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  • #31
    Originally posted by Duncan271 View Post
    Im currently in the process of planning a trip across the Simpson Desert, will be doing it in the company of Tagalong Tours of Australia, figured safety in numbers for such an epic trip would be good..! Leaving Darwin 7Jul18, return home 27Jul18. Any tips for a novice?
    Just beware that Big RED will be closed to ALL Traffic from 7th July until 14th July, due to Big Red Bash Concert.
    Little Red will be open to all traffic as the detour.

    Stuart Trevena
    [COLOR="#FF0000"][B]2008 Prado GXL D4D 3.0L T/D 5 Speed Auto Colour: Dune with loads of Extras[/B][/COLOR][COLOR="#0000CD"] [B]and 2015 Tvan MK4 Murranji Offroad Camper[/B][/COLOR]

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    • #32
      Thanks for the heads up PradoGXL08, we meet up in Cunnamulla on the 13th of July, so Big Red should be open for business by the time we roll into Birdsville.
      04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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      • #33
        Im going to power up the Prado for this trip too, I already have a dual battery system installed under the bonnet, and am going to set up a second dc-dc unit in the cargo area for the 3rd battery.

        The first dc-dc is a Ctek D250S taking care of the Amaron start battery and the Exide 97Ah auxiliary battery.

        The second unit is a Redarc LFP1225 unit to take care of the lithium 100Ah battery that Im yet to figure out where to position it.

        Ill post some photos of the install.
        04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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        • #34
          04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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          • #35
            04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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            • #36
              I think I have an exhaust leak..!?
              04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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              • #37
                Originally posted by PradoGXL08 View Post

                Just beware that Big RED will be closed to ALL Traffic from 7th July until 14th July, due to Big Red Bash Concert.
                Little Red will be open to all traffic as the detour.
                You realise that you do not actually cross Big Red when crossing the Simpson? The track has not gone over it for at least 15 years I reckon. Therefore, the only restriction is that you cannot climb Big Red and there may be a detour around the area to the immediate west of Big Red where the concert is held.
                Michael and Kelly

                [SIZE=1]1999 Prado Snowy 3.4L petrol, Ultimate Suspension 50mm lift (2013)[/SIZE][SIZE=1], BFG A/T, bull bar, winch, Twine hot water shower, home made rear drawers, Shippshape car top tent, UHF radio, tablet GPS & Navman GPS (both running OziExplorer)[/SIZE][SIZE=1], Spot 1, solar panel, second battery, inverter, Engel fridge and more[/SIZE]

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                • #38
                  Exhaust system renewed, Pacemaker headers and King Brown 2 1/2 stainless pipes, nothing wrong with the cats, so they were re-used, saved about $380 each.
                  04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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                  • #39
                    New o-ring needed for the MAF sensor...
                    04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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                    • #40
                      Hi Duncan271, Just wondering what brand second battery tray you have installed. Cheers Ray

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Raedon View Post
                        Hi Duncan271, Just wondering what brand second battery tray you have installed. Cheers Ray
                        Hi Raedon, sorry mate, the aux battery tray was installed by the original owner, so Im unsure of brand etc...
                        Plenty of aftermarket battery trays available though, and I think you have to move the power steering reservoir as well.
                        04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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                        • #42
                          Getting closer to my goal of being as off the grid with 12V dc power as I can.

                          Redarc LFP1225 dc-dc smart charger with solar, lithium 100Ah battery.

                          Im 85% happy with the wiring job, just a bit more tweaking to do and I will be comfortable with the system being pretty much set and forget.

                          Count down for the Simmo crossing - t-minus 15 weeks and counting...!!!
                          Last edited by Duncan271; 22-03-2018, 08:44 AM.
                          04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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                          • #43
                            First lot of mechanical work done to the beast
                            04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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                            • #44
                              Second lot of mechanical work done yesterday. Now all i hopefully need is a couple of engine mounts and steering rack mounts, then i should be good to go..! Getting the suspension checked by the team at opposite lock tomorrow, hopefully everything is ok with the suspension...
                              04' 120 PRADO GXL 4ltr Petrol V6 4mm bushskinz steel bashplate 8Tonne recovery points Ironman 4x4 Snorkel 2” lift and other bits of fruit, ready for the next adventure

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                              • #45
                                How did the first report say engine mounts ok and second say they were split.

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