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Jimbo's LJ78 'Cruiser

Jimbo4x4 May 7, 2010

  1. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Ok then, first up is just a copy and paste from the other place, I'll add to it as I go :)
    This was last October. All went well on the 1500 mile round trip through Cornwall and back. About 4 hours were spent on various greenlanes round Wales and the Southwest and I only used lanes which were convenient for my overall A to B run :) The tent got a little condensation do to poor ventilation, I've now found that if I leave a window open a bit then everything stays dry inside.

    More coming up :cool:

    Jim.
     
  2. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Some pics of Rex from the Cornwall trip:

    On the way down on part of Sarn Helen. We made room inside for the surfboards in the end as the truck was over 9' tall and they were eating into the fuel on the faster roads
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    Strata Florida, just before I lost my front numberplate on a river crossing :oops: :
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    Severn Bridge in sight:
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    Stopped to admire the view on a hill somewhere in Somerset:
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    Finally arrived at our first Cornish destination, Widemouth Bay near Bude:
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    Where the boards came out :D
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    Overlooking Widemouth Bay:
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    Lane near Wainhouse Corner:
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    Camping in Padstow:
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    Just John O'Groats to accomplish now lol :D
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    Rex on the Fal ferry
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    One a few wild camps, this one on the way back to Laura's place in Anglesey, in the same place Rob and I camped near a Northern stretch of Sarn Helen. What you can't see in this picture is the 20' wide river 10yards opposite the camp:
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    Jim.
     
  3. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Some of my favourites from the big laning trip in December:

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    And some from the more recent trip out with Gav':

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  4. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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  5. adrianr

    adrianr Well-Known Member

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    Looking really good, great pics too.
     
  6. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

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    Nice truck Jim, looks really good with the snorkel. Now when is this lift coming?
     
  7. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Be quiet man, someone might hear you! :p

    Things are a little tight fund-wise at the mo, Laura and I are looking to get a place together and things aren't exactly going smoothly so I think that one will have to go on the backburner for a bit :(

    So only cheap mods for the time being I think :| That said, it's great to have a truck I can modify rather than repair all the time, things were a little different with my old suzuki :roll:

    Jim.
     
  8. ignat

    ignat Well-Known Member I am in south_africa

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    Looking good Jim :cool:
     
  9. Andrew Prince

    Andrew Prince Well-Known Member

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    Hey Jim,
    Also noticed the slight sagging at the rear there - of your truck that is, before any wise guys comment :mrgreen:

    Would the OEM springs from an 80 fit in there? I would think the 80 springs are bit heavier duty than the original 70 ones? But I dunno for sure. There must be a few sets of used 80 springs floating around (and are probably a bit softer after being under an 80) :idea: Could be a low cost way of getting a small lift. Obviously you'd need to be sure that the 80 springs aren't too big/tall and end up over-extending your shocks.

    Just a thought anyway :cool:

    Cheers,
     
  10. adrianr

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    On your exhaust - have you got stainless clamps on there?
     
  11. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Hi Andy, yeah it was pretty loaded up on the Cornwall trip, and it only looks "right" when there's no load in the back whatsoever. Looks about level most of the time. I have thought about fitting 80 springs, and apparently rear ones will fit all round giving about 1-1.5" of lift. Would this over-extend the standard shocks?

    Just checked, and there's a little bit of surface rust starting to appear on the one directly behind the back wheel, so it would appear not. I'll have to replace them with stainless or treat and paint them before they get too bad or there's no point in having them!
     
  12. silvercruiser

    silvercruiser Well-Known Member

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    Jim they might be stainless but there is different grades and some do still look like they are rusting but it can just be staining or fillings attached from say grinding etc.


    Joe
     
  13. Andrew Prince

    Andrew Prince Well-Known Member

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    I guess you need to try and measure what the max extension of the shocks is and then see whether the additional lift could cause over-extension. Lowering the bump-stops would reduce the articulation and might be able to keep the extension within range for the shocks.
    Dunno whether the 80 front springs would be better? They're a bit shorter but more coils, so probably less likely to sag?

    Any input from others?

    Cheers,
     
  14. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    hmmm, I know what you mean as I have seen this happen before with stainless, but if these are stainless then they are a very poor grade. That back one could use some penetrating oil to undo it as it is.

    Thanks for the info! Sounds like I could just put some front springs on the back for now, would have to compare diameter to make sure they'd go in the cups though. It's embarrasing at the moment as whenever I have 3rd row passengers the suspension bottoms out on speedbumps :oops:

    Now where's Gav got to, I need to ask another favour of him :p :p
     
  15. Jon Wildsmith

    Jon Wildsmith Super Moderator Supporter Guru I am in england

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    The 80 series front and rear springs are different diameters Jim but I have heard of 80 series front springs being used on the rear of 90's so maybe that's what would work for a 78?
     
  16. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    They'd certainly give me a better load rating, my rear axle can't be taking that much more than 500kg most of the time. What's the front of an 80 weigh? Three times that? They'd be great for overlanding
     
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    Nice truck!

    By any chance, do you know from where I can purchase a couple of side-mirrors like yours? They should fit my BJ70...at the moment I got a pair of universal ones, but I'd prefer to have a set of 'original' ones...
     
  18. Gav Peter

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    Here I am Jim... And they're in the lean to on the side of the house when you want them, dampers & all :cool:

    Great thread too - I hadn't seen your pics from our day out... Must book another one soon :D

    Cheers
     
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    your probably right, i think the engine weighs close to 400kg on it own. Of the top of my head i think the axle load limits on the 80 are about 1900kg and 1700kg for rear and front respectfully, will confirm this when i go home for lunch.
     
  20. Jimbo4x4

    Jimbo4x4 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Gav, you're a diamond, thanks mate. You definately not wanting them though? Will talk about price etc next I see you :)



    The mirrors on yours look cool! If you want I could pm you my chassis number so you can get some from your toyota dealer. They're electric units though so might be a little pricey.. unfortunately I don't know of anywhere else that sells them. Only other thing I can think of is to keep a lookout for a 70 series being broken on ebay?
    HTH

    Jim.
     
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