HERE at 4X4 Australia we’ve been asking our readers to send in pics and details of their off-road workhorses.
This week we got sent some crackers, including a killer Defender, a sweet-looking Wrangler and a heavily modified Amarok – among heaps of other cool rigs.
What are you waiting for! Get your smartphone out and take some snaps of your pride and joy. You never know, it might even wind up published in the mag one day and, if we really like it, perhaps you’ll even see it on the cover of 4X4 Australia!
01: 2013 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 LIMITED EDITION – DAMIAN LUCEV
WHAT IT’S GOT: I bought it brand new. Mods include: Rovacraft bullbar, Runva 11XP winch with cabin winch isolation and winch control; OME 2in lift springs and shockers; steering bash plate; JW Speaker LED headlights, 48 and 17in LED bars up front; two 8in rear LED work lights; Safari snorkel; Uniden UHF and antenna; Mulgo rock sliders; heavy duty steering arm; Tradesman roof rack with hi-lift jack holder; in-cabin ARB twin compressor; Redarc dual-battery system; rear fridge points; rear recovery points; BF Goodrich 285/75/16 muddies; and an Alpine sat-nav system and upgraded stereo.
Future plans include front and rear Ashcroft lockers, an ECU tune to 170hp and a bigger intercooler.
I have done a couple trips to the Vic High Country (Licola to Dargo) with my girlfriend. Tracks included Dingo Hill, Caledonia River, Butcher Country and Butcher Country Link, Wonnangatta Valley, Bulltown Spur, Crooked River, Billy Goat Bluff, and Blue Rag Range.
02: 2016 JEEP JK WRANGLER RUBICON – BRENDAN MULHERAN
WHAT IT’S GOT: This Rubicon was the first in the country with a 1/1/2016 compliance plate, which is cool. It went straight from the dealer to On Track 4X4 at Slacks Creek for a 4.5in lift and 35in Trail Hogs on 17x9in Tuffs wheels.
Front and rear bars are Poison Spyder from the USA. It has a Tom Wood’s front-drive shaft and Evo body armour.
Best place I’ve gone so far has to be The Springs 4x4 Park out past Warwick, where I went up Beer O Clock Hill over the Easter long weekend.
03: 2000 TOYOTA PRADO 90 SERIES – AARON BOURNE
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve had it just on a year and got it stock standard. I’ve just replaced everything on the front end. It’s also got a 2in Lovells lift kit and a UHF radio. Future mods include a light bar, roof cage and I’m going to put on 33s and a diff drop kit.
It’s coming up to 300,000km and running like new. I’ve done most tracks on Yarrahapinni Mountain and just completed a 90km trip over the New England hills from Bellingen to Missabotti, where it topped out at 840m in height. She led a group of 16 cars over five hours of tracks up Yarrahapinni and surprised most with how capable it is. And, of course, it needs the main mod: stickers!
04: 2012 NISSAN XTRAIL ST – JONATHON MANTON
WHAT IT’S GOT: A 2.5-litre petrol engine with manual transmission. Mods include: Bushranger Night Hawk LED lights; 2.5x2.5m awning with enclosure tent and safety flag; Oricom UHF300 in-car radio and UHF2190 handheld unit; ECB Big Tube bar with LED indicator/side lights, including built-in fog lights; full underbody protection plates; King rear springs and Pedders front springs providing 40mm lift; 16in King steel rims; 235/70 16 Bridgestone Duelers D697 in LT construction; Rhino-Rack Aero roof bars; Hayman Reese towbar; and two 7in LED light bars replacing the standard reverse lights. Other accessories include a Bushranger Black Max compressor and a set of MaxTrax.
I’ve owned the car for nearly four years and have covered almost 100,000km. Some of the best places I’ve taken it include Steep Point, Exmouth, Esperance and the Great Australian Bight. I’ve also travelled from Fremantle through the centre of Australia and finished in Byron Bay.
05: 2012 VW AMAROK HIGHLINE – STEPHEN MEDWELL
WHAT IT’S GOT: It’s got a heap of gear: leather trim; Pegasus 2010 canopy; Safari snorkel; Xrox bullbar; Lightforce 210 and 140 HIDs; 16x7in Evo Corse Dakar rims; 265/75/R16 Cooper ST Maxx tyres; SubaXtreme underbody armour; Bilstein struts/shocks; Dobinsons coils and seven leaf springs with 30mm blocks; Runva 11XP 11,000lb winch; EZDown hydraulic tailgate strut; Bud’s Customs rock sliders; Black Widow dual-drawer system; Black Widow easy-slide fridge slider; ARB 47-litre fridge; Engel fridge temp monitor; MSA 4x4 fridge barrier; Traxide triple-battery management system; Redarc dual-battery monitoring gauge; Icom 440N UHF; ZCG ZN3-77-11B aerial; Brown Davis 135-litre long-range tank and dust-seal kit; Rhino-Rack Pioneer tray; Hi-Lift jack and shovel holder; Foxwing awning; Korr LED lighting; gas bottle holder; Crispmods stage one ECU tune; Kaymar rear bar (spare wheel and jerry can holders); and diff breathers.
I’ve owned it from new and have just returned from the Big Red Bash travelling in the Unsealed 4x4 convoy (25 Amaroks). Vic High Country, Beachport/Robe and Border Track are a few of my favourite areas.
06: 2014 HOLDEN COLORADO RG – COLORADO ROBB
WHAT IT’S GOT: 2in OME lift with 300kg constant rear; Trek Tech fabricated front bar, side steps, rear bar and underbody plates; ARB under-bonnet compressor; dual-battery in the rear; 285/70/17in Mickey Thompson Baja muddies; front free-wheeling hubs; and a rear e-locker.
I’ve been to the Vic High Country, Victorian Pyrenees, Anne Beadell Highway to Kalgoorlie, and Skytrek in the Flinders Ranges. I’m going to Tassie in November for a month. I’m very pleased with my Colorado.
07: NISSAN NP300 RX NAVARA – STEVEN GRAY
WHAT IT’S GOT: I bought it in December last year. It’s an RX that’s been lifted two inches and runs on Federal Couragia 265/75 R16 muddies with black Sunraysia rims. It has a TJM snorkel, rear bar and canopy, a Rhino-Rack Pioneer tradie, and there are plenty more mods on the way. I’ve only done local tracks at the moment, but I’m heading to the CREB track next month and to the Tip next year.
08: JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE – DAVID VO
WHAT IT’S GOT: 33in tyres, 4in BDS lift, 2.7-litre diesel engine and a VariLok F&R.