My slow slow build...

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Re: My slow slow build...

Postby where'smycat on Sat, 10 Aug 2019 10:07 +0000

True to form, it's taken ages yet again.

Picked up the ute on Friday to go chase the snow that was headed for the Blue Mountains this weekend. It's going back Monday morning to have the new wheel carriers, ladder and rocksliders (with new welded on brush bars) put back on when they're back from powder coating. Booster is in, but somethings not right......we'll sort it then too.

I've gotten used to this by now :D

Taresk, no idea why it's only diesel? Maybe call Marks?

In the meantime.......
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Re: My slow slow build...

Postby Cobba7490 on Sun, 11 Aug 2019 8:29 +0000

Mate, this truck is looking like a beast. Awesome pics in the snow.

Just a quick question: i know you've had a few setbacks with the SAS, with Jocko getting his Lux done through Kinsela's for 4WD Action and what not, but wondering if overall you are happy with the main outcome/service/craftsmanship, etc? Would you recommend a SAS from them?

Thanks on advance. Been a hell of a build thread.

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Re: My slow slow build...

Postby where'smycat on Sun, 11 Aug 2019 10:33 +0000

Cheers Cobba!

Yeah I would recommend him.
I managed to catch him as he was blowing up (and he actually moved his shop during the build too) so I'm putting some of it down to bad luck.

Kinselas have actually modified a few things on the canopy as well for me. Originally when it came back the guards were never going to fit 35's (just like the rear wheel carriers :x ) and the panel holding the rear lights didn't give the best departure angle. I had asked Spinifex about angled up wings for the lights, but like most of the canopy and tray builders, they have a design they use and modifying that is expensive. Matt's a custom fabricator, so nothing is off limits. I loved the canopy when I got it back, when I saw what Kinsela did for me (at less that 25% of the price it was going to cost) I was blown away.

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He puts a lot of thought and effort into his builds.
Yeah, they could have been a bit more organised from the start, but I did miss my window getting there because of courier dramas. The quality of the work is great, and they take pride in it.

It's been a long ass build so far (not done yet either :twisted: ), but I don't regret it. I smile like an idiot every time I look at it or climb up to drive it (I'm 6'3" by the way). And as long as it took, the ute has gone through a MASSIVE change for less than you'd pay for a Prado.


I keep promising decent shots of the canopy, but not until it's finished. Doesn't seem right :D

But, what happened to it was

-Raptor Liner respray (included dent removal)
-Custom front seats from Proseat Auto
-replaced tub with custom canopy (I'll go into the details of that once the spares are back on, but I'm running a third battery in there with the fridge and it's own DCDC to handle charging and solar)
-SAS with 80 series diffs front and rear. Kinselas do a hybrid rear housing that works out to be the same price as re gearing the original diff but you end up with a much stronger unit
-my rear e locker was moved to the new front diff as hilux rear is the same as 80 series front
-Superior Engineering superflex radius arms
-custom sway bar and upgraded tie rod and drag link
-diff bracing
-slotted rotors and braided brake lines
-hydro booster (still sorting that out)
-Fox shocks and Dobinson springs (after everything else I'd done I couldn't justify coilovers)
-ARB bullbar was modified to be wider and meet the Kut Snake flares (looks factory) and have led fogs mounted
-Runva winch
-ARB long range poly tank
-all approved and certified by an engineer!
-still have to do some rewiring with my mate in the engine bay and hook up a switch or 2
-brush bars go on this week
-then there'll be a few bits and pieces to stuff around with that nobody will ever notice, like respray the grille and do something about blacking out the chrome handles on the canopy....and then I'll see if Santa (me) will get me a front mount :D
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Re: My slow slow build...

Postby Cobba7490 on Mon, 12 Aug 2019 2:07 +0000

That's awesome to hear. I've seen a few Hilux's with SAS work through him, but never had the opportunity to talk to the owners. I'm glad to hear positive feedback.

Also, if you're 6'3" and "climbing" into the drivers seat, my short arse might have to re-think about my plans, haha.
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Re: My slow slow build...

Postby where'smycat on Tue, 13 Aug 2019 5:58 +0000

Cobba7490 wrote:Also, if you're 6'3" and "climbing" into the drivers seat, my short arse might have to re-think about my plans, haha.


Mate, if you're thinking about it, my only advice is go for it!
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Re: My slow slow build...

Postby taresk on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 5:21 +0000

Really does look good in the snow.

I shot Mark's Adapters an email about the booster, apparently it's just because they've never had a V6 to test, so can't guarantee fitment.
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Re: My slow slow build...

Postby where'smycat on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 7:53 +0000

taresk wrote:Really does look good in the snow.

I shot Mark's Adapters an email about the booster, apparently it's just because they've never had a V6 to test, so can't guarantee fitment.


Can you volunteer and get a discount?
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Re: My slow slow build...

Postby taresk on Fri, 16 Aug 2019 8:48 +0000

Haha, not a bad idea :D
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