buying an efi gq patrol - st or rx

Submitted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 20:38
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Greetings, I'd like to know if the ST's with the 16 inch alloy wheels always came with the auto front hubs and if the RX's always came with 15 inch steels and manual hubs. Any other important differences between the ST and RX? Thanks. Rob.

PS Does anyone know when the forum will be fixed so as to allow new registrations? It's been broken for several weeks.
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Reply By: westozal - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 20:54

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 20:54
What you have said is correct about the wheel sizes, the 15,s were 7 in wide rim and the 16's were 8 in rim width.
I too have tried to reister on that forum as I have just brought a Pootrol ,no luck either. Sent an email but no reply as yet and this was about 8 days ago now.
From memory you may have got a better grade of sound system and power windows in the ST as well. Could be wrong though.
I doubt it would make much difference these day's as most would possibly have upgraded bit's n piece's.
As the newest GQ is eleven this year I'd be buying either soley based on condition etc.
Regards Alan.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 15:28

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 15:28
My RX diesel came with 16 x 8 alloy wheels and flares etc and manual hubs. I bought it 2nd hand though so not sure if that is so from the factory.

Have removed the flares and fitted skinny wheels again for off track driving
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Reply By: Outbackogre - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 17:07

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 17:07
Thanks for your replies Alan and Willem. Based on what I've read I'm not keen on auto hubs. Mind you, I guess I could just manually lock them, but I'm still unsure whether they're as strong as the manual ones.

I'd prefer 16 inch wheels to reduce the revs slightly when highway touring. I drove an rx yesterday and was surprised that it was doing about 2500 at 100kph in top gear. I'd like to be able to tow my caravan in 4th gear at about 90 kph and not have the engine screaming. I could just fit really tall tyres like yours Willem. Cheers. Rob.
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Follow Up By: westozal - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 17:40

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 17:40
The auto hubs are quite strong ,you should have no drama with them,u can lock them with the wheel nut brace.
I test drove a 2004 4.8 man the other day, at 100kms they are nearly doing 3000 rpm in fifth, no wonder they use juice. i believe the autos lower revs for same speed.
Regards Alan.
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Follow Up By: Outbackogre - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 17:53

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 17:53
Thanks Alan. 3000 in fifth on a 4.8 lit patrol is ridiculous, and I guess they'd also have the 16 inch wheels. Did it have standard diff ratios? I was hoping that the extra inch might make a difference. I'd love to have the auto ratios in a manual Rob.
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Follow Up By: westozal - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:58

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:58
Hi Rob,
It was a late 2004 model (new shape) and had 17 in mags and was totally stock.
It was a private sale and I actually asked the owner if he had changed the diff ratio's. When I realized the revs I was looking for 5th but was already in 5th.
He said it was his second 4.8 and his previous 2002 man was the same.
Put me off the 4.8 which I was doubtfull on anyway due to fuel consumption and ive opted for the 3 ltr 10/2004 st model man.
revs about 2600 at 110kmph with 16 in mags.
Regards Alan.
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Reply By: mechpete - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 20:49

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 20:49
I,ve got a 6/97 GQ auto RX and it came standard with 15 inch steel wheels an auto hubs , and I can say that you will not have an issue with them , leave them in auto setting ,have done thousands of Ks in the dirt and not had a problem .
It also came with power windows .electric mirrors . central locking ,
the only thing it should have had in addittion ,was rear stabilizer release . its just clocked 110,000 ks only a pup
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