Current model Prado owners

Submitted: Friday, Feb 06, 2009 at 21:13
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Let’s say you’ve had a 50mm lift on the current model Prado and had $2,500 left in the kitty. Would you:

1. Install a rear locker, or
2. Spend your money on a steel rear bar (such as kaymar).

These are the only two options in this scenario.

The latter has its advantages, in that it allows a greater departure angle without damage, and use of a High Lift Jack. The former gives greater traction in most conditions.

To complicate matters further, the car is used in the Victorian High Country and in remote areas up North.

I’d appreciate your thoughts, and reasons why one would be
preferable to the other if you had the money to spare..


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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Friday, Feb 06, 2009 at 21:35

Friday, Feb 06, 2009 at 21:35
Don't you mean which one to do FIRST? ;-)
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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Friday, Feb 06, 2009 at 21:50

Friday, Feb 06, 2009 at 21:50
Hiya Mate

Just had 4wd action delivered,Funny enough they just did a thing on this and the outcome was..(ok i havnt read the start but glanced at the finish lol).. Mud Tyres first,like Mickey Thompson MTZ'S,Lift second and the Locker third will compliment the first two...

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Reply By: Anthony (Vic) - Friday, Feb 06, 2009 at 22:46

Friday, Feb 06, 2009 at 22:46
Our Prado is a 2003, same body as current but not the D4d diesel engine.

We did the suspension and decided to carry a second spare on the roof rack, instead of a dual wheel carrier rear bar.

I decieded against a rear steel bar for the Prado (I had one on the previous hilux) due to cost and weight. I felt the money would be better spent to do a snorkel, dual battery, roof bars, bash plate, front & rear tow hooks, rear power socket for fridge, hand winch.

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Reply By: leachy_9 - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 00:21

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 00:21
Given that choice I'd definately be getting a rear locker. The 120 Prado tends to flex and strip the crown wheel. While having the locker installed get a spacer put in to reduce the flex. The locker will dramatically the reduce situations that are likely to break the diff ie. grounding a spinning wheel.

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Follow Up By: George_M - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 08:28

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 08:28
I'm with Leachy on this one....
Come any closer and I'll rip your throat out!

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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:36

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:36
Gidday Leachy

Is this a well known problem, because it’s the first I’ve heard of the issue?

I have a Big Red compressor installed in the car, but ARB is telling me that I’ll also need to purchase one of their compressors. Is this right?


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Follow Up By: curious - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 20:36

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 20:36
I can 't see why you'd need to purchase an ARB compressor in addition to your Big Red. I've got ARB lockers and their compressor but all you need is an air supply to engage the locker. The locker is switched on via an electric-over-air solenoid that charges the air line to the locker; switched off when the solenoid releases the air pressure. It wouldn't matter what compressor supplies the air.

- Peter
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Follow Up By: leachy_9 - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 08:43

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 08:43

The weekness/flex in the 120 Prado diff is well known. Check out pradopoint for details. A search for "The Diff Club" should get you to a thread detailing 120 Prado rear diff breakages.
The only restrictions for using a compressor with ARB airlockers is there must be an air reciever/accumulator and pressure switch in the system. The ARB compressor has these built in as standard. I'm not familiar with the Bg Red compressor but it would be a just a matter of adding a reciever and pressure switch if not already present. I have run both ARB and non-ARB compressors with ARB lockers.


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Reply By: curious - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 10:51

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 10:51
I've got a 90 series Prado with front and rear lockers. I'd love a rear bar especially as it would eliminate the gradual sag that the rear door gets over time. On occasion I carry a second spare and a rear bar would also be great for that.

However I'd choose the lockers over the rear bar any day. They get you out of trouble when you need it whereas a rear bar is a "nice to have".

Regards, Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin R (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:00

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:00
I've put the arb lear locker on my 120. It works a treat and has the added bonus of being stronger than the original. Together with a winch it is the best insurance you can have if you travel on your own in remote areas.


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