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    Default Modifying my Rav4 Gen 1 Awd

    So back in May 2019 I bought two Rav4 gen1's

    A green 3 door awd 2.0L for my son but with it if he buys another car the 3 door comes back to me

    And a gray 5 door awd 2.0L

    Both didn't look to bad when we bought them
    Both had over 300 000km
    Tires was bad
    Some dents

    But this is what we wanted as our little offroaders

    Keep in mind for me it was not a daily as my wife had a new fortuner

    See below pictures of the day and evening when we bought them 30 May 2019Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Modifying my Rav4 Gen 1 Awd

    My son used the 3 door as his daily it is a nice little town car

    The 5 door I have not driven a lot as I am more abroad than home Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks for the thread. The RAV4 Gen1 set the standard for AWD softroaders IMHO. Land Rover's FL1 was supposed to compete but in comparison, was a dismal failure.

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    After some time we added some little stuff to them

    Both got new tires 205/80R16 AT

    Both got a number plate spotlight bar

    I added some usb plugs for the phones

    A center console for the gray Rav4

    Led roof lights inside

    And sparewheel covers made by Rock 4x4Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Modifying my Rav4 Gen 1 Awd

    But after the bigger tires was fitted I noticed some problems with Rafiki the gray Rav4

    The tires was touching everwhere
    The wheel alignment could not be sorted correctly

    And Rafiki started coughing badly

    There was one stage where I was so Peed off with the Rav that I told my wife I am going to sell it

    Searching in Bethal ,Middelburg and witbank for somebody that can help met to do a Suspension lift on the Rav was like searching for a needle in a haystack Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Modifying my Rav4 Gen 1 Awd

    Then a good friend of mine Segal Rieger /Segalmarissa and owner of EFC 4WD on the forum said I must send the Rav down to him he will have a look at it

    So got a transporters and send old Rafiki down to Stellenbosch Eikestad fitment center Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Modifying my Rav4 Gen 1 Awd

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Thanks for the thread. The RAV4 Gen1 set the standard for AWD softroaders IMHO. Land Rover's FL1 was supposed to compete but in comparison, was a dismal failure.
    Thanks Jelo

    I had some other softroaders before
    But I must say the Rav is something else
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    Default Re: Modifying my Rav4 Gen 1 Awd

    "Both got new tires 205/80R16 AT"

    Is that the biggest you can fit?

    Does the 215/85-16 only fit with a lift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    "Both got new tires 205/80R16 AT"

    Is that the biggest you can fit?

    Does the 215/85-16 only fit with a lift?
    Yes without a lift that was the biggest we could fit

    Which on the green one worked perfect

    But on the gray one not
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    Default Re: Modifying my Rav4 Gen 1 Awd

    It took almost a week for the Rav to be transported from Bethal to Stellenbosch

    As soon as Segal had a look at the Rav he noticed some stuff wrong

    The shock mounts was loose the wrong bolts for the front shock truts was used

    So he jumped in to action

    Ordered new front shocks with the correct bolts front coils are new from toyota

    And some custom rear coils and spacers for the front

    After all was fitted the Rav is now sitting round about 40mm higher Click image for larger version. 

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    So Segal serviced the Rav for me and sorted out the coughing problem

    And sorted the exhaust as it had a really crap sound

    And he got the drivers door open that one day just decided its not opening any more

    With all that I got a picture that said sneak peak Click image for larger version. 

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    With the sneak peak Segal was building a custom front bumper for the Rav with space for a winch

    And picked up that the Rav was in a big front end accident

    Man I am stoked about this Click image for larger version. 

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    I was not in a hurry to get the Rav back quickly a gave Segal almost 3 months as Rafiki is just my little run around when I am in Sout Africa

    So I had lots of questions to Segal about diffrent mags and other stuff I wanted to do and he always was patient and gave me great answers and I trusted his judgement as he as much more experiance than me when it comes to modifying a 4x4

    During all the work and fitments he kept me updated with pictures and videos
    With whats wrong what needs to be sorted

    With Segal I will tell anybody to take his vehicle to him I will send more of my own vehicles to him

    He is a magician when it comes to vehicles

    After the Actyon disaster I lost faith and did not trust anybody But Segal I trust with any car

    So with all that said he send me a picture of how Rafiki is looking now
    And boy oh boy does he look good

    Bumper with some Led spots
    Spacers on the wheels for wider stance
    Lifted
    Better sounding exhaust


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    If all goes well I will go down when I am in SA to Fetch Rafiki

    And then have a small tour with him home

    I already ordered some parts needed to fit the winch as soon as I have the Rav at home

    My boys did not see the Rav for a long time so the youngest one likes to post vehicle picture on whatsapp

    I send him a pic of the Rav with the bumper my wife says he went crazy about the look and says we are not allowed to sell it ever
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    The Little RAV that could..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    The Little RAV that could..........
    He will be tested proparly
    Not build for show
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    We used to have a grey 3dr. They are way more capable off road than most people think. We did a couple of proper 4x4 trails as well as many beach trips with it.

    Enjoy it, looks great.
    Always take the slow road.

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    Default Re: Modifying my Rav4 Gen 1 Awd

    Excuse my ignorance, but how old were you when you had your son if he is driving already...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tall Paul View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, but how old were you when you had your son if he is driving already...
    He is actually my wifes son she is older than me
    But in our house we don't use the word stepson or stepdaughter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gootka View Post
    We used to have a grey 3dr. They are way more capable off road than most people think. We did a couple of proper 4x4 trails as well as many beach trips with it.

    Enjoy it, looks great.
    My son did take the 3 door down to Sodwana for a weekend
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