The Readers' Rigs feature in the December 2019 issue of 4X4 Australia features a several customised raised adventure-ready 4x4 rigs from our enthusiastic readers.
NISSAN NAVARA BLACK EDITION: MARC NASH
(4x4 Australia Readers' Rigs Winner of the Month)
As the Founder of The Blue Green Crew I am lucky to head out with such an awesome group of people. The High Country around Mansfield is one of the nicest places to go four-wheel driving.
Mods include an ARB front bar with 12,000lb winch, ARB rear bar, ARB side-rails and side-steps, ARB suspension, ARB underbody protection, front ARB diff lock, rear factory diff lock, Safari snorkel, Bushranger LED lights, three-inch exhaust, DP Chip and iDrive, dual batteries, custom rear shelf and ute slide, 285 mud tyres, ICOM UHF, and the greatest heated seats ever.
TOYOTA PRADO: CHRIS LAGAS
It’s my pride and joy, running on Kumho MT51s with two-inch Dobinsons MRR remote-res suspension. Mods include an Ironman 4x4 bullbar, Kings winch and spotlights, drawer system in the rear with Waeco CFX50 fridge, three batteries including the crank battery controlled by an Intervolt DC-DC charger, Mann+Hummel ProVent catch can, snorkel, Pioneer platform with Hard Korr light bar and work lights, and Supa-Peg awning. In the year I’ve had it I’ve done two big trips to Tasmania and Uluru, as well as a few small ones camping every third or fourth weekend.
TOYOTA PRADO 150: DEAN GOGGINS
This vehicle has served us well over the past five or so years. It’s been all over the eastern side of Australia, from Cape York to Birdsville/Simpson Desert a few times and also down to the southern regions.
This photo was taken at sunrise on top of Mount Slocombe, near Yaraka in western Queensland. The mods include an ARB bullbar, underbody protection, recovery points, a Rhino-Rack, and I’ve just added a Foxwing awning and have a 60-litre Engel fridge in the rear.
FORD RANGER FX4: GRAMHAM EMBLETON
The best place I’ve been is Monkey Gum Fire Trail in Yalwal. I mainly four-wheel drive around NSW, but I’m planning a trip to Fraser Island and Cape York soon. Mods include TJM bar work, a 9500lb TJM winch, two-inch Tough Dog lift, 17-inch Auscar Bandit rims on 285/70R17 Hankook Dynapro MTs, a TJM snorkel, Aeroklas canopy, Rhino-Rack and platform, custom drawers, fridge and a Kings awning.
TOYOTA FQ15: DAVE KRENSKE
Not sure where it started life, but it ended up on a farm in Warwick. The motor blew a head gasket and it was eventually sent to a scrapyard. A neighbour’s dad saw it and saved it. While having beers over Christmas in 2018 I asked what happened to it. He knew where it was, and we ended up buying it. The original wheels/tyres were missing, but the lady from the original farm contacted us saying she still had them. She dropped them off the following day.
JEEP JK WRANGLER: PAUL SAWYER
Here’s my 6.0-litre LS JK conquering Billy Goat Bluff. I’ve done an LS swap using a Gen4 LS and six-speed 6L80E from a Commodore. Mods include a 2.5-inch suspension lift, 35-inch tyres, and re-geared diffs with lockers. All built in the shed by my dad and me. I mostly lurk around the Victorian High Country, but Robe in South Australia is on the cards later this year.
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