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2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Touring Beast

Postby grunf on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 9:16 +0000

SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 (capped service for 3 years) with this accessories included:

- Snorkle
- Towbar
- Redarc TowPro electric brake controller
- Premium Steel Bullbar with spotlights (winch compatible)
- ARB Tub liner
- UniUte canopy
- Dust seal kit
- Tinted windows
- Matts
- Wheel flares
- Side mouldings
- BFG KO2' A/T LT 265/65-17
- 2 inch lift kit from Dobinsons
- ARB Diff breather kit
- STEDI LED driving lights
- STEDI LED headlight globes, day time running lights and interior LED globes
- An extra cigarette lighter input on the console (just left of the OEM USB input)
- An extra cigarette lighter input at the back of the center console to charge Ipads etc, or to run the fridge (wired directly to the battery)

Still working on a winch decision (which one) and will I even keep this bulbar, because I did not know OEM steel bar does not accept all winches.

Underbody protection (bash plates) on order as well.
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 9:19 +0000

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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby xecuter on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 7:16 +0000

looks amazing! I just got my first hilux (2016 sr5) looking to do similar mods. Probably with the AFN bullbar though
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby Allords on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 7:35 +0000

Nice!
Looks to be more than 2" lift, but maybe the flares make it look higher?
Regardless of your choice of winch. If thats the factory bar it has to come off to put a winch on.
Another down side of the factory bar is fitting recovery points. Roadsafe do them, but again...Bar off for install. AND you might have a problem as they use the same mounting holes located in the chassis where the winch cradle will mount.

If you do change out the bar. i'll give you $200
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 7:52 +0000

Thanks guys :)

A local 4x4 shop tried to install a Runva winch. I had to by genuine Toyota winch cradle and mounting kit, they took the bar off and could not fit the winch.
I was told that cradle is not wide enough for most of the standard size winches :?
They could fit genuine winch which Toyota sells for a ridiculous $2500.00 (plus 490 for a cradle and mounting kit), or the only aftermarket winch they could find to fit in that cradle was VRS 9500 winch.

I decided not to go with either of them on this bullbar until I research if the 4x4 shop was telling me fibbles or not.
If what they say is correct then I would rather change the bullbar and buy Runva winch for it. Would still end up cheaper than going with genuine Toyota winch.

I wish I knew this before buying this bullbar ...
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 8:17 +0000

Allords back springs are 300kg constant load. Front one are 120 kg constant load.
Back does not feel hard or bumpy at all, but front does a bit because there is no winch in at the moment.
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby Allords on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 9:44 +0000

Grunf

My personal choice would be to stick with what you've got......I'll tell you why.

The toyota bar is fantastic... It doesn't stick out far, its close to the body. Just measure a toyota bar from the grill, and compare that to something like an ARB.
Its like holding a medicine ball close to your body, no problem. Extend your arm and see how much energy you'll need to hold it.... Then introduce an up and down movement like corrugations, and you'll blow out your shoulder or completely f$@#&% your chassis.....Your call.

Heres the problem you have.
Being genuine, your limited to the factory winch... its a warn.
To fit it, the bar has to come off, if you want recovery points. Do this at the sametime. Roadsafe are the only ones i know that will fit. and you're good to go.

Go aftermarket, and you might be up for a new bumper. No one wants to try and fit their bumper cut bull bar to something thats already been cut. OR go a complete bumper replacement Bar.

So.....
Labour for bar off
Winch at Toyotas price.....Crazy i know. But it will be all plug and play and neat.

Or
Bar off, new bar, maybe new bumper ( only to be cut again) winch of your choice.

Stay with what you've got.......Theres no rush
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Mon, 02 Jul 2018 6:56 +0000

Thanks mate.
Toyota winch price is just doing my head in.
$3000 for a winch and a cradle is way too much in my books.

Maybe will go with VRS winch which can fit. I got a quote of $1250 for a winch + fitting.

Will speak to more 4x4 shops and see what they recommend.
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby DeadlyBeast on Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:11 +0000

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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:53 +0000

Thanks mate, as long as they fit this bloody OEM bullbar :evil:
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 4:18 +0000

Ended up installing VRS winch which I had on my previous car and was happy with.

Also last week installed Anderson plug at the back and ARB Frontier long range fuel tank + ARB under vehicle protection kit.

Previous to that I changed the side steeps to Uneek4x4 side steps/rock sliders, pricey but second to none.
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby Ozwaz on Mon, 29 Apr 2019 7:08 +0000

What cradle. or mount did you yuse?
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Mon, 29 Apr 2019 8:32 +0000

Original Toyota winch kit + VRS winch
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Tue, 13 Aug 2019 9:24 +0000

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Changed the rear end.
Swapped tub for steel tray and aluminum canopy. Then added Bundutop electric roof top tent with 300w solar panel on top.
ARB Frontier long range fuel tank added.

With all that and fridge and second battery in the canopy with full tank it weighed 2.8t so it was time for GVM upgrade.
Went with Dobinson 3.5t GVM upgrade. Car is now handling and driving great.
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby camper adam on Sun, 25 Aug 2019 2:51 +0000

What under tray tool boxes did you go with?
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Tue, 27 Aug 2019 9:47 +0000

Hi Adam,

I got them from these guys:
http://www.paramountproducts.com.au/tool_boxes.html
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Fri, 17 Jan 2020 5:33 +0000

Installed Unihcip today.
Installed by Unichip representatives for Australia in Bayswater "Dynomotive Home Of Unichip Australia".

I am quite pedantic when it comes with workmanship etc, but these guys left nothing to complain about. I asked them also to install a catch can.

They perform live dyno tune of the chip to suit individual vehicle. You can go up to 5 different tunes, but I decided that's a bit too much.
Guys reprogrammed two buttons at the centre console, so now I have High Power, Towing and Econo mode.

Car goes and feels much better and responsive to drive. gained heaps of power and torque.

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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby rjo89 on Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:33 +0000

That's some pretty impressive figures. How does it compare to the standard 'PWR' mode?
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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby grunf on Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:54 +0000

Much better in regards to like car just pulls and goes when pedal is pressed, no hesitation in downshifting.
I was driving car in factory PWR mode all the time before Unichip was fitted yesterday.
Factory PWR mode just makes accelerator pedal appear be more responsive, but car is still sluggish when pushed, reluctant to downshift etc.

With Unichip in High power mode it just pulls and pulls, no hesitation.

I also have TorquePro app which I religiously use to monitor temps etc. I noticed EGT's a bit lower and trans fluid and trans pan temps slightly lower. Do not know reasoning, science or mechanic behind it, just reporting it how it is.

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Re: 2018 SR, white, dual cab, auto, 4x4 - The Beast

Postby DenSos on Mon, 27 Jan 2020 3:39 +0000

Hey mate, I have the factory alloy bar on my 17 SR5, I had no issues fitting a 9.5k Runva winch, I just had to change it from underwound to overwound. I was able to install the winch without taking the bar off, I just had to remove some of the factory bash plate, I managed to do the whole install by myself, just ended up covered in bruises haha.
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