Why does Gian like his GU Patrol? Because it’s tough and doesn’t break.
And that makes it the perfect platform for an off-roader tasked with keeping up with the rest of the 4X4 Adventure Club crew on the weekends.
Gian has chosen not to modify the big 4.5-litre petrol six in the Patrol, choosing instead to keep it reliable. All he’s done is screw in some fancy Iridium spark plugs – they made a big difference according to Gian – and hooked the clean air side up to an Airflow snorkel.
It’s a different story underneath, where the aim has been to increase clearance, traction and general all-round toughness.
Gian’s running a 3″ suspension lift using Lovell’s springs and 30mm spacers. He’s lengthened the brake lines and swaybar links, fitted adjustable panhard rods front and rear and added helper air bags to the rear springs. The front spring towers have been reinforced, a sensible mod given Gian’s enthusiastic driving style.
The lift allows Gian to run 35″ Mudhog tyres without fouling the bodywork.
A Harrop ELocker is fitted to the front diff and Gian is planning to fit one to the rear diff as well, a mod that should make the GU all but unstoppable.
To his credit, Gian has designed and built the super strong rock sliders and underbody protection panels himself. In fact the only barwork that he can’t lay claim to making, is the Extreme 4X4 rear bumper.
If you want to see Gian and his Patrol in action on the tracks, tune in to Channel 31 or Digital 44 to see what the 4X4 Adventure Club are getting up to in the second series of their show.
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