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THOMAS’ N80 HILUX
You may remember a few months ago we featured Thomas’ touring Zook with the big turbo. Well, it had a disagreement with the crank and he has had to push that project onto the backburner. He wasted no time pulling the trigger on a new N80 and starting the build of his new tourer. Not one to shy away from a challenging track, he knew he needed a decent winch upfront. Sitting inside the AFN bull bar is a 12,000lb Carbon winch. Next on the list was a Phat Bars snorkel and Redarc BC-DC dual-battery system, a custom tub rack to house the rooftop tent, as well as a set of CalOffroad upper control arms, in preparation for the bigger muddies. Once the rig is sitting at a decent height, Thomas plans to add custom barwork to protect the remainder of the panels, finish off the rear fit-out and potentially throw in a set of Fox 2.5 coilovers in the front. Between rebuilding the Suzuki and piecing together the new ‘Lux, you won’t have too much spare time mate. Hopefully we get to see both of them out on the road soon!

READERS' RIGS

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THANKS TO:

1 x 9” Driving Light – Combo Beam
1 x 9” Driving Light – Spot Beam
1 x 30” LED Light Bar

Worth $940

THIS ISSUE'S WINNER SCORES A DRIVETECH 4X4 LIGHTING PACK:

WINNER
Quality, Strength
& Reliability
PRODUCING PREMIUM OFF ROAD
PRODUCTS SINCE 1980

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TIARNE’S LN106 HILUX
Fifteen-inch shocks and two-inch leaf packs with the load leaves removed, plus 35-inch muddies = one heck of a HiLux! Well, from the front you would be forgiven for mistaking Tiarne’s pride and joy for a jacked-up Surf, but that’s because she has taken the time to convert the front end and give the entire ute a respray. Not just wanting the ‘Lux to look pretty, she’s started spending some time underneath to make this weekend warrior as capable as possible. With lights, a rear air locker and a custom tray set-up, she knew that this build would go further than she intended. Now that she has the touring side covered with the roof basket and UHF among other things, she is saving for some crawler gears and a front locker to really make this thing crawl. She often spends her time exploring around Lithgow and the Sydney surrounds, but she rates her favourite trip to be the one she did at Killingworth a few months back. We can’t get enough of the ‘Lux Tiarne, keep us updated!

GREG’S BOBBED 60
Greg has had the 1985 HJ60 for nearly 13 years and he initially wanted to turn it into a comp truck. However, when a more suitable candidate came along he designated the daily duties to the ‘Cruiser. Jokingly called a 58 Series by some mates, the 60 has a 400mm chassis and body bob that transforms the 60 off-road. Twin-locked with strengthened RCV CV joints and axles, the 2H motor and aftermarket turbo turn the 285/75R16 BFG all-terrains with ease. A custom-made rear bar finishes the rear end off nicely, with the protection extending along under the sills thanks to some custom-made sliders. The three-inch exhaust is also custom, but Greg tells us the ultimate plan is to swap out the tiring 2H for a 12HT. If you find one of those for cheap mate, you let us know … we promise we won’t outbid you … by much! All in all, good on you for doing something different, Greg! It definitely turned heads around the office.

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JORDAN’S GQ SHORTY
I’m a sucker for a good GQ shorty and Jordan’s is one of the cleanest examples I have seen in a long time. Perhaps it’s all the dry outback air in Alice Springs that has kept it rust-free for all these years. Pushing 150hp and 420Nm out of the TD42 since the Denco 11mm pump and TD05 went on, all the performance modifications have come into a world of their own. Four-inch custom coils and Fox remote res racing shocks and a plethora of top quality suspension and undercarriage parts mean this rig can eat up the kays across an endless number of outback tracks. Did I mention it actually has a factory rear locker? Designed with storage, self-sufficiency and safety in mind, Jordan has fastidiously created what I believe to be every Patrol owners’ fantasy. Who wants to see it between the pages of a future issue as a custom 4X4 feature? Bugger that, I’m not even waiting for you all to email us, consider it done! Looks like I’m going to the NT!

VEHICLES

READERS' RIGS

SCROLL DOWN

THOMAS’ N80 HILUX
You may remember a few months ago we featured Thomas’ touring Zook with the big turbo. Well, it had a disagreement with the crank and he has had to push that project onto the backburner. He wasted no time pulling the trigger on a new N80 and starting the build of his new tourer. Not one to shy away from a challenging track, he knew he needed a decent winch upfront. Sitting inside the AFN bull bar is a 12,000lb Carbon winch. Next on the list was a Phat Bars snorkel and Redarc BC-DC dual-battery system, a custom tub rack to house the rooftop tent, as well as a set of CalOffroad upper control arms, in preparation for the bigger muddies. Once the rig is sitting at a decent height, Thomas plans to add custom barwork to protect the remainder of the panels, finish off the rear fit-out and potentially throw in a set of Fox 2.5 coilovers in the front. Between rebuilding the Suzuki and piecing together the new ‘Lux, you won’t have too much spare time mate. Hopefully we get to see both of them out on the road soon!

WINNER

THANKS TO:

1 x 9” Driving Light – Combo Beam
1 x 9” Driving Light – Spot Beam
1 x 30” LED Light Bar

Worth $940

THIS ISSUE'S WINNER SCORES A DRIVETECH 4X4 LIGHTING PACK:

Quality, Strength
& Reliability
PRODUCING PREMIUM OFF ROAD
PRODUCTS SINCE 1980

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

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TIARNE’S LN106 HILUX
Fifteen-inch shocks and two-inch leaf packs with the load leaves removed, plus 35-inch muddies = one heck of a HiLux! Well, from the front you would be forgiven for mistaking Tiarne’s pride and joy for a jacked-up Surf, but that’s because she has taken the time to convert the front end and give the entire ute a respray. Not just wanting the ‘Lux to look pretty, she’s started spending some time underneath to make this weekend warrior as capable as possible. With lights, a rear air locker and a custom tray set-up, she knew that this build would go further than she intended. Now that she has the touring side covered with the roof basket and UHF among other things, she is saving for some crawler gears and a front locker to really make this thing crawl. She often spends her time exploring around Lithgow and the Sydney surrounds, but she rates her favourite trip to be the one she did at Killingworth a few months back. We can’t get enough of the ‘Lux Tiarne, keep us updated!

GREG’S BOBBED 60
Greg has had the 1985 HJ60 for nearly 13 years and he initially wanted to turn it into a comp truck. However, when a more suitable candidate came along he designated the daily duties to the ‘Cruiser. Jokingly called a 58 Series by some mates, the 60 has a 400mm chassis and body bob that transforms the 60 off-road. Twin-locked with strengthened RCV CV joints and axles, the 2H motor and aftermarket turbo turn the 285/75R16 BFG all-terrains with ease. A custom-made rear bar finishes the rear end off nicely, with the protection extending along under the sills thanks to some custom-made sliders. The three-inch exhaust is also custom, but Greg tells us the ultimate plan is to swap out the tiring 2H for a 12HT. If you find one of those for cheap mate, you let us know … we promise we won’t outbid you … by much! All in all, good on you for doing something different, Greg! It definitely turned heads around the office.

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

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JORDAN’S GQ SHORTY
I’m a sucker for a good GQ shorty and Jordan’s is one of the cleanest examples I have seen in a long time. Perhaps it’s all the dry outback air in Alice Springs that has kept it rust-free for all these years. Pushing 150hp and 420Nm out of the TD42 since the Denco 11mm pump and TD05 went on, all the performance modifications have come into a world of their own. Four-inch custom coils and Fox remote res racing shocks and a plethora of top quality suspension and undercarriage parts mean this rig can eat up the kays across an endless number of outback tracks. Did I mention it actually has a factory rear locker? Designed with storage, self-sufficiency and safety in mind, Jordan has fastidiously created what I believe to be every Patrol owners’ fantasy. Who wants to see it between the pages of a future issue as a custom 4X4 feature? Bugger that, I’m not even waiting for you all to email us, consider it done! Looks like I’m going to the NT!