Readers' 4x4s: Everest, BT-50, LandCruiser

Readers' 4x4s: Everest, BT-50, LandCruiser

Didn’t get what you wanted under the Christmas tree this year? Then take a look at these readers’ rigs to get some inspiration on how to treat your 4x4 to an upgrade.

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Ford Everest FORD EVEREST – CHRISTOPHER MARK

WHAT’S IT GOT: An ARB Summit bullbar, ARB brush rails and steps, Warn 9000lb winch, Ironman 4x4 Foam Cell Pro suspension, CSA Raptor 18x8 wheels, Cooper ST Max 285 65R18 tyres, TJM snorkel, Redarc brake controller, GME UHF 80ch remote head, aftermarket three-stage heated front seats, Roadsafe recovery points, Roadsafe bash plates, Rhino roof bars, Rhino rack, 4WD SC 9in LEDs, 4WD SC 900mm drawers (modified), Kings Awning 2.5x2.5m, Kings high lift and brackets, and a Projecta DC/DC charger with 100ah battery.

There are probably more I can't think of! All of the mods were added before finding out about the MA vehicle classification (some by Ford). It’s a go-anywhere off-road Everest. Bush pinstripes to prove it's been in the hard-to-get-to spots.

The picture was taken on our big desert/sunset country trip late in October, 2016. We were waiting for the others in our convoy on the Murrayville track. The Everest had 5km on the clock at the time. It’s only a new truck; it was delivered August 2, 2016.

Mazda BT-50 MAZDA BT-50 – BRENT EASON

WHAT’S IT GOT: It’s pretty much got the ARB catalogue, with some extra poke done to the suspension, my Aussie ingenuity custom drawers, an LED light set-up in the canopy, a Rhino rack with all the kit, and 305/70 16 Mickey P3s. Still plenty of dollars to be spent, but it’s my ultra-tourer at the moment.

It’s been everywhere: up the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, McBrides Beach, Anna Bay, and Stockton for fishing and hiking trips.

Toyota Hilux 2008 TOYOTA HILUX – JASON BUCKLEY

WHAT’S IT GOT: TJM-equipped bar, steps, brush bars and back bar; Rhino rack; Fyrlyt Nemesis 9000; Xray Vision light bar; DPChip; Redarc dual battery/solar; GME two-way; Mickey Thompson MTZs and MT wheels; Tough Dog springs and shocks all around; Hema HN7; and Pioneer sounds. Last trip was a three-month run from Moss Vale, NSW, to the tip (Weipa, OTT, Tip, Karumba), then on to King Ash Bay, Kakadu, through the centre and back home. Plus plenty of fishing/4WDing between June and August.

Mitsubishi Challenger 2014 MITSUBISHI CHALLENGER PC – ENRIQUE ENRIQUEZ

WHAT’S IT GOT: It’s pretty much standard under the bonnet (2.5L CRD Turbo), automatic, TJM winch, compatible steel bullbar, TJM snorkel, aftermarket 17in SSW alloy wheels, and Windforce AT tyres in LT265/70 17. It also has a Rhino roof rack pioneer platform; 4WD super select; 2H, 4H, 4HLC and 4LLC; stock centre diff lock; and stock rear diff lock. There are more mods to come. I am fairly new to the 4WD scene, and I love it. We have a little group here in SA. The best place I’ve been so far was when we went camping to Morgan, SA. I’ve had it since July this year.

Toyota Prado TOYOTA PRADO – JOHN DUKE

WHAT’S IT GOT: James Baroud Grand Raid rooftop tent, front and rear diff locks, rear drawers, two-inch lift, and BFG all terrains. I’ve had it three and a half years and the best places I’ve taken it include the Canning Stock Route, Cape York, Lorella Springs, Simpson Desert and Binns Track.

Toyota LandCruiser TOYOTA LANDCRUISER – LUKE CONROY

WHAT IT’S GOT: Jmacx coil kit, 16x10 Allied Wheels, Cross Country Cooler, ECU mods, four-inch pipe to twin three-inch cruise twin batteries, Department of Interior roof and floor consoles, three Fyrlyt lights, and 12,000lb winch. It’s about six months old. It’s been to Beachport in the dunes, the High Country and most places in between.

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