79 series Toyota Landcruiser build inspired by a mate that has passed away and a YouTube channel.
Josh’s mate Macka always wanted a dual cab Landcruiser but unfortunately passed away at an early age before he could have a chance to build his dream rig.
Josh was reminded of human morality and took Macka’s
advice of living each day to its fullest and pursue dreams. So Josh did just
that and started his dream 79 series Landcruiser build.
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Wasting no time Josh built his cruiser at a
steady pace over a few years and now has it setup as a full tourer/base camp
We shot this feature at Jakem farm just an hour from Adelaide along with 4 other vehicles.
Josh is also the owner of whistler wines in the Barrossa valley. If you are ever passing through we highly recommend dropping in to say g’day and have a wine.
Vehicles Specs (NOTE* Mod details below):
Make model: 2016 Toyota Landcruiser 79 series Dual Cab
Drive train: 5 speed manual
Suspension: Old Man Emu 50mm lift with BP51’s in the front, Nitrocharger sports in the rear. Heavy duty constant load springs in the front, 300kg constant load leaf springs in the rear with air bags in the rear to assist when I have the canopy on.
Comms & GPS:
Suspension and tyres:
Bar work and exterior mods:
Back of the wagon:
Unstoppable moment in the 79 seriesToyota Landcruiser:
Fraser Island July 2018 with Luke & Beck from Outback Customs. The cruiser ate up the sand, and being able to remove the canopy and leave it set up at camp, meant that the cruiser performed even better.
Most scary situation in the 79 series Landcruiser:
Getting bogged over at Cape Elizabeth in South Australia with the tide coming in. We hit a patch of decomposing seaweed that was buried in the sand and the car bogged down to the chassis. Fortunately we have the Maxtrax with us, so we threw them under the wheels and managed to back out before the tide came in.
Josh’s modification tips:
Tyres and lift are the two best things you can do with a 79 series. Putting a bigger exhaust and a sealed snorkel also help. A bull bar is essential if you plan on doing any kind of driving in country areas.
Things to lookout for with this model (Pre DPF 79 series dual cab):
The clutch is notoriously weak and prone to slipping, so keep an eye out for that if purchasing second hand or even new. Any power upgrades will most likely result in the standard clutch failing.
Top 3 tips with the (Pre DPF 79 series dual cab):
1. Keep the tray short as the front wheels love to lift when offroad.
2. Get the GVM upgrade done pre registration if possible
3. Make any modifications pre registration if possible.
Thanks to the following people for helping with my build:
· Outback Customs in Caboolture, QLD.
o Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/outback_customs_/?hl=en
· Lightforce in Adelaide, SA.
o Website- https://www.lightforce.com
o Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/LightforceHQ/
o Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/_lightforce/
· Legendex in Narangba, QLD.
o Website- https://www.legendex.com.au
o Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/Legendex/