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  • Spilsy's 2019 GXL

    Guess Who's Back..?!?!!??

    So, I have sold the Ranger and am just waiting for a delivery date for a 2019 Graphite GXL.
    Its coming delivered with an ARB Summit Bar and Hayman Reese Towbar. (Why these do not yet come standard with a tow bar is baffling...)

    Photos will obviously follow once I take delivery!

    A couple of early additions will be 3D floor mats, Light Bar, ARB Compressor and UHF Radio. Following these will be a dual battery system of some description for the fridge. And then, with the little stuff done it will be time for suspension and some BFGs.

    Keen for some early advice on light bar choices and dual battery setups (The Ranger had a Redarc BCDC in it).
    Spilsy
    Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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    So, the Prado showed up just before Easter, unfortunately, without its Bull bar and Tow bar...Lease company mix up it seems.
    The first change was to remove the stark white number plates and replace them with Slimline black ones.

    I'm booked in to get the bull bar and tow bar next week. Photos will follow I promise!

    I think I've chosen a Light Bar - https://www.stedi.com.au/st3301-24-5...light-bar.html - your thoughts please!
    Spilsy
    Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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    • #3
      Welcome back Spilsy.

      You will have fun fitting all the new bits. The light bar looks alright and Stedi do make some good gear.
      [B]Tasmania 2015 GTG Committee Member[/B] 2005 Prado Pilbara, Sovereign Bar, Driver & passenger weathershields, UHF TX3220, Spare wheel spaces, Lifestyle rack, Genuine front & midrow seatcovers, Genuine front & midrow rubber floor mats, ARB 47 litre fridge/freezer, Hilux washer jets, BF Goodridge A/T, Radiator protection plate, Dual battery tray and isolator, ARB 2.5m awning, Rhino heavy duty areo bars, MSA rear wheel bin, MAXTRAX

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      • #4
        Bull bar and tow bar fitted on Friday.
        The tow ball is too low for my trailer, but the nut's been tightened to way more uggah duggahs than I can loosen...
        Spilsy
        Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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        • #5
          Originally posted by VKPrado View Post
          Welcome back Spilsy.

          You will have fun fitting all the new bits. The light bar looks alright and Stedi do make some good gear.
          Cheers!

          I may have changed my mind back to Stedi's Type X or Type X Pro lights..... They're just so much more expensive.
          Spilsy
          Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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          • #6
            Grabbed the 3/4 inch socket wrench at work and managed to get the nut free.
            It had been tightened so far that the spring washer curled up a massive burr on the nut!
            Spilsy
            Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Spilsy View Post
              curled up a massive burr on the nut!
              Sounds very painful. Good thing you had a big enough tool.

              [B]Tasmania 2015 GTG Committee Member[/B] 2005 Prado Pilbara, Sovereign Bar, Driver & passenger weathershields, UHF TX3220, Spare wheel spaces, Lifestyle rack, Genuine front & midrow seatcovers, Genuine front & midrow rubber floor mats, ARB 47 litre fridge/freezer, Hilux washer jets, BF Goodridge A/T, Radiator protection plate, Dual battery tray and isolator, ARB 2.5m awning, Rhino heavy duty areo bars, MSA rear wheel bin, MAXTRAX

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              • #8
                And so it begins....
                Spilsy
                Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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                • #9
                  "Test fit" of the new light bar. Just need to work out how I'm going to wire it in...
                  Spilsy
                  Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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                  • #10
                    Looks nice. Iím keen to hear how you go wiring it up too and if you have to use the official Toyota wiring harness mentioned on other posts in this forum.

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                    • #11
                      So I bit the bullet after many weeks of contemplation and purchased the OEM wiring harness for my light bar (part no. PZQ59-60140). Not entirely looking forward to having to pull every piece of trim out of the car to install...
                      Its a good looking harness, well constructed and wire sizes all look good.
                      Spilsy
                      Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Spilsy View Post
                        "Test fit" of the new light bar. Just need to work out how I'm going to wire it in...
                        To suite the ARB mounting holes, I had to fab up a couple of spacers to go between the body of the Light bar and the mounting feet. Thankfully, between Prados, I acquired a metal working lathe and much aluminium, so a couple of small round spacers were a piece of cake...if only I had remembered to grab a photo of them...
                        Spilsy
                        Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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                        • #13
                          Fitting the OEM harness is reasonably easy,I recommend buying a set of trim removal tools if you don't have a set already. As they are plastic they don't damage your paint or trims and make the job easier. I found I did not have to remove the centre section of the dash as stated in the instructions as I was able to pass the harness across the back of the audio/climate control assembly.
                          I also ran additional electrical cables through the firewall grommet at the same time and left them secured out of the way for future use.

                          As has been posted elsewhere the light bar will only turn on when you have both Auto headlights and Auto Hi beam switched off.
                          Don't be tricked like I was when I tested the lights and saw that the DRLs did not come on when I tested the lights, I checked all my wiring and looked for any connectors I might have disturbed without finding anything. Then I read the owners manual and found out the DRLs only come on once the handbrake is released .... DUH!!!

                          Lee
                          02 VX, Toyota Alloy Bar, IPF 900XS with 50 watt HID, 50 mm Lift- Lovell Shocks n Springs, Safari Snorkel, large Pioneer tray, Pioneer In-dash, Alpine roof mount DVD screen -handled the Simpson and Innaminka roads, now with a little TRD blower & Unichip

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Leethal View Post
                            Fitting the OEM harness is reasonably easy,I recommend buying a set of trim removal tools if you don't have a set already. As they are plastic they don't damage your paint or trims and make the job easier. I found I did not have to remove the centre section of the dash as stated in the instructions as I was able to pass the harness across the back of the audio/climate control assembly.
                            I also ran additional electrical cables through the firewall grommet at the same time and left them secured out of the way for future use.

                            As has been posted elsewhere the light bar will only turn on when you have both Auto headlights and Auto Hi beam switched off.
                            Don't be tricked like I was when I tested the lights and saw that the DRLs did not come on when I tested the lights, I checked all my wiring and looked for any connectors I might have disturbed without finding anything. Then I read the owners manual and found out the DRLs only come on once the handbrake is released .... DUH!!!

                            Lee
                            Thanks for the heads up! Will any old trim removal kit off eBay be suitable? I've not had to go to this level of disassembly before...pulling the centre out of my '13 GXL was relatively easy and tool free.
                            Spilsy
                            Today is the tomorrow you were shitting yourself about yesterday - Billy Thorpe

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                            • #15
                              I bought a set from Autobarn, they were about $10 so pretty cheap. Usually the sets have 4 different shaped "tools" and are made of plastic, I would think any auto parts store (Repco, Supercheap, Bursons etc.) will have them.
                              You can get by without them it just makes it easier and less likely to break a clip or trim using the tools to slide under the trim and pry up right at the securing clips or sometimes the tool will straddle the clip and actually lift the clip itself not the trim if that makes sense.
                              02 VX, Toyota Alloy Bar, IPF 900XS with 50 watt HID, 50 mm Lift- Lovell Shocks n Springs, Safari Snorkel, large Pioneer tray, Pioneer In-dash, Alpine roof mount DVD screen -handled the Simpson and Innaminka roads, now with a little TRD blower & Unichip

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