Toyota 4x4 Pick Up
Model Number: 58028

Released

1-Nov-81

Drive

4WD with 3 speed gearbox

Suspension

Leaf Spring

Chassis Description

Aluminium Bar and plate

Body Type

ABS White Plastic

Motor

RS-540S

Similar

Blazing Blazer, Mountaineer, Bruiser

Original Price

33000 Yen

Width

230mm

Length

500mm

Height

200mm

Wheel Base

287mm

Tread Front

175mm

Tread Rear

195mm

Weight

4.8Kg with &V-4000mAh battery

Scale

1/10th

The first of the metal ladder chassis cars, the Toyota Hilux is technically very interesting. It came complete with a 3 speed manual gearbox controlled by a third channel on the radio. The Hilux also boasts an early electronic speed controller and freewheel front hubs. The Hilux and it's sister models have a huge following today and command premium prices.




Reviews

mcovalsk

2/11/2007 4:46:03 AM

Well I agree with all said here. I run the first Hilux in 1982 and sold it because was so bad to run!!!! I was a fool I know. In then Tamiya had plastic buggies and metal ones, so the Hilux is closer to the Sand Scorcher /RR idea.
In my latest Hilux I used the leaf springs provided with the new Ford 350, just one in the front and two for the rear section, making some modification in the position of the shocks, using the large at the front and short at rear.
The F350 leaf spring are better than the Bruiser ones, I mean they are little soft and you can chose just one, the clearance is greater and the suspension works very fine.....for what's one of these trucks, of course.
I use to replace the electronics of the ESC for something new, which make a smooth running, the bump the old ESC produce wear so much the universals.
Have in account that this was intended to use at low speed, I guess so definitively.

L-U-K-E

1/23/2007 11:42:31 PM

I just love this car, anyone I show it too just thinks its great. I havn't ever ran it so have no idea what it handles like, no doubt it is probably crap. The build quality and realism are absolutely amazing, theres no way I would ever get rid of my Hilux. Mines new built and never run although it is tempting. This is the best car Tamiya have ever made and most likely the best car tamiya will ever make.

vintagejack

12/29/2003 12:04:44 AM

Another car I have always wanted, but when I ran it I ws disappointed by it, th elask of suspensionmovement, even with Bruiser leafs makes the car look highly unrealistinc on hard ground, thoug it looks better if the top layer is soft mud.. body details incredible, sold mine after I ran it, kept Blazing Blazer instead as I prefer the look, amazing car notwithsatnding poor performance.

robysoldtamiya

10/21/2002 1:30:40 PM

Performances:

by the first run you will surely find that all that scale realism will not be transferred to the track because of that stiff leafs. You will not get proper axale travel when you'll go climbing little rocks or hills. You will see most of the time your truck running with a tire raised from ground. So if you really want to have your tires glued to the ground you need a good set of Bruiser leafs. Now you have to find a real working set of oil dampers (not the SS ones) and your truck will be ready for real scale off-road. Don't expect your truck climb 60% hills, buy something else if you'r looking for that. When you put it to the ground you have to imagine what a real truck can do in the same situation: don't expect to climb a rock bigger than your tire, don't expect to be able to go out of deep holes. If you learn to play 'in scale' you will get a lot of fun from this truck (or that's what happens to me).

Other mods you can make are ballbearings, the deep you can go the better.

If you remove transistorized spd controll for a modern esc pay attention that most of the cab weight is holded by the original spd control, if you remove it all the weight will go to radiobox tabs, and you'll end breaking them. You have to find a way to hold cab, I simply added some nylon bands on the chassis rails under doors, there seems to be right space for them if you find proper dimensions.

When you run it, a shifting gate is recomended, this way you will not make errors. I shift on the fly, don't love to stop and shift, find it harder for gearbox. I really don't love to run 3spd trucks with a wheel radio.

Rremove motor rubber cover if you want, it works as a sauna for it. Put some rubber collars over motor to fit motor mount and let it breath. Any motor can draw debris into gears: they enter air holes, go thrught rotor and exit from front holes (where is pinion). However the motor mount on gearbox will keep these front holes closed, avoiding debris to damage gears. Keep the motor cleaned.

Replace original tires with new Pajero/Wrangler ones, they are not good as the original (more plastic instead of rubber) but you will save originals and have a still scale looking ones. They will fit on Hilux wheels with tire inserts.

Last you will find while climbing that rear bumper will hit the ground most of the time: you can surely remove it to add clearance, but keep one eye open because in this way rear license plate could be broken on high hills.

This is for sure the best truck, if you learn to run it you will love it.

Roby



robysoldtamiya

10/20/2002 5:39:44 PM

Proud to be the first.
The Hilux was my childhood dream. I probably saw it first time in 1981, at a local Expo. It was an expo about house things (stereos, fornitures, etc etc) and some stands were for toys. One of them was RC and built a carpet track to show cars running. There were a lot of 1/12 onroad, wery fast (!?!?) I remember, but one, the only one, the super one was it: Toyota Pickup ! It was red like the box and the guy was running it with a 16ch radio. It had lights, clacson, turn signals and the guy was able to put a foto camera with velcro over rollbar lights and make the foto by tx ! I didn't leave the track for all the evening, my father saw the expo all alone(sorry dad!) but I was very excited by the model. After that I only saw it NIB when I went to LHS. Yes I asked it to my father, I asked it so many times, but I never had it. I bought my 1st Hilux on Christmast 1996 !


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