Pros & Cons of RRC, D1 and GQ Patrol (V8 conversion)

Submitted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 14:06
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Contemplating my choice of 4x4 and its narrowed down to 3.

The criteria was:
-Cheap around 6- 8K
-Petrol V8 (guess thats the bogan in me..power & noise also help)
-Manual (auto not a fan...)
-3500kg towing (towing around race cars with ease)
-Capable offorad (not hardcore but able to go beach, up to the cape and play in the bush)

there nominees are:
Disco S1 V8 (3 or 5 dr)
RRC V8 (love a 2 dr but don't care would look at the 3.9 or drop in a 4.6)
GQ Patrol (302 windsor) similar to the Maverick in 4WD custom Action No.10.

Disco S1 and Rangie driven both of these (disco in diesel form...) and they fit the bill and look tough/capable. Leaning more towards Rangie due to the lower height, lower centre of gravity.
Eventually I would look at running Patrol diffs to make it unbreakable...if there is such a thing.

though I also like the idea of a patrol with a v8, parts (in remote areas)and after market stuff mainly as well as the above criteria.

I will be mainly using it for:
Towing cars (ranging from 1.2 - 1.8t)
Beach (9 mile, 5 rocks, 3 rivers mainly)
Some minor rock related fun.
Camping + getting into places to mt biking, Kayaking & Trail bike biking. &
Major trip in 2011 (around OZ, covering all the extreme geographial points N,S,E,W high and low [mainland])

The patrol engine conversion would cost about the same as the diff conversion (with lockers).

So its splitting hairs. all fit the bill and will do the job, but all have pros/cons. Looking for some unbias advice that might help me choose.

I will be posting same thread on some other forums so it will be interesting to see the results

cheers in advance
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 14:58

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 14:58
Why post on other Forums??
You know you'll get completely unbiased opinions/ advise on this Forum !!!!

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Follow Up By: brend0n - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 15:03

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 15:03
'Copy paste' from other forums, [so i didn't have to right it out again] which are either land rover based or nissan based. Though most of the have been fairly unbias as well
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 15:24

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 15:24
Only one thing wrong with your theory, there is no Toyota on your list.

You may not be aware that this forum is a branch office of the ToyMoCo PR dept LOL.

Apart from that they are not biased.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:46

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:46
I think he's a smart man for leaving Toyota out of it. Hahahahaha

But I would be putting a Holden 308 Instead of a Ford 302 windsor in the Nissan...
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:52

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:52
I wouldn't put a 302 into anything either.

Personally I prefer small block chevy over 308.

The chevy has been the most popular performance engine for about 50 years now. Must have something going for it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:28

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:28
The 308's had a real nice torque curve especially the early Injected models. But I do remember the old saying


Brendon Im increadibly biased but for a V8 the Nissan running gear is up to the task and would be my pick hands down.
Not even going to comment on the Disco


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