BUYERS GUIDE - 4X4 CAMPERVANS
This Melbourne-based company has specialised in converting mainly Toyota vehicles from 2WD to 4WD for many years. All conversions are engineered and tested to gain Australian Government Federal IPA or secondary manufacturing approval.
Enduroco used to supply Bus4x4 in Brisbane with Toyota HiAce and Coaster conversion kits, so if you look at the Previous Models sections of these stories in the OTA Buyers Guide you’ll see Enduroco in action.
Bus4x4 now makes its own conversion kits, with independent front suspension. Enduroco Coasters and HiAces have live front axles.
After the arraignment with Bus4x4 ended Enduroco geared up to market its conversion kits under its own company name.
The Coaster conversion can be done on new or used vehicles and consists of a modified Dana live front axle, fitted with manual free-wheeling hubs and ventilated disc brakes.
A fabricated front cross member mounts coil springs and Pedders shock absorbers, and axle location is by a Panhard rod and four leading arms.
A New Process two-speed transfer case is mounted behind the main transmission.
The standard Coaster rear axle is retained, but the leaf spring suspension and Pedders dampers are replacement items.
In the case of a current model Coaster the engine is a Hino four-cylinder, four-litre turbo-diesel, with 110kW and 397Nm. GVM is 6000kg and tare weight, 4200kg.
The HiAce conversion can be done on new or post-2005 used vehicles and is similar in layout to the Coaster conversion, except that the front axle is located by twin leading arms.
In the case of the MY 2017 HiAce the powerplant is a Toyota three-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel with 100kW and 300Nm. GVM is 3750kg (4000kg optional) and tare weight is 2460kg.
If you check out our 2014 HiAce Bus4x4 test you’ll see the Enduroco conversion, because back then Bus4x4 used the Enduroco kit:
There’s also a high-riding 2WD conversion avaiable for the Toyota HiAce.