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THE FJ40 needed a fair bit of me­chan­i­cal at­ten­tion before it was kit­ted out with ac­ces­sories. ARB work­shop man­ager Ian Bailey re­built the diffs, fit­ted ARB air lock­ers and re­built the gear­box and trans­fer case to make sure the old­est of the Icons would be ready to take on Aus­tralia’s Red Cen­tre.

It should be noted that all of the ac­ces­sories fit­ted to the FJ40 are avail­able in-store. It’s been equipped with a full Old Man Emu sus­pen­sion kit – four new leaves, shocks all ’round, bushes and U-bolts – which has lifted it up about 50mm. It also sports an ARB Deluxe bull­bar, a Warn M8274-50 8000lb high-mount winch, a Sa­fari snorkel, a set of AR32 In­ten­sity LEDS, up­graded IPF Fat­boy H4 head­light globes, and a new wiring loom.

Down the back, a Kay­mar rear bar not only of­fers pro­tec­tion but also holds the sparewheel car­rier, dou­ble jerry can holder and work light, while un­der­neath a Long Ranger 87-litre aux­il­iary fuel tank more than dou­bles the stan­dard ca­pac­ity of the Landcruiser. Just as well, as it was suck­ing down ULP at a rate of 25.9L/100km on the rel­a­tively easy drive from Alice Springs to Mt Dare.

The ARB team made the most of the 40’s small cabin, fit­ting a sin­gle Out­back So­lu­tions roller drawer and find­ing space for ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing an ARB twin air com­pres­sor and air tank, power out­lets for the fridge and some other elec­tri­cal components in­clud­ing a Redarc BCDC bat­tery charger, aux­il­iary bat­tery and so­lar set-up.

A pair of Re­caro seats pro­vided a lot more com­fort, and there’s a GME UHF ra­dio, a glove­box-mounted sound sys­tem, a heap of Redarc gauges, a re­mote fridge mon­i­tor and an ARB re­vers­ing cam­era.

Fin­ish­ing off the Landcruiser 40 Series is a set of black Dy­namic steel rims wear­ing 265/75R16 Cooper S/T Maxx tyres.

Re­caro seats a con­ces­sion to mod­ern-day com­fort.

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