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    Oh right haha

    I was wondering how much of a bohemith super charger you'd need for that cruiser!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmay View Post
    All that info is perfect Thanks Cambo and titan308. I 100% don't want full time 4wd, so that will scratch the prado off the list, with the price of fuel I don't need a bill that's higher.

    What would people recommend other then the usual older safari/patrol as they are just stupid expensive. I don't mind spending around a that 15-16k mark.

    I'm wondering if just spending 1500 to turbo my 3l hilux is the way to go...
    i have a 1996 prado tx 3.4 petrol that is selectable 4x4 it does love petrol thou would get diesel if i could. picked it up for 12k with 165km

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    a bundera or up till 1994 prado is a kzj71 with coils front and rear, not hilux diffs per se but actually a little stronger and hi pinion,
    i had one for 6 years without many issues, problems in these models include the usual cracked heads (same with the surfs) but this can be sorted with proper cooling system maintenance and dump pipe exhaust size increase, I towed some heavy loads all over the country with mine

    i was lucky to find a manual one swb
    got a 89 surf now

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    Hay Burtanator... What size wheels on that wagon?

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    They are 265/75/16s I am now running 285/75/16s so 33"

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    Thats a nice wee Prado you have there chrome. Getting hard to find with decent kms and in good nick. There's a minter getting around Dunedin, totally orginal and not a stone chip, with like 60,000 clicks.

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    Digging up this thread as I’m looking at a 1996 1kz prado with a manual box. 300ks on the clock but looks tidy in the photos. I’m going to get someone else to view it as I won’t get an opportunity. What’s the important stuff to check (other than cracked head)

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    @Timmay the guy at Mount Autos is importing a few of the older ones from Jap Land when he can get em
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    @Timmay the guy at Mount Autos is importing a few of the older ones from Jap Land when he can get em
    Is he? We’re looking.


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    @Danny Mount Maunganui, Totara Street
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    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    I've got a 2001 over 400000 on the clock as my work truck. New head 4 months ago my fault, transmission around 2yrs ago, still like it thou.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckerbox View Post
    Hey mate,

    Yeah mines a '96 1kz, but the auto.

    Yeah the head only becomes an issue if overheated, and the overheating is often just caused by a faulty Rad cap, also at that milage the radiators can become quite blocked up, so if it hasnt already been replaced, you'd def pay to get it taken out and flushed and inspected and checked for blockage etc at a minimum, some people just replace at that milage.

    If the cooling system is looked after and engine not overheated, then the heads are normally fine.

    The radiators in the auto also have an oil cooler for the trans in the bottom tank which causes a restriction and also dumps extra heat into the water, which is really hard on the cooling system especially when doing heaving towing - But being a manual you shouldnt have to worry about that.

    Often the guys with auto prados, fit a radiator from a manual and fit a seperate transcooler, or just fitting a seperate trans cooler helps a lot on its own.

    Also you want to have the front ball joints checked very well by someone who knows how to check them properly. The original ones after quite a few miles do tend to break, causing a front wheel to fold back under the vehicle, not something you want to have happen at all, let alone at speed.

    But those things aside, i love my old truck, just keep up the regular oil and filter changes and she keeps on chugging, it suits my purpose perfectly. It gets me where i need to go hunting etc and Nothing to flash to leave at Public road ends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWH View Post
    Hey mate,

    Yeah mines a '96 1kz, but the auto.

    Yeah the head only becomes an issue if overheated, and the overheating is often just caused by a faulty Rad cap, also at that milage the radiators can become quite blocked up, so if it hasnt already been replaced, you'd def pay to get it taken out and flushed and inspected and checked for blockage etc at a minimum, some people just replace at that milage.

    If the cooling system is looked after and engine not overheated, then the heads are normally fine.

    The radiators in the auto also have an oil cooler for the trans in the bottom tank which causes a restriction and also dumps extra heat into the water, which is really hard on the cooling system especially when doing heaving towing - But being a manual you shouldnt have to worry about that.

    Often the guys with auto prados, fit a radiator from a manual and fit a seperate transcooler, or just fitting a seperate trans cooler helps a lot on its own.

    Also you want to have the front ball joints checked very well by someone who knows how to check them properly. The original ones after quite a few miles do tend to break, causing a front wheel to fold back under the vehicle, not something you want to have happen at all, let alone at speed.

    But those things aside, i love my old truck, just keep up the regular oil and filter changes and she keeps on chugging, it suits my purpose perfectly. It gets me where i need to go hunting etc and Nothing to flash to leave at Public road ends.

    Cheers mate exactly what I needed to hear
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    Bit of an old thread, but after making that post I did go out and buy a 96 prado Auto 1kzte, Ive owned it the last 5-6 years now. Nothing has gone wrong bar one thing, but I did fit an additional trans cooler (after reading the above post if anything goes wrong with the rad I'll fit a manual one). Ive done about 100 thou k's in her and have only had one fix and that was the steering rack ends (200 bucks) everything else has been fluids, oil, filters, tires etc. I actually really like the old girl. Very comfy to drive plus its bloody practical for what I do.
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