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    Agree, by far the best choice. The SW is not needed if traveling alone, neither is the double cab. I would also choose the 4,2 diesel above petrol or the V8 diesel.
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    Now the fun begins. If you need bespoke case made for cameras etc., have a look at Case Connection: http://caseconnection.co.za/, speak to David or Maxine 011 794 9588 . Kind regards James

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    My next question is tyres.

    Current stock tyres are Dunlop Grand Trek AT 265/70R/16. On standard alloy rims.

    I have decided on the "new" BF Goodrich KO2s. The question is what size? I would like to stay as close to the original ratios as possible.

    I do not want to buy new rims.


    • BF Goodrich 265/70/16 or 255/70/16. Is there much difference?
    • Should I be looking at a larger profile?
    • What is most common (available) African countries north of us?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesV View Post
    Now the fun begins. If you need bespoke case made for cameras etc., have a look at Case Connection: http://caseconnection.co.za/, speak to David or Maxine 011 794 9588 . Kind regards James
    Thanks - will need a case for my 27" iMac!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    My next question is tyres.

    Current stock tyres are Dunlop Grand Trek AT 265/70R/16. On standard alloy rims.

    I have decided on the "new" BF Goodrich KO2s. The question is what size? I would like to stay as close to the original ratios as possible.

    I do not want to buy new rims.


    • BF Goodrich 265/70/16 or 255/70/16. Is there much difference?
    • Should I be looking at a larger profile?
    • What is most common (available) African countries north of us?
    The 'standard' tyre that works all over Africa is the 235/85/16. It is also the same diameter as the marie biscuit Super Hajari that Toy uses. (So no ratio difference) It also performs much better in sand than any of the wider tyres. I suspect in mud as well. It is also used on the Botswana military vehicles.

    The bigger profiles will mostly require a suspension mod. I propose the standard suspension be retained. It works pretty well for me and spares are freely available throughout Africa.

    These may be contorversial statements as there are no bragging rights attached, but it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter de Waal View Post
    The 'standard' tyre that works all over Africa is the 235/85/16. It is also the same diameter as the marie biscuit Super Hajari that Toy uses. (So no ratio difference) It also performs much better in sand than any of the wider tyres. I suspect in mud as well. It is also used on the Botswana military vehicles.
    What Pieter says. Stick with 235/85/16, equivalent to the old 750-16. Available second hand at every open air tyre shop under a tree in small towns throughout Africa. Exotic sizes and brands are like hens' teeth away from the cities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter de Waal View Post
    The 'standard' tyre that works all over Africa is the 235/85/16. It is also the same diameter as the marie biscuit Super Hajari that Toy uses. (So no ratio difference) It also performs much better in sand than any of the wider tyres. I suspect in mud as well. It is also used on the Botswana military vehicles.

    The bigger profiles will mostly require a suspension mod. I propose the standard suspension be retained. It works pretty well for me and spares are freely available throughout Africa.

    These may be contorversial statements as there are no bragging rights attached, but it works.
    Very interesting, Pieter. Goes against the flow but, is supported by AStPW arguments. Looks are irrelevant to me. I want what works the best. Thank you.

    It seems that there is a big difference regarding the size of my current rims. I don't want to have to buy new rims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    What Pieter says. Stick with 235/85/16, equivalent to the old 750-16. Available second hand at every open air tyre shop under a tree in small towns throughout Africa. Exotic sizes and brands are like hens' teeth away from the cities.
    Thanks, Tony.

    Will my current rims be adequate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    Thanks, Tony.

    Will my current rims be adequate?
    You probably have somewhere betwwen a 7j and an 8j rim
    The 235 and a 7j is a perfect fit

    Take it to your friendly tyre dealer. They have the info on your specific rim width and what the 235 can accomodate. I suspect you should be OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter de Waal View Post
    You probably have somewhere betwwen a 7j and an 8j rim
    The 235 and a 7j is a perfect fit

    Take it to your friendly tyre dealer. They have the info on your specific rim width and what the 235 can accomodate. I suspect you should be OK.
    Thanks, Pieter. Very much appreciated! I will go with your and Tony's advice.

    Pierre Potgieter at Rand Stadium Toyota has been a star in going well beyond the "extra mile" in assisting me in what is required for this vehicle. I cannot rate him highly enough.
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    Very interesting reading this thread, my 2c:
    • Consider Oz style canopy. Good compromise in terms of normal canopy versus full camper - Australian Style Tray/Campers. It solves lots of the problems mentioned in this thread.
    • I guess you want two fridges for redundancy, if not, a combo fridge/freezer would cut down on power requirements and weight.
    • Lithium battery is a no-brainer, I reckon it could be used to crank the engine in an emergency as well.
    • For DC-DC charger comparison look here DC-DC Charger Comparison

    Looking forward to the day I can plan a trip like this!!

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    I bit the bullet and purchased one of the first Blue Nova recreational Lithium batteries in 2017. I have charged it via a Ctek 250, Ctek 15 Amp 220 v charger and via a solar panel with no issues. It is expensive, but I believe that for the 154 Ah, size and weight, it is worth it, remembering also that it can be discharged far lower than normal deep cycle batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinlp View Post
    Very interesting reading this thread, my 2c:
    • Consider Oz style canopy. Good compromise in terms of normal canopy versus full camper - Australian Style Tray/Campers. It solves lots of the problems mentioned in this thread.
    • I guess you want two fridges for redundancy, if not, a combo fridge/freezer would cut down on power requirements and weight.
    • Lithium battery is a no-brainer, I reckon it could be used to crank the engine in an emergency as well.
    • For DC-DC charger comparison look here DC-DC Charger Comparison

    Looking forward to the day I can plan a trip like this!!
    One other point, you can probably get chargers for most laptops, cameras etc that work from 12v cig lighter sockets. Eliminates inverter requirement or can use as backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    Thanks, Pieter. Very much appreciated! I will go with your and Tony's advice.

    Pierre Potgieter at Rand Stadium Toyota has been a star in going well beyond the "extra mile" in assisting me in what is required for this vehicle. I cannot rate him highly enough.
    After discussions with Toyota and other tyre providers, I eventually went with the BF Goodrich KO2s of the same spec as the standard fitted Dunlops. Potential warranty issues, etc., etc.

    Nevertheless, have fitted BF Goodrich KO2 265/70/16.

    Superb service from Pierre Potgieter of Toyota Rand Stadium, who arranged a trade-in of the Dunlops against the BFGs.

    5 BFGs balanced, fitted and wheel alignment done at a total cost R12554.00.

    Tyres purchased from Best Drive Silverlakes (Pretoria) and deliver the same morning to their branch in Bryanston. Fitted in Bryanston. Excellent, dedicated and very knowledgeable service from their technician, Jackson.

    They were busy and the process was slow. However, Jackson took his time, made alignment adjustments to perfection. I was very impressed.

    Make sure you deal with Jackson. He is very knowledgeable and remarkably dedicated to "getting things absolutely right". This man takes extraordinary pride in his work. No spin - he calls it as he sees it.

    As regards the tyre performance, I cannot comment yet. Drove home in Friday afternoon crawling traffic. The comfort was fine. Quiet and no less uncomfortable than the Dunlops. Early days, but they just "felt" better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    After discussions with Toyota and other tyre providers, I eventually went with the BF Goodrich KO2s of the same spec as the standard fitted Dunlops. Potential warranty issues, etc., etc.

    Nevertheless, have fitted BF Goodrich KO2 265/70/16.

    Superb service from Pierre Potgieter of Toyota Rand Stadium, who arranged a trade-in of the Dunlops against the BFGs.

    5 BFGs balanced, fitted and wheel alignment done at a total cost R12554.00.

    Tyres purchased from Best Drive Silverlakes (Pretoria) and deliver the same morning to their branch in Bryanston. Fitted in Bryanston. Excellent, dedicated and very knowledgeable service from their technician, Jackson.

    They were busy and the process was slow. However, Jackson took his time, made alignment adjustments to perfection. I was very impressed.

    Make sure you deal with Jackson. He is very knowledgeable and remarkably dedicated to "getting things absolutely right". This man takes extraordinary pride in his work. No spin - he calls it as he sees it.

    As regards the tyre performance, I cannot comment yet. Drove home in Friday afternoon crawling traffic. The comfort was fine. Quiet and no less uncomfortable than the Dunlops. Early days, but they just "felt" better.
    Very nice. 265/70r16 is also a very common size so doubt you'll have issues if you need a spare.

    As per your discussions so far and as per ASPW's thoughts recently, unless you overload the vehicle or neglect tyre pressures etc it's unlikely you'll have tyre issues with those 3 ply sidewalls.
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    Apologies if already covered but a 2nd spare tyre (tyre only, maybe a tube and gaiter)? From experience in N Namibia it is not a nice to have wrecked a tyre (BFG) on a heavily loaded vehicle, used your only spare and hoping like hell that if you should get a second puncture you can plug it.

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    Now, the vehicle is starting to look right!

    Tyres replaced with BF Goodrich KO2 265/70/16.

    Bushtech canopy. I have been very happy with the service from Bushtech. A small family business - passionate about their very high quality product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudgrubber View Post
    Apologies if already covered but a 2nd spare tyre (tyre only, maybe a tube and gaiter)? From experience in N Namibia it is not a nice to have wrecked a tyre (BFG) on a heavily loaded vehicle, used your only spare and hoping like hell that if you should get a second puncture you can plug it.
    Will certainly go with a double wheel carrier. Horrible amount of additional weight, but as you say, don't need the stress after destroying a tyre.
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    Mods are coming along nicely.

    Caracal seat covers and dash cover. Extraordinary high quality with leather inserts on the toughest wear areas. Double stitched. Caracal Leather & Canvas. Talk to Armand Coetzee - he creates these covers himself in a small specialist workshop in Alberton.

    www.caracallac.co.za. 074 885 9734. A Land Cruiser lover.

    I am really impressed with the quality of these products. Pouches and more pouches on the seat covers. Some hidden. Gives huge amounts of the packing space we all need.

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