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Submitted: Friday, May 04, 2012 at 18:19
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We are heading off to lake eyre next week and I was talking to a bloke down the street and he was saying that I should have diff locks put into my Pathfinder, as we are doing limited off road work do you blokes out there think this is necessary, as it already comes with traction control; and every other sort of control imaginable
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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 18:26

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 18:26
No. Diff locks are not required for any of the key tourist tracks leading to Lake Eyre. A stock Pathy will handle the conditions fine.
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 18:30

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 18:30
G'day,
There is no substitute for diff locks in in tough off road conditions & traction control can overheat the brakes when it's working in extreme conditions.

Having said that keep your money for your trip & don't waste it on diff locks. Most people just don't need them. Where you are going the traction control will be fine.

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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 18:31

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 18:31
G'day, hope you have a great trip.

Are you going with others, or by yourself? Even if going by yourself, no, I don't think you need to fit diff locks, letting down your tyres will get you out of most situations out there.

If it looks too boggy/muddy and that you may get into difficulties, don't drive it. Cheers. John
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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 19:29

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 19:29
thanks to you all, i think my wife can buy some more wine with the amount saved, some people will tell you anything, thanks agian for the info we haven't been out their before as most of our travels have been in W.A and the N.T in saying that We have never had them fitted before with the type of driving we do, some place we could have done with them but we seem to manage. Once agian Thank you
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Follow Up By: JimDi - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 19:43

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 19:43
More wine!!! Now if you had asked that question instead, everyone would have advised you that wine is an absolute necessity. I hope it is red wine.
Have a good trip.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 20:11

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 20:11
G'day Broodie H3
You mentioned diff locks, thats plural = 2 diffs, If you are not going to get the difflocks and but more wine,with the cost of even one diff lock it should have you well plastered for the entire trip.
Been up there with open diffs and no traction controls, no problems.
No, you won't need diff locks and go easy on the turps.

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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 08:52

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 08:52
Nothing better than setting up camp early afternoon then sitting down with a glass of red & watchng the sunset over the horizon then the moon come up in the night sky.
Ahh to be back in the outback. Now I don't want to turn up for work on Monday!
Have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 05:24

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 05:24
This is what we have been looking forard to for a few years now, I am retired, oswmbo, god bless her work aholicic,heart,is still hard at the grind stone. To answere a couple of queries yes we are travelling by ourselve's, and only have three weeks to do it in. We have to be back for our grand daughters birthday and we were told that as soon as we started planning this, AND WHAT DID GRANNY SAY' of course we will.A quick trip coming up . But thanks agian to you all it is greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: Mick O - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 23:58

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 23:58
BH3,

save the money. Where you're going, sensible driving and appropriate tyre pressure will get you through. Spend a few $ on a good quality compressor because adjusting your tyre pressure to suit the conditions is probably your best asset in dealing with any terrain.

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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 00:17

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 00:17
Hi Broodie,

Does the "bloke down the street" own a 4WD accessory store??

Did he also say you should be in a real 4WD, not a Pathfinder??

or that

"You should do a 4WD course"??

We would pick option 3 as the best advice.

Have a great trip.

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.





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Follow Up By: Wayne david - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 17:20

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 17:20
I was wondering the same thing about the 4x4 shop. Sounds suss to me.

Totally agree with the 4x4 training course option.

There's always folk who get their lessons from life, friends or family mermbers but us mere morals and speaking from personal experience, there's nothing quite like a good 4wd course to give you real confidence based on genuine ability.

It's amazing how in just a few days that educate what the actual limits of you and your 4x4 are.

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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 22:34

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 22:34
Hi Wayne D,

It is very nice to be in contact with "like minded people"

We wish you safe travels, where ever you may go.

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 05:30

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 05:30
The bloke down the street is a friend who was out their last year and went down the wrong track from what he was telling me, he's a 200 series landcruiser nut, my driving experience come from the gov.of aust. and a lot of miles done privately since discharge in 1974. See you all in the outback
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Reply By: Member - Richard W (NSW) - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 05:45

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 05:45
Broodie,

Agree with the previous comments.
Have fun.

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Reply By: Member - Des Lexic - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 19:55

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 19:55
First time we went to Lake Eyre was in 1974 and we went out through Muloorina to the lake where Donald Campbell based his world speed record attempt. We went in a Renault 16TS front wheel drive. Only problem we had occured when a Peugeot going the other way flicked up a stone and smashed the windsceen. Was a cold drive home afterwards. LOL
Was there again last year and you could have driven in a conventional vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 05:41

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 05:41
Thank you for that, We had a 16ts after Cylone tracy, as our ford had been ripped to shreads by that famous lady,that was our first trip from Darwin to Perth, and most of the roads were gravl then, great cars. Now we travel in a bit more comfort and safety, and sleep more soundly in the caravan, with a shower each night, some times I long for those fun times agian, and then sanity hit me agian and she hit's hard. See you all out back sooner or later
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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 00:23

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 00:23
Hi Broodie,
Was there last Friday and managed to paddle in the water from the Oodnadatta track, a conventional 2wd would get there easy.The wind was blowing from the North sending the water towards us you'll enjoy the trip.

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