YOKIE DOKIE

FRESH YOKOHAMA GEOLANDARS REPLACE THE STOCK RUBBER, BEFORE WE HEAD OFF ON AN EASTER CAMPING TRIP.

WORDS MATT RAUDONIKIS

LAND CRUISER 79 GXL SINGLE-CAB 4X4 SHED 078 DATE ACQUIRE D: DEC 2016 PRICE: $74,715 KM THIS MONTH: 1983KM AV FUEL: 14.87L/100KM 0 0 8 2 7 1 9 KM

FRESH YOKOHAMA GEOLANDARS REPLACE THE STOCK RUBBER, BEFORE WE HEAD OFF ON AN EASTER CAMPING TRIP.

TIME flies when youíre having fun, and itís hard to believe weíve had the Land Cruiser for five months already. Whatís harder to take is that weíll have to give it back to Toyota next month Ė it certainly will be a tough truck to part with.

We did the piece with Yokohama tyres for the 4X4 Garage this month (p146), and they wanted us to give an opinion of the tyres after a lap around the block in their rig. We suggested a bit more time on the new Geolandar A/Ts was needed and asked them to throw a set on our Cruiser. So the guys at A1 Tyres & More in Chelsea Heights rustled up a set of black steelies, fitted them with 285/75-16LT Yokies and sent us on our way.

tough tyres block Steve at A1 Tyres & More is a 4x4er and owns the double-cab 79 in some of the pics in the Yokohama story, so he knows what 4x4ers want in a tyre.

Most LC70 owners will up the tyre size on their Cruisers, and the 285/75 is a popular choice for those who like to keep things legal while still gaining height and putting more rubber on the track. Itís a Ďplus-oneí size upgrade, so itís not over the top.

Instantly noticeable upon leaving the driveway at A1 Tyres & More is the effect the taller tyres have on performance, as it took a further press on the skinny pedal to get the Cruiser going and keep momentum up. It doesnít make the car a slug by any means, but itís evident at first then soon forgotten. Many people should think about this before they fit bigger tyres to their 4x4s, or at least consider a performance hop-up at the same time. The other thing to consider is the speedometer calibration. The 79 went from running at 97km/h at an indicated 100, to pulling 105km/h with the needle in the same place. It makes using the Hema HN7 GPS invaluable to staying on the right side of the limit.

With the tougher-looking black steelies and Yokies fitted we did a run up to NSW over Easter for some camping and a bit of light duty 4x4ing with mates. The tyre performed well over a variety of terrain, including one rocky climb back in Victoria. The same strengths weíve mentioned before shone through again with the 79: nice highway cruising with the taller top gear, great tie-down points in the tray for fridge, swag and camping box, and that effortless lope of the 1VD V8 engine.

Iím worried as I really donít think Iíll be able to give this Cruiser back!