[SPAM][BL] UK Ebay - Toyota Troopie 78

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Tony wrote....
but built like a tank.
SNIP
And they have the suspension of a tank too Tony. To be comfortable to ride in they have to be well loaded to make the rear cart springs work. There may be a lot of gear in there but its all quite lightweight for a vehicle designed to carry 10 people. (Chipboard and lightweight metal in cooker/sink/fridge etc).
I have had these - troopies that is - in fleets, and staff used to avoid using them unless they had a good load on. The last time I rode in one it was a beautiful smooth ride across African red mud roads for 200 miles, and on 7.50 X 16s too.
But it was loaded with 6 local mommas in the back, their gear, some chickens, bags of plantains, and a very fully loaded full length roof rack.
Driving them on smooth'ish roads without a significant payload can be somewhat vomit inducing due to the very stiff suspension. Also remember it is a 1HZ and far less aerodynamic than the 80/100 body shape. To move that at reasonable pace the 1HZ will work hard, especially on gradients.
No, don't be tempted, fit-out an 80 for a trip. - Julian knows how ;o)
Cheers
Jon
Linslade, Beds
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It may come as a shock, but the tapered front of the 78 is actually more
aerodynamic than the 80.
Also, aftermarket leaves, or changing the spring pack greatly improves the
ride of these.
I had a 2000 model, 4.5 twin cam petrol 3"lift with 10"rims to make the
track wider and 36"swampers fitted
out for a couple of years.
Darren McRae
95 fzj 80 supercharged, intercooled, 3"slinky long travel suspension, Slee
front and rear bars.
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I have had these - troopies that is - in fleets, and staff used to avoid
using them unless they had a good load on.
Driving them on smooth'ish roads without a significant payload can be
somewhat vomit inducing due to the very stiff suspension.
Also remember it is a 1HZ and far less aerodynamic than the 80/100 body
shape. To move that at reasonable pace the 1HZ will work hard,
especially on gradients.
No, don't be tempted, fit-out an 80 for a trip. - Julian knows how ;o)
Cheers
Jon
 
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I just like them, spent a lot of time in Oz, and still see them for
sale with 500000kms for good money. For an overlanding trip, with all that kit,not too bad, especially as they arent available over here.
Do however still love my 80!!
Cheers.
On 24 Nov 2009, at 20:32, Darren McRae wrote:
> It may come as a shock, but the tapered front of the 78 is actually > more aerodynamic than the 80.
>
> Also, aftermarket leaves, or changing the spring pack greatly
> improves the ride of these.
>
> I had a 2000 model, 4.5 twin cam petrol 3=94lift with 10=94rims to make
> the track wider and 36=94swampers fitted
> out for a couple of years.
>
> Darren McRae
> 95 fzj 80 supercharged, intercooled, 3=94slinky long travel
> suspension, Slee front and rear bars.
> From: [Email address removed] [mailto:[Email address removed]
> ] On Behalf Of toyj80
> Sent: Wednesday, 25 November 2009 6:53 AM
> To: [Email address removed]
> Subject: [SPAM][BL] RE: [ELCO] UK Ebay - Toyota Troopie 78
>
>
> I have had these - troopies that is - in fleets, and staff used to
> avoid using them unless they had a good load on.
> Driving them on smooth'ish roads without a significant payload can > be somewhat vomit inducing due to the very stiff suspension.
>
> Also remember it is a 1HZ and far less aerodynamic than the 80/100
> body shape. To move that at reasonable pace the 1HZ will work hard,
>
> especially on gradients.
>
> No, don't be tempted, fit-out an 80 for a trip. - Julian knows how ;o)
>
> Cheers
>
> Jon
>
 
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Darren,
Your points are well taken, but you forget one thing.
The LandCruiser range in general is a minority if not esoteric marque in northern Europe (remember this is the European LandCruiser Owner's forum!).
In your country the other side of the world they are as common as LR's are in the UK. So you have all the goodies not only on the shelf there but mostly made there too. Getting options and accessories for the range up here is, if nothing else very expensive and quite exhausting trying to find the right parts, as Toy dealers just don't want to know - many can't even service and maintain them (ask our mate JB in Ireland about that).
In Bosnia I had to order lamp shields from Aunger (Oz) direct. A simple accessory available off the shelf for every make of vehicle in Europe except Toy 4WD's.
The 70 series are not sold by Toy dealers in Europe and are the province of some specialist importers who get them to order from - usually - warmer climes.
You are so lucky down there !
Cheers
Jon
Linslade, Beds
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Darren,
Your points are well taken, but you forget one thing.
The LandCruiser range in general is a minority if not esoteric marque in
northern Europe (remember this is the European LandCruiser Owner's forum!).
Cheers
Jon
That's why I suggested you could alter the spring packs also ;-)
If driving mainly unloaded, turning the second stage upside down works a
treat for improving ride quality.
Third leaf down removed will also aid for very light trucks.
Darren McRae
 
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