Unsealed 4X4 – Readers Rigs

Andrew’s Disco 4

This is Andrew’s Discovery 4 and to say that he has become a Land Rover convert is an understatement. Andrew has set it up to be a great all-round tourer and he says it’s the most comfortable and competent 4WD he’s ever owned. So, it’s either his first 4WD or he’s realised just how good a well-sorted Disco can be. Trust us when we say some of us in the office are converts to the green oval.

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So far Andrew has kitted his beast pretty well – with a long-range tank and rear wheel carrier, snorkel, dual-battery setup, rooftop tent and a set of all-terrain tyres. Over the past few years, just to prove to the rest of us how reliable Discos are, he’s taken it to Cape York, Uluru, Lake Eyre and Fraser Island (several times).

 

Nice one, Andrew. Good to see you getting out there and using the Discovery for what it was designed to do and not just the school run.

 

Grahame’s Holden Colorado

Grahame sent us some pictures of this rather tidy looking 2011 Holden Colorado. Now looking at the pictures, I’m going to guess that Grahame’s a keen fisherman… judging by the amount of gear he’s attached to his bullbar. We heard that he goes to Moreton and Fraser Islands many times a year, so that almost confirmed that he likes to wet a line or two. And good on him, we say.

 

Now back to the truck. Grahame goes on to tell us he’s put a lot of effort into it. In addition to the aforementioned bullbar he’s got lockers front and rear along with ARB underbody protection. Up front he’s got a set of 9in Intensity LED lights and a 42in light bar on the roof rack. Under the ARB canopy is a set of drawers, 55L fridge and dual-battery setup. He’s also mounted a 2.5m awning off the roof rack to help provide some shade on his trips.

 

So far your Colorado is looking pretty damn good, mate. Can’t wait to see some more shots or hear some more about your adventures.

 

Randall’s LC70 ‘CRUISER

We recently got sent a couple of pics from Randall, of his 2013 79 Series LandCruiser. He uses it to tow a 14ft Coolabah off-road caravan, which he reckons the big Toyota does with ease. In 2016 he took it on a trip through western NSW and south-west Qld. It was a 6,000km trip all up, and this year he plans to head even further afield – to the deserts west of Alice. Sounds great… can we come too?

 

Randall has also made some sensible touring mods to his ’Cruiser, including a 2.5in lift with upgraded GVM and towing capacity to 3.8T. He’s also fitted a set of airbags to keep everything level when towing the van. Upfront there’s a 12,000lb winch attached to an ARB bullbar. He’s also upgraded the exhaust system to give the Toyota a little bit more power. In the back, he’s got two 135Ah batteries managed by a CTEK battery management system which also runs 30L and 60L fridges and a 240V AC inverter.

 

Looks great Randall; let us know how you get on, on your trip.

 

Andy’s 2001 Jeep XJ Cherokee

For the second month in a row we’ve got a great looking rig from overseas. This time it’s from the good ol’ US of A. This one belongs to Andy Lilienthal of Portland, Oregon. In his spare time Andy and his wife Mercedes run the website CrankshaftCulture.com, which is all about adventure vehicles and adventure travel… and this XJ is their project vehicle. Andy inherited the Jeep from his late father who bought it new in 2001, the Cherokee’s last model year. So far he’s been busy modifying it, including a 3in Skyjacker lift kit with Black Max shocks and Metalcloak adjustable track bar. He’s also running 31×10.50 Yokohama Geolandar M/T+ tires on 15×8 Mamba MR1X wheels.

 

Up front is a JCR Vanguard bumper with a WARN VR8-S winch and 4in Warn LED lights. For added protection, the Cherokee also features JCR rock sliders and Nitro Gear & Axle diff covers. Up top sits a BajaRack Mule basket, as well as an ARB 2000 awning. Andy has upped the ante with the drivetrain – running 29 spline axles and 4.56 gears from Nitro Gear & Axle; along with a rear ARB locker. As if this wasn’t enough he’s also swapped over the headlights to some very cool looking J.W. Speaker LED headlights; not to mention an on-board air compressor and a  50L ARB fridge/freezer.

 

When on their adventures Andy and Mercedes often take their modified Dinoot J-Series camper with CVT rooftop tent (which is nice and compact, meaning it can easily go wherever they take the Jeep, with little worry of getting it caught up on the trails). Andy has several future plans for the Jeep including a rear swing-away tyre carrier, roof-mounted LED light bar, and (time permitting) a lot more adventuring.

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