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Brad’s 2008 Toyota HiLux Tourer

Brad’s first car was a HiLux and to this day he wishes he never sold it. It goes without saying that his latest ride could be with him for a while…

According to Brad he’s had a few 4X4s but it’s the HiLux that he keeps coming back to. This time around it’s a 2008 model year Lux running Toyota’s 3.0-litre D4D turbo diesel engine.

So far Brad has kept his head out from under the bonnet and resisted ‘tuning’ the D4D but he reckons that’s just a temporary state of affairs – he has plans…

Built with touring in mind, Brad has taken a practical approach with the mods, improving safety, protection and off-road ability.

The brakes have been upgraded to Prado units and braided steel extended brake lines have been fitted to handle the move to a 4″ suspension lift and help reduce pedal travel.

That 4″ suspension lift was achieved by fitting a Dobinson lift kit to the front that includes their popular remote reservoir MRR shocks. Rear springs are TJM 350kg constant load units with a matching pair of Dobinson MRR shocks keeping them in check.

Brad is currently running 16″ Sunraysia steel rims with a negative 13 offset and as he describes them “cheap 285/75/R16 muddies…”.

Protection is a serious subject for Brad and he’s got the HiLux covered with a custom made 6mm (you read that right) underbody bash plate. An X-rox steel bull bar protects the front and improves the approach angle considerably.

Brad likes a good LED light and that’s why he’s fitted a swag of them to the Lux, including a 42″ roof mounted light bar, a 22″ bull bar mounted light bar and a 22″ rear mounted light bar. The ‘juice’ keeping the lights on is provided by a Redarc dual battery system.

Out the back there’s a custom made steel tray built by Salter Engineering on the Gold Coast. It’s fitted with a 1700 x 800 alloy canopy which houses the 80-litre Waeco fridge/freezer and slide.

An Adventure King rooftop tent ensures that Brad always has a roof over his head.

Brad loves camping, loves the Australian country side and he loves his Lux – we know this because he told us, he also suggested we should “Lux on!”

Maybe we will…

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