Why a Land Cruiser?
Yes I know, silly question.
A few changes was made (again) for the next trip to the Americas: Most changes done to reduce weight on vehicle
- Removed the wheel carrier – 2 Spare wheels now inside.
- Remove drawer system, simply do not need all the space
- Remove fridge – I’m gonna miss this one!!!!
- Remove Roofrack
- Remove 210L petrol tank; this leaves 180L of fuel. Never needed this tank on all travels in Africa.
- Remove 30m steel cable – simply too heavy…I might regret this one.
- Replace 100L SS water tank with 2 x 40 liter plastic tanks. These tanks weigh a lot less and have a bit better insulation to prevent water from freezing.
- Remove one blade on each rear leaf springs – due to reduced vehicle weight.
- Changes were made to the canopy to enable me and Debbie to sit and stand inside in very bad weather. I think the best words to describe the new arrangement would be “very compact” although I’m pretty sure HELL SMALL would be more accurate…..
The rest pretty much stayed the same.
– ARB steel bull bar: For the stray dogs, donkeys, cattle, horses, pigs – not that it would really help when in a contest with an African Bull but at least we feel safer.
– IEF double wheel carrier bumper: Great invention; Saves space and so bloody heavy it takes 10% off the shocks life.
– Double plated and rubberized load bin
– IPF 900SCS Spotlights with protector covers: Extra set of eyes.
– TJM XGS Suspension: Gives a 50mm lift – fitted the heavy duty option with a set of extra main blades.
– Old Man Emu Shocks: Attempting to get rid of the kidney belt I bought with the Land Cruiser.
– 75mm Body lift: To accommodate the next mod; Issues with axel twisters and sharp turns without the lift.
– Tyres 315/75/16 BF Goodrich M/T: Amazing tyres but hell expensive for the mileage given. Will consider A/T’s on the next change.
– Raised air intake (Snorkel): When we decide to go diving.
– Raised breather pipes: For diffs, gearboxes and petrol tank.
– ARB air compressor: Tired of using the damm hand pump, have you ever pumped 35 inch tyres from 0.6 to 2.5 bar?
– Additional rubber wheel arches: Decided to fit these after 1000km of bad gravel road – had to re-spray the sides of load bin due to rock damage.
– Custom made mud guards at back: Same reason as above. Made from conveyor belt.
– 16mm Aluminium steering guard: Looks cool, if I really hit a rock it probably wouldn’t work.
– XD9000i Warn winch: Really needed?? Have used it a few times before but I would rather have it and not need it than the other way around.
– Air hooter: I figured the Landcruiser is as slow as a truck, might as well sound like one. Works well on the African roads.
– Air bellow suspension helper’s, front and rear: I was convinced these were needed, they aren’t.
– Duel battery system: To keep the beer in the fridge cold without leaving the cruiser stranded.
– Cantec seat covers: For all the fortunate times we are stuck in mud. When I want to resell the Cruiser at least the seats will looks brand new.
– Aluminium roof rack (front): To hold the spade, axe and branch deflectors J – all other uses has been abandoned. With the macho suspension lift and tyres I’m sure the Cruiser don’t need ANY additional weight on the roof – we almost found that out the hard way at Van Zyl’s pass, Namibia
– Branch deflectors: The only Land Rover accessory, works well.
– Tinted windows with smash and grab film: If you don’t know why…..visit South Africa.
– Water Tank: 40:60 litre: Fresh and wash water; Stainless tank with baffles to restrict water movement while driving; 2 Taps at rear.
– Fuel Tanks: 210 litre stainless tank mounted in bin against cab with raised breather pipes; Standard 2 x 90 litre Landcruiser tanks; Total around 390 litre, giving a range of around 1500 km. This is NOT a calculation mistake.
– Entire vehicle covered with plastic shield protection (VPS): Refer to seat covers
Canopy (a snail needs a shell)
– AluCab canopy: When it absolutely has to be aluminium. Probably the best canopy builder around.
– Air vents: for positive pressure inside canopy while driving on gravel roads – prevents dust from getting in; Yes, this gimmick actually works.
– 4 Cupboards: 2 on each side; Two is used for clothes (his and hers); 1 for kitchen; 1 for food
– Big slide with 3 custom build aluminium boxes and freezer
– Lights in all cupboards and canopy: Absolute waste of money after the invention of headlamps. Great for attracting the local bug community.
– AluCab flip up tent: When your girlfriend refuses to sleep on the ground (I will wait until we are married); Great tent, set up in 20 seconds.
– 40L National Luna freezer: Best invention since sliced bread; Cold beer, even ice in my whiskey, wonderful!!
– Hi-lift jack: (Ilse of jack??? – like my girlfriend calls it) Mounted to side of canopy; Add to the macho look when driving around town. Actually works quite well when changing at tyre when stuck in the Okavango delta
– Axe mounted to side of canopy: For the girlfriend.
– Spade mounted to side of canopy: To dig out the Cruiser when in the shit, but more often used when full of shit.
– 2x2m MyWay awning: For those endless days inNamibia and the Kalahari deserts
– 2 x 12V fans in tent: Refer to previous point
– 30m, 5Ton Cable: For extra length on winch cable; For some or other reason there is never a tree close by when we get stuck
– 1800W 220V inverter: Who knows what I was thinking….Possibly supplying a small town of electricity???
– Max Trax: Great piece of recovery equipment.
– Garmin eTrek Vista GPS: Let the truth be told, if it wasn’t for the GPS and Debbie I won’t find the South African border