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Ultimate’s Epic 200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

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January 20 13 minute read

There’s a lot to like about a 200 Series LandCruiser Conversion, and this is one of the cleanest we’ve seen. Let’s dive in and look at how it drives and the modifications that have been chosen.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

How it drives

There are plenty of terrains I’m confident this type of vehicle would take in its stride, however, soft and steep, to be honest, wasn’t one of them. I wanted to test this vehicle on terrain that might challenge it. With that in mind, we headed south of Perth to Calcup Hill, Yaegarup Dunes and some stunning Southern Ocean beaches.

This LandCruiser is fitted with a SAFARI ARMAX ECU, so combined with the Toyota twin-turbo V8 it has plenty of power. The question was more whether it had enough to overcome the additional kilograms.

The answer, surprisingly, was yes. It repeatedly cruised up Calcup Hill with ease. The remote reservoir shock absorbers and long-wheelbase certainly helped too; they soaked up the bumps at the base of the hill, making it easy to get a smooth run into the climb.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

There’s no denying that this is a colossal LandCruiser. The extended wheelbase is 3,500 mm; for comparison, a 79 Series LandCruiser has a 3,180 mm wheelbase or 3,480 mm with the increasingly popular 300 mm extension.

Even with the length and width of this vehicle, I was surprised how quickly I adjusted to maneuvring it down some tight tracks.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

For tight maneuvring, I trialled, for my first time, the Toyota Off-road Turn Assist Mode. On full steering lock, this activates the rear brake on the inside of the turn, forcing the vehicle to pivot around the dragging tyre. It works incredibly well, with some turn that would have required a few attempts becoming navigatable in one take.

The build introduction

This vehicle was built by the team at Ultimate 4WD in Perth. It’s a 2019 LandCruiser 200 Series GXL. The conversion was completed by ASG 4×4 and includes a 650 mm chassis extension.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Power

This Cruiser is fitted with a SAFARI ARMAX ECU and high flow ARMAX Snorkel. The combination results in a power increase from 200 kW to 260 kW and a torque gain from 650 Nm to 845 Nm all with class-leading automatic engine protection and a full driveline warranty.

The cabin control allows on the fly switching between comfort, sport, tow and traction assist modes.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion
200 Series LandCruiser Conversion
200 Series LandCruiser Conversion
200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Protection & Driving Lights

Offering full frontal protection is an ARB Summit Winch Bar, which is fitted with a Runva 13XP winch and Factor 55 Flatlink E.

The bar is also fitted with the Lightforce Genesis Pro LED driving lights and a GME 2.1 dB UHF antenna.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion
200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The sills are protected by the clever ClearView Power Boards.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion
200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Extending back from the bar is beefy Brown Davis Under Vehicle Protection.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Suspension and Tyres

This LandCruiser 200 Series Conversion has an ASG 4×4 GVM upgrade to 4,490 kg. Part of this upgrade is the reinforcing of the factory rear differential. This is conducted by ASG 4×4 and engineer approved as a component of their GVM upgrade kits.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Front and rear this Cruiser is riding on King Off-road Racing Shocks remote reservior shock absorbers and coils. The resulting ride is buttery smooth.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion
200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The OEM upper control arms were replaced with ones from Blackhawk to correct the balljoint angle after the 2-inch lift.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The wheels are the new Method MR305 NV in size 17″ diameter and 8.5″ wide. Fitted to these are Toyo RTs in size 35″ x 12.5″.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Vehicle Electrics

Keeping the in-vehicle electrics neat is the Ultimate Power Distribution Box.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Replacing the factory audio unit is an Alpine 9″ Infotainment Navigation System with inbuilt Hema mapping and reverse camera.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Neatly flush mounted is a ScanGauge.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Also neatly mounted is a REDARC Tow-Pro Elite V3 brake controller.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Finally, in the cabin is a GME XRS UHF radio.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The 200 Series LandCruiser Conversion and Canopy

ASG 4×4 has done a very neat job of the body cut on this 200 Series LandCruiser conversion, resulting in an almost factory finish.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The old wheel arches are neatly converted into handy toolboxes.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The Trig Point canopy has a steel frame and aluminium doors and roof to save weight. This one is optioned with a single spare carrier and Trig Point ladder.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Canopy Fitout & Electrics

The Trig Point canopy on this 200 Series LandCruiser conversion is massive. On the driver-side, two RV Storage Solutions drawers running to the back of the fridge. These drawers are sturdy and are built from aluminium, again with weight savings in mind.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

On the passenger side are two shorter, narrower drawers beside a Bushman 85 litre fridge.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The canopy has a 200 Ah lithium battery which is charged by a REDARC Manager 30 which allows charging from DC to DC while driving, solar or 240 volts.

Neatly mounted below the Manager 30 is the REDARC RedVision Distribution and Fuse Box. This connects by ethernet cable to the RedVision display and control unit installed above the fridge on the other side of the canopy. It’s a smart system that consolidates wiring, switches and gauges into one compact and easy to use unit; it also includes an App to mirror functionality.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion
200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Also utilising the gap above the fridge is a REDARC 2000W Inverter.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

On the rear of the canopy are two Lightforce ROK20 lights.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The roof of the Trig Point canopy is fitted with their rack mounting system. Over the canopy of the Cruiser is a new Rhino Pioneer Platform rack.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion
200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

The passenger side rear toolbox is fitted with an ARB twin-compressor.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

Long Range Fuel

The 93L front tank has been retained, and the rear tank has been replaced with a 180L Brown Davis Long Range Fuel Tank for a combined 273L of diesel.

200 Series LandCruiser Conversion

If you have the means, a 200 Series LandCruiser Conversion is comfortable, cavernously roomy and surprisingly good off-road.

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Mike Collister has spent his life outdoors. He has represented Australia as a slalom kayaker, guided whitewater expeditions in Nepal, and taught outdoor education and wilderness medicine. He’s paddled the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River in the wet season and across the Bass Strait and is an avid photographer, overlander and camper.