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My pearl Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-G

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My pearl colour Toyota Hilux Surf is the top-of-the-line SSR-G 1996 KZN185 with a turbo intercooler, 1KZ-TE 3 litres 4 cylinder diesel, and automatic transmission.  It was purchased from Sydney in June 2002.  I searched the internet to find it, and then flew over from Adelaide on a Virgin Blue Airlines plane, and drove it home across via the Hay Plains.  I was very impressed with it while driving it, but, the Active Suspension system that is standard with the Hard/Soft switch settings on the centre console in front of the armrest box, took some working out with the setting in either Hard or Soft to find which was best.  It was windy driving for half the way home and found Hard setting was best to stop the cross-wind swaying, swaying around corners and front diving under hard braking.  I rarely ever used the Soft setting.  The only problem with the Hard setting is that it is very harsh over potholes, bumps and etc..  My Surf was originally fitted with new SIMEX Trekker 275/70/R16 tyres, and now have fitted B.F.GOODRICH ATKO 265/75/R16 tyres.  The spare is fitted with a DUNLOP Grandtrek 265/70/R16 tyre.  It was also fitted with dual batteries.  I have now done a lot of the aftermarket gear upgrades, which are listed below.




  • TJM bullbar (brackets totally modified by Paul of E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA)
  • 4WD SYSTEMS 115 litres auxiliary fuel tank (modified and with fitment of a Nissan Silvia turbo fuel pump by Paul of E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA)
  • ADELAIDE SPRINGS heavy duty towing rear springs
  • 4WD SYSTEMS front springs, gas front struts and foamcell rear dampers
  • LIGHTFORCE 240 Blitz driving lights with yellow cover lens (supplied and fitted by Paul of E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom driving light guard to bullbar (Paul)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom single drawer kit and fridge mesh cage kit (Paul)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom 55 litres stainless steel water tank built-in across behind rear seats (Paul)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom fishing rod flag pole holder on bullbar (Paul)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom shovel holder on wheel carrier (Paul)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom jerry can holder on wheel carrier (Paul)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom cargo barrier (Paul)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom manual two way dual batteries switch in engine bay (Paul)
  • CARTOYS battery isolator for rear third battery built into the drawer kit for the fridge and accessories
  • ARB air compressor in engine bay
  • ARB supplied SAFARI snorkel (fitted by Paul of E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA)
  • GITSHAM custom 5mm alloy bash plate
  • TISONICS UHF radio aerial on bullbar, connected to my UNIDEN UH052XR handheld radio (it was my idea)
  • TISONICS turbo timer/security alarm
  • ROLA roof racks from ROOF RACK CITY Adelaide store
  • B.F.GOODRICH ATKO 265/75/R16 tyres
  • AUSCRUISE cruise control fitted by TISONICS
  • The headlights are replaced with new 100watt 50+ globes


Paul of E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA can be contacted by;


Telephone/Fax: 08 82641454


It is with special thanks to Ralph Olsen (flying surf) for recommending Paul awhile back.







  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom roof rails with 100mm x 20mm aluminum solid plates and be in powder coated black with stainless steel roof rack runner supports (Paul)
  • E.I.S.S. Back Pack SA custom poly 25mm to 50mm lift  suspension plates all round (Paul)
  • I might replace the headlights with Xenon Discharge HIB globes
  • I will be fitting a turbo boost gauge very soon



I now have a spare ECB (East Coast Bullbars) bullbar for incase I ever damage my present TJM bullbar.  I might get around to fitting the spare ECB (East Coast Bullbars) bullbar eventually

I now have a spare set of five factory alloy wheels with worn KELLY Safari AWR 265/75/R16 tyres, ideal for beach sand driving.


7 December 2003




The very first problems I had with my Surf was the rear diff that was making a grinding noise while turning from hard take-offs at stationary... solved the problem with a synthetic diff fluid.  At the same time I had to replace the front disc rotors, and fit new brake pads, due to it was pulling to the right everytime I used the brakes.


I have had a problem with the factory suspension system that cannot cope with a very heavy load of camping gear, as I had busted one of the rear suspension bump stop on a trip around the Mereenie Loop Road in the Northern Territory.  I had to have a set of secondhand front Landcruiser 100 series springs supplied and fitted by Heinzel P & D Mechanical Repairs at 24a North Stuart Highway, Alice Springs, to lift the rear about 50mm higher for the limp trip home.  The mechanic was very prompt to do the springs replacement, which I was very pleased.  The TJM bullbar brackets were useless on the Mereenie Loop Road, which was cracking off, as I had to fit numerous oky straps to hold it on, until I got back home for modifications.  The 4WD SYSTEMS 115 litres auxiliary fuel tank has also given me problems as well, of leaks due to the tank hitting the underside of the body.  Paul of E.I.S.S Back Pack SA has rectified the problems with modifications to the tank and cut out a little part of the body crossmember.  The drain plug was leaking slightly as well.   Also, the flimsy factory gimmick front fender mirror broke off on the same trip.  The Mereenie Loop Road is the worst road I have even been on, as it is very cobblestoned, and I had one puncture with a 100mm split on the inside of the tyre.  Paul will also be fabricating new custom roof rails with 100mm x 20mm aluminum solid plates and be in powder coated black, with stainless steel roof rack runner supports, in about two weeks time.  The factory roof rails has warped out of shape due to the bouncing friction motion of the Mereenie Loop Road.


I have pictures of the TJM bullbar and brackets in the gallery page.  The TJM bullbar has given me problems from since I have installed it myself.  I did a lot a searching for other brands to find which will fit my model Toyota Surf KZN185.  I tried all the 4WD suppliers in Adelaide, such as ARB, Opposite Lock, Tough Stuff, 4WD Systems and etc., and even the Smart Bar... they all do not make them for my model.  I even sent an email to Bocar in Queensland and never received an reply.  I have now found another spare bullbar that will fit my model, and it is the ECB (East Coast Bullbars), which I will keep as an incase I ever damage the the TJM bull.  My recommendation is to get the ECB bullbar (I don't know if they make winch bullbars, which you would need to check out for yourself though).  It is also a lot cheaper than the TJM bullbar that has very weak brackets... I would not even fit an electric winch to it, even if I wanted to!


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Click on the thumbnail to view the Mereenie Loop Road in the Northern Territory which is drawn next to it in pink on the map.


7 December 2003




Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-G intercooler attaching Diesel turbo car touring package equipped car

 Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-G intercooler attaching Diesel turbo car touring package equipped car


Engine type 1KZ-TE
Type Water cooled Inline 4 cylinder OHC IC turbo
Bore × stroke 96mm×103mm
Displacement 2982cc
Compression ratio 21.2:1
Fuel system  
Max power 103kW @ 3600rpm
Max torque 333Nm @ 2000rpm
Supercharger IC equipped turbo
Fuel tank capacity 70 litres
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel consumption  
LEV approved No
Type Electronic control type 4 speed automatic
Drive layout PART4WD
Limited slip differential Standard
Steering and Suspension
Steering type Power assisted rack & pinion
Front suspension Double wishbone type coil (stabilizer to attach)
Rear suspension trailing link axle type coil (stabilizer to attach)
Front brakes Ventilated disk
Rear brakes Drum (leading trailing)
Front tyres 265/70R16
Rear tyres 265/70R16
Turning circle 11.4 m
Exterior length 4850mm
Exterior width 1800mm
Exterior height 1805mm
Interior length 1850mm
Interior width 1395mm
Interior height 1165mm
Wheelbase 2675mm
Front track 1505mm
Rear track 1495mm
Ground clearance 240mm
Weight 1830kg


Front fog lamps Option
Rear fog lamps No
Xenon headlights No
Projector headlights No
Front spoiler No
Rear spoiler Standard
Rear window wiper Standard
Driver airbag Standard
Front passenger airbag Standard
Side airbags No
Anti-lock braking system Standard
Traction control No
Front seat belt pre-tensioners No
Front seat belt force limiters No
Rear seat lap sash belt Standard
Child seat attachment No
Side impact protection bars Standard
Navigation and Audio
Navigation Option
Sound (CD and MD) AM/FM radio, CD player
CD player No
Air conditioning Automatic
Power windows Standard
Central door locking Standard
Steering wheel reach adjust No
Steering wheel height adjust Standard
Cruise control No
Leather steering wheel Standard
Leather seats No
Power front seat adjustment No
Power rear seat adjustment No
Wood panel Option
Sunroof Option
Alloy wheels 16 inch standard
Split fold rear seatback Yes
Ultraviolet reducing glass No
Tinted windows Standard

I have since found information that the maximum braking tow capacity specification is 2,324kg.

My Surf is also fitted with the optional sunroof/wind deflector, interior woodgrain panels and the spare wheel carrier.  It did not have the front fog lights, navigation and CD player as specified in the above specs, but has only a radio and tape player.



(For those that would like to know what are the non intercooler model specifications can email for me to send the details)


Pictures of my Surf are in the gallery page.


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