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Old 10-02-2015, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nitro Gear / Just Differentials, Project 200 Series Land Cruiser

After 11 years in the 100 series, and being my favorite most trusty Toyota over the years it is time to try something new. That minivan looking white one in he middle is our next project. Aiming to build the "TRD Pro 200 Series" that didn't exist.

So far plans are: (links to products)
-Nitro Gear 4.88 Ring & Pinions, install kits (gear package)
-ARB Air Lockers Front & Rear
-ARB Twin Compressor CKMTA12
-Long Travel Suspension, combo of OE & Billet Icon Front Uppers, Rear lower links, Bypass shocks
-TRD Pro 18" Tundra wheels, black
-Nitto Trail Grappler 285/75r18 or 37x12.50r18
-trimming?
-Custom Bumpers, possibly prerunner style
-Sliders
-fridge, mount, lights, etc

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1st mod
Vais Tech bluetooth A2DP Streaming & Unlock for head unit.

2nd mod
-Long Travel setup with OEM Tundra Lower Control arms, Tie Rod ends, CV shafts, Billet Icon Upper Control Arms, TRD Pro Bilstein 60mm Piggyback shocks with Internal Zone Control Progressive 3 rate dampening, Old Man Emu Rear Coils. 1.5" rear wheel spacers, 3" Wider Track, 3" front lift, 1" rear lift for level stance. Considerable increase in wheel travel. Initial dirt road testing on worn out stock tires proved to be a very nice ride.

3rd mod
TRD Pro Tundra 18" Black wheels, with Nitto Trail Grappler 285/75R18. Yeah I wanted bigger too, but will wait until we can do custom body work, bumpers, etc.







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Old 10-04-2015, 04:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Carl, how much has the front track width increased with the addition of the tundra lowers with your uppers?
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Do you have something similar for the present model tundra? I'm guessing about 1% of us here can offroad a urz200, let alone have a wife who'd let us 'wheel' it though I certainly fall asleep at night dreaming of it, lol

Also, if you could link a system available for the 2005ish tundra? My boss just returned from hunting and is adamant about making some changes and retrofitting the elocker. I have a 9.5" elocker he could use, but he states his diff is the '8.4'(quad cab 4.7l 4x4) and I haven't crawled underneath to look. I assumed all 4.0 v6 tundras got that diff and the v8 versions got the 9.5 outta the 80/100 series.
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Do you have something similar for the present model tundra? I'm guessing about 1% of us here can offroad a urz200, let alone have a wife who'd let us 'wheel' it though I certainly fall asleep at night dreaming of it, lol

Also, if you could link a system available for the 2005ish tundra? My boss just returned from hunting and is adamant about making some changes and retrofitting the elocker. I have a 9.5" elocker he could use, but he states his diff is the '8.4'(quad cab 4.7l 4x4) and I haven't crawled underneath to look. I assumed all 4.0 v6 tundras got that diff and the v8 versions got the 9.5 outta the 80/100 series.
I'm pretty sure the Tundra's didn't start having different ring gear sizes until 2007. I thought up until then they were all 9.5"?
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I'm pretty sure the Tundra's didn't start having different ring gear sizes until 2007. I thought up until then they were all 9.5"?
All Tundras pre-2007 used 8.4 Tacoma diffs.
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All Tundras pre-2007 used 8.4 Tacoma diffs.
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Hey Carl, how much has the front track width increased with the addition of the tundra lowers with your uppers?
3" track width increase, 3" front lift, 1" rear lift


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Do you have something similar for the present model tundra? I'm guessing about 1% of us here can offroad a urz200, let alone have a wife who'd let us 'wheel' it though I certainly fall asleep at night dreaming of it, lol

Also, if you could link a system available for the 2005ish tundra? My boss just returned from hunting and is adamant about making some changes and retrofitting the elocker. I have a 9.5" elocker he could use, but he states his diff is the '8.4'(quad cab 4.7l 4x4) and I haven't crawled underneath to look. I assumed all 4.0 v6 tundras got that diff and the v8 versions got the 9.5 outta the 80/100 series.
We have plenty of options for the Tundras, best bet would be to have him email us at [email protected] and show him this thread:

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/tow-r...tml?highlight=
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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We got some new shoes on Nitto Trail Grappler 35's:







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Sorry, its been so long without any updates. this week 4.88 Gears and Lockers,
Front & Rear Nitro Gear Package for 200 Series Land Cruiser
ARB Front Locker for 200 Series Land Cruiser
ARB Rear Locker for 200 Series Land Cruiser

Also some Slee Sliders

Starting some "TRD Pro" badging. Got to try out the suspension. The front is perfect, the rear is too soft for the 200.









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Looks great. I put the Trail Grapplers on my FJC last year and I love them. Of course I just had to look at used prices of newer Land Cruisers and quickly realize owning one is many, many, many years away.

Do you have an ongoing thread on the 70 series? Would like to read some updates, trail reports, etc. as that is a project that is very attainable.

Did you ever tow anything significant with the 100 series? Im looking into that or a DC Tundra for a DD/crawler hauler/work vehicle. My DC Tacoma was surprisingly kind of a disappointment. It just wasn't enough truck.

Sorry for all the questions that dont actually pertain to this vehicle this thread is about.
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Not to continue the hijack, but I tow with my 100 on a regular basis. If you want to ask any questions, just PM me.
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Looks great. I put the Trail Grapplers on my FJC last year and I love them. Of course I just had to look at used prices of newer Land Cruisers and quickly realize owning one is many, many, many years away.

Do you have an ongoing thread on the 70 series? Would like to read some updates, trail reports, etc. as that is a project that is very attainable.

Did you ever tow anything significant with the 100 series? Im looking into that or a DC Tundra for a DD/crawler hauler/work vehicle. My DC Tacoma was surprisingly kind of a disappointment. It just wasn't enough truck.

Sorry for all the questions that dont actually pertain to this vehicle this thread is about.
This one?

87 bj73 project

Carl had used the 100 series to tow a boat and some smaller trailers I believe. But I don't think it was ever used to tow another vehicle a significant distance. He used the supercharged Tundra for that.

Let me know if you have any more questions!
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Carl had used the 100 series to tow a boat and some smaller trailers I believe. But I don't think it was ever used to tow another vehicle a significant distance. He used the supercharged Tundra for that.

Let me know if you have any more questions!
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We touched on this rig a few weeks back, but now with it attending its first event at Cruise Moab we wanted to detail the changes and additions since that time to get it ready for some rockcrawling. As you may recall we put one of these sweet Land Cruisers (ours is a 2008 model) into the fleet late last summer after selling off our long serving 100 series Cruiser. Weve been using it to develop product and putting it together as our take on what a TRD Pro version of the 200 series would look like if Toyota had/were to build one.

Nitro Gear 4.88 gearsets are mounted to ARB Air Lockers front and rear with an ARB twin compressor mounted under the hood giving us the ability to air up the tires after a run on the trail. With Moab in the plans locking diffs were a must and the ARB units offer the strength and reliability we were looking for in this project.






This is a big Toyota and even with the lift and bigger tires we knew the belly and rockers would be vulnerable offroad. With that in mind we put a full ARB skid plate system underneath doing some minor modifications so this system (designed for the Aussie diesel model) so it would work on the US spec V8 powered cruiser. With fantastic strength to weight properties the ARB underbody skid plates give us a lot of piece of mind in the rocks and should slide over obstacles much easier as well. For the rockers we did a set of Slee Offroad units that are very heavy duty and still act as steps when needed.








Up front we used a hidden winch mount setup behind the oe bumper with a Warn 9.5XP winch running a Factor 55 thimble in the hawse fairlead. The solenoid pack was remote mounted under the hood and a Warn remote control unit added to allow winch control without opening the hood. Why the hidden mount? We just werent super excited about any of the winch bumpers out there for the 200 series and at least for now like the clean appearance the hidden winch setup gives us.





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We ran out of time on a couple things before Cruise Moab, but did get an ARB dedicated locking fridge plug/harness installed to power our trusty ARB fridge on and ARB fridge slide/drawer for easy access. Well be installing additional drawers in the tail at some point in the near future as well to improve locking storage for better security.




With all the initial mods completed weve driven the 1000 miles to Moab and been putting this Cruiser through its paces this week on the rocks. Its amazingly capable for its size, has great flex for an IFS rig and the lockers and gears have been giving the traction when needed. No doubt well have some changes to make when it comes home, but for now were just having a blast using it and wheeling with friends, both old and new.









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Cruise Moab was a great trip. We arrived to Moab late Tuesday night and led Hells Revenge Friday, the truck did awesome ON and OFF road. I never hit the front bumper, The rear I hit the right rear corner a couple times. I did some of the optional obstacles like one of the mild hot tub and Tip over challenge. I also got to do some 50 mph whoops with a truckload of people in the truck and it does awesome.

NOTE: The 4.88s are essential. The gear change really improved performance and economy. Before the gear change I was averaging 10-12 MPG while on 35s with stock 3.90.
On this trip to Moab, I was traveling with another truck, a 100 series on stock gears and 33s and He would put in 3 more gallons at EVERY fillup. 17.5 vs 20.5 g etc. One long pass he used 5 gallons more than me! I had cruise set anywhere between 70mph and 85 mph and averaged 15, with 17mpg on one of the tanks through salt lake stretch. The 200 has a .58:1 overdrive in 6th gear. Regearing for larger tires is especially important on the 200 Series, since the stock gearing is 3.90, which is WAY to high to stay in 6th gear on a stock truck, and is much worse on 35's. 4.88's and 35's put the RPM's right at 2000 RPM at 70 MPH, so the truck stays in 6th gear.

This was fully loaded to the ceiling with drawers, fridge, bike and rack, show displays, table, gears, axles, parts for show etc!
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Great to see you guys in Moab again this year. The travel you're getting on the front end of that wagon blows my mind! Such a nice jump up from the 100 series with the option to fit the Tundra components alone. I still want to drive it but I know my mind won't stop chasing 200's once I do...
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Carl is out with the LC200 at the Overland Rally in Plain WA this weekend, he sent us back these photos of it from today.





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The 200 series went to Torfab for a quick upgrade. It should make some serious power with the addition of the Magnuson Superchargers kit for the 5.7l V8, controlled by Unichip piggyback ECU.





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Jealous. Really wish Magnuson would make one of those for the 4.6 in my GX460. I'm trying to keep myself from swapping the GX for a 200, and this thread isn't helping

Tor does a great job. He did the h55 swap in my old 62. I sold him the shell of the 62 to part out after it was totaled. Miss that truck every day.
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I wonder what the blower will do to your mileage gains.

Love the truck. The 200 is slowly growing on me.
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