RockSolidToys has been the leading innovator in late model Toyota 4wd vehicle conversions. We have been the forerunner in transfer case swaps, solid axle swaps and 2wd to 4wd conversions. The Toyota platform is ripe with vehicles here in the States that are great off road vehicles. The Tacoma, 4Runner and FJ Cruiser are all fantastic offroad vehicles in stock form. However, one of the best offroad vehicles the Toyota Corporation has made has been largely forgotten about until just recently.
Enter, the Lexus GX 470. This is the ubber luxury version of the Toyota Landcruiser Prado sold elsewhere in the world. Countries like Australia, Africa and South America are regions you can find the Prado in. The Lexus version of this vehicle was sold here in the US and Eurasia starting in 2002.
So.... why did I choose a Lexus GX 470 for our next RST project vehicle? It was simple really. I have a 2004 4Runner that I was going to swap and daily drive but my son adopted it so I was looking for another 4Runner when I came across a Lexus GX 470 on Craigs List that was cheaper than a 4wd 4Runner with a 4.7L V8 and had less miles on it. Something clicked and I started looking for a suitable GX 470. ( Thats right folks. I did not know much about the GX before this and it wasn't even on my radar. Is that really that hard to believe? ) Two weeks later and with the use of a broker, I found the GX I wanted with the color I wanted and the options as well.
Now, lets get to the meat of this blog. What don't I like and what do I like about the Lexus GX 470.