Charlie's 07 SR5 V6

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Charlie's 07 SR5 V6

Postby ptrl1600 on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 1:06 +0000

It's been a while since my introduction, so thought it was about time to start the build thread.
As I said in my intro, I bought the 07 late last year and needed to quickly do some mods to get it ready for the trips that I like to do. It's a black SR5 twin cab that my wife found for me on Carsguide. It was fairly clean with only 145,000km on the clock and it ticked all the boxes - had to be clean, original and V6 Auto.
The only non original items apart from aftermarket tail lights and grill were Speedy Territory mag wheels and LT245/70R16 Pirelli Scorpion ATR tyres, which I thought was a bonus because I would have fitted 16" rims eventually anyway.
The car came with all the SR5 goodies as expected.......

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I needed to quickly prepare the car for a trip away and unfortunately my 70 litre Waco wouldn't fit in the tub, so removing the rear seat each time I go away was the only option. The rear seat was easy enough to remove and replace, so that's how it will have to be done.
So, the next job was to fit a dual battery system and some power inside the car for the fridge and future accessories along with front and rear 50Amp Anderson plugs. I also fitted new headlights to replace the smokey factory items. I used 55watt HID units in the high beams and Philips Ultra Vision bulbs in the low beam Projector lights.

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Around the same time I fitted a LED strip light in the tub and a new Android entertainment system to replace the original head unit. Very happy with the head unit which does more than I expected. As well as the normal Satnav and entertainment options, it gives me lots of engine data as well as transmission temp, which I'm a bit anal about monitoring, particularly when towing.

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A Philips Simoco Commercial UHF also went in.
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Always keep one eye on the temps.
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Re: Charlie's 07 SR5 V6

Postby ptrl1600 on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 2:02 +0000

The first trip went well, but I soon found the limitations of the Hilux. The car was great on the blacktop, but seriously lacked off road, particularly through the many creek crossing that we have to negotiate. Ground clearance was the issue, so that front bumper and nudge bar had to go. The next job was to fit heavy duty winch compatible front bar. I wasn't too fussed about the hoops, but just needed to get more clearance between the bumper and the ground.
I also fitted a decent transmission cooler while I had the Bumper off and a LED light bar.

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Re: Charlie's 07 SR5 V6

Postby HK1837 on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 2:15 +0000

Next mods for you to think about.

120 'cruiser calipers, rotors and backing plates. Bolt straight on. Will need to upgrade to 17" rims though, but standard 120 'cruiser or 2011 onwards 17x17.5 Hilux all will work. 265/65/17 is the largest legal tyre you can fit.

The front suspension will start to (and very quickly) deteriorate with that bar on the front. Start looking at aftermarket stuff soon! You'll find it will start chewing out front rotors too with that nosedive stance it has (springs are already sagged by the looks).
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Re: Charlie's 07 SR5 V6

Postby ptrl1600 on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 2:21 +0000

HK1837 wrote:Next mods for you to think about.

120 'cruiser calipers, rotors and backing plates. Bolt straight on. Will need to upgrade to 17" rims though, but standard 120 'cruiser or 2011 onwards 17x17.5 Hilux all will work. 265/65/17 is the largest legal tyre you can fit.

The front suspension will start to (and very quickly) deteriorate with that bar on the front. Start looking at aftermarket stuff soon! You'll find it will start chewing out front rotors too with that nosedive stance it has (springs are already sagged by the looks).


Yes, I am looking into brake upgrades. I was considering just DBA slotted rotors and WRX pads for now. The brakes really arn't too bad for a reasonably heavy vehicle (compared to my GU Patrol anyway).

I think the picture doesn't give it justice - the car is parked on a hump. I measure the front clearance each time I change something and it only dropped 3mm, even after fitting the winch. (that was after the suspension upgrade)
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Re: Charlie's 07 SR5 V6

Postby ptrl1600 on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 2:27 +0000

I always had the intention to lift the front if only to level the car out, but the added weight of the front bar and the soon to be fitted winch meant that it needed to be done sooner rather than later.
I opted for a pair of Dobinson 2" springs and Foam cell shocks. I also replaced the UCA's and fitted a front sway bar spacer.

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Next up was a diff drop and a pair of Bud's 4mm bash plates.

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Re: Charlie's 07 SR5 V6

Postby ptrl1600 on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 3:03 +0000

After fitting the LED strip light in the tub, I was left with about 25cm of LED strip, so I now have a glove box light. Jaycar supplied the neat little spring loaded switch.

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I've always been a big fan of manual torque converter locking systems and the Hilux was no exception, but in this case rather than make my own, I went for a Wholesale Auto's system mainly due to the fact that it operated on PWM. It works really well and the fact that it won't lock in 1st gear means there is no need to turn it off each time I stop.
Lot's of fun wiring it up though!

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Also the mandatory low range 2WD mod had to happen.
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I started running out of places to put switches, so I replaced the switch panel with a Fortuner panel.
Then a USB socket for the entertainment system and switches for the winch and future front diff locker.

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The next big job was to fit a roof rack. The fact that I don't have a canopy and really don't want one at this stage means I need somewhere to carry additional equipment such as a high lift jack, shovel and occasionally a tent and solar panel. Drilling into the roof was a bit daunting, but Sikaflex is your friend when it comes to waterproofing. Removing the interior roof lining was the fun part.

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Re: Charlie's 07 SR5 V6

Postby ptrl1600 on Tue, 31 Jul 2018 3:48 +0000

Next up was the winch. I went for the Runva EWX9500-Q simply because it would have to be one of most popular winches used in comp trucks due to it's lower ratio gearing making it one of the faster winches on the market. Fitting was relatively easy and I managed to find room in the engine bay for the solenoid pack and controls.

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