FOR this instalment of Readers’ Rigs we’ve assembled a 2015 MU-X decked out for remote travel, a Stateside 88 Wrangler and a fully decked-out Rodeo.
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2015 ISUZU MU-X – DION KNOWLES
WHAT IT’S GOT: It has been kitted out for touring and camping: TJM bar and steps, HID lights, upgraded suspension, Bridgestone A/T tyres, long-range tank, custom fridge slide, underbonnet dual battery, brake controller, GPS and reverse camera, Rhino Rack platform, canvas seat covers, and Sandgrabba mats to keep the kids at bay.
1991 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER – ROSS FLETCHER
TELL US ABOUT IT: I have had it 14 years. It’s fully engineered with a four-inch lift, Dobinson coils, Tough Dog big bore shocks, Snake adjustable upper lower trailing arms, Superior drop arms, Snake drag link, ARB air lockers sitting on 35s, Big Horn’s powerful front and rear (dual tyre carrier for back) bars with brush rails and rock sliders, Fox Wing awning, Rhino full roof basket, Safari snorkel, rear outback drawers, MSA drop fridge slide, Waeco cargo barrier, LED lights, Alpine in-dash DVD, and a 19-inch drop-down LCD. I also have an eight-inch lift kit with 38s, but it’s a bit over the top. Best places: Cape, Tasmania and Fraser Island.
1988 JEEP WRANGLER – DAVE DEVILBISS
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve owned it since it was new in 1988. I’ve lived in California, Virginia and now in Pennsylvania. We used to take it down to the Mexican Baja Peninsula, Tijuana, Ensenada and Rosarita. There were some dunes along the coast. I hope to make it to Australia someday. Your Facebook posts make me jealous of the beautiful open spaces to wheel down there.
1979 TOYOTA LC FJ40 – PAOLO RONCAL
WHAT IT’S GOT: A 5.0-litre fuel-injected V8 engine. I’ve owned the car for five months. Photo was taken at Jakem farm, which is a 4x4 park in Adelaide. I’m most impressed by the performance.
TOYOTA LANDCRUISER – ROSS TURRISI
WHAT IT’S GOT: Picked it up from Canberra about a year ago. It’s been a great car. It is locked front and rear, ARB air lockers, three-inch lift with SPC upper control arms, springs and shocks by Bilsteins, front bar by Roo, rear bar by MCC, it runs 305/70/17 XMT Achilles tyres, customised rear drawers, Waeco fridge, and Easy drop slide. The best place I’ve been would have to be the Vic High Country. I’m planning a trip up to Fraser Island for Christmas.
2000 MITSUBISHI PAJERO NM 2.8TID – JULIAN ASHLEY FULLER
WHAT IT’S GOT: It’s fairly early in the production run, so panels are in good shape. I’ve had it just on two years and it was less than stock when I bought it: gaping hole in the dash where the stereo was removed, shot wheel bearings and injectors. It benefits from the Torsen limited slip rear diff that was only introduced for this model run and gives it an edge over the usual clutch and cone set-ups. I’ve upgraded it with a two-inch lift on King Springs, 300kg constant in the rear, TJM Airtec snorkel (it has a nice loop instead of the 90deg corners seen on some units), Oricom in-dash UHF mated to their town and country antenna pack, and Bridgestone M/T 674s. Interior lighting has been upgraded to LED as have the incidental external lighting systems, excluding headlights. So far the best place I’ve taken it is over to the West Coast of Tasmania. Next year it is either The Cape or Fraser, I haven’t decided yet. Wish List: more bar work, long-range tank, rear storage system and awning.
1998 HOLDEN RODEO – DAN BALDOCK
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve put loads of custom work and countless hours into it. I love being different and showing the ‘bigger’ trucks that the underdog can do it, too.
It was a 2WD work truck with a V6 mated to a five-speed transmission. It had low kilometres, but it was hail-damaged when I got it cheap at auction. I converted it to 4WD via a Rodeo front diff and gearbox/transfer case. At that time I also fitted an HD Exedy clutch. I’ve had this for about seven years now and mods started pretty much the day I got it home. I did 100 per cent of the work myself and want to keep it that way. Living so close to Lithgow the main tracks I do are around that area.
Main mods include: custom-fitted wide-track Jackaroo front suspension arms; custom 25mm bump stop spacers; custom heavy duty tie rod end links with Ford F-150 rod ends; rear is disc brake Jackaroo diff with all the coil mounts cut off; rear springs are sprung over with a mix of D-Max and Rodeo leaves with custom extended shackles and increased angle to help flex; three-inch body lift; 12000lb winch with TJM 12mm rope and locking clevis hook; and a heap more!