Six Wheel Conversions

Submitted: Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 13:21
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Considering doing a six wheel conversion on a Navara and looking for anyone's experiences (good or bad) with these setups.

Cheers,
bobk
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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 15:47

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 15:47
Why?
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob K (QLD) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 18:08

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 18:08
looking for additional carrying and towing capacity
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:18

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:18
Well it is rated to tow a massive 3000kg which for a GVM of 2805 seems like a lot of work... and has an alleged carrying capacity of 810kg++ depending on which model and how many bells and whistles you go for...

I doubt whether the extra axle convertors would take on such an objective for a Navara, but then I've never asked them.

With the money you spent converting it and the resultant decrease in economy the Patrol Cab-chassis or 70-series would seem like a better investment...

Cheers
Andrew.
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Reply By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 16:10

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 16:10
Do a search online for 6x6 Australia.

Thats the only way to do it. The others just increase carry capacity but this increases carrying and traction!!

Matt.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 14:11

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 14:11
6x6 Aust
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 14:22

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 14:22
Gday,
Are you talking 6 wheel drive or a lazy axle?
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob K (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 19:08

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 19:08
G'Day hairy,

I am thinking lazy axle.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:32

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:32
Gday,
Have a serious think about how much 4WDing you do...
All the lazy axle configerations Ive been in off road are a pain in the arse (look good , but thats all).
Your drive wheels dig a hole and are held off the ground by the lazy. Or as the lazy goes up or down a step the drive wheels are held up.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob K (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 21:14

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 21:14
I don't disagree, but it will mainly be a tow vehicle for a fith wheeler.
I know of a company in Dalby that does the conversions but haven't come accross anyone that has had the conversion done.

I thought someone on the forum may be able to enlighten me a bit before I went and had a look.

Cheers,
bobk
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 21:54

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 21:54
A falcon ute is suitable for fifth wheeler, so navara should be ok as it is, wouldn't it? Though falcon ute can be had in a genuine 1 tonne set up.
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Reply By: Ted (Cairns) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 22:24

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 22:24
The only problem I have with these conversions is that all the drivetrain etc is dimensioned for say 800kg. An extra axle does not change that. Since times immemorial offroad/army trucks were designed for say 10 tons and branded "5 ton". So they are never more than 50% loaded and last forever. Toyota does the same with using a gutless engine (e.g. 1HZ) which is slow but can't break anything. Some trucks have different carrying capacities indicated for on versus off road. The conversion thing is the exact opposite to this way of thinking. So are they really reliable? I agree they look good...
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