When your next birthday rolls around and your opening yet another ten pack of Bonds budgie smugglers, spare a thought for Luke. All his wife gave him for his birthday was this Patrol!
Yep, your read that right. Luke’s better half knew how much he liked Nissan’s big solid axle off-roader and bought him one.
Happy birthday Luke!
To say he was surprised is an understatement, but he quickly recovered and set about turning his birthday present into his ideal camping, touring and 4WD rig.
One of the first things Luke changed was the Impco LPG mixer system, which found the bin. Preferring to run the big six on just petrol, Luke then added two LRA long range fuel tanks to provide an acceptable touring range.
The Patrol’s bullet proof drive-train has mostly been left alone, with the exception of the fitment of a pair of trick Eaton E-lockers, one in each diff.
Providing a little more clearance when off-road is a 2″ suspension lift using OME springs and Nitrocharger shocks.
Wheels are 16″ black Sunraysias and Luke is currently running 33″ Goodyear Wrangler MTR off-road tyres.
A Nissan steel winch bar looks after the front of the Patrol and is fitted with a Runva 11XP electric winch. There’s also plenty of underbody protection, with a Harris hard case front diff protector and a Harris hard nose bash plate on the job.
Luke’s Patrol is generally only fired up when it’s time to get away and hit the trails. If you want to see his birthday present in action on some of Australia’s most iconic tracks, tune in to Channel 31 or Digital 44 and see what the 4X4 Adventure Club are getting up to in the second series of their show.
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