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June 2018: Readers’ Rigs

Beau’s Zook

A lot can happen in five months, and Beau’s Zook is the proof! It was never intended to be anything other than a daily, but we all know how quickly things can get out of hand. After owning a couple of 4WDs previously, Beau has become proficient at playing Tetris to make everything fit into the fun-sized tourer. Bar work at the front and rear, coupled with a 2-inch lift and 31-inch muddies give the Zook an aggressive stance and added stability on the tracks. A dual battery system tucked into the homemade rear cargo shelf powers the fridge and a drop-down table off the rear door makes the most of the modest space. Not to be outdone by the big rigs, the Zook has been on many trips taking in all the mid-north coast of NSW has to offer. Shoot us an email with some of your Tetris tips mate, we could all learn a thing or two from your packing skills!

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Beau’s Zook

Harry’s Pajero

Harry’s Pajero

The old Pajero is often overlooked as a touring vehicle, but this one has seen nearly the whole country! After starting life as a grey nomad’s lap-of-Oz vehicle and passing through a couple of city hands, it has now landed in Harry’s driveway as a travelling camera car. The modest 31-inch tyres are turned by a freshly rebuilt V6 heart, and the long-range tank gives a generous range for the extended outback stints for work. A 2-inch lift, draws, and dual battery system to charge camera batteries, laptops and run a fridge make the Pajero a home away from home. Frontal bar work and a winch ensure both protection and self-reliance when venturing off the beaten track. Keep those photos coming mate, she’s a solid tourer!

Jack’s 80 Series

Jack’s 80 Series

After stepping up from a second gen 4runner, Jack has taken full advantage of solid axles at both ends and built a solid 80 Series to get to those hard-to-reach campsites. The 33s are pushed by the ever-faithful 1HZ running 9 psi through an aftermarket turbo, soon to be replaced. The ARB winch bar will one day become one with the sliders, as scrub bars on the cards for later this year. The remote reservoir shocks eat up corrugations and the roof rack and draw setup give plenty of storage. Sporting LEDs both externally and internally, along with a Darche Eclipse 270 awning, camping is a breeze. Not afraid to find the limits of the 80, Jack has pushed through most tracks within a three hour radius of Wollongong, with the focus now shifting towards extending touring interstate. After reading about a generous splattering of accessories both inside and out, we can’t argue that this LandCruiser is a well set up adventure machine!

Josh’s Ranger

Josh’s Ranger

After picking it up from the dealer in late 2015, Josh has gone to town decking out the Ranger to handle anything and everything the touring lifestyle can throw at him. A 3-inch suspension lift alongside Dobinson remote res shocks and a diff drop allow the 315/75/16 Nitto Trail Grapplers plenty of clearance. TJM bar work from end to end and an Aeroklas canopy have transformed the look of the Ranger. A draw setup in the tray keeps everything organized and the dual battery system keeps the beers cold on longer trips. An aftermarket exhaust not only gives the Ranger a nice note, but lets the donk breathe easier when Josh sinks the right boot. The Ranger loved the sand up on Moreton Island last year and with plans to get out a lot and travel in 2018, we can’t wait to see where you go mate!

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