part time 4x4 conversion for 80 series landcriuser
Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 12, 2006 at 20:54
Hi, I am looking at buying an 80 series Landcruiser. I am drawn towards the standard model because it has manual locking hubs and barn doors, though I wouldn't mind the luxuries of a GXL. Has anyone tried and tested the part time 4x4 conversion kits on the market, and are they worth getting.
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Reply By: nonon - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 00:14
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 00:14
Interesting article here....
Follow Up By: nonon - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 00:19
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 00:19
OK OK. I'm not as smart as you think I am...
Reply By: Member - Lindsay - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 06:57
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 06:57
I have had a 4WD Systems from Adelaide
part time kit in my 80 GXL for 100,000+ kilometers over the last 4 years.
It lightened the steering & certainly improved the fuel economy & performance.
The downside is having to get out to engage the hubs but that is a small sacrifce to make.
Lindsay & the (Polar) Bear
Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 08:41
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 08:41
G'Day Lindsay, do you (or anyone else) know of any dangers of keeping the front hubs locked while the trucks not in four wheel drive? I've thought about doing the conversion but I like not having to get out - yep I'm a lazy b*stard! hehe!
As well as light steering and better fuel economy, did you find the tires lasted longer?
Follow Up By: StephenF10 - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 09:21
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 09:21
Shouldn't be a problem with leaving them locked. After all, in the "olden" days when free-wheeling hubes were an aftermarket option the standard drive-spline hubs kept the front wheels rotating all the time.
The question arises though as to why you would pay to convert to part-time 4WD and then leave the hubs locked. It appears to negate one of the alleged advantages of part-time operation, i.e. not having the front diff and driveshaft rotating.
Follow Up By: Member - Lindsay - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 17:00
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 17:00
5minutes ago I just returned from a 4 hour 4wd trip in our hinterland mountains behind Moruya in NSW and guess what? my hubs are still engaged.
I do not do long distances on bitumen with the hubs locked but being a lazy sod like you I do not lock & unlock every time the road surface changes.
My truck has a detroit style auto diff locker as well & there have been no problems over 4 years.
See you when the mud dries!
Lindsay & the(Polar) Bear
Reply By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 07:54
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 07:54
It seems an expensive way to have what you want; GXL price then pay to down-grade it? Why not buy the standard then up-grade the seats etc?
Reply By: BenSpoon - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 12:59
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 12:59
take out your front drive shaft and drive around for a bit.
Im sold on the idea- Im getting a part time kit with my tax return.
I am told Marks adaptors also do a kit.
Follow Up By: nonon - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 19:57
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 19:57
BenSpoon, click on the two links above.
Follow Up By: Member - DOZER - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 21:39
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 21:39
You can put a dx transfer in it aswell...by the way, there is a part time hit for sale on ebay ATM.
Reply By: Benny78 - Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 18:34
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006 at 18:34
Im happy to get out and manually lock in my hubs. Its a good way to monitor their condition. I just wanted to know if anybody had any horror stories wth the results of the kits. From what I can gather they don't really cause grief. Im keen to give anything a shot.