Time for a new tug

Bellbirdweb

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So after 17 fantastic and reliable years of service from the 100 series cruiser, I finally bit the bullet and got a new 200 series VX.

First trip with the van this long weekend.

Already looking forward to being able to travel up hills at a decent speed :)

I’ve done the GVM upgrade (3650kg), air bags, fitted the Redarc towpro elite, bull bar, roof rack
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and new LED lights.

Waiting on the new recaro seats and have a list of other mods to come.
 

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Welcome to the world of powerfull towing and comfort i get good figures out of mine so you should be happy look at Tipan exurghst good system i will be getting one but if your under warrenty maybe you carnt do much for now i blasted up from Melb to Echuca after work yesterday so easy towing with the mighty 200 enjoy ........
 

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Lovely, and a VX as well !! You've been very good to yourself.

Your ditching the perfectly good factory seats in favour of Recaros?? ... You'll surely appreciate my envy as I sit here reading that, with a 70 series sales order on the desk right next to me

Elephant ears on the mod list ???
 

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Lovely, and a VX as well !! You've been very good to yourself.

Your ditching the perfectly good factory seats in favour of Recaros?? ... You'll surely appreciate my envy as I sit here reading that, with a 70 series sales order on the desk right next to me

Elephant ears on the mod list ???
I’m not quite sure what to do with the stock seats. Given they are pretty big to store I’m probably sell them.

Someone with a GXL would probably like some leather seats.

I won’t be adding elephant ears, I can’t stand them. More than happy with my Milenco Aero’s
 

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Welcome to the world of powerfull towing and comfort i get good figures out of mine so you should be happy look at Tipan exurghst good system i will be getting one but if your under warrenty maybe you carnt do much for now i blasted up from Melb to Echuca after work yesterday so easy towing with the mighty 200 enjoy ........
Your not wrong @Bluey, I did a couple of hundred k’s with a mix of freeway and minor roads getting to the hunter valley.

Wow, can’t believe how easy the 200 does it compared to the 100, and averaged 18.7l/100 compared to the old 23l/100

Let’s see if I get 17 years out of this one
 

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Seats up for grabs mmmm let me know im pretty happy with the standed seats in the GX but you never know if i could be temped
Tell you what i did get a console cover very nice much better than hard surface of normal one easy to put on will post pics when i take them

Why change the seats arent they comfy??????
Poor @DRW he dosnt understand it is the perfict tow car its like a 80 thousand caravan you do mods to make it just that little bit better ....
Are you keeping your rims or changing them too i could be dropping in on way to forster to get a few things lol
 
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I’m not quite sure what to do with the stock seats. Given they are pretty big to store I’m probably sell them.

Someone with a GXL would probably like some leather seats.

I won’t be adding elephant ears, I can’t stand them. More than happy with my Milenco Aero’s
Shame about to 200 seat, ill need tilt slide coupe seats for mine. Recaro dont have them either
 

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Seats up for grabs mmmm let me know im pretty happy with the standed seats in the GX but you never know if i could be temped
Tell you what i did get a console cover very nice much better than hard surface of normal one easy to put on will post pics when i take them

Why change the seats arent they comfy??????
Poor @DRW he dosnt understand it is the perfict tow car its like a 80 thousand caravan you do mods to make it just that little bit better ....
Are you keeping your rims or changing them too i could be dropping in on way to forster to get a few things lol
I was considering a Sahara, but we really only wanted the heated seats (well SWMBO had them on the must have list).

I had recaro seats on an Escort I had many moons ago, so thought I’d lash out and get them for the comfort and saved $10k over the Sahara
 
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I can’t believe why 200 series owner have to do mods to what is described at the “perfect towing vehicle “ and are still happy guzzling fuel, maybe I missed something?
I never described it as the perfect towing vehicle. Just like vans, I like to customise the car to suit what I want.

I won’t have a pretend Ute because they are too light, would not own a Jeep or Nissan, the tank Utes are too big so the cruiser suits
 
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Seats up for grabs mmmm let me know im pretty happy with the standed seats in the GX but you never know if i could be temped
Tell you what i did get a console cover very nice much better than hard surface of normal one easy to put on will post pics when i take them

Why change the seats arent they comfy??????
Poor @DRW he dosnt understand it is the perfict tow car its like a 80 thousand caravan you do mods to make it just that little bit better ....
Are you keeping your rims or changing them too i could be dropping in on way to forster to get a few things lol
Looking to keep the rims, but will put some all terrain’s on.
 

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Heres the console cover nice on the elbow
I so much agree with your above comments very well said only time im fully loaded is christmas time this weekend back of cruiser is empty 1 clothes line 2 kids chairs and tool bag i would hate to tow with an empty ute with it being so light
 
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Heres the console cover nice on the elbow
I so much agree with your above comments very well said only time im fully loaded is christmas time this weekend back of cruiser is empty 1 clothes line 2 kids chairs and tool bag i would hate to tow with an empty ute with it being so light
My recently deposed Navara ute (my 2nd) was the the most stable and confident tow vehicle Ive owned to date empty or loaded. It only a 100kg tare difference to a well regarded R51 Pathfinder and is identical from the rear doors forward. If an empty ute is unstable towing, its busted and Id be taking it back to get it fixed. If my new Troopy feels as stable Ill be pretty happy.
 
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