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Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series Vehicle History 1989-1998

July 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Vehicle Heritage, Land Cruiser, Model 80 Series

 

The Path to Prestige

The concept of the 80 series was the combination of "Advanced" and "Top Quality" features at the highest level. However, the true reason why the 80 series gained worldwide attention was the fact that it able to maintain its original toughness of excellent off-road characteristics while being loyal to the above.

 

In 1989 regular minor changes were introduced, all in the direction of greater luxury, which led eventually to the evolutionary transformation of the ever-popular 60-series into the new 80-series.
At the time the 60-series was being driven more for leisure or family use, and as a town car, than as an off-road vehicle. Over time the demand increased for more fashionable and passenger car like characteristics.

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Toyota Landcruiser–Review of Suspension Bushes after driving 4000 Kms

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The Toyota Landcruiser (TLC) has covered 4000 Kms since the suspension bushes were changed in February ’12 at 1322xx Kms. The ODO now reads 1361xx Kms.
Now having driven the TLC for approx 4K kms, I’d say that I’m really happy with the way the ride quality of the vehicle has improved. Infact (strictly not a wise comparing though) I think the ride quality is even better than my 2 year old i10 that’s done 32K kms (all city driving). During this 4K kms the TLC did marshal duty for 3300 Kms in Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm storm which included driving 25%, off-road and very very bad roads, especially my drive from Delhi to Sardarsher.
Here is the update that I shared on a social network for the Delhi to Sardarsher route

 

Drove from Delhi to Sardarshahar took the following route
Delhi- Rohtak- Jhajjar- CharkhiDadri- Loharu- Pilani- RajGarh- TaraNagar- Sardarshahar
The road was bad from Loharu and we thought that after Pilani they might get a little better. But were wrong. If they were bad earlier they were very very and agaijn very pathetic after Pilani all the way upto Rajghar. It seems that only BITS, Pilani is good about this place. The only consolation was that there was little to no traffic. Just paid a bomb to get all the suspension bushes changed on my Landcruiser 😦 Worried whether it would hold.
After Rajghar the roads were a little better.
Would not advise anyone to travel on this route and I wouldn’t even if anyone paid me to do it.
Total distance from delhi apporox 370 Kms.

So all in all I’d say it was money well spent.
Other work that was done on the TLC at that time is as follows

  • The rear tyres were turned inside out and at the same time got the balancing /alignment done.
  • Topped up the GearBox oil
  • Changed the Rear Diff Oil
  • Normal Servicing (Oil /Oil Filter)
    • Normally I get the normal servicing done every 5K Kms but this time it was done in 4300 Kms as I was departing for a long 3.5K Kms trip. Hense I decided to do it beforehand.

During my drive though Gujrat and Rajasthan I faced the following issues with the vehicle

  • Head Lights
    • They used to switch on on their own, even when the switch was in OFF position
  • RPM Needle
    • The RPM needle started dancing , literally. Yes it started dancing to the beats of the stereo. Well not only the stereo but even when the headlamps were switched on the RPM needle used to come to zero on high beam and even on low beam, they used to drop significantly. 😦

Solutions to the above 2 issues

  • A faulty relay was the culprit in the FUSE BOX. This was the Toyota OEM Relay and not the after market ones that I’d put. This was promptly changed.
  • An earth grounding wire was the culprit in this case. This was the main cable that runs from the -ve terminal of the battery to the body panel. This too was promptly replaced.

At the same time the power window motor for the Rear Left door was replaced. The Rear Right power window along with the central locking motors (guns as the mechanic was referring it), key type,for all the doors will be attended too this weekend. And during the next week I am getting it serviced again as I am off to Mumbai and Goa (Annual vacation time ) in this month. Just finalised my Goa bookings. So the vehicle and its owner is ready for another trip of 4000-4500 Kms.
Will keep the thread updated.

Toyota Landcruiser- Uneven Tyre Wear -Suspension Bushes Changed

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

As per my last post (Read about it here) regarding the uneven tyre wear in the rear two tyres, after talking and consulting my friends and the workshop manager we concluded that the issue might be with the suspension bushes and we’d start with that. As I had no idea whether the suspension bushes were replaced in the last 13 years while it was with the previous owners and definitely it had not been done since I’ve had it, I decided to go ahead and start with changing the bushes.

Now the dilemma that came forward was whether to replace them with OEM Toyota Bushes or go for the after market available options. Initially I’d decided that I might go for the aftermarket available options but then I thought that I might never do hardcore off-roading with my vehicle as for me its primarily a long distance travel vehicle . Additionally the thing that scared me was that, if the problem were not sorted out by installing the aftermarket bushes and the tyres kept on wearing unevenly the workshop might say that, as I am not using OEM products and that can’t help me. At the same time the aftermarket vendors might say as I have not gone in for the complete suspension upgrade which might include the springs, shock absorber sets, etc etc they cant help me. Further more the complete suspension upgrade would have cost anything upwards of Rs.90K-100K and I was not in a mindset to spend that much amount at the present time. So finally last week I made the decision and sent the vehicle to the workshop to change the bushes with OEM ones.

Received the vehicle back on the 7th of February 2012. It was also found out that the Front Knuckle Left Side Stud was missing and they could not source it from their channel. So the left side stud was fabricated using the right side as a copy.

The initial impression is the vehicle has become very smooth especially over potholes and uneven roads. The uneven tyre were issue would have to wait untill the vehicle completes 10000 Kms, which would be done by the end of March 2012. In February I am off for the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm in Rajasthan and Gujarat in which I anticipate that the vehicle would cover 3500-4000 Kms. Then in March I am travelling with my family to Mumbai and Goa which would cover another 4000-4500 Kms. Will update the thread then. In the meantime I am turning the tyres inside out so that I can gauge if the tyres still wear out unevenly.

The Final Bill came to a total of Rs.32,207.00 including a labor of Rs.7,545.

The ODO meter now reads 132237 Kms

Some pictures of the old Bushes

 

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Toyota Landcruiser- Fuel Efficiency(FE) Update after the FIP Overhaul & Uneven Tyre Wear

December 24, 2011 3 comments

Post the Overhaul of the Fuel Injection Pump FIP and changing the Injection Nozzles I was eager to gauge the Fuel Efficiency (FE) of the vehicle. Since the Overhaul I have driven the vehicle for an approx distance of 2100 Kms which I think is a good measure for gauging the FE. I have measured the FE on a tank full to tank full basis. Further during this period I did a out station trip of 1062 KMs from Delhi- Jaipur-(off-roading 150kms) Sawai Madhopur- Delhi and the rest was 1 trip Del- Bhiwadi- Neemrana- Delhi (approx 300 Kms) 3 trips Delhi- Bhiwadi- Delhi (approx 190 KMS each) and rest local city driving.

  • On the Highway run (Jaipur & Sawai Madhopur) I was averaging speeds of 110-130 KMPH and did off-roading of 125-150 kms. This run gave me a FE of 7.96 KM/ Liter.
  • During the second round of driving I was averaging speeds of 80-90 KMPH and the TLC returned a FE of 9.95 KM/Liter.

Prior to the FIP overhaul the TLC was returning a FE of 7.00-7.50 KM/Liter with the best and worst being 8.35 and 6.90 KM/Liter. Therefore I think that the work has been satisfactorily done, but would still keep an eye out and would base my judgment once I’ve completed 5000 KMS post the overhaul.

Uneven Tyre wear

Another issue that has now cropped up is uneven tyre wear on the rear tyres. As can be seen from the enclosed pictures both the rear tyres are showing signs of uneven  wear, which is to say that the rear left has uneven wear on the Left and same for the rear right which is wearing off from the right hand side. I am clueless as to what this issue might be. Have asked around in my friend circle and also on some Toyota Landcruiser Forums. The latter attribute this to low tyre pressure. I generally keep the tyre pressure at 30PSI on all 4 and they say that it should be atleast 38 PSI. My friends and also the workshop manager at Lakozy Toyota attribute this to the suspension and particularly to the suspension bushes. Have got the alignment and balancing of the vehicle checked regularly. Still working out the cause of this problem and hope to find a solution soon. These tyres were bought by me IInd hand and the previous owner had used them for an approx of 5K kms and since then I’ve used them for 20K Kms. The manufacturing date on the tyres are 3rd quarter of 2009.

Hoping to find a solution soon.

Pictures

Rear Right Tyre

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Rear Right TyreIMG_20111217_115958

 

Rear Right Tyre

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Rear Left TyreIMG_20111217_120247

Landcruiser’s Diesel Fuel Injection Pump- Final Update

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Received the vehicle back from the workshop a couple of days back. the Fuel Injection Pump(FIP) has been overhauled and the Nozzles replaced.

The final bill came to a whooping Rs.40,120.00. I was expecting somewhere around 25K, however I had not anticipated the that the nozzles would be expensive. Along with the nozzles the next most expensive part is the FIP repair kit.

The feel and drive of the vehicle has definitely changed for the better and the smoke from the exhaust is also considerably less. I had done the tankful, and since then the vehicle has covered approximately 300 kms. Will do the next refill tomorrow and gauge the Fuel Efficiency.

 

Copy of the Invoice

129284 Lakozy Bill fuel Pump Overhaul & Nozzles Change Blog

Toyota Landcruiser – Major & Minor Maintenance Update(s) IV, V, VI & VII

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Post the previous service interval, I had taken the vehicle for an outstation trip to Tordi, Rajasthan for some dune bashing and off-road fun. This was a three day trip and the TLC performed remarkably well during the entire trip both on and off-road.

However there were some parts that conked off during/ after the trip and I had to replace them after I came back to Delhi. The following was the job done

110295 kms on November 22, 2010

Power Steering Pump replaced

Brake Master Cylinder replaced

Rear Differential Seal Replaced

Oil Pressure Switch (This was not working since the day I bought the vehicle)

Radiator Cap

Differential Oil

Power Steering Oil

Brake Oil

Grease

Washing

Labor Charge

Power Steering Change

Brake Master Cylinder Change

Differential Seal

Front Guard Setting

Washing

110295 kms 7591

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Finally completed 10000 Kms on the Cruiser

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment
1st 10000 kms finally done...

1st 10000 kms finally done…

Hey Guys,
I had to share this one fast. Sorry for the bad picture quality as it has been taken from my mobile phone camera.
My Cruiser has finally completed 10000 kilometers under my belt. After completing this small journey, I am still now sure whether I liked the Cruiser more when I bought it or whether I like it more now. This vehicle is growing on me and I’m simply loving…reminds me of the McDonalds tag line, but you can get a sense of the feeling
As I got the mechanical fuel pump re-calibrated, I’d taken the Cruiser for a test run to Karnal, Haryana. What was the reason for this, well? Well, I am taking the vehicle for the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm on this sunday 20th February 2011, so I wanted to check the vehicle for any faults, shortcomings, etc etc as if anything cropped up, I’d have time to sort it out.

Anyways more of that later, during this time the statistics of the vehicle are as under

Total no of Kilometers under the belt 10,132 Kms
I’ve owned the vehicle for 171 days
It has given me a Fuel Efficiency of 8.52 KM/ Liter
Total Value of Fuel Consumed Rs.45,686.90
Cost per Kilometer Rs.4.51 per Km
Total Fuel Consumed 1189.60 Liters
Average Cost of Fuel Rs.38.40 per Liter
Cheers
Harjeev

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