80 Series Upgrade Information

So you bought an 80 Series Landcruiser...

Every customer has different needs and a different end goal. That being said, I have attempted to give 80 Series Landcruiser owners some insight to some of the more common and popular upgrades. These upgrades are not as much aesthetic improvements, but rather real world modifications that can make your vehicle based exploring and wheeling trips even more enjoyable.

Typical Modification Priority List Overview:
1. Suspension
2. Protection
3. Engine & Drivetrain Modifications & Accessories
    Axle & Differential Upgrades
        Axle & Drive Shafts
4. Accessories
   Auxiliary Lighting
        Headlight Upgrades
        Additional Lights
        Basic Recovery Gear
        Winch Recovery Gear
   On-Board Utilities
        Hot Water (Shower Systems)
        Welder Systems
        Dual Battery Systems & Solar Charging Setups 
   Roof Top
        Cargo Racks
        Rooftop Tents & Awnings
        Freezer/Fridge Units

1. Suspension
The 80 Series Landcruisers is very capable in the stock form, however the addition of a suspension lift will go a long way to further its offroad capability. The coil spring system setup makes for a rather easy to upgrade suspension. Lifts ranging from 1" - 4" can be installed for well under a $1000 and include all of the necessary upgrades. Suspension setups in excess of 4" are available, however the amount of needed modifications and additional parts vastly increases from the 1" - 4" systems. Options can be seen here: http://www.cruiseroutfitters.com/sus_80series.html

2. Protection:

Front Bumper:
The large size of the 80 Series leaves it fairly susceptible to body damage. By adding a front bumper, one can not only protect the body but also allow future mounting of a winch. The bumper will also allow mounting of additional lighting and antennas. The ARB bumpers are available in both the Winchbar and non winch varieties and are one of the most popular options on the market due to their excellent construction, finish, durability and styling. Options can be seen here: http://www.cruiseroutfitters.com/acc_ARBbullbars.html

The long wheelbase of the 80 Series is very advantageous for numerous reasons, but it also results in a poor break over angle. Sliders will not only allow you to "slide" over rocks & obstacles, but they will also help to protect your rocker panels, doors, etc. Other considerations include incorporating steps, fender flare protection, side bars, catalytic converter & exhaust protection, etc. While pre-fabricated bolt-on sliders are commercially available, many prefer a custom installation tailored to their needs. Prices range from $500 - $1000 depending on style, material, finish coatings, etc.

Rear Bumper:

3. Engine & Drivetrain Modifications & Accessories

The Safari Snorkel is regarded as one of the most popular 80 Series upgrades. Giving your vehicle the ability to ford deep water crossings and providing your motor with cooler, cleaner air are major incentives. The downside is drilling a number of holes in your fender. Waterproofing you rig does not end with a snorkel install, realistically you should also waterproof your axles and gearboxes, along with any other water sensitive systems (computers, compressors, etc.) on your vehicle. Snorkels can be seen here:

Axle & Differential Upgrades:

Lockers: If your 80 Series is not equipped with the OEM electric lockers, you may consider the addition of a locking differential in your axles. There are several locker options available for the front or rear axle of the 80 Series, ranging in price from ~$250 - $750 per axle. 

Gearing: With the addition of larger tires and the desire for better crawl ratios, one may consider regearing the axles of the vehicle. Ratios from 4.56 - 5.29 are commonly available for the 80 Series. Gearing information can be found here: http://www.cruiseroutfitters.com/lockers.html

Axles & Drive Shafts: As 80 Series see more demanding terrain, the stock axles and drive shafts can become weak links. Aftermarket upgrades are commonly available, though this is only commonly done on vehicles running much larger tires and extremely difficult trails.

4. Accessories
Recovery Gear: (see Recovery Gear Tech)

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