Got 2 4wd's which to trick up?

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 18:31
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Hi guys, need some advice on which 4wd to spend the money on.
I don't do anything hard core. Maybe some basic tracks, beach work, basic tourer when I go up north here in WA towing the trailer or small caravan or boat. Both are still a daily driver and family car.

I have the below 2 cars. Both are pretty much stock

2002 NM Pajero Exceed, 3.2l turbo, auto, bullbar, spotties, side steps, Bridgestone 697 tyres

2008 Rodeo lx 3.0l turbo, dual cab, manual, bullbar spotties, canopy, efs shocks

Just needing some advice, if I was going to upgrade suspension, tyres,wheels etc and turn one into something a little more capable of doing more serious 4wd which one should I do it to.

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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 19:27

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 19:27
Not sure on your views, but there is possibly more of a variety of aftermarket bits around for the Rodeo than the Paj.


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Follow Up By: joshg - Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 19:56

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 19:56
Hey thanks for the reply. I agree there are more aftermarket products. Both are in great condition. Lots of guys do up the rodeos. Never really see many pajeros with 2in lifts or anything. The turbo diesel pajeros go great.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 20:05

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 20:05

To give someone any advice on modifying their car can be a
Not sure about what appear to be conflicting parts to your request. At the start you say you don't envisage doing anything hard core and yet you say later on you want to do some more "serious 4wd". For what it's worth I think the Pajero has pretty good off road ability in stock standard form. A good mate had a Rodeo and it suffered from having a much stiffer rear suspension so not very good wheel articulation in standard form.
If it was me I would do a bit to the Pajero. Maybe a modest lift to give it a bit more road clearance.

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Follow Up By: joshg - Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 20:21

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 20:21
Cheers pop, you are correct, I have not explained myself. At the moment the extent of my experience would be a basic track down to the beach. I would like to do something a little more challenging. But nothing full on like water over the bonnet.
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Follow Up By: IronMan - Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 20:36

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 20:36
I own an NP DiD Pajero. The limiting factor is not the amount of lift, the degree of articulation, the muddiness of the mud tyres, it's the driver (and the fact that he needs to drive this self same car to work on Mondays after playing all weekend!). Either will do pretty good things straight out of the factory.

As the Pajero is four wheel independent suspension, lifts are limited to about 40mm to avoid doing a number on the CV joints.

Best advice I can offer is just get out there!
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Reply By: Member - Michael A (ACT) - Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 09:53

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 09:53
instead of looking at a general site such a this one, It may pay to research some of the vehicle specific sites for your vehicles.

PS the Paj is a very tough unit and can be modified quite extensively, yes there may seem to be more stuff for the rodeo but dont pt down the Paj


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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:17

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:17
Probably another question to ask is which set-up is more aligned to your plan for more serious 4wd - the dual cab or assuming the Paj is not dual cab ....
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Reply By: Ashez H - Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 21:23

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 21:23
Which one do you take up north more often? Which one is of more use to your style of touring?

There's your answer...
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