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Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#1 » Mon May 25, 2020 2:41 pm

Hey guys,

My name is Weston and I've been an avid Toyota 4Runner off road builder for the past 10+ years. Past and current builds pictured below. The G-Wagen has always been a bucket list item of mine and have begun the very preliminary steps of understanding what to look for in a somewhat modest build. I will start combing through the threads, because after so many years as a resource in the Toyota community I know how draining the same questions over and over can be. In the meantime, if anyone has any recommendations at all as far as what to look for, what to avoid, recommended mods, and most importantly reliability/maintenance insights as that is going to be the biggest change from Toyota, I would sincerely appreciate it. I've heard good things about the W463 and heard reliability is better prior to the refresh in terms of dependability. Interested to see how easy some of those things can be upgraded like the head unit if I were to go with, say, a 2009ish. My budget would be around 60-65k for the base vehicle and would figure out the suspension, etc. afterwards.

Thanks in advance and if any changes happen officially I'll certainly post up. Here are a couple shots of my old 2000 4Runner and current 2019.

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paulunm
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#2 » Mon May 25, 2020 3:10 pm

Hey Weston,

I had a 2005 4Runner V8 AWD with Icon coil overs- which was my daily driver, and now upgraded to a 2010 LX570 for my DD.

The G wagons have a lot more character, are much more fun and interesting to drive- and are fairly reliable- BUT- nowhere near Toyota SUV reliable. The Toyotas are more appliance like- but as you know, the mods make them a bit more interesting.

The good thing is, I can do most repairs myself on the G- but my Toyotas really never had/have any issues.

They're sensitive to worn steering parts and wheel bearings up front, as well as old tires- so watch for vibrations at speed. Locker systems go unused and either gum up or lose vacuum- so I'd make sure the locker system works.

Other than that- you'll find lots of posts here that should help you answer your questions.

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vadimivanovich
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#3 » Mon May 25, 2020 3:42 pm

Another thing to watch out for is drive shaft wear. They are expensive and usually neglected. They will cause vibes that you can chase for months.

Very nice 'yota builds. I think you'll like the G. Different, but capable.
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CLMorgan
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#4 » Mon May 25, 2020 4:02 pm

Great Yota Builds

I had a 2007 FJCruiser I built up with Icon coil overs and lots of goodies from All-Pro.

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nihil
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#5 » Tue May 26, 2020 1:31 pm

`07 4Runner (her daily) and `15 Tacoma (my daily) here, in addition to the G and a few other things.

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mogwild
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#6 » Wed May 27, 2020 6:44 am

My dream truck is an HZJ79 with factory rear locker. Nice rigs, welcome.
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autonovice
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#7 » Fri May 29, 2020 2:14 pm

This one is on my bucket list. Not sure if there is an open top.

Toyota Mega Cruiser ... Hummer H1 look alike but way more reliable and better but only RHD.
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nihil
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#8 » Fri May 29, 2020 3:05 pm

I too have been drooling over the Mega Cruiser. Shame they didn't make enough of them to sustain a practical market.
1982 300GD LWB RHD

Court
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#9 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:06 am

I saw one of these a while back in Vancouver ,,, it was amazing ,,, parked out front of Tesla dealership..... I would take this any day. Hung around to bend the owners ear but they didn't show.

amgdvl
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Re: Coming from Toyota off road, looking into G Wagens

Post#10 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:06 am

Nice builds :)

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