CONTINUING on from Readers' Rigs: Part One, here’s the next selection of rides that our readers are hitting the bush with.
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Here’s the next instalment of readers’ rigs:
2000 GU PATROL TD42T – JON BORKOWSKI
WHAT IT’S GOT: I got it in July 2015 after my GQ of 10 years died. It’s a ’99 build, 2000-plated GU Series I. Prior to my ownership it was a one-family-owned vehicle. When I purchased it, it was 100 per cent original and only had 55,083km on the clock. The motor hasn’t been touched yet, except for a three-inch exhaust and 3.5-inch Safari snorkel.
Suspension-wise it has: four-inch, medium-rate King Coils; Tough Dog shocks and adjustable Panhard rods; Superior Engineering comp-spec drag link and tie rod; Superior super flex arms; Superior swaybar disconnects; BBM off-road heavy-duty rear lower control arms and adjustable uppers; extended braided brake lines; and Boss rear coil tower braces.
I run the Nissan LSD in the rear and an Eaton ELocker up front. Rear bar is from Millweld Customs and front bar is a genuine Nissan steel winch bar, with the Nissan driving lights of the time. It rides on Mickey Thompson 16x8in Baja Locks and Toyo Open Country MTs in 315/75/16.
I run a Tracklander alloy rack and a Darche Eclipse awning. Inside are the basics: UHF, CD player, Hema GPS and a cargo barrier. I got it engineered to keep the insurance company and Mr Plod happy.
Future mods will include a set of Rock Sliders, a turbo upgrade with a top mount intercooler, and a winch.
I haven’t been off-road a great deal, yet. The best trip so far has been to the Spanish Steps at Lithgow, then along to Baal Bone Gap up to Mt Airlie, to Turon River National Park, and then along the Turon to Hill End.
1989 NISSAN PATROL Y60 MDL – ADAM TANNER
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve had it for approximately eight years. It was originally a TB42, but I built up a big, pricy TD42 with custom 11mm pump, which runs 25psi boost. I’m yet to dyno, as the motor has only 10,000km on it.
Every suspension arm is upgraded, and it has front and rear air lockers. It’s got a five-inch lift and runs 35-inch TTC Claws. Other features include a high-mount warn, rebuilt diffs and a Ti interior.
The rig is in very good condition. We use it for the Vic High Country and it tows our new Jayco Swan OB. I’m looking to sell it to make way for a GU4 TD42.
FOTON TUNLAND – DEAN NEUMANN
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve had it just on three years. It hasn’t got many mods, just a Hilux snorkel, nudge bar, light bar, awning, alloy tray, Jack Off canopy, dual battery, Ironman 4x4 fridge, 18-inch rims and All-Terrains.
It’s been to Gladstone and up to Rockhampton, but it spends most of its time at work or bass fishing in Macleay.
2011 JEEP WRANGLER JK – MATT LAIDLAW
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve had my 2011 JK from new and have built it up gradually. It currently runs on 33-inch tyres, Bilstein long travel shocks, Eaton front Locker and re-geared 4.11 diff ratios.
It’s also got a Rock-Slide Engineering front bar with 12,000-pound winch, Synergy adjustable control arms, custom stainless exhaust, chromoly axles and a Rhino rack. We manage to get out regularly with the great people at JeepFreakz, Qld.
2015 ISUZU MU-X LST – SIOBHAN JAMIE THORNBERRY
WHAT IT’S GOT: My MU-X has a TJM front bar, 9500lb Kaymar rear bar, Ironman 4x4 two-inch lift kit, Korr light bar and LED driving lights, and I’ve just fitted brush bars and steps. I have done Vic High Country, Kulkyne National Park, Pink Lakes, Brindabella National Park and Tallarook.
1999 JEEP CHEROKEE XJ – DYLAN TAYLOR
WHAT IT’S GOT: 5.5-inch lift; Super-Flex short arms; drop boxes; a custom front bar; 32-inch MT/Rs (soon-to-be 33-inch KL71s); Rock Lights, light bar, and a whole lot of other lights; full sound system; cold-air intake; custom exhaust; machined head and metal head gasket; custom steel flares; and much more. Plus the carpet has been removed for the bed liner.
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