In Dan’s opinion it’s hard to go past the HiLux when it comes to dual cab utes. His Lux is a Northern Territory Outback and Simpson Desert veteran.
Dan’s Lux is an all-rounder, having been set-up to handle long and often torturous outback trips as well as the weekend social wheeling that Dan enjoys closer to home.
As with all factory turbo-diesels, Toyota’s 3.0-litre D4D is conservatively tuned in standard form, and there are plenty of performance and drive-ability gains to be had with a bit of tuning. To this end, Dan has fitted a Steinbauer chip, 3″ exhaust and a Safari snorkel.
The HiLux’s drivetrain is easily able to deal with the increased engine output, with Dan’s only addition being a transmission cooler for the auto.
It’s all about traction out on the tracks and Dan has fitted ARB air-lockers to the front and rear diffs, making the HiLux close to unstoppable.
Bar work consists of an XROX tube bar up front, a set of homemade rock sliders and a one-off KC Works rear bar to suit the rear quarter chop. When a bloke starts cutting into his 4X4 to increase the departure angle, you know he’s a serious off-roader!
Dan is currently running 33″ Hankook muddies on 16×8 Dynamic steel wheels. The shocks are quality Bilstein items and Dobinson’s supplied the springs. A Fred’S 4WD add-a-coil is fitted to assist when towing.
The Lux’s lighting has been upgraded with the original headlights being replaced by a set of Depo projector headlights, aided by a pair of Narva spotties mounted on the XROX bar.
Inside there’s a serious sound system with a Pioneer head-unit, 1000W Kenwood Amp and a Kicker sub mounted behind the seat. A triple-battery system keeps the tunes rolling and the 40-litre fridge humming.
What’s next for Dan and his Lux? The Cape of course!
Dan is planning a 2017 assault on The Cape and expects the Lux will take it all in its stride.
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