Have been on the Forum a while now but haven't said a proper Hello or introduced my Rig as yet. Figured now is as good a time as any
. I have only started on my build up, mainly cosmetic stuff but am well on my way.
I've grown up 4 wheel driving with dad, some of my best memories are sticking my head out the front window of a BJ40 SWB Cruiser, watching the wheels splash up the creek water while hooning down the beach on Fraser. Would have been no older then 4 and life couldn't get any better than that. From that age I knew I was going to be driving fourby's or walking
My first proper 4x4 was a base model 1995 2.8lt Diesel Hilux or The Rig.
Im the goofy lookin' one in the green and yellow.
Had many a fun trip in this one but the time came to upgrade. Had a good search around but it came down to a 100 Series Cruiser, Land Rover Defender or the Triton. For comfort, bells and whistle, looks and sheer class the choice became obvious.
This is Rig Jnr. 2006 D-iD GLX-R. Bought it with 78000 on the clock. Was also lucky enough to get one with the factory diff lock and rhino spray on liner. First trip up the beach
Wasn't long after getting it that I wanted to start doing it up but bought it with some extra cash we borrowed when we bought our house so was a little tight at the time and couldn't really get stuck in. Exterior
Started off small and sorted out Rhino Rack track mounted roof racks with a thule bike carrier. (had the sit on top style racks but first trip up the beach with the surf ski on the roof the bloody things moved and marked the roof
. Sorted the track mounted then and have been a happy camper since). Tinted the front windows, replaced the grills with some ebay jobbies and put some custom paint work on the rear lights.
My mate gave me the IPF Spotties (he wanted the rectangular ones for his rig) and sorted the TJM Snorkel thanks to a group buy. Also managed to rip off the stock bash plates on one of the inland tracks around Rainbow beach, so upgraded these with TJM bash plates. They came black but that didn't last long. Couple of trips up the beach had them sanded back to bare metal so painted them yellow. Few more beach trips and needed painting again so went with the current design.
Mate and I are planning to go up the Cape next year so needed some practical inclusions. The awning, 245/75R16 Maxxis Bighorns and Custom Canopy are the start of the process. Will need to replace the tyres before the cape but by that time will have a lift so will go 265's
Made the canopy myself as I am a tight arse
but needed room to fit a fridge for our cape trip. Not a big fan of the look of regular canopies and also wanted somewhere to mount a second spare, without needing to sell a kidney to afford a Kaymar rear bar and wheel holder. Am pretty happy with the way its turned out.
Have plans for sliders, rear bar, an ultimate lift and possibly an xrox bull bar and winchInterior
As far as the inside goes, I haven't really done much. Bought an i-pod cable that hooks up to the standard stereo and Neoprene Seat covers (The Wet Seat, from TJM). Have a reversing camera in the garage that needs hooking up Failures
I have had a couple of other upgrades that have just not worked for me. Bought a NAFTA Performance chip. Only had it in for about 6 months, started off quite good but near the end was blowing soo much black smoke it wasn't funny. Took it off and had no change in performance or fuel economy.
Also tried a uni filter but had a limp mode within 3 days of having it installed. Sounded great with the snorkel but took it out after having to replace the MAF Sensor. Sold it to a forum member and I believe he has had no trouble with it. At least he hasn't told me of any issues To Be Continued...
Thanks for taking the time to read my build thus far. I have a heap in mind and will update as time goes by.
Enjoy your rig, and hope to see you all on the tracks one day