New Landcrusier GX 200

yabbietol

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Polished and washed the LC200 when brand new in the first couple of days of ownership and plan to polish and carefully wash about every 6 months. I did not get the very expensive Toyota paint protection, based on advice from a good friend who is a professional car detailer. His advice was was to wash and wax with good quality product about every 6 months. We did did this with our NW Pajero for 3 years and the paint finish looked really good when we sold it. Previously I was not very systematic about waxing cars and the paint finish did suffer. I tend to only wash cars when they are really dirty, but now consider a good polish a couple times a year just routine car maintenance.

This time I used this fancy expensive liquid wax on the LC200.
http://www.meguiars.com.au/polish-protect/ultimate-liquid-wax/

After a bit of reading and asking a mate who is a MX5 car "buff", why his cars always look really nice. He explained he uses only Meguiars products. Therefore, I have used Meguiars hard wax in the tin and car wash for about 4 years. It works well, but the wax in the tin is difficult to put on. This new liquid stuff is very easy to put on and buff, so far it seems to work well. After each trip I get out the pressure washer and do a quick wash of both van and tow and water is still beading on the LC200 after a few months.

I know there are some other quality wax brands, its seems this is one area in which the expensive stuff works better than the cheapo waxes. There are some even more expensive very good professional waxes around, but Meguires products work well. I am sure many people on this forum have their favourite waxes and polishes. My dear old uncle a WW2 digger who is no longer with us, used to wash his old holden with only water and kero every week, it was always very clean, but he did wear through the paint on the bonnet and other flat surfaces after a few years.
 

Drover

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If you keep a good polish up to them it makes the washing so much easier, especially getting the mongrel locust splats off, as someone who keeps his vehicles till nearly stumps, resale doesn't apply to my stuff but keeping the thing looking good for years keeps me happy but if I have to drive thru a lot of brush I don't hesitate, found Porzalak wax would handle the wattle scratches very well..................
 

spiderpig

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I've used meguiars three step for years. The wax is canubra and certainly not hard to apply. Nothing is as good as when you strip and re polish the panel with bush pin stripes on to to find them disappear ! . It's not cheap but then painting panels isn't.
Gotta agree there. We use turtle wax on the Paj these days and bush/branch scratches polish straight out.
 

yabbietol

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Just back from a trip with our Kedron van and used our @Stone Stomper for the first time. After much stuffing around with couriers (not Christians fault, just crap courier) we got it delivered and fitted before the trip. After talking to the very helpful stone stomper expert by email we got it made running from the rear of the tow to the front of the Kedron fitted stone guard. This configuration worked well.

The supplied stone stomper attachment for the tow bar and McHitch worked well. We were really surprised on how little dust settled on the back doors of the tow after kms of dusty roads and tracks. After we got to Gluepot in SA renowned for its fine red dust, which quickly turns to mud if it rains. We unhitched and drove around without the stone stomper and van, and a huge amount of red dust settled on the back step and doors of tow in about 5km. This was along many of the same roads we drove in on with the stone stomper and little dust on rear of tow. This keeping the dust down on the van and the tow is a really good feature of the stone stomper. Getting in and out of the back of the tow around the stone Stomper was really easy, we mostly use the LHS barn door and all you did was unclip two of the "hooks" and access was easy, if you wanted both barn doors open you just stood on the back step of the tow.

Overall the stone stomper was not cheap and delivery problematical, but when you see how well made it is and how well it works it is well worth the money. If I did it again I would try to get it factory fitted at Glenelg in SA. I had a couple of people approach us and ask about them and did not hesitate to recommend them and given them the contact details. If you drive and tow on dusty dirt roads well worth having a stone stomper.
 

yabbietol

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Just returned from a trip to Central Australia, the crusier just got past 73,000km and we had the 70,000km service done by Toyota in Alice Springs very expensive service, as first not fixed price service and also needed new front brake pads (first set on LC200). However, really impressed by Toytoa dealer in Alice, very efficient, quick and the work seems very well done. So if in Alice and need a service suggest try the local Toyota Dealer, but get ready for $$. Also you need to book in about 10 days ahead which is not bad considering they have a local monopoly.

So far the LC200 is running well and the upgraded suspension of King's Springs and Ultimate Shocks is still working well towing on very rough dirt roads. Tyre pressures with our Toyo AT2 tyres (which also are working well) that seem to work best are cold 30psi front and 35psi on rear (single axel van 45psi). Stay under 80km/h and usually run at 60-70km/h, but sometimes slower depending on conditions.

Stone Stomper is still working and doing its job well, even after couple of years of rough use, good Australian made quality by Christian @Stone Stomper