100 series Landcruiser

Submitted: Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 19:22
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Hello everyone, just joined up, am planning a trip along Tanami track in July, does anyone have any good ideas on better fuel consumption on 4.2 litre diesel, just put new snorkel on, and what is a reasonable consumption.
Also should I take off flashy mag wheels for this trip and put on my split rims which have good tyres on them. As well there are 3 4wd going, I only have UHF, is there a need for say CDMA Satellite phones or HF radios ect
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 19:56

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 19:56
No kitchen sink=better fuel consumption. :) Travel as light as you can, get rid of roof rack etc and fuel figures will improve, but biggest and easiest way is to liftum foot. I can get around 10-12 l /100K with my 80 series diesel if I dont push it and drive at a constant speed as much as possible. Going over 100 seems to increaase consumption quite a bit.
Others will give more experienced advice on the Tanami, but my feeling is that unless any offtrack excursions are called for, UHF should be fine. There's a fair bit of traffic that way at that time. A sat phone or HF would be peace of mind but not absolutely necessary with 3 vehicles.
I would advise differently for a single vehicle or grey nomads(like me:).
I always use splits myself so cant comment on the tyre swap. I know I can get a tyre almost anywhere. However they tell me that tubeless are easier to fix.
Have fun, but drive carefully. There's often a lot of traffic on that road, and there have been a few fatalities.
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Follow Up By: donkey - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:34

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:34
Thanks Footloose, I will indeed drive carefully, I have travelled over much of inland Australia, and am always very aware of where I am, the remoteness, but its bloody great country
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Reply By: cito - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 19:57

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 19:57
G'day donkey,

Can't help with your vehicle stats but I would not be taking "flashy mags" on the trip. Split rims are a much stronger proposition.
With that number of vehicles going, it wouldn't be necessary for all to have the phones or HF but it would be handy for a couple to have at least the dual system sat-phone. From what I understand of them, people calling in to you only have to pay for a "normal" mobile call when the phone is using the satellite system. Calling out is a bit more exxy when on the sats though. I will be on the Tanami in August and will be using that system.
Enjoy the trip.
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Follow Up By: donkey - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:36

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:36
Cito, thanks for advice, I will be using split rims, and one of the other blokes has hired a sat phone so we are all happy, we will be heading up Tanami around 20th June
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 22:43

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 22:43
split rims are only any good if you have the gear to change them, one pieces are easier to plug small punctures. Where splitties really come into their own is when running crossply tyres which I dont think you can get onto a one piece. Actually removing the tyre is a lot easier on a splittie and it doesnt take that long to fix punctures in them
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian H (WA) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 23:26

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 23:26
I was thinking more along the lines of being able to get replacement tyres if needed ..... 33" tyres aren't all that common compared to 750X16's once you get outta town a bit.
Touch wood .... never had to change or patch a tyre in the bush yet .... bloody tek screws around the city though ....... bugger
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Reply By: Trekkie - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 23:46

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 23:46
I have 100s 4.2 TD Auto and keep fuel records
Normal city around 14 l/100k
CSR 20l/100k fully loaded
Cape York with Camper Van 18 to 22 l/100k

I have a set of steel rims with Coopers for bush work
Would not take alloys with road tyres

I use a dual mode Satellite/GSM from Globalstar
My mate has a Satellite/CDMA from Telstra
There has never been anywhere in Aust that we have not been able to use the phones. I would suggest that at least one of your party should have a satellite phone
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Follow Up By: donkey - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:44

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:44
Thanks Trekkie, I am very interested in what fuel consumption a 100 series landcruiser4.2 diesel non turbo should get, mine is very ordinary, I am looking at ways to combat problem, I am using basic split rims. and another bloke has a sat phone so we are right, am looking forward to Tanami trip, we are coming back to Ballarat where I live, via Old Ghan railway,
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (VIC) - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 08:51

Friday, May 27, 2005 at 08:51
hi there, i have a new td gxl with a safari snorkel and get 13-14lper 100km around town.
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Follow Up By: donkey - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:46

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:46
Gidday, most turbos landcruisers seem to get around that mark, mine is non turbo, and fuel consumption for a diesel is wicked
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Reply By: ginga - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 17:49

Friday, May 27, 2005 at 17:49
I drove the Tanami, towing an off-road camper, last July/ August.
The only point I would add to what has been said in previous replies is to note what days Rabbit Flat is open & selling fuel, otherwise its Halls Creek to Tilmouth Roadhouse - a fair way on a tank or so of fuel.
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Follow Up By: donkey - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:31

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:31
Yes thanks Ginga, I am told Rabbit Flat is open Friday to Monday 7am to late, does that sound right to you
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Reply By: barney2803 - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 15:41

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 15:41
I am looking at buying one of the following vehicles. I want best economy but also good price. Either 80series on gas or TD, 100series on gas or TD, or GU 4.5L on gas or TDI.
What is the best configuration of these. I only want to spend less than $35k whats your opinions????

Barney.
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