Unko's little 3 litre patrol

unko84

Active Member
#1
09 CRD Nissan Patrol

Good Points
  • Ok driveline
  • It takes me out bush
Bad Points
  • Turning circle
  • City Driving
  • Its bloody heavy. Empty with just full tanks its 1.5 front and rear 1.8. When set up for remote travel last trip it was 3.8. spring rate is 300 front with constant 500 rear.
  • its a bit thirsty when giving it the berrys sitting on 90 to 95 i can achieve avg of 13 sitting on 110 i avg 18
  • my 12v system ( I have most off the bits for a tidy up)
What mods have you done?

its pritty stock, Not :)

  • 2 inch ,lift with koni 90 series shocks with some superior goodies underneath
  • It has a arb front Bullbar and Rear Kaymar duel wheel carrier with sliders
  • front auto locker with Elocker in the rear
  • long ranger fuel tanks safely get 160l out of. (the last 15l cant get out of sub tank, got told it sub self prime a little on start up)
  • black widow draws
  • arb fridge 60l
  • oven
  • arb twin compressor
  • 6x 285 75 16 toyos mts
  • rino roof rack
  • Supra wing awning
  • safari snorkel
  • catch can
  • front diff guard
  • superior coil brace
  • basic sound system with sub and amp +blue tooth
  • oricom 80 UHF
  • dominator winch
  • Duel batteries with all rounder starter and SSB Dry cell
  • 63% reduction gears **Best mod**
  • Cross country intercooler Ultimate
  • UFI stage 1 turbo (running 28psi afr 19.1)
  • remap ECU (ive had a few tunes in it now ranging from 100kw to 150kw settled on about 130 now) (about 40% less power till about 2500 managed through tps, its not floored till 2500. standard tps was awesome one smooth tar and gravel but when in low range it was like a bunny rabbit
What mods are on the list to do?

table, what clips on to the rear draw and fits on top of the sliding draw.

Why did you buy this vehicle?

my old 91 hilux had a hard ride and no air con.

How often do you go offroad?

mabe every 2 to 3 months, if im lucky would love to more but need leave. every 2 years go on a 4 to 6 week holiday with the old man. go to the high country for a about 2 weeks every year sense 2012

What will your next vehicle be?

None, hopefully. I have over capitalized on this vehicle.

first trip out at Jakems Farm with 4x4 Earth
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Fire Jinga with 4x4 earth (please only play when its green)
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rained in at inaminka pub all roads where closed in for about 4 days. We made a dash for it the rain had stopped for about 1/2 a day we went for a walk up the hill out it was firm and there was more rain comming so we make a bolt to the nearest tar witch was just over the qld border and bout 1500 km detour home the poor plp who camped near the creek couldn't move so they had to stay.
"16"
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Wittenoorm WA "18"
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A few pics of the canning well 5 and maybe 15?? in "16"
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unko84

Active Member
#2
Im thinking of getting another table. something like this that i can clip on to the end of the draw for a little bit extra table space, and slide on top of the other draw. the current set up just fits a square burner on it and thats about it
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How to keep a fire lighted with wet wood to cook dinner
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unko84

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#3
For the remote tourers out there how the hell do you keep it under the 3 mark?

Ok my bus is 1.5 front and 1.8 rear. With just full tanks. Fully loaded it was 3.8 over weigh bridge,
So does that mean most (all) remote tourers are over weight.

Im just bring it up as all the 4x4 in the news

On a side note i think my car handles better now then when stock with koni 90's 24mm front and rear swaybars, 500 constant rear and 300 front spring. i can now lock up the brakes with 4.8 pad and rda rotors
 

unko84

Active Member
#4
^^I just bring this up as a mate i go away with did this on the last trip
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we weigh about the same, I was thinking of a bit of a preventable maintenance, getting the chassis beefed up a bit and diffs at the same time?? btw is a nissan patrol too
 

dno67

Well-Known Member
#5
For the remote tourers out there how the hell do you keep it under the 3 mark?

Ok my bus is 1.5 front and 1.8 rear. With just full tanks. Fully loaded it was 3.8 over weigh bridge,
So does that mean most (all) remote tourers are over weight.

Im just bring it up as all the 4x4 in the news

On a side note i think my car handles better now then when stock with koni 90's 24mm front and rear swaybars, 500 constant rear and 300 front spring. i can now lock up the brakes with 4.8 pad and rda rotors
Less tuna and ryobi fans.. ;)
When you return from your next trip, have a look at what you didn't use and try to minimize it. Then start looking at what you did use and try to lighten it.
The trouble these days is it's easy to cover every possible scenario from going hungry
to needing to weld your chassis and unfortunately it adds weight, a trailer adds to carrying capacity but it's not always ideal.
 
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discomatt

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I worked really hard at keeping the weight down on our last trip, everything that was not a necessity was left at home. That included, annex walls from the camper trailer, camp oven ( other people in the group took one ) minimal tools and only a few basic spares, even the 3rd and 2nd row seats came out.
it all adds up but in answer to your question, YES everyone is over weight but by how much is the question, we would have only been about 50kg over.
Seats alone saved me nearly 100kg
 

unko84

Active Member
#7
oh well my mate got the chassis re-welded and braced, he told me Utes are more common to crack as the chassis flexes more then a wagon

fixed most of the 12v stuff just waiting on some ebay stuff, shes a bit messy. still atm. dont tell any one on the last trip I was wondering why my radio was intermittent, good old me had just twitched it :( .
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this bit prity funny
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on the cargo barrier then the second pic is straight off the battery via Bluetooth dongle thing
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try to make an table extension for my draw system turned to shit as i used too thin sheet of metal I think the thickness as 1mm same as the other little draw table i have but it was too flimmys.
 

unko84

Active Member
#8
well I Up/Downgraded some plp might say well it suits my needs perfectly as it might only get driven once or twice a month, to a redarc BCDC Charger with solar
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A question solar plp may know, if I have a solar panel rated at 180W at 20volts 11 amps and another panel at 150w at 17volt 8amps, how do you take the calculations? the lowest voltage power panel and dubble it??
 

Batts88

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#9
Might have to put the GU body on an old GQ chassis to eliminate the cracking problem apparently their made of slightly thicker steel.

I'm no guru but a little confused about the solar question.
 

unko84

Active Member
#10
been doing a bit more digging about solar the information I have found has the lowest voltage acts as a bottleneck in the line so you have to go by the lowest and dubble it, well that's how I see it

I hope to get this correct as wel,l I think my friends chassis man told him that the GQ has 2 3mm C sections and the GU has 1 2mm C and 1 3mm C
 
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Batts88

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been doing a bit more digging about solar the information I have found has the lowest voltage acts as a bottleneck in the line so you have to go by the lowest and dubble it, well that's how I see it

I hope to get this correct as wel,l I think my friends chassis man told him that the GQ has 2 3mm C sections and the GU has 1 2mm C and 1 3mm C
I wasn't aware of that maybe it's to do with how their connected. I would have thought you add them together so you have a potential input coming from 330w of solar panels then it would depend on their position to the sun on how much combined amps they feed into the system via the redarc. As I mentioned earlier I'm no guru still learning as well no worries.
Is that the new green redarc ?
 

unko84

Active Member
#14
just getting a feel of tires, im looking at AT or Hybrid tires, atm im on muds.

1st question is higher ply rating still generally better choice for an over weight patrol.

2nd: is there any other 10 ply rating tire manufactures out there in 315 75 16. other then BFG KO2, Micky T ATs, Toyos RT. Atm im running 285 75 16 with a tire weight similar to a 315

3rd, atm im only looking at 127 load ratings, fully loaded its nearly 4 t.

I have found a few tire company's with 315's in AT but only 8 ply and a 121 load rating.
 

unko84

Active Member
#16
Was was just checking my tires a few days ago and found a crack in them, I was just wondering how common this is they have done approx 120k of out back gravel over the last 6 years
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Nice tidy wagon unko and well set up. They’re a pretty cool wagon the GU. You’ve been to some awesome spots too.

Shame about the wheel - I must say I’ve always been suspicious of sunraisers and how they’re so light and flimsy compared to factory steelies. Haven’t seen one cracked like that but I try to avoid them for harsh conditions - your experience reinforces this.
 

dno67

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Reason l ask is. l accidentally over tightened one of my front rims once, only become obvious after devaloping the dredded steering shimmie. Straight back to the shed where l went back over everything looking for the cause, found that over tightening of the wheel nuts deformed the raised seat the nuts bed against. Was enough to introduce a shimmie and alert me to the problem. I recon something similar may have caused your crack, has the vehicle ever had the dredded patrol steering shimmie?
 
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