Hiace Hobo — Living in a Toyota Camper Van: Toyota Hiace Super Custom…

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Hiace Super Custom 4WD 2 suspension lift mod / wheel mod | Blood Red Off Road

As part of the van for my Euro adventure, it was time to do the dreamt of suspension lift to the and to fit bigger, more aggressive off wheels and tyres — would greatly increase the capability of the truck, and mean I can get anywhere without getting and enjoy more inaccessible and terrain with greater clearance under the axles and

I headed down to see Dave at in Brighouse North Yorkshire to get the job From a previous visit, we had that the rear shackle would need to be replaced, so had up a replacement set in advance. (As the vehicle was years old, the original and pins could not be removed as were seized together.) begin this mod unless you already got a replacement set on standby.

Here’s a view of the original shackles, with the rear removed..

The first thing to do was to get the pins out and clean up the mounting ready to receive the new bushings and shackles. Not only did this a lot of grinding and cutting in areas poor access, but also the rubber bushings had to be burnt out a blow torch — a time consuming process to say the Heres Dave getting to cutting off the original pins..

The stage of the build was in fabricating new shackles with which to the 2 inch lift at the rear of the These shackles are not common the Hilux or other Toyotas so had to be made to measure. Spraying up the made shackles..

Dave fitting the extended to the mounting points on the van after the new bushings..

Following this, it was to lift the front end. On the this is achieved by cranking up the bars to achieve the desired This can’t be overdone as the suspension arms must be to move in both directions so don’t top out over rises in the surface.

It was a busy days getting to this stage so we to call it a day and start again in the My van was still up on the ramps, so there was no but to sleep in the van right there in the It turned out to be a very quiet inside the old building, and the guys refrained from telling me the stories until the next Any spooky sounds during the I it down to the cats if seen around during the day, and I had a nights sleep.

Next morning, now that the had been equalised with the of the van, the next job was to modify the wheel arches to fit the tyres. We had decided to go for the biggest tyres to fit on the van, so as to get as much ground as we could, then the tyres be downsized if there were on the steering and bodywork clearance. beginning to cut the wheel arches..

much adjustment and metal the front arches looked this..

I got to work repainting the areas under the arches, Dave worked on the other of the van. After much and error, he had achieved the maximum for the tyres whilst steering on this vehicle. The mud-flaps now be fitted. The max size wheels and fitted were 245/70/16 on 8 The van now looked like this..

Wheel spin up on the moors.

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On afternoon, Robbie and I set off to off-road the new set-up up on the moors. Here’s a we shot of the days driving..

As you can the van was now very capable off road. the track through the bracen would have been before the mods, as there some rocks and the surface was and slippery. The original tyres have dug in and spun even in The ground clearance was now excellent on the tracks too.

There some issues though most obviously, the side door only opened a foot before it hit the rear There were clearance between the front tyres and the arches when on about I would have to reach compromise with my wheels and to overcome these things.

I took a run down to JCS 4×4 Tyres in Stapleford on my way south to a solution. Charlie stocks a range of off road tyres B F Goodrich, Cooper, General, Kumo among others.

trying out a few combinations of wheel and sizes se ended up with the compromise — B F Goodrich Mud 225/75/16 on 7 steel rims 0 offset. The door now opens there are no clearance issues, the are quieter, no mud sprays up the side of the and it looks great with a bit arch above the wheel. compromise. It would also be to fit a 235/70/16 on an alloy 7 rim with a +10 to get the clearance for the door if you’re

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