Building your own version of the perfect touring 4X4 is almost a national sport these days. Aaron’s approach has been to fit out a legendary 4X4 with top quality gear and drive it everywhere.
Aaron chose the 80 Series because he needed a tourer tough enough to deal with those long trips away from home and capable enough to handle some of the tougher tracks around his WA home base.
Like the rest of us, Aaron wasn’t content with a stock 4X4, so he set about enhancing the 80 to better suit his requirements, a process that appears to have involved some fairly serious shopping.
Powering Aaron’s 80 is Toyota’s mostly bullet-proof 4.2-litre turbo-diesel, to which has been added a Safari front-mount intercooler, a Gturbo Grunter Extreme, a Safari snorkel and a 3″ Beaudesert exhaust.
Aaron’s love of top-shelf 4X4 products doesn’t end there.
The 80 is twin-locked and sports a matching pair of Harrop ELockers, an ARB steel winch bull bar and the well known and solid Kaymar rear bar with twin tyre carriers.
A ‘part time’ kit has also been fitted which allows Aaron to unlock the front hubs when running on the black top.
ARB was hit up for the suspension and a set of their Old Man Emu (OME) shocks and springs were fitted to the Cruiser. At the moment Aaron is running 33″ BFG KM2 mud terrain tyres on genuine 80 Series steel rims.
There’s more ARB gear that’s worthy of a mention including the headlight wiring loom upgrade and a Smittybuilt 9500lb winch.
Out the back there’s a two-drawer system, with a fridge slide that’s home to an Evakool 55-litre fridge, while up top sits a full length aluminium roof rack with a side awning.
It’s a quality build this one and the 80 has rewarded Aaron by allowing him to see what he describes as “a lot of WA” and even help out the odd Patrol from time to time.
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