Sat­is­fied cus­tomer

NZ4WD - - REPOWERING & PERFORMANCE -

You can’t miss speed­way ace Craig Card­well’s trick 2013 Toy­ota Hilux ute. It sits high, wide and hand­some on both a body and sus­pen­sion lift and with its large di­am­e­ter al­loy wheels, wide af­ter­mar­ket flares, cut-down snorkel and eye-catch­ing matte-fin­ish sil­ver/grey wrap it is the perfect mo­bile bill­board for his busi­ness, Card­well Con­struc­tion. What you can’t see from the out­side, but what is im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous when you climb up and slip be­hind the steer­ing wheel, is the way a lit­tle Ja­son Frost ‘twin­charge’ magic has com­pletely trans­formed the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Toy­ota’s 3.0 litre turbo-diesel is a wor­thy if a lit­tle un­der­whelm­ing per­former in stan­dard form but feels more like a 1UZ V8 petrol in Craig’s ute. Power and torque are prodi­gious, throt­tle re­sponse is in­stan­ta­neous and when you put your foot up there’s no smoke! Like a lot of Ja­son’s cus­tomers Craig uses his ute every day and though he felt it needed a lit­tle bit more ‘oomph,’ and was pre­pared to spend a bit of money to get it, he didn’t want to com­pro­mise day-to-day drive­abil­ity or re­li­a­bil­ity. A chip up­grade seemed like a good place to start so he got on the in­ter­net and found ECU Chips. “So I con­tacted them ” he says, “and got the chip done about a year-and-a-half ago.” Im­pressed with the dif­fer­ence that made, he then dis­cussed what the next step might be with Ja­son. Craig was al­ready think­ing along the lines of a three inch ex­haust and Ja­son sug­gested that if that was the case then it would be a good time to add a larger, af­ter­mar­ket turbo. “From there,” says Craig, “we dis­cussed the su­per­charger kit. Ja­son had al­ready done the Isuzu (D-Max) and that went re­ally well and af­ter he had done some more test­ing I made the de­ci­sion to get mine done as well.” While the turbo and ex­haust up­grade gave him the power and torque gains he both wanted and ex­pected the su­per­charger gave him in­stant –and on­go­ing – ac­cess to it. “With just the turbo there is still the lag and the big­ger the turbo the more lag. You could prob­a­bly tune them to be slightly bet­ter but it would be very hard. With the su­per­charger the power comes on the minute you touch the throt­tle and fills in the hole, if you like, till the turbo has time to spool up.”

Bottom line?

Craig couldn’t be hap­pier with the Ja­son and Guy's ‘twin-charge’ so­lu­tion. Ab­so­lutely,” he says, “the power and torque from the chip, turbo and ex­haust up­grades is still all there but the driv­abil­ity, es­pe­cially, around town, is a lot bet­ter.”

Sat­is­fied cus­tomer, Craig Card­well and his twin-charge Hilux work truck..

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