Unsealed 4X4 Readers’ Rigs

Caleb’s Amarok

Over the Christmas break we received an email from Caleb about his 2015 Amarok Core Edition. He went for the 8-speed auto instead of the manual, and although it doesn’t have low-range he says it has managed to get him everywhere so far. Caleb’s been busy with the modification bug and swapped over the factory wheels and tyres for a set of black aftermarket wheels and Hercules Terra Tracs. To date, the tyres have performed well. But when they’re up for replacement he’ll probably fit a set of Nitto Terra Grapplers. Caleb has also fitted an Outback Armour 2-inch lift.

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Up front on the nudge bar he’s got a set of 9-inch LED lights and also a light bar mounted to the roof rack. Talking of the roof rack, Caleb reckons it’s his favourite mod to date. He went for a Rhino Rack Pioneer mounted on the Rhino backbone system. To this he’s fitted shovel mounts and recovery board holders.  As much as he loves the Amarok, he’s still got a few upgrades to go… such as replacing the factory exhaust, upgrading the intercooler and getting a re-map done.

 

Looks like you’re going to make this into one very nice looking Amarok.

 

Marcelo’s 2008 Land Rover Discovery 3 

It’s not often we get mail from overseas, let alone from South America; but imagine our surprise when we got a great looking (and very rare in South America) rig such as this from Argentina. So far Marcelo has taken it throughout South America from the Atlantic Ocean to the top of the Andes 5,600m above sea level. Marcelo says it still runs like it did the first day he got it – even with 245,000km on the clock.

 

He’s also been busy making some mods to the Disco… such as a hidden Warn winch and underbody protection. He’s fitted 17-inch wheels along with 265/70R17 BFG A/Ts. We all know the Achilles heel of the Disco is that it likes to lower when travelling over 40km/h, so to stop this Marcelo has fitted an IID tool to help control the ride height. The Disco has been nicely upgraded for touring duties too – with LED lights, UHF and integrated Garmin satnav; as well as a dual-battery setup.

Gracias por las fabulosas fotos de tu Discovery. Al parecer vos tambien hiciste bastante. Me gustaria seguir escuchando de tus aventuras. Looks like you’ve been on some great trips we’d love to hear more about your adventures.

 

Tony’s V8 Touareg and Viewfinder Signature Van

Tony sent us details of a trip he and his wife did last June. All up they covered about 12,000km – leaving Perth and heading along the Nullarbor before going up through the Centre including Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and then on to Darwin before heading home. The trip took them 12 weeks. The thing that really grabbed our attention was Tony’s choice of tow vehicle. You see, Tony uses a VW Touareg as his weapon of choice. Not only is it a Touareg but it’s also the top of the range R-Line model. Nothing like touring in style, eh? Tony reckons it’s seriously good to drive and quite economical when towing – getting between 15-17 litres/100km (and no, that’s not VW maths).

 

The other thing that made our eyes pop was the van Tony and his wife used. It’s an imported American van converted to Australian specifications with electric everything. It even has a slide-out section which gives them heaps of room inside. Nothing like roughing it on the tracks, Tony?

 

Matt’s 150 Series Prado

We just received an email from Matt telling us about a recent trip he did in his Prado and camper trailer. It was up through the Kimberly. He covered about 10,000km taking in the Gibb River Road, Emma Gorge, El Questro, Mitchell Falls, Manning Gorge, Bell Gorge and Broome; then through the Bungle Bungles before heading home. All up it took about four weeks. Sounds like a heck of an adventure.

 

Matt’s Prado has been kitted out with sensible touring mods including a TJM bullbar, OME 2-inch lift, dual-battery system and Cooper ST-Maxx tyres.

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