X Trail to Cape York

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:09
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Thanks to those replies on suspension upgrade for the X Trail. I called into ARB and had a good long talk with Graham one of the salesmen. Very professional and honest. Book in for the coils next week. He checked with Nissasn to check on a few things. Gave me a check list of bit and pieces for recovery plus a truck load of extras ideas, I might need.

Question:- I have no room to fit an AUX battery. Any thought on this one.

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:13

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:13

So far a good out come, don't forget to let us know how the suspension up grade goes.


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Reply By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:20

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:20
Are you camping? Towing a camper trailer? You could put a battery into the dog box of your vehicle and this can be set up to charge when driving.
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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:31

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 18:31
Learn to drink warm beer?
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 19:54

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 19:54
Well, I have done that before now....lol
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Reply By: time waster - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:00

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:00
You could take one of those thumper type battery packs or even better make one yourself using a good deep cycle and some anderson plugs in a box with some outlets on it and even strap an inverter on it.
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Reply By: Member - Marco T (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:56

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:56
Hi Stephen,

I had the same problem, no room to put battery.

I bought a 'flyer' battery pack from ABR Sidewinder, they advertise on this site. You can google them also. This is a removable battery unit connected to your battery via supplied cables. It charges while you drive. Simple to install - it took me an hour to install properly and tie off.

I put a 105 A/H AGM battery in the flyer kit and it is a dream. I remove it when not out camping, saving weight. You just have to decide where you want to install it.

Good luck

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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 16:12

Monday, Feb 23, 2009 at 16:12
Same as Marco, I purchased a battery pack from ABR sidewinder 3 or 4 years ago, was bought originally for my Old Pathy and had it secured to the floor behind Drivers seat, I now have it in my Patrol and is still going strong and never had a problem with it....Highly recommend them

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 13:36

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 13:36
The standard Xtrail battery is pretty big, and will run an engel or Waeco fridge overnight and still easily start in the morning.
Problem comes if you want to stay put for a day or two, in which case I'd put an AGM battery behind the drivers seat - secure it to the floor, fold the 1/3rd seat down and secure the fridge on top.

You can fit the isolator under the bonnet and run a protected cable thru the firewall to the battery. I'd run the earth back to the cranking battery as well. For short circuit protection I have fusible links at both the AGM and starting battery pos terminals - Rotronics provide these with their kits. With an anderson plug at the AGM end, you can unplug and remove the battery easily when not using it.
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Reply By: PAJBOY - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 20:15

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 20:15
Hey Steve,

Great to see other exy owners using their vehicles for the rough stuff. I have modified my wife's xtrail almost to its limits, but have since purchased a 2003 Patrol to fill the gap.
But the xtrail is a great vehicle and I still use it off-road.

Not sure if you are aware, but have you checked out the Australian xtrail forum here:
where you will find ALL your answers.

You can also check out my vehicle if you need some ideas, but it is contagious:

Regarding taking the xtrail to the Tip, what advise have you received. I have gone as far as Leura a few times, via the Bloomfield Track and it never missed a beat. Not sure about the Telegraph track though.

Good luck with it and let me know if you need any advise or tips.

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