Category: Hilux Set Up

How we have modified the car for our camping trip.

New Front Bushes

Hilux front struts

I replaced the rear suspension bushes a few weeks ago but the front bushes were still those that we originally set off with on our trip around Australia about 45,000km ago. Although there were no handling issues with the front end of the Hilux I thought I better take the front struts out and have a look since collapsed bushes have lead to strut failure with the bottom stem of the strut shearing right off.

Turns out the front bushes were partially collapsed. A few thousand kms of corrugations will do it. So I bought myself a new set of bushes, strapped the struts to the back of the bike and rode down to the local mechanic to have the bushes changed out (special equipment is needed to press the bushes out of / into the strut). Then got home and slapped it all back together ready for the next camping mission.

 

Tyre Review and Time to Camp

Greetings Amigos. It’s been so long since any camping or fishing or outback type shenanigans that it’s quite sad. Not to worry – next week there’s a planned camping mission in the works. Lately the poor hilux has been used for such mundane tasks as commuting to work and shopping. I’ll make up for it by putting a few extra scratches on it next week. Keep an eye out for reports of fish extinctions as we devestate fish populations from beaches north of perth. In the mean time a cooped up city lifestyle has given me pale white skin and time to write a review on our tyres. Check it out here:

https://outbackjoe.com/macho-divertissement/macho-articles/bridgestone-dueler-d694lt-48000km-review/

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Buggered Suspension Bushes

hilux suspension bushes new vs old

I noticed as we progressed on our trip around oz the hilux handling and steering response became somewhat poorer than what it was when we started the trip. I’m no mechanic but in my opinion this bush from the rear suspension is in need of replacement and probably the cause of the poor handling!

hilux buggered suspension bush

That’s what ya get for beating around the bush with a fully laden vehicle. Several thousand kilometers of corrugations don’t help much either.hilux suspension bushes new vs old

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