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Old 19-04-2017, 11:31 PM
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Hi all,

I have just gotten my first ever 4x4 and it is a 1998 GU RD28T Manual. I did some research before i got it and was aware that they are a slow mover. Coming from a skyline this was going to be even worse, but i wasnt prepared for how slow it actually is haha I will get used to it in time i imagine and have read that they are still very capable off road.

The reason for my post is to get some opinions. The body has 400 thousand however it has a new engine that was reco'd and has about 300 thousand on it. I took it in for an inspection at a reputable 4x4 shop today and they said the body is clean and the engine is solid. However it has the original suspension which is on its way out, clutch is going, engine mounts are worn, front bushes need to be changed, tie rod ends, AC compressor and a few other wear and tear bits and pieces. Is there anything in particular that I should do or anything i should steer clear of? The only mods to the car is a 3" turbo back exhaust, EGR blocked off, t28 turbo (is this the stock one or not?) and 4.6 diff gears.

I am in no way mechanically minded and even worse so when it comes to diesels and 4WDs so any input would be appreciated.
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Welcome to the forum.

Plenty of 2.8 Knowledge here.

Unfortunately the 2.8 is not fast by any measure.

I'd drive it around for a while and see if you can get used to it.
They are an aquired taste.

Best starting point is take it to reputable diesel specialist and make sure the motor is in fundamentally good condition.

There are things you can do to make them better performance wise but don't expect miraculous improvements. It's a small low tech diesel in reality.

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2.8 GU is a good starting point for a first 4WD, it was my first 4WD and I had a ball in it learning to drive, while they're no powerhouse you can get them moving a bit better, and they love to rev compared to larger diesels.

Original suspension with 400k is a scary thought, I would put this at the top of your list along with the front end bushes and tie rods. Depending on what you want to do with the car eg touring/camping rig or tough tracks a 2/3" lift with longer shocks and some form of castor correction (bushes or drop boxes) would be a good starting point, there is a forum member by the name of Zordo http://www.zordos4wdsuspension.com.au/ who is a great help with any suspension questions and decent pricing. While that's being done it would be wise to check the swivel hubs and wheel bearings aswell, if they're loose it will cause the steering to wobble between 80-90kph.

Once you're ontop of the initial maintenance and have some ideas for mods there is a ton of DIY threads here to help you through it and few helpful members
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Check out the "super flexy" suspension kit, a heap of options and replaces a lot of that part list and is soooo much better than standard, love mine and the 3' lift kit handles better than standard on the road!!
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Id replace all bushes in the car with genuine and engine mounts and gearbox mounts then go from there
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As a fellow GU rd28 owner Iv'e got to agree they are "different" but i love mine.

As per the other suggestion get all of the suspension and bushes done and you'll be surprised how much difference it will make to the handling.

Also don't forget the timing belt on the rd28 is due for replacement every 100,000km, id be getting that changed unless you have some reliable proof of when it was done last.

IMO stay away from bigger tyres, they will just slow you down.

The 4.62 diff gears are standard fitment on the GU's with the 2.8, the t28 is not the standard turbo on the GU 2.8 its actually from the GQ 2.8 standard fitment is the Garrett gt1752s.
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