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Diesel Power Review - 2007 Mazda BT-50

Since EFS 4wd added the Diesel Power Performance Chip Modules to their range, our Brisbane Workshop Manager (Doug Butler) has been contemplating adding this Module to his 2007 Mazda BT-50 4wd 3L extra cab. 

Doug was quite skeptical about the Diesel Power Modules and wanted to learn more about how they worked before purchasing. We simply explained to him that it increases power in your vehicle by intercepting signals from the factory ECU. It moderates safely the fuel and boost pressure at set RPM points but does not exceed the factory set limits. The Diesel Power Modules are able to achieve this seamlessly with it's super fast v2 64mhz processor.

Doug finally decided to 'bite the bullet' and get a Diesel Power Chip for his 2007 Mazda BT-50 4wd 3lt extra cab. His 4wd has a big service body on the back and a constant weight of 400-600kg dependant on the roof tinnie and addition loads. Doug also tows a huge 23ft dual axle caravan up to the farm on a monthly basis so this vehicle definitely need the extra power.

The installation for his vehicle was extremely easy and took Doug approximately 5 minutes, which included lifting the bonnet and getting the module out of the box. The beauty of these modules is that 95% of them have a factory style wiring loom with easy to use plugs to suit specific vehicles. After the installation Doug set his module to 9 on the adjuster for good power.

Doug was very sceptical about this chip but after installation he was very surprised and noticed a good improvement in towing power. He has found that he doesn't have to shift back to 2nd gear as often while going up inclines.

"I've got more power while towing the van up the D'aguilar range. Before I had to drop back to second gear on a steep corner section, and now I can do it in third" said Doug.

He has also noticed that he's changing gears a lot faster as it revs through the gears quicker.

Overall he's been impressed with the noticeable power improvement and likes that you can easily unplug the module from the loom and put the blanking plug in, returning the vehicle back to factory settings, for when he takes it in for service.

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2016 EFS All 4 Adventure Ultimate Prize Pack Winner Part 1

During Series 7 of All 4 Adventure, EFS gave away a prize pack valued up to $9000. The prize pack included a complete EFS 50mm 4wd Lift Kit & A Moreton Island adventure getaway (including spending a day with Jase from All 4 Adventure) exploring Moreton Island. 

We caught up with Thomas Parr who won the EFS All 4 Adventure Ultimate Prize Pack to chat about Part 1 of his Prize. 

Thomas unfortunately had recently acquired a new lift kit for his Toyota 200 Series Landcruiser so decided to pass on the Complete EFS 50mm 4wd Lift Kit portion of his prize to his Sister and lift her FJ Cruiser instead. What a kind brother!

Both Thomas and Ella were amazed with the improved ride quality even though the standard ride was acceptable. With a looming Cape York trip, the lift kit has spurred other improvements including a bulbar and bigger tyres to fill the gap in the guards since it was installed.

The FJ Cruiser received the EFS Elite 35mm Big Bore struts and shock combination and 40mm raised EFS up rated coil springs in the front to accommodate for a steel Bar and a comfortable coil for the rear.

Overall they are very happy with their prize and are looking forward to sitting on the beach on Moreton Island

 

 

 

Dealer Insider - Oz Adventure 4x4

I (Phil) have been into cars and four wheel drives since I left school, with the fast car bug biting hard to start with. I played around with modified cars for approx 10 years but also got hooked on 4wding early in the piece too! My love of 4wding all started when I was offered a drive in my brothers mid 90's Suzuki Vitara in an old abandoned quarry which was full of mud and ruts. After covering my brothers Suzuki head to toe in mud, I was hooked! Within a week I owned what turned out to be one of a string of Suzuki Sierras. At the time I was living on the South Coast and commuting to Sydney by car every day, which usually meant a fun trip in my 500Hp Subaru WRX through the Royal National Park etc, however strangely enough I found myself leaving the WRX at home in place of my slow as a wet week, noisy as all hell 1984 narrow track Sierra. It was winter when I bought it and it had no working heater, yet I took it to work numerous times a week just so I could duck off down a bush track on the way home from work each night to have some fun and enjoy the views down the Illawarra coast!

The Sierra hung around for almost 2 years, during which time the transfer case was rebuilt, carbie fixed, diffs repaired along with many many other things, yet I loved it and still recount it as one of my all-time favourite 4wds. I sold it for $2000 with both sills stoved in and a broken front CV, and despite this obvious damage based on the original purchase price lost $400 – what cheap and memorable fun! Fast cars remained a constant and I had a string of other Sierras during this time, but it wasn't until I became a family man that the fast cars finally disappeared and a four wheel drive became my true daily driver. It was great though, I discovered that I could still own a 'toy' whilst classifying it as sensible family transport. Would I go back to a fast car now, yes and no....as a weekend toy yes, as a full time vehicle – no way!

Regardless of whether it was fast cars or four wheel drives, over the years, there was one constant issue that dampened my love of owning and modifying these vehicles, and that was the constant struggle in getting good service and advice from so called 'industry experts.' For example, when chasing lower quarter mile times with my WRX, I went to no less than 5 industry experts for tuning services, at the time using a then new to Australia Unichip aftermarket ignition. 4 out of the 5 'experts' produced big horsepower numbers, but only the 5th one produced something which was both driveable and brutally quick down the strip (funny enough it made 15KW less than the other tunes but was still way quicker!). The problem is, it cost me thousands and thousands of dollars (not mention lost weekends in time) at the first 4 'tuning houses,' only to receive less than favourable results. In fact the shop that finally nailed it advised that the previous tune was running so lean in the mixtures that it would have been only a matter of time before my expensive engine went bang! Unfortunately this trend of substandard service and advice continued into my passion for modifying four wheel drives. Over the years I (along with other friends) experienced differential failures after incorrectly installed lockers, badly sagging suspension after wrongly supplied gear based on my needs and poorly fitted parts – the list goes on!

In 2007 whilst working as an IT Governance, Security and Customer Service specialist I decided my true passion for four wheel driving needed to become more than just a hobby and weekend activity. I decided that I wanted to do things better, I wanted to provide hard working families with the service and advice that they deserved, especially when you consider a four wheel drive is often the second largest financial investment a family will ever make. I wanted to provide the best quality service and advice possible to my customers, even if that meant saying I don't know the answer to a question, or saying I can't offer you what you need and to go to XYZ business who will look after you.

From this point OzAdventure4x4 was born, with the name aiming to describe what a four wheel drive can offer families in terms of holidays and weekend travel/touring opportunities. In addition to this our slogan "Gear for your adventure large and small" was penned, describing the fact we can offer our customers the parts and accessories required to equip their vehicles for off-road travel, whether it be for that epic lap of Australia or short weekend away. Our mission, vision and governing operating premise is to:

• Always take the time to listen to the customer's needs and wants
• Understand what the customer is looking to use their four wheel drive for, not just that once a year trip but what it is used for on a daily basis
• Make every enquiry or purchasing experience enjoyable, informative and easy to understand and undertake
• Most importantly, if the customer chooses to make a purchase, ensure it ends with our valued customers receiving the best quality products or just advice they need to help them make an informed choice
• Be willing to say I don't know at the time, because there is always new technology out there and sometimes we simply don't have the answer at the time. We always then take the time to find the correct answer and advice from other industry experts and peers
• Only sell products that we would happily fit of use ourselves, and where possible test as many items possible in the real world before selling to our customers

Based on the above I firmly believe we are able to offer the best range of products, services and advice ensuring the vast majority (if not all) of our customers are 100% happy with their purchases, and that the products supplied and fitted do exactly what they are intended to do, leaving families free to enjoy this awesome country we live in.

In 2015 OzAdventure4x4 transitioned from being an online only business to a fully equipped showroom and workshop located in West Gosford on the NSW Central Coast. This change occurred to meet the needs of our growing customer base and the desire to take our customer service experience, parts offering and service in general to the next level. Today we operate with 4 permanent staff and enjoys a growing reputation as being an honest, knowledgeable, quality supplier of four wheel drive parts and accessories. We are a specialist business that attracts customers from as far as interstate, just to get their vehicle/s serviced and modified with us.

 

Below is a selection of recent customer feedback:

Had a good experience with Phil. I'm a mechanical punter filled with the sort of beginner rookie questions no one enjoys. He had patience which got my business and gave me his time which will make me a return customer.
Thanks again Phil.

Phil and Dan and Dave at OzAdventure4x4 - Thankyou! The new Thorburns' rear bar for my Troopy looks absolutely fantastic!
It's not often you come across a group of guys who are so genuinely willing to help you in anyway they can. Honesty and integrity go a long way, and with service like yours, your reputation rightly precedes you. Highly recommended!

Oz Adventure 4x4 did an excellent job fitting my bullbar, winch and fuel manager system. The price was competitive and the workmanship was as good as it gets! I will be going back to get more work done in the future and I have recommended them to all my friends with 4x4s !!

Would definitely recommend Phil and his team for anyone looking for parts or work done to your vehicle. they provide excellent customer service, friendly and knowledgeable, quick with answering emails or over the phone. I had some parts shipped up to me in QLD after talking to them and finding out what was best suited for me and my vehicle. They only use and recommend top quality gear and parts and are more they willing to talk you through whats best for you. Overall can't fault them will definitely be using them again.

Phil is a great guy to deal with, knows his products inside and out and cares about providing the best service possible for his customers. Highly recommended.

All 4 Adventure Rely on EFS

Simon from All 4 Adventure talks about how he trusts EFS 4wd to get them to and from their adventures.

Dealer Insider - All Four x 4 Spares

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All Four x 4 Spares is a family owned business which has been providing the 4WD community with superior service & cost effective options for over 30 years.

Based in Newcastle, All Four x 4 Spares have a team of approximately 50 employees who are specialists in their field & have extensive experience in the 4WD industry. All Four x4 Spares specialises in genuine and aftermarket spare parts and accessories for all major manufacturers and were one of our first EFS Suspension Distributors, supplying Retail, Workshop & Mining customers.

Dismantling is also a large part of All Four x 4. They carry a significant inventory of low kilometre used parts and have access to yards Australia wide. Most parts are kept on file so quoting can be done quick and easily. All Four x 4 also has a servicing division with 8 mechanics who can do everything from service work to major overhauls.

 

Fathers Day

Father's Day is nearing us and as a Dad myself, I would like to spell it out to all the children in the world, that the disappointment with a crappy gift (although funny for the giver), is truly not funny for us. 

Picture this. 

Its Sunday morning and you get woken up early by the excitement of gifts for us Dads. We sit there with a small smile on our face while we open our present, but in the back of our minds we know that the gift we truly wanted, wouldn’t fit into this small package. To top off the present disappointment, there’s no smell of bacon and eggs wafting its way down the hall from the kitchen.

Now I'm sure your dad will leave plenty of hints with brochures lying around or even may have told you. So keep your eye out and this year, don’t be that son / daughter that gives their Dad a crappy gift. Give him something he actually wants.

 

Top 10 worst Father's Day gifts
(please don't use this as a guide to purchase more crappy gifts either)

 10. The Tie

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  I know you may think we want another tie so we can wear it to work, trust me we don't. We really don’t want a noose that reminds us that we have to go to work on Monday

9. Body Products (Face creams, body lotions & scrubs)

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Are you telling us we are not ageing well?  We know we are not ageing well, with the grey hair, larger waist line, wrinkles and sometimes lack of hair, but we really don't need to be reminded of this.

8. The Coffee Mug

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I’m sure that your Dad needs to drink his coffee out of something every morning but I don’t think he is running short of mugs. He’s probably got a cupboard full of them from the previous years of mug torture with some lame funny joke on it.

7. Bacon Toothpaste

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As Dads we all love bacon, the smell of bacon and the taste of bacon. Bacon is like one of those miracle foods that will make anything taste good except toothpaste. We would prefer if you took the time to cook some bacon and eggs for our breakfast instead.

6. Toilet Games

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Yes I know that this is a great joke to say that we stay too long in the toilet but this is where the greatest designs inventions are first created so if we take a little extra time in the loo, just think we could be inventing the next big thing like computers or cars etc.

5. "Worlds' Best Dad" annogrammed items

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Although it’s nice that you think we are the Worlds Best Dad, we don’t need to wear it on a shirt or on our silky boxer shorts. Hearing it from our children is enough.

4. Anything from the corner store on the way home

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If you lack the effort to know what we want, don’t even bother buying us a box of chocolates or a packet of chips from the store on the way home. We can see the lack of enthusiasm. Don’t do this – it just is so lame.

3. BBQ Kit / Cocktail Kit / BBQ Apron

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No, No and No

 

2. Old Spice / Brut 33 Aftershave

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Please under no circumstances are you to ever purchase this foul smelling aftershave - even for our birthdays. Who ever thought that we would like to smell like this?

 

1. Socks, Jocks & Pyjamas

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This gift has been a staple in my house hold for many years and I must say receiving 7 days of labelled underwear or some work socks on Father’s Day – not much of a treat. This has got to be one of the most disappointing gifts you could ever give your Dad & that’s why it has taken out the number one spot of the worse gift ever.

In summary, the simple step to purchasing a gift for your Dad is to find out what he enjoys doing the most and take him to a shop that stocks items related to those activities. And tell him he can buy what ever he wants.

Or even simpler, send him to www.efs4wd.com.au, allow him to build his MyKit with items he’d like for his 4wd, and arrange his present with your local EFS 4wd distributor.

Now I know that us dads do tell some really bad jokes, so in exchange for a good present this Father’s Day, we will promise not to tell “Dad Jokes” ever again…well at least for one day.

“”What do you call a fly with no wings……….walk”

Your Budget 4wd (Part 2) - Can it be done with $5000

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Welcome back for the 2nd part of Your Budget 4wd - Can it be done with $5000?

Owning a 4wd as your daily driver is sometimes tough, as you are conscious of not damaging it going off-road. Plus not being able to do too many modifications as you may commute to work with it, so you need it to be reliable and comfortable. Imagine if you had around $5000 dollars to spend on a second hand 4wd and a budget of $5000 dollars to buy a few accessories and make your 4wd an awesome weekend off-road Beast.

What 4wd would you buy and what accessories would be necessary for your 4wd dreams?

I've handpicked some 4wd's from around Australia to give you an idea what you can buy and what modifications can be done on a tight budget. All 4wds have many pros and cons that you will have to weigh up and decide if it's going to suit your needs and budget. After trawling through many pages of Gumtree and dreaming of many different scenarios I have finally worked the list down to two final contenders.

My second choice for the off road beast category would be a 45 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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This is another Iconic 4wd with heaps of aftermarket accessories and parts available for them. Whilst I would not normally choose an old 45 series Land Cruiser due to the leaf suspension and its age, this beast caught my attention as it has a 350 chev V8 in it!!!!!! This compromise will definitely be understandable because of the smile on my face every time I give it a bit of right foot!!!

Whilst this vehicle is a bit more than the budgeted 5000 dollars, I think we'll save a few pennies on the accessories.

This particular beast has a few extras to get you ahead of your spend, with big tyres, a great power plant and an exhaust system (these three items have helped it straight away).

I would firstly renew the complete suspension with an EFS Elite 50mm lift kit with anti-inversion shackles and EFS Elite long travel shocks. I'll have to work out the weight of the 350 chev and make sure I accommodate for this in the front spring rate. Now this will definitely bring the beast out of the 45 series. Then I would cut a bit off the tray to so it doesn't get hung up as well.

I would put the remainder of my budget into updating all of the fluids, belts etc to keep it reliable.

Overall, between the 1990 Nissan Patrol Wagon Manual and the 45 Series Toyota Land Cruiser, they both have many different attributes that make them great off road beasts.

There is no denying that the Nissan Patrols live axle, coil sprung suspension (that was so advanced for its time) enables easy traversing of any off road situation. Paired with the Nissan LSD rear diff and comfortable seats and interior, it's a great choice.

But an iconic Land Cruiser with a 350 chev just pips over the line with plenty of 4wd off road beast inside of it. I understand you may be a bit limited in cabin space in the single cab but you make up for it with a massive tray that you can put all your camping gear into. And with an old 45, you're not too worried about the paint job or getting it scratched or even bumping into a few things as this vehicle is purely for off-roading.

I hope after you have read this that it has inspired you to consider a second "fun car" on a budget and get out there and do a bit of 4wding. Cheers!!!

Dealer Insider - Orange Spring and Suspension Repairs

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In 1921 Robert Wescott Edge established Edges Coachworks attached to Collins Foundry situated where Woolworths now stands in Anson street. The business, which as a stage coach building business, moved with technology and with the introduction of motor cars, branched onto repairing springs in trucks and coaches while using the old fashioned wood furnace and sledge hammer method. Robert Wescott Edge learnt the coach building trade at Neville in the early 1900's before moving to Orange to work with Charles Collier and Co (where Best & Less stands today), Collier and Co manufactured 35 sulkies a week. Most of the years Mr Edge spent with Colliers, he was foreman of the company.

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Robert's son Jack Edge joined the business around 1939, prior to the second world war as a carpenter. Jack took over the business shortly after the war and moved to the laneway off Sale Street, behind Summer Street in Orange. Jack Edge had a very interesting history of experience...there's a whole book he wrote on it actually, of his inventions and experiments during the war and the many mechanical advancements he was able to make in the middle of unknown countries with very little to work with!

Jack's brother Carl Edge also came to work with the family after he was injured in a rugby match. He suffered from his injuries and was unable to complete his studies to become a priest. He worked for Jack for many years until his health got the better of him and he was admitted to a nursing home in Cowra. He loved to sing and was greatly admired by the staff of the nursing home.

John Johnson and his son Ray took over the lease of the sheds and eventually the business during a transition period from around 1985. John Johnson had experience with spring repairs in modern coaches and trucks for many years and worked with the Ford Company in England. He assisted in building Thames trucks in Britain. John also has a very interesting history but he refuses to ever put it in writing!

Jack and John were also singers and both members of the Orpheus Choir. John married his wife Barbara in 1956 and didn't have anywhere to live. Jack had lost his first wife and had a flat that was vacant and needed finishing (paint, fireplace etc.). Jack gave the flat to John and Barbara rent free until it was finished, he gave the newlyweds quite a bit of help to get on their feet and in return John helped out in the workshop and worked weekends and weeknights after his truck run. Jack Edge was diagnosed with cancer and his health and business were suffering so John said he would give up his truck run and come and work for Jack full time. Jack asked that John come and take it over instead and as they say the rest is history!

It is hard to put the closeness of these two families on paper, really there is no blood relation. As a small child growing up I always thought of the Edge's as extended family. I knew Ray and his sister were close with Jack's kids growing up and that John and Jack had a friendship that extended many years and many hardships. Their family was always at my grandparents' house on Easter and Christmas morning. I think the connection is one that is not easily understood in today's society a true gentleman's friendship of old.

Johns and Ray Johnson gave the business another huge transition in 1994, moving the business to the new Leewood Industrial Estate and renaming the business Orange Spring & Suspension Repairs. This move saw huge expansion in technology and warehousing, they moved from a wood to a gas furnace, friction screw press to reset leaf springs rather than various sledge hammers, hoists in place of a pit, and in a few years saw the move also into laser wheel alignment.

In 1996 John moved to retirement, leaving Ray to operate the business on his own with a couple of employees. During this time, Ray did an impressive job of running the office and workshop with only a few hands for help.

In 2008 Chad Brindley, Ray's soon to be son in law joined the business as an employee bringing a new modern twist to the vast knowledge of the business. Chad had an extensive list of experience working for a local dealership in various roles, working on modern cars, 4wd's and heavy commercial vehicles. Chad also has a tremendous passion for 4WDS, having spent most of his life travelling the country with his family in various Landover's. Chad's father is also a blacksmith so Chad also has various skills in both sides of the business.

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In 2009 Angie Johnson-Brindley, Ray's daughter, also came to join the team. She also had a passion for cars and business growing up but Ray told her to 'go out and learn what you can from others before you could come and join the business'. Angie is a qualified spare parts interpreter, having worked in retail outlets, truck dealership, and forklift dealership.

In July 2013, Chad and Angie joined Ray as partners in the business to start to transition for Ray to retire over the coming years.

In recent years we have spent some time and money updating our tools, building, offices and equipment. We have re-branded and moved our workshop and offices into the modern technological age of computers. We have purchased a state of the art 3D wheel alignment system, upgraded hoists and built up the workshop to be usually booked out for 2-4 weeks and with substantial parts sales outside of the workshop. Allicia (Ray's niece) and Angie are happy to use their skills to source any hard to find parts not limited to suspension and steering products.

2012 we also had Allicia Richards join the team as a trainee spare parts interpreter, she gained her full qualification 2016 and now oversees most of the day to day operations, booking workshop appointments, ordering and organising parts etc. Allicia is our new 'Officer in charge of first impressions' while Angie is working part time or from home raising a new family.

As one of very few workshops left in Australia to still successfully reset leaf springs, we try to hold dearly our manufacturing history. This style of blacksmithing is an old art that is becoming endangered. We also try to keep the business busy but small to maintain our personal approach to our customers. We like to customise each vehicle to each application and provide a face to face personal service in each and everything we do.

Day to day we offer a huge range of parts available in stock or quickly procured as the need arises. In house we manufacture u-bolts, reset leaf springs, offer full workshop fitting and repairs services along with thorough wheel alignment and balancing technology services. We also complete GVM upgrades on various vehicles before and after registration (in consultation with an outsourced engineer as required). We offer full consultation services and free inspections where required before bookings or quotes are finalised to make sure the customer is well aware of their options before making any decisions. Above all else we love what we do and we love to make your car into your dream car!

Your Budget 4wd - Can it be done with $5000

Owning a 4wd as your daily driver is sometimes tough, as you are conscious of not damaging it going off-road. Plus not being able to do too many modifications as you may commute to work with it, so you need it to be reliable and comfortable. Imagine if you had around $5000 dollars to spend on a second hand 4wd and a budget of $5000 dollars to buy a few accessories and make your 4wd an awesome weekend off-road Beast.

What 4wd would you buy and what accessories would be necessary for your 4wd dreams?

I've handpicked some 4wd's from around Australia to give you an idea what you can buy and what modifications can be done on a tight budget. All 4wds have many pros and cons that you will have to weigh up and decide if it's going to suit your needs and budget. After trawling through many pages of Gumtree and dreaming of many different scenarios I have finally worked the list down to two final contenders.

My First choice for the off road beast category would be a 1990 Nissan Patrol Wagon Manual.

 

This is one of those Iconic 4wds that has a plethora of aftermarket accessories and parts available for them.
When it comes to off-road on a budget you can't go past the Nissan GQ Patrol LWB as it has a fantastic coil sprung suspension that can flex for days and a super tough diff that withstands most 4wding duties. Also did I mention live axle!

Now the compromise for this particular vehicle is that it's not the 4.2ltr diesel with a snail hanging off it. But I'm ok with that as it's not for touring and has under the bonnet a very thirsty straight 6 TB42. But as a dedicated off road beast I'm not too concerned as the distances on road will be minimal compared to off-road. And the power the TB42 makes is enough to have a fun time off-roading. Now with the luxury of a LWB and oodles of room for you and a friend, you can quite easily fit all your weekend camping gear in the back as well.

The GQ Patrol has every imaginable accessory ready to bolt on from many different companies and with $5000 to spend on accessories for off-road duties, the first and foremost would be to upgrade the current suspension with an EFS Extreme 5-inch lift kit.

This kit includes EFS Xtreme 45mm big bore shocks, 5-inch coils, adjustable panhard rods, draglinks, extended brake lines, castor correction etc. This will make it more fun off road and looks pretty cool as well.

This particular vehicle has got a few extras to begin with (exhaust system, big tyres, snorkel, long range tank and recaro seats) so I feel I'm ahead by a long shot.

With all these extras already included, I would tip some money into making it reliable. With the additional $1500 dollars i would renew all oils, fluids, filters, belts, radiator hoses, battery, brake pads and discs, as this will generally make my off-road experience more enjoyable.

Tune in next month for my 2nd vehicle choice for Your Budget 4wd.

This vehicle sold before this article was published. Check out carsales.com.au and gumtree.com.au to find your dream 4wd

 

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