Upgrading 80 series LC to tow 3500kgs NSW rego

Submitted: Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 05:51
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Does anyone know how to go about to have a 1992 80 series turbo diesel Landcruiser certified to legally tow 3500kgs . The vehicle is NSW registered.
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Reply By: Bushtracker - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 17:33

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 17:33
Been done a number of times, call Peter at Bushtracker for the Engineering Contacts.. Or email us here at Bushtracker. I don't know that it is appropriate to post them here on the Public Forum...

Regards from the Ranger...
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Reply By: Bushtracker - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 19:55

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 19:55
Sydney Show is on, skeleton Staff, went and dug it up myself and just sent it to you by Mem Message.... One in NSW, one in Qld...

Regards, the Ranger....
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Reply By: dagsy - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 07:02

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 07:02
Had mine upgraded in Victoria not too many problems the only problem I see with a 92 model is the small brakes mine was a 96 which has the larger brakes the same as the 09/96 which is when they upgraded to 3500 kg
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Reply By: Bushtracker - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 02:09

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 02:09
You know, on second thought, I might advise getting the later model 97 and on, putting all the toys on it from the earlier one, and selling it...

Might be cheaper and easier in the long run than upgrading the earlier one unless it was an exceptional vehicle for some reason... The Cruisers from 97 have the 3500kg capacity already.... Something to think about..

Regards, Ranger
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Reply By: dagsy - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 07:42

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 07:42
As I said 09/96 was rated at 3500 kgs nothing changed from 09/92 except for the 24 valve turbo diesel in 95 otherwise everything is the same a good engineer would have no problem updating a 09/92 on wards why trade a very good truck when you don't have to 97 models are in very short supply and no different.

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Follow Up By: Bushtracker - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 19:58

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 19:58
I was not inferring that the 92 was not a good vehicle, only to consider the economic implications... I was in on this back in the 90's when it just started. It cost $500 for the Engineering Certification, and about $3000 in suspension upgrades, springs, three point greaseable shackles, that sort of stuff to upgrade the GVM and tow capacity on my 75 Series... Then you have to upgrade the hitch as well, it can be an expensive effort... In those days I did not have a choice, but now there is the alternative to consider...

I only wanted to make the point that if they start talking about upgrading the brakes, suspension, and such; it might be cheaper to look for the upgrade on vehicle rather than over capitalizing on the older one. There is an economic side of this, to consider, the "cost effectiveness"... If it was going to amount to much, I only wanted to open the door to having him look around a bit for a later model...

Cheers, stg
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Follow Up By: Funchy - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 02:56

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 02:56
Thanks for you input. My 80 series is a 12/92 model with 16" wheels and the brakes are the same as the 3500kg rated one. I have had it since new and as it has only done 130,000klms I am reluctant to part with it. I realise I have been towing illegally and it is time to rectify that. I had it fitted with 22mm dia rear springs and upgraded front ones and the van sits dead level. I also fitted an intercooler and 3'' exhaust and it has towed my 20ft Bustracker perfectly all over OZ including most of Central OZ's rough stuff.
I sorced an Automotive Engineer who is NSW RTA certified here in Sydney and we are giving it a shot at getting it rerated to 3500kgs.I appreciate you help and hope to be in contact again.
Regards Graham
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Reply By: TroopyTracker - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 03:57

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 03:57
I went through this last year and it was a bit of a drama. The engineer's that BT gave me the details of had gotten out of it so I started contacting some of the six wheeler conversion type companies till we found a helpful engineer-some can't be bothered.

Still had to fight with Toyota to get simple part no's to prove there is no difference between out vehicle and a post 9/96. Got it sorted eventually costing about $200 as we did all the running around, the engineer just had to right a letter.(plus a case of beer for the Toyota guy who helped us spending lots of time getting part no's etc)

Would agree with Steve though on this one, you should consider the cost as I'm almost certain that your 92 80 series has different brakes to the newer ones. By the time you change them over, with all the hassle, it might be worth upgrading vehicle?

Another thing, you're in NSW, if any states going to be a pain they will be.

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Follow Up By: dagsy - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 21:37

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 21:37
I done almost the same as you got all the part numbers and went to an engineer with a 3500kgs 80 series and my own 06/96 2500kgs model as a comparison even the HR tow bar was the same part number end of story it cost me $380 submitted the paper to vicroads and my insurance company with no problems.
The 80 series brakes were updated to the larger type in Sept 1992 there were no other mechanical changes until the 100 series.

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