Readers' 4x4s: March 2019

4x4s of all shapes and sizes from around Australia.

Readers 4x4s March 2019

HERE are six reader-submitted 4x4s that were recently featured in the March 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

(4x4 Australia Readers' Rigs Winner of the Month)

A two-inch lift, 305/70R16 tyres on aftermarket rims, an ARB bullbar, winch, lights, roof rack with shovel, High Lift jack holder, and side and rear awnings.

A mounted air pump in the back sits on top of drawers, with an MSA 4x4 drop-down fridge slide holding a 65-litre Waeco fridge with a monitor up front, four cigarette power outlets in the rear and two USB outlets in the front (with a Hema HN7 navigator unit). Future mods include a long-range fuel tank, dual-wheel carrier rear bar, reversing camera, diff locks, clutch and tune.

We’ve taken it to Tassie, Cape York and Fraser Island in the past 18 months.


Readers 4 X 4 S March 2019 TOYOTA LC HJ 47 Jpg

Aside from all of the overlanding modifications (electrical, interior fit-out, barwork, etc.) it’s a mostly stock HJ47 running the much-maligned 2H engine. Sure, it’s slow, but it always gets me home and it’s so easy to diagnose and work on. The vehicle runs 33-inch tyres, and has external and internal barwork, dual batteries and an Engel fridge.

She’s a noisy old girl inside; I wear Bluetooth-enabled earmuffs so I can hear the UHF and listen to podcasts. No long-range tank, so on long trips she’s packed to the gunwales with jerry cans. She’s such a trustworthy and capable old bus – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The most enjoyable trip was the Anne Beadell Highway last year – five days on the track and so much fun.


Readers 4 X 4 S March 2019 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED Jpg

What’s it got? Suspension upgrade with Fox shocks, swaybar disconnects, ARB diff covers, rear Eaton locker, underbody protection, Smittybilt bars all around with jerry can holders built into rear bar, snorkel, heat-reduction bonnet, winch, LED light bar, roof rack, 17-inch rims, 33-inch muddies, modified exhaust, and more. The best trip was the Vic High Country.


Readers 4 X 4 S March 2019 NISSAN PATROL GQ TD 42 Jpg

Four-inch lift via a Foam Cell Pro full kit, ARB bar work and a custom rear bar. Interior mods include Recaro seats, drawers and an extensive 12-Volt layout. It also features LED lighting and twin long-range fuel tanks. I regularly visit the High Country and Little/Big Desert in Victoria, and the sand dunes in Portland and over to Robe in South Australia


Readers 4 X 4 S March 2019 TOYOTA HILUX Jpg

Where do I start with mods? It runs a 2.8L diesel with a Denco turbo and boost compensated pump, five-speed box, gear-drive transfer case, front and rear winches with in-cab controls, Old Man Emu two-inch lift suspension, and Subaru Forester seats. Next up will be lockers and a dual-battery setup.

We recently took it to Bago State Forest, NSW, but our favourite trip is the first: Blue Waterholes in Tumut, NSW.


Readers 4 X 4 S March 2019 FORD RANGER Jpg

Ironman 4x4 bullbar, scrub bars, side steps, rear protection bar and LED spotties. It’s got a 12,000lb winch, recovery points, two-inch lift, 17-inch Tuff wheels with Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 33in tyres and flares.

The canopy has a drawer and fridge slide, water tank, CTEK d250s for second battery with four extra outlets and a 100W solar panel. Other kit includes a snorkel, plug-in chip, ProVent catch can, and roof tray with awning. Best places: Nannup, Augusta and Walpole.


How are you finding our new site design? Tell us in the comments below or send us your thoughts at


Subscribe to 4X4 Australia magazine

Subscribe to 4X4 Australia and save up to 39%
The quintessential magazine for Australia’s four-wheel drive and offroad enthusiasts.



4X4 Australia staff

We recommend


Finke start

Finke Desert Race spectator dies after being struck by competitor

One spectator has died and two others have been injured after a competitor ran into a crowd

21 hours ago
Jordan Mulach
Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.