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  1. RoughTrax Hilux with the Stealth Look!

    Just thought we would share with you some of the ideas and work we carried out on our Hilux KUN26 (mainly over lock-down!). So the idea was to de-chrome our original KUN26 2010 Invincible, but prior to that we had to do some essentials! The Front The front end was getting a little tired looking, even on what we feel...
  2. VSC Lights Constantly Flashing

    Hi Guys, Just a little snippet of info I thought I’d share with you all on my Hilux KUN26. So I just fitted a new snorkel to our truck which required removing the air box with the mass-air flow sensor. I had to move the truck with it disconnected. After re-fitting the air box etc I fired her up again...
  3. What is Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)?

    A vehicle fitted with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system benefits from lower combustion temperatures and reducing oxides of nitrogen emissions (NOx). Some exhaust gases are re-introduced through the EGR valve into the engine inlet manifold, with the effect of reducing the temperatures within the combustion chamber reducing emissions. What is EGR Cooling? To cool the temperature even further, and...
  4. Why do we sell the Brands of Oils and Fluids that we do?

    There are loads of brands of Oils and Fluids out there for your truck, so where do you start? It’s hard enough finding out the type of fluids you need let alone working out which brands you can trust. Having tried a fair few brands ourselves over the last 25 years. Here’s some info on why we supply the Brands...
  5. Fitting Guide for the Kuhner Diesel Alternator 85 Amp

    Fitting Guide for the Kuhner Diesel Alternator 85 Amp

    We have put together some helpful instructions and tips to make the removal and fitment of the Kuhner 85 Amp alternator that much easier. This alternator fits a selection of the Hilux Pickup models from 2002 onwards and Land Cruiser KDJ90/95, 120 series, and 150 series. See the ‘Compatible Vehicles’ tab on the product page on our website for the...
  6. Aisin's Correct Clutch Installation Guide

    This Clutch Diagnostic Manual offers information on: NVR the Clutch System AISIN Clutch Characteristics Installation Procedures Troubleshooting Precautions when handling > Clutch Installation Guide.
  7. Sump Pan Replacement Guide

    We have put together this basic step by step guide to replacing your Sump Pan. We have also included some photos which should make things easier to understand. There are of course other ways to replace the Sump but we have found this to be the easiest way. (The photos included are of a Toyota Hilux MK4 LN165.) Useful Notes...
  8. How to install a Drag Link

    How to install a Drag Link

    We’ve recently had some questions from customers asking the best way to install a Drag Link, so we have put together this helpful guide. The following image shows the Pitman Arm, Drag Link and Knuckle Arm (Boomerang Arm) in position. When the steering wheel is turned the Pitman Arm moves the Drag Link which transfers the rotating motion from the...
  9. How to fit a Centre Bearing

    What is a Centre Bearing? The Centre Bearing is designed to support the central prop shaft when a two-piece shaft is fitted. It has a large rubber mounting and bearing fitted inside a metal cage which is attached to the chassis. The whole centre bearing mount is fitted to the front section of the rear or rear prop shaft and retained by the flange and central...
  10. History of the Hilux Surf

    For those of you that are new to the Toyota Surf, we have put together a friendly guide on how the Surfs came to be. Along with information about how they have evolved and a few interesting facts that we have learnt over the years. In the early 80’ Toyota was keen to create a passenger version of the pickup...
  11. Why Fit Wheel Spacers?

    There are several reasons people fit wheel spacers : To increase stability if you are lifting your truck So you can fit larger sized tyres to your vehicle To improve performance and grip of the wheel By widening the stance it creates greater stability when steering around corners Wheel spacers come in various thickness from about 5mm to 60mm and...
  12. What is AHC?

    What is AHC?

    Have you ever wondered what AHC is? Some of our vehicle parts can only be fitted to vehicles with AHC so we have put together a quick guide to help. Firstly AHC stands for Active Height Control suspension or Adjustable Height Control. What does AHC do? Well to keep it short on the Land Cruiser 100 series it allows the...
  13. How can I tell if I have a rear Limited Slip Differential (LSD)?

    How can I tell if I have a rear Limited Slip Differential (LSD)?

    A. Unfortunately on many models the data given by Toyota does not always confirm what type of differential is fitted, more often it just states “with” or “without” LSD which isn’t that helpful when you need to change your oil, so how do you tell without removing the diff? Toyota simply put an LSD sticker on the differential housing as...
  14. Do you have a Leaking Radiator?

    Do you have a Leaking Radiator?

    We have put together some help and advice in the event that you start to experience problems with your Radiator. What are the most common problems? The main issues are: Coolant leaks Frequent engine overheating A puddle under the radiator How does a radiator work? The main purpose of the radiator is to cool the internal combustion engine. Unlike radiators...
  15. Brake Disc Inspection Guide

    Brake Disc Inspection Guide

    Brake Disc Tips from RoughTrax If you’ve recently checked your brakes and noticed some strange marks or discolouration then here is some help and advice so that you know what action to take.   Normal Wear The braking surface should be flat and smooth with light scoring and visible wear ridges on both the outer and inner edges. There should...
  16. What's the difference between Monroe and Pedders shock absorbers?

    What's the difference between Monroe and Pedders shock absorbers?

    So how do Shock Absorbers work? Simply put, shock absorbers work by allowing the springs to absorb the energy when your tyre hits a bump in the road. They are essentially oil pumps. A piston is attached to the end of the piston rod and works against hydraulic fluid in the pressure tube. As the suspension travels up and down...
  17. Land Cruiser KDJ150 & KDJ155 Vehicle Specifications

    Explore the latest vehicle specifications for the Toyota Land Cruiser KDJ150 & KDJ155 2009-ON model with the 3.0 D4D 1KD-FTV engine code. In this article you will discover the most up to date information of which lubricant type, grades, capacities and service schedules for all areas as well as torque settings, vehicle weights, BHP and much more. All fluids and...
  18. Land Cruiser KDJ120 & KDJ125 Vehicle Specifications

    Explore the latest vehicle specifications for the Toyota Land Cruiser KDJ120 & KDJ125 2002-2009 model with the 3.0 D4D 1KD-FTV engine code. In this article you will discover the most up to date information of which lubricant type, grades, capacities and service schedules for all areas as well as torque settings, vehicle weights, BHP and much more. All fluids and...
  19. What is an EGR valve?

    What is an EGR valve?

    This article taken from Toyota GB explains what an EGR valve is, what it does and what happens when it fails. The common signs of failure include engine performance issues like decreased power and acceleration, rough idle, and the engine management light coming on forcing the car to drive in limp mode. This article explains everything you need to know about complete EGR valves...
  20. What is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)?

    What is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)?

    After reading this article you will be able to identify what Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is, and what you need to look for to find out if you have it fitted. Vehicle Stability Control is also commonly known as its abbreviation VSC. It is one of Toyota’s safety features that helps ensure your vehicle travels in the direction that you are steering. When you are cornering vehicle stability control helps you maintain grip on slippery...

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