Toby bought his 2002 Lux because of its reputation for reliability and the availability of parts (should that reliability ever start to wane). This Lux gets Toby to school during the week and out on the tracks on weekends.
Toby’s kept the build simple because he needs a reliable 4X4 and this one needs to tow a horse float to Northern Queensland next year, when he moves up there and into his new job.
The HiLux’s stock factory turbo-diesel can handle that sort of work and, for now, all Toby has added is a Safari snorkel – there’s a Beaudesert 2.75″ exhaust on the way as well.
The rest of the HiLux’s drivetrain is as it came from the factory, a testament to just how tough these older HiLuxes are.
Toby’s added some bar work to assist in keeping the panels straight and the wildlife away from the engine bay. Up front there is a genuine Toyota steel bull bar, with a couple of 9″ spotties fitted that according to Toby, “keep animals out of my radiator”.
An underbody bash plate protects the Lux’s vitals and a set of side-steps offer some protection for the sills. Toby’s fattened the look with a set of flares from the higher spec SR5 model.
The steel tray is custom made by Toby himself and he finds it considerably more practical, and tougher, than the old style side tub.
Back at the ranch, Toby has a full Tough Dog 2″ lift suspension kit waiting for him to find the spare time to fit. In the meantime the sussy is stock and Toby is running 31″ Hankook Dynapro muddies on 15×7 Sunraysia steel rims.
Toby’s improved the Lux’s interior by adding tinted windows, an 80 channel UHF and a Kenwood sound system. There’s a bunch of LED work-lights added to the tray and an SR5 headlight conversion beefs up the Lux’s night vision.
When he’s not driving the Lux to school or work, Toby likes to use it to get to his favourite hunting and 4X4 spots, even the occasional Rodeo.
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