The Readers' Rigs feature in the October 2019 issue of 4X4 Australia features a several customised 4x4 dual-cab utes from our enthusiastic readers.
MITSUBISHI ML TRITON: JOSH SMITH
(4x4 Australia Readers' Rigs Winner of the Month)
A 3.2-litre turbo-diesel runs through a five-speed manual. Mods include an ARB Deluxe bullbar, Safari snorkel, 13,000lb winch, three-inch exhaust with three-inch dump pipe, Illuminator spotties, ARB side-steps and brush bars, 2m×3m awning, dual-battery setup with Redarc management, Tough Dog suspension, 31-inch all-terrains on 16-inch alloys for every day, 33-inch BFGoodrich muddies on bead lockers for off-road, and heaps more. It has been to the Simpson, the Cape (Gunshot Creek) and the Great Dividing Range.
2014 NISSAN D40 NAVARA: AARON ELPHICK
Just about everything has been touched from nose to tail. As well as the mods you can see in the photo, there’s full underbody armour, a lift, 33-inch D-Holes with 0°-offset, a winch, rear locker … the list goes on. I’ve been to Fraser Island, Glass House Mountains, Victorian High Country and all over the Brindies.
1985 TOYOTA HILUX: GAVIN SMITH-CROSSLEY
I’ve had it a few months and only driven it on private property. Mods include a 304 V8 with a fully built 4L60e auto gearbox, 16,000lb winch, 16-inch coil-overs with four-link (front), custom leaf springs with 12-inch shocks (rear), full hydro steering, oversized rear one-piece tailshaft, 44x18.5x15 tyres and plenty more.
TOYOTA HILUX: DANIEL MITCHELL
I bought it farm-spec and stripped it down. Now it has a RUF (Rear Up Front) rear with drop shackles, 13-inch remote-res shocks with track rod, one-piece HCB tailshaft with the rear housing, the same shocks up front with hoops and high-steer conversion, wide track conversion with same HCB tailshaft, tractor PTO for long travel, twin-locked 4.88 nitro gears with Longfields CV and axle, 4.7 reduction gears, and 37x14x15 IROKs.
2018 HOLDEN COLORADO LS: GUY MILTON
I bought it stock, but have since added an Ironman 4x4 winch bar, two-inch Outback Armour adjustable suspension, rock sliders, Runva winch, EFS light bar, KickAss dual batteries, rear pullout drawer, underbody tool boxes and 130W solar. The kitchen setup in the canopy has a pie warmer, a butane cooker and an 80-litre ARB fridge. I’m ready for a Fraser Island trip next month.
NISSAN D40 NAVARA: JAKE INGLIS
I got it four years ago and started from scratch. I have put a PSR four-inch lift on 33-inch tyres. Plenty of in-house fab, too, as I did the intake, intercooler, piping, air box and snorkel. I have done a lot by myself, including the tub rack and rear bar. I am running a 50-inch light bar on the roof and a 23-inch bar on the front Xrox bullbar. I like taking it to different national parks, my favourite of which would have to be Mount Barney NP in Queensland.
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