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Old 06-23-2011, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Toyota rav4...

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Does anyone know if Toyota RAV 4, the first model has a separate chassis body like a Samurai? Or is the chassis of a piece as Cherokee?
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unibody, check out this thread where a guy is/was building a rav4 http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...highlight=rav4
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Heres one here from Australia that was fitted to a Nissan Patrol Chassis and entered into the local winch challenge comps -





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Thanks for answers.
I want to ask about how to behave off-road RAV4 SWB compared with Suzuki Vitara / Sidekick, SWB., firs model or Mk1 model.
How much an independent rear suspension confused?
And flex of axles as compared Vitara ?
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Heres one here from Australia that was fitted to a Nissan Patrol Chassis and entered into the local winch challenge comps -
Are you sure? From what I recall, the floor of the unibody was replaced with a much heavier structure and all the links etc attached to that - there's no separate chassis. It does have patrol axles though.

Runs an LS motor, auto, coilovers.

It's one of the most impressive builds I've seen from anywhere. fitting all that stuff under such a small car is an amazing achievement - the exhaust is a work of art.

I love the fact that it still has a stock dash, door cards etc - it's still a "car"

It's also road legal in Victoria, and gets driven on the road.

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Thanks for answers.
I want to ask about how to behave off-road RAV4 SWB compared with Suzuki Vitara / Sidekick, SWB., firs model or Mk1 model.
How much an independent rear suspension confused?
And flex of axles as compared Vitara ?
To answer your questions:

The suspension does not flex as well as a vitara.

They were never designed for use offroad. They do not have a low range.

The engine is positioned transverse like in a front wheel drive car, so driveline modifications are very difficult.

There are almost no offroad parts available for the RAV4 - everything would have to be made yourself.

If you are looking for a small 4X4 that still drives well on the road, a Vitara is the better option.

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