Daniel’s had his HiLux for around four years now and it’s served him well as a work rig and then an off-road warrior – he’s now turning it into his ultimate tourer.
A tourer that is running big rubber and deadly serious suspension in the form of a 3″ CalOffroad lift – using Bilstein shocks and Old Man Emu rear leaf springs.
A 3″ lift on a HiLux is quite involved if you want it to work right and taking the strain off the CVs means moving the front diff down. Daniel has achieved this by fitting a CalOffroad diff-drop kit, in combination with CalOffroad upper control arms (UCAs) and ball joints. Droop stops provide some added insurance and were supplied by Monster Rides.
In addition to the suspension lift, Daniel has lifted the Lux’s body 2″. The things you do to fit 35″ rubber!
Speaking of 35″ rubber, the wheels are negative 23 offset 16 x 8″ Sunraysia steelies and Daniel has them wrapped in 35″ (315/74R16) Kuhmo KL71s. A set of Jungle flares keep the big Kuhmos tucked away and Daniel out of trouble.
Keeping the wheels rolling is Toyota’s 3.0D4D turbo-diesel engine, which Daniel has elected to keep factory stock. It has no issues turning the 35s thanks to a set of custom 4.11 diff gear sets, fitted when the factory diff centres were swapped out for a pair of ARB air-lockers.
ARB also supplied the steel Deluxe winch bar, side-steps and brush rails, as well as a set of underbody bash plates that have been modified to suit the diff drop.
The steel tray is a ‘super duty’ mine spec unit that Daniel has fitted with a 70-litre water tank, under tray tool boxes a dog cage and frame to support the ARB roof top tent.
You only need to run an eye down the mod list to know that Daniel’s had a busy four years assisting his HiLux’s development.
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