Graham definitely puts the 200 through its paces
and is not afraid of the odd few hundred pinstripes from the tight tracks and
taking it through those deep water filed holes when there is no other choice.
The list of gear and mods to this Landcruiser is quite impressive and most of
the stuff gets used often and has a purpose, some very clever ideas have gone
into the roof rack which is the main cargo area for a Landcruiser 200 wagon.
(NOTE* modded details below):
Make model: Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series
Engine: 4.5L V8 Twin Turbo Intercooled Diesel
train: 6 Speed Automatic, Constant 4x4
Suspension: Independent Front Suspension, Coil Sprung
Solid Rear Axle
Graham’s mod list
for the 200 Series Landcruiser:
Fuel Manager 30micron Pre
Twin 2.5” to single 3”
DP Chip (soon to be
80AH Aux battery installed under bonnet, with
Piranha Isolator/ Charger.
120W Solar Panel with Redarc 10A Regulator
240V Circuit to run fridge & charge Aux battery
when at home or in caravan parks.
50L Ironman Fridge (runs full time)
600W Pure Sine Wave Inverter
Xantrax Battery Monitor
Numerous other additional accessory points
Richards Auto Electrics Torque Converter Lockup Kit
Scangauge II OBD Reader & Display
Low Beam – Standard Halogen
Hi Beam – 35W HID X-Ray Vision Kit
Spotties – 60W HID X-Ray Vision 220 (both pencil)
Light Bar – Roof Mounted 20” 120W (cheapy)
2x UHF (Uniden, running 3db antenna & GME, 6db antenna)
RFI Mobile Phone Antenna (waiting for cradle)
Iridium Satphone Kit
Spot Messanger 3 (GPS Tracker)
Suspension and tyres:
– Dobinsons GVM Upgrade Springs with Ironman Foam Cell Pro Shocks, Superpro
Upper Control Arms & Roadsafe Diffdrop Kit giving 3” Lift
– Dobinson GVM Upgrade Springs with Ironman Foam Cell Pro Shocks &
Firestone Coil Rite Airbags with High Pressure Sleeves giving 2” lift
Upgraded from 3300kg to 3600kg
MT51 mud terrain/ aggressive all terrain in a 285/70/17
Bar work and
Deluxe Front Bar with Ironman 9000lbs winch (soon to be replaced with Carbon
Rails & Side Steps
Strongarm Rear Bar, carrying 2x spares, work light, fire extinguisher, shovel
& hi lift jack.
Ranger Aux Fuel tank (gives 270L total under vehicle)
1.8x1.2m Flat top Alloy Roofrack
degree Batwing Awning
(previously Boab) Featherlite Rooftop Tent
Back of the
Accessory Rear Drawers & Cargo Barrier
Watson Tilting Fridge Slide
ARB Twin Air
Compressor & ARB 4L Airtank
Hi Lift Jack
Front & Rear
Graham’s top 3 trips in the vehicle:
West Macdonald Ranges, Lake Eyre Trip September/ October 2016
Yeagarup, Callcup & Warren River Long
Weekend March 2016
Offroad Adventures April 2016
Unstoppable moment in the 200 series
I had never been to Yeagarup or Callcup
before, I had just purchased the 200 series, so with 7 other cars we headed
down for an explore, as the organiser/ planner/ route maker I tend to be up the
it was daunting arriving at the bottom of Callcup for the first time.
was pleased to make it on my first attempt & then watch as some of my
friends made it with ease & some took a couple goes, the laughter &
humour at camp that night was great.
Most scary situation in the 200 series Landcruiser:
We went out for what was meant to be a quick
day trip along the Captain Fawcett Track, I was leading the group of 6 when I
went to avoid a bog hole, before I knew it the front had slipped in & the
back was following.
I went to reverse out whilst doing so I heard a big bang
from under the car & lost all drive, after a double line winch pull with 2
cars anchoring we got the 200 out & assessed the damage,
& a massive split through the transfer case.
We got it mobile & towed
it to the closest road, before using a mates truck to get it back to Perth.
appears the front uni let go first, which in doing so the shock of it unloading
caused the chain in the transfer case to come off & make short work of
everything inside the transfer.
Graham's modification tips for the LC 200 :
Research Research Research.
I was fortunate to
learn it with a previous car that the poor man pays twice by opting for cheap
stuff rather than investing & getting quality gear, do your research, talk
to people with experience & make informed decisions.
& modifying a 200 series Landcruiser (any car really) can be costly, you
don’t want to be spending your hand earnt dollars twice.
to lookout for with this model vehicle:
Ingestion to the airbox & inlet piping, the seal around the airfilter
doesn’t seal the best & lets dust into the clean side of the air intake,
use a strip of foam tape or o-ring grease to create a better seal.
on early (07-09 diesels) most have been fixed under good will by Toyota, just be
aware when buying second hand.
GVM & going over weight, once you add a
couple basic accessories (bulbar, winch, aux battery, fridge & some gear
for a trip you’ll be very close to the factory GVM
& you may not even have
passengers in the vehicle yet or the trailer hooked up.
Do some basic
calculations & determine if you may need a GVM upgrade or not.
Top 3 tips with the 200 series Landcruiser:
fuel filter/ water catch/ water alarm, it’s the best prevention to some serious damage & serious repair
2. Torque Convertor Lock Up Kit – it is an underrated modification, but its
proven to be the best modification I’ve done to date & the myth its only
for towing is wrong, because I don’t tow with mine.
kit – it corrects the body roll & handling 10
fold without compromising the comfort either, if your going 2” or higher I
highly recommend upper control arms to correct your wheel alignment (again they
alone made a noticeable improvement to the way it drives.
The Modified Video.