rear prado protection

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:42
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Hi All,
I have 120 series Prado and I'm looking for some feed back on how I might protect the rear bumber/step.

It is a very flimsy cosmetic panel and recently cost a ladys insurance company $1,000 to replace after she backed into me.(she missed the tow bar!)

I feel it is suseptable to being torn off and protection is probably better than...the insurance excess payable, loss of no claim, etc. in the event of damage

For the moment I have left the tow bar on. along with the level rider plate, but the loss of departure angle had me "plowing" last weekend on tracks in the Otways

Regards
Joe

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Reply By: maverick - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:48

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:48
There are a couple of replacement rear step/bumpers avail that are of steel construction - not cheap though. check ARB / Opposite Lock / Kaymar etc. At least you then don't have to worry about dragging the bum on exits. rgds
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Follow Up By: Joe - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 13:16

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 13:16
Hi Maverick,
I had tried ARB and now the others you suggested, but unfortunately no luck, nothing available.
Thanks for trying
Regards
Joe
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Reply By: flappan - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 13:17

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 13:17
Have you tried K&N Fabrication in Perth? Contact number is 08 9456 4480

http://staging.forums.overlander.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=11343&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

Check here: Whilst the enquiry was about a PJ, they found one being made for Prados.
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 13:42

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 13:42
Joe,

I know what you mean I have lost the paint off both sides of the underneath of the bumper now due to reduced departure angle. Also almost tore of one side of the bumper as well and it didn't loo0k pretty but then just clipped it back together and everything was OK. I am getting a new suspension next week and I see how much it improves with the extra lift but I suspect I may still get some sort of skid plate made to protect especially the corners. Maybe something simple can be made and bolted on to the chassis where the recovery point locating holes are.
Let us know if you come up with anything.

The front is a lot better now that I have an ARB steel bar fitted as the angles are better and they have good protection and bash plates.

We have so little time to enjoy our land
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Follow Up By: farmer - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 15:54

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 15:54
What sort of suspension are you getting ? the 120 Prado I have is very soft in the rear. It doesn't take a very heavy trailer load to sink it right down.
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Follow Up By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:49

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:49
Farmer,

I am getting the OME setup from ARB. Heavy duty front/medium rear.We have so little time to enjoy our land
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Follow Up By: Joe - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 22:16

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 22:16
David,
THe lead the guy's have posted here for Darren.... www.the-shed.net/is on the money. He is currently doing rear step for 90 series and will start on 120 series shortly.
Regards
Joe
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Reply By: Graeme - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 17:55

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 17:55
Hi Joe

Don't know where you live but this guy is well regarded in the Yahoo Prado Group (http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/90series/) & has a 120; he also has a website at http://www.the-shed.net/ & is pretty approachable.
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Reply By: Phil G - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 21:47

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 21:47
The K&N Fabrications one is the only one I've seen for the 120 series. Picture at
http://www.lcool.org/technical/120_series/rear_step/knfab.html

A steel rear step will protect you from scrapes. But if you reverse into a tree, then you still bugger up the rear door because the spare tyre is the bit that gets hit.
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Follow Up By: Joe - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 21:57

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 21:57
Thanks to all,

This is great feed back and gives me some follow up work to do

Much appreciated
Joe
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 00:34

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 00:34
You mentioned the Otways, try Darren McRae of http://www.the-shed.net/
hes in Geelong. He is getting into custom bleep for Playdoes and has one himself.
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Follow Up By: Joe - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 09:45

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 09:45
Thanks Guys,
THis bloke is in my back yard!, I also live at Geelong. I will track him down tomorrow
Regards
Joe
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