My 2004 HiLux VZN167

brando251
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My 2004 HiLux VZN167

Unread post by brando251 » November 17th, 2015, 10:44 am

Hey all,

Thought I'd post my "build" both for my own record, and for those that might be interested.

VZN167 - V6 Petrol (SR)

She's my first 4wd, never thought I'd bother modifying it... But since my first trip, slowly but surely more bits and pieces have been bolted on haha.

Here it is after I first bought it, around a year and a half ago. Basically stock, think it's had new alloys at some stage and was running some pretty thrashed out Toyo AT 31s. Rear shocks are Ultimas, front recovery points also.
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Had my mate make me up some rock sliders, pretty happy with how they turned out.
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And some rear recovery points, which cost me a carton rather than the 800 or so for a towbar install. Now I know there'll be debate on these, but I've installed two, bolted to the chassis using M12 high tensiles to existing threaded holes in the chassis. Made out of 12mm steel plate. If I ever need to use them (generally can/try to dig myself out), I'll run an equaliser strap between the two with rated bow shackles.
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Here she is from a trip a month or two back to Sandy Cape, WA.
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Have also added...
Narva Ultima 175 spotties (self install w/switch)
Kumho Road Venture AT 31" all round
Bush Skinz bash plate
Rhino Rack heavy duty aero bars
Rhino Rack shovel holder
Oricom CB
Custom fit seat covers

Possible plans
Dual battery (in progress)
Central locking
Rims (black steel?)
Front bar?
Rear diff locker??

Cheers for having a browse!
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Re: My 2004 HiLux VZN167

Unread post by typhoeus » November 17th, 2015, 9:09 pm

And so it begins! now you will never have any money for other things, your socks and jocks will have holes rather than buying new ones so you can afford the new winch or whatever. . . :lol:

brando251
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Dual Battery

Unread post by brando251 » January 13th, 2016, 4:50 pm

Dual battery system up and running! After a bit of research and combining a few peoples techniques, I decided to go with a removable tray mounted battery. With stuff all room under the hood a few bits and pieces would need to be relocated, so I've run the cables via the chassis rails/brake lines and up through one of the tub drain holes. Complete home job, so made it the tidiest I could manage!
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Only problem with the Narva VSR is that it can't be bridged (at least to my knowledge) for jump starting. As the battery is removable, starting via jumper leads shouldn't be too much of an issue anyway.
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Anderson plugs keeping removal easy, plus no need to worry about exposed cable lugs swinging around back there. Drilled a couple of holes and installed some eye bolts for the tie down.
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And the battery is in. Projecta battery box with both merit and cigarette type sockets, the second fuse is in the box lid. Went with a Ritar 100ah AGM. Didn't move an inch last trip! Just had to get better at packing the gear in around.

If anyone's got questions on running a setup like this in a similar Hilux, give us a yell :thumb:
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DamoBro91
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Re: My 2004 HiLux VZN167

Unread post by DamoBro91 » January 13th, 2016, 4:57 pm

The v6 luxs are awesome. I used to love mine, but i ended up selling as i needed more room. My best mate has an extra cab, what a weapon. He recently put a front locker in, what a difference it made.

Good luck with the build

brando251
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Re: My 2004 HiLux VZN167

Unread post by brando251 » January 13th, 2016, 5:11 pm

Yeah, they go bloody well. Even on the soft stuff with 4 blokes and a load of camping gear! Wouldn't mind chucking a locker in, but think I'll spend some pennies on a few luxuries like central locking and a real mans front bar first.

Cheers!

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Re: My 2004 HiLux VZN167

Unread post by DamoBro91 » January 13th, 2016, 9:25 pm

Yeah i agree. They do go well. Heres a pic of my old one after spending some money on it

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I miss it sometimes. It was so smooth to drive.

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Bar and other bits

Unread post by brando251 » June 6th, 2017, 9:20 pm

Been a bloody long time since I've updated this thing, thought I'd add what I've done.

On the comfort side I've had central locking installed to stop myself from locking the keys in the ignition :purplex:

I also whacked a Sony LCD touchscreen in the dash to replace the factory head unit, fits perfectly in the double DIN slot and works a treat.

On the beefier side of things, added an xrox front bar with a couple of recovery points attached up front. These bars are definitely a love/hate item, but personally I think it looks the goods.

Also had a set of 15" -10 offset black steelies fitted, stuck with my 31" rubber as it does the job and avoids any rubbing that would be caused by say, going to a 32".

Cheers for checking it out!

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