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:
- Chassis extension to move the rear axle back by 300 mm to correct load handling issues.
- Rear axle width correction. Narrower standard wheel track causes handing issues, especially when towing or on soft ground.
- GVM upgrade to 3950 kgs (1540kgs front, 2500kgs rear). This means a worthwhile load can now be carried legally.
- Vehicle remains similar to original length, so slightly 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 a small increased turning radius, and a marginal reduction in break-over angle. The departure angle is reduced while handling, ride on corrugations and stability are all greatly improved.
For my own use, 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. That will happen from June 2020. All will be revealed here soon.
New car supplied by: Grand Toyota Wangara.
We will be able to take orders and build these for clients through Autograph Overland, from March 2020.
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 pleased 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’.
- DC-DC charging by Redarc. Best DC-DC chargers in the world, IMHO.
- Inverter by Redarc. How large/small is the question.
- Retro grill, sun-visor & headlight protectors from Grand Toyota Wangara.
- Fuel filter and catch-can upgrade by Terrain Tamer.
- 110L Auxiliary fuel tank ahead of rear axle by Brown Davis.
- 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 4L 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.
- Centre and roof consoles by Dept. of the Interior. Nothing quite like them. Again, I’m spoilt.
- Seats by Recaro. We are fitting EXPERT-M seats – proper comfort in a 70-series.
- Snorkel by Safari Snorkel.
- Front recovery point and radiator protection plate by ARB.
- 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. 285/75R16 A/T.
- Clutch upgrade by Terrain Tamer. Because I’m fitting another Unichip, I must do a clutch upgrade.
- Wheel rims: ROH. I still have the ones from my Troopy, so I’ll fit them here.
- Centre console fridge is a 15L Bushman Rodie, to work with Dept. of the Interior centre console.
- Main fridge/freezer, Snomaster.
- Seat covers by Takla Cantek. They are making them especially for the Recaro Expert-M seats.
- Floor coverings by Takla. Unique Takmat with audio insulation.
- Unichip by Dastek Unichip. The best. I’m spoilt. Installation: Perth Diesel Performance.
- 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 Extreme. I don’t know them.
- Winch: IP67-rated Runva 13XP.All I do know is that word of mouth and reviews suggest they are really good.
- Audio: Deciding on the EC Vision head unit or the Alpine, with a set of Focal speakers. New Nav systems work Hema.
- Dashcam by Dashcams Owners Australia. I will be going 4K this time.
- TPMS by Digoptions. This time with internal sensors.
SIT REP JAN 2020.
A brand new was delivered in late November and to Geelong, Vic where the chassis was extended and the other items to improve handling, completed. This build will be in two parts: Chassis and body November 2019 – February 2020, then camper, July – September 2020.
As modifications are done, and accessories fitted to the truck, this list will be updated in real time. (daily)
Water-tight alternator. Terrain Tamer
Brake rotor upgrade, front and back. Terrain Tamer.
Suspension upgrade, part of GVM. Terrain Tamer.
Horn upgrade. HELLA 003399801 Supertone 12V.
Speakers and amp. Focal. Retailer: Car Sounds Joondalup.
Roof console. T-shaped from Dept of Interior.
Centre console. With integral fridge, Dept of Interior.
Centre fridge. 15L Bushman Rodie
Door speaker pods with drink holder from Dept of Interior.
ARB deluxe bar.
ARB front recovery point.
Audio insulation from
Seats by Recaro
Winch: IP67-rated Runva 13XP
Next items in line for fitting:
Falken 285/75R16 tyres
2×100 amp/h Amptron batteries
Audio head unit. Still undecided.