79 Series V8 Dual Cab, Modified.
Another 79 series V8 dual cab and this one with more fruit than most
would think of. This truck is the most complete dual cab we have yet seen!
has really gone to town on this 79 series V8 dual cab and turned it into a
touring and camping machine.
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We meet Matt on one of our tag along tours in the outback and before reaching camp this Landcruiser caught my eye with all the cool and clever ideas with mounting maxtrax, external airlines for compressor, the subtle camo strips on the door and pretty much everything else on the vehicle.
But what got us interested even more was after we reached camp as the canopy was revealed with an epic setup inside putting most canopy’s to shame!
A full kitchen with gas burners in/on a slide, pie warmer, 12v kettle and heaps more…
Everything has its own home and every void, nook and cranny is utilised. For all the eye candy details see the video below.
(NOTE* modded details below):
Make model: 2012 GXL 79 Series V8 Dual Cab
Engine: 4.5 Lt V8 turbo diesel
Drive train: Part
time 4WD 5 Speed manual
Suspension: Live axle, coil spring front and leaf springs
in the rear
Matt’s mod list
for his Land cruiser:
110 Lt Long Range Tank by Brown Davies
Fuel Gauge by Brown Davies
Flash Tune (touring tune Opposite Lock Midland)
Safari heavy duty Tuff Clutch
Redback 3 inch straight through exhaust
Safari AR Max 7 snorkel and air box upgrade
4 port Breather Kit
Catch can with tap
Secondary fuel filter
Tow pro Elite brake controller
2 x 80 watt solar panels
RedArc battery Manager 30 mounted in rear canopy
2 x Bosch 120 Ah AGM batteries in rear canopy
1000watt Red Arc inverter mounted in rear canopy
Intervolt DCC pro in vehicle battery to battery charge system with
display. This includes BCDC charger
ROK 40 LED spots intense beam in location of flood light on front
ROK 20 LED spots intense beam on rear of canopy
Narva under body reversing spots
Narva blue 90 globe upgrade for factory driving lights
40 inch Big Red light Bar on front pioneer rack
Lightforce HTX 70w HID/ 80 Watt LED driving lights
Comms, GPS &
Outback Interiors internal Roof console
GME 3100 Uniden 7700 NB
Hema 7 hard wired
Whip AM/FM aerial
MSA Dash organiser
MSA rear seat organiser
Hat Saver mounted to inside of roof in cab
Stratos driving seat – drivers side only
Suspension and tyres:
Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 – 305/70R16 – 33 inches
Sunraysia Triangle 16x8 0 offset and 16 x 8 -50 offset
Two rear mounted spares – one of each
Tough Dog Ralph 53mm Bore shocks
Tough Dog RTC Steering damper
Tough Dog coils
650 constant load GVM leaf Upgrade – WA Suspension
Rear air bag suspension with rear external filling points
Bar work and exterior mods:
OL 3 loop premium winch bar
OL side rails and side steps
VRS 9500 lb winch (with synthetic rope) hard wired dash mounted
Sump, track rod guards by Outback Accessories
Transmission, gearbox guards by Outback Accessories
Superior front stealth diff guard
Pioneer platform 1328 x 1376 (over cab)
Pioneer platform 1528 x 1376 (over canopy)
Road safe intercooler grille
Road Safe sand flag and quick release mount
Black truck style Bug deflector
Back of the
Boab 45 Ltr water tank and 12 v electric pump hard wired in rear
canopy with external tap outlets at the rear and side of the canopy.
Sunseeker awning MK2
DNA Marine Blue tooth radio in rear canopy with rear speakers in
Hard mounted Air Devil 160 Lt pm air compressor in rear canopy
feeding into to 45lt Longacre stainless air tank
External fitting for air hose at rear
Travel Buddy Oven hard wired in rear canopy
Panasonic Stereo upgrade with Alpine speaker upgrade
Waeco 11 Lt fridge hardwired between front seats
LED strip lights in rear canopy and on underside of both gull wing
Hand made slide out cook top with two gas trivets
Outback accessories 2 drawer system in canopy on one side
Storage compartments roof mounted on opposite side in canopy
Twin Maxtrax brackets fitted to both gull wing canopy doors
80 lt Waeco Fridge in rear canopy
MSA drop slide - side load 60
Rear underbody aluminium storage boxes x 2
Gas bottle hard mounted inside rear canopy
Rhino High lift jack
Top tips for the Landcruiser
79 series V8 dual cab:
1) If you can, buy the GXL
so that you get the factory lockers or have lockers fitted in the factory if
you buy the workmate.
2) Its a personal
choice thing but I believe that the dual cab tray back gives you the most
flexibility of all of the models.
in the Landcruiser:
Where to start? The most unstoppable of all
the 4 x 4’s everyone knows this!!
situation in the Landcruiser 79 series V8 dual cab:
Coming back from Jurien and having to rapidly
decelerate (stop) in a hurry to avoid two large roos. The big rig doesn’t want
to stop when coming off a cruising speed of 110km’s per hour – see comment on
1) Work out what you want
and how you want to use it and access it.
2) Then lay it out around
the canopy on the ground to make sure it will function with the layout you have
3) Use professionals and
quality parts where you can – you get what you pay for and you don’t want it
braking when you’re out there!
to lookout for with this model 79 series V8 dual cab:
1) The alternator. It sits
very low in the engine bay and is susceptible to malfunction due to water,
2) The brakes. When you load
them up with extra weight with canopies, bars, extra tanks…etc. they tend not
to pull up very well.
You may need to look at a booster upgrade or a full brake
upgrade. I believe there are now several off the shelf packages available.
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the 79 series V8 dual cab:
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