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GALLERY: Readers Rigs, Part 1

09 Jun 2016 Reviews

GALLERY: Readers Rigs, Part 1

4x4 enthusiasts submit their go-anywhere off-road rigs

WE RECENTLY asked our Facebook followers to send in pics and details of their off-road tourers, and the results had us salivating.

To get your ride on these pages, head to our Facebook page and keep an eye out for the next opportunity to send through some photos! You might even get a pic of your pride and joy published in the mag, and if we really like it, perhaps you’ll even see it on the cover of 4X4 Australia one day!

Here are a few of the submissions we’ve received so far:

Guy Brown 80 series land cruiser 31995 RUGBY EDITION 80 SERIES LAND CRUISER – GUY BROWN

WHAT IT’S GOT: I bought it in August 2015 pretty much standard, with a two-inch EFS lift and 52-inch LED bar. I’ve since had ARB Capalaba fit an ARB deluxe bar, brush bars, side-steps, awning, compressor, rear locker, RedArc dual battery and a Smittybilt X20 10,000lb winch. In the back an EvaKool 47-litre fridge keeps the beer cold. JCM Mechanical & 4X4 recently gave the 4.5 a good sorting out, so I’ve got plenty of power to go anywhere on 16x8in Dynamic steelies wrapped in Goodyear 285/75 DuraTracs, thanks to Tim Penfold.

Guy Brown 80 series land cruiser rear 2I spend a lot of time on North Stradbroke living the beach life. The rest of my spare time I’m out wheelin’ with the guys and girls in the Gold Coast Camping & 4WD Group. Best time in the 80 so far is out at The Springs 4x4 Park near Warwick.

Bill Abu 2010 Pado VX2010 PRADO VX – BILL ABU AMER

WHAT IT’S GOT: A bunch of Ironman 4x4 stuff: bullbar; underbody protection; LED bar and spotlights; snorkel; two-inch lift.

The best place I have taken it to is Redhead Beach in NSW.

2011 Jeep JKU Rubicon Chris Garland2011 JKU RUBICON – CHRIS GARLAND

WHAT IT’S GOT: 35-inch Nittos; Synergy/TeraFlex three-inch lift; Warn Zeon 10-S winch.

2011 Jeep JKU Rubicon Chris Garland 2I bought it new to drive it all over the country; I’ve taken it to the Cape, the High Country and most places in between. It’s currently residing in the Pilbara and it takes my wife and daughter to some cracking waterholes.

2013-FJ-Cruiser Ad Heapy2013 FJ CRUISER – AD HEAPY

WHAT IT’S GOT: A 40mm EFS lift; Mickey Thompson SideBiter II wheels; 285/70/17 Cooper S/T Maxx tyres; ARB bar; Warn 9.5XP winch; Illuminator LED lights; 50-inch curved light bar; dual battery with BCDC; ARB under-bonnet compressor; BushSkinz UVP; Roadsafe recovery points; factory roof rack with awning; rock sliders; USA grab handles; CouplerTec rustproof system; BRC Comp diff breather kit.

I’ve only owned it eight weeks and it was stock when I bought it. It’s a huge upgrade from the GU Patrol I owned previously, with better off-road capability and comfort.

1989 HJ75 Land Cruiser Jade McSorley1989 HJ75 LAND CRUISER – JADE McSORLEY

WHAT IT’S GOT: 2H diesel with aftermarket DTS turbo; three-inch straight-through exhaust; two-inch cab lift with two-inch Tough Dog big-bore suspension kit running on 33-inch Federal M/Ts. It’s also got: a light bar; camp lights; 70-litre water tank; winch; twin awnings; roof-rack shovel and high-lift jack holders; canopy decked out with 12V sockets and lights; Waeco 65DZ fridge/freezer; roof console with a control panel; twin UHFs; rear Eaton ELocker.

I’ve owned the truck about two years. The best place I’ve been is Fraser Island, and I’m making the journey up to Cape York next year.


WHAT IT’S GOT: It might be reasonably standard, but she keeps up with the big 4x4s and goes everywhere I need it to. The only real mods include extractors, a two-inch body lift and I’ve removed the rear seats for extra space. Come tax time I’m going to be putting a Tough Dog two-inch suspension lift under it. The lighting set-up is all Big Red LEDs, comprising two 180mm rounds, a 20-inch single row on the bullbar and a 24-inch dual row on the roof rail, plus two 12-inch bars for work/camp lights.

The tyres are Hercules Trail Diggers (235/75R15) and they’re by far the best Muddie I’ve run – they’ve never had a puncture. I’ve only had it about seven months and I can’t fault it, especially in tight or soft spots on the tracks.

Favourite place so far would have to be either Kroombit Tops National Park or Blackdown Tableland National Park (both in Queensland), but we’re planning a Cape York trip next with about five other vehicles from our local club, so that will definitely be the top track.