Slee — 80 Series Land Cruiser Newbie Guide

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Toyota Land cruiser 80

Newbie Guide

Information for new Toyota Land Cruiser 80 owner

As soon as the excitement of the starts to fade, the questions popping up. What modifications can I What are those 4 bolts on the bumper? etc etc.

This is intended as a quick read for new and will hopefully point in the right direction as far as obtaining help and support. This applies mostly to US based 80 (or Lexus LX 450’s) unless noted.

The information on this is a compilation of personal experience, from readers and knowledge from belonging to the 80 Series list. Details about list can be found at the following

This guide should not be as a do all, end all. Personal should still be taken for any or modification made based on the supplied on this list. does not guarantee the correctness of the or the content of this guide.


We get asked a lot to vehicles, or what should one for when evaluating a used Below is a list of items we at. Some are specific to the 80 Series Cruiser and some are generic.

is a good source for checking the history of the vehicle. However, the car was totaled even major might not show up. This is the case then a car was repaired for the owner. The following are some to look for in checking for accident

Signs of overspray on trim lights and inner fenders

and signs of repair work on fenders, core supports and of body

Check for VIN stickers in hood, tailgate. Late 80 Series had stickers attached to body panel.

Check panels with a magnet. If filler was used, the magnet stick in places.

Use Polaroid sun and look at the paint. Repainted will stand out, if they are metallic paint.

body lines and panel for alignment

Check A/B/C/D for overspray or signs of paint These are the normal placed the body shop will try to the paint if just one panel was

Check the overall shine of the on different panels.

Check for in the paint, or changes in texture. The paint is uniform and clean.

behind the rock panels, and tailgates for signs of repair.

the edges of body panels for masking marks or body

Check for marks on frame it might have been on a frame straightening machine

On vehicles where a lot of accessories added bad wiring can cause headaches.

Check all lights, interior lights and electrical for functionality

Check fuse box for wire taps or modifications

for blown fuses

Check of battery

Check for corrosion battery tray

If possible, dash panel below wheel or look underneath. is most often the spot accessories are installed. Check the of the installation and correct splicing of A rats nest is normally an that the work was not done

Check for additional wires were added to the positive on the battery. Check that were done properly, properly and fused properly.

underneath the back and along the rails to see if any trailer wiring was properly.


Indications the interior was kept clean and is normally a good indication of the owners attitude towards the Do not confuse a detailed interior one that was kept clean on a basis.

Check for scratches on plastic pieces.

Check condition of headliners, door panels and pieces.

Check under for dirt

Check the operation of the seat

Check the operation of all the controls, radio and other

Check interior lights

for mildew and water stains on

Drive Train

Check interface for antifreeze leaks.

outside of steering knuckles for oil Caked on dirt and grease is a indication that the inner seals has failed some ago and internal components could be or worn beyond service

Remove the square fill on the knuckle and take a sample of the If the grease is runny, it is also an that the differential oil is running the knuckle.

Check if radiator has replaced. This could be of overheating conditions previously.

if there are deposits in the coolant bottle. This could indicate deposits in the radiator.

for leaks underneath.

Check for uneven wear.

Check to for the same tread on all tires.

that all the tires are the same and size

Check condition of and if it is the correct wheel

Check if any train components have replaced. If so, try to determine why.

for vibrations during drive.

all fluids to see how dirty they Dirty fluids are an indication of neglect.

Run the engine at normal and check for unusual smells

for any unusual sounds

Check for of any emissions equipment that be removed.

Check exhaust for rust, holes and repairs

for blue or white smoke car accelerates.

Check the automatic shifts smoothly

Check the electric lockers engage by them on in low range and driving on a low surface

Apply the brakes at speeds and see if there is any fade, or if the pulls sideways.

Apply lightly and check for any vibrations the pedal

Turn the steering lock to lock and listed for any and/or roughness

Test the vehicle at highway speed and see if are any vibrations l


1.1 US models

The model of the 80 Series imported to the US was the model. This model was until 1992. 1993 saw the of the new 4.5 L motor. In 1995, the dash was to include airbags and this ran until 1997, which was the year of the 80 Series. Below is a of major specifications and changes were made.


major wagon body since the 1980 introduction of the 60

3FE 4.0L engine and A440F transmission held over the 62 series wagons.

Introduction of time, four wheel system.

Introduction of all coil for the wagons.

15 x 7 alloy wheels and unique to ’91-92 but the same as SR5 wheels

front disk / drum brakes with FF and SF rear axles

third row available for the first time

no available

no ABS brake system

no factory lockers available

Introduction of 16 wheels.

Rear changes to full floater disk brakes when with ABS

Also gets coupling HF2AV transfer versus

non-viscous HF2A case for drum braked (and fj80’s)

Introduction of 24 valve motor.

Front and Rear factory become an option.

Automatic — Electronic Controlled mechanical lockup converter

in 1993 the AC system changed R12 to R134. With the R12 systems the unit was in front of the battery and the R134 it moved to behind the Might have been in

The thickness of the drive plates on the hubs were increased April 1994 (build The new drive flange number is and the old one is 43421-60022. If you try to install an earlier into a later truck, you not be able to install the circlip on the end of the shaft.

Supercharger systems now for 1993-1994 models.

Front ABS are routed on the front control

Radiator is a 3 row brass core.

1996 saw the introduction of the Lexus Model.

Exhaust system from side by side converters to in-line converters. The also routes below the rail just behind the converters to avoid excessive on the passenger floor-boards.

Front changed from the word written across the front to the new symbol.

Headlight mounts are from 1991-1994 vs. 1995-1997 and not interchange.

Redesigned dash with airbags as standard

Headliner changed to two piece units.

Emission system on changes. Changed from a Air Pressure meter to a Mass Air meter. Certain plumbing was removed.

Supercharger Turbo available for 1995-1997 models.

ECU and truck became voluntary compatible. Fully compatible in models.

Wheel Lug nuts from conical to washer

Airbags become standard

transmission changes to the A343F. 95’s were produced the A442F. The transmission type is on the label on the driver door.

saw the introduction of the 40th Anniversary as well as the Collectors Series.

the rear swaybar brackets attach the bar to the frame were from a plate side attached to the side of the frame to a style that attached to the of the frame.

ABS wires on the front moved upward and no longer run the front control arm.

is a 2 row aluminum

40th Anniversary

Two Tone leather seats

symbol on center console.

Anniversary floor mats

Anniversary emblems

Black badging

Available in Sage and colors only

Auto control

Lexus LX450

Revised Audio System sub-woofer in the center console.

factory installed cell

Softer suspension.

Body on doors, fenders and tailgate.

bumper corner pieces are and the rear cross member is with a plastic trim Mud flaps are two-tone colored and not with an Toyota

Auto Control

Softer leather on and additional sound proofing.

is the weight of a built up 80 Series?

my FZJ-80 this afternoon: lbs. (3,018.18 kg). It had two tanks of gasoline, 5 x 315/75R16 MTRs, Slee sliders, rear bumper (no carriers), ARB bar with M12000 Warn dual-battery setup, TRD S/C, OME coils, and big box of tools. No passengers and Just me and my 210lb ass.

It was for the front, and 3,480lb at the rear Pretty decent weight — Drexx Laggui


2.1 Shaky mirrors

If the shakes are not too it can be remedied by tightening the screw is accessible from the underside of the If that does help, you have to disassemble the mirror to what the cause of the vibration black permatex adhesive to the on the mirror mounting plate can reduce vibrations.

2.2 Getting the mud off

After that drive through the mud and dirt, the and safest way to clean the underside of the is to use a garden sprinkler under the This will soak the mud and until it just falls In the end the truck will be clean and the dirty.

2.3 Removing the flares

For into heavy off-roading, or later the fender flares get damaged. These can be removed and the plugged with plastic or by a body shop. The workshop explains the procedure for removing

2.4 Mud flaps

If you do decide to remove the boards that dealers to have stuck on all US 80 Series, you need front mud flaps. can be purchased from the dealer, but be for sticker shock. Common is about $60-$80 a pair.

2.5 — Why you need them!

are needed when you expect to do a lot of water crossings. The snorkel drilling 1 large hole and a of smaller ones in the truck. It moves the air intake, which in the form is located in the passenger fender, to the roof line.

gains from the snorkels is debated, but this should not be the reason to install one.

2.6 are those 4 holes on the back

Firstly, the black piece the 4 holes (covered on Lexus is not actually the bumper but the rear member of the frame. The 4 bolt are another point of great These were put there by for attaching a pintle hook or ball. However in the US these are not for towing, and it is recommended to use a factory or receiver hitch that securely to the frame.

2.7 Trailer

If you already have a receiver you can purchase the Toyota OEM trailer harness from your dealer. This is a plug in Number 00526-60961

2.7 Front squirt water when you the rear window.

For those of you who with interest the thread on the little diverter valve to fix the washer problem — it

The part was waiting on me when I got from work today. I it was around $30 from James It’s special order, so he has to to get it, but that’s just an extra

The gizmo is part # 85321-60050 Washer. It is about the size of big toe and has a bracket integral to the design. It has one coming out of it (off the top center, 2 feet) that goes to the washer connection on the hood. On the it has two hose connections (bottom and rear side) along one electrical plug. It’s a matter of removing the bolt, the two hoses from the valve, the hose from the hood and it out of it’s connectors and it’s Took me all of 5 minutes.

When I to test it, I was amazed. My truck had (for me) washed the front about as much as it washed the window. Now there isn’t a of washer fluid on the front I wash the back. A truly thing from my perspective.

a cheap rascal, I will the old one apart and see if it could

be repaired. earlier reported trying without success, so I’m not it working. If it happens to, I’ll my success.

So if anyone else to get fluid back to the rear get this

subassembly installed and fix it right up.



3.1 Cracking seats

The leather seats do eventually. Applying a good from time to time help. The skins for the seats can be and replaced, but this is an expensive

3.2 Installing a CB

Option 1: Replace use regular single din stereo as to double din which is stock If using single din stereo mount below regular in extra space.

Option 2: a Uniden 510 or similar unit in the location. This can be done, but it is a fit. To get the CB to slide in all the way it might be to open it up and extend the antenna to outside the box. This allow a near flush

Option 3: Mount CB onto console sideways by driver.

4: Cobra all in the mic units can be installed the seat or under the center

3.3 Installing auxiliary CB speakers

dome light housings can be to accept small speakers. can then be mounted to the roof The transparent lens is then with cloth for a factory

3.4 Cup holders

1995-1997 models can a cup holder that replaces the cubby hole above the In addition aftermarket cup holders from some dealers. mount in a variety of locations and

3.5 Wiring front rear switch

The front and rear switch part number is The switch can be used to activate ARB locker) solenoids.

3.6 Installing a GPS

A good place to install GPS is to hang it from the overhead where the sunroof controls are An external antenna can be mounted on top of the or on the roof. More details.

3.7 Differential Lock Switch

The diff lock switch was on 1991/1992 80 Series Land With the introduction of the 1993 model with full axles (with disk the switch was omitted, however the harness is present. Adding switch will enable you to the center diff in high Removing an electrical plug on the case will also one control in low range.

3.8 R12 R134a

In 1993 the R12 in the AC system was replaced R134. The tell tale is that the dryer was moved in front of the battery tray to the bumper.

3.9 Rear Drawer

The first thing a lot of 80 Owners do is the rear 3rd row seats and replace with a storage system, is very handy for storing all the gear and those bits and that we need to take Some have a fridge fitted so that a 12v fridge can be safely and rolled out for access. The benefit of storing everything in is you still have a flat to use and if you add a bed extension behind the front you can have a bed measuring approx x 145cm. There are many types ranging from the do -it-yourself type utilizing tubs and MDF (fine particle to the zinc plated light steel or aluminum and sealed bearings. The upper market use the tie down points so that the can be replaced and no holes or damage is to the 80 and when fitted look of the factory design. — Barson

3.10 Aftermarket

After your factory CD player no longer ejects on a basis, will not read any or just plain stinks and you priced a factory replacement to catch your breath. is fairly straightforward. The Toyota Cruiser has in it’s wiring 3 plugs for the stereo. The one that the uses in the stock stereo not be utilized when installing an stereo but rather the other two be used. When purchasing stereo from your stereo shop purchase the Toyota wiring plug kit about $10-$15). This kit will use the other two plugs in the harness.

One major tip when installing an stereo is that you will to wire in a separate power not the factory one as it will pull too power from the engine bay that controls your alarm, interior lights,

clock, etc. Another do not hook up the lead to the power Many vehicles use power the head unit to power the the Land Cruiser does not separate switch on dash). aftermarket

stereos will instructions that will you how to use the stock Toyota stereo to mount the new stereo. I believe but not

checked that the stock on the harness that the factory wires into will the stock amp. The other two plugs do not power the stock amp losing some of the 8 speakers in the Mine sounds fine for now I replace speakers etc. The Toyota Land Cruiser is classified as a double Din..

I a single din stereo in my Land and used the left over to mount a CB radio. A double Din will take all the space in the without any left over. Erik Christiansen

3.12 for the front doors

4. Drive

4.1 Factory lockers

A common with front and rear lockers is that they engage. This can be overcome by the actuator, if indeed this is the it does not engage. See the rebuild for details.

It is possible to retrofit lockers to a non-lockered model. there are some welding and involved. Also you would the locker ECU, the harnesses and new shafts (or have them Typically it is not a cost effective but it can be done.

4.2 Aftermarket lockers

ARB Air is the only way to get total selectability if you r was not equipped with factory Air lockers can be installed for less than trying to retrofit lockers. It is also possible to use the oem and wire up the lights on the dash to similar to the stock setup.

4.3 to Part Time 4WD

Marks from Australia has a kit to convert trucks to part time With 1993-1997 models requires removing the viscous in the transfer case. You will loose your ABS in 2WD.

4.4 pad wear

Average wear on brake pads is about miles. 1997 front pads are made from a pad material and tend to last

4.5 Differential Gears — 4.1 vs.

The vehicles are equipped with ratio gears (1FZFE Standard tire size is If the tires are upgraded, then one ideally upgrade to lower Options are 4.56, 4.88 or There are a multitude of opinions on ratio is correct for what size. The ideal situation is to a truck equipped with the that you want to install.


5.1 Better ride without the

5.2 Larger Tires — and Con’s

5.3 Can I fit 35 tires

That when someone asks fitting 35 tires, they to specify their requirements, and in not just I want to go off-road are all kinds of off-roading. In the US, lately crawling has become a major off off-roading. For this 35 tires OME might not be enough. Rock requires maximum articulation maximum ground clearance. is an excellent article on what it requires to be a contender for the new Crawling Championships. The bottom is lately

35 tires are considered small.

is all good and well, and you can lift the enough to do this, either via or body lift spacers BUT you remember that you will drivability.

Now if you were into mud the 80, you might only do a body but then I am sure that not the Goodyear MT/R’s will be to get you through the bog.

This is why you get opinions on the list, due to the background and of wheeling people do. The guys in Oz (no experience but I do come from Africa) do 4-wheeling more as an type thing, where it is if you want to see the country. They say, yes it will fit, mostly they don’t try to rocks like a bunch of

So in short, yes you can mount 35 tires remember that not all 35 tires are 35, Super swampers are closer to size than BFG’s for with a OME 2 lift BUT:

crawling — you will rub but if this is occasional, you can lower the stops to keep them rubbing. Remember the quest for is to keep traction, however in a lot of (not the extreme) lockers get you through, even if you lift a Or you can install spacers and address issues.

Expedition type — Probably no problem, the bump stops or just when you do get to the obstacles and take it

In town driving — just be careful of the speed — Christo Slee

5.4 Why a relatively new suspension

5.5 Changing

5.6 Changing coil springs

5.7 steering damper

5.8 Adjusting the proportioning valve after a lift kit

Spent some under the truck last trying to figure out if there is an way to know how much you could the LSPV body to adjust the pressure after a lift. moving the end of the rod (the normal moves a rod 600 mm long. The point on the rod the LSPV actually contacts is 38 mm from the pivot. End result is the movement at the end of the rod is 1/15.75 of the movement at the

So, if you’ve lifted your 75mm (after allowing for etc.), you’d need to the LSPV body by 4.8mm to be in the

ballpark. You can adjust the end of the rod roughly +/- so you’d need to get the LSPV within +/- 0.38mm to be able to the final adjustment with the end of the

I hope that helps who’s going to do the lift. I I had thought about it before I everything around and lost a reference point. —

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