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    I'm thinking about a Pioneer Platform rack at the moment but need to manage the height. Can you possibly tell me what the distance is from the roof of the car to the top of your platform rack? (excluding any other accessories on the rack)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt View Post
    I'm thinking about a Pioneer Platform rack at the moment but need to manage the height. Can you possibly tell me what the distance is from the roof of the car to the top of your platform rack? (excluding any other accessories on the rack)
    It averages about 100mm (the roof slopes down at the front, so its a bit more there.)
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    It is with some sadness and some excitement that I let you all know that I bit the bullet (again) and have ordered a PX2 Ranger XLT. It'll be coming to me in a similar state to the Prado - Bar work, Tyres, Snorkel, Suspension etc. It's getting that Norweld Tray and Canopy I mentioned in other posts (the photos are of my actual set-up):





    The Prado is getting traded in (for a decent price actually) at Etheridge Ford when the Ranger is ready - The tray and canopy are on a 10 day journey down from Cairns...Im expecting delivery either late next week or early the week after.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their help, whether it was personalised or just a tip I read somewhere...I will definitely miss the pradopoint family (I'll admit that the "newranger" community isnt quite the same, but, their advice is always handy for a new owner)
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    Wow, that's a change Spilsy.... Out of interest, I'm sure some other folk as well, I will interested in your experiences over the coming few months, comparing your experience with the Prado and then your new experiences with the Ranger...if you don't mind, a couple of brief posts would be of great interest.

    It will be a very different set up than the prado of course, and of further interest, how much do you expect the rear assembly you have ordered for the ranger will weigh?...and are the holes in the driver side front locker door purely for ventilation for the fridge?...wont that let water and dust in?....ah, ha, I just looked at the Norweld site....doggy ventilation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brogers View Post
    Wow, that's a change Spilsy.... Out of interest, I'm sure some other folk as well, I will interested in your experiences over the coming few months, comparing your experience with the Prado and then your new experiences with the Ranger...if you don't mind, a couple of brief posts would be of great interest.

    It will be a very different set up than the prado of course, and of further interest, how much do you expect the rear assembly you have ordered for the ranger will weigh?...and are the holes in the driver side front locker door purely for ventilation for the fridge?...wont that let water and dust in?....ah, ha, I just looked at the Norweld site....doggy ventilation.
    It is a bit of a change, yeah. I'll put together some comparisons to help others make informed choices in the future.

    The Tray and Canopy weigh 350kg. The tray is actually lighter than the factory tub, so theres a little saving there. Im getting +300kg leaf packs in the rear which should be able to take the extra weight - time will tell if I need the +600kg instead.

    Not yet sure if theres enough ventilation for the dog - wont know until I get the ute and test it out. There is ventilation around fridge, but only internal to the canopy.
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    You'll love the power of the Ranger compared to the Prado. I loved driving my cousins PX2 last week and was a bit sad to hop back in the gutless Prado.
    Can only imagine what a tuned one goes like.

    I'll have to keep an eye out for the modded Ranger whenever I'm in Benalla.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBJET View Post
    You'll love the power of the Ranger compared to the Prado. I loved driving my cousins PX2 last week and was a bit sad to hop back in the gutless Prado.
    Can only imagine what a tuned one goes like.

    I'll have to keep an eye out for the modded Ranger whenever I'm in Benalla.
    I'll be sapping some of the power out with the extra load on the back...
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    So, as promised here comes a bit of a Ranger write up.

    My build up thread is HERE for anyone who wants to read it - if the forum's visitor permissions permit...
    The forum functionality isnt as good as PP. The content is pretty good, but the software running it isnt as good as vBulletin.

    The very first thing I noticed hopping into my new Ranger was...the quality of the plastics. Unlike the plush dash and window sills of the Prado, the Ranger has hard scratchy plastics. Which is both strange and expected. Strange as the trim around the power window switches is leather (or a version thereof), as is the steering weel. Expected as it is a commercial vehicle in the end.

    The next was the tech. This thing far out does the Prado in terms of wizardry. I have Sat Nav, Adaptive Cruise, Front and Rear parking sensors, lane keeping aid, pre-collision assist (which primes the brakes ahead of a collision), a decent stereo, tyre pressue warning, and an electric speed limiter. I love technology, I am, however, wary of it failing - for some reason, last night the adaptive cruise didnt want to work, and it wouldnt let me use normal cruise...

    The seats are as comfy as the Prado - albeit a little narrower. The fabric is better than the Prado. The driving position is good, but the brake and throttle may be a little close together.

    POWER!!!! This thing, even with a 300kg canopy on the back, gets to 100km/h in about 2/3 of the time it took the Prado. It has a pretty dreadful lag at take off, but so do most big diesels. Its a torquey motor too, and you can feel it. Its thirsty, though, I can blame the canopy for that. Im averaging 13L/100km. The fuel tank is only 80L, which is annoying, they could have fitted a bigger one with ease!!!

    The ride is pretty good, not just for a ute, but in general. I'm sitting on an OME 2 inch lift (when i get the rear leaves fixed up). Its not as harsh as the Prado was, but still feels responsive and planted.

    Its quiet in the cabin, like really quiet, to the point that I couldnt tell the motor was running until the LCD screen with the tacho came up.

    The engine bay is cramped, really cramped. There is barely any free space - theres a bit between the fuse box and the firewall on the passenger size - I think this is where people put 2nd fuel filters etc.

    There are about 6 different terminals on the positive side of the battery, so you know its electronically controlled. The smart charging system means you cannot connect anything to the negative post of the battery, nor can you jump start from the negative. All new negatives go to the body/chassis. Thankfully for me, the canopy conducts to the chassis, so it is a big negative post!!

    The canopy is fantastic. Big(ish) dog box on the drivers side, 80L MSA drop slide on the passenger side, and about a metre of free open space across the back.

    Im still working on where to put my 2nd battery, but I have a Redarc BCDC 1220 IGN for charging and the fuse block from the Prado. Norweld provide a panel to install all of the electrics onto.

    This is an example:
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    Well, thats about it for now - any questions, ask away...

    Too - The Prado is for sale HERE

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    Like I said earlier, after driving my cousins new Ranger and how nice and powerful it is compared to the Prado I think it will be at the top of my list of next vehicle to purchase and will probably set up almost identical to yours with the canopy.
    Love the idea of it as I'm sick of wrecking the back of the Prado.

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    Well done mate. Honestly the Prado needs an update, a real update. It is way behind the times now. A ute with a canopy is by far the best setup in my opinion. You can set them out so well.

    Unfortunately due to my health all utes on the market result in a trigger to my health issues, otherwise PXII ranger would have been my pick too. New hilux is also a major major let down...

    All the best mate, great setup. Norweld are exceptional quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vxcruiser08 View Post
    Well done mate. Honestly the Prado needs an update, a real update. It is way behind the times now. A ute with a canopy is by far the best setup in my opinion. You can set them out so well.

    Unfortunately due to my health all utes on the market result in a trigger to my health issues, otherwise PXII ranger would have been my pick too. New hilux is also a major major let down...

    All the best mate, great setup. Norweld are exceptional quality.
    Cheers! The Prado did everything I asked of it, so I cant really fault it, but you're right, at that end of the market, you could expect a few extra bits and pieces.
    I can only assume that you're referring to the ride in the utes, or sarcasm...WRT your health...?
    The hilux was nowhere near as well equipped and lacked the up and go of the Ranger, so it lost out.
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    Well thats a relief!

    Over the last couple of days I've read all 28 pages of this topic, making careful notes as i went. Why?

    I've been looking at Prado's for a few months for use as a tourer and high country trips. A used one made a lot more sense to me because the new cost was a bridge too far. Renowned reliability was reassuring, so Prado's with 40-100k it was. My research took me here amongst other places, both researching possible issues to look for and dreaming about upgrades.

    Last weekend I went looking and came across one at Etheridge Ford in Ringwood. It was White, had a bullbar, AT's lift, rack and a CB. The first five mods I was planning. All were the right stuff too, plus a few others. A look through the log book was reassuring. The price was right. We offered subject to a mechanical inspection.

    I came back here, looking once more for pitfalls to point out to the mechanic for tomorrows inspection. And here I stumbled. Its a relief because Spilsy's attention to detail is obvious and that's a massive confidence booster.

    So, all going to plan and subject to the fine tooth comb, Spilsy's well loved Prado gets its new lease on life with me.

    Cheers for all your posts and advice to one another. It's helped me immeasurably. Hopefully a new thread begins tomorrow (if it passes) and my triumphs and tragedies can keep the forum love going.

    Dave

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