more travel than the factory items: John has plans to replace these with a coil spring setup shortly. Monotube shocks are fitted at all four corners and the entire package has resulted in a 4″ lift, or thereabouts.
Tyres are 33″ BFG muddies fitted to Allied Black Wasp alloys.
Protection consists of the usual steel bull bar, sliders and in this case a steel tray, while underneath the Lux a low profile sheet metal gearbox and transfer case cross-member doubles as a bash guard.
The dog crate and canopy fitted to the tray are both ‘one-off’ creations and can be removed from the tray independently of each other. The canopy is home to a double fridge slide and a roof top tent.
John’s Lux is no trailer queen and he punts it hard. In fact he’s just returned from his second trip to The Cape and is now planning a trip to Fraser Island.
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