Landcruiser Automatic Conversion for 70 Series
70 Series Landcruiser Automatic can be achieved by fitting the Toyota 6 speed AB60 automatic transmission. For VDJ76 Wagon, VDJ78 Troopie or VDJ79 Ute Landcruisers, in Single or Dual Cab, with the 1VDFTV V8 TDi engine, the conversion to automatic using the 200 Series automatic transmission results in less noise and more fuel economy.
The conversion from 70 Series manual to the Landcruiser 6 speed automatic completely changes the nature of the beast. Its smooth to drive, no notchy gear box, backlash is gone, and it’s sooo much quieter on the highway at 1550rpm @ 100kph, and that’s with standard tyres!
With our company rig running 305 x 70 x 16’s, its under 1500rpm, and the fuel saving is terrific.
The 70 Series Landcruiser is a terrific 4WD platform for all sorts of uses; Mining, Tradies, Grey Nomads and a hell’ve a lot more, but a real let down in manual only.
Automatic transmissions are superior for off-road driving. You don’t have to button off the accelerator to change gears, which means you maintain momentum. It’s much easier to crawl over obstacles with control.
A good automatic with a switchable torque converter also gives you a lot more flexibility for on-road use. If you’re towing a heavy load, there’s no sweat when you’re pointing uphill. Simply press the accelerator, and off-you go, especially with an ECU Re-Map and exhaust upgrade.
We use the Toyota AB60 6-speed automatic transmission, same as the 200 Series. The standard unit is rated to 900nm torque at the crankshaft.
Even though this auto is a tough unit, many parts are upgraded to make it even tougher.
A billet torque converter – for extra strength and reliability, upgraded valve body – for a positive shift between gears, its own computerized management system – for great control – optional full auto, tip-tronic and even manual in low range.
Another great addition is the Torque Converter Lockup option. With the torque converter locked, slippage in the trans is eliminated. It’s like a manual, reducing heat, and improving economy. And the engine braking is awesome off-road.
Heat is the enemy of every 4x4, especially the transmission, so the extra cooling capacity – twice the size of the 200 Series and the built-in temperature gauge, mean heat won’t be a problem or a surprise – even in extreme situations.
The auto trans kit comes with a billet CNC-machined adaptor, which mates up to the original 70 Series transfer case. Result, the rest of your vehicle stays factory. There are no driveline or chassis alterations. Ultimate reliability!
Inside, it looks like factory. A custom centre console mounts up to the interior like it was always meant to be. The computerised display and controls are within easy reach, and there are some handy 12V & USB sockets, as well as 2 cup holders and a carpeted storage compartment.
You don’t get much in the 70 Series standard, even in GXL, so this really makes it!
If you want an Automatic in a Landcruiser V8 diesel Single Cab, Dual Cab, Troopie or Wagon, there are a couple of options. Buy a 200 Series and cut it down, and pay the extra to upgrade the auto. Or, convert the Landcruiser 70 Series manual to automatic with the AB60 trans and upgrades.
Another way of approaching the cost of an auto conversion is to consider the fuel savings, rather than one of convenience in city driving, 4WD capability off-road or noise reduction on highway.
On vehicles up to late 2016, there is around 1000rpm drop at highway speeds. Yes, 1000rpm!!!
Hence there is a significant reduction in fuel usage and engine noise!
If you know your fuel figures, you can compare to vehicles already converted – that are closest to your setup and use.
Fuel economy figures reported from real customers with 70 Series Automatic Conversions fitted:
- 10.8Li/100 from a VDJ78 Troopy (completely empty) doing the Melbourne to Perth run
- 12-14Li/100 from various customers depending on vehicle config.
- 14-15Li/100 from a VDJ79 Dual Cab fully loaded, lifted, 35” tyres, big canopy
- 16-17Li/100 from a VDJ79 Dual Cab, fairly standard, towing a Kedron 3200kg caravan & fully loaded.
Consider your savings over a 100,000km, and set against the cost of conversion. Use our Fuel Savings Calculator to estimate your fuel savings.
If you would like a test drive, make an appointment to drive our 2018 GXL Dual Cab. With the Auto, ECU Re-Map & Exhaust Power Upgrade, you’ll absolutely love the result!
GO 4x4, 599 North East Road, Gilles Plains, SA 5086
Tel: 8369 0999 go4x4.com.au
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Effortless cruising at 1550rpm or less on highway, with reduced fuel consumption, reduced cabin noise, reduced engine wear & reduced driveline stress.
- 6Spd 200 Series AB60 Auto Trans
- Upgraded Performance Valve Body
- Transmission Rated to 900nm Torque
- 1550 RPM @ 100kms/hr, with standard tyres
- Genuine Shifter, Custom Console
- Genuine HD Transcooler – 2x 200 Series size
- No Alteration to Chassis or any Driveline
- Manual Control for Low Range
- Torque Convertor Lock-Up Switch for Heavy Towing
Automatic Fuel Saving Calculator
Enter mileage values for your vehicle below (there are examples of real world, after conversion, fuel numbers below as a guide) to see an estimate of potential savings from the 70 Series Auto Conversion.
Real World Fuel Mileage Examples
- 10.8Li/100km – Empty VDJ78 Troopy
- 12-14Li/100km – various customers depending on vehicle config.
- 14-15Li/100km – Loaded VDJ79 Dual Cab, lifted, 35” tyres, big canopy
- 16-17Li/100km – Loaded VDJ79 Dual Cab, towing a Kedron 3200kg caravan.