ADVENTURE CURATED LC76 Build

ADVENTURE CURATED LC76 Build

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Before we dive into the details of the build, I thought I'd share what we're planning to do with the vehicle. More than anything we like to explore isolated areas. Reliability, toughness, 4x4 capability, range, water storage, payload and off grid power are all critical. We're preparing it to be capable of tackling some of Australia's toughest remote tracks.

We also do a wide variety of trips throughout the year. We tow camper trailers, carry kayaks and camp with swags, tents and rooftop tents - so this 4x4 has to be versatile. If we were setting up a vehicle exclusively for long overland style trips, like from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska (hopefully one day) I'm sure the build would look quite different.

With their commercial build quality and reputation for reliability for us the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series range was the obvious vehicle choice. As for the choice of 76 Series wagon - on long trips there are usually only two people travelling, so it has all the room we need, plus I love wagons.  

So let's have a look at the progress.

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We've replaced the factory fitted raised air intake with a fully sealed Safari ARMAX snorkel. These keep water out of the precious engine much more effectively, and at four inches in diameter they deliver 50% more air to the whopping V8! 

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For towing duties we've fitted a Hayman Reese Heavy Duty Tow Bar with the new anti rattle SmartPin - hello camper trailers : )

ADVENTURE CURATED LC76 Build - Hayman Reese HD Tow Bar
ADVENTURE CURATED LC76 Build - Hayman Reese HD Tow Bar

Inside the bar we've bolted a WARN ZEON 10-S winch - we do lots of trips with one vehicle, so it's great to finally have a winch.

WARN ZEON 10-S Winch
WARN ZEON 10-S Winch

For our new baby we've chosen a Uneek 4x4 bull bar. It's Aussie made, steel, and is relatively light at 55 kilograms due to the low profile and the small diameter tubing over the lights.

Toyota LandCruiser 76 Series Front Bumper Removed
Toyota LandCruiser 76 Series Front Bumper Removed
UNEEK 4x4 Bull Bar Toyota LandCruiser 76 Series 70 Series
UNEEK 4x4 Bull Bar Toyota LandCruiser 76 Series 70 Series

We've also fitted a Factor 55 Fairlead and Flatlink E. The Flatlink allows for safer winching connections through what's known as Closed System Winching. Anything that makes recoveries safer is something we're keen to try out.

WARN ZEON 10-S WINCH, FACTOR 55 FAIRLEAD, FACTOR 55 FLATLINK E

We've mounted two RFI Antennas. The CDQ7195 connects to a Bury iPhone cradle, and the CDQ5000 to our Icom IC-450 UHF radio. In the city/country pack the CDQ5000 comes with the CDQ34, a short whip which is designed for getting in carparks, but I think we'll use more to increase driver vision when we don't need 5dBi of gain.

RFI Antennas, UHF Antenna, 4G Antenna, Mobile Phone Antenna
RFI Antennas, UHF Antenna, 4G Antenna, Mobile Phone Antenna

We've mounted ROLA Heavy Duty cross bars. They have a high load rating and are light. For carrying sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, canoes, surfboards and rooftop tents we find cross bars the best.

We've also have a flat ROLA Titan Tray for when we need to load lots of gear up top. It simply bolts on top of the cross bars - we'll show you that at a later date.

ROLA Heavy Duty Roof Rack, Land Cruiser 76 Series Roof Rack

The ROLA Awning Brackets mount on their HD Bars or Titan Trays - we're ready for the arrival of our DRIFTA Rapid Wing Awning.

ROLA Heavy Duty Roof Rack with Awning Mount Brackets, Land Cruiser 76 Series

Our MAXTRAX prove themselves time and again, and they're mounted with the rock solid, ROLA Recovery Tracks Holder.

MAXTRAX Angle Roof Rack Mount, ROLA MAXTRAX Mount

Last updated - 11th April.

Once we've finished the build, the fun begins. We'll be putting this baby through it's paces, with features of the finished build and the components to follow.

Birdsville Track

Birdsville Track

Point D'Entrecasteaux to Black Point

Point D'Entrecasteaux to Black Point