Just an Update.

Submitted: Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 21:46
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Hello Again.

Not sure how many of you will remember me but a few weeks ago( maybe more than a month?? ) I posted a question in reagards to a 4.2D GU DX Patrol with 320 000 kays on the clock and whether to buy it or not, decision was made for me, they sold the Patrol on the morning of the day I was to buy it..lol...Anyway to cut a long story short after driving Cruisers, Defenders, Patrols and many other 4wds we have just purchased a 1999 GU DX 4.2 " Poverty Pack " Patrol with 120 000 kays on the clock. Wife is happy I am happy now, paid abit more for it than I wanted but you get that and its worth it. Thanks for the replies that we received.

Heres a question, whats the first thing we should add / modify on the Patrol, it has a milford cargo barrier, tow bar and bull bar. I would like to add a wide wheel and rim package to the Patrol and was wondering where I can buy the Nissan Flares or similar types.....

See you on the tracks....

Pete and Margot
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 22:23

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 22:23
Nissan had nissan flairs and matching flaps, Diamond mentioned yesterday 12 mths ago it was around $1000 the lot.

remember to go wide wheel pack you either need to get it engineered, or rebadged by Nissan dealer.

What you should buy first?
Number 1 by a long shot. ->> Recovery gear.

Or Get used to the car first. Then see what you NEED. What are your plans? what do you intend to do with the car? 6 mth trips or weekends?

All require different things.
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Follow Up By: Rod - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 22:28

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 22:28

'Poverty Pack' - are you referring to the vehicle or your new bank balance? Congrats on the purchase.

Catch u later

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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 09:20

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 09:20
...and a decent shovel, eh, Truckster...
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 09:57

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 09:57
They keep us brokeWow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 22:16

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 22:16
Gary, had alook today again, $50+.. at local bunnings
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 08:15

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 08:15
Next trip I'll shout you one of the cheapies......
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 23:05

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 23:05

235/85 R 16 tyres will fit the poverty pack rims and give you a wider patch on the road and bit more clearance under your diffs. I wouldnt worry about wider rims/tyres as a first off.

T-man is right, recovery gear is the go, snatch and a couple of rated bow shackles and then go do a training course, join a 4WD club and go on a few treks with them, you'll see what others have and form an opinion on what you need then.

Get out and enjoy it first, but do it safely.

BonzLaterally Literal
Seriously Cerebral
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 23:42

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 23:42
first purchase should be a compressor by my logicAllyn
Where to next ?
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Reply By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 09:36

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 09:36
Hi Jester,
You are where I was about 2 and a half years ago.
Got my 98 DX Patrol and it came with the same stuff as yours and 129,000k's.
I went for the wider wheels first, 16x8 ROH Trek II's with 265/75/16 Cooper S/t's.
The Coopers have over 60,000kms and are still going strong.

I bought my flares from a mob in QLD called FRP for $550 delivered to my home in Sydney. They are fibreglass and need to be painted then fitted so i think they cost me about $1100 by the time they were on the truck :( should have gone genuine for the price. Fibreglass is a worry when you have to go close to rockfaces or trees as it tends to break rather than bend. So far i have only scratched them up a bit but i am sure its only a matter of time.

I bought a 6-week-old set of factory steps for $250 from a guy on the Nissan Patrol list who had replaced them with rock sliders, but that is a rare piece of luck. They are probably twice that much from Nissan.

I began then to build my recovery gear, starting with a snatch strap and rated shackles. a good capacity bottle jack, and progressed thru to a compressor, UHF etc as funds permitted or equipment became available at irresistable prices :)

I also had a suspension job done, OME 2" longer springs and shocks, because the original coils were sagging to one side and the truck looked a little drunk...at least i think it was the truck...hmmmm

My truck has just passed the 215,000 Km mark and is going well, The only major work I have had done to the mechanicals was to have the injectors serviced at about 192,000k's cost around $700. They are supposed to be done at 120,000k's but i don't reckon Freight Corp would have done them 9000k's before they offloaded it.

Congrats on the new purchase, I am sure you won't be disappointed with it.
Now you can join the ranks of the poverty stricken 4WDer's,
and love every minute of it.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 14:03

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 14:03
Good point on the bottle jack, people lift their cars with suspension and tires, but keep the stock jack, UNTIL they need it!
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 10:52

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 10:52
Have to agree with bonz 4wd course for both you & your wife,from this you will get a better idea of what is needed & what is for show it will save you big $$$$$$$$$$$$
Regards Bruce
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Reply By: Jester - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 17:57

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 17:57
Hi again..

Thanks for the responses and ideas as to what we should do first, I should have mentioned that we have owned a 4wd before and have all the recovery gear ( i had a mazda bravo so we needed it ), and such as well as a fair bit of experience, the family has been into offroading for years now so I have grown up with it. I was fishing for ideas as to fitting snorkels, different ait filters etc. We pick the Nissan up tommorrow hopefully and then its off to do the rounds to show it off...lol..



Ps. we used the recovery gear to snatch out alot of Nissan and Toyotas, never really seemed to get the Bravo stuck, broke lots of things on it though except the engine, it had 479 000 on it when we got rid of it.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 19:40

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 19:40
Pete as said above dont get caught up with what to add now do a 4x4 driver training coarse you can do these through a 4wd club and see how others have set up the same sort of truck. You will find you will not need every thing that opens and shuts to get out and have fun.The club or group you do the coarse with will then help you with a baic recovery kit. As I have said before use the kiss method.
All the best
4x4 tag along adventures Cape York Connections
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