Well its that time... Where I'll be saying good bye to my old ute and bring in the new...
Although it'll be hard to get rid of the old... I'm getting to do the next one with some extra knowledge I've gained from the site.
- The new rig will be a Grey (1E9) SR D4D Auto,
Grey will be easier to keep "looking" clean then the black (although Black really does look the shit when its clean)
Auto due to the clutch issues and the fact the auto just seems to perform so well off road in "most" conditions.
Diesel due to motors characteristics... Power down low and through the rev range, reasonably economical, long life.
SR Due to the fact that I'll replace the majority of gear that the SR5 comes with, I'd prefer the vinal floor, will
be removing the tub so rear tubs mods like the sports bar are a waste. Only down side is Im in a hurry and the only
one available is on the boat now and doesn't have ABS, not overly fussed and the fact the SR has no ADD for the
The mods first up will be
- Protection, Coz you can never have enough... (Sayz the man with 5 kids)
ARB Deluxe Bar Colour coded with ARB flares.
Although more expensive than the TJM bar I currently have, I do prefer the look and they have slightly better
clearance. I also think they are finished of a bit better with the steel inserts underneath the bar to protect the
water bottles etc.... I couldn't bring myself to get the bush bars though as the cost was extreme, will grab/make a
set of sliders later and make the bush bars then. Will grab some aftermarket lights to fill the bar as OEM stuff is
ARB flares came in cheaper than others due to the fact that they split them and I could just get the front 2.
Skog07's Miracle Diff Breathers - Snorkels for your Drive Train!
Safari Snorkel - turnable head.
- Custom tray from Albury Trays and Lockers...
Will post pics when done... Everyone who has dealt with this bloke is extremely happy, I've stopped several blokes
and had a yack about their trays and all reported really good results.
- Wheels and Tyres
Dynamic Black Sunnies 16x8
Mickey Thompson MTZ 285,75,16 (These bad boys should suck up cats from 50m's)
Was looking at the Bilstien shock with King Springs for the front, Billies struts for the rear also with original
leaves + an extra leaf if required. But this is not to be, over a months wait on the Billies
So, although still not 100% I think I'll go a Snake racing tough dog kit for a 50mm lift. Adjustable shocks for the
rear should help when unloaded to smooth out the ride a little and then tweak them up under load.
Will update when the order is placed as I want to ring Max's mate for an opinion first.
- Drive train
ARB Front locker with Mid sized compressor for both locker and wheels.
Larger front rotor kit, bigger tyres with brakes that aren’t brilliant to begin with.. not good. Will get the 330mm Undecided options
Gas <- starting to shy away from this...
TJM Engine Bash Plate (FUPS) -- May just build my own as per mmaaxx's design
TJM Transmission Bash Plate
Exhaust <-- Bobs exhaust Wodonga but unsure of the can I'll run...
Rig due at the end of this month and hopefully will have tray, suspension, tyres and bullbar for Easter as I'll
probably be taking it to Stockton...
Will post pics as I get them, and go through the various mods others have done such as carputers, roof consoles