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Readers’ 4x4s: FJ40, FJ Cruiser, PX Ranger plus more!

By 4X4 Australia staff, 16 Feb 2018 Reviews

Readers 4x4s February 2018 feature

Eight reader-submitted rides to get excited about.

HERE’S a selection of the neatest reader-submitted 4x4s to land on our site.

To get involved post a pic and a description of your rig on our special site here.

We feature a bunch of readers’ rigs in the magazine each month, where we award one lucky punter with a $200 voucher to spend at Piranha Off Road.

1979 TOYOTA LC FJ40: PAOLO RONCAL

It’s got a 5.0-litre fuel-injected V8 engine. I’ve owned the car for five months. Photo was taken at JAKEM Farm, a 4x4 park in Adelaide. I’m most impressed by the performance.

1993 SUZUKI SIDEKICK (USA): GREG FULLER

Audi 1.8t from a 2001 TT, VEMS ECU, three-inch stainless exhaust, 4.5in Kustom Kreations IFS lift, Kustom Kreations strut eliminator kit, 10-inch dual-rate Fox coilovers up front, and Fox 2.0 shocks in rear. I’ve taken it all over Oregon, USA – mostly back roads and mild trails. Kept blowing up the stock Suzuki ring and pinion, so just installed a Ford 9-inch out of a 76 Bronco and a custom four-link rear suspension.

History lesson: Suzuki 4x4s

2005 MITSUBISHI PAJERO GLX 3.8: TIM WRIGHT

I’ve had it for 2.5 years now. Mods are: two-inch lift, 32-inch all-terrains on ROH steelies, rear airbags, drawers, fridge, cargo barrier, snorkel, bash plates, Rhino Roof tray, light bars, awning, rock sliders, DVD screen, and AutoMeter gauges. The best place I've taken it is from Buckland Spur Track in the Vic High Country down to Tomahawk hut.

2012 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER: BRAD ASTELL (PIRANHA OFF ROAD $200 VOUCHER WINNER)

I bought the FJ brand new in 2012 with the intention of doing some 4x4 touring. Mods include Old Man Emu suspension, long range fuel tank, dual batteries, rock rails, bullbar, light bar and a 12,000 pound winch. We took this picture in outback NT in Albert Namatjira’s backyard.

2016 MITSUBISHI TRITON: ALISTAIRE MARSH

I’m the first owner and it’s done 21,000km. It’s got three-inch Dobinsons adjustable suspension, an AFN bullbar, Kings winch, 32-inch Mickey Thompson ATZ P3s, LED lights, LED reverse lights, Tradie roof rack and canopy, Catch Can and secondary diesel filter, Safari snorkel, Kings awning, and more to come with the engine mods. The best place I’ve taken her is hard to say – so far, everywhere in the southwest of Western Australia.

2015 FORD PX RANGER: LOCKEY MCKEE

It’s got a 150L fuel tank, canopy, TJM rear bar, Ironman front and snorkel, EFS and Bilstein lift. Too many great places right at my door step in Alice Springs, but the next best places are some of the tracks around the Flinders Ranges. It has great range of 1500km, on average. It runs smooth on- and off-road.

Ford Ranger: OEM v Aftermarket

2014 JEEP WRANGLERMATT GREENE

I’ve had it since new. It’s got a 2.5-inch AEV lift, AEV geometry brackets, Synergy Manufacturing adjustable track bars, tie rod and drag link, TeraFlex rock crusher bar, Smittybilt 10,000lb x20 winch, Fuel Off-Road ‘Anza’ rims, 33-inch MTs, and an Oricom radio. Next up re-gear for 35s and lockers. Best place is Vic High Country, up Billy Goats and around Moroka Trail.

MAZDA BT-50: BRENT EASON

It’s pretty much got the ARB catalogue, with some extra poke done to the suspension, my Aussie ingenuity custom drawers, an LED light set-up in the canopy, a Rhino rack with all the kit, and 305/70 16 Mickey P3s. Still plenty of dollars to be spent, but it’s my ultra-tourer at the moment. It’s been everywhere: up the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, McBrides Beach, Anna Bay, and Stockton for fishing and hiking trips.