AnswerID: 104610 Submitted: Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 22:59
I have a 2002 which I am absolutely wrapped with. Bigger tray than most of the competition in the dual cab variety and more backseat leg room.
The fact that they are longer makes them look like they sit a little lower but when you park next to a standard Hilux (not someones 4" lifted one - apples with apples please..) in the car park you realise that they are about the same height. Hiluxes arches are cut higher into the guards so they give the illusion of maximum height.
The length means a slightly worse rampover angle and the longer tray impacts a little on the departure angle.
I bought mine at 50,000 km and 12 months old (ex one driver DSE vehicle used by the guy monitoring the bee keepers in northern vic) and it already had a winch bar and winch on it. (Thank you very much). But they hadn't adjusted the torsion bars to counter the added weight. Once done it looked much better.
You can see what it is and what I've done to it here.
So far I've done 4 or 5 trips into the Vic High Country
and another next week. Dad has been using it for the past two months on a willow eradication project up there too. Done the Border Track
and Sunset Country and got it a bit wet in Toolangi.
The only limitation I've found is the IFS meaning that you are limited as to how far you could lift it if you had that in mind. Mine's at max available height on the torsion bars at the front and I added a leaf to the back spring pack to counter the extra permanent weight in the back (_Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx, bars, etc.)
It leaves a normally aspirated 3litre Lux for dead on Hearns or Collingwood Spur and I rarely have to use low first in the steeper stuff either up or down it.
The LRA 120litre tank is a good move though as the range drops when you travel on the bottom set of cogs.
600 km or so in low range on 110 litres I would guess now.
Any other questions PM me or post here. I'd buy another one if that's any gauge of what I think.
The Navara is an option too though....
Oh and as for the number out and about, have another look, they're everywhere up here. If you get 4wd monthly and look at the top 10 sales figures for utes, don't forget to add the figures for Bravo and Courier together before you make comparisons to the others.
ARB is in development for airlockers too. RD123 is the part no. Available soon. Mine are already on backorder.
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