Itís a 2017 model (one of the first few DPF models) and Iíve had it since new (late 2016). It was built as a family tourer for pulling our caravan, and also as a SE Qld island explorer (Bribie, Straddie, Fraser, etc.). Mods are extensive and too many to list here, but the main ones are JMACX axle housing replacement, custom-tuned Fox suspension package, 35-inch tyres on 18-inch wheels, custom canopy fit-out and electronics, ECU remap, and a premium Alpine audio setup. We also have a custom underway water tank setup, plus a long-range fuel tank.
Itís been customised for our trip around Oz from the ground up Ė tyres, suspension, exhaust, chip, tray, and the list goes on. The tray was built (1800 x 1800mm) with canvas canopy and airbags to level the rear end. Everything used was to minimise weight. Mostly alloy gear on the front and on top. Nine-stage adjustable Rancho shocks to help when on the black top or rough stuff. Dual batteries installed to run two fridges, plus solar backup and an underbonnet shower to rinse all and sundry.
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2015 FJ is twin-locked with three-inch lift and rolling on 35s. Took it over from my wife stock and turned it into a very capable IFS rig. Itís driven most of the hardest tracks Victoria has on offer. An underrated vehicle.
Itís a 270hp, 820Nm SR5 Hilux with all the fruit. I bought it brand-new off the showroom floor and have built this up all by myself, with attention to detail.
Iíve set it up for touring. Itís got a two-inch lift, dual batteries, ARB bullbar, 12,000lb Ironman winch, Safari snorkel, Outback drawers, custom scrub rails and steps, and 265/70/17 Cooper STTs. Itís done 400,000km and Iíve owned it since new. My camper trailer has matching Dynamic rims and matching Cooper STT tyres.