Australia’s Dream Tourer. 2020
This is How Toyota Should be Building This Truck.
And what if this could be ordered directly from any Toyota dealership in Australia? The key goals are:
- Keep it as close to the original as possible, but with all issues corrected in one step.
- Rear axle width correction.
- GVM upgrade to 3950 kgs (1540kgs front, 2500kgs rear)
- Rear axle moved rearwards by 500 mm to correct load handling issues.
- Vehicle remains similar to original length, so lightly modified trays can fit, and fits in a standard parking space.
- State-wide ADR approvals in place.
We see just two drawbacks from this design change, and that is an increased turning radius, and a marginal reduction in break-over angle. While we expect a better departure angle, the overall handling, ride on corrugations and stability is expected to be improved greatly.
I will then add to this, a camper conversion with a number of innovative products, some not yet seen in the 4WD camp touring community. All to be revealed here soon.
New car supplied by: Grand Toyota Wangara.
Some of the kit is listed below:
- Some kit NEVER seen in Australia before. And some, never in the world before!! We will be the FIRST!
- A new light-weight 20-second camper being developed with us by Quickpitch.
- The chassis extension and GVM upgrade is being done in partnership with Multidrive and Terrain Tamer.
- We are also very please to be working with one of Australia’s premier tray makers, Norweld.
- Electrical consultants are Klarmann Automotive Solutions.
- Much of the build work will be done by Quickpitch.
- Lights by Hella. Something very new here!
- Lithium batteries – 2x 100 amp/h by Amptron. Why not a single 200 amp/hr? We will explain.
- Nav by Garmin’s new GPS receiver called ‘Overlander’. We are working to make it run Hema Maps.
- DC-DC charging by Redarc. Best DC-DC chargers in the world, IMHO.
- Inverter by Redarc. How large/small is the question
- Redvision Vehicle Management System by Redarc. This is new for me.
- Retro grill, sun-visor & headlight protectors from Grand Toyota Wangara.
- Fuel filter and catch-can upgrade by Terrain Tamer.
- Suspensions by Terrain Tamer. Part of GVM upgrade.
- Bar work. ARB. I hit a huge roo and the bar did its job. What more can I ask?
- Compressor. ARB. Double compressor with tank as in the Troopy. I am now totally spoilt!
- Radio by GME. I really liked the one in the Troopy, so I’m doing that again.
- Interior by Dept. of the Interior. Nothing quite like them. Again, I’m spoilt.
- Seats by Recaro. Yes!! At last. Proper comfort in a 70-series.
- Snorkel by Safari Snorkel.
- Hot water and shower system by Quick Pitch. I’m spoilt.
- Awning by Quick Pitch. This thing is brand new on the market, and huge!.
- Tyres by Falken. Still deciding on sizes.
- Clutch upgrade by Terrain Tamer. If I chip it, I must do a clutch upgrade. And I like TT.
- Wheel rims: Probably ROH.
- Seat covers by Takla. They are making them especially for the Recaro Expert-M seats.
- Floor coverings by Takla. Unique Takmat with audio insulation.
- Unichip by Dastek Unichip. Again, I’m spoilt.
- Wrap by Signarama, Joondalup. I’m going for a retro colour, but this time, not green.
- Rack by Tracklander. Not sure how we are going to mount the spares, but we think – on the rack.
- Recovery trax by Maxtrax. We are lucky enough to be able to choose the best.
- Winch: We like the look of the IP67-rated Runva 13XP.
- Audio: Focal. Such amazing sound! We have them in our Troopy and love them.
- Dashcam by Dashcams Owners Australia. I will be going 4K this time.
- TPMS by Digoptions. This time with internal sensors.
A brand new Cruiser arrives mid November 2019, and the build begins in Geelong, Vic almost immediately. The build will be in two parts: Chassis and body November 2019 – February 2020, then camper, July – September 2020.