Are Gu Patrols the right shape for exploring or what !

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Heading down a new track for the first time and in had a bit of a side slope across it but not to bad when all of a sudden the back end slips out about 1/2 a meter and crunch.

I hate it when this happens.

Now this cars still pretty new and I promised not to scratch it to much and so we get out to look with that sinking feeling starting to develop.

I'm by myself and by the time I got to the back of the car I had already short listed
3 possible explanations all absolving myself of responsibility.

Now on inspection there was no damage, incredible, the small tree was exactly the shape of the Patrols body as per the photo and while the branch touched the body work over maybe a meter or so there was nothing more than a deep rub mark.

Previously I have commented on how these cars are just the perfect shape for sliding thru the undergrowth but there is nothing like a practical demonstration.

If the wagons bodywork had been squarer like a 100 series or a previous GQ Patrol I had there would have been some panel beating.

Unfortunately one short broken branch section pierced the rear bumper plastic underneath but no one can see this, so with a little polishing in the field, complete denighability for this less than glorious moment will be possible.
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 20:37

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 20:37
Except you have left the evidence up for "her" to see.lol.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 21:18

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 21:18
Maybe I can suggest a girl type shopping trip as a diversion Toyo !
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 21:03

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 21:03
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Those hills around Ruffy can be hazardous. Hope the fire you mentioned doesn't head your way.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 21:43

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 21:43
Bit surprized actually Murray - slope couldn't have been much more than 15 degree but it was gravel on hard dry clay.

I can get direct reports on fire and it looks like coming under control before any real weather change so fingers crossed.
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 22:27

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 22:27
Patrol shape is good but the Jeep Wrangler is probably even better. The small number of dints & scratches is testimant to it's slim body & as the tyres are flush with the plastic wheel arches is the perfect vehicle for laying over in deep ruts without damage, the low roof too being a plus on heavily tree'd tracks. In fact any 4x4 used for true offroad would benefit from plastic guards as they are tough & worst case just unclip & grab another cheap set verses a couple of grands panel beating.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 22:40

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 22:40
Do you think so Craig , I thought about jeeps but my image of them is that they have bits sticking out and are not a clean smooth shape that branches wouldn't cling to , perhaps thats just an image though helped along by the square plastic guards (the patrols are smooth and round) - part of the reason I don't run snorkels lights or bullbars is to keep the car clean and let at least the green vegetation glide smoothly over.

But I defer to those who know those cars better !
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 08:02

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 08:02
Gday Robin
I am going to ring Mrs Miller and dob you in.... That should be good for a fly on the wall.
It was good to see you at Talbotville, we must do this type of thing more often .
I find it interesting those people that are in the bush and we don't know that they are there, ie Harold from ACT was just down the road from you and us at Talbotville .



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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 08:56

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 08:56
Just be careful Muz - I might invite you round for dinner and feed you vegetarian.

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:01

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:01
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I am Bi Annual so that wont matter.

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Reply By: brushmarx - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:30

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:30
Well, I for one am completely surprised by this post.
So far there has not been any "if it was a Toyota, it wouldn't have slipped" comments.
Either way, you picked the right tree for the job.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 11:09

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 11:09
Looks like BJ below read your reply Brushmarx.

It was just right wasn't it - it always surprized me when I went from GQ to GU patrols that my roof racks had to be adjusted inwards despite the later GU's being fatter in the guts they really seem to be just the right shape.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 23:24

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 23:24
If he let his tyres down so they could mould over rough stuff and grip, then it wouldn't have slipped.
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Reply By: BJ & Reen - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:33

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:33
Gday Robin
Sorry but the 100 series would not have slipped
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 11:14

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 11:14
I'm sure your reply was a carefully considered technical assesment and in no way influenced by reply 5 BJ
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 15:03

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 15:03
Now if that had been a good old 75 series the tree would have cowered back in fright (;-))

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 05:20

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 05:20
Robin I have looked at that photo very carefully, and I am convinced that it has been photoshopped. The tree was originally a 200 shape.

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