Tairal's 2014 Charcoal SR5

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Tairal's 2014 Charcoal SR5

Postby Tairal on Wed, 18 May 2016 6:48 +0000

A few months back I bought my first hilux!

After being screwed around by the freight company I used to move it interstate it was such a great feeling driving it home from the yard and I couldn't have been happier with my purchase :D

Stock as a rock she's a my14 SR5, no extras except leather interior.
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Tairal on Wed, 18 May 2016 7:26 +0000

A few weeks passed and I caught the mod fever, itching, I compiled a list.
I live around the south coast region and there are quite a few creeks and water crossings that can get pretty deep when it rains. So naturally I chose to get a snorkel first.

Do it right do it once, after reading through reviews I decided eBay cheapies were out of the question. Tjm and Stainless were I found too pricey to justify. I managed to source a Safari snorkel off an eBay 4wd store in Melbourne for $400 inc. postage.

Being a stickler for doing the work myself instead of paying someone to do it for me, I picked up the required tools and went at it.

First I removed the guards and flares, then masked the quarter panel before taping on the template.
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Once again scrivets are absolute ass****s

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The 111mm hole was a bit nerve-racking, but it just had to be done. After all the bolt holes were drilled I touched all exposed metal with some primer. I test fitted the snorkel to line up the pillar bracket, with a light assertive shove it fell into place perfectly! Unforunately it started to rain, but I pushed through because a little rain won't hurt :twisted:

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Bolted with loctite and I gotta say I'm very pleased with how it turned out. And it only took just under 2 hours start to finish

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Also I forgot to say, i noticed the auto headlights come on pretty late in the twilight and having a charcoal grey lux, its not till I get close that people see me.
So i installed some DRL's which replace the plastic inserts next to the fog lights. I added in a dimmer relay and wired them to be constantly bright and then auto dim when my headlights turn on.
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Tairal on Wed, 18 May 2016 7:39 +0000

I picked up a hardlid for $400. A quick search online and I found the fitting instructions (pm me if you need them, I have instructions to fit both with and without tub liner). Painstakingly I drilled the holes then got a mate to help lift the hardlid up to install the hinge pins

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I want to install some actuators and hook them up to the central locking. Using the key on both sides is very annoying and slow. I ordered a few actuators off eBay, I'll update on the install when they turn up.
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby qldminer on Wed, 18 May 2016 8:04 +0000

man you guys who drill into your panels for snorkels are brave!! :lol:
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby TOYZX on Wed, 18 May 2016 8:09 +0000

Nice one mate, ya first snorkel is always the worst. Next time tho dont worry about taking the flare off, alot of heart ache for nothing!

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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Tairal on Thu, 19 May 2016 7:24 +0000

qldminer wrote:man you guys who drill into your panels for snorkels are brave!! :lol:


Haha the feeling you get for doing it yourself feels better than paying someone, feels better in my mind and wallet haha.

TOYZX wrote:Nice one mate, ya first snorkel is always the worst. Next time tho dont worry about taking the flare off, alot of heart ache for nothing!

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Yeah I realised that after I'd snapped all that clips that hold it on ahah
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Tairal on Sun, 22 May 2016 6:58 +0000

Small addition today.
Bought some weather shields off eBay.
Now I can keep the windows cracked even when it's raining :)

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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Tairal on Fri, 27 May 2016 3:39 +0000

New rims paired with new tires! Scrubs a bit on the front mud flaps, hopefully a a few cuts with the dremel to the centre of the flaps where it touches will fix that.

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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby TOYZX on Fri, 27 May 2016 4:55 +0000

Nice. Forget the dremel, get a lift under it![WINKING FACE]

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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby rds_929 on Fri, 27 May 2016 6:50 +0000

looking good bud what size tyres you go for ?? 265 or 285 ??
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Tairal on Tue, 31 May 2016 10:35 +0000

rds_929 wrote:looking good bud what size tyres you go for ?? 265 or 285 ??
Cheers, Just went for 265/70s , slightly bigger ratio than stock
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby incman on Wed, 01 Jun 2016 7:17 +0000

Hi, have you installed the actuators and hooked them up to the central locking for the hard lid?

wouldnt mind hearing about it, probably do the same on mine

thanks
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Marsh on Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:06 +0000

incman wrote:Hi, have you installed the actuators and hooked them up to the central locking for the hard lid?

wouldnt mind hearing about it, probably do the same on mine

thanks

Would also be keen to hear about this. The thing is a pain in the arse to lock.
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby incman on Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:39 +0000

Steve9R said in this thread he did a tech article on it, but I cant find it, only the tailgate one

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3312

and this one, but no details
http://www.newhilux.net/forum/viewtopic ... 36&start=0
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Tairal on Thu, 02 Jun 2016 7:56 +0000

incman wrote:Hi, have you installed the actuators and hooked them up to the central locking for the hard lid?

wouldnt mind hearing about it, probably do the same on mine

thanks

Hey mate I've got the actuators and test fitted it up but have got round to installing it yet. Will definitely post it up when I'm done.
incman wrote:Steve9R said in this thread he did a tech article on it, but I cant find it, only the tailgate one

http://www.newhilux.net/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3312

and this one, but no details

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5936&start=0

Steve9R's mod is central lock for your tailgate. I'm going for a central locking hardlid.
Still a good mod to do though, a hardlid has enough flex it could probably be opened with enough force
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Daniel5667 on Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:48 +0000

Nice rig! Happy modding! 8-)
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Re: Tairal's 2014 SR5

Postby Tairal on Fri, 08 Jul 2016 5:49 +0000

So many weeks have passed by and still haven't gotten round to the actuators to lock the hardlid, still on the list of things to do though.

What i have done is added some led strip lighting to the underside of the hardlid, very bright for $7 each and amazingly useful when camping or general use in the dark

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I've hooked up the power from inside the fuse panel on the drivers side, run the wires through the grommet into the engine bay and down the chassis to the rear wheel well and into the tub.

Also bought some rhino racks and fitted them to the hardlid!
These should be good to hold atleast 100kg, ive even tested them by standing on them (though i only weigh around 70kg) :lol:

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they were an absolute pain to fit since there was no guide i could use, but eventually i managed to get it sitting straight and evenly spaced before riveting it the the lid.

another small mod, blacked out the sports bar.

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Turned out quite nice, though i did spend a while prepping, then hit it with primer before applying two coats of matte black.

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Re: Tairal's 2014 Charcoal SR5

Postby Tairal on Wed, 16 Nov 2016 6:04 +0000

Small update, fire extinguisher fitted to the front of the passenger seat with a custom bracket
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Also fitted an ARB CMKP12 compressor in the tub.
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Stuck in some sound deadening and layed foam on top, works well if you have noisy tires and tend to leave the rear seat up regularly.
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Re: Tairal's 2014 Charcoal SR5

Postby Tairal on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 8:49 +0000

Finally back onto the forum! A lot has happened to the hilux, still a lot to come.
Here’s a list of the mods.
Rhino bar
Phatbars angled sliders
Air tank and horn
Arb Dual battery tray
Redarc charger
Solar panel
Roof console with switches
Lightbar
Rear lightbar
Roof lightbar
Rhino pioneer rack on hardlid
Baileys secondary fuel filter
Utemart 40mm flares

And the pictures, enjoy!

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Re: Tairal's 2014 Charcoal SR5

Postby Caleebra on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 3:29 +0000

Wow! What a change! Welcome back mate!
That Rhino bar tho! Lifts the face of the truck to a whole nother level! I really like it!


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