Depends on what you want to do with your rig. If you are focusing on highway driving with it, then I agree that 5th would be nice. If you are typically in town or off road, then no, a 5th gear isn't necessary. I don't want 5th in mine, so no, not all 40 drivers want 5th.
Welcome to the world of slow. LC's are by no means race cars. You have several options as mentioned above done 10,000,000 times buy 10,000,000 people. Read up and educate yourself.
There are many ways to get an overdrive: bigger tires, change ring and pinion ratios, buy the LC 5 speed and a spilt case, go with an automatic transmission w/ overdrive such as the 700R4 and fab, fab, fab.
Do a search...been covered to death in every form of media available including Toyota Trails, Land Cruiser Mailing List, I8HMUD, POR and I'm sure 500+ others. Search for "H55F"
Be ready to spend some money. I understand the H55F is like $2K and that doesn't include the spilt transfercase, figuring out what to do with the parking brake that wil be removed, drive shafts, custom mounts, it goes on and on and on and on.
Welcome and read up!
PS: Word to the wise....some LC owners will get offended when you call your truck a 'car'. Oh, and make sure your bezel is not upsidedown!
Well, nobody is answering the question. I don't know either, but I don't recall ever reading about anyone doing this swap, which makes me think it maybe isn't worth the trouble. (I read everything I could find about Chevy drivetrains in Cruisers, but I didn't actively search for other Toyota tranny options.)
Given the number of Toyota trucks on the road, someone somewhere must have done this swap!
I think they are around 30 anyway. I would like this gear, as I do a lot of driving to and from work, and my work can take me anywhere, normally to large blocks of land. To get there is a bit of highway, and then rocky roads.
So I guess I do both.
I might get new tires. I was talking to a mate today about it, and he said that the Hilxu gearbox's are reknown for dying. Maybe new tires are the go.