AnswerID: 240922 Submitted: Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 00:11
Use 'em every day as general farm runabout. Got 5 of them where I work. When wet (will be again I guess sometime) go any where with 235 - 225 - 215 or 205/70 AT or MT tyres. Only time I got bogged was towing heavy fencing trailer loaded with wire/ posts etc through a wet creek. Unhooked trailer and it jumped out easy. Will fly over places
where other farm utes won't even look at (hilux, Navara etc.) Not so good on fuel economy cos you tend to rev the hell out of them but they go forever. Love to redline to 6500 revs. Not so good for road use, bit unstable and rev too high - (3500 at 100k)
Check wheel bearings, king pins, driveshaft splines and uni joints for wear; wiring problems are normal (blinkers come on when braking, clock stops when lights on etc). Rust can be a real problem especially if driven on beach etc. Check bodywork around wheel arches, doors etc. Doors will develop cracks in them as will the roof pillars. Springs can be weak or broken but are easily replaced with OME or similar for a couple of hundred bucks. We use them on rocky lava flows where nothing else will go for mustering sheep and cattle so they have to be tough. Also in and out of creeks, rivers etc,. Basically just point it where you want to go and hang on!! If it stops moving then engage 4wd. Hardly ever need to.
The post 1986 models are more stable due to increased track width. 87 to 95 are virtually identical.
Subject was raised before on post 35575
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FollowupID: 501860 Submitted:
Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 11:24
GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) posted:
Thanks for that Ian good info, just what I'm looking for.
Thanks everyone else also.
How do you find them ride comfort wise?
Reason I ask is I was in the neighbours 80's Hilux farm ute and nearly rattled my brain loose going across a not so rough paddock.
I'll have look at 35575 also
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FollowupID: 501995 Submitted:
Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 22:19
Large tyres, new springs and shockers and they ride the rough stuff pretty well. With old springs/shockers tend to bottom out a bit. Much better than the Navara of the same age. (Don't like driving that one) Also seats can break springs but easily fixed and reasonably comfortable unless you are too big.
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