Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series V8 with DPF and 6 Speed Auto
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Jonathon "Jono" joined Wholesale Automatics in 2013 to provide a solid IT / Computers / Electronics background. Jono has been instrumental in the development of the Land Cruiser 6 Speed Automatic, Land Cruiser 5 Speed Automatic and Nissan Patrol 5 Speed Automatic Transmission Computers. Jono also leads the development of the Torque Converter Lockup kits and the Website.
The 2017 LandCruiser 70 Series with DPF and 6 Speed Auto
Well the 2017 LandCruiser 70 Series has had yet another facelift along with some added features, but yet still no automatic option from the factory. Now I think it is safe to say that no one outside of Toyota Japans circle of trust has any idea what Toyota plan to do next week, next year, next decade however, what I can tell you is that while Toyota produce a vehicle that is only available with a manual gearbox, we will be there to give you the auto option.
So what changes have been made to the 2017 model LandCruiser that affect our conversion?
Well, there are 5 changes that we have needed to make:
- New Console for the 2 Door models
- Modify Exhaust Bracket to hold the DPF in place
- New Engineered Brake Pedal design
- New Six Speed Auto Sticker for the bonnet
- Modifications to Factory Cruise Control
With Toyota providing an improved safety rating for the single cab ute, they have also made some changes to locations of various parts. The relocation of the fuel tank to the rear of the vehicle has allowed them to use a similar floor pan to the 4 door ute models where the rear floor slopes down quite low. This has meant that with a small amount of modifications, our existing 4 door console fits in the new 2 door models with only a small amount of modification needed.
The addition of the DPF for emissions has seen the need for a slightly more complex bracket to secure the exhaust/DPF to the transmission. This was quite a fun job to sort out as the size of the DPF did not allow easy access for measuring and checking. Especially when you’re a big guy like me.
The surprise was the change to the brake pedal. It wasn’t obvious as to why Toyota needed to change the shape and design of the brake pedal, but it was enough of a change that meant that we needed to redesign our custom made pedal.
And as most know the the biggest visual change has been to the shape of the bonnet with the extra hump under the intercooler intake. This needed a new design sticker to fit the bonnet. It’s the little things really.
Finally, the 70 Series receives factory cruise control. Excellent!
That’s going to be perfect for the Automatic Conversion customers….except…
What appears to be an algorithm running in the factory cruise control system that measures Engine RPM and ABS wheel speed to calculate any slipping of the clutch when in cruise mode prevented the factory cruise from operating with the auto. We were able to make it function in 4th gear with Lockup engaged, which is the same gear ratio as the 4th gear in the manual (1:1), however due to the rest of the automatic transmission gear ratios not matching the manual gearbox ratios, the cruise control would consistantly drop out. Thanks to the awesome electronics and software of the HGM Compushift Transmission Controller we were able to fix the problem.
With well over 250 conversions under our belt, our customers are still extremely happy with how the Toyota 6 Speed Automatic completely transforms the drivability of the V8 70 Series LandCruiser.
If you are interested in having your 70 LandCrusier converted to automatic, you are welcome to bring it to us in Bayswater, Victoria. However we also have Conversion Specific fitting agents in the following locations around Australia. Either way, please give us a call to discuss your needs so that we can direct you to the most appropriate agent and answer any questions.
- Gold Coast
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
- Humpty Doo
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