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    BFG KM MUD Tyres

    Thanks for the reply, I have to say I am delighted with the all terrains and I have used them on Discos ( 1 and2) my hybrid 300tdi and my Bruiser. on and off road, can’t really fault them except they do look scruffy and they ain’t worn out. I bought my first set in 1998. I do know that the...
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    BFG KM MUD Tyres

    The off road bias would be around 50% as I use the car as tow truck for the Froader and I go off road with it, I suppose the answer would be two sets of tyres, which is a possibility as I already have a second set of alloys, the reason I ask is a good pal,of mine has a set of Muds on a Patrol...
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    BFG KM MUD Tyres

    Many I ask if any one is using BFG MFG MUD tyres on an 80 as a daily driver, I ask as I am on the cusp of replacing my all terrains ,( the old version) not worn out but scruffy they’ve done about 40k miles and still quite good, I fancy the new Mud versions, but, are they as good as theA/Ts...
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    80 for sale

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    80 for sale

    Hi, not for me but a valued friend, would it be possible to view the truck please, we are in South East Essex , Thanks, Bill Westley
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    Landcruiser HZJ78R Deathwobble

    I had this problem a long time ago and it turned out (after replacing the damper etc) to be the bushes in the panhard rod were shot, worth a look might save a bit of time, hard to see they were shot though, only when we put a huge crowbar on the joint was it revealed.
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    Petrol or Diesel???

    I think you bang on in your assessment, me? if I I could have found a ready done 80 I would have bought it, add up the costs and you can’t buy a car and the add ons for the money. It’s the same same for everything, if you fancy a project, try and find an “ unfinished” one, you can save bundles...
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    Slow forums

    Slow for me too, painfully slow
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    My GS 80 lifted 3"

    That is a very nice looking truck, I really like the front bumper, your comment about the size of tyres is interesting though, on my 80 (94 VX. 12 valve) 285 tyres made the speedo accurate , I’ve been off road and I’ve never thought that I if I had bigger tyres I might “ go further” The other...
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    My GS 80 lifted 3"

    Looks very good, don’t wait too long for the “needs” in my opinion this is how they should have left the factory, and complete with 285. 75 tyres, it looks perfectly “ in proportion” nice one, hope you get plenty of opportunity to use it for the way you’ve built it. Best regards, Bill Westley
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    Foreign influences

    Absolutely Mange toot mon Brave as we say in Peckham
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    Heartache

    It’s only that I can’t spell Corona Virus, and still had to spell check!
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    Heartache

    Up to now in this CV19 crisis our firm has carried on working as we are in the “ food chain” and believe me we are working the hardest we have ever, of course we are short handed over burdened with stuff we have never had to cope with before, but, I really appreciate as I’m sure all of us do...
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    Hearsay and rumour

    Well, we ain’t much further on with the “ Lockdown Dream Machine” from the Toyota parts list, TBH I love my 80, but when the weather is monkey, sitting under the awning don’t quite “ do it” I know we can wrap up up etc, but when it’s windy and wet and a reasonably priced hotel/B n B ain’t...
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    Building a mongrel Landcruiser

    I’ll try again later but I download it, press the done button but it don’t stick. teknology eh?
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    Building a mongrel Landcruiser

    I don’t know if this works, it’s shaky I phone video of the saiid 40 , it’s a beautifully presented truck, he is a better mechanic than driver, the yellow jeep at the end is mine, although that is not a jeep it’s a [email protected], ( Range Rover chassis, ‘79, CJ 7 steel body etc)
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    Building a mongrel Landcruiser

    I met a guy years ago in France (12/13 years) on a 4x4 “do” who was from Belgium, and he manufactured stainless steel body panels and complete bodies in aluminium for 40 series, he gave me a very nice key ring ( Toyota) would you know, I lost the key ring and his very posh business card. What...
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    Building a mongrel Landcruiser

    Hold on a minute; I have to change the battery in my hearing aid I can’t hear a blinking word..................
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    Building a mongrel Landcruiser

    About 8/9 years ago I went on a French 4x4 “do” called the “Croisiere Blanche” open to cars, bikes and Quads, held in the French Alps. The show stopper that year was a 110 body on an 80 chassis with the 1HDT motor/ gearbox, Superbly built and the attention to detail was amazing . Built to...
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    Building a mongrel Landcruiser

    Oh yes what a great car, but I’m not a tray back fan but a nice cabin body on the back would be nice. In the warmer climes, a “ live out” truck works a treat, but when the weather goes Pete Tong I feel you need something you can eat/ sit/ sleep in works better, hence the Troopy body, I sill...
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    Building a mongrel Landcruiser

    Apologies if this is old hat, but I have been watching a lot of you tube videos with Ronnie Dahl, Andrew PW and Paul Marsh, by and large I agree all the time with their comments. They talk sense, but, and it’s a big but, they all favour the 70 series Landcruiser. You see I’m an 80 owner...
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    Hearsay and rumour

    Yep, my kids were all born in Essex, but still carry all the genes no worry there,still a chip off the old block, my daughter who lives in Manchester ( good grief, where?) has sent me this bottle of jollop for my health she says, piccy included. But in their defence they all enjoy pie mash and...
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    Hearsay and rumour

    In a perfect answer I want to stay with my 1HDT possibly with an exhaust, but who knows what the “ masters” will come up with next? I too am from south London, Peckham , my father Bermondsey, so when folk say they way that I speak is cockney, “nah it’s Sarf Lundun mate!” The pure lost...
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    Hearsay and rumour

    I was told from an unsubstantiated source that a company/ garage in west London is buying the electric drivetrains from accident damaged cars and fitting them into classic cars to enable the owners to drive into central London after the new emission Laws take effect later this year. Now I don’t...
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    4x4 Expo

    Love the “ pillar box slit” that’s the retro “ 2nd ww” style cue, LOL, one of our pals has the SWB version and it ain’t cramped, but, for a family it may be so and especially so with the 4Door version. Sfunny, I’m a permanent 4wd merchant, I love the 4wd, although the jeeps do handle well in...
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    4x4 Expo

    May we see a picture of the new weapon? Can I ask of your reasoning behind the purchase? I too went there, my first visit to The “Donington” , I really enjoyed myself, some excellent equipment on offer, for me, the most interesting vehicle there was the outstanding 105 on the West Coast stand...
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    Technical Benefits of a Snorkel

    Yep, I totally agree, one trip with dusty conditions will confirm to you it was a wise choice to fit a snorkel, May I suggest the “ Donaldson” centrifugal top filter as an added bonus, amazing piece of kit, snorkel plus top centrifugal filter , when you inspect your centrifugal filter you will...
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    Carreta 1500 model Teardrop Trailer

    Obviously the answer lies in what are your plans or hopes to do with the trailer, if it is rugged off roading , can it cut the mustard as regards durability and ground clearance ? If you’ve seen the item “ in the blood” and you like it and it fulfils your needs, well, that’s the one, seems like...
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    Seeking advice.

    Well the truck from the pics looks great, seems like a good choice, take a look through some videos on you tube by 4xOverland and I hope you will change your idea of changing the vehicle from 4 to 2 wheel drive. The author of those videos puts very good reasons on why 4 wheel drive is so much...
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    80 series front disc rotors

    just watched a y tube video from 4wd action on upgrading the brakes on a double cab something and I was interested in the brake parts he uses to increase the braking efficiency. At the moment I’m on the cusp of a little upgrade myself, when I apply my brakes there is a gentle “pulsing” which...
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    Hi Everyone

    Hello, this is the place for Landcruiser aficionados, truly International, I’m sure you will find a good welcome. “ have cruiser, will travel”
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    Aftermarket cup holder.

    Hi, I use bicycle water bottle holders, the ones that are screwed onto the front down tube on a racer. They usually come with two neat little mounting holes ready to go. Normally a little “nib” which applies pressure to stop the drinks bottle rattling out has to be cut off. Mine are in plastic...
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    On board air compressor

    I also have a T max, it’s the twin Cylinder job, I’ve had it for years, I’ve used it to pump up 1000x20 lorry tyres, it’s been extremely useful but as you rightfully say bulky, nowhere under the bonnet either. So, when we go on a trip that I think it would be good to take it on, I put it in a...
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    The price of insurance

    Yes I thought it would be a bargaining point but then thought, the new firm put the effort in, why should the old firm still get the business? All they’ve done is try to mug you off, why give them the benefit? They’ve already said “we ain’t mates, this is business “ so if that’s the rules, if...
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    The price of insurance

    im sure this has been posted lots of times, but I feel I’ve been enlightened, about last Ocober ‘19 we had a “ quote” unsolicited from SAGA for house insurance, I’ve been with the NFU for years and happily so. However SAGA offered the same insurance in some areas more, but it meant I saved about...
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    Short excursion to the Alps

    Accommodation- on the way down we overnighted at a posh hotel in Macon, called the “Panorama 360” cost about €100 for a family room (3) went out for a meal by the river, had a gourmet burger ( streak hache topped with foil gras) and the trimmings, ( I cant say I don’t eat burger again) that was...
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    Short excursion to the Alps

    Spent a week going to the Alps for my wife to ski, mid Jan 2020, many years ago I loved to take part in the Croisiere Blanche, it was a 4x4 event held at a ski resort in the Haut Alps at a small town called Orcieres Merlet. While my pal and I drove the course ( over 3 days) our wives would ski...
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    Loosing power

    Hi, as with al vehicle/ engine problems it is a process of elimination. Some are immediately recognised some not, look at the evidence, air bubbles, always a good telltale of a bad joint where the pipes meet either with another pipe or the nipple on the tank. Check that the jubilee clips or...
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    Beware of dirty Diesel

    Just watched the Fuel Doctor video, thanks for putting it on here for us, for me it demonstrates how lax the standards are on fuel, I feel the responsibility of cleaning the fuel with chemicals lies squarely at the feet of the suppliers. Another point was it seems the busiest stations are the...
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    New Member

    So, welcome to one of the best forums on the web, it seems as you’ve had some nice trucks and maybe you’ll find something a bit closer to home, you being the other side of the pond to most of us, hope you get what you want Best regards, Bill Westley
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    Beware of dirty Diesel

    I won’t name and shame as there are too many variables , how do you know the car wasn’t already infected, how can you prove anything, it’s just ok to be aware of a problem which I believe will become more commonplace, and for those who don’t believe there is a difference, that’s ok, I have no...
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    Beware of dirty Diesel

    my story starts a week ago when I arranged for my sons Toyota Avensis ( great car) to have a service, we use and have used the same guy for years, and we have the greatest regard and respect for him ( his nickname “ Dave the diesel), he reported that the fuel filter was ok but to pay attention...
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    japanese 4x4 parts ltd review

    After reviews like this about parts suppliers, it’s a wonder we can’t look at customers issues with the said part or service, maybe that would liven them up a bit, I’m in the fruit and veg game, I give more attention and service to a customer ( and polite and civil) over a piece of fruit or veg...
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    High mile 80s

    On this note, I was stopped by the police for not having business use on my insurance, at 6.30 in the morning, I was towing my Ifor Williams with 6 pallets of produce on it, well wrapped with pallet wrap and very securely strapped, I didn’t know at the time but I guess he was fishing, as at...
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    80/105 question

    Thanks for your reply, I have to ask, are the axles superior to the 80? ie stronger? I saw a lot of 105 s in Morocco with tour firms. I had an opportunity to buy a new one a few years ago but at the time my 80vx was an absolute “piece” and the 105 was sluggish in comparison and a manual, I...
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    80/105 question

    hello, I am an fan of the 4xOverland videos on the ‘tube, I notice that on more than one occasion the 105 Bruiser is referred to as an 80 series chassis / running gear with a100 series body. Well, the first thing I notice is that the 105 has 5 stud wheels, ( not thee 80 six std) is this the only...
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    CB advice

    Update, I “earthed” the Ali bracket and no change with the SWR, the mount is at the centre front of the roof rack, the mag mount when I try it is about 3 inches forward of it using the same antenna, tried new patch lead, and mount, no change. In a field trial, my pal in his car drove away from...
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    CB advice

    Thanks, I’ll give it a try, I will persevere as I know the desired result can be achieved and I really want good coms for a trip in Oct to Corsica, rained off today but will start again tomorrow thanks again
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    CB advice

    Hi again, is ground plane something I can create? The mag mount is about 4 inches away from the rack mount when I check it, ( same antenna) will I need to drill a panel? Hope not I’d sooner super glue the mag mount down. Does the mag mount have its own ground plane? ( in the early 80s I had a...
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    CB advice

    Well done for a great reply, really important advice, at the moment I’m having a right game getting the aerial SWR ‘d in the proper range, works absolutely perfect on my magnetic mount, ( SWR 1.5 on the meter) but cannot get under 3.00 on a mount attached to the roof rack. Replacing the coax...
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