200 series extracab

Submitted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 09:04
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Hi guys ...just got my gx 200 back from getting converted to an extracab ...now the fun starts putting on the canopy and all the extras..i'll have to keep an eye on my gvm. cheers Peter
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Reply By: Jackolux - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 09:58

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 09:58
Nice will be a great vehicle , I will follow the build , keep the photo coming
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Follow Up By: Warren B - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 17:04

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 17:04
Now why would you need to follow the build jacko? he he . would work better than mine but, i'm guessing
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 18:11

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 18:11
You never know Warren , I suppose you know I broke another CV in my Dmax
We are heading West in a couple of weeks , Dmax might have to go after this trip
A 200 extra Cab seems like a good idea to me .
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Follow Up By: Warren B - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 20:28

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 20:28
I'm rapt with the power and handling of mine ( ome lift kit ) it also has a better turning circle than my dmax had. And the crawl control ( decent control ) is amazing. I'm going to follow his build also not that I can afford to do it now, ( current circumstance ) but I reckon it would be a better system than a standard GX. I knew about the cv that's what I was stirring about.
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Reply By: noggins - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:09

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:09
Looks like a good thing to do .
While your at it I'd get the tow hitch moved forward so the towball sits just clear of the tray drop line.
Far less leverage on the rear of the chassis and possibly reducing the in / out angle when doing it in the rough.


Ron
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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:37

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:37
Peter, is your 200 series new or used? The photos may be deceiving, but it looks like a chassis stretch or a 3rd axle would have improved the wheelbase-to-body balance.
The tray looks a little "sparse", shall we say? What stops stuff on the tray from sliding forward into the cab, when you brake heavily? Or is the tray designed just to take a 5th wheel hitch?
What does an extracab conversion like this cost? Not cheap, I'll wager, from what I know of body builder charges.

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 20:12

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 20:12
Shall we say he mentioned he's fitting a canopy on the sparse tray and that intern I expect this will stop items sliding into the cab lol.
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Reply By: Member - Peter S (VIC) & W - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 22:17

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 22:17
Hi Ron...the vehicle is a 2013 model GX..it was ex government with 58000kms on the clock...the conversion with the tray was just on 20k...the wheelbase is standard which gives me a tray length of 1950mm...(i could have got made a bit longer but I wanted to keep it as compact as possible for offroad use )and a width of 1920mm....i also have approx. 320mm behind the center console to put my 40lt engel to use as a travel fridge..i'm building the canopy on the tray myself to keep the cost down,it will store a 90lt fridge ..18hp outboard...extra batteries....spare wheels.. camping gear...and recovery gear....I also have an 85lt water tank underneath, and a boat rack to go on top...I'm hoping to make this my ultimate off road tourer...its gvm as it is now is 2500kgs....so I have a bit to play with (I hope) before it goes over weight. Cheers Peter
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:47

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:47
It looks good, Peter! It's great what these conversion people can do now, and if money's not a problem, then they can build the "ultimate" vehicle.

If your GVM is only 2500kg(are you sure it's this low?) then you'll need to be ultra conservative with canopy building materials. Even a empty aluminium shell canopy to suit your tray will probably be 200kg or more. This is my latest one, and while I don't know what it weighs exactly, I'm able to slide it back & forwards, and just lift one end.



At 1800 x 2300, it will be a little larger than yours, so that's a bonus, weight-wise. A friend showed me the canopy he built for his dual cab D-Max, with light steel frame and alloy exterior, and he mentioned it was 200kgs. The other, probably less desirable option, for some, is an alloy roof with canvas sides. :-(

Not trying to be negative, Peter, but alerting you to the pitfalls. We have another, heavier alloy camper, that loaded on our old 79 series ute tipped the scales at 3700kg, and that was without the Cook! Hence the newer V8 with GVM upgrade.

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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:32

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:32
Nice work Bob, I come in around 230 Kg on my canopy.

I took the floor of the normal tray out to help weight.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 13:30

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 13:30
"...........took the floor........out....." Crafty devil, Baz! :-). There's a lot of weight in the chequer plate they use, so that would be big help.

Thought this new canopy of ours would be around 250kg or a bit more. Just removing the side boards off the tray reduces weight by about 40-50kg. After getting caught in a heavy storm at Diamantina Lakes, on return from our October 2015 Simpson trip, I swore I'd get something that was both weatherproof and lockable. Our other canopy is just too heavy for likes of Simpson, Madigan or CSR trips.

We leave in a week tomorrow for Birdsville, Mt Dare & return over the Madigan. Sorry to rub that in, Baz! :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 15:29

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 15:29
Ya would've saved another couple kgs by not pairing it Bob LOL.

Nice looking canopy with good high access through those doors.

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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 15:36

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 15:36
From memory I got rid of 70kg by remove the floor.

Crikey, enjoy yourself!

Cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: 116hynes - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 17:13

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 17:13
Do mind saying how much the conversion cost.

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 17:54

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 17:54
Nice canopy Bob
How have you fitted it out? Assume that you sleep in it with the window setup?

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:12

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:12
Still working on the fit out Alby. Knowing me it won't be finished when we head off next week! :-)

Have slept in it a couple of times, just rolled my swag out, and kept the side door open. The plan is to have all our gear in it, and purchased an Oztent, with stretchers, for sleeping duties. I made up a frame last year for our Simpson trip, that bolts into the tray and holds 1-2 batteries, 2nd spare, 2 fridges and 5 jerrycans(fuel or water). Will fit this inside the canopy.

Have a 200w solar panel on the roof, a Jaycar MPPT reg, to go with the 2 x 120amphr batteries. Canopy has an extrusion up each side that has both sail track and a "key way" to suit 8mm bolts, moulded into it. Instead of a roof rack or basket, have 4 lengths of 50mm RHS that bolt on, and can be used to tie down whatever you have on the roof.

Will take a few photos in the morning, Alby, that might give you a better idea than my ramblings,

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:27

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:27
Sounds good Bob
I used Unistrut on my roof as a universal tie down system
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:35

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:35
Just checked out the Unistrut, Alby. Looks the goods and plenty of scope for fitting literally anything.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 20:36

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 20:36
Couple of photos I took today, Alby.







Just put some of the stuff in, to give you an idea of what goes where. That frame weighs 24kg, so it might get modified later in the year. Everything that gets added seems to weigh 25kg plus. Not good when we're trying to save weight. :-(

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 20:59

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 20:59
Nice canopy Bob, you better get a move on with your fit out if you are leaving soon lol
Yes weight is a killer and adds up quickly
I fitted out my kitchen side with Oates plastic drawers from bunnings
They are good quality, lightweight and work well for storage
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 09:17

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 09:17
Neat set up Alby!

Yeah, bought some of those Oates drawers, looks like I'd better get some more. Had an idea for a bench like yours, but as you noticed that'll have to be for 'ron.

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