HERE’S are five reader-submitted 4x4s picks that was recently featured on the May issue of 4x4 Australia.
2017 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 79 SERIES: ANDREW CAUFIELD
(4x4 Australia Readers' Rigs Winner of the Month)
It’s a 2017 model (one of the first few DPF models) and I’ve had it since new (late 2016). It was built as a family tourer for pulling our caravan, and also as a SE Queensland island explorer (Bribie, Straddie, Fraser, etc.).
Mods are extensive and too many to list here, but the main ones are JMACX axle housing replacement, custom-tuned Fox suspension package, 35-inch tyres on 18-inch wheels, custom canopy fit-out and electronics, ECU remap, and a premium Alpine audio setup.
We also have a custom underway water tank setup, plus a long-range fuel tank.
NISSAN D22 NAVARA: ANDREW LAU
It’s been customised for our trip around Oz from the ground up – tyres, suspension, exhaust, chip, tray, and the list goes on.
The tray was built (1800 x 1800mm) with canvas canopy and airbags to level the rear end.
Everything used was to minimise weight. Mostly alloy gear on the front and on top. Nine-stage adjustable Rancho shocks to help when on the black top or rough stuff. Dual batteries installed to run two fridges, plus solar backup and an underbonnet shower to rinse all and sundry.
2015 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER: WINSTON HAWKE
2015 FJ is twin-locked with three-inch lift and rolling on 35s. Took it over from my wife stock and turned it into a very capable IFS rig. It’s driven most of the hardest tracks Victoria has on offer. An underrated vehicle.
2014 TOYOTA HILUX SR5: JEREMY LANDT
It’s a 270hp, 820Nm SR5 Hilux with all the fruit. I bought it brand-new off the showroom floor and have built this up all by myself, with attention to detail.
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2005 TOYOTA PRADO GXL: MARK JACKSON
I’ve set it up for touring. It’s got a two-inch lift, dual batteries, ARB bullbar, 12,000lb Ironman winch, Safari snorkel, Outback drawers, custom scrub rails and steps, and 265/70/17 Cooper STTs.
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It’s done 400,000km and I’ve owned it since new. My camper trailer has matching Dynamic rims and matching Cooper STT tyres.