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  1. As far as the handling with a leaf spring live axle, what's your ultimate goal with the build? I'm no suspension expert but surely with a bit of fettling with shocks and sway bars etc you'd be able to make it go pretty well. Even if it didn't handle that well it'd be so damn cool it wouldn't really matter IMO.
  2. Sweet thanks dudes, I'll squirrel a wee bit of coin away for some preventative maintenance after the next wof. @Bling I'll take a photo of it after work, such a work of art that exhaust.
  3. I guess I want the tip of the probe as central in the pipe as possible? And also at 90 degrees to the flow?
  4. I've recently bought a KZN130, 1KZ-TE manual. Pretty keen on prolonging a cracked head for as long as possible, what's the go with installing an EGT gauge? Where is the ideal spot for the probe? I'm sure I've seen it somewhere here before but I can't find it.
  5. Wee update, I booked the truck in with the guys at JC Installs and I couldn't be happier with the service. They had the install done same day and have done a super tidy professional job. They also took the time to tidy up some shoddy wiring that made itself apparent when fuses started blowing that night. Having seen the quality of the wiring on the gauges I removed I'm 100% confident that the fault wasn't caused by them but they fixed it free of charge for me anyway. I'll definitely be heading back there next time I need an alarm, head unit etc sorted.
  6. Hey dudes, As per the thread title I want to have an alarm installed in my new car. I'm sure I could do it myself but I can't really be bothered in all honesty. Have any of you guys had alarms installed recently and if so who would you recommend getting to do the install or perhaps even avoiding? Cheers
  7. Ahhh sweet cheers for that. If I were to fit an ARB Bullbar so I could have a winch, could you see that causing any issues come WOF time/dealing with insurance etc? I wouldn't want to risk voiding the cert.
  8. I looked at a Surf today, certed for a body lift and an engine swap. On the cert plate under "Exemptions" it said Raised Front Bumper / Snorkel. What does this actually mean? Would I be able to fit a bullbar without affecting the legality of the cert?
  9. The majority of what I'll be doing is likely to just be muddy tracks and river crossings etc but I am quite keen to get into some more technical driving at some point. I've googled a few clubs but I don't really know who's who when it comes to clubs. I must admit that there's also a fair amount of manufacturer bias here, I really like Toyotas and to some extent Nissans so they are all that I've seriously considered. Interesting re the Bighorn, I've always disliked them for some reason. Might have to broaden my search a little!
  10. So much pine for an early Landy, dad froffs them too which doesn't help. I've looked at Safaris too but the rust puts me off a bit. They seem to be a bit worse than the Toyota's? Although realistically any Toyota I purchase will have some rust somewhere. No real reason for wanting fixed beam honestly, it seems a bit simpler and sturdier but I know that realistically IFS will perform just as well if not better than fixed beam (for what I want to do anyway) and also offer better handling and comfort.
  11. 2nd gens look so yuck though haha. I'd imagine they'd be IFS too? I quite like the KZN130 my brother has but I want fixed beam. I really want a Land Rover but I know that's a shit idea so I'll buy a Toyota haha.
  12. Yeah the brakes did suck, it was a lot more truck like than my brothers Surf or dads Hilux. So cool though. @Mof I thought the asking price was fairly reasonable but maybe not? Toyota's in general seem fairly spendy, there's a tidy LN106 for 9.5k that's been recently recomplied but I like the idea of having a wagon for secure storage etc.
  13. I'm sure that plenty of swaps have been done before but the levels of cbf are high. Been trying to cut complications out of my life recently so the less projects to worry about the better at this stage*. I drive like a nana 99% of the time these days so will just roll as is I think. May be slow but haven't found too much that seems to go wrong with them. *Googles 1HD swap
  14. How hard would that be? Worth turbocharging the 3B or better off just swapping the engine? I've never played with this sort of thing before. I'm really not looking for a project, just something that I can drive, maintain and enjoy but it'd be nice to have the option there if it does become too punishing.
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