04 Prado Diesel - is it strong enough ?

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 23, 2005 at 21:34
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Hi Guys, Plan to do the Canning in July, the Prado seems to be sprung and shod for bitumen and the weekly shopping. Is the factory suspension up to it with a load of around 700kgs all up. I suspect not... anybody out there have any experience or suggestions for upgrading the suspension and the best rubber. Is the Prado suss in other areas. Any advice appreciated as I dont want "to repent at leasure" for not preparing adequately at Well 37
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Saturday, Apr 23, 2005 at 21:55

Saturday, Apr 23, 2005 at 21:55
I haven't done the Canning but I know of people who did the canning in a grande with standard suspension but A/T tyres. There were only two people in this vehicle.

My opinion is to upgrade the suspension. I had a 120 Prado with an aftermarket suspension package that didn't stand up to the simpson last year. I changed it to anorther brand which is the best available for the Prado. In my opinion the best set up is one available from go_offroad who frequents this site. If he doesn't reply mm me and I will forward your details. He is based in Geelong.
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Reply By: Paul & Tracy - Saturday, Apr 23, 2005 at 22:10

Saturday, Apr 23, 2005 at 22:10
Get yourself subscribed to the free chat group for 120 series Prado's at the Landcruiser owners on line website [www.lcool.org] and you'll get all the advice you will ever need on this subject!

Cheers, Paul B, Kal WA
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Reply By: Evan - Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 00:35

Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 00:35
Remembering the grande has air suspension in the rear, so it should be better than the gx,gxl,vx models with a weight in the back or heavy towing.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 18:34

Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 18:34
On the contrary the VX with a bit of load on the back ~100kg will
sag around 20-30mm on the back... The are a person on
the lcool forums with this problem and toyota's repsonse is
that this is within the specs.....
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 08:10

Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 08:10
The Toyota shocks are very good, and are less likely to fail than most aftermarket units. The springs are soft and the 120 series needs more clearance. I'd just upgrade the springs with some heavy duty lifted springs.

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