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  • #61
    Tyres sorted, two of my best rubber on the front, two spares, good to go.

    Leaving in t-minus 7 days...!!!
    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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    • #62
      Final fitup of the led spotties.

      They were only single bolted in the middle.

      Now they both have 2x spring washer and lock nuts + original bolt left in the middle.

      Single bolt worked fine over the last few years, yet reckon this Darwin, Cunnamulla, Simmo Desert and surrounds, EPIC adventure through to The Fink, Alice then home might require a bit more sturdiness from my gear..!
      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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      • #63
        I would be putting the 2 best tyres on the back. They do the most work in loaded car and they cop the rubbish thrown up by the front wheels. I believe this is the current thinking in the tyre industry. Most punctures in the outback are apparently on the back and especially the left.

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        • #64
          All the best for your trip , there is only a mixture of excitement and envy , for you . im sure you have thought of everything and more . so take it slow and have some great memories. , in the end thats what its all for, ,,,creating memories.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by 404pug View Post
            I would be putting the 2 best tyres on the back. They do the most work in loaded car and they cop the rubbish thrown up by the front wheels. I believe this is the current thinking in the tyre industry. Most punctures in the outback are apparently on the back and especially the left.
            Thanks 404pug, youve offered a lot of great advice over the course of my prep for this trip, thank you and Ill do my best.

            Ill keep the best rubber on the front until I get to the desert proper, gives me some exercise when I change them, and allows me to show my daughter how to change a tyre, again, I think she was 6 or so the first time, and a few since, gotta keep reinforcing the how to safely method of doing stuff..!
            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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            • #66
              Originally posted by Tonz View Post
              All the best for your trip , there is only a mixture of excitement and envy , for you . im sure you have thought of everything and more . so take it slow and have some great memories. , in the end thats what its all for, ,,,creating memories.
              Thankz Tonz, appreciate it!
              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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              • #67
                Did a test fit of everything I will put on the roof rack, looks ok so far...
                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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                • #68
                  SIMPSON DESERT TRIP ITINERARY 07JUL-27JUL

                  2018

                  07JUL18 PALMERSTON MATARANKA (413KM) MATARANKA HOMESTEAD Phone: 08 89 754 838

                  08JUL18 MATARANKA THREEWAYS (543KM) THREEWAYS ROADHOUSE Phone: 08 89 622 744

                  09JUL18 THREEWAYS CAMOOWEAL (447KM) CAMOOWEAL ROADHOUSE Phone: 07 47 482 155

                  10JUL18 CAMOOWEAL KYNUNA (493KM) BLUE HEELER HOTEL Phone: 07 47 468 650

                  11JUL18 KYNUNA BARCALDINE (452KM) IRONBARK INN Phone: 07 46 512 311

                  12JUL18 BARCALDINE CHARLEVILLE (410KM) WALTZING MATILDA MOTOR INN

                  13JUL18 CHARLEVILLE CUNNAMULLA (200KM) Accommodation booking sorted as part of Tag-along tour

                  TAG-ALONG-TOUR CUNNNAMULLA ALICE SPRINGS 13JUL 24JUL

                  24JUL18 ALICE SPRINGS Accommodation booking sorted as part of Tag-Along-Tour

                  25JUL18 ALICE SPRINGS THREEWAYS (506KM) THREEWAYS ROADHOUSE Phone: 08 89 622 744

                  26JUL18 THREEWAYS MATARANKA (543KM) MATARANKA HOMESTEAD Phone: 08 89 754 838

                  27JUL18 MATARANKA PALMERSTON (413KM) HOME




                  Last edited by Duncan271; 05-07-2018, 09:57 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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                  • #69
                    T-minus 2 days...!!!




                    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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                    • #70
                      Well just completed a Solo crossing with the family East to west. This was my third crossing we did the French line the whole way this time for a change as the previous crossings we changed tracks . 7 solo vehicles, a 120 Prado with 6 people in it and I still dont know how they did it ( it was so low ) a Gold Stream Camper and many more groups we ran into.
                      The Birdsville Track was really bad and it did close we had a section of around 130kms of mud.

                      Already thingking about doing it again next year and maybe combine a few days with the Finke races.
                      Last edited by blkd4d; 07-07-2018, 05:35 PM.

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                        Last edited by blkd4d; 07-07-2018, 01:04 PM.

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                            • #74
                              thanks for posting the photos it really puts things in perspective for those of us who havent done the trip. What tyre presure were you running , do you alter it much as you went? And how long did you spend doing it ?

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by Tonz View Post
                                thanks for posting the photos it really puts things in perspective for those of us who haven't done the trip. What tyre pressure were you running , do you alter it much as you went? And how long did you spend doing it ?
                                Mate every time i have crossed it has taken 3 to 3 1/2 days . It really depends on what route you take and what size group your in or solo. It doesn't take long at all to go down to the Lone Gum Tree it's the average pace. This time East to West which is supposed to be the hard way but it wasn't too bad. It's funny to listen to people complain how rough it was though.
                                You can see where people have had their tyre pressures to high on the dunes when the wheels have spun or left the ground.
                                16 , 18 psi is what we ran as a cold pressure which increased to 20 to 22psi depending on the time of day. That also gave me the option of going down lower if needed anyway.


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