WHEN life threw Shane Griffiths from Port Stephens, NSW, a few challenges he responded by modifying a LandCruiser 79 into a no-holds-barred adventure machine.
Shane opted for a top-of-the-line GXL variant that came fitted with front and rear diff locks right from the showroom floor. And he soon realised that, with a ute, you’re basically left with half of the vehicle to design how you want.
A two-piece alloy tray stays on the rig full-time, with clever inclusions like under-tray storage boxes and a full-length trundle tray under the rear. The tray’s headboard also doubles as an additional fuel tank.
The lift-off camper set-up incorporates an electrically operated pop-top with a full-size custom innerspring mattress. On the inside a 57-litre Engel fridge resides; it’s powered by a lithium battery controlled by an Enerdrive DC2DC 30A charger.
The leaf springs were replaced by a full bolt-in coil conversion from Jmacx Off Road Solutions, while three-inch Dobinsons coils and a full suite of Superior Engineering eight-stage adjustable external reservoir shocks reside front and rear.
A waterproof 12,000lb Sherpa winch resides up front; clinging to it are two spread-beam XRAY HID driving lights from TJM.
The rig sits on 285/70R17 BFG KM2s wrapped around 17-inch KMC alloys.
Check out the above video to watch the killer Cruiser in action, and read the full feature in the December issue of 4X4 Australia – in stores November 10.