Traveling to the Cape

Submitted: Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 03:58
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Just after some info we are planning a trip to the cape this Jun. I am taking a fairly stock standard 120 series prado, I have bullbar,snorkel,UHF & spotties.We are planning to travel from Melb to Pt Augusta, up to Birdsville, then eventually to Karumba, then across & up to the "tip". Just wondering if anyone has done this trip recently in a fairly stock vehicle. One thing I am adding before the trip is a set of cooper ST's. any advice would be welcome :)
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Reply By: ben - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 05:08

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 05:08
have fun , a small to medium suspension lift wouldnt hurt,2-4 inches.
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 05:13

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 05:13
You shouldn't have any trouble in the stock Prado...if you can stop the dash from shaking loose :-) They seem to have a problem with that on corrugations.
Otherwise no worries.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 06:09

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 06:09
We have many stock standard 4wds come away with us.
Many are Prados and to date not had any dashs fall out.
Take your time walk all creeks and get the rite tyre pressure and all should be fine.

Have aggod one.
All the best
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Follow Up By: Member - big bo (NSW) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:02

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:02
Yea, Agree with you Eric,We did it last September in my Prado 2001 diesel, stock standard with the only real addition of a tarp for the deep creek crossings (Nolan's Brook - 700mm) and Bridgestone D694's).Must say that the dash had to be tightened up on the trip and when we got back to Cairns under service warranty.If I was going again I would fit a snorkel, too much worry otherwise.We had no trouble keeping up with the big boys (nissan's and Landcruisers) and no lift needed if you are carefull and know what you are doing. But don't tell anyone about the corrugations - will you?.
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Reply By: Willykj - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:05

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:05
Went to the Cape last year (including all OTL) in a stock standard Jackaroo (no bull bar or snorkel). Also had Cooper ST's - they were great - ran them at 26 off bitumen.

Had no problems with the vehicle & we had a fantastic trip.

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Reply By: Member - Bruce (San Diego) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:54

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 08:54
We did it 18 months ago in a fairly stock landscruiser, saw lots of stock prados up there.

Which way are you going from Normanton to the Peninsular development road.

We went across the Bourke dev rd to Gamboola and then north cause we couldn't find out current conditions on the track from Dunbar but if it has been pretty wet I would say that track is pretty doddgy.

The track from Gamboola would be OK if you can get accross the Mitchell there although it degenerates to a two wheel track around Pinnacles Station.

A lot depends on how late the wet season lasts.

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Reply By: MJS - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 20:15

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 20:15
Mister 120,
I also own a 120, have given mine a good work from time to time, it loves it with no dash rattles or any movement. The best lift you can get is about 40-50 mm.

Enjoy your trip!!

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