Installing Common Toyota Land Cruiser Accessories

10 Jan

Toyota’s nearly 70 years old Land Cruiser series has been the company’s take on the off-road vehicle and today the newest edition of this model comes both as an SUV and a Ute version. The SUV version usually comes with 8 seats a, V-8 engine and a fuel economy of 18 L/100km, whilst the Ute version comes with 2 seats, a turbo-diesel V8 engine and a fuel economy of 11.5 L/100km. You may not need the following accessories on the Ute version as much as you would on the SUV but you can never go wrong by installing just some of them.

toyota land cruiser accessories parts skid plate

Skid Plate

A skid plate can be a piece of aluminium, steel or plastic that goes on your vehicle’s underbelly in order to protect it form debris, pebbles, road salt or splashed up water. Installing these types of Toyota Land Cruiser parts and accessories is a must for every Aussie off-roader as they also improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency too.

Installation

The tools needed for this installation are going to be a jack/ ramps, jack stands, socket wrench and ratchet both depending on the size of the plate’s hardware.

1. Park your vehicle on the ramps or safely place it on jack stands and remove the little screws from the factory skid plate (shield). You may need to use a flat head screwdriver or some pliers. There are usually 5 of these little plastic screws, 2 near the torque mount and 3 near the radiator.

2. While some plates come with special bolts for a more direct installation, but if your plate doesn’t come with these type of bolts, you can just fasten the plate with carriage bolts. Just make sure you shaved down their head with an angle grinder so they can fit in the rectangular openings.

3. Place the bolts inside the holes and rotate them by 90° so they hang and don’t fall out. Secure the bolts with a washer, nut and lock washer and then position the skid plate using more washers and nuts.

Fender Flares

toyota land cruiser accessories parts fender flares

Aftermarket fender flares are usually made from ABS plastic and can hide rust or body damage around the wheel. You can also add some styling to your vehicle or have a larger wheel and tyre setup.

Installation

For this part you will need a heat gun (Hair dryer works too), a drill with a 4mm drill bit, a 5mm Allen key and a cordless drill for it.

1. If you own Toyota Landcruiser accessories like these, you’ll first need to remove them before you start mounting the new ones. You’ll need to gain access to the bolts that hold them from inside the engine bay and remove the air filter too. Accessing the back panel will require you to remove the trim panels inside the cargo area and removing the L bracket from the rear doors. Before you start, clean the area where the old flares were.

2. You will start by pre-drilling the holes of the bolt notches using the 4mm drill bit and then fitting the rubber section of the flare that will face the body. You can find the centre with a penny washer.

3. Align the front flare to the edge of the fender with the fold in the body, make sure there is enough space between the flare and the bull bar. The back lip of the flare should be tucked in under the guard’s lip. Apply firm pressure to push the flare towards the park light so it fits snugly against the body – you may need to heat the flare so it’s easier to bend it.

4. Drill the hole closest to the parker light and fit the screw without tightening it up and make sure the lip of the flare is under the guard’s lip. Once you’ve done that go to the very bottom hole and drill and screw while keeping a firm pressure on the flare. Then do the same with the middle hole and continue to do so with all the remaining holes.

5. When it comes to the back flares start with the flare where the fuel flap is by holding it to the panel flush with the door opening. The lip should be under the guard with good clearance for the fuel flap and mud flap too. The rear door part of the flares come in two pieces with the inner part being mainly for aesthetic purposes – so you are not looking at the inside of the flare when the door is open.

6. Line up the piece that goes on the door with the one you have already fitted the same way you did the front flare, make sure the edge of the flare is right on the edge of the door and that the gap is the same. With slight twisting, adjust the shape of the lower part and then drill and screw starting form the bottom hole and upwards. Check if there is any chipping of the body work when opening and closing the door and in case there is, sand out a small amount of it with a 110mm angle grinder using a flappy disc.

Roof Rack

toyota land cruiser parts and accessories roof rack

With a roof rack you can easily pack more stuff for your long haul trip and still have enough space for your mates to come along.

Installation

1. First you need to assemble the roof rack Toyota Land Cruiser parts and accessories by fastening together the side rails and crossbars and placing the assembled product on top of the vehicle. Before you put them on the roof permanently, measure the distance from the rails to the front and back of the roof.

2. If your Land Cruiser comes with factory crossbars do not drill holes and skip this step. If it has a naked roof (without crossbars), you will usually get the Toyota Landcruiser accessories together with a template that includes pre-drilled holes. If not, then use the pre-existing mounting holes.

3. After that insert the self-sealing screws in the end of each roof rail and screw the base of the roof rack to the vehicle. Clamp the mounts onto the vehicle’s crossbar in the location you see fit by starting from the rear going forwards.

4. When you’ve positioned the mounting clamps, mount the cargo carrier or rack that comes with the roof rack. Centre it so it doesn’t shift or loosen up from vibrations.

Towing Mirrors

toyota land cruiser parts and accessories towing mirrors

Replacing your Land Cruiser’s stock side mirrors with a pair of towing mirrors will give you an extended line of sight which is ideal for, you guessed it, towing. It’s a lot easier to maneuver with towing mirrors on which makes things safer for both you and other drivers.

Installation

1. Start off by removing the door trim in order to get to the bolts holding the mirror assembly. Do this by removing the power window switch first, lifting it up with your hands and disconnecting it, after that remove the cover that goes around it and up to the inner door handle, again by removing it from its tabs by hand.

2. Once remove you’ll see two Phillips head screws that were sitting behind it, unscrew them. Then remove the cover behind the door handle by inserting a flat head screwdriver into its corner and pop it out. This will expose another Phillips head screw, which you will remove.

3. After that pull out the plastic trim that is slightly above the three nuts that you’ll soon be removing. Then just remove the whole door trim by grabbing it underneath and popping it out of the plastic clips all the way around and then just lifting it out of the door.

4. Next unplug the power cable leading to the assembly and unscrew the three nuts, mentioned earlier and remove the mirror. Make sure you have the window down when mounting the towing mirrors and makes sure the gasket is sealed and that the mirror is flush with the body. Screw in the nuts supplied with the mirror, double check the gasket and connect the electrical harness where the former one was. Test all the electronics before putting back the door trim (just reverse the steps in which you removed it).

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