78 Series on it's way

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A brand new 78 series troopy is on the truck on it's way to Qld for me. GVM upgrade on Thursday & registered Friday...fingers crossed I'm driving it home on Friday arvo...add a few accessories & then lookout Australia, here we come. A big thanks to the Minister for War & Finance for coming around....

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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 07:54

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 07:54
Look out you don't blow the budget on the accessories, endless what you can put on em as I found out 33K later!
What hoops did you have to jump through for the GVM upgrade and by how much has it increased?

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Follow Up By: Stefandsal - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:11

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:11
Yes, will have to be careful not to get everything done at once.

No hoops re GVM upgrade, it remained unregistered & so it's easy (cheaper anyway). I just register it after it's done as a vehicle with a GVM of 3900kg's.

GVM increases from 3300kg's to 3900kg's. Not a lot, but that's the max it can go. Still, less to worry about in the future.

Your bus looks good on your profile, any other photo's available?

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:28

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:28
hi stefand sal
what did you actually have to change on the 78 to go from3300kg's to 3900kgs ?????heavier springs /wheels /tyres /chassis beefed up????
or is it just a paper /figures upgrade
if you dont mind keen to know and who did it
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Follow Up By: Stefandsal - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:44

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 13:44
Barry

TJM Coopers Plains - there is a Lovells (and others - I went with Lovells) GVM upgrade kit available. Springs, coils, shackles, bushes etc shocks (suspension basically). Brake tested engineers stamps etc. Tyres/rims need to be rated to new GVM if not already.

Pretty easy if unregistered & done before first registration. Not sure what would be required after rego, more money for starters, but it can be done.

Once done, the vehicle is registered as a 3900kg GVM vehicle. Not at 3300kg vehicle with a compl plate giving the extra 600kgs...hope that makes sense.

Having said that, this is in Qld, not sure what other states regs are.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 14:18

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 14:18
hi stef
thanks for imfo
barry
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 17:06

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 17:06
Here is the Lovell's info Lyndon.

Its not hard to do it even after it registered, needs an engineers certificate which I understand Lovell's have engineers on the books familiar with doing this.
They have all the brake details axle weight calc's etc.

I'm just about to do the same to my Troopy.

5 year warranty on the Lovell's stuff also.

Lovells 78 Series GVM upgrade.

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Follow Up By: Stefandsal - Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 19:53

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 19:53
Sorry Lyndon & thanks John

I should have posted the link to Lovells...yeah John, I would have done it also after the vehicle had been registered, but it is just cheaper to do it before first rego & I had the opportunity to get it done.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 21:10

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 21:10
Doing it from new pre rego is certainly the cheapest and easiest method Stef.
Put up some pictures so we can see when it's done mate :))
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 16:15

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 16:15
Good on you Stef, christmas has come early this year, well for you at least.

Regarding Ministers of war and finance, as Gandhi said " We all live under the rule of a tyrant" LOL.

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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 20:10

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 20:10
Our new Prado GXL arrived the week before last. It is a nice feeling and the new car smell is something else to experience. I have spent around 40 hours fitting up all the accesories for towing a full size van. Next week we get to test it all out on a 3 week trip through NSW. "Oh what a feeling"
Hope you get the same with yours. Cheers,Bob.
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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 10:44

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 10:44
Hi Stef

Sorry no other pic's on hand at the moment. The BUS is coming up for it's eight birthday with a HUGE 80,000 on the clock. Bought it in my mid thirties and it will probably outlast me! LOL Does the GVM upgrade to 3900 KG mean you can tow a heavier rig? Or just that the vehicle can weight more legally? Think it is probably the latter but thought I would ask anyway.

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Follow Up By: Stefandsal - Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 13:57

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 13:57
Hey Lyndon

Yep the latter. The vehicle can now weigh more. Maximum towing remains the same, however any extra weight on the ball also counts towards the GVM, so more weight can be applied to the ball (within ratings of course). So, I can still tow 3500kgs if I like, & load the vehicle to weigh 3900kgs (but the ball weight has to be included in GVM - hope that makes sense).

It's a bit of a can of worms on some vehicles - those with a designated GCM (Gross Combined Mass). This means that a GVM upgrade isn't as effective (if increasing overall capacity is the goal) as the GCM has to remain the same. If the GCM stamped on your vehicle is 3000kgs & you get a GVM upgrade & put a van on, you can still only weigh 3000kgs. You have to distribute the weight accordingly.

Troopy's don't have a designated GCM, only a GVM & GTW (Gross trailer weight). So, 3900kgs GVM for the rig now & can still tow 3500kgs (not that one would necessarily want to do that).

And I am talking braked weight by the way.

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Reply By: Rockape - Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 16:08

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 16:08
Stef,
good on you and I hope the vehicle lives up to your expectations.

When you mentioned the accessories and changes you are getting with the vehicle it pricked my ears.

I am going to sell my old 89 troopy with the 6.5l diesel in it and after a young fella (anyone under 30 is young to me) had a drive of it he made the comment.

Hell my house mates 2010 Troopy is no where as good as this. He said it rides better, drives better, it accelerates as well and hell can it climb.

Then I realised how much gear had helped the vehicle. When you drive them every day you get complacent and don't realise how good your vehicle is. An example of this is when I followed a BT50 out from twin falls and watched how much they were thrown about compared with my old leaf springs it surprised me.

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Follow Up By: Stefandsal - Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 19:46

Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 at 19:46
Thanks RA

It's been a long time coming - these things aren't cheap as you know but it's the base for us to start to build a great rig that if looked after (like most things) will last for ages.
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