I thought it time to start build threads for our local community regarding our current two trucks: 2009 Lexus LX570 (Toyota Land Cruiser sister) and 2006 Chevrolet Silverado dually crew cab long bed. I'm a slow spender but always open to ideas and feedback.
As much as we enjoyed the cargo space and towing power of Sylvia, the time came to have more seat belts for our growing family. We could easily seat the family of five and take ghastly amounts of gear in the topper-covered 8' long bed, but any time extended family or friends visited us we would have to take two vehicles to transport six or more people. After research on Consumer Reports, Car and Driver, Expedition Portal, Northwest Overland, and with friends, we hunted for a late model Toyota Sequoia or Land Cruiser. A high mileage Lexus LX570 (sister car of the Land Cruiser) came onto our radar and I pursued it along with two other Sequoias. Wife preferred the Sequoias with more cargo capacity, but I longed for a Land Cruiser / LX for the reliability, off-road capability, and cult-like owner community (read: support!). Although the LX570 had 109,500 miles on it when we bought it, we are more than pleased with the build quality, reliability, ride quality, and gadgets that are 'standard' on a luxury vehicle. Most importantly, wife loves it. Specs: 2009 Lexus LX570. Maroon exterior, tan interior. 5x150mm bolt pattern (5x5.91"). 383hp @ 5600rpm; 403 lb-ft torque. 5.7 liter V8; 6 speed automatic. Wheelbase: 112 in. Length: 196 in. Width: 77 in. Height: 75 in. Curb Weight: 5995 lbs. 24.6 gallon fuel tank. 12mpg city, 18mpg highway, 14mpg combined. 8,500 lb towing capacity. 0-60 in 7.4 seconds. Active Height Control suspension, Downhill Assist Control, Hill-Start Assist Control, Crawl Control, 4-wheel Active Traction Control (A-Trac), and Multi-Terrain ABS. Torsen Limited Slip Locking Center Differential. Mark Levinson 450 watt sound system. MSRP: $75,855. Purchased 05/04/2016 with 109,500 miles. .
Our modifications: > 2020-06-__: BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. > 2020-06-01: Wilco Hitchgate offset with HiLift jack. Added custom jerry can holders (2, 20L gas gans; 1, 5gal water tank). > 2020-04-18: front fog and rear reverse LED cube lights. > 2020-04-01: Quake LED wireless controller. > 2017-12-25: ARB 505 EZ deflator @ $38.95 on Amazon. Thanks, wifey! > 2017_04-09: ARB Deluxe front bull bar bumper. > 2016_11-12: Firestik 3' tunable tip CB antenna, Firestik spring, Firestick stud mount, hood seam bracket, & Cobra 29LTD CHR (chrome) CB radio. [moved to LBZ dually 11/11/2018] > 2016_06-16: WeatherTech floor and cargo liners. > 2016_05-27: Tekonsha Prodigy P3 trailer brake controller. > 2016_05-21: Yakima roof rack (Timberline towers, 66" bars) from REI. > 2016_05-21: Toyota Tundra TRD 18" rims and tires (Michelin p275 / 65 r18 [=32.1"x10.8"x18") from private party in Portland, Oregon.
Wish List. Immediate:
ARB (CKMTP12) portable air compressor. @ $804 on Amazon.
Vent visors for windows.
Winch: Warn Zeon Platinum 12000 synthetic @ $1800. Superwinch? Harbor Freight 12000 @ $299?
Ham radio antenna: Firestick hood mount bracket #2 OR Rear door jamb mount @ $20 OR mount on ARB front bumper with quick release attachment. (Trying CB style magnet mount with adapter for UV5R.)
Hood bug shield.
Snorkel: ARB/SafariSnorkel @ $584. Airflow @ $515.
LED light bars on front bumper, under rear bumper, under chassis, on rack for campsite illumination.
Line-X whole truck.
[already like the interchangeability of the Wilco HitchGate] Rear bumper: ARB @ $1760 plus spare tire, fuel carrier.
[already like the interchangeability of the Yakima bars, basket, and kayak / bike attachments] Roof rack: Gamiviti @ $828 - $1003+, Rhino Rack w/4 mount points @ $1278 (cheaper elsewhere); Gobi @ $1595, ARB @ $870, FrontRunner @ $1,259, Prinsu @ $725 (don't like lip on edges), BajaRack @ $1050 or $1125 (no - will dent roof).
2016 SEMA TRD Pro Land Cruiser.
Kreiten build thread.
Romer's 200 build thread.
Nitro Gear and Axle "TRD Pro Land Cruiser". Added supercharger by To