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Submitted: Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 21:57
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What do yu reckon folks ? I think "BRUTUS" needs another set of legs.
The only conversion specialists I can find are "6x6 Australia" but I wonder does anyone know of any in WA ?

Cheers..........BIGDOG

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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:04

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:04
Is BIGDOG of no fixed address?.....siverback
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Reply By: CLC50 - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:06

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:06
Hi Big Dog
Don't install a Lazy Axe ,as you will loss you rear drive in rough country, as the rear axe will lift rear Drive,so make it a 6x6 not a 4x4 with lazy

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Follow Up By: Member - BIGDOG G (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:24

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:24
No fixed address ???? Yeah, I actually live in Albany, If that question stems from my profile page.....I would stay right out of there, I have been in touch with management and we have lotsa probs in there that they will work on.

Re Lazy axle......would not even consider it.

Cheers..............BIGDOG

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Reply By: pop2jocem - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:40

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:40
G,day Bigdog

Not in WA but another mob in VIC is Multidrive (www.multidrive.com.au)

I posed this same question on the forum some time ago and a guy from VIC, I think their power transmission crew said they used them and were quite impressed. A bit pricey for me at about $35,000. Others seemed to think that the loss of manouverability was too big a down side.
Good luck with whatever you decide and post the pics if you do please. I might just change my mind ;-)))

Cheers Pop
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Follow Up By: Member - andrew B (Kununurra) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 07:44

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 07:44
hi

I was probably one of those who critisized the manouverability...we had a couple at work, although lazy axel (not good in loose rock, easy to dry bog etc)

They were comfortable, and carried a heavy load, but were painful as far as the turning circle goes....and it may be even worse with the new Toyota, we have a couple at work and they don't seem to turn as sharp as the old ones....not by much, but its noticeable getting into one of the parking bays at the mess...

We have a new ambulance on site with an extended chasis but still single axel, would possibly be better than the duals on the turning (the dual axels liked to understeer.....a lot in marginal traction), but with only one axel the load capacity may be a bit lower.

My opinions are based on needing to use one as a work vehicle, not having paid for them and justifying my purchase (to myself and others) as some product reviews can be....best bet is to take one for an extended test drive (like a week of town and bush use) to make a decision based on your own opiniion...

Cheers Andrew
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 12:36

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 12:36
>> Others seemed to think that the loss of manouverability was too big a down side.

If your unsure about this watch Kym Boulton in the OBchallenge trying to turn around.. I think he gave up after about 8 points into the turn..
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 08:21

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 08:21
Bigdog

Seems like you have a perfectly capable and well set up vehicle there.

Why would you want a 6x6 for recreaction?

When vehicles are purpose built by the manufacturer at the factory, then a 6x6 could be a useful vehicle. When you change the demographic of your vehicle to cut and thrust new bits to it, you may change the whole nature of the beast. Assuming that you have the neccessary $$ lying idle in the bank, once you have converted your vehicle, you might find it is not to your liking and then you may be stuck with a White Elephant.

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Follow Up By: Member - BIGDOG G (WA) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 12:35

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 12:35
Gday all, thank you for your replies.
A good point Willem, but "BRUTUS" is very heavy....3.9ton and I still have a 22ft offroad van to go on the back.
Would be great to "borrow" one as suggested.
The new suspension system that "6x6 Australia" use is awsome.
"BRUTUS" is set up as a touring rig and as we do a lot of 4x4 a lazy axle is not an option.

Cheers................BIGDOG......Thomas
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 12:52

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 12:52
Fair enough, Thomas :-)

I got talking to a young fella and his missus and bub, who were passing through our town, the other day. He had bought a 6x6 FJ47 Troopy conversion on petrol/gas from someone in Sydney and they had been on the road for 4 years. This Troopy had been chopped behind the back doors and then had the chassis extended to accommodate a removable caravan poptop body. The Troopy had a roofrack extension over the front of the vehicle where he carried the tinny. The outboard hung off the rear of the rig. All in all an awesome rig. He said he was quite happy with its performance even with the 308 conversion!!!

Years ago I towed a 27 footer at first with the FJ55 and then later with my 0ld G60 Nissan. Clocked up 250,000km on the van in 5 years and vowed Never Again....LOL......now I have started again with a bush trailer!!!

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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:39

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:39
If your serious about chopping and adding then suggest you talk to a professional body / coach builder that knows what they are doing and can supply the new compliance plates etc.

One that I know of is MVS Near Welshpool. I have had some work done by them (only a tray and extra under floor tanks to my 4.5) and whilst there in their factory last week have seen some brand new Nissans and Toyotas being changed to everything concievable. Station wagons to dual cabs with full size trays, cab chassis into extra cabs etc etc. It is a very professional operation

Does a lot of work for the major mining companies.

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Follow Up By: Member - BIGDOG G (WA) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:33

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:33
Thank you all,
Bungarra..........have sent you a PM

Cheers...........BIGDOG
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:48

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:48
G"day Bigdog

Replied to your Pm and it went all funny and lost it all...may have been too long..sent a short one this time with my phone number...if it doesnt come through let me know and I will post it on here

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