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    Hilux DC GD6 2x4 Auto 18 000km
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    Did gravel the easter weakend and was astonished at how bad the Hilux performs on gravel. Wont give it to my worse enemy to drive let alone my wife!

    Listen I grew up in the Kalahari on gravel and driving Hilux but never before had to fear for my life. We are use to watch out for sinkplaat in a corner but on a straight? never a problem. I tried 80km then 60km but did the same with my wife driving 40km to the shop.

    What happens as soon as you hit the sinkplaat or a few off center hole's its like the nose give away to the side and the tail is al over the place. Not a gentle slide... I mean out of control, like the kids is white in there faces slide. It happened with weight on the back or not, does not matter.
    Speed also not a factor. Then tride tire pressure from 1.8 to 1.6 still no difference.

    Irony of the storie is that my boet have the exact same bakkie and same story. He does 40km now on the gravel.

    I had several hilux bakies but to be honest and I know a few guys would crucify me but ...... I DO MIS MY AMAROK.

    Gravel road traveled - around Swellendam/Malgas and Cape infanta area.

    Now I probably have two options. Aftermarket everything or trade it in on a Amarok.

    Any others out there with same problem?
    Be honest now... I saw you comming from the front out of control with a white face the other day just before the trading post.

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    What did you have before the hilux?
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    While my Hilux is not a Group N rally car, it is no worse than any other van I've driven on Gravel. Maybe you're expecting too much from a vehicle designed to haul around 1+ Tons?
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    Try 1.8 in front and 1.6 at the back. Put a 50kg cement close to the tailgate and see if it make a difference.
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    The Tritons did the exact same thing! The pre HP ones at least.

    Not even driving it in 4x4 with some load in the bin in would stop this. They had pathetically bad pencil thin shocks.

    Know what sorted it out?

    In my case a full Iron Man suspension and shocks.

    After that it was not even necessary to drive gravel in 4x4.
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    Aftermarket suspension
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    What did you have before the hilux?
    Had a Amarok and before that a Hilux Raider DC and before that a Hilux Raider singel cab. At the moment the GD6 is the town bakkie and my daily is a single Cap Hilux.

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    was this not already established in that moose test? similar weak performing components

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    Are we going to have a new Fortuner thread......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Die SwartKat View Post
    The Tritons did the exact same thing! The pre HP ones at least.
    Kat, I nearly capsized my 3.2 Triton Clubcab on the first gravel road I drove with it. The 2.8 Clubcab I could do 100/ 110km/h easy on the same road, in the Triton I got scared at 80km/h. The old one 2.8 which handled much better on gravel!

    Off topic sorry OP.

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    I have had similar experience with my older Hilux too, with full load on Namibian quality dirt roads got up to 110km/h no 4by4 easy, dirt road, empty between Kimberley and Bloem almost lost it at 60km/h. Girlfriends face was whiter than mine.
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    BFG is your problem! Very hard tyre and needs more deflating. I drove gd6 with maxis on no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gifmonster View Post
    Girlfriends face was whiter than mine.
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    My Hilux drives gravel and off-road like a charm, 10 times better than my Triton (Triton gets better with reduced pressures though tyres may have something to do with it).

    Routinely drive fast whooping mine haul roads and itís very stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quq View Post
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    Does the 4x2 have Skid Control? If so, switch it OFF on corrugations........

    counter-intuitive but just try it.
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    Company Triton and Ranger is loose with empty baks on gravel. BUT.....very predictable.

    I drove the previous shape Hilux and they were UNPREDICTABLY loose.

    That's the difference.

    It is a bakkie and they aren't the best on gravel but the hilux are the worst of them. Haven't driven the new one yet. Eager to do so.

    The solution is to change shocks, springs and lower the pressures. The factory setup has a geometry and damp rate that doesn't gel on gravel - especially corrugations.

    Other than that it is a good bakkie and you get value for money with good reliability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuQ View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    Company Triton and Ranger is loose with empty baks on gravel. BUT.....very predictable.

    I drove the previous shape Hilux and they were UNPREDICTABLY loose.

    That's the difference.

    It is a bakkie and they aren't the best on gravel but the hilux are the worst of them. Haven't driven the new one yet. Eager to do so.

    The solution is to change shocks, springs and lower the pressures. The factory setup has a geometry and damp rate that doesn't gel on gravel - especially corrugations.

    Other than that it is a good bakkie and you get value for money with good reliability.
    I've drove previous en recent Hilux on gravel since 2007 and never had an issue. It's no Discovery or Fj on dirt road but not as bad as some people make it. Miskien is ons maar net gewoond aan grondpad ry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandveld View Post
    I've drove previous en recent Hilux on gravel since 2007 and never had an issue. It's no Discovery or Fj on dirt road but not as bad as some people make it. Miskien is ons maar net gewoond aan grondpad ry!
    Ek ry ten minste 10km grondpad elke dag, al vir die laaste 10 jaar in klomp verskillende voertuie.
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