6x6 BT50 anyone?

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 08:25
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Anyone got a 6x6 Australia system fitted to a BT50 (or Landcruiser.) I'd like to hear your feedback. Most comments I can find on 6x6 conversions are opinions based on presumption, I'd like to hear from people that have them or have actually used them.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 14:06

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 14:06
99% of the vehicles you see with an extra axle fitted are 6x4....IE: the rear axle is an un-powered "lazy axle".

There is a mob ( http://www.multidrive.com.au/ ) that do a 6x6 conversion. When I looked into the possibility of doing it to my 2000 Patrol (back around 2005 or so), the cost was prohibitive. I seem to recall for the cut'n'shut to convert it to a dual cab was about $20,000 and the 6x6 conversion was upwards of $30,000-. So over $50,000 all up!!!! The bloody thing only cost me $50K brand new!!

I have spoken to people who own a 6x4 and despite all the rumors, they are apparently very capable off-road and don't get "dry-bogged" like some (non-owners) believe they would.

One of the bigger concerns is tyre wear....but I think this might be a bit over-blown too, as the people I know reckon they're happy enough with the tyre wear they have been getting.
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Reply By: Member - croaky - Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 19:31

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 19:31
Hi Roachie, I appreciate your reply, yes I've done a fair bit of research, and am really interested in those that have had experience with the 6x6 Australia option.
Other than that it is speculation which I have plenty myself, cheers, so I'm trying to drill down to actual experience with 6x6 conversion.
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Follow Up By: noggins - Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 20:57

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 at 20:57
Followed a chap that apparently works for the WA Railways on Friday

He had a set of duals on the rear of his Troopy to carry the load of the rail runners, I had to look twice and it looked like a good setup for extra weight .

This might be another option for you
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Reply By: braggy - Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:08

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:08
Hi croaky

I don't but a mate did a 200 series last year,
There is an article in 4WD Touring mag about it couple of months ago

He is really happy with it.
They didn't extend the original wheel base, so no tail shaft extensions ect,
just added a lazy on behind, fitted it with air bags and he can lift the rear wheels up, to help off road and tight turns.

He has a tinnie on top and tows a heavy Lotus van

Only dramas he has had, is his fair share of flat tyres, but I think that's the tyres, and a brake caliper bolt fell out on one wheel on the lazy.

It was done by a guy in NSW .and he did a great job although not cheap.

Cheers Ken
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Reply By: Supersi - Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:19

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:19
A friend has a 2016 BT50 with the stretch and 6 wheel drive conversion by 6x6 in Lismore. Approx. $40k. He is very happy with it. He's based in the Mittagong nsw area. Pm me a contact number and I can put you in touch.

Simon
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Follow Up By: Member - croaky - Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:35

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:35
Hi Supersi / Simon, that would be great, I've very interested to talk to an owner. Sorry, I'm having trouble sending you my contact number by PM, as I cannot find link to you in 'find member'. sorry, I keep trying.
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Follow Up By: Supersi - Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:43

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:43
Text me on 0419 77 33 77
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Reply By: Supersi - Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:26

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:26
There is a link to a review of the 6x6 Australia conversion of a BT 50

6wd BT 50
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Follow Up By: Member - croaky - Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:49

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 at 07:49
That is a great link, with enough information to give overall understanding of how it works, thank you.
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Reply By: Dean K3 - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 16:21

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 16:21
If you want a proper 6 x 6 do bit of read up on landrover group.

project perentie has wound up and plenty of ex adf landrovers are now going for auction, however a 6x6 will be around 30k as a estimate

if i had the money a 6x6 dual cab would fit the bill nicely, or the 6x6 ambo body as 2nd option downside is at 4650 requires a LR licence over east but a HR in WA, due to the multiaxle setup.

I am yet to get 100% info from WA authorities as they only word it as being multi axle nothing mentioned about weights involved.

Being over 6 foot in old money leg room isn't best in landies for me remember the gear changes as a p plater 1st miss 2nd into 3rd then 4th a few too many times bunny hopping along
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Follow Up By: Member - croaky - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:14

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:14
Thanks Dean,
Yes, I looked at perentie, and other, even uni-mog?, but I want comfort and fuel economy, they don't deliver either.
It's looking like the 6x6 BT upgrade is best option so far. I did get in contact with an owner via this web site (small world) with BT50 6x6 upgrade and all reports are good in regards to performance and driveability.
I'm mulling over all my options, this may take some time, but will post outcome eventually.
cheers
Ken
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