My PH at Zambezi valley had a HiLux. His mods other than the standard mods like seats in the back, armor etc. were a lift kit and tires. Now, the granny on the Landcruiser is better geared but we really did not have any problems in the bush and some of those dirt roads and spring crossings were really bad.It takes a lot of
Mods to get a Hilux up to Landcruiser capability. It is more comfortable to be sure, but that comes at a price in the bush.
@baxterbThey aren't stopping the 70-series - only the high-end versions as far as I know.
How on earth could they stop the 70 series- half the rugged world runs on those things.
Tell me they aren't killing off the best 4x4s on the planet....
My PH at Zambezi valley had a HiLux. His mods other than the standard mods like seats in the back, armor etc. were a lift kit and tires. Now, the granny on the Landcruiser is better geared but we really did not have any problems in the bush and some of those dirt roads and spring crossings were really bad.
I was so impressed with the HiLux that I ordered a HiLux 4x4 Invincible A/T to use when I am at a property overseas. Having sold a Land Cruiser that was falling apart.
No, it was Keith that I hunted with. However, Dean and Garret (part-time) also have HiLux as their vehicles in addition to Myles. Buzz uses a HiLux for in town driving rig and still has a Land Cruiser for hunting.Did it have odd yellow hash marks on the sides? If so that was Myles’ rig. I won’t say what they call it on an open forum, but He’s taken no end of grief for trading his landcruiser in on it.
I'm gonna leave this here.Already a lot of PHs use the Hilux, also made by Toyota.
I have been on two safaris (Limpopo and Zimbabwe) where the PH was using one.
While it certainly does not have the "tank" feeling of the Land Cruiser (I have been on several safaris where the PH was using one), I have been very impressed by the Hilux 4x4 capabilities, whether on rocky steep inclines, or bottomless soft sand tracks. Like the Land Cruiser, it has a high torque diesel engine and its low speed "hunting" gear is the third gear, with second being used as a first, and first being only used in rough spots.
Its suspension is reputed for being more comfortable in the long run. I could not really tell myself because we were on dirt tracks most of the time, but I understand that this is appreciated by PHs who use it, including on blacktop roads, 365 days per year...
The rather general comment in Africa is that the Hilux is 95% of the Land Cruiser for 50% of the price...