97 Toyota Colorado/Prado through Africa. West Coast Route
I am planning on taking my 1997 Landcruiser Colorado (aka Prado) through Africa. (west coast route)
I am going to emigrate to South Africa, so instead of shipping the car I thought it would be more fun to take 2-3(max) months and drive it there.
So, I am not planning on some heavy expedition, and the point of the trip is really just to get to SA. Main roads as much as possible. I'm on a budget, so I was thinking on doing the following mods only:
- Suspension upgrade. Possibly OME or Ironman. My main concern is REALIABILITY. I am not useful with the spanners, so want to minimise breakdowns. Car wont be heavily loaded.
- General Grabber AT2 x 5 or maybe even x 6 .
No roof-tent, no fridge, no Winch (probably hand winch), no Snorkel etc like I said I'm on a budget. The car wont be too heavily loaded.
It will be just me and the wife, so I wont want to attempt any deep water crossings alone. Hence no snorkel. Although might get one just cause they look so damn cool.
Am I Crazy?
Can anyone give advice on some essential things to check/upgrade ? I will probably have it fully serviced and looked over by Overland Cruisers here in the UK. I hear they know what to look out for.
Any ideas/opinions welcome. Thanks