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Canning Stock Route

Postby Rusty Iron on Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:40 pm

We're finally doing the CSR in July this year so planning is in full swing. My car is a 2016 MQ GLS dual cab auto. Just under 100,000 ks on it so far and to this point, it has been the most reliable car I have ever had. The sum total of all the problems I have ever had with it is...one blown fuse. And that was my fault (lazy dodgy connection)

I am giving the car a 100,000 km birthday mega service before I go. Apart from all fluids and filters, I want to replace all belts, all major hoses, clean inlet manifold, have the DPF cleaned and the AT serviced.

So my questions are - if you were planning for a pretty serious, very remote trip like the CSR;

1. What spares would you consider taking?

2. With 100,000 kms on the clock, would you replace anything else? Would you recommend any other particular item is serviced / replaced?
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Re: Canning Stock Route

Postby explorer.dave on Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:44 pm

I was on the CSR early last year, corrugations very bad, destroyed the suspension on many vehicles. If you haven't already, I would suggest suspension upgrade from stock, that's the big killer out there. You may get lucky and find they have recently graded the track. No matter what the case is, you WILL have very bad sections to travel on.
Consider a second aux fuel tank. Also check your insurance and make sure remote recoveries is covered, minimum $10K out there for assistance / tow truck.

2 spare tyres with puncture repair kit.

Enjoy the CSR, very nice at the right time of year,
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Re: Canning Stock Route

Postby Top End Wrangler on Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:40 am

There will be lots of suggestions and considerations to be made to the vehicle and what you carry.

My suggestions are a Sat Phone (Can hire them) and a suitably equipped first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
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Re: Canning Stock Route

Postby explorer.dave on Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:18 am

Top End Wrangler wrote:There will be lots of suggestions and considerations to be made to the vehicle and what you carry.

My suggestions are a Sat Phone (Can hire them) and a suitably equipped first aid kit and fire extinguisher.



Not many people are aware of this, but, if you purchase a second hand Iridium sat-phone ($200) and have a Telstra sim card and enable international roaming these work just fine, just remember it's for essential calls as you will incur internatioal call fees.
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Re: Canning Stock Route

Postby Rusty Iron on Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:38 pm

Thanks guys. I do appreciate the feedback. And yes, upgraded suspension already fitted, Club 4x4 insurance organised (up to $15k recovery), already have 2 spares, sat phone will be hired, water pump driven spinifex fire putty outy thing going in (plus hand pump bottle) and ridiculously expensive first aid kit being considered.All among many other loose and fitted items to be considered.

But what I am really after, is what things to consider about the vehicle itself, considering its 100k lifespan. Should I replace CV joints? Are they a weakness at 100,000 ks? Uni joints? Wheel bearings? A spare ECU? Things like that.
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Re: Canning Stock Route

Postby Duck on Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:38 pm

My biggest issue on the csr was not. Vehicle issues but bolts coming loose. If I went again I would loctite all accessories and have a few spare. Good camera ! Look forward to the photos. Are you going with others to share spares ? Fluids etc.
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