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    Default Proactive maintenance & things to look out for?

    Howzit chaps, hope everyone is doing ok during the lock down.

    I'm looking at buying a used LC76 V8.

    Year:2014
    Mileage: 140 000km
    Partial service history
    Price about R450k

    From they guys who have been running these cruisers for a while what proactive maintenance should I do if purchase it ? Engine and gearbox wise?

    What things should I look out for specially related to critical areas like the engine and gearbox. Any other drivetrain related things to take note of?

    I want to ask toyota to do a full workaround before I drive away so I would like to give them a list. Bushes, bearings, fluids and oils, hoses ect. Should I be concerning myself with injector checks, timing chains and fuel and oil pumps ?

    Lastly, I know it's been covered alot in the past but I'm having trouble finding recent posts regarding removing the CAT related to the 500ppm fuel issue. From everything I have read it seems like it is fact: remove the CAT, fit extra pre filter system and that's that. Is there anyone who has been running their 76 past the 200k km mark on both fuels who can comment with an update? Most postal on this topic are from 2014 or so...

    Many thanks
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    Default Re: Proactive maintenance & things to look out for?

    Best would be to ask Trevor Mathews on the form, his has probably worked the hardest.

    But at 140k km I honestly don't see any problems soon.

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    Default Re: Proactive maintenance & things to look out for?

    Henris is also using a LC70 V8 but probably the LC79?
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    Default Re: Proactive maintenance & things to look out for?

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Henris is also using a LC70 V8 but probably the LC79?
    His is 1HDFTe
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    Jenkins we do sevices/ preventative maintenance on Cruiser's and will / can give you some advise but need the service/ maintenance history .
    You can Whatsapp to 0827772054 or e-mail to [email protected].
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    His is 1HDFTe
    oops thought he had a TDV8
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    oops thought he had a TDV8
    Yep, a very rare beast. Troopy with 1HDFTe engine factory fitted
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    Default Re: Proactive maintenance & things to look out for?

    How partial is partial?

    What services has it missed, or did the owner self-service and they consider that partial?

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    Well the lockdown has put a hold on everything and I live in Botswana, our lockdown is even longer. I'm still waiting for the dealer to get back to me with more details around the service history, they might be closed.

    I guess I'm trying to get a rough estimate om what things i should check/replace/service and what budget I need to set asside over and above the purchase price of a 76 with those kind of km on the clock to do so. Want to feel confident that I can turn the key and go on a Bush holiday with no major worries other than basic services. Dont want to be caught out 6 months later by something I should have addressed when I bought it.

    Thank you for the suggestions this far!
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    Default Re: Proactive maintenance & things to look out for?

    If you are worried, just let Toyota do the comlete 40k service( like they prescribe in manual).
    Its a complete service and most probably it would be the last time that you do this service through Toy after you have paid for it.

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    Default Re: Proactive maintenance & things to look out for?

    Just seeing this now...

    I drive a 2014 model too which has the manual locking hubs GREAT!!

    I bought mine with 96 000km on the clock...with full service history fortunately.

    I am just gonna speak from MY OWN EXPERIENCE...I am NOT a mech or IT specialist...

    My cruiser now has 230 000km on and is my daily drive...it is my work...I work up in central and northern Botswana...I almost always toe my offroad caravan and always have a good load.in the vehicle...so it works hard...

    Mine has a 76mm free flow with CAT removed from day 1 that I had it...now almost 3 yrs...I almost immediately fitted PRE-diesel filtration in the form of the RACOR system...this filters out any muck, dirt and water from the diesel...and the filter is generally changed every 20k km...it is cheaper than OE diesel filter!!

    I have used on occasions 500ppm and a couple of 7500km trips I think the diesel (up in remote north Moz and also Tanzania) was probably 5million gazillion ppm hehehe...but Botswana is very reliable now with almost everywhere on 50ppm...

    About 20 000km in with the cruiser, I then also fitted an oil catch can which helps...the mech experts can explain why...

    The only ADDITIONAL maintenance work done on my cruiser in all this time APART from 10k km service intervals was the clutch (sponsored by Exedy SA Heavy Duty clutch) as I chose to have my vehicle remapped...also almost immediately after buying it...personal choice.

    Apart from this, the 2014 model also has rear DISK brakes...if you are going to be fitting rear wheel spacers, so the rear wheels track with the front...due to the rear axel being approx 90mm narrower than front...then your rear brake pads will also take more regular replacing as the caliper and all is exposed to potentially everything that comes off the front wheels e.g. stones, mud, sand etc.

    If I can think of anything else then I will shout...you are also welcome to get intoich with me of you want to...send me a PM with your number.

    God bless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor_Mathews View Post
    Just seeing this now...

    I drive a 2014 model too which has the manual locking hubs GREAT!!

    I bought mine with 96 000km on the clock...with full service history fortunately.

    I am just gonna speak from MY OWN EXPERIENCE...I am NOT a mech or IT specialist...

    My cruiser now has 230 000km on and is my daily drive...it is my work...I work up in central and northern Botswana...I almost always toe my offroad caravan and always have a good load.in the vehicle...so it works hard...

    Mine has a 76mm free flow with CAT removed from day 1 that I had it...now almost 3 yrs...I almost immediately fitted PRE-diesel filtration in the form of the RACOR system...this filters out any muck, dirt and water from the diesel...and the filter is generally changed every 20k km...it is cheaper than OE diesel filter!!

    I have used on occasions 500ppm and a couple of 7500km trips I think the diesel (up in remote north Moz and also Tanzania) was probably 5million gazillion ppm hehehe...but Botswana is very reliable now with almost everywhere on 50ppm...

    About 20 000km in with the cruiser, I then also fitted an oil catch can which helps...the mech experts can explain why...

    The only ADDITIONAL maintenance work done on my cruiser in all this time APART from 10k km service intervals was the clutch (sponsored by Exedy SA Heavy Duty clutch) as I chose to have my vehicle remapped...also almost immediately after buying it...personal choice.

    Apart from this, the 2014 model also has rear DISK brakes...if you are going to be fitting rear wheel spacers, so the rear wheels track with the front...due to the rear axel being approx 90mm narrower than front...then your rear brake pads will also take more regular replacing as the caliper and all is exposed to potentially everything that comes off the front wheels e.g. stones, mud, sand etc.

    If I can think of anything else then I will shout...you are also welcome to get intoich with me of you want to...send me a PM with your number.

    God bless

    Trev
    Good evening Trevor,

    Thanks a mill for the info. From what I have read here and elsewhere I think that I will definitely do the major service through toyota as mentioned above. And also the pre filter system and the replacement exhaust. I will see how I feel about the wheel track a bit later.

    Going to let things settle for a bit after the lock downs and all the chaos to subside and then see what's available after that. Might find a toyota certified gem somewhere with a FSH. If Botswana extends the state of emergency for another 6 months like they are saying then I won't be coming to SA to get a cruiser any time soon anyway unfortunately.

    Cheers
    Jenkins

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    Trevor what catch can are you running and what reputable place can one get it fitted? Same for the exhaust system? What was your reason for the ECU remap? I have seen a few posts about clutch upgrades but is it necessary if one only does one or two safaris a year? I dont tow anything so other than general camping stuff it wont be loaded to the hilt. Does the ecu remap and the exhaust increase the power to a point where the clutch is compromised?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenkins View Post
    Does the ecu remap and the exhaust increase the power to a point where the clutch is compromised?
    That is exactly it.
    If you don't do any of that there is no need for the clutch upgrade, it will be all good.

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    Well the clutch on mine was slipping when I test drove it at toyota...previous owner apparently never upped the power...I have heard of a few v8 that were stock and clutches went so...

    So I have the terrain tamer catch can (Australian imported product) fitted and is great BUT has a filter element that must be replaced...there is a LOCALLY PRODUCED one which has an SS washable element...chat to Riaan Smit from ACR Spares in-house at 4x4 Megaworld Centurion, they are suppliers of it.

    I upped the power with a remap of the ECU and a specialist dyno tune as it just tows so much better...but yes the clutch MUST be done then...for that speak to Chris Carsten directly, he is owner of Exedy SA...i have his number if you need it.

    Any other questions plse shout!!

    God bless

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