THE LATEST instalment of Readers’ Rigs features a MWB Nissan Patrol, a neatly modified BT-50 and a bush-capable D-Max, among a heap of fresh-looking rigs.
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1988 GQ MWB NISSAN PATROL – RICHARD GRIFFEY
WHAT IT’S GOT: 4.2L turbo-diesel; Nissan four-speed auto with upgraded valve body; twin Nissan transfer cases with Marks adaptor; rear axle moved back 300mm to make MWB; GU Patrol diffs with 4.8 GU brakes; ARB Air Lockers front and rear with ARB compressor; Superior Engineering Superflex front arms; Superior sway bar disconnects; Superior drag links and tie rods; Three-inch King Springs; TJM shocks; Trail Gear Creeper locks bead lock rims; Federal 37-inch tyres; ARB Bullbar; custom rear bar with wheel holder; custom rock sliders; Warn 9.5 CTI-s winch with synthetic rope in the bullbar; Warn M8000-s winch with synthetic rope in the rear bar; Oz4WD triple row light bar in front bar; Oz4WD seven-inch LED driving lights; Rhino Pioneer roof rack; Oz4WD single row light bar; Eight EVP mini light bars; Oz4WD cross driving lights; Airtech snorkel; Recaro seats; custom long-range tank; two-inch body lift; triple Odyssey batteries; Engel fridge; PWL alloy radiator; and a three-inch Beaudesert Exhaust system.
2012 MAZDA BT-50 – JUSTIN RODNEY
WHAT IT’S GOT: Three-inch Old Man Emu lift kit with 500kg constants; 33-inch BFG muddies; 16-inch Sunraysia steel rims; ARB bullbars; ARB side sliders and sidesteps; Dominator 12,000lb winch; Illuminator nine-inch spot lights; 32-inch LED light bar; LED tray lights; LED light strip for the tray; under-tray tool boxes; 70-litre custom water tank under the tray; high-lift jack and shovel on the roof; Rhino racks and roof basket; Kings side awning; ARB Safari snorkel; Three-inch turbo back exhaust; and a GME UHF system.
2002 90 SERIES TOYOTA LC PRADO 3.0TD – DON KALAPP
WHAT IT’S GOT: Lifted, muddies, snorkel and winch. It exceeded my expectations for a budget 4x4.
ISUZU D-MAX – JASON BARTON
WHAT IT’S GOT: Always more to do, but so far it has a snorkel; turbo timer; Opposite Lock steel winch bar; bash rails with sidesteps; DPChip; HPD catch can; Ironman two-inch lift; scan gauge; Couplertec rustproofing; and an upgraded stereo. It’s mainly a beach driver: Double Island, North Stradbroke and Fraser Island. It’s been on a few coastal mountain trips. More to set-up for a Cape run next year, including a rooftop tent.
2015 MITSUBISHI MN TRITON – JOHN LEE
WHAT IT’S GOT: Suspension is a bit sad, but I’m going to put a two-inch lift with constant 300kg load.
2003 4.8L NISSAN GU PATROL – DEAN BROOKE
WHAT IT’S GOT: I’ve had it for five years; it’s got dual batteries, a homemade rear-wheel carry, jerry cans, rock sliders, 147L long-range tank and a 70L long-range sub tank. Engine was on gas, but no more planning to rebuild and turbo it. It’s done two trips over to Tasmania and it’s been up to Broken Hill.
2014 JEEP WRANGLER – MATT GREENE
WHAT IT’S GOT: 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.
2016 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER – ALEX SAID
WHAT IT’S GOT: A two-inch suspension lift; four-inch stainless snorkel; three-inch exhaust and tube with heavy duty clutch; and dual batteries, soon to be three. At the moment I’m building a custom alloy canopy. To be honest, it’s been quite boring with touring so far. I really want to hit Fraser Island and Cape York in the not-too-distant future.
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