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    Default Giving the Prado some love

    My eldest son is now at the age where he is enjoying the off road scene. As a result we have decided to do some “upgrades” on the Prado.

    Firstly some new boots. BFG KO2’s
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    And some rocksliders and bashplate from Stofpad
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    I have tested the Stofpad sliders to the full. First the River Trip with the 79 and Road to Hell with the 76 the took some real hammering.

    Also agree with your BFG tyre choice. I am not going into arguments about them. They might debeat easier than other but have super strong sidewalls.
    Out of numerous sets of BF`s I lost only one tyre and believe it or not with a sidewall cut. Not even in the rough but on a neatly graded gravel road. Very clean cut looks like something with a very sharp cutting edge to be the culprit.

    Francois please keep posting on the mods. Nice thread.
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    Christo, yes I have had BFG's on a number of vehicles and very happy. We had a set of Coopers on the Prado and after two rocky trips they look like a dog's breakfast. They ride nice and grip well etc but I'll stick with what I have good experience with.

    I have not seen the Stofpad products myself yet but my son is very impressed. But then everybody on here have always praised Uys for his quality, so no surprises there.

    Not too many mods to follow, maybe a snorkel, but then that'll be it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    Christo, yes I have had BFG's on a number of vehicles and very happy. We had a set of Coopers on the Prado and after two rocky trips they look like a dog's breakfast. They ride nice and grip well etc but I'll stick with what I have good experience with.

    I have not seen the Stofpad products myself yet but my son is very impressed. But then everybody on here have always praised Uys for his quality, so no surprises there.

    Not too many mods to follow, maybe a snorkel, but then that'll be it.
    Which Coopers? The Zeons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Therackermann View Post
    Which Coopers? The Zeons?
    Discoverer A/T 3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
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    Interesting. Thanks for sharing Francois.

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    Some very worthwhile upgrades there, Francois, helps to make a capable machine ever more so. I'm planning to get some of those rocksliders myself sometime in the future. Enjoy!

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    Daai bande met wit Prado lyk baie smart. Dink ek moet my silwer een laat wit wrap...
    Is die Prado gelig?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oubaard View Post
    Is die Prado gelig?
    So effens ja
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    Whatever your plans and intentions are, I can state clear, after a lot of heavy offroading, that the Prado is not suitable for the heavy stuff.
    You will start recognizing when your frame breaks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hajo View Post
    Whatever your plans and intentions are, I can state clear, after a lot of heavy offroading, that the Prado is not suitable for the heavy stuff.
    You will start recognizing when your frame breaks.
    Hi Hajo
    Please provide details on what you regard as heavy stuff and which parts of the frame broke
    I drove a 120 Prado for 11 years without any part of the frame breaking, and used it on numerous trips and overlanding into neighbouring countries, towing trailers and solo.
    '15 Prado 4.0 VX
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    BAIE nice!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HennieC View Post
    Hi Hajo
    Please provide details on what you regard as heavy stuff and which parts of the frame broke
    I drove a 120 Prado for 11 years without any part of the frame breaking, and used it on numerous trips and overlanding into neighbouring countries, towing trailers and solo.
    Yep - would like to know as well. I'm still driving one and have been pretty much everywhere, and anywhere (not Baboons Pass). Haven't had a day's issue with it - and it has been heavily loaded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hajo View Post
    Whatever your plans and intentions are, I can state clear, after a lot of heavy offroading, that the Prado is not suitable for the heavy stuff.
    You will start recognizing when your frame breaks.
    Hello Hajo, this comment has just made me very nervous as I also have a Prado 120. What do you mean exactly "when your frame breaks" ? This has obviously happened to you ? Please send pics and I would love to hear more info on this.

    I was always of the opinion that they were super strong as the Prado is essentially part of the LandCruiser family and has all the heavier duty chasis, axles etc.

    I have also recently been modifying my Prado and have got somewhat carried away along this process.

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    I would not worry about the strength of these 120's. I have one and have used it but not abused it. The FJ cruiser uses the same chassis and the guys hammer that vehicle. Go check out the Aussie site 'Pradopoint" or even some youtube clips. Its the first time that I have heard about something like that happen.

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    Everything fitted and then snorkel as well. New rear diff had to go in as well which was not planned!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hajo View Post
    Whatever your plans and intentions are, I can state clear, after a lot of heavy offroading, that the Prado is not suitable for the heavy stuff.
    You will start recognizing when your frame breaks.
    Owned a 120 V6 for many years, heavily modified with Ironman FB, Lynx RB, Warn Winch with Synthetic rope, Rock Sliders, Rood rack, IFS Suspension etc etc. One thing I always noticed when driving on the rough stuff was the way the front bumper would vibrate relative to the body, it would be shaking like hell while the rest of the vehicle would be reasonably still.....this is down to the body being mounted on rubber mounting points on the frame I believe. Did a bit of reading up on Pradopoint and a few other sites and the cracking that is documented is related to two points.
    Bullbar mounting points on the chassis frame and engine mounts cracking at the weld.
    I had not heard of any failures prior to Hajo`s comment but having read that and having seen the FB shaking itself to death I can understand that at some point the mounting points could fail or the material around the point where the mounting is could suffer fatigue when mounting an aftermarket bumper.
    Worth knowing at least and possibly perform a check once a year or after a trip.
    120`s are great, tough as old nails, reliable, look really nice and continue to surprise all the die hard enthusiasts on the technical stuff so long as you know the limit to the ATRAC and go easy on the loud pedal.

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    The cracks (not on the frame but on the crumple zones) I believe came from guys who tightened up the front body mounts to reduce the perceived body vs bullbar shake, this put added stress to front nose section.
    Had they left it as it was or if I suppose tightened all body mountings equally, there'd be no cracks.
    So not really anything to worry about, I've had ARB bars on all my Prado's for years with no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    Everything fitted and then snorkel as well. New rear diff had to go in as well which was not planned!
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