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    Hi Guys, after an absence of a few years I'm back in the Prado club with a '98 VX Grande. She has 300 000km up but is in really good nick & the Auto feels almost new. I had a new timing-belt & shockers fitted, then added a light-bar, reversing-cam, reversing light & UHF radio. Roof-bars & basket have been on to check fitment & off again (noisy & affect fuel-economy). About the only thing left to fix is the right-front stereo speaker, which is U.S.. Got to work out if it's the speaker or the wiring.

    Anyway, she goes really well & not TOO heavy on fuel. Not as good as the GXL we used to have but that was a manual. So been thinking about some extractors & tossing the standard mufflers for a straight-through job. Problem is that a set of extractors for the 90 go for around $750.00 plus fitting, plus the muffler work. Twice as much as the same thing for a 120, which is frustrating. Same story for stuff like nudge-bars too, btw.

    So, thoughts on whether it's worth it? I'm thinking that the $ might be better put towards a rear-locker-diff, as the old LSD doesn't appear to be doing much atm.
    Last edited by Esses; 09-10-2021, 06:44 PM.

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    Hi Esses,

    Have prado 1997 v6 3.4l Added Wildcat extractors about 5 years ago. Would suggest you use Pacemakers as they are mandrel bent if you go ahead (similar price).

    No big change in power etc.

    Would definitely do the rear diff locker first before any extractors. Also check out piggy back computer chips, before extractors.

    I have ARB air lockers front and rear. With hindsight would fit a Harrop Elocker to the rear only. Don't have to worry about compressor or having to purge oil going back up the air lines. Rear locker has got me everywhere short of very extreme situations. Often taking a new line got me through on the rear locker. Note Toyota front diffs note particularly strong. So front locker needs to be used with care to avoid $$. (imho).

    Hope that helps.

    Regards Bushtreka
    Prado 150D (2017) & Prado 90 V6 3.4L (1997)

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      Originally posted by Bushtreka View Post
      Hi Esses,

      Have prado 1997 v6 3.4l Added Wildcat extractors about 5 years ago. Would suggest you use Pacemakers as they are mandrel bent if you go ahead (similar price).

      No big change in power etc.

      Would definitely do the rear diff locker first before any extractors. Also check out piggy back computer chips, before extractors.

      I have ARB air lockers front and rear. With hindsight would fit a Harrop Elocker to the rear only. Don't have to worry about compressor or having to purge oil going back up the air lines. Rear locker has got me everywhere short of very extreme situations. Often taking a new line got me through on the rear locker. Note Toyota front diffs note particularly strong. So front locker needs to be used with care to avoid $$. (imho).

      Hope that helps.

      Regards Bushtreka
      Thanks Bushtreka. Did you change your exhaust system? I've never put extractors on without changing to a free-flow, straight-through exhaust & that combo has always made a noticeable difference. I agree with you on the Harrop E-Locker - I like the look of that one. Problem is that there's 2 Agents/Fitters here & the first quoted me $4000.00 fitted as against $2700.00 for the ARB job. The second Agent hasn't got back to me yet. TJM also do an Air-Locker but I haven't had time to contact them yet. See how I go.

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