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My 2003 GX470

Discussion in '120-Series Toyotas' started by DanKunz, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. DanKunz

    DanKunz

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    *Edited 6/13/2016*

    I recently purchased a very nice GX470 from some local folks that literally treated it as a child. I was happy to see a full service history, including a new cooling system (radiator), all interval maintenance done, etc. When I got her she was bone stock.

    I started feeling the itch for wheeling again, so I was searching around. I saw Lexwoody, BonnerBB, etc. and their iterations of lifts, tires, mods, etc. and my hopes lifted. I bought this truck because it is a Prado underneath.

    Updated:

    Complete:
    2 x Total Chaos UCAs
    2 x Icon Extended Travel Coilovers
    2 x Total Chaos 2" LCAs
    2 x MetalTech4x4 spindle gussets
    4.56 gears front and rear
    ARB compressor
    ARB front and rear lockers
    antirock sway bar (rear)
    3/8" front bump stop extensions (stops the rub on the inner liner)
    Welded in Total Chaos beefy cam tabs.
    2 x 3" Icon Overland Springs
    2 x rear MetalTech4x4 upper and lower long travel controls arms
    2 x rear FJ upper spring cups (GX does not have spring cups or perches)
    2 x custom fabbed lower spring perches/ramps for rear axle
    1 set ASFIR Prado 120 series aluminum skid plates (front, t-case, belly/gas)
    FOURTREKs protective washers to the skid bolts
    5 x 34x10.50R17 BFG AT KO2
    1 x Iron Man Prado front commercial deluxe bar
    1 x Iron Man Prado snorkel
    1 x Iron Man 12000 winch
    1 x Icon Panhard rod
    2 x Metal Tech 4x4 rear brake line extension
    1 x full LED kit from PFRAN LEDs
    1 x ipadholdr.com GX470 mount and iPad holder
    Custom Alpine/JL audio stereo with Ipad integration
    1 x extreme air C02 tank
    1 x Iron Man 4x4 fridge/freezer combo with 10 gauge hard wired and fused power
    Full ECB performance brakes
    Remove flares and bed line flare pattern, clearance fenders as well
    Added 21" light bar to front bumper

    Mod wiring to allow light bar to run on OEM fog switch independent of headlight status
    ACC custom rear bumper with swing out tire carrier
    Reconfigure front bumper to match new body line with no flares

    Method Wheels -12 offset 4.5 backspacing
    290A HO alternator
    Deep Cycle Sears battery
    2g cables from alternator to battery
    bluepitbearing wheel bearing update
    ARB power system for the fridge (screw in plug)

    Full EBC slotted rotors and yellowstuff pads


    To do:
    Major saving for SAS and diesel swap



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    That looks great! Thanks for sharing (what you're able to).

    Justin
     
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    Sounds so top secret you magazine article!

    When does phase 1 start? What about phase 2? When does phase 7 start? I'm most looking forward to phase 19!!!!
     
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    *golfclap*
     
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    Nice looking ride!! What kind of tires are those? Did you replace the air suspension with coil springs and OME shocks? What type? My wife has a 2006 and I'm thinking if/when the air suspension goes out to replace it with coils/OME shocks.
     
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    I did not use OME. I replaced the airbags, this was not a small project. I used Iron Man 4x4.

    Those are Goodyear Duratracs, 285/75/17, which are just shy of 34"
     
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    Cool to see someone use something other than OME (not considering coilovers). Looking forward to the build as I'm slowing building my GX as well.
     
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    Who carries Iron Man products in the US and what shock/coils model#'s did you use? I love the way it came out and would love to do the same.

    Thanks!
     
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    I will share a lot more detail when I get it back. I want to actually wheel it and approve of the performance before I chat it up too much :)
     
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    [​IMG]Just got it home. Rides amazing, looks amazing. I am really glad I opted for the completely custom sliders vs. trying to make something else fit.
     
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    That looks great!! Nice job. Don't forget to post the shocks and coils after you wheel it.
     
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    Yep! We go next weekend and the weekend after that. I will share a whole lot more then. This is a full replacement with real coils and shocks all around...including completely fabricating the rear spring system. It also has a full skid plate system made of aluminum and some really amazing one of a kind sliders with some MAJOR beef to them.
     
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    Man, I really need to start building up my GX as well! I've been putting much time into my FJ80 and the GX has been neglected all week.
     
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    Phase II for the GX will be even better...front bumper, dual batteries, winch, snorkel, and some other odds and ends. Just have to save up!
     
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    Looks good. What did you use for the front lift? Links to the products you have used would be cool.
     
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    I replaced the front coils and shocks with Iron Man 4x4. The front upper control arms are Total Chaos.
     
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    Looking good. Maybe I missed it but, are the full aluminum protection IronMan 4x4 as well?
     
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    Skids are ASFIR
     
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    Looks great Dan and look forward to seeing it on the trail.