GVM upgrade Nissan GU coil ute

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 07:45
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Hi All,

I want to get a GVM upgrade for my Nissan GU coil ute. The car is registered in Vic. I would like to hear from anyone who has been down this path and what sort of upgrade they were able to get. There is plenty of info on leaf Utes but I can't find anything on coil. The ute has 50mm OME lift, airbag assist on coils. I have already had the the rear coil towers strengthened.

Cheers, Kevin
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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 08:10

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 08:10
Kev, I have had my GU wagon GVM upgrade done by fitting a Lovell's kit. Depends how the coil towers have been strengthened, you may not have to get it redone, some methods are acceptable, some not. As the kit is pre approved, any workshop, I think, can fit it for you. Give Lovell's a ring. Pretty sure that a lot of the suspension mobs are doing the kits now. Good luck.
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Follow Up By: 116hynes - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 08:14

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 08:14
Thanks John. How much extra did the GVM upgrade give you and do you remember the cost.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 09:10

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 09:10
Is that all you did - fit an approved kit?

We were told that the car had to go over the pits as well.

Did yours and did you end up with a new compliance plate as we did?

No blue - just asking.

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Reply By: lizard - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 09:45

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 09:45
In WA you would require a signatory engineer - same in Vic I guess
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Reply By: Member - TonyV - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 10:30

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 10:30
In QLD needs to go to an engineer for compliance, then a blue plate fitted to be legal.

As this is a post registered upgrade should it be sold interstate it would need to be engineered again.

If on a new vehicle and done pre-registration it would be legal in all states.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 11:25

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 11:25
That's what I thought. Just fitting an "approved" kit is not enough.

I would gather that most states would be the same.

What about on the first registration. Do they get a new (blue etc) plate showing the new GVM?

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Follow Up By: Member - TonyV - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 11:48

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 11:48
If done prior to registration its a new addendum alloy plate (not blue) as far as I know.

I have al alloy on one for LPG on my V8 100 series, pre registration, then when I replaced the 98ltr petrol tank with a 152 ltr I had to get it blue plated.

My mates 79 dual cab has a GVM (3.75 tonne) upgrade by Westside in Brissy, it has a GVM upgrade alloy plate, not a blue plate.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 12:49

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 12:49
Hi Tony
Our new plate was issued by the RTA, (editted) after they did the modification inspection at the "pits".

Was it the same with your two plates?

I wonder if a regular commercial registration inspection agancy could issue them. I think not, but then who knows.

I only mentioned the colour as I thought a blue plate meant something.

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Follow Up By: TomH - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 13:46

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 13:46
A blue plate is for a modification and mine was affixed by the engineer who approved the mod. When I reverted it back to standard he affixed a second blue plate to say so The mod was LK1. Both times I had to go to TMR and register the change on the system. Car ended up with more plates than a Kmart sale item.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 14:03

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 14:03
Can be a pain, but then again a job worth doing is worth doing correctly.

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Reply By: Member - TonyV - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 14:47

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 14:47
Phil,

From new, 3 x plates, 2 from manufacturer and one from the LPG installer both normal alloy plates black or embossed writing.
The LPG was done pre-registration.


The Blue plate is issued by a certified engineer, the blue plate is an after registration plate for additions, in my case for a long range fuel tank.

Both my vehicles have blue plates.

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Follow Up By: TomH - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 18:30

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 18:30
You win I cant beat that ROFL
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Follow Up By: Member - TonyV - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 18:42

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 18:42
Wasn't a competition Tom....

But now you mention it.....
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Reply By: mynance - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 15:35

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 15:35
A friend of mine has his complianced and plated to tow 9 tonne, it was not cheap but there is a firm in Toowoomba that did all the work for him.
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:11

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:11
Tow 9 tonne, me don't think so. Get some more facts me thinks.
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Follow Up By: mynance - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:27

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:27
He had to put an extra lazy axle under it and uses it to tow his 5th wheeler, will get a photo of his compliance plate for you.
It's a 4.2 factory turbo.

He also has a new 3lt Patrol ute stretched with a extra driven axle, don't know what it can carry, he has only just had ADR compliance making it the first legal 6WD Nissan Patrol.

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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:32

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:32
Big difference between towing 9 tonne and GCM. I will be keep an open mind though. Have a think about a vehicle that weighs say 3. something tonne and has 9 tonne behind it.
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Follow Up By: mynance - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:39

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 20:39
He should be back in Hervey Bay shortly will get all the info and post it.

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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 17:46

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 17:46
If it tows 9 tonnes he will need at last a medium rigid licence to drive it.

Its most unlikley that it will be legal to rear hitch tow 9 tonnes.

A GCM of 9 tonnes on the other hand is probably achievable ...... that is a trailer with a GVM ( the mass on the trailers wheels) of 4.5 tonnes and possibly up to 2 tonnes borne on the turntable with a total combination of 9 tonnes.

9 tonnes GCM is the maximum drivable on a passenger car licence .... that is a vehicle with a GVM of 4.5 tonnes towing a trailer with a GVM of 4.5 tonnes.

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Reply By: Batt's - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 10:47

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 10:47
Just be aware that the odd GU ute is also bending it's chassis between the springs and cab area when carrying heavy loads off road.

It amazes me that the early GQ's like mine are fine but as the yrs went on the coil towers were identified to be a problem in the wagons as well then it was passed onto the GU's because maybe Nissan didn't rectify the problem. But now there are a few after market varieties of coil tower bracing available but when fitted this allows you to be able to carry more weight when you upgrade the springs so intern it seems that has created a problem for some like I mentioned in the 1st paragraph.

Also some people are towing heavy vans off rd now in place of the camper trailer they use to tow this has created another problem because your off rd towing capability is a lot less than your on road one.
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