Hilux Set Up

Vehicle prep for big trip

We’re heading off on an expedition to Melbourne and back but there’s a few things on the ol’ girl that need to be addressed:

d697 bridgestone worn tyres

New tyres. These ones still have a bit of tread left but for a big outback mission I reckon new ones might be handy. Check out this article for a review of the old set of tyres.

hilux bash plate cable tie repair

New bash plates. The factory ones have been bent and straightened a few times but finally the mounts broke and have been held in place by cable ties for a while.

new hilux bash plate installed

New bash plates installed. Usually I don’t like after market bash plates coz they are too heavy and not necessary for the type of work I do (unless trying to look cool). However the after market ones were cheaper than genuine.

air compressor broken

New air compressor. The old one busted a valve and aint pumpin no more.

arb bull bar side wing broken

Repair the bull bar side wing panels. Both sides broke due to corrugations on the Gibb River Road.

side wing repair plate

Bit of flat bar used to fashion a new piece for the side wing.

bull bar side wing installed

Side wings fixed. Thanks Davo for your expert welding effort!

bull bar bait board

Out with the spot lights and in with a bait board. I find the factory lights to be ample. I cut bait a lot more often than I used the spot lights. Plus this is more aerodynamic and better for the cooling system.

drawer runners broken

Repair broken drawer runner. These tabs slot into the drawer sides and are what support all the weight in the drawers.

drawer runner repaired

New tab welded onto drawer runners. Thanks Bruce for your expert metal work skills!

hilux front strut bush collapsed

Replace front strut bottom bush. I’ve now got myself a press so I did the bushes myself.

hilux injector feedback values

Check the injectors. All good.

new extension to work bench for burner

New sliding extension to work bench for stove / burner. This stabilizes the burner and gives us more bench space.

new steel canopy with roof top tent

New canopy. The sliding side windows of the old canopy just weren’t cutting the cheese. These new lift up side windows are great. We can actually use the space at the front of the canopy.

new roof top tent rack

New home made roof rack for the roof top tent. Thanks tek screws!

Now we’re ready to hit the road. We’re off to the Nullarbor.

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    • Hi David they had a hard life and held up pretty well for most of it. I started to get some uneven wear and other funny stuff happening towards the end. I’ll put a detailed article up when i get a chance. I think they’re good strong tyres. I got roughly 70k out of them which is ok but some tyres I’ve heard last longer. I decided to try something different for the new set.

  1. Hi, thanks for providing a great resource.
    Please explain how you have assessed injector performance with your scan tool.

    • Hi Duncan the injector feedback values should be between +/-3. Outside that range means the ecu is compensating alot for a likely leaky injector. And the total injector volume should be less than about 9 otherwise the injectors are returning too much fuel and are worn. This is for 2005 to 2015 hilux only, the values would be different for different makes and models. You need techstream software I think. Standard scan tool stuff will only pick up the standard data and fault codes. Have a search of newhilux.net if you need more details or use your vehicle specific forum.

      • 3 grand or more in WA but I didn’t pay that. There’s a mob getting rid of old stock on ebay for cheap, that’s where I got mine from, there’s still one left on ebay. Search for hilux canopy.

        It’s a great canopy except for the way the back door opens. The hinge design is a bit dumb, when open it tilts up into the roof rack area, which is why I had to set my roof top tent so far forward.

      • Thanks for the ebay reference. Interesting about the way it opens. I don’t think I would be able to mount my roof top tent so far forward with the Rhino Pioneer rack mounted on the cab.

  2. Thanks for all your info. Saved me thousands. Interesting that you removed your spot lights from the front of your Ute.
    I too will be removing them before our big trip as I don’t think we will be doing much night driving.
    Saves weight and ensues better airflow to the radiator.
    What do you think of wind deflectors fitted to the car roof when towing. Are they any help with fuel economy in your opinion?

    • Hi Steve glad there’s some useful stuff here. I dunno much about the towing wind deflector. I’ve never towed a big van. I’ve never used a wind deflector or heard much about them. Reducing wind resistance is good but who knows how much it actually helps. The large gap between the deflector and the front of the van might limit its effectiveness but really i don’t know. And small changes in fuel economy are so hard to properly measure. Might be worth a crack if doing huge km with the van.

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