Bush to Beach Touring

You don’t always have to go the most remote corners of the country to get your touring fix – nor do you have to find the hardest tracks to have an excuse to  load your 4WD up and get out and about. We have so many good spots to explore – all within a few hours of home and the thing we love most about this country is that you can be secluded deep within a mountain range, perched up sinking bevies in a freshwater river or dipping in the surf at a pristine coastal campsite all in the same day.

We take every opportunity we can to get our 4WDs out and use them, so when an opportunity arose, we wasted no time in loading the big 79 up and headed straight for the hills for the first stint of a round about trip that would see us going from bush to beach and back again.

The original plan was to head for the Victorian High Country for a week with a bunch of our good customers we had invited along for the trip. Unforeseen circumstances caused for a few late minute changes to the plan and before we knew it we were heading northwest instead of south with a crew of 4 vehicles instead of a crew of 10.

Our first stop would be Chaffy Dam, just southeast of Tamworth and even though the water levels were pretty low at the time, the weather turned on some perfect conditions for a swim and a great first spot to pull up camp. It’s an easy drive out of Newcastle with a bit of dirt road and some beautiful scenery coming up the back way through Moonan Flat to Nundle. Rolling green hills were the order of the day and it was great to see some recent rainfall transform the brown, arid countryside back to a pleasant shade of green again. A quick pit-stop at the Victoria Hotel at Moonan Flat is definitely worth the detour for a some light refreshments.

The campsite, which has some good amenities, has bucket loads of wide open campsites perfect for groups of campers – but with enough space to set up away form everyone. There’s no powered sites though, so a good battery and solar set -up is a must for extended stays. Water-front views don’t get any better than this though, and it really makes the trip out worth it.

From there, we pushed further north and set about exploring parts of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Nestled just outside the small township of Walcha this national park lies within the Northern Tablelands and features the spectacular Apsley Falls and Apsley River. Unfortunately the recent rain wasn’t quite enough to get the falls flowing but the river was still moving quick enough for us to enjoy the last of the warm weather and take in a quick dip in the refreshing fresh water river.

Riverside Campground is a well equipped campsite that requires the collection of keys from the National Parks and Wildlife office at Walcha so bookings are essential for this site, but are worth it for the seclusion and the views of the mountain ranges on the way in to the campsite are nothing short of spectacular.

From here, we cut a B-line through the national park from Yarrowich to Bellbrook taking in the mountain sites. The driving is fairly easy but can be greasy in the wet so while you won’t be lifting wheels or using diff locks any time soon, it’s advisable to prepare fop the worst in-case the mountains turn on some wild weather. You can pick up some basic supplies at Bellbrook including fuel or stop for a quick counter lunch at the Bellbrook Hotel.

From Bellbrook we pushed further west to Georges Junction – a sensational grassy campsite on the banks of the Macleay River. Campsites don’t get much nicer than this one with wide-open, flat, grassy campsites right on some of the best parts of the Macleay. You can lock the hubs in and cross the river here with water depths ranging from hub depth through to bonnet depth depending on recent rain fall. There’s some good little low range 4WD challenges around the area (again not overly hard but still plenty of fun) so this campsite has a bit of everything.

Amenities are fairly basic including long-drop toilets and non-powered sites but the campsite is far enough away from civilisation to give you the remote touring fix without having to travel to the ends of the earth. We enjoyed the last of our wonderful summer weather bathing off the dust in the fresh, clear waters of the mighty Macleay.

So we’d enjoyed out stint in the bush and it was time to head east to our beautiful coast-line. After a quick stop at Kempsey for some last minute supplies, we headed out towards Cresent Head and then south towards Port Macquiarie – our beach campsite for the night would be Point Plomer. Situated within the Limeburners National Park, this pristine campsite has its own beach, great facilities and is only a short drive from the major towns of either Kempsey or Port Macquarie.

There’s plenty to do here including swimming, surfing, bush walking and it’s one of the best locations in the area to spot migrating whales off the headlands.

 

There’s a huge (cold showers) amenities block, picnic tables and fire pits. Fire wood and basic supplies are available from the site office and bookings are essential in holiday season –  but generally outside of these times there are plenty of campsites to choose from. The track back through to Port Macquarie is 4WD only as it can be very rutted as well as having deep sand sections and can get some serious mud also after heavy rain.

 

 

 

The alternative to this track is to drive on to the beach at Queens Head and drive south down the beach to the exit track which brings you out on Port Macquarie’s North Shore, where the Point Plomer Track also ends. From here, it’s a short trip across the punt to Settlement Point and Port Macquarie CBD.

It just goes to show that there’s plenty of touring opportunities available to get your fix without having to drive to the middle of the country. We all love those big trips but a lot of the time it all comes down to how much time we can afford to spend travelling, so more often than not a local touring trip is much more appealing and realistic than a trip to the High Country, Birdsville or Cape York – so it’s good to know that you can still load up your 4WD, see some spectacular sites and some good remote camping, all over a few days rather than a few weeks.

 

 

 

 

Sandy Taupe Touring

2019 is shaping up to be another big year of 70 series Jmacx builds and they just keep getting bigger and better. Our customer Chris came to us last year with an idea of putting together his ultimate dream touring machine and this week his dream became a reality as we put the finishing touches on one of our biggest builds to date.

It was also the first time we worked together with one of the biggest up and coming canopy manufacturers – Mits Alloy, to come up with a custom fit-out to suit Chris’s exact needs for touring. We couldn’t be happier with the results and Chris is over the moon with his new build.

The guys at Mits spared no attention to detail and set about with Chris in configuring a layout that incorporates a Waeco CFX75 Dual Zone fridge and Clearview Pantry/ Kitchen both on Clearview drop-down slides. A Travel Buddy 12v marine oven keeps the pies warm and additional water tanks are fitted for long distance touring. This set-up is powered by a 40A charging system by Enerdrive using Dc and AC chargers powering a 200A/hr Enerdrive lithium battery. There’s also enough LED lighting to light up a football field with 2 Stedi 11.5″ light bars mounted off the side of the Rhino Pioneer Platform to light up the campsites. The guys at TJM Hunter Valley spent several painstaking hours to wire in a system that is built to take on the harsh Aussie conditions and provide consistent power on-demand for this ultimate touring set-up.  A Darche Panorama roof top tent and 2 Darche Awnings finish off this mobile, ready to go campsite and the whole canopy is finished in colour coded Sandy Taupe which we think is an awesome touch to one of the best laid out canopies we’ve seen roll out of our workshop.

The other stand-out feature for this build is of course the Jmacx rear coil-spring conversion. The off-road capability is improved by adding greater axle articulation, corrected wheel track, a  more refined ride and the Kings remote reservoir shocks soak up the corrugations like they don’t even exist. This kit takes the legal GVM up to 3900kg for the 79, improving its load carrying capabilities for those long distance remote touring stints when you need to carry as much fuel, water and supplies as you can- all while riding at a legal 4 inches of lift.

 

Airbag Man high pressure airbags assist with load carrying duties giving an adjustable load rate and the system is controlled using the Airbag Man Dual Control on-board inflation kit which runs a compressor and reserve tank in the tray tool box and pressure can be adjusted on the fly, in-cab.

Protecting the front end of this tough 79 is a TJM T13 Outback bar, TJM brush bars and side steps – all running 63mm tubing and the bar houses a TJM 12,000lbs synthetic rope winch to take care of recovery duties when the going gets tough. A set of Stedi Type-X Pro LED driving lights are housed on the bar and turn night in to day on those overnight runs. Out-back sits a Hayman Reese X Bar incorporating three extra heavy duty recovery points and a heavy duty tow bar. Chris might get this thing stuck every now and then, but he’ll certainly have no problems getting it un-stuck.

We sent this Sandy Taupe beast up to the guys at Streamline Automotive to work their magic with it and they were able to tune the sleepy VDJ motor up to over 135kW and over 640Nm of torque at 1900rpm. Torqit puts together a 3.5″ stainless steel exhaust for the Jmacx unique routing requirements and that in combination with the Safari Armax snorkel gets those gases flowing much more efficiently and the engine now breathes much better than the restrictive factory system would ever allow it to.

A Taipan billet alloy catch can and Diesel Care secondary fuel filter system give the engine added protection from diesel and oil contaminates and there’s also a TJM dual battery system installed under-bonnet for extra power to run lighting and accessories in the vehicle using a Century AGM battery with solar input.

An NPC heavy duty clutch was installed to handle the added weight and power and help pull the big girl through the rough stuff and a Long Range Automotive 180L long range replacement tank was installed to give the fuel range required to do some decent remote touring.

The inside of Chris’s truck received the once-over as well with Department of the Interior supplying both over head and centre consoles for added storage and comfort as well as providing a great mounting point for the extensive switch panels required to control all the accessories in the truck. House of Soundz at Kotara fitted out a thumping Kenwood sound system including rear seat mounted sub-woofer with a GME AM/FM booster antenna, and communications are handles via two GME XRS 330C UHF radios with two GME 6Dbi gain heavy duty antennas. Wet Seat neoprene seat covers by Inland Australia protect the original fabric and a set of Sandgrabber floor mats by No Bull keep the mud and sand out of the carpet.

The whole build is rolling on a set of ROH Maverick 17x9s with custom colouring and are wrapped in a set of Nitto Grappler mud terrains measuring 35x 12.5 inches. the original GXL flares were colour coded to match the whole Sandy Taupe theme and make awesome finishing touches on what we think is the tidiest Sandy Taupe 79 getting around. Chris is stoked with his new build and can’t wait to rack up some big kays on the big beast and we are excited to see another big build roll out of the workshop. You can see more of Chris’s truck by following him on his Instagram page @dtour4x4.

 

 

 

Top Secret Sandy Taupe

Nothing says classic Toyota more than a Sandy Taupe 70 Series Landcruiser! It was definitely a bucket list item to own a new one for our customer Tim, who after hearing about what we can do to these things, gave us a call for a quote to get the full kit. The quote soon became a reality and the orders were given for the guys at Penrith Toyota to ship the brand new 76 wagon up to us to get the once over and waive our magic. There were special orders along with this build though, as Tim had specifically requested that he didn’t want to see the car until it was completed. Not only that – he hadn’t even told his mates about it, with the intention off just rocking up one day in this new – fully built weapon of a wagon.

A Jmacx rear coil spring conversion was a must for this build and this particular kit was finished with Kings remote res shocks, custom Jmacx 4″ coil springs, billet Jmacx front radius arms and of course that bulletproof Jmacx fully refabricated rear axle assembly – bringing the GVM up to 3900kg and fully legal lift of 4 inches.

Bar work is the full TJM compliment including the T13 Outback bull bar, brush bars and side steps, as well as a TJM front underbody guard making the front end as bulletproof as the rear. Rear protection is thanks to Uneek 4×4 rear bar with single wheel carrier setting this 76 apart form the rest.  The bull bar houses a TJM Torq 12,000lbs winch featuring synthetic rope and wireless remote function.

Load storage is increased with a Pioneer Platform by Rhino Rack which also carries the TJM high lift jack and Darche 270 Eclipse awning giving the best protection possible from the elements.

An iDrive pedal controller was fitted for improved engine responsiveness and reduced turbo lag. This works well in combination with the Torqit 3.5″ stainless steel exhaust designed specifically to suit the routing requirements of the Jmacx coil cradle. The engine has been given the best chance to survive harmful exhaust gas and oil recirculation with a Taipan billet alloy, chassis mounted catch can. Extra protection against fuel contaminates in today’s age of fragile common rail fuel injection systems is taken care of by a Diesel Care secondary fuel filtration system for added insurance. A Harrop 4 port breather unit was also fitted to supply vital ventilation to both diffs, gearbox and transfer case.

A luxury often overlooked by 70 Series owners is not having to climb over the passenger seat, drop the window and adjust the passenger side mirror. Fortunately Clearview Towing Mirrors are all over this and have designed a mirror that not only offers superior vision when towing but also the convenience of power adjustment from inside the cab – something all 70 Series owners would have cursed about lacking at one stage of their lives or another. A set was bolted up to this Sandy Taupe beast finally bringing it in to the modern era of motor cars.

A GME XRS UHF radio was fitted to take care of comms and a Redarc Tow Pro Elite handles trailer braking for those towing trips. A set of Black Duck canvas seat covers were fitted front and rear to handle the dirty conditions that comes part and parcel with the off-road lifestyle.

The whole build is rolling on a set of 16 x 8 Allied Savvana Imitation Bead Lock rims with a -15 offset and Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 tyres measuring 315/75 x 16 to get traction to the ground. These are not only a tuff wheel but really set the look of this wagon off. Tim is over the moon about his build and the element of surprise really put the icing on the cake. Tim’s mates were blown away when he lobbed in his new beast and I’m sure we will see more of this thing to come yet.

We’re Turning 5

And we’re celebrating with even more savings! Michael and Carly took ownership of the business 5 years ago this November, and from there they’ve seen the store go from strength to strength including becoming one of Australia’s top selling TJM stores. So on top of our current Yellow With Envy Sale, we are offering savings on just about everything in store. But get in quick because some of these savings are only on stock items in-store. Check out some of the savings we have on offer:

Sale Prices

Uniden:

  • UH9060 Radio + AT880TP Twin pack antenna +UP44 Power bank $439.90
  • Oricom:
  • UHF182 Radio + ANU220 $229.50
  • DTX4000 Radio + ANU230 Antenna $404.60
  • UHF300 Radio $148.45
  • UHFTP2190 Trade Pack Handhelds $137.40

Stedi:

  • Free set of Anti-theft lock nuts with every set of Type X driving lights.
  • LEDSTK-22-40L 22Inch Double Row Light bar $190

Safe-T-Step:

  • 15% off steps in store

MaxTrax:

  • $279

Darche:

  • 15% Off Darche Products

Fast Aid:

  • 15% off Fast Aid products – store stock only

Goal Zero:

  • 13007 Nomad Solar Panel $699.30
  • 32002 Life A Light Mini $23.40
  • 14003 Guardian 12V Plus $69.30
  • 91006 Solar Kit Yeti Boulder 30 $527.20
  • 44003 Guardian 12v Nomad Kit 13 $174.30
  • 10% off all other Goal Zero Products

Evakool:

  • 10% off Evakool Fridges

Roadsafe:

  • 25% off all Extended Shackles In store
  • 10% off all recovery tow points in store

Narva:

  • 20% off all Narva switches and electrical

TJM:

  • PXI, PXII & PX Ranger. Buy Side Steps Get 50% off brush bars. Store Stock only.

Britax:

  • DL2203 or DL2202 Halogen Driving Lights – Including Harness (DLWIRE-KIT-12V) $295 a Pair – Store Stock Only

Rhino Rack

  • 10% off All Rhino Products

Clearview

  • Free Fitting On Clearview Mirrors (Excludes 79 Series/ Jeep GC)
  • 5% off all Fridge Slides

Hema

  • HX1  store stock only $599

Inland Australia

  • 10% off Wetseat/ Tuffseat Covers

Haman Reece

  • 10% off Towbars & towing Equipment

Yakima

  • 40% off Lock N Load Platforms – Store Stock only, Includes:
  • 8000340 (Platform D)
  • 8000339 (Platform C)
  • 8000341 (Platform E)
  • 8000337 (Platform A)

 

Yellow With Envy 2 Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again and our last Yellow With Envy sale proved to be so popular that we have decided to do it over again. There will be huge savings across our range and we are taking the opportunity to release an exciting, brand new product for TJM – introducing the all-new Chaser Bar! Check out the details of the new bar as well as our awesome sale deals in the online catalogue here. In addition to these huge savings, TJM Hunter Valley will be offering discount on just about all of our products from our other partner suppliers as well. So if you’re looking to do a big build or just pick up a few bits and pieces – now is the perfect time. Check out the online catalogue then fill in an online inquiry form, give us a call, or pop into the store to get a quote and save yourself a bundle.

 

Click here to view the online catalogue

Troopy Fever

Is there anything more iconic on the Australian 4WD scene than a Troop Carrier Landcruiser? Thinking back to our younger days when the old 40 series troopy ruled the tracks right through to the current day’s 78 –  you would be hard pressed to visit the outback, the top end, the high country or even a local camping trip without seeing a kitted up or a beaten up off-white brick on wheels. They really do epitomise everything we’ve ever loved about a 4WD – rugged, tough, basic and practical….and square! So when some customers approached us about building up the ultimate Troopy for them, you can bet we were pretty damn excited to sink our teeth into the project.

To relieve the customers of some of the basics – the first modification was always going to be a Jmacx rear coil spring conversion. Imagine having the refined ride comfort and axle articulation of a more sedate 4WD put in the chassis of one of the toughest 4WDs ever built! That was an awesome start to this build and the kit included the best of the best – Kings 2.5 remote canister shock absorbers, Airbag Man high pressure air bags and Jmacx billet front radius arms. Torqit also fabbed up a custom 3.5 inch stainless steel DPF back exhaust to suit the Jmacx coil cradle and give the performance and exhaust note that this beast truly deserves. The Troopy was raised a height of 2 inches in suspension lift to fulfil the demands of touring this great country of ours.

“Imagine having the refined ride comfort and axle articulation of a more sedate 4WD put in the chassis of one of the toughest 4WDs ever built!”

Bar work includes the fattest bar available off the shelf by TJM – the T13 Outback bar with massive 63mm tubing, and brush bars and side steps to suit. A Kaymar rear bar with single wheel carrier was also fitted to the back, and given that Kaymar have been around almost as long as the Troopy itself building bars for them – it hardly seems like there was any choice to be made for a rear bar.

A TJM 12,000lbs Torq winch sits out-front to take care of any recovery duties. Turning day into night is as simple as adding a pair of TJM Narva 215 LED driving lights and a Stedi 21.5 inch slim line single row light bar, so now no roo goes unseen on those endless outback roads!

A TJM Airtec snorkel is feeding cooler, cleaner air to the airbox and is welcome improvement over the standard OE item. A Rhino Pioneer Platform gives the Troopy added storage capacity and a Darche Eclipse 2 x 2.5m awning is mounted off the side of the platform as well as an Eclipse 1.4 x 2m awning which is mounted off the back to provide plenty of shelter from the harsh Aussie sun and rain.

A dual battery system powers auxiliary accessories using the TJM BC-DC 25A charger and Ultimate Red Top AGM 110A/hr battery with a Projector dual battery monitor. Other under-bonnet accessories include a Diesel Care Pre-fuel filter and a HPD billet alloy catch can for protecting the thumping big VDJ from fuel and oil contaminates. There’s also a set of Harrop diff breaters venting the diffs and gearbox for piece of mind.

A few changes to the interior of the Troopy include a T-Shaped Roof Console from Department of the Interior which houses a Uniden 9050 din sized UHF and is receiving signal through the giant Axis Ranger 4Dbi antenna. A set of  Wetseat seat covers by Inland Australia keep the seats in new condition and there’s an Autosafe cargo barrier to stop in-vehicle traffic with a fire extinguisher fitted for when parties get out of hand. A Redarc TowPro Elite takes care of trailer braking duties and we’ve bolted on a set of Clearview mirrors to assist in dragging the big van around.

The whole package is rolling on a set of Dynamic Imitation Beadlock rims wrapped in Hankook Dyanpro Mud Terrain tyres that measure 285/75 x 16 inches. There’s a set of TJM Deluxe flares to hide the wheel poke and these flares replicate the GXL standard flares that the Troop Carriers lack. This Troopy is well setup to take on the outback and I’m sure we will see this awesome looking brick popping up in some well- known and not so well-known locations around Aus.


 

 

LC 200 Touring

There’s not much out there on the market than can rival the 200 Series Landcruiser as a touring vehicle. The large, powerful V8 diesel wagon has a seemingly endless list of accessories available. Our customer Mark jumped on board when one came up for the right price and then sent it to us to go to town on this tidy Pearl White example.

We fitted this 200 Series out with the TJM T13 Outback bull bar, brush bars and side steps. The bar work features 63mm tubing right through from the bull bar to the steps and gives the 200 plenty of protection against things that jump out from the shadows. The bar work has also been colour coded to match the pearl white paint scheme of the Cruiser. There’s also under body protection for the big wagon – another item from TJM giving the sump 3mm of heavy duty protection off-road.

The bull bar also housed a TJM Torq Black Winch which is a 9,500lbs unit with synthetic rope and wireless remote to take care of any recovery duties required and there’s a set of heavy duty rated recovery points by Roadsafe to assist with equalising any snatching forces on the vehicle. On top of the bar base also sits a Stedi 22″ double row light bar which gives a great combination of spread and distance.

There’s a TJM Airtec snorkel fitted to the vehicle feeding cleaner, cooler air into the intake and this compliments the existing performance module and the Torqit performance exhaust which is a twin 3″ into single 4″ stainless steel system which gives this 200 an awesome note. Other under-bonnet accessories include a dual battery system using the TJM 3 Stage BCDC charger and 100 A/hr deep cycle battery to take care of power needs while touring and camping.

This big rig is riding on Fox 2.0 Performance shocks, TJM coils and is running a Roadsafe Diff Drop kit and Blackhawk heavy duty upper control arms. A set Ion 179 rims measuring 18×9″ and BF Goodrich KM2s measuring 305/60R18 gets the power to the ground.

 

 

 

Communications are handled by a Uniden 9080 UHF radio and GME AE4704B 2.15dBi antenna and there are a set of Rhino Vortex Aero bars fitted for extra load carrying capacity.  There’s also a Redarc Tow Pro Elite to take care of trailer braking. The customer has some big touring plans for the 200 so I’m sure we will see this big white wagon popping up somewhere covered in red dust.

 

Nav Life

The dual cab ute market is without a doubt, the hottest contested market on the Australian 4WD scene at the moment. With the huge variety to pick from (which seems to be gaining new makes and models every year lately), it seems that the decision to buy one is the easiest in the process. The Nissan NP300 Navara is just one of those contenders and while it’s not trumping all the tow tests (as you would expect from a vehicle with a coil sprung rear end), it certainly is offering something that no other manufacturer is currently offering (with the exception of Ford’s new Raptor Ranger). The coil spring rear end arrangement offers more ride refinement and better axle articulation/ travel than other leaf spring models on the market and for many punters these things are high on the list when it comes to buying a ute. After all – not everyone is looking to tow 3.5 tonnes every day of the week, so it’s no wonder the NP300 is gaining popularity fast.

Our customers bought their Navara to us after eyeing the TJM bar work off on our website, with the idea of retaining the factory colour scheme while still gaining some protection for their Navara. The T3 Explorer bull bar was fitted to the front of the Nissan and colour coded to factory white pearl colour.  The bar houses a TJM Torq Black Edition winch which is a 9,500lbs unit with wireless remote, black synthetic rope and black accented hawse fairlead to take care of recovery duties.

We also fitted a set of TJM heavy duty side steps and TJM RB6 Rear Bar which were colour coded to match the silver from the original factory steps and rear bumper thus retaining the factory look. TJM underbody guards were fitted right through to the transmission and transfer case giving the Nav’s vital underbody components 3mm of heavy-duty steel protection.

We also set about installing a TJM Airtec Snorkel to the NP300 for cooler, cleaner airflow to the intake. This particular one has the Wedgetail style head for a lower profile which keeps the snorkel head down and out of harms way.

The whole towing issue is quite easily solved on the NP300 by upgrading the suspension and for this build we fitted the TJM suspension using the XJS Series 4000 shock absorbers which are 40mm twin tube gas shock. The coils were also upgraded to handle the additional weight on the front and towing duties at the rear, as well as giving the vehicle a bit more ground clearance and better angles for off-road work.

A Darche Eclipse 2 x 2.5m awning and roof racks were fitted previously by the owner and there is more work in the pipeline for this Navara including wheels, tyres and a dual battery system which has been partially installed. I’m sure we will see this NP300 out and about touring this great country of ours so keep your eyes out for it.


 

 

The Perfect Prado

When you think of hardcore 4WDing the Prado 150 isn’t always the first vehicle that springs to mind. To date, the subtle appearance and comfort features that the Prado offers has won the hearts of many a family guy and grey nomad – but don’t be mistaken, this is one Prado that is built to do the hard yards off road and it’s combined styling and off-road capability (while a little left field) are certainly going to turn some heads out on the tracks.

Our customer Aaron fitted all the components himself and with a pre-order in on the newly released TJM T13 Outback bull bar to suit the latest facelifted Prado, he couldn’t wait to get the bar fitted up and ready to play. A set of TJM brush bars and side steps was also added for the ultimate in frontal protection. TJM has upgraded the tubing on all the bar work for the newest 150 Prado form 50mm up to 63mm tubing giving the front end even more protection than ever before. Matching TJM under-body protection was also fitted offering three millimetres of heavy duty steel construction to protect the Prado’s underbody vitals.

The bar also houses the TJM Torq 9,500lbs winch with synthetic rope and wireless remote features to take care of recovery duties and is also a mounting platform for the TJM Narva 215 LED driving lights. These lights are acing all the light shootouts at the moment and the TJM/ Narva  partnership branding now gives you that TJM signature look with proven Narva reliability and performance.

The rear end of the Prado is well protected by a Kaymar steel rear bar which also incorporates a tow bar. Aaron has also fitted a TJM recovery hitch as a rear recovery option and the bumper replacement bar saves costly rear OEM replacement parts when you’re skull dragging the rear end of your 4WD through creek beds and over rock shelves. A Darche Eclipse 2×2.5m roll-out awning provides some much needed shelter from the elements whilst out on the tracks and it’s mounted to an alloy flat rack.

Clean, dry air is fed to the intake is through a TJM Airtec snorkel and the Airtec is designed for the Prado to keep a low profile and to hug the body lines of the car, keeping it out of harm’s way whilst improving airflow by catching the wind draft off the front windscreen.

Aaron went about fitting a dual battery system for those long touring stints using the TJM 25A 3 stage BCDC battery charger. This powers a 105A/hr deep cycle battery and is capable of solar charge input as well, so there’s plenty of juice available for those extended camping trips. Communications are taken care of by a Uniden 9060 UHF radio and a Uniden AT890W 6.6dbI antenna.

Suspension is courtesy of Kings and Aaron has gone for the 2.5 Racing Shocks with remote reservoir, Cal Offroad upper control arms and Cal Offroad rear springs. Ride height is now sitting at 3″ with increased ride control from compression and rebound adjustability, and increased axle articulation.  The Prado is rolling on 17x 8″ Kings D-Locker rims with a zero offset, wrapped in a set of BF Goodrich KM2 mud terrain tyres which measure in at 305/65 x 17 inches, for the ultimate in traction when the going gets tough.

This Prado is rocking a whole host of other great off-road features including a torque converter lock-up kit installed by Richards Auto Electrics for lower transmission temps and better fuel economy which compliments the A-trac intelligent off-road traction control system and factory rear diff lock for extra traction when needed.

Aaron tells us there’s plenty more touring mods yet to come for the Prado including some rear draws, performance mods and camp lighting. Keep your eye out for this unique looking Prado on the tracks. Aaron’s built it do the hard yards and don’t be surprised if you see it pop up on some of the most iconic tracks an the country.

 

 

 

TJM Pace Performance 4×4 Suspension

Do you want a performance suspension set-up that offers a fully customisable ride to suit the load you are carrying and the driving you are doing? The new TJM Pace Performance 4×4 Suspension offers 8 stage compression and rebound adjustability, and pre-load adjustment on coil-over strut assembles to adjust vehicle ride height. The patented hydraulic bump stop design reduces the chances of the suspension bottoming out at speed or when the vehicle is heavily loaded. The 52mm monotube design with remote external reservoirs offer the ultimate in heat dissipation and will work hard all day, everyday without suffering shock fade. Of course TJM backs these bad boys up with a 3 year/100,000km warranty so they are built to last. Give us a call or drop into the store to get a quote on a set for your vehicle now or simply fill out an online enquiry form for a fast, hassle free quote.