Terracan to the High Country

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 18:48
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Well I finally picked up the new Jerry Can yesterday and have only driven it to and from work.

BUT tomorrow it all starts. I'm taking "her in doors" up to Mansfield for the weekend and will be getting the new bus dirty. Will try some of the easier tracks to start with and progress from there.

I'll report back on Sunday or Monday as to the state of the tracks and the performance of the Jerry Can.

Regards,

Jim.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:09

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:09
You wouldnt think to run the car in before taking it offroad?
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:21

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:21
I ran mine in with a nice 1,400km trip thru the Flinders. Just careful not to do anything too strenuous but gave it a good run.

There are sources that say that running in is all over after the first 50km.

Steven
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Follow Up By: Mrs Diamond - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:30

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:30
taking it off road is probly a great way to bed a motor in.
make it work its ring off up the hills.
the jerry will love it.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:32

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 19:32
As the handbook says there is no formal running in period these days, but don't thrash it. A gentle drive through the bush shouldn't do it much harm; low speed, low engine revs; gotta be better than city driving.

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Mrs Diamond - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 20:07

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 20:07
dont know about the low speed low revs.
just finished rebuiling a 3.5 v6 today same as yours took it to the hilly roads near my work and gave it nearly heaps up the hills they like to be loaded up.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 22:42

Thursday, Jun 03, 2004 at 22:42
Guess Im old school, Ive always run everything in for 5000klms.. Bikes, cars, even trucks.

oh well, to each their own...
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 00:45

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 00:45
There is a fellow on the web that runs a site on bike engines but he says the advice applies to most types of combustion engines. It is all about seating the rings. If you treat it too gently the rings don't seal properly all the way around leading to later poor performance. It is the first 20 miles is most important (about what many new cars have on the clock when delivered). Use it as normal from the start but just don't thrash it or redline it and don't sit on the same revs for too long in first 1000kms seems to be the general opinions.

Damned if I can find the site now but it is late so I did not spend alot of time searching.

Steven
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 00:46

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 00:46
Oops... that reply was meant to be a followup! It IS getting late!
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Reply By: bigfella - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 11:11

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 11:11
If it is of any help to you I only had 162Km on my Teeracan when I hooked up my Camper Trailer (1000Kg) and drove from Bathurst to the Grampians (Vic) for a couple of weeks. I took it easy and did not drive the Tarracan hard and it never missed a beat. I now have 14500Kms on it and not one little thing to complain about. I actually took it for my first real "Off Road" here near Bathurst last weekend I was very pleased with its' performance "Off Road". They are not the "toy" that some biased people say they are.
For the price they are bloody good value.
I am one extremely happy Terracan owner. I have also noticed a few more of them getting around lately.
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 13:12

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 13:12
Can't wait to see the first one seriously modified for off road competition.
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Reply By: terracan tim - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 17:51

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 17:51
well how did it go at mansfield
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 21:17

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 21:17
Bloody brilliantly. Went to Craig's Hut last Friday and the last part of the track was wet and greasy and it got through no problems. It scraped the belly a liitle a couple of times but nothing to worry about.

I bought the Highlander auto which has hill descent control, FANTATSIC. Simply engage low range and first gear and it creeps down the hill at about 8 km/h with more control then I could with using the brakes.

I fitted Toyo Open Country A/T Tyres prior to delivery and reckon they helped in the greasy stuff. Sure, they're not M/T's but they're a lot better than the standard fit road tyres.

Her in doors reckon's I'm mad (she's probably right) taking a brand new vehicle and covering it in mud, the run to sheepyard flat really filled the wheel archs, butbleepit was fun.

I bought a 4wd to use 4wd, not to ponce around the suburbs. The fact that it is a fine performing luxurious form of transport is a bonus.

After 6 days of ownership I couldn't be happier.

Jim.
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Follow Up By: terracan tim - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 22:44

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 22:44
I feel the same had it a week goes in to get side steps tomorrow and the 1000kms service have order a few accessories eg the stone guard and headlight covers Glad to hear you like you highlander could not justify spending the extra on the highlander wanted a manual to use to tow the boat. Gave mine a good run on 4x4 tracks around Sale in victoria and it suprised me how well it preformed taking it out again this weekend out the back near mafra/licola. how was the fuel economy. Was impressed to see that both my dvd player and the mp3 player didnt skip a beat on the rough 4x4 tracks at all. After having a old GQ patrol found the way it handles a far lot better. did you take any pictures while you were up there I plan to this weekend and I will post them next week

Tim
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Tuesday, Jun 08, 2004 at 18:28

Tuesday, Jun 08, 2004 at 18:28
Tim,

On the way up I filled at Lilydale, drove to Mansfield, then up Craig's Hut and back and filled again, got 15.5 L/100 km. Form there next day dove to top of Buller, on the way back went out to Sheepyard Flats, then next day drove home to Berwick; combination of Hwy, Off-Road and city, gave me 14.6 L/100 km. This week will be al city so I'll see how it goes.

Jim.
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Reply By: terracan tim - Tuesday, Jun 08, 2004 at 20:36

Tuesday, Jun 08, 2004 at 20:36
We might have to catch up sometime not to far away from each other I live in Sale and compare notes Take the terracans 4x4 around the area will be in Melb for the month of Aug for work what colour did you get I wanted the sandstone buy end up getting a white one that they had in stock made me a offer I couldnt refuse. Got my side steps on it today they really look great next will be the bullbar once i decide what one to go for

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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:56

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:56
Tim,

I got Silver (is that Sandstone?). I was also offered a white one about six weeks ago, but the GLW strongly suggested waitng for the silver as she reckons it will have better resale.

Mine also has the new interior colour. The previous model had black leather where mine is beige. Whilst it will take some keeping clean, I had a look at the demo model (black interior) at the dealers today (whilst getting my 1000 km service) and am far happier with the beige.

Jim.
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Reply By: terracan tim - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 19:45

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 19:45
my interior is the black cloth and so far I have found that it shows every bit of fluf have order the cloth car seat covers for the front they also only come in black have ordered the floor mats only come in black as well a little disapointed that they dont have seat covers for the 2 rear set of seats. so you got the highlaner then would have liked to get that model but was out of my price range. One thing with the black interior when you tint the windows it makes it look alot darker brought the white due to moving to th NT in SEP04 metalic colours tend to fade quickly up there also white stays cooler so they say. Sandstone is the goldy colour looked at the silver thought that there to much silver with the whole car being silver but like you I liked the new interiorcolour better also brought a manual even though I could have a atomatic for the same price mainly for the long distance I tow my boat. Did you get any extras on your car I'm looking for a bullbar at the moment not happy with the factory nudge bar

tim
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 21:42

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 21:42
Tim,

Mine came with floor mats. May be a dealer thing. The floor mays they provided are black but they will replace them with beige when they arrive.

Sure is a lot of silver on my car, but it doesn't show the dirt ( don't have to wash it as often, but the white would be similar).

I reckon the nudge bar is useless and don't need a bull bar in Melb for the bush work I plan to do. I had a bull bar on my GQ when we lived in Townsville and I did some night travel. These days I would question the value of putting an extra 70 kg over the front axle (the suspension is soft enough already).

What is your phone number? Mine is 0438 101983 during the day and 9769 5323 after 6.30 pm. Love to have a yarn.

Would also like to talk to you about NT. I plan to visit there at some stage when I can can convince HID.

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Austin - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 19:02

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 19:02
Hi guys, Im new to this chatroom stuff but have just purchased a new Terracan last week. I have had and driven all sorts of 4x4's for years now but this is the most comfortable one yet. I will be kitting out the vehicle over the next couple of weeks and we are of on a trip to Darwin in Dec, yes I know its the wrong time of te year to go but we are stuck with School Holidays etc. We will be towing a small camper and cant wait to do the trip. I was able to buy a manual Highlander in Melbourne, "New" for $33,000. as a run out deal and got a reasonable deal on my old Landrover FreelanderTurbo Diesel. (So i will miss the fuel economy of 10l - 100Klm). But I love the Terracan and have been researching the purchase for some time. I look forward to catching up with other owners and seeing how they modify there vehicles for there diferent uses Garry
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Follow Up By: terracan tim - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 20:38

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 20:38
Austin if you are interested we are getting together on the weekend of the 24/25jul to test these vehicles out at gembrook if you interested looks like we have about 8 diferent vehicles so far and all the people are from these forums which means we have not met each other so should be a good weekend PS some people are comming just for the day and others for the whole weekend

Tim
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Follow Up By: Austin - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 19:39

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 19:39
Thanks for the invite Tim. I doubt that we will be able to make it as we live in Wodonga, up on the Border. Sounds like it would be a great opportunity tho so wont totaly discount the idea just yet. On another note what sort of fuel economy are you getting, mine seems a bit high only getting 400 - 450 klicks out of the first tank of fuel around town. Having the Towbar fitted tomorow and the Grill guard fitted next week.

Garry
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 09:45

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 09:45
Garry,

Your fuel usage is about right. I filled up yesterday after a week off all city driving, a lot of it peak hour 373 km, 64.8L, equals 17.4 L/100 km, or 16.3 mpg in the old money. The best I have had was 14.6 l/100 km or 19.3 mpg but that was mostly country Hwy stuff.

Jim.
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Follow Up By: terracan tim - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 17:54

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 17:54
Austin thats about right for around town but they seem quite good on the highway what grill guard are you getting If you come to Darwin in Dec call in and see me at katherine as I will be posted there in Sep this year cant wait to get back to the warm weather

Tim
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Follow Up By: Austin - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 13:18

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 13:18
Hi Guys thanks for the info. Omn the trip back from Melbourne (Day of purchase, new vehicle.) I got 12 L/100Km, I was impresed with that. also yesterday I drove to Wagga & back 300K on half a tank so it is a lot better on the open road and seems to be getting better, as it should. Tim Im fitting a East Coast Bullbars Bar as my wife can see the front of vehicle from the drivers seat and also so i can fit some driving lights. Tim I will try to catch up in Katheryn, are you Airforce or Army. I am ex Defence force myself having spent 15 years in Everymans Welfare Service (like Salvation Army) serving defence force personell all over Australia. and have spent quite some time exercising around Katherin & Darwin in the past.
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Reply By: terracan tim - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 22:04

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 22:04
My home phone is 0351443767 work 0351467298 ask for SGT Donoghue work hours 7:30 to 5:00 each day home after about 5:30 how does the terracan compare to your GQ patrol I think its a lot better than my old patrol the best thing so far is the stoping towing the speed boat at 100kms the patrol would skid if I applied the brakes but the terracan pulls up in the same distance but under control go the ABS the terracan feels like a car unlike the patrol it drove like a tank

PS I will be home all night tomorrow give me a ring
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 20:17

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 20:17
Tim,

I'll give you a call on Friday.

Jim
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Reply By: terracan tim - Saturday, Jun 12, 2004 at 18:54

Saturday, Jun 12, 2004 at 18:54
Jimbo when we were talking last night you mentioned that it was hard to find a replacement tyre for the jerry can what was the main issue can we fit bigger tyres to the vehicle
I s looking at 265 70 16 tyres from coopers

Tim
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