Hilux (and other similar vehicles) on the CSR

Submitted: Friday, Apr 11, 2003 at 19:54
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G’Day all,

I have done the CSR a few times – but always in “big” engined diesel vehicles like 4.2 78 series tray-back, 4.2 GQ Patrol and 3.9 Isuzu Land Rover 110. I have seen Hilux’s, Bravo’s etc on the track, but not actually driven one on it.

To my question: Has anyone here driven a Hilux, Rodeo or similar dual-cab on the CSR, and if so how did you find it? Any major dramas from the smaller engine in the sand and on the dunes?

I am looking at getting into a new car soon, and the 3.0 TD Hilux is one of the contenders. Thanks in advance for any reply’s / experiences.

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Reply By: Member - Chris - Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 03:15

Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 03:15
Hi Jim,
I don't think you'll have a problem with a hilux on the CSR, I've never done the CSR but remember reading in a 4x4 mag some years ago a subaru club taking it on to prove that they could do it just as well as the bigger 'uns. They only needed super lifts and lots of them to get through it.
There's one of Glenn Ridges australian tours where they had a Hilux as part of the tour. Of course there were landcruisers as part of the convoy but the hilux did well.
I've got a taped guide to doing the canning stock route which has two landcruisers and a hilux courtesy of ARB. It's surprisingly called, "The Canning Stock Route." Very informative and if you want to borrow it let me know.
Love the bush.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris (W.A.) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 03:39

Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 03:39
Sorry Jim, I just noticed you had already done the Stock route so you'll already know the terrain side of it.Love the bush.
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Follow Up By: Bushy- Sunday, Apr 13, 2003 at 16:34

Sunday, Apr 13, 2003 at 16:34
We did the bottom half of theCSR to well 35 in 2000 with a 2.8 lte hilux and had no trouble at all, it did not get hung up on any of the sand dunes while some of the 4.2 were.
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Reply By: Member - Jim - Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 06:48

Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 06:48

The only problem Hilux's and the like have with the dunes on the Canning is that they run out of puff before the top, and have to either reverse down and have another go or get snatched over.

Having said that a 3.0 TD is a different kettle of fish (and a different motor) and should have the get up and go to make it over the top.

As you say, there are a lot of the 6 cylinder engines out there.

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Reply By: Member - Colin (ACT region) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 14:59

Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 14:59
Regarless of the vehicle make or type the answer of course is - power to weight ratio.
If the Hilux is a bit under powered, try lightening the load a little. Have a close look at your gear, and only take what is necessary.
Weight becomes a 'catch 22' situation - the more weight, the more power needed, the more fuel used etc etc.

As Chris mentioned, the Subaru Club has done many trips on the CSR and done it with ease and in near standard cars. The secret to Subaru's success is good trip planning and light weight without sacrificing saftey or comfort. Colin - Subaru Forester
- size isn't everything ! -
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Follow Up By: Member - Colin (ACT region) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 15:09

Saturday, Apr 12, 2003 at 15:09
The other comment I forgot was in regard to tyres. Where power is a problem, go for the taller narrower profile rather than short and fat - the sand 'bow wave' is smaller and therefore easier to push and the 'foot print' will be similar.Colin - Subaru Forester
- size isn't everything ! -
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