Toyota 200 Series

Submitted: Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 04:53
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I am thinking of buying a new 200 series Altitude Land Cruiser, as we are planning a trip with our 20 foot Bushtracker.
I have been reading the BT forums as i am a bit concerned about the weight of the van as we have a 2007 model flat tray which is a bit rough to ride in with the van .
It has airbags. I would like some feedback if i need to do any alterations on the suspension of the 200 series, airbags etc. and will i need to put different tyres on it as we plan to go off road.

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Reply By: The Hob - Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 18:33

Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 18:33
I got a suspension upgrade and air bags on mine but now consider the air bags as not required. (never use them)

If you upgrade suspension with a small lift remember to adjust the hitch height as the hitch comes from the bumper bar not under it.

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Follow Up By: The Hob - Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 18:35

Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 18:35
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This site should help give you ideas.

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Reply By: Freewheelers - Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 20:34

Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 20:34
do you mean new ,new or new to you
if new to you ie second hand make sure its manufacture date is sept 2009 or later as they did a big upgrade then & got rid of a lot of the bugs & added a few extras
we have a 6/10 lc with arb 400 kg upgrade supension still a good ride
dont need airbags
we have a 20 ft van ball weight 260 kg
tires are interesting as the lc has a r rated tyre (210 k p h ) & technically you need to match this (hard in offroad tyres) or get a dispensation from your insurance co fo a lesser rated tyre

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Reply By: Uncle Buck - Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 02:40

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 02:40
I also have a LC200 diesel new May 2011 pulling a 20’ BT which goes close to the 3.5 tonne max. Was advised by Steve (BTi) to have ARB 400kg OME spring and shock replacement + air bag inside rear springs. Went to ARB who recommended 200kg as enough. The wife used to smooth ride and she would not like the sharpness of the 400kg and also to give the air bag a miss unless really need and add later. Only lifts about 2.5 cm. We are irregular travellers and can only get away when we take holidays so on the road all the time could be different. ARB St Peters (Sydney) offered to refit free of charge with 400kg springs after a few weeks of fitting the 200 kg system if we were not happy. Was told the shocks are the same valving whether 200 or 400 kg. We also had the spare relocated to the rear bumper (right) on a Kaymar swing arm which is fitted to the original bumper bar and the 38 L sub tank was flicked for a Long ranger 180 L unit which took up the space of the old sub tank and the spare (total fuel now 273 Litres). Also added a TJM alloy winch bar which is supposed to be strong enough for a winch but we don’t think we need a winch. The bar looks very smart with fog lamp inserts. We are very happy with the result after about 4000Klms mainly black top, but being on the road and off road more often than not may justify the 400Kg springs. Alans comments regarding hitch height are relevant. You may need to mount the hitch on top of the van plate and try to avoid those crazy extra long hitches. I bought one, bottomed it out a couple of times then relocated the hitch to the top of the plate and had the 10” hitch cut down. You need the 10” long bar to clear the tailgate. Otherwise it could foul the tailgate when opened. I am also running a Eze lift WDH with a 6000Kg Mc Hitch.

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Reply By: Bushtucker Man - Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 20:15

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 20:15
Hi Boots,

We have a 2008, 200 series which I got fitted out with 200kg constant coils and new sport shocks by ARB at Moorebank, this lifted the front 50mm, rear 60mm and have 150mm HRWDH with the AT35 fitted under the draw bar and haven't had any problems in the 3 years since fitting. I am using BFG AT's, 265/70/17 tyres for our travels and change to the original Dunlops when in Sydney.

During that time we have been around the block with lots of detours in and out on bitumen, gravel / dirt roads and tracks without any problems. The BT sits 2/3cm lower at the front than rear which is what Steve (BTi) reccommends.

Were towing a 20'er which is generally right on 3.5T's and have averaged very close to 21lts / 100k's since March 2008.

Cheers and happy travels.
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Follow Up By: Bushtucker Man - Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 20:23

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 20:23
Take no notice of the photo I need to change it, that was our 1st 16' BT and 100 series taken in 2006 at the Chambers Pillar camp ground.
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