1999 LX470 Build Thread

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Tim Barrett

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Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Hey everyone, I'm new to Overland Bound and overlanding. As I'm going through upgrading my truck and everyone I know asks if I'm having a midlife crisis, I thought it might be nice to share with a community that understands! So, I decided to start a build thread here.

I bought a 1999 LX470 with 237k miles. I'm hoping what I've read about these engines is true, and that I can get 4-500k miles out of it. If not I'll be looking for feed back on rebuilding / upgrading the engine because I've got way too much into this already to ever sell it!

The truck was fairly neglected needing a bit of work mechanically including a new timing belt, alternator, two CV Axel replacements, a ball joint and various other more minor mechanical repairs. I got it cheap and there was a reason!

Cosmetically I've re-uppulstered the front seats, which were shredded and I'm in the process of repairing and dyeing the rest of the seats. They were all very worn, torn, stained, etc. It was rough...

I found the leather for the front seats on eBay for $135 a piece. I watched some YouTube videos and read another forum on how to install. Each seat took me about three hours. It can probably be done faster. I've never done anything like that before. I think they came out great!

Also, cosmetic, I plasti-dipped the faded front grille and rear emblems. I was nervous about this but it was easy and came out great. I doesn't look like my grandma's car anymore!

I abandoned the stock suspension and AHC. I had 4Wheel Parts install all new old man emu heavy duty suspension and 2.5" lift, and 285/75/16 BFG KO2 tires, including a full size spare which no longer fits under the car. I kept the stock rims and spray painted them satin black after watching the Overland Bound video on his rims. They look great and I feel good about being able to abuse them. I can always repaint them. I deleted the stock running boards in anticipation of installing rock sliders.

After the lift I noticed the tires look narrow. I've ordered 1.5" Spidertrax wheel spacers that will be installed soon.

I REALLY wanted the Gobi rack but when I ordered it the lead time was going to be 4 months and I'm trying to go on a trip the second week of October. I had to cancel that order. I toyed with the idea of building my own rack but settled on the Prinsu. I liked the look and modular design and they could get it to me in time. It arrived yesterday. I'm excited to get it on the truck! I have a large family (wife + 4 kids) so the seats will be filled with bodies requiring the majority of the gear to go on the rack.

I also installed a new head unit and back up camera.

I found a local fabricator that is currently building and installing rock sliders, front winch bumper, super winch with synthetic cable, rear swing out bumper with spare tire carrier and replacing one of the stock skid plates that is plastic. I'm keeping the front skid plate which is metal.

Here's a few photos of the evolution so far... I'll upload more as things progress. 00000IMG_00000_BURST20190916094115381_COVER.jpegIMG_20190902_085214.jpegMVIMG_20190901_151719.jpegIMG_20190901_191030.jpegIMG_20190902_085015.jpegIMG_20190902_092159.jpeg00000IMG_00000_BURST20190905164242387_COVER.jpegIMG955088.jpegIMG955086.jpegScreenshot_20190921-111942.jpegScreenshot_20190921-112018.jpeg