Gimme some ideas

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 21:39
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I am looking for all those little hints and tricks which turn 5 inch ruts on the way to Cape york into mere little vibrations....
What are the suspension mods to make them more live-able?_____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 21:50

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 21:50
38x17x15inch swampers at 10psi! ;)
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:09

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:09
Betchya Ba-noose.....................

I am struggling to even afford the fuel to get there and back....... :o)_____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 11:00

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 11:00
So what happens if you blow a clutch on the journey, or diff or something else expensive?

This is one thing that puts me off the big trip, not the cost of the trip itself, but the "oh bleep " fund.... the money you need behind you for spares and "if something BIG goes wrong".. Your struggling to pay for fuel (like us all!),
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Follow Up By: tristjo - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 13:58

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 13:58
Hey, Truckster, don't you own a GQ????? Cause if ya got a Nissan, ya don't have to worry bout the "oh bleep " fund! And even if something did go wrong, you could pay for it out of the money you made yankin out all those Toyotas that that get stuck on their trip up the cape!!! Tristjo.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 13:59

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 13:59
LOL... right on the $.. could make a living out of extracting Yotas, and Discos, and Pajs, and Defenders, and .....
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Reply By: Member - Graham - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 21:51

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 21:51
Voxson, You could start by buying a Nissan Patrol!!!!!

Just kidin.......couldn't let that one go byDOING IT! LOVING IT!
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:07

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:07
I already own a Missing Control !!!!!!!!!!!
Please dont think i own a Landy, look closer at the picture....._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Reply By: Johnad - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:11

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:11
Koni Shocks with King springs is the only way to go.
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:40

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003 at 22:40
Voxon,

A hard hat (earmuffs optional), 12" of foam on the seat, a brick on the accelerator,and a lump of 4x2 wedged across the dash, through the steering wheel and resting on the drivers side window ledge.

I think that takes care of the headache from hitting you head on the roof, the industrial deafness, gives you the most reliable cruise control available, cradles the 'roids, and puts the steering in "autopilot" mode so you still have some function left in your hands when you get to the top end. The relatively high speed tends to even out the bumps, in fact you will probably only touch the earth two or three times every kilometre, so your need for suspension modification becomes considerably less - saves on tyre wear too!
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Reply By: Phil G - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 09:14

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 09:14
I run the tyres at 20psi on corrugations. Let them take the punishment and make it a bit easier on the suspension.
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Reply By: Flash - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 10:30

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 10:30
Definately agree with lowering the pressure a lot - BUT
make sure it goes up again immediately your gunna speed up or hitthe tar.
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Reply By: Brian - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 16:55

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 16:55
Voxson (Adelaide)

You lucky, lucky bastard! Going to Cape York..Oh how I dream of the day when I leave for Cape York! Have a great trip!
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Reply By: Member - Errol (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 18:46

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 18:46
Been there , dun that , going back again in about 5 years ( gota wait for long service again ). Go up the O T line , not so many corres , more fun to , and some great camp spots to . Have a great trip .Why go overseas when you can Exploroz
ERROL
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Follow Up By: GOB vic - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 20:12

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 20:12
and so say all of us 89 nissan looking foward to august and more travelling
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter (WA) - Friday, Apr 25, 2003 at 16:14

Friday, Apr 25, 2003 at 16:14
TAKE ME WITH YOU , JAN HAS BEEN BEFORE SO I CAN RIDE SHOTGUNBorn to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Member - Graham - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 20:33

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 20:33
AHHHH what can I say? except that I booked in to get some new specs.

Of course you own a Patrol, I just didn't click on the photo.oh well at least you got lots of serious replies to your question.

Will keep an eye out for on my way to the Cape Graham....DOING IT! LOVING IT!
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 21:04

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 21:04
And thanks to all which replied to my question....

I was being a little sarcastic with the " cant afford the fuel " comment...
I have $5000 in the "o crap" account for just in case...

I just want it to be the trip i am picturing......_____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 22:23

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003 at 22:23
Voxson I have done many trips up and back , some one said lower the tyres this is correct .Also the old saying of sit on 80 ks per hour and you wont feel a thing is a bit mis leading drive to what your happy with this could be any were from 20 to 80 ks .You will soon find the speed that your truck is happy with. As we say its not a race.
Between Peter and I our own trucks have had no major problems.
I drive a 60 and Peter drives a 2.8 nissan.
The main thing we do to up grade our trucks is good tyres and suspensin and not to much more . WE find a lot of those extras fall of or brake and believe me they do.
So use the kiss pricipal.
All the best
EricCape York Connections
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