Toyota Prado 120 Grande, Modified.
38 Episodes later and finally we have a Toyota Prado, this one being the
Prado 120 Grande (Grande the up spec version). And it’s the V6 petrol version
which is a bullet proof engine but very thirsty.
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Charles has keep most of the mods at a legal and moderate level with some
very clever budget mods you couldn’t buy at the shops (DIY custom stuff).
120 Prado Grande is a great example of showing you can build well on a budget
and you don’t need massive tyres and lift to go most places.
factory stats (NOTE* modded details below):
model: 2004 Toyota Prado 120
Engine: Petrol 4.0L V6 1GR-FE
train: 5 Speed Automatic
Suspension: IFS and Rear Solid Axle on
Charles’s mod list for his Toyota Prado 120:
Differential Breathers (Front Diff,
Rear Diff, Gear Box & Transfer case)
iDrive EVC Throttle Control
Bluetooth Scan Gauge OBD2
Sound system upgrade (4ch amp + mono
12V Diode Booster
7 inch 224W LED Front Round Spot Lights
30 inch 198W LED Front Light Bar
2x 4 inch 18W CREE LED Rear Work Lights
Interior LED lights upgrade
Comms & GPS:
ICOM IC-450 80CH UHF CB Radio
GME AE4018K3 6.6dBi UHF Antenna
Suspension and tyres:
· Front: 2’’ Bilstein Struts + King HD Springs
· Rear: Extended Airbagman OA6011 + 2’’ Bilstein Shocks
· Tyres: General Grabber AT2 265/70/17
Bar work and exterior mods:
Toyota Sovereign Bullbar
Powerful 4x4 Steel Side Step
Bushskinz 4mm Full Underbody Protection
100mm PVC Pipe (carry fishing rods)
Roof Rack + Awning Shade
Stock 180L dual fuel tanks
Back of the wagon:
Toyota Cargo Barrier (modified)
Mounted Thumper Compressor
Light switch, extra cigarette plugs
Front Domin8r 12,000lb Winch
Front RoadSafe Recovery Points
Rear Hitch Receiver
Hercules Recovery Kit
Shovel + TRED Recovery
Charles’s top 3 trips in the Prado:
1. Esperance – Orleans Bay
Down South - Albany
Unstoppable moment in the Prado:
Making it up at one of the steep hill climbs at Orleans Bay, Esperance.
There were deep ruds, loose sands and a sharp turn at the top of it. I managed
to go through with guide from my mate.
Most scary situation in the Toyota Prado:
There was once at Mundaring Powerline just for the fun, was attempting a
deep rud and my Prado nearly tipped over as I didn’t have enough articulation.
My mate was guiding me and told me no go. That time I was holding my breath as
it felt like a slight movement would cause dramas.
Then a few blokes drove pass
and said the same thing too.
They ended up snatched me out from the rear.
Charles's modification tips:
Research as much as you can before purchase
Also, it’s good fun to fit it yourself if you’re capable of doing so.
If things happen in the bush, you know where to look.
Top 3 tips with Prado 120 Grande:
1. Do not buy Bilstein’s
recommended 2inch Lift kit for Prado 120 which is A712/A713. They do not offer
2. Try to avoid Grande spec if you
intend to use it offroad and minimal towing. This is because it comes with
stock Rear Airbag (which replaced the rear springs) and it tends to burst/leak.
Reliability is way better with the springs.
3. If fuel is a concern for
you, buy a Diesel Prado. Having say that, I do enjoy driving my V6 and no
regret buying it.
Things to look out for if buying one:
ex-miners, used to have lots of them out there on this model when I bought
Best 3 mod/s you have done and why:
1. . Rear drawers, much more organised and offer more storing
2. . Cargo barrier, able to stack it up & no worries for
anything flying to the front J
3. . Underbody protection, less worry whilst tackling with tough
What made you decide to choose this vehicle?
a TOYOTA (reliable), a good size wagon for myself, 8 seaters (even though no
longer), suit my budget (could have gone with the Prado 150 if I have the
Best thing about the Prado:
comfortable family car, good size wagon, absolutely love the factory TRC
control & powerful engine
Worst thing about the Prado:
Stock Toyota Sovereign Bullbar
The Modified Video.
like to get this chance to say thank you to my 4x4 mates Shannon, Dave &
Simon for all the advice and help. Special thanks to Shannon as he helped me
a lot with almost all my mods. He lends me his tools, garage and time for helping
of course, big thanks for ALL the supports from my wife, Vivian. Thanks to my
brother, Nicholas for all the helps too. Much appreciated. J
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