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Test Drove an HDJ-81 5-Speed Today

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by Ocelot, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. Ocelot

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    All I can say is wow... such a sweet truck. I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on one. Woulda bought this one but it doesn't have FR/RR lockers and its not in the greatest of condition. Probably would have bought it if it had the FR/RR lockers though.

    The 1HD-T pulls hard and has good low end grunt, and the 5-speed is easy to drive. As everyone said here when I first joined the board RHD is a non issue... I totally forgot I was driving a RHD within about 10 seconds.

    Rode really nicely, it had adjustable shocks that were in the softest setting when I drove it. Has a lift kit but I was unable to determine the make, same goes for the front bumper.

    Of course I'm sure you all want to see pics, so here are a few to get you started:

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  2. Rigpig

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    Hey, that's my buddy Josh's truck over at Granville, did you get to chat with him?. Yeah that truck hauls, totaly fun to drive, got to take it for a rip when i got back into town.
    Too bad about the lockers.
    Cheers
     
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    Very nice, any more pics??

    I like the clear lights all round, are they factory or aftermarket? anyone have any info on them??

    Sam :)
     
  4. Ocelot

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    Yeah I got to chat with both him and Phil... Great guys... as I said I would have bought it if it had the Front/Rear lockers. I love how it drives though, a real blast.

    Those are aftermarket clears on the front and side turn signals... and I believe the rear tail lights as well. I would PM lx_treme if you are interested in getting some

    Edit: I'll upload the rest of the pictures tomorrow
     
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    Wheels

    Just curious - what's up with all the JDM trucks and those ugly little wooden steering wheels (and often times, shifter knobs)?!!!!
     
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    Amen...looks like the helm of a luxury yacht did the nasty with a Toyota dashboard.
     
  7. Ocelot

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    Yeah I dont know... this is the second JDM 81 that I've seen with that steering wheel... ugh. It also had some stylin flower pattern drapes on the very rear windows [​IMG]
     
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    And the lovely pedal plates...

    Fong...Fong...Fong...

    That truck is relatively clean as far as fong goes...

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  9. Ocelot

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    Ugh if thats clean I'd hate to see unclean ;)

    Here are the rest of the pictures... nothing to spectacular:

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    Are they doing the BEB's as a precausion?

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  11. Ocelot

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    They dont know much about Land Cruisers, they normally import cars, so they had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned it. I would have forced them to do it if I was buying, but I suspect if the person buying it doesn't know much about cruisers it wont get done.
     
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    This maybe a stupid question but does the retract button on the side mirror control automatically fold in the Mirrors? If so that's awesome.
     
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    What mean 350 kgms .. ? Load .?
     
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    I have not had the good luck to change out 1HD-T BEBs while still in the truck, only set I did was on the engine stand.

    Should be fun..........


    11 days and counting until my 81 hits the dock, factory lockers and auto.


    Hmmm, might have to bring in a bunch of OME 80 series kits, who wants one???



    Ooooops, sorry for the thread hi jack.
     
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    I was trying to figure that out myself, which is why I grabbed a picture of it... your guess is as good as mine.

    Yep thats for power folding mirrors... I didn't test it but I'm almost certain thats what it was for.

    Nice any pictures... what specs (mileage, options, etc)?

    Sign me up for OME J-Springs ;)
     
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    Offical load carrying capacity, the road tax is based on this.

    It is, they work fine in general. Good for parking. Common on cars here but alas not on the 70 series.

    Too many kms :)

    Several of the Japanese aftermarket springs are pretty good. Look for "Zeal" embossed on the springs of an 80 series, generally green coloured. They are good. Also "Keep Slant" is a good line.
     
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    Hmm the springs on that HDJ-81 were blue... any guesses as to that make?
     
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    oh they know about it. i have test driven the same truck. 2 weeks before you. the guy told me that you didn't need to replace the BEB if you used a special synthetic oil he had out back and would show me because differences in japanese fuels and oils cause the bearing problem. he was adamant that he had researched it on the internet.
     
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    Wow I guess the guy was just playing dumb with me... interesting. They had also told me that it had Front & Rear Diff Locks... which made it a piss off when I found out it didn't. Kinda wierd.
     
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    i would either have the seller do the bearings or have them done myself after the buy.
    i am making sure all the HDJ81s i have here and coming in are getting the BEBs replaced. probably not necesary on a rig with 58,000km but they are being done none the less.
    the mirrors fold in and i used them while i owned the one i drove quite often.
    if you were told frotn and rear lockers and it didn't have them (checked and offered after the truck was here and inspected) then i would go after traveling expenses and loss of time.
    if it was before the truck arrived then they might have been misinformed by their contacts in Japan.
    this is my feeling on the matter. nice looking rig though, seems very clean.
    cheers