The new Isuzu Mu-x

Hi all,

Just purchased the new Isuzu MU-X. Anyone had any luck getting accessories (eg. bullbar, snorkel, roofrack) for it as everyone I speak to (Isuzu dealer, ARB, TJM etc) keep saying they should be available soon but not when. Im not in that much of a rush but we're planning a trip to the Kimberleys soon.
It'd be great for any feedback on anyone's experience with these accessories or the MU-X in general.

Cheers,
Craig
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 23:07

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 23:07
History tells us its between 6 and 12 months for aftermarket accessory makers to finally have products available. Even then it's first generation stuff so may require some fine tuning.

I guess you shouldn't hold yr breath...
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 06:05

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 06:05
Also, they will only make them if there are enough cars sold and the demand is there. Example, a snorkel for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD only became available in 2009 because they don't sell the CRD in the US.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 20:07

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 20:07
Sometimes the availability is much longer than 12 months.

I'm still waiting for a snorkel to be made for a Dmax single cab 2011.

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Reply By: gbc - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 06:21

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 06:21
I'd have thought the bullbar and snorkel would be straight from the dmax? Are there front end panel changes at all?
In any event, all Thai built 4wds have a strong aftermarket industry over there. If you are feeling adventurous with the keyboard you could check a few companies out.
If there is a dmax/mu x specific forum I would be looking on that. The members on the ford ranger forums are always importing gadgets (a lot of which are genuine parts which oz simply doesn't see such as stereos, grab handles, reverse cameras, auto folding rear view mirrors etc).
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Reply By: Cruiser . - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 08:58

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 08:58
Mux about,

The Mux is essentially a a station wagon version of the Dmax, so surely the snorkel and bullbars that are available for the Dmax will suit the Mux.

Another possibility is the Colorado 7 which is also designed by Izuzu and is essentially an Mux with some aesthetic changes (actually its the other way around as the Colorado 7 was released first) and they share the same chassis etc, and I know there are bullbars and snorkels available for them.

Cheers,

Cruiser
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 21:17

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 21:17
The issue will be that even if the Dmax bar fits it will not be certified as airbag compliant on that model vehicle
Same issue happened with the dual cab landcruiser utes. They could of used the other variants accessories on them but they had not been certified for that model even though they were a straight bolt on
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Reply By: Top End Az - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:06

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:06
Well done on the purchase of the MU-X. It's a great looking rig and I'm sure you'll love it. I got the current model Dmax when it came out in 2012.
It took several months for the canopy and roofrack to come out with ARB. It took about 7 or 8 months for TJM to bring out their Airtech snorkel, and about 9 months for ARB to release the bullbar. Don't quote me exactly on these times, but it is a ball park recollection.
As the others stated, the bullbar and snorkel should be more or less ready to go pretty shortly as the front end of the MU-X looks identical to the Dmax from what I can see. Roof racks should be more straight forward so I wouldn't expect too long on those.
I hope you can get this stuff done before your Kimberley trip. You'll have a great time up there.
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Reply By: Member - Richard L8 - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 20:42

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 20:42
I've been very interested in the MU-X but have been hesitant with the 65 ltr fuel tank for towing. I've been phoning around trying to find information on weather a long range fuel tank will be available but to date no company has indicated that they are possibly making one. Fingers crossed they do. Just wish they made a 6 seater d-max.
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Follow Up By: Brian67g - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 21:40

Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 21:40
I just took delivery of my MU-X yesterday and, without asking the dealer, he said if I was interested in a long range tank to let him know as Isuzu are adding it to the accessories list shortly.

It is a fantastic car- sat at 80km/hr today as it is yet to run in and engine was just idling at 1200RPM.

Brian
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Reply By: mux about - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 15:58

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 15:58
I was told recently by ARB that the D-max bullbar will not fit on the new MU-X as it is a slightly different shape. I would say the snorkel should fit though looking at the panelling of both.
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Reply By: lj_eco - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 18:24

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 18:24
Just test drove one today..basic LSM. I drive Lux's, Cruisers, triton's, navara's and Prado's for work every day and well, i absolutely loved the handling of the MU-X as an SUV. Reminded me somewhat of a triton/hilux ride on road. Guessing for the average SUV driver it would be a bit to come to but from a 4x4 perspective was spot on. Did a few short hill climbs out of town, wet ground. Good fun no complaints. I think i want one! Only one question for the experienced owner - a minor one at that - but i found the hard plastic interoir a bit 'inferior'. Picturing it cracking in the sun after a few years actually. A beaten up old Mazda 121 i drove had tougher plastic. Your thoughts?

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Reply By: Mu-X Up - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 21:54

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 21:54
I have recently picked up a new MU-X (LS-M Auto 4x4) and I'm loving it so far. As others have mentioned it is a bit boat like when driving around town with lots of roll in the corners. The engine is unstressed and does everything in a lazy but smooth way. That said, when you plant the foot it does build speed fairly quickly, it just does it subtly because of the low revs. I have been getting about 9.0L/100 around town and down to about 7.5 on highway. I have had only minor luck with accessory enquiries. Some of the better 4x4 suspension shops in town will do a basic (approx 30mm) but custom lift kit (using my Mu-X as a guinea pig). TJM have a snorkel for it but I'm inclined to get the factory standard one. I spoke with ARB and they have said they are working on a front bar for it but don't have a time frame for when it will be available. I contacted Longranger about a larger fuel tank but they don't have one yet. The D-Max long range tank doesn't seem to cross over to the MUX. I believe there is a 250mm difference in wheelbase which stuffs it up. Same story with the DMAX front bar, ARB said they tried it but it doesn't fit. I guess I just have to be patient. All of that aside, It's still great to drive and has handled any rough stuff I've thrown at it so far. I even pointed it up a 50 degree quarry bank in the rain to see how far it would get before slipping. The only problem was that it didn't slip and I ended up at the top of a quarry where I didn't really want to be.
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Follow Up By: mux about - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 19:27

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 19:27
Hi Mu-X Up,
I'm glad you're happy with it, I know I am. It's good to know TJM have a snorkel available for it, I might go pick one up soon.
Taking the MUX for a serious try out this weekend at Wonnangatta Valley in east Vic, should be interesting to see how it goes.
As for the custom lift, have you thought of upgrading the standard tyres to a larger size instead? It may not give you 30mm but its worth a thought.
Cheers,
Mux about

P.s. By the way, I like your user name!
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Follow Up By: Mu-X Up - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 14:52

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 14:52
Looks like TJM have just released a winch compatible steel Bullbar and an Alloy bar. They also mentioned that there is now a 90L Aux petrol tank but I'm guessing it needs the spare wheel moved. Should take the fuel range to over 1800km and sort out all the problems the van haulers have.
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Follow Up By: Brendan L5 - Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:06

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:06
Dobinsons make a 45mm lift for the mu-x
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Reply By: Aussi Traveller - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 20:55

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 20:55
Just a thought are they the same as the Colorado 7 maybe worth a look.

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Reply By: Mu-X Up - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 16:39

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 16:39
Looks like TJM have just released a winch compatible steel Bullbar and an Alloy bar. They also mentioned that there is now a 90L Aux petrol tank but it needs the spare wheel moved. I haven't found a swing away tire carrier yet so not sure where the spare will go. The tank should take the fuel range to over 1800km (155L combined) and sort out all the problems the van haulers have. I went into their store today and they said they can also do roof racks (from Rhino). Just remember the roof weight limit is only 60kg.

Cheers,

Pete
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 13:20

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 13:20
I think those Rhino racks are cross-bars and only for the LST. The other models don't have roof rails and will need a different design.
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Follow Up By: Caleb S1 - Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 00:15

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 00:15
I spoke to isuzu australia and they mentioned roof rails for LSU not sure of LSM will be on the market as soon as mid July and that dealers will be getting an email in the next two weeks to let them know of a release date. If your interested I was also told to let the dealer know to notify you when they are available so an order can be placed.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 08:08

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 08:08
Cool. A salesman mentioned that they're pretty ugly. Will see.

For a list of mods and accessories and some tech specs see http://www.4x4earth.com.au/forum/mu/30032-mu-x-2013-technical-info.html

How'd you go in the 'gatta Mux about?
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Follow Up By: mux about - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 21:06

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 21:06
I was told by the dealer when we purchased it in March that there are roof rails available for the Mu-X that increased the roof load limit to 75kg instead of the standard 60kg. Only available overseas at moment so it'll be good to see if it pops up over here soon.

Sigmund, the Muxxy went very well in the 'gatta over easter. Handled the Zeka Spur like a trooper even though it was raining and the track was slippery as hell (can still see the gouge marks in the dash from the missus!) Bottomed out on one or two big rocks though. Loved the sports shift when in 4L, stops it jumping gears all the time when crawling down hills.
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Reply By: Mutchie - Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 14:35

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 14:35
We are in Perth and have just bought a brand new MU-X LS-T, awaiting delivery !!!! Bullbars are available from the dealer $2500 , TJM for $2800 and ORE for $1280 !!! Long range tanks are available in Perth without removing the spare wheel :)
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Follow Up By: Mutchie - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 14:54

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 14:54
Getting a Bullbar from ECB at Osborne Park as ORE needed 3-4 weeks to source one, $1340 fitted . http://www.ecb.com.au/vehicle.php?productid=10289[/img]
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Reply By: Sigmund - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 21:41

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 21:41
Can you give us a web link to that LRT mutchie? Sounds interesting.

mux about, good to hear she went well in the rough. Might need to put a mesh panel on the dash ;-)
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Follow Up By: Mutchie - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 14:50

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 14:50
Sorry Sigmund we didn't ask, it was just offered by the dealer... will ask when we pick up on Thursday or ring Isuzu at Wangara and ask Peter Fisher ;)
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