Modified 79 Series Landcruiser, Episode 4:
2nd single cab 79 series Landcruiser, this one is setup for some
real tough tracks yet not over the top for highway handling and long touring
trips. With the touring this 79 series Toyota has a huge range with its total
of 260l diesel capacity!
does it all in the ute and with some recent engine & Exhaust mods big sand
dunes are a breeze.
This is the perfect truck to get some great ideas and must know information about all the smaller components required when lifting a truck to the 4-5 inch zone, this 79 series cab land cruiser has been on a lot of long drives over corrugated roads and we are talking real corrugations here, the ones that rattle your teeth and loosen bolts!
So it’s a good sign that he has chosen the right parts for
his own needs and he has spent a lot of time researching.
This single cab 79 series Landcruiser has been on a few trips with us and we
have seen how well it performs.
See the video for more in-depth details and explanations:
stats (NOTE* modded details below):
Make model: Toyota Landcruiser VDJ79 Cab Chassis
Engine: 1VD-FTV (V8 4.5lt Turbo Intercooled Common Rail
Drive train: 5 speed
manual, part time 4WD, Low range gearing
Suspension: Front coils on
solid axle and rear leaf springs on solid axle
mod list for his 79 series Landcruiser:
UniChip Q4 with 5 MAP Select,
2” Exhaust Manifold Cross Over Pipe,
Manta 3” Shorty Side
K&N Cloth Air Filter,
4” Stainless Custom Snorkel
Dual Batteries (2nd
Redarc Battery Isolator,
Autometer Sport Comp EGT &
LED Tray & Reverse Lights,
Red/Amber Tray Clearance Lights,
ARB Compressors Mounted Inside Cab.
4000 75W HID spotlights,
Custom LED tail lights
Comms & GPS:
5.5dbi UHF Antenna,
VMS In-Dash GPS,
Handheld Icom UHF
Suspension and tyres:
Superior Superflex, 4” Dobinson Coils,
5” Amarda Extreme Remote Reservoir
2” Medium EFS Leafs,
Superior Extended Shackles,
Tough Dog Adjustable Steering Damper.
Cooper STT 315/75r16 (35”) on Allied Savanna 16x8 Alloy Rims
Bar work and exterior
ARB Winch Bar,
ARB Side Steps,
Bushskinz 5mm Radiator Bash Plate,
170lt Brown Davis Sub Diesel Tank
Rear Tray and Canopy:
Genuine Toyota Rubber Tray Mat,
50ltr Tray Mount Fridge,
1100mm SpaceCase Trunks Tray Mount
Runva XP Winch with Dyneema,
Winch Extension, Tree Trunk Strap,
Questions and answers:
Chris’s top 3 trips
in the 79 single cab:
- Ningaloo (Warroora
Station / Coral Bay / Ningaloo / Exmouth)
- Shark Bay / Steep Point
- Yeagarup / Callcup
Unstoppable moment in
the single cab 79 Series Landcruiser:
Ningaloo / Exmouth Trip = Roads were closed from Blow Holes Rd
northbound due to massive bush fires and expected flooding due to an incoming
We still got to Exmouth by driving a distance of 200 km's from
Blow Holes Rd to Coral Bay driving along the coast through unmapped flooded
muddy tracks and beaches to bypass the fire affected hwy to arrive at Coral Bay
and push on up the hwy to Exmouth.. The town was cut off via the road.
Most scary situation in the single cab 79 Series Landcruiser:
LOL - there has been a few.. but they have all
involved rocking on 2 or 3 wheels on a stupid angle just about ready to lay
over for a nap..
Having a Winch has saved my ute from potential roll over EVERY
If you are going to lift your 4WD spend the money and DO IT RIGHT
THE FIRST TIME!!
Too often, myself included. When you lift your 4WD for the
first time you want the most lift at the cheapest possible price. Instead do
some research and get what you want the first time!!
Spending that little bit
extra initially will save you HEAPS in the long run!
Top 3 tips with
get what you intend on using your 4WD for.
complete kit, Superior Engineering are great for this! Remember all the extra’s
you’ll need if you intend on lifting above 2”.
If you're doing HWY work leave the swaybar in!
Yeah it might flex great without it, but I hope you’re got your skippers
ticket! Because your 4WD will be ‘boating’ all over the HWY very scary at
speeds over 100 km/h.
*Note this advice is Chris’s opinion and may not suit your situation.
Ronny and Dave's
Q and A from the video episode #4:
Q: What are your 3 Mods for actual 4wding?
A diff lock, 100%.
Tyres, you get a lot further with bigger tyres,
The chip, it’s nice when you put your foot down
you actually go!
Q: What is your must have item/accessories in general?
A: A good Air compressor, it’s the most underrated item!
Q: What is the most memorable trip you have done in the 79 single cab so far?
A: Coral Bay, Ningaloo, Exmouth during the floods, 450mm of
rain in 24 hours.
Q: What did you have before the 79 series Landcruiser?
A: 2000 Holden Rodeo dual cab.
Q: What’s your next mod for the 79?
A: An upgraded top mounted intercooler
YouTube video Trips
with Chris and his 79 series:
70 series owners day at Lancelin
Yeagarup & Callcup trip
Great off-road fun with mud
hills and rocks, Harvey W.A.
Chris also founded and managers the Perth 70 series owners on Facebook.
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