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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:23   #46
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The video is nice, but any 4 wheel drive vehicle could have done that.
Exactly, any 4WD vehicle can do that, it is a standard ramp test to check the articulation. I have often fantasized about setting up a ramp like that in my backyard.

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The fortuner has always been a very capable off roader.

These were usually 4000 cc V6 engine units.

The vehicle is a full time 4 WD with a central diff lock and LSD in the rear axle.

What is launched in India is the 3000 cc Turbo Diesel
So let's not compare it with the Fortuner in India. The Indian Fortuner doesn't have rear LSD, didn't see in the specs. It only has center LSD like the GV.
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If no LSD in rear diff, the Safari will be more capable than her in some situations.
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If no LSD in rear diff, the Safari will be more capable than her in some situations.
Yes, exactly. I realised it sometime last year while comparing to GV.
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I was under the impression it had the option of a centrally lockable diff (the HL and LL) and a rear LSD
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DKG, as you are aware, any full-time 4WD needs LSD in the center diff. The only locking available in Fortuner or GV is locking the center diff. The front and rear diffs always remain open. However, Safari being a part-time 4WD, doesn't have center diff, but has rear LSD. Scorpio has no LSD anywhere.
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So its a lockable Torsen LSD in the centre and none at the rear? That's surprising, one would have expected atleast LSD at the rear
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So its a lockable Torsen LSD in the centre and none at the rear? That's surprising, one would have expected atleast LSD at the rear
Here is a very illuminating link... Toyota Oman - Specifications - Fortuner

All versions of Fortuner have LSD on Centre diff. That is a must for fulltime 4WD as I mentioned before.

However, the top-most variant, Fortuner 4.0SR Super SPL has Diff locks (not just LSD) on the rear. See bottom of that page.

I think this clarifies the matter.

Edit: That also means you can import that part and add diff locks to the rear, damn!

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@Samurai: Any such research for GV? I'd love to import a rear LSD drop in replacement.
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No GV variant comes with rear LSD or rear diff locks. There is TCS in some variants, but that can't be added so easily.
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Check again, even I will on my part, even the Indian Fortuner would have rear LSD, it is either this or rear diff lock on all Toyota SUV models be it Prado, LC, Fortuner, Forerunner, Hi Lander or Sequia or RAV4.
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desertfox, if the Indian Fortuner had rear diff locks or rear LSD, they would mention that in the specifications. But they haven't.
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Sudev can kill the suspense, if he has access to owners manual
Check what oil goes in center diff, front diff and rear diff.
If front and rear diff take in same oil, means both are open diff.
LSDs usually take in SAE-90 oil like Castrol Transpower or Dana 90
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desertfox, if the Indian Fortuner had rear diff locks or rear LSD, they would mention that in the specifications. But they haven't.
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Sudev can kill the suspense, if he has access to owners manual
Check what oil goes in center diff, front diff and rear diff.
If front and rear diff take in same oil, means both are open diff.
LSDs usually take in SAE-90 oil like Castrol Transpower or Dana 90
Just spoke to Toyota Customer care in Bangalore on 080-66293001.

They have confirmed that the Fortuner being sold in India does NOT have Rear Differential Locks and only Center Differential Locks.

There is a Forum in South Africa called 4x4community.com and has a number of posts and threads dedicated to the Fortuner.

There they have both center and rear locking differentials in the Fortuner available and some people have even got FRONT locking put in aftermarket from a company called ARB.

There were some rollover issues reported in the old Fortuners which now have all been sorted out in the facelifted version.

Most of the owners there swear by their Fortuners and a senior automotive journalist called Andrew St.Pierre White on 4xforum.com was very impressed by the Fortuners off road capabilities.

I shall quote him directly below..

"I have experience of the Fortuner. I regard it as one of the best off/on road compromise SUVs, with an unusual blend of road manners and true, rugged (not just posed) off road ability. This means that there will be users that take full advantage of its suitability for outback travel. This kind of travel means gravel roads and corrugations. The Fortuner is, by and large, a good performer in these conditions, easy to drive and comfortable." Andrew St.Pierre White
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The e-brochure describes the H mode as "more traction" and L and "maximum traction. What are the chances they will mention LSD?
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The e-brochure describes the H mode as "more traction" and L and "maximum traction. What are the chances they will mention LSD?
..you are right! The level of information given on the 4x4 systems is truly substandard.

Even the Sales person who i am dealing with was urging me to drive the car in HL mode on dry tarmac..i told him it would damage the drivetrain. He had no idea about the 4x4 system or if the car had centre or rear or both locking differentials!

I bet he thought LSD was some kind of drug!!
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