New 4WD -What to buy .

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 21:26
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Hi everyone happy new year .

later this week i pick up the new 4wd (terracan, yeah i know the jokes) and pretty much have about 2500- 3000 left over to play with . I was wondering what your opinions on what you would buy for it.
I have not had a 4WD before so i have nothing from previous vehicles .

Thanks
Peter
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:20

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:20
Recovery kit is #1...

Why not drive it first, and see where its lacking before buying anything?

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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:36

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:36
This is generally good advice Bruce, but they definitely need decent tyres. Drive it and you will be trading in a second hand set of tyres; swap them before it is driven.

A recovery kit opens up all sorts of possibilities. If you're talking a snatch strap and a few shackles, fine. If you're talking a bar and winch, this will set you back $3000 at least. The bars are custom made and cost around $1300 plus a winch and fitting, $1800? The Brawn portable winch is an option at around $1500 but you have to fit it in the car. Depends on what sort of driving you are planning to do.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:44

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:44
1) Basic everyday recovery kit.
2) driver training course - find out what your car can do.
3) UHF radio.

from your list

1 is essential, 2, 3 and 4 are luxuries.
Depends on what he is doing as to if he needs to blow a $k+ on a lift.

Again if your going through all that crap, you probably have bought the wrong car.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:21

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:21
Firestang,

"you probably have bought the wrong car." (Truckster)

Suggest you re-read post 18587 and make your own judgement.

"Not for a bet".

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:23

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:23
Firestang,

In this order,

1. Before you take delivery get new tyres fitted. Choices are limited due to speed and load rating. I got Toyo Opat A/T's, but there may be better available. Shop around. Will cost around $600 for 5 tyres.

2. Suspension upgrade, TJM: new shockers, rear springs and tweak up the torsion bars $900. Makes it handle well and gives you an extra 45mm lift. Shop around, things may have changed, at the time Pedders were $1100 and ARB couldn't help.

3. Dual Battery. It has to be an in car installation. Battery World Wantirna (Chris) did mine with a Redarc isolator, cabling to the rear and fitted an AGM 100 amp Battery (doubles as a portable power pack) for $700.

4. Fridge. The choice and dollars you spend is up to you.

1 and 2 are essential, 3 and 4 are luxuries.

Good luck with your Jerry Can.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: firestang - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:12

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:12
Thanks , i'm going to TJM tomorrow in geelong if they are open to check out what they can do for the suspension .Will chase tyres up as well .

The suggestion of the course is a good one , i have done courses at Monageeta (army proving ground ) nth of sunbury a few times in patrols cruisers,hilux and jackaroo and a couple of 11 tonn 4wd trucks through the mud and the gradients .
Knowing what mine will do is a great idea i have access to an area near cobbledicks ford in werribee . might get the wife to do it as well .

Thanks everyone
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:26

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:26
Get the blokes at TJM to talk to Rick at TJM Dandenong. To get extra front suspension travel the bump stops need to be trimmed. This was apparently not posssible (according to the fitters) until Rick (Manager) got involved and did it himself.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: firestang - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:33

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:33
Just one more thing .Has the warranty been mucked up with the changes to the suspension?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:36

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:36
Lerderderg/Wombat and the Otways are very handy from Geelong Peter.
TJM Geelong are usually closed on public holidays so ring first.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 08:23

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 08:23
Dealer was OK with warranty as they offer a similar upgrade themselves with Pedders gear.
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Reply By: glenno(bris) - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 00:13

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 00:13
1/ good first aid kit
2/ 12 volt fridge(engel etc)
3/ sandgrabber mats
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Mike (WA) - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 10:48

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 10:48
Something no-one has mentioned yet is a decent air compressor. A recovery kit is important but I use my compressor more than my snatch strap.
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Reply By: TerraA1 - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 00:40

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 00:40
Regardless of what closed-minded die hard Patrol and Landcruiser owners would tell you, you will never regret buying the Terracan.

I bought mine in March 2002 and have done 130,000 km without any problems.

After buying my 4WD I completed a 4WD training coarse at Mittagong, got some recovery gear and a set of Toyo A/T' Tyres and I was off.

I have now driven it off road extensively at Barrington Tops, Blue Mountains, Yengo and Yarramunmun without incident.

The only thing I would like to do to improve its performance is to upgrade and lift the suspension. It does scrape the bottom on some tracks.
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