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Readers' 4x4s: April 2019

By 4x4 Australia, 29 Apr 2019 Reviews

Readers 4x4s April 2019 feature

Blood-splatter red FJ40 headlines this month's collection of classics that prove age is just a number.

HERE are six reader-submitted 4x4s that were recently featured in the April 2019 issue of 4X4 Australia. 

To get involved, post a pic and a description of your rig on our special site here or post it to our Facebook page

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1980 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40: ADAM SMYTH
(4x4 Australia Readers' Rigs Winner of the Month)

THIS IS Dexter, an old-school FJ40. It has been restored, trying to keep its original look.

Kit includes: 2F engine, extractors, Aisan carburettor, twin diff locks, ARB bar, Warn winch, custom rock sliders and brush bars, a waterproof sound system that’s used in boats, ARB LED spotlights, UHF radio, OME suspension (50mm lift), 16-inch steel rims, Cooper muddies, custom bonnet wrap, dash cam, and two soft tops.

It’s an original Toyota design, and I kept the narrow profile to preserve its look. I’m currently on Fraser Island as I write this.

2011 JEEP WRANGLER: DAVID DOBINSON

KIT includes a 3.8V6 auto, 2.5-inch AEV lift, 4.11 diffs, HD drive shaft and steering links, reversed HD steering damper, Uneek Baja front bar with loop and 12,000lb winch, STEDI light bar, LED headlights, fog lights and spread lights, Uneek rear bar, LED reversing lights, LED tail-lights, various underbody armour, AEV Pintler alloys shod in 33-inch Achilles XMTs, Rubicon rock rails, a snorkel, and an axle-back exhaust.

Favourite trails include Mt Airlie, Coxs River, Stockton Beach, Yarwal and Monkey Gum, but there are many more to mention.

1988 DAIHATSU ROCKY: CRAIG SAINSBURY

IT RUNS a V6 Commodore engine and has a two-inch lift. It loves all tracks.

1997 1FZ-FE TOYOTA LC80: BAILEY MCQUAKER SILMAN

IT HAS a 2.5-inch lift with coils all around, Safari snorkel, LED light bar, Rhino roof racks, rear LED tail-lights, LED indicators, 2.5 x 2.5 Ironman awning with built-in LED lighting, 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system, Toyo Open Country all-terrains, halo headlights, 40-channel UHF radio, air horns, and Titan drawers in the rear to store recovery gear, tools, oils, etc.

I’ve taken it to the beach tracks south of Mackay, and to the state forest tracks both north and west of Mackay. I am still yet to do some wheel-lifting, as my Cruiser just seems to flex over everything.

2007 TOYOTA LC76: MARK SPAGNOLO

MY LAND Cruiser features ARB lockers and bar work, Recaro seats, three-inch exhaust, Outback drawers, Redarc battery system, and a TJM roof rack. The list goes on. Best places are the Kimberley, Alice Springs, Vic High Country, Cape York and Fraser Island.

1996 NISSAN PATROL UTE TD42: CALLUM NORRIS

THIS PATROL has been rebuilt. The engine has a 12mm pump and injector to suit, with a Hi-Flow Garrett and water-to-air intercooler. It runs a two-inch lift and 36x15.5 R16 MTZs, it’s twin-locked, and there’s an ELocker in the front and ARB rear. The custom tray can mount a rooftop tent, and the body is coated in Raptor liner. The majority of the work done was with my mate, Connor Browne.