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On 11/19/2017 at 7:50 PM, KieranR said:

Another job done on the 4wd build, UHF install done and powered up, I wanted it out of the way, so being that my ashtray serves no purpose it was time for it to go, and the uhfsots in beautifully, I’ve powered directly from my fuse block I’ve put in so I can keep it powered on even if the ute isn’t running, I’ll have to come up with an idea to use something to fill in the gaps around the uhf, I’m not sure material to use yet but it can wait.  Starting to get closer to the bigger ticket items now, the winch arrived on Friday but I have no bullbar as yet, and my two spare steel rims arrived also, I’m switching over to steel rims because I’m not a fan of alloy wheels when travelling remotely, got the steel ones for $110 each on the work account, I’ll end up with 6 Steelies soon. 

Next purcahse is a suspension upgrade and I’ll fit that myself also 

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About winches, I'm about to crack into a new guiding spot and after a reccy up there with the Lodge owner in his nice new BT50 - which now has a few battle scars on the front due to the nature of the access track - I've decided I need a winch on my old Hilux.  A mate who is handy like you (I'm not when it comes to anything larger than 1/48 scale!) thinks I might be able to get hold of a 2nd hand Warn winch from a mate of his.  But is it likely to fit a 93 Hilux (do they tend to be universal fit?) or are we likely to need to do some modifications to the mounts?  I'm also not sure how it will fit around the dodgy old bull bar on my relic? 

It's either a winch or a sat phone so I can call the farmer to come and tow me out with his tractor.  Or a high lift jack plus some straps which can be used as a winch - though I'm told once you've done that once, you'll never do it again.

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All depends on what you are looking for and how you will use it CN.

Warn is a good brand and tend to be very reliable, but like everything, second hand do your homework and check it out / have it checked out. Winches need good regular servicing, especially if being used regularly and / or getting covered in mud & muck all the time.  Last thing you need is a winch not working when you go to use it. You will be cactus.

Warn are expensive (think $1,000+ new) Don't know what they are like on the second hand market but assume they would hold their value reasonably well.

If you want something like Kieran's, you'll get it delivered for $300/$400 and it should bolt straight on (as should the Warn). Like everything, you get what you pay for. I've got exactly the same as pictured above sitting in my shed waiting for me to stump up the cash for a bullbar.

For me, I couldn't justify spending anymore based on how much I figure I will use it.

Good luck

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Warn are very good, but I’ll be honest with you, if I were to buy second hand I’d want to strip down the thing and get a proper service etc, I got the dominator above because it will do everything the warn will for what I may need it for, I have zero intention of going extreme 4wding but I will go bush, and lots of beach driving, I can see myself using mine for unbogging myself on a beach more than anything, for $349 I couldn’t go wrong, it came well packaged, everything is lubricated well and the reviews I read and watched (although biased) showed me it will do what I need.  The warn should bolt straight up, most winches bolt right in, you may need to buy a cradle I’m not sure.  

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The 2nd hand Warn has been sitting on the bench of an auto-electricians for two years, but as he's the mate of a mate, I shouldn't be sold a pup.  But if he wants more than about $350 for it, I'll get something like the dominator.

It's more of an insurance device in case I get stuck on this new stream with a client, and the most likely place to get stuck is at a creek crossing.  So not extreme winching, just simple stuff.  Where I guide now the farm track is a walk in the park, so no need for a winch but this new place is a bit knarly in spots as we found out in the BT50.  Mind you, the BT50 has a 500kg custom camping unit on the back & I reckon weighs a tonne more than my old Hilux SR5.  The Hilux is rough and bangs and rattles about, drives like a rowboat on the bitumen, but being so light it is pretty good off-road unlike these new monsters. Also has better clearance than a brand new stock 4WD which all need lift kits to do even half-serious off-road driving.

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CN, just get a trailer, tow the below into the spot and go fishing without having to get our of the hilux, fish not biting, just float on down further:  (Pretty sure you will be the only guide offering this service)

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I'd love to have one of those CE but oh the $'s :crybaby:

Consequently, I drive a 24yo Hilux with lots of battle scars.  But it's never let me down (ok once the 4WD stopped working & we got stuck in the mud, but luckily my client was a huge Canadian as big and strong as a gizzly & while he pushed, I reversed after putting some wood under the wheels and it came out easy....though I think his brute force may have bent the dodgy bullbar slightly :shock: )

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However, I am pondering a 'Triple Crown' package where the challenge is to catch cod, bass & trout all on fly over 2-3 days, with transport that does not need a winch!

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Suspension all done! Pain in the bum doing it on the driveway but I had to as the workshop for our company was full and the joists unavailable, got it done though, will give it a couple of weeks to settle down and it should be just right! Just fits under the carport entrance! Might have to put a 100mm lift in the carport when I get the roof rack!

 

 

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Fitted a 2inch lift kit on the weekend to a Hilux.  The videos on youtube said 6 minutes for a lift strut.  That's for a brand new vehicle that hasn't already started rusting up from a dozen or two river crossings!

 

 

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1 hour ago, BC_J400 said:

Fitted a 2inch lift kit on the weekend to a Hilux.  The videos on youtube said 6 minutes for a lift strut.  That's for a brand new vehicle that hasn't already started rusting up from a dozen or two river crossings!

 

 

It took me 3 hours for the left rear leaf, because the bolt near the fuel tank was a pain in the arse, the rear shackle was a bastard to get out, the right rear took about 45 mins to swap out.  the front right strut took about 90 mins as the tie rod was bloody hard to drop out and i ended up having to disconnect the upper control arm and knock that bolt out as i couldn't get enough leverage to get the new shock in.  the left front took about 30 mins to do.

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After I knocked off work yesterday I headed straight out the front with a spade, the chainsaw & some sleepers, and a pile of mulch. I think I've realised what my other passion is.DSC_1918.thumb.JPG.187565f8071823e9f799d9552626aedc.JPGDSC_1919.thumb.JPG.6b77608dfc46c0e62737eaf4ff343973.JPG

And this was the previous effort, with plants scavenged from elsewhere in the yard.

 

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Just be carful ex that you don't raise the garden bed up to high (above slab) termites will like the invitation if they are around . I just demo another house with that very issue they chewed out the hole place just about.

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Good advise OS. This slab has a visual barrier, so there is about 10cm of exposed concrete between the edge of the garden and the rendered brick wall. The dirt level is about an inch below the cement, and whilst the mulch may be higher in the middle of the garden, I don't let it creep over the visual barrier.

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3 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

After I knocked off work yesterday I headed straight out the front with a spade, the chainsaw & some sleepers, and a pile of mulch. I think I've realised what my other passion is.

Burying bodies?

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Perfect mate .

this place I just bought previously had a few minor problems 

1 through garden dirt build up

and the other through a joined slab that was never done properly 

ive had the local guy out and give me the speal on it and what he has done over the years so all good just gota stay on top of inspections.

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What do you do to get away from tri........

 

I AM THE HUNTER.....

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Didnt know weather to eat it or stuff it and hang it in the pool room ... haha

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After a couple of weeks off the 4wd build, im back into it when time allows.  My buddy who is a boiler maker welded up the frame  with his tig welder, im very happy with his work, its perfectly square so im stoked with that, only thing is the welds protrude into the inside of the frame (which was always going to happen) which has made fitting the ply a bit tricky to get perfect, Im not willing to grind down the welds, so I've just done my best when sheeting the insides, i will run a silicon bead along all the joins just to seal it off before i carpet it, I need to put a piece of ply on the front but am waiting until i decide which style of handle i want to use...I probably should have decided by now.....typical me...build it as i go along..

I went with 12 mm ply on the bottom and 6 mm on the sides and ends.  So thats my progress this past few days, hopefully will have the second draw in my hands next week and can then get it all finished off for the draws and move onto the next modification.

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Thanks FP. After almost 2 and a half years at it, I'm starting to understand water and pigment behaviour.

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Damm wish i could have done a trade, my uni studies are wothless.

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8 hours ago, Merv said:

Damm wish i could have done a trade, my uni studies are wothless.

Mate I’m the opposite! Have a trade and wish I went to uni!

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8 hours ago, Tryline said:

Mate I’m the opposite! Have a trade and wish I went to uni!

I did both. You should try it.

Going back & studying Engineering by correspondence while I was travelling around the state as a Comm's Tech was the best decision I ever made.

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Very nice Softy, I’m jealous.

This is my latest project finished,  a complete makeover of my kids old pine rocking horse for the grandchildren to play on. 

plus the vege garden

 

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Today I finished off my first draw! Really happy with it, it works as it should, and then tonight I bottled our next batch of Kombucha which is apple and cinnamon, strawberry and mint, kiwi fruit, orange, and pomegranate, looking forward to drinking these in 4 days.

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7 hours ago, KieranR said:

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Looks great. Just a tip. Paint the exposed plywood black. Whilst you don't normally see it, it'll look that much more "pro" when you do pull it out.

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Thanks EX, I have a passionate dislike for painting and am also very happy to be recognised as very amateurish in the camp ground, plus I really don't want to be ridiculed by my wife for painting thats not up to her standard...its just easier to leave the "natural" look. ha ha

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Finished the second draw today and I’m really happy with what I’ve done considering I have no trade.  Later this week I’ll build a little box for my bottle jack to be kept on the left side, finish the wings off and then I’ll start my fridge drip slide.  And in the time in between start thinking about how I’ll build an electrical station to mount my enerdrive charger and all my accessories ports.

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Well i went and convinced the guys at the auto shop to sell me their display flat rhino rack, i ended up getting 20% off it so that was nice, i fitted it up last week and im stoked with how it turned out, the awning goes nicely on it and it gives me plenty of options to for accessories to stick on the roof.  im really happy with the draws and they are working exactly how i had thought.  I've now started building the drop down fridge slide and hopefully by the end of the week ill have that finished.  Have finally decided on which bullbar im going to get, its just now a matter of freeing up the funds to purchase it, hopefully in the next week or so.

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4 hours ago, surfer101 said:

This is an amazing project. Big congrats on what youve achieved 

Thanks, a fair bit to go yet, have to do all the electrical and solar yet.

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4 hours ago, Ayto said:

Which Bullbar have you decided on Kieran?

Im going to go with the EFS Bull bar, I've seen one on a hilux and i like it, but the main factors i considered are 

1) Cost

2) its a full bumper replacement so no cutting of guards

3) ADR Compliance is a must

The EFS bar comes at a price point of $1480 and the dealer in Perth has offered to have the whole thing here for $1570 - I cant better that anywhere

I like that it has an endura coat on it and not just shiny black paint that will scratch up easily

I considered the Shoreline Extreme bars as they are different, but were $500 more expensive to get here.  I did not consider ARB or TJM etc as close to 3k is not in my budget considering everything else im buying for the Ute nor is it what i would happily pay at any other time.

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Yeah, nice.

Good looking bullbar and cost is reasonable, especially in comparison to the ARB / TJM offerings.  I was originally going to go for an MCC bar as I can get it locally for a similar price as yours above, however have now decided to go with Ironman I think.

I am getting a GVM upgrade done shortly which will be done in Melbourne. Mob doing that job are distributors for Ironman products so will just get the lot done there I think.

Your project is coming up a treat mate. Well done.

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4 hours ago, Ayto said:

Yeah, nice.

Good looking bullbar and cost is reasonable, especially in comparison to the ARB / TJM offerings.  I was originally going to go for an MCC bar as I can get it locally for a similar price as yours above, however have now decided to go with Ironman I think.

I am getting a GVM upgrade done shortly which will be done in Melbourne. Mob doing that job are distributors for Ironman products so will just get the lot done there I think.

Your project is coming up a treat mate. Well done.

The MCC ones are decent too, i did look at them also.  I've read and heard some very good reports about the latest generation of ironman bull bars, unfortunately one for a hilux meant a bumper cut, which is something i want to avoid so it ruled me out...was a bugger because i liked them also.  The GVM upgrade is a good thing to get.  Im not towing anything so not fazed on that at the moment.  You are in a BT 50 arent you?

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Nah, Collie,

I've got a forward Fold CT that has an ATM of 2200kg.  Ball weight is circa 250kg so whilst ok at the moment, when we load up for our extended trips, its likely to be at or over GVM.  The GVM upgrade over and above a lift is only about $1500/$1800 so a small price to ensure you stay legal.

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I rang dad today with an itinerary for our camping trip up to the Kimberley in August, that seemed to liven him up a bit.  I really think he will love it.  This is the plan

Fly him over the day before my daughters 9th Birthday, and take him and my family down to Coral Bay or Exmouth for a couple of days then drop my wife and kids home.

then Him and I will head north to the best part of Australia

all of it is camping

 1 night at 80 mile beach

1 night in Broome

2 nights at Cape Leveque (my favourite place in Aussie)

1 night at Windjana Gorge

1 night at Bell Gorge

1 night at Drysdale station & and do a flight up over St George basin and the Mitchell Plateau

2 nights at home valley

2 nights at El Questro

1 night at Kununurra

2 nights at Lake Argyle (sunset boat cruise on the lake and a swim) Lake will be full after this years massive wet

then either come back the main road to the bungle bungles or go ultra remote on the old Duncan highway which goes around the back of lake argyle and crosses the NT border 3 times to get to a place i love called marella gorge.

then back to Broome for 2 nights

and back home to Karratha

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My only question is "What's his back like?"

If he has any issues, day after day of 4WDing could take its toll & make it very unenjoyable. If he has no issues then he'll love it.

 

If he decides to pass up on it, can I apply for the position of your Dad? :)

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he has started walking again, as he has a knee replacement but hasn't really looked after it, ive given him some pretty clear instructions to get some km's into his legs etc as i would really love to take him on walks into some of the waterfalls because after this years wet the waterfalls are going to be epic!

One of the best is Bell Gorge, ill see if i can find a pic form last time i was up there.

I'm pretty sure hes a starter, his flight has been booked already!  but yeah why not Ill take anyone who wants to chip in for diesel!

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OK so here are some pics ive found from our last trip up the Kimberley in 2012/13, 

I built this hilux up from just the standard steel tray ex mining Ute i picked up at auction in Port hedland from BHP.  she was never a pretty Ute but man, she was a touring weapon, except that week where the air con shit itself, i blew two BF Goodrich mud terrain tyres @ $500 each up there, did both bearings in the Camper (new when we left on trip).  it was sad to see that Ute go when the new owner picked her up, she has some great stories and adventures under her belt, like the time the diesel tank was speared in the middle of whoop whoop and I was seriously concerned we were going to be stuck with no diesel.

Marella Gorge is seriously a remote camp, its very hard to find and we were the only ones there for a few days by ourselves, it was so nice, but you are on your own.

But hows that sunset up at Cape Leveque, the shutter on my camera was open for about 40 seconds i think from memory.

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So the bull bar arrived today, took the best part of 45 mins to open, so much bubble wrap etc and tape, have had a good look over it and so far I’m impressed with the build quality, the welding from the average joe like me looks great, the bar isn’t excessively heavy and I can comfortably lift it and bring it inside like I have much to my wife’s disgust 😂😂, the winch cradle is heavy and I’m glad I’ve gone with a heavy duty front suspension package that I fitted a couple of months ago.  So I guess now I better get started mounting the winch in the cradle and the. Hopefully tomorrow night I’ll take the front of the ute off and for the bull bar on.  I think the hardest part is going to be pulling the factory bumper off. I’m really happy with endura paint work, I’m not a fan of glossy paint on a bull bar, only takes a few scratches and the paint is damaged, this stuff looks like it should last......hopefully

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OK Bull bar is all dressed and ready to be fitted up tonight, I have got a couple of fellas from work coming round to help lift the winch cradle in as its heavy with the winch on it, and then mounting the bar will be a piece of cake.  Then i'll wire up the spot lights, winch and the indicators etc.

My vehicle is negatively earthed so i have to switch the wiring round as the lights come positively earthed.  i think its going to look pretty schmick

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Fitted the bull bar up tonight, super easy to do, although I had to take it off once as I forgot to put the trim around the head lights, but other than that it’s easy, had a mate come round to give me a hand to lift it on etc.  really happy with it and all I have left to do is tidy up the guards underneath and wire up all the lights and put the wing bash plates on and then It will be done and finished on the front end.  Got it done just in time to watch the trampoline come hurtling across the yard as a storm swept in, had to tie it down, never seen wind like it

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Ok the bull bar is all finished except the indicator flashes on the bar as I kept blowing fuses when tapping into the existing indicator wiring so I’ll leave that until I figure out why it was happening, but the little fog lights are wired and working, the big spotlights are fantastic, and I wired the winch this morning and it works as designed, I also quickly wired up the uhf antenna this arvo and the young fella loved talking to me from his walkie talkie inside while I was outside on the UHF.  He has now also decided to build his own camping 4wd out of lego. So it was a very productive weekend on the 4wd build

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Here you go Kieran, this is what you can do with a decent winch & bullbar.  Taking a client down to a bass fishing spot y''day when our path was blocked 600m from the farmers front gate by a 3t tree.  Surprisingly,  I got phone reception 2kms back up the road, and rang him.  He came up in the Landcruisier and got it sorted in about 10 minutes flat!  Toyota's and Stihl's - unbreakable!

 

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On 2/19/2018 at 3:52 AM, ComfortablyNumb said:

Here you go Kieran, this is what you can do with a decent winch & bullbar.  Taking a client down to a bass fishing spot y''day when our path was blocked 600m from the farmers front gate by a 3t tree.  Surprisingly,  I got phone reception 2kms back up the road, and rang him.  He came up in the Landcruisier and got it sorted in about 10 minutes flat!  Toyota's and Stihl's - unbreakable!

 

I used a chainsaw once to chop down some palm trees at my place....nearly chopped my leg off!  i retired from chainsaws at that point.

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