Ben's '12 SR5 build

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Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby bmob on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 6:33 +0000

Hi All,
When I first bought my Hilux I didn’t expect to be spending so many weekends tinkering with it, when I wasn’t out camping or fishing.

So...I thought it was about time to start a build thread.

A bit of history...

I bought my Hilux just over a year ago and put a little over 400km on the stock H/T’s before getting them swapped for Cooper ST Maxx 265/70R17. After another 2000km with the tyres rubbing on the mud guards if I turned more than 10°, I added a 2” lift

Then came the typical visit to ARB thinking it could do with a bullbar, I walked out with an order for a deluxe winch bar, driving lights, warn winch, canopy, roof rack, snorkel, under body guards, recovery point, UHF and foxwing... I wasn’t surprised they decided to throw in a recovery kit to add to the collection.
Then the long wait for the canopy and bullbar. The canopy came in 4 weeks and was installed along with everything else but the bar, winch, lights and guards. Another 4 weeks went by and the ARB dealer realised they forgot to put the bullbar order in with the factory :evil: . 3 weeks later the bar was on.
In the time I was waiting for the bullbar I’d manage to dent my bumper while attempting a 3-point turn hitting the esky... beer was fine and the car came out worse off than the esky. A couple of weeks later, while driving in some long grass, the front end found a wombat hole... after an inventive recovery the Hilux came off second best again, with the front bumper hanging off. Luckily with the front wheel jammed in the hole so well there was no damage to anything but the bumper.

I put together a quick solution for rear recovery points using 6mm steel plate the standard chrome bar and the chassis towbar mounting points, until I can get a rear bar.
I was given a 20” light bar off some mates after they drank a bottle of my Blue Label when I wasn’t home, then mounted it across the bullbar aerial mounts using some trimmed 40mm angle. I wired then spotties and lightbar up separately to green LED carling switches near the driver door... looks very neat and gets rid of the cheap crappy button switch.
More recently I put in a dual battery system using a Century 100Ah AGM, ARB tray and Ctek D250s. Added a Baintech fuse block to each battery to clean up the terminals. I’m still thinking of moving the Ctek behind the glove box to keep it in the cool.
While playing around with power I ran some 8 gauge to the tub for some accessories. Put a couple of Narva 5W LED camping lights on the side and back of my tray rack and wired the rear one up to the reverse lights with a diode. Added a 1m LED strip light to the rear canopy window and wired it all through a temporary switch panel in the tub. Until I get some drawers $$$$.
Forgot to mention, also added some diff breathers from Mitch, and a reversing camera mounted on the rack.

When I find time, I will be mounting my 300w inverter under the passenger seat and compressor under the rear seat.

So far I’ve come to ‘NewHilux’ for advice before touching anything on the ute, which has paid off in spades and saved me drilling a few holes in panels and the tub.

(Photos to come)
Cheers,
Ben
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby AdAm3962 on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 7:11 +0000

Welcome mate, that's a pretty decent list of things to get in one hit after going to look at a bullbar :lol:
Look forward to seeing some pics. I've just replaced my H/T's after 25000 with same size tyre as you, and even with the lift I needed to remove mud flap.
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby bmob on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 7:35 +0000

Thanks mate.

Just worked out how to use photobucket, here some photos
Painted Desert, South Australia:
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Carling switches (custom rockers):
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Dual battery setup, nice squeeze with the 100Ah AGM battery...a bit concerned about heat with the Ctek location:
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Home made switch panel in canopy:
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Camp lights:
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby white_hilux on Tue, 01 Oct 2013 5:05 +0000

welcome to the site and great way to start your build/welcome thread. good list of mods already. keep it up :D
Ben
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2" lift, 32" Bighorns, F & R Diff Locked, Rock sliders, TJM Bullbar and Winch

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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby BIGFOOTJR on Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:26 +0000

Welcome mate!
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby blkrota on Tue, 01 Oct 2013 3:33 +0000

nice build ,

I wouldnt worry about heat with the Ctek location , They are built to be put in the engine bay .
Looks ok from the pics.
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby bmob on Mon, 25 Nov 2013 5:17 +0000

Bought a Kaymar Rear Bar a few weeks ago - Thanks Shane.
Now I just need to find/make a cheap swing arm
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby mattwhite on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:39 +0000

Love all of it. Top work.
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby 10 luxxxx on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:55 +0000

X2 nice work mate.
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby srolfe on Wed, 27 Nov 2013 3:15 +0000

No drama mate, hope its all going well. look forward to seeing what you get in the way of a cheap swing arm.
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby Homer72 on Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:36 +0000

Ben I'm loving the look of the Kaymar rear bar without the wheel on.. Looks tough as. Would you be able to get it without the mounting spindles for the wheel mounts?
Mark ;)

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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby FAIL on Wed, 27 Nov 2013 7:32 +0000

Car is looking great. Can you you put up a close up of where you mounted the camera? Also what camera did you use?
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Re: Ben's '12 SR5 build

Postby blkrota on Thu, 28 Nov 2013 5:24 +0000

Tidy rig mate, Great start 8-)
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