WELCOME to another instalment of Readers’ Rigs.
Part 7 features not one (or even two or three) but four uber-capable Wranglers, a water-dwelling Navara, and an expedition-ready Ranger – among a heap more. For more Readers’ Rigs check out: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.
To get involved simply take a snap of your rig when it’s out on the tracks and shoot it through to our Facebook page. Your pride and joy might even get 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 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED RUBICON – ADRIAN HUGHES
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve owned it for almost two years. It has an ARB front bar; custom-built rear bar; Poison Spyder brawler sliders; 35x12.5in XR17 Nitto Trail Grapplers on Method Race rims; Aurora spotties and light bar; Runva winch; AEV snorkel; 4in coil lift with adjustable arms and 28in Fox shocks; sleeved and gusseted front axle; Nitro chromoly rear shafts; and front and rear Tom Wood’s driveshafts.
I’ve been to Fraser Island, Coffs Harbour and all the local 4WD parks. It’s mainly a weekend crawler, rather than a tourer.
02: 2005 D22 NISSAN NAVARA – BRYCE PONGRATZ
WHAT’S IT GOT: SHE’S got a 3in stainless-steel straight-through exhaust and a DP power chip running 110kW/380Nm; Tough Dog 2in suspension lift front and rear; Safari snorkel; dual-battery system; Xrox bullbar with a T-Rex 12,000lb winch and steel cable; Rhino-Rack roof rack, where I mount my 40in LED light bar when off-road (I’ve set it up so I can switch it on and off in less than five minutes); 32in Primewell Valera A/Ts, which are a cheap tyre but are amazing off-road (especially in mud); and a GME UHF system.
I’ve had her coming up to a year in September. She’s my first 4x4 and I love her to bits. I live in WA, so my favourite places would have to be Julimar and the Mundaring Power Line Track, when I want to lift wheels and get some serious air. I recently took a trip down to Busselton to a track called Adelaide Rd and it had been raining all week, so most of the track was flooded. My mates and I had a lot of fun smashing fresh water bog holes with my camper on the back. Needless to say my car was amazingly clean after that trip.
03: 2011 JK JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED SPORT – MATHEW DAVIDSON
WHAT IT’S GOT: 35in Dick Cepek Mud Country tyres; Teraflex 44 replacement front axle housing; RCV 35-spline axle; ARB air locker with 4.88 reduction gear; Tom Wood’s front driveline; a JE Reel driveline with 4.88 gears and an Eaton e-locker with G2 axle; 3.5in lift; and Bilstein shocks. All control arms are high-clearance adjustable from Synergy. It also has a front bar, side steps, rear bar, ARB bash plates and Bestop half doors.
All of the installation work was done by my old man and I. Favourite place to go is Yalwal, NSW. I’ve had it about three years.
04: 2014 FORD RANGER – ROB FISHER
WHAT’S IT GOT: Ironman bullbar, TJM rear bar, BushSkinz bash plates and a Redarc DC/DC unit for charging second battery and camper batteries. It recently had a 2in lift with Ironman Pro foam shocks (after last year’s 13,000km trip). The vehicle has done two trips in the last 12 months. The first trip took in the Birdsville Track, the Simpson and the Kimberley, including Gibb Track and Munja Track. The second trip this year was to the Kimberley again. The vehicle has done more than 30,000km of off-road driving and hasn’t given me one ounce of trouble. Love the “Mule”.
05: 2005 TOYOTA PRADO GXL TD AUTO – MARK JACKSON
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve set it up for touring. It’s got a 2in lift; dual batteries; ARB bullbar; 12,000lb Ironman winch; Safari snorkel; Outback drawers; custom scrub rails and steps; and 265/70/17 Cooper STTs. It’s done 400,000 km and I’ve owned it since new. My camper trailer has matching Dynamic rims and matching Cooper STT tyres.
06: 2013 JK JEEP WRANGLER – SHANNON CALVERT
WHAT IT’S GOT: Uneek 4x4 front/rear bars and rock sliders; 4.88 air lockers; Dynatrac 44 front diff and factory 44 rear; King EVO MFG coil-overs; 37in Pro Comp XMTs; front and rear Runva winches; AEV bonnet and snorkel; Currie Antirock sway bars; and an OUT4X4 roof rack with Howling Moon roof-top tent. There are plenty more mods – that’s just the tip!
07: MITSUBISHI MQ TRITON – DEAN CROUCH
WHAT IT’S GOT: TJM bars with Yakima racks and roof gear.
08: RANGE ROVER HSE 4.6L V8 – ANDREW KIMMER
WHAT IT’S GOT: Most of the modifications have been passed on from the previous owner. Modifications include an MCC bullbar with a Tigerz11 winch; 2in lift blocks below the air springs; aftermarket swing-out spare wheel bar; Navara snorkel; twin exhaust with Fast Flow catalytics; triple battery set-up (one front, two rear); and a built-in twin compressor (can also use the air spring compressor for tyre inflation). A Harrop rear locker is to be installed this summer. I purchased it in May, 2016.
09: 2012 FORD RANGER – MARK WOOLCOCK
WHAT IT’S GOT: 17in Bandit alloys with Maxxis Bighorn muddies; Ironman bullbar and snorkel; roof basket; 60in high-lift jack; Ironman canopy; ARB rear protection rail and tow bar; Ironman underbody protection; Alpine navigation with mud maps, powered by four-channel amp with 10in subbie; and an Ironman awning with three-man tent attachment. I’ve had it since it was six months old. Best places I’ve taken it would be Emu Bay, on Kangaroo Island, and Cameron Corner. It’s a money pit, but bloody great fun!
10: JEEP JK WRANGLER UNLIMITED – JEREMY BEAR GEORGIOU
WHAT’S IT GOT: 3in suspension lift; TeraFlex shocks; Synergy springs, disconnects on the front for that famous Jeep flex; Smittybilt winch; DBOR front bullbar; and Pro Comp wheels and tyres. I’ve just fitted DBOR flares for extra clearance.
This pic was taken on the Mount Margaret track near Licola. The best tracks I’ve been on are at Cobaw in Victoria, because there are a variety of conditions.