Slee Off-Road 100 Series Newbie Guide

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Lexus GX470

Newbie Guide

Information for new Toyota Land Cruiser 100 and Lexus LX470 owners

Our Guide for the 80 Series Land proven very popular, so we to compile one for the 100 series as well.

guide is intended as a quick for new owners and will hopefully them in the right direction as far as service, help and support. guide applies mostly to US 100 Series (or Lexus LX 470’s) otherwise noted.

The information on list is a compilation of personal submissions from readers and gained from belonging to the 100 email list and the forums on

This guide should not be as a do all, end all. Personal should still be taken for any or modification made based on the supplied on this list. Off-Road does not guarantee the of the information or the content of this


We get a lot to inspect vehicles, or what one look for when evaluating a vehicle. Below is a list of we look at. Some are specific to the 80 Land Cruiser and some are


Carfax is a good for checking the accident history of the However, unless the car was totaled major accidents might not up. This is typically the case a car was repaired for the existing owner.

The are some items to look for in for accident damage.

Signs of on trim pieces, lights and fenders

Weld and signs of work on inner fenders, supports and underside of body

for VIN stickers in doors, hood, Late model 80 Series had attached to every body

Check body panels a magnet. If body filler was the magnet won’t stick in

Use Polaroid sun glasses and look at the Repainted panels will out, especially if they are paint.

Check body and panel gaps for alignment

A/B/C/D pillars for overspray or of paint matching. These are the placed where the body will try to blend the paint if one panel was painted.

Check the shine of the paint on different

Check for dirt in the paint, or in texture. The factory paint is and clean.

Check behind the rock fenders and tailgates for signs of

Check the edges of body for paint masking marks or filler.

Check for marks on where it might have pulled on a frame straightening


On vehicles where a lot of were added bad wiring can endless headaches.

Check all horn, interior lights and parts for functionality

Check box for incorrect wire taps or

Check for blown fuses

condition of battery

Check for under battery tray

If remove dash panel steering wheel or look This is most often the where accessories are installed. the neatness of the installation and correct of wires.

A rats nest is an indication that the work was not properly.

Check for additional that were added to the terminal on the battery. Check these were done routed properly and fused

Look underneath the back and the frame rails to see if any trailer was done properly.


that the interior was kept and maintained is normally a good of the overall owners attitude the vehicle. Do not confuse a detailed with one that was kept on a regular basis.

Check for scratches on plastic pieces.

Check condition of headliners, door panels and pieces.

Check under for dirt

Check the operation of the seat

Check the operation of all the controls, radio and other

Check interior lights

for mildew and water stains on

Drive Train

Check interface for antifreeze leaks.

outside of steering knuckles for oil Caked on dirt and grease is a indication that the inner seals has failed some ago and internal components could be or worn beyond service

Remove the square fill on the knuckle and take a sample of the If the grease is runny, it is also an that the differential oil is running the knuckle.

Check if radiator has replaced. This could be of overheating conditions previously.

if there are deposits in the coolant bottle. This could indicate deposits in the radiator.

Check for leaks underneath.

tires for uneven wear.

tires to for the same tread on all

Check that all the tires are the brand and size

Check of spare and if it is the correct wheel

if any drive train components been replaced. If so, try to determine

Check for vibrations during

Check all fluids to see how dirty are. Dirty fluids are an of owner neglect.

Run the engine at temperatures and check for unusual

Listen for any unusual sounds

for signs of any emissions equipment might be removed.

Check system for rust, holes and

Check for blue or white when car accelerates.

Check the transmission shifts smoothly

that the electric lockers by turning them on in low range and on a low traction surface

Apply the at different speeds and see if there is any or if the vehicle pulls sideways.

brakes lightly and check for any through the pedal

Turn the from lock to lock and for any noises and/or roughness

Test drive the vehicle at speed and see if there are any vibrations

US Specifications


Lexus LX450


listed for the 1999-1998 are in comparison to the 80 US Spec Land Cruiser, the of the changes are listed with to the previous 100s Series Cruiser)

Introduction of the new body and 4.7L V8 2UZ-FE Motor. The is a DOHC motor with 230 hp at rpm and 320 ft.lbs of torque at 3200 rpm

4 Transmission – A343F

Electric Locking Differential was optional equipment

HF2A 2 speed transfer case center differential lock

the 80 series, the transfer case not have a viscous coupler.

differential was changed to a 9.5 ring

Rear differential is a 4 pinion with ratio of 4.3

Front only has 2 pinion gears.

axle is a semi-floater 32 spline

Wheel studs changed to 1.5 treat pitch

Bolt for wheels changes to 5 on 150mm

Lug Nuts changed to 22mm

suspension was changed to a IFS system torsion bar springs.


Rear AC was added as an

Rear Differential Locker was an



VSC (Vehicle Control) added

A-TRAC Traction Control) added

EBD Brake Force Distribution)

Rear Differential Locker was no available as an option

Front was changed from a 2 pinion to a 4 unit.


A tether the fuel cap to the fuel lid has been

The aluminum wheel with tone painting has been


CRS (Child Restraint lower anchorage for securing seats has been provided the seat cushion of center and side seat of rear seat

CRS anchor brackets for a child seat have provided on the floor behind the No.1 seat.

The one-touch up-and-down function are provided in the windows of all doors.

An automatic EC (electrochromic) mirror system has adopted for the inner rearview

A compass has been integrated in the mirror. This compass

is equipment on the models without the display.

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