Turbo Hilux Work? Ute: Stupidity

Here is my friend AJ’s work ute. Yes, this is a WORK ute, most probably one of the coolest work utes in New Zealand.


This is indeed Turbo, and is making around 400hp at the flywheel. No its not Diesel, it has the standard 3RZ 2.7L 4Cylinder motor that come out standard in these Hilux’s. Now not many people know of this engine, but the americans have made these engines into 1000hp+ monsters! So AJ thought of opening up abit of the potential this engine has for a good work/daily truck.


From the outside, to any normal person without a keen eye for modifications to cars, this truck would look like any other normal Hilux you see driving on the street, but this truck can definately scare some of the more modified cars very easily. This is one of the best examples of a “Sleeper” I have come accross.


The Sleeper Look is continued with the Intercooler stashed behind the Grill:


At the moment, its rolling on standard 350Z wheels, which suit this car quite well. Although I have seen it on Buddyclub P1’s before, and that looked awesome! Apparently helped with the handling aswell because of the lighter wheel mass.


Now to the main Feature of this car, The 3RZFTE engine, 2.7L with a Rev Limit of around 5500rpm (approx)

The turbo was actually too small according to AJ but he wanted something with good response and instant torque so the turbo ended up to be the right choice. He has fitted a thicker Headgasket and ARP head studs to the 3RZ for reliabilty reasons. The turbo exhaust manifold was made up by himself and his talented team at Pitstop. Running an EMS ECU and tuned by Soichi Tate @ S.T Hitec he has made it run smooth without any restrictions. This also helps with the goal of getting the instant torque AJ was wanting.


All in all, this is still a Hilux Work truck, so AJ has decided to move on to bigger and better things which I will post up on a later date.

To me, Stupidity is the only word to explain this… but at the same time, Its awesome!

AJ still has something on the side to have fun in before the transition if he ever gets the need,


But more on that later.

Here is the rest of the Gallery:

4 thoughts on “Turbo Hilux Work? Ute: Stupidity

  1. I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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