'93 Toyota Land Cruiser FZj80
'07 Adventure Trailers Chaser
Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer
The modifications that I loved the most on the truck through out this "quick" trip:
-Fridge (you all know that...)
-Auxiliary lights. When there is no traffic, we often used the auxiliary lights and the difference is day and night - literally.
-Maggiolina Roof Top Tent
-Rear drawer system from Adventure Trailer
-Larger and Auxiliary fuel tanks. I always like the safety of having enough fuel available and be able to fill up when it's cheaper.
-In Dash DVD player. It was really cool to watch movie and have a cold beer when we got stuck in traffic not moving for 5 hours in Guatemala. The latest movies are widely available around here for $1 each...I guess I am getting old.
-power seats and lumbar support. Not really a modification as it came from the factory...but I don't think I have never been in another car for 14 hours a day and still feel relaxed.
Modifications that we will be doing:
And a couple issues I need to look into after 8000 miles on this trip and 230000 total...
-intermittent rear left door power lock
-slight oil consumption and short "ping" under heavy load for a couple second (for instance while carrying the bike up steep hills). Not sure if they are related, or if it's the fuel, or something else.
-the driver side mirror clips are broken.
Other than that the truck has been flawless and I am really excited to keep driving it down in South America (or elsewhere...)
I have an 80 with similar miles and notice a slight ping (or that is what I beleive it is) under load and at higher ambient temps, similar to the manner in which you describe. I switched from 87 octane to 89 octane and it went away. It could be do to carbon build up in the system, not exactly sure yet.
BTW...love your 80 and am enjoying your blog!
Expedition Vehicle in the works...97' FZJ80 40th Anniv.y Ed. #4647 - 268K - UnLocked -CDL Switch/7-pin mod - Gen II LT MAF - ScanGauge II - OME 861/862 OME NCS F/R & OME SS - 255/75R17 Michelin X Terrain on 17" FJ Cruiser Steel
Carbon build up can cause the pinging. Seafoam sucked into the intake through a vacum line can help. The best bang for buck mod to prevent future build up is to add a catch can in the pcv line between valve cover and throttle body. I've had one on the 80 for 4 years. Amazing how clean the intake stays.
Christian, I look forward to your arrival in Colombia. You can count on iguana 4x4 for any service or modification for your truck, plus I have some interesting places to show you around!
Here it is - $100 including shipping:
We bought this expecting to be really cheap and that we would have to weld it along the way. It has held up very well so far - better than expected, although we have not done any serious off road.