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VMN's New home

Postby VMN on Sat, 24 Nov 2018 7:29 +0000

Well, I know its been a long time since I've posted here but after starting VMN here on the New Hilux forum 9 years ago and running it as an after hours hobby business for about 8 years, and full time home based business for the last 14 months or so, we have finally moved into dedicated industrial premises

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Note: we like the stealth look so signage is pending!

If you are in Brisbane, feel free to drop in and say hello at:
3/12 Dulacca Street, ACACIA RIDGE QLD 4110

But please give us a call first on +61 7 3105 9076 to make sure we are home as we still do a bit of running around to bring the best products to Hilux drivers in between shipping orders to our customers all round the world.

You can see our 3 day old Hilux Revo/N80. Our daily driver is still the Vigo/N70/KUN26 we purchased way back in 2008 but we've bought the Revo just to look at (as its unregistered!). VMN is now registered as a Second Stage of Manufacture (SSM) production facility and design facility under the RVCS system managed by the Federal Government.

I will give you a walk though in a further post but we have a few defined sections in our new home.
1. A (very) small office/reception area,
2. Photo studio so we can get the high quality photos demanded by ecommerce today.
3. Order/dispatch area for packing orders
4. Pallet racking/shelving for product.
5. Vehicle R&D bay with hoist (eventually to be used for installations)
6. A bit of a man cave with some cool tools to support out R&D (lathe, CNC plasma cutter, welder and so on)

With all of the mountains of red tape around vehicle modifications Australian Hilux drivers are faced with today, we are working on a "Legal High" High Lift kit for your Hilux that will incorporate our body lift, suspension lift and probably a tyre size increase. VMN will be able to fit this kit without engineering.

Under the SSM rules used for GVM upgrades (and Toyota Australia for the Rugged and Rugged X), we need to present a brand new unregistered vehicle for inspection by the feds. If it passes, they will fit a new compliance plate and all lift heights and tyre sizes will be reset to what we fit and these details will be recorded in the RVCS database that the cops look up to book you for illegal lifts!

So even if we go for a really conservative lift height and tyre size with our body lift to ensure the design complies with the ADR's and the very expensive compliance tests, you will be able to fit a suspension lift and tyre size that will be bigger and higher than what can be legally fitted in any state in Australia. In fact, resetting some parameters with our compliance plate the VMN "legal high" will allow suspension lifts larger than what the geometry physically allows!
We hope the kit will include some remote res adjustable coilover shocks and upper control arms (and possibly a diff drop). If you are lucky, we might even include an adjustment spanner so you can wind up the suspension to suit your desired "legal high" lift height.

Think about it, the regs permit a 50 mm suspension lift and a 50mm tyre increase. So if the VIN number we issues has say a 30mm tyre increase and a 30mm suspension lift you'll go close to being able to run a 80mm suspension lift and 35's. Truly a "legal high"!

Feel free to ask questions. We'll try to keep this thread updated.
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Re: VMN's New home

Postby VMN on Sun, 25 Nov 2018 4:00 +0000

A few people have contacted us about our legal high lift project so to helpus remember we created a form on our web site. So if you are interested, just pop on over to the VMN website and complete this form
https://www.vehiclemods.net.au/legal-high/
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Re: VMN's New home

Postby Hilux Max on Sun, 09 Dec 2018 5:58 +0000

Good news Rod. well done. Im assuming all these mods you plan will only be allowed on the vehicle if they are done at your premises "before" the vehicle is registered....am I correct?

Or can some of this be used on "older" existing N80 Hilux's?
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Re: VMN's New home

Postby VMN on Sun, 09 Dec 2018 8:26 +0000

Hilux Max wrote:Good news Rod. well done. Im assuming all these mods you plan will only be allowed on the vehicle if they are done at your premises "before" the vehicle is registered....am I correct?

Or can some of this be used on "older" existing N80 Hilux's?


Max, that will be on a state by state basis, the same as GVM upgrades which come under the same SSM rules. (As does the new Hilux Rugged and Rugged X).

I think most states now permit GVM upgrades after a vehicle has been registered subject to an engineer's signoff to the GVM design. This might add $500 or so to the cost. Queensland has always allowed this. But yes, they will be needed to installed in an approved facility licensed under the RVCS system by VMN or its agent.

By way of example, a Lovells GVM upgrade manufactured in NSW, can only be fitted in QLD by their agent Driveline Services.

We've made some progress during the week and have completed a study of how the centre of gravity changes when suspension and body lifts are fitted. As expected, the Body lift only raises the centre of gravity 23% of the height increase from a 50mm suspension lift because the body only weighs about 1/3 of the total vehicle mass.

We now have a body lift and rear remote res shocks fitted. and a few prototype parts designed to lift the rear bar and mount shock absorber cans. This coming week we will be going through our data with our engineer so we can map out a way forward on compliance which will set the product specifications.

We will also be fitting some remote res coilovers and upper control arms for testing. If they work out, the price point will be quite attractive.

Its a very long time since I've fitted a body lift kit. We took our time fitting it and checked each step bit by bit and found the current VMN kit is perfect with nothing that needs changing. The only gotcha is around the front mount intercooler and clearance for the air conditioning pipes in that area but our kit has always solved this.

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If the air con pipes rub on anything, they won't last long!

It is really amazing how factory the whole installation looks.
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Re: VMN's New home

Postby Hilux Max on Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:26 +0000

Let me know how you progress...keen to see how this all ends up going for you.
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Re: VMN's New home

Postby dano85 on Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:56 +0000

This will be very cool.
The country needs a better system for legal modified vehicles.
After recently being defected for combination of body and suspension in nsw its a pretty difficult and long process organizing engineering etc.
looking forward to see this progress!
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