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  • amts' 120 Grande V6

    I purchased a 2nd hand 2003 Grande V6 in Pearl white back in July 2009. It had
    • Toyota towbar
    • Toyota cargo mat
    • Toyota reverse camera


    Since then, I have added a few things and also removed some bits and pieces.

    Here's a pic of where it is now in Jan 2013.
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    Last edited by amts; 15-01-2013, 02:17 PM.
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  • #2
    Hey Andrew.....

    Nice looking Prado there.... so I assume that makes 2 Prados in your family??

    Whats the main use going to be of the Petrol version over the Diesel one??

    What sort of economy do u get out of it (Manual or Auto)?
    [I]cheers..... Rob (macca)[/I]
    [I][B][COLOR=DarkRed]Car-4: 1996 Defender Tdi [/COLOR][/B][/I]
    [I][B][COLOR=Blue]Car-3: 1996 Discovery Tdi Auto[/COLOR][/B][/I]
    [B][I][COLOR=Green]Car-2: 1993 Suzuki Vitara 4Dr (modified for Playing) [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Now Retired[/COLOR][COLOR=Green] [/COLOR][/I][/B]
    [B][I][COLOR=DarkOrchid]Car-1: 2010 Toyota Prado 150's (Missus Car/current touring vehicle)[/COLOR][/I][/B]

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    • #3
      Hi Rob,
      I've got the Grande in auto and bro-in-law has a 2003 GXL V6 auto. Only one Prado in my family. 2nd car is a V6 Tarago. Lots of power in that one.
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      • #4
        It's taken a long time to start your own build thread Andrew😀 looking good though.


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        2006 GXL V6 Auto
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        • #5
          Too busy coming up with new projects to start you build up before amts? Good to see it up and looking forward to all the photos!!!
          2007 D4D 120 GXL Automatic - BLACK

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          • #6
            Originally posted by amts View Post
            Hi Rob,
            I've got the Grande in auto and bro-in-law has a 2003 GXL V6 auto. Only one Prado in my family. 2nd car is a V6 Tarago. Lots of power in that one.
            Sorry..... I got my Andrews mixed up
            [I]cheers..... Rob (macca)[/I]
            [I][B][COLOR=DarkRed]Car-4: 1996 Defender Tdi [/COLOR][/B][/I]
            [I][B][COLOR=Blue]Car-3: 1996 Discovery Tdi Auto[/COLOR][/B][/I]
            [B][I][COLOR=Green]Car-2: 1993 Suzuki Vitara 4Dr (modified for Playing) [/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0000]Now Retired[/COLOR][COLOR=Green] [/COLOR][/I][/B]
            [B][I][COLOR=DarkOrchid]Car-1: 2010 Toyota Prado 150's (Missus Car/current touring vehicle)[/COLOR][/I][/B]

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            • #7
              Yep, too busy, plus I didn't think I was going to do that much to it. But thanks to PP, my wallet is thinner but for the better.
              Os and also my signature started to get too long.

              No worries Rob.
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              • #8
                Roof racks

                One of the first things I did was to add some roof racks. There were several iterations to this:

                First was a pair of Thule aero bars to mount onto the roof rails.

                Second was the 3-bar heavy duty set from Toyota and I added a home made platform to it.



                I then removed the platform and added 6x 2m Rhino HD bars lengthways

                More pics here, link

                Next was the Rhino Platform Rack and 1375mm Rhino aerobars.


                And finally, installed the Rhino Pioneer Platform Rack (p/no 42103)

                It is not the model intended for the 120 Prado so it required modification.
                More info here, link.
                Last edited by amts; 14-06-2013, 11:56 PM.
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                • #9
                  I needed some storage for jackets and soft items, so found this cargo net on ebay that looped around the grab handles.
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                  I bought some Sandgrabba mats for the 1st 2 rows. No pics but here's the website http://www.nobullaccessories.com.au/sandgrabber

                  I then added insertion rubber sheet under the 2nd row seat to join the Sandgrabba to the rubber cargo mat.
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                  Last edited by amts; 21-01-2013, 12:17 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Sovereign bullbar and winch cradle

                    I previously put on a TJM nudge bar so that I can mount a pair of Roo-lite 180XP. Got some brackets machined so that the spotties won't stick out so much.
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                    This was then changed to a Sovereign bullbar which came with a winch cradle. Thanks to 1coolbanana for assisting in the install in Sydney.
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                    • #11
                      Hi Amts you running two sets of rims ?? I noticed in first pics tread looks like wranglers ??? Then in the last post looks like grandtreck tread pattern ?? If so do you notice any difference in noise etc within the cabin ??? Cheers Steve
                      Face lift 150 Prado V6 auto. No mods yet

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                      • #12
                        Mate, about time you did a build thread

                        Car is looking great
                        Marc, 2003 Grande V6, Just a Bit of Stuff Done..........Work in progress.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Steve M View Post
                          Hi Amts you running two sets of rims ?? I noticed in first pics tread looks like wranglers ??? Then in the last post looks like grandtreck tread pattern ?? If so do you notice any difference in noise etc within the cabin ??? Cheers Steve
                          Sorry for the delay in responding...
                          Yes, I am running 2 sets. AT20s on Toyota Phoenix alloys and Wrangler MTRs on factory alloys. The MTRs are a bit noisy but the soundproofing in the Prado is pretty good.
                          Originally posted by 1coolbanana View Post
                          Mate, about time you did a build thread

                          Car is looking great
                          Thanks Marc
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                          • #14
                            Custom Maxtrax and awning brackets

                            With the addition of the new Rhino Pioneer Platform rack comes new ways of mounting the awning and Maxtrax.

                            The brackets are all custom and uses custom channel nuts as well. The mounting point incorporates an eyebolt for a tie down point without utilising another channel nut. I drilled holes at the bottom of the space case and bolted it down that way with some really large square washers.

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                            Last edited by amts; 13-05-2014, 02:01 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Illuminated mine spec flag

                              I added a mine spec flag to the roof rack and mounted it together next to the UHF antenna on a custom bracket which can be knocked down when required. I'm yet to wire up the LED on the tip of the flag. When not used, the flag is stowed (unseen) behind the awning using mini Quick-fists.
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                              There is also a spring base on the bullbar for the flag to click into.

                              Flags available here
                              Last edited by amts; 15-06-2013, 12:29 AM.
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