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Jason’s 1998 Land Rover Discovery has a neat little set up for touring. He has heavier springs and shocks with a 2in lift, dual batteries, an ARB bull bar and all terrain tyres. He says it’s a pretty versatile car and uses it to tow his Jayco Outback camper trailer most places he goes, but for the harder-to-get-to places he switches to his heavy-duty off-road trailer – talk about being spoiled for choice!
Jason described his rig as “one of the most capable go-anywhere 4WDs around” and it seems the general consensus with Disco drivers is resounding satisfaction with how they run. Jason undoubtedly fits into that group, hoping to get another 10 years of hassle-free adventures out of it. He’s so chipper in fact, that he doesn’t mind that the 2.5L Tdi engine is underpowered because it gives him more time to look around to see the awesome scenery this country has to offer. Great rig, great attitude, mate!
JAMES’ HILUX SR5
James has owned his Toyota 2006 D4-D dual cab HiLux SR5 since new and in that time clocked up a cool 320,000km and an impressive amount of mods. By the looks of things he’s been down to his local ARB store and ticked every box with them, including all bar work, a Sprint canopy, LED lights, and 60L fridge-freezer – to name only a few. The extended diff breathers, Air-Tec TJM snorkel and 17in Allied Scorpion A/Ts come in handy on trips out from his home in Brisbane to Fraser and Stradbroke Island, and the hot/cold shower and Long Ranger fuel tank have helped turn this HiLux into an excellent touring rig. James hasn’t neglected the interior though, fitting Recaro seats for comfort, and Kenwood speakers and a Pioneer entertainment system to make trips more enjoyable. He’s got extra power coming from both his Steinbauer PowerModule and Taipan stainless steel exhaust system and waves of jealousy coming from us over at here at Unsealed 4X4.
Tully’s life as a four-wheel driver started 40 years ago when he first fitted a Holden 186 motor into a 1950’s Land Rover. Two Patrols and two 100 Series’ later, and Tully is the proud owner of a 2005 LandCruiser TD. He uses the ‘Cruiser to tow his 25ft caravan, which makes for a pretty comfy basecamp when he’s out exploring the bush. He’s been to the Victorian High Country, North Queensland, Oodnadatta, Innamincka, Alice Springs and WA. Mods have been necessary for Tully as ’roos, pigs and goats regularly crossed his path; his car still bears the scars of an untimely midday encounter with an emu not too far from Bourke. He’s had a bull bar fitted, twin spotlights, a fuel-water separator, diff breathers, HD King Springs, HD shocks, a roof rack, awning and front safety camera – with plenty more projects still to come.
NEIL’S FJ CRUISER
Neil’s impressive list of mods is longer than the space we have to tell you about them. From window tinting to floor mats to seat covers to rock sliders, Neil’s turned his FJ Cruiser into a machine of his own making. Notable mention should however go to his ScanGauge II, which helps monitor his vehicle’s vital organs, BRC diff breathers, 1.4m Eezi Rooftop tent, ICOM IC-440N UHF radio, and Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar tyres to get him through the rough stuff. Neil told us he’s had ‘many’ add-ons (which feels like an understatement) to accommodate his travels, whether it’s for long-distance touring or weekend and day trips. Stay tuned for a full write-up on Neil’s custom rig in a future issue, where we’ll take a closer look at his enviable list of modifications.