Another Toyota on ‘Modified’ and this one being the first
1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 105 Series to be featured this far.
The biggest difference between
the 100 to the 105 series Landcruiser is the engine and front axle/suspension
setup. 100 series having better motor options and the 105 having a stronger
& solid front axle.
Juha has done an engine transplant to this 105 series
landcruiser and now has a Turbo diesel with solid axle!
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But wait there’s more… heaps more in fact! This 105 series
Landcruiser is setup as one hell of a reliable rig.
The 105 is mainly setup for
touring with his family but Juha also has no problems putting this truck
through tough tracks either. This is Juha’s 4th Landcruiser so a lot
of thought and experience has gone into this 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 105 series.
Since this shoot Juha has joined us on an epic trip to the
Baxter Cliffs so stay tuned for that video.
Vehicles factory stats (NOTE* modded details below):
Make model: 1998 HZJ105 RV (Build July '98) First
introduced in March '98.
Engine: 1HZJ 6 cylinder Diesel
train: 5 Speed manual R151F
Suspension: Coil front and rear
Juha’s mod list for his
105 series 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser:
1HDFT factory turbo (engine Transplant from Japan)
H/D 5spd box (H151F) and Exceedy H/D clutch.3" Mandrel bent custom
Marks Adapters part time kit
TJM Pro Lockers front and rear.
Dual Batteries, (140A),
80W solar panel and PV charge controller.
300 w Powertech Inverter.
After market gauges, dual batt monitor, water temp, boost, egt, oil temp
and oil pressure.
Brite Lite 20" light bar.
Dual row spread and spot beam.
Rear Cat LED work light.
27mhz, 40 Ch Pearce &Simpson,
GME Tx4400 uhf 40 Ch.
Radio's in an overhead console from the Department of the Interior.
Polaris in dash gps,
On road and Ozi Explorer off road mapping.
Tough dog 2"H/D coils and 9 stage adjustable shocks,
RTC Steering Dampner.
Toughdog adjustable panhard rods, front and rear.
Superior Engineering Superflex control arms,
35" (315/75R16) Cooper ST's
16 x 8 Speedy Wheels Renegade Alloy rims.
Bar work and
Commercial Deluxe Ironman bullbar.
Powerful 4x4 Rear Dual swing away tyre carrier.
Wind Cheetah flat roof rack with a Red Centa awning,(2.5 x 3mtr),
Back of the
Custom rear draws,
Platinum fridge slide,
Milford cargo barrier,
75 Ltr Auto fridge.
Dominator 12000lb Winch with Dyneema rope,
Snatch straps etc.
Juha’s top 3 trips in
the 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 105 series:
MOA (Murchison Off Road Adventure Park
in the 105 series:
The powerlines track from Sawyers Valley. Weather its swimming through
windscreen deep mud or climbing near vertical rock faces, the old girl eats up
everything I point it at.
situation in the 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser:
There hasn't been a scary situation off road, (yet). The old girl is as
sure footed as a mountain goat. On road yes, recently.
Heading north to Denham with the family, camper trailer in tow, on the
Indian Ocean Drive north of Leeman driving around a blind bend, was confronted
with a F250 overtaking a Landcruiser heading south.
Nowhere for me to go but
bush, (at 100kph). Power slide along the gravel edge completely off the
Be prepared. When
you modify one thing on your 4wd, you generally have to correct three other
things to make it work. Specifically suspension and driveline.
Top 3 tips with Toyota
quality 2" lift. Spend abit more on quality. Saves you in the long
spare tyre. Get it out from under there ASAP. Front and rear bar work.
set of all terrain tyres.
Things to look
out for if buying one:
Unless you are 100% sure on its history, steer clear of them. Most will be poverty
Best mod/s you
have done and why:
Engine transplant: Extra power on tap, piece of mind with a factory turbo
as opposed to modified 1hzj.
Part time kit (gearbox): improved the drivability unbelievably. Much more
relaxed and lightened up the steering heaps.
What made you
decide to choose this vehicle?
Always been a
cruiser man. The size, (growing family), durability and reputation of Toyotas
and of course the unending mods you can do to them.
about the 105 series:
With a little
TLC, they are unstoppable. Comfortable straight out the box.
front end with coils all round is an unbeatable package.
Worst thing about the 105
Lack of power in standard diesel form. Had Toyota
offered a factory turbo diesel 105 variant, they would still be selling them..