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    Arctic Truck is building an Arctic Amarok! It's the very first one being built in the world and it's being built right here in SA.

    I also posted some picks in the Arctic Truck thread but this is special enough to warrant it's own thread here as well methinks.

    I'll have the opportunity to put this Amarok through it's paces when it's done (I'm a motor journo) and I'll expand on my thoughts about this bakkie here then.

    In the meanwhile, here are my "spy shots". 8)



    Look at how much bigger the new wheels are in comparison to the standard wheel!





    The ground clearance and approach / departure angles are massively improved and the suspension upgrades are significant. Cant wait to see the finished product!

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    Trailrider,

    is that the AT38 or AT44 spec?
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    Nice, cant wait to see the final product!
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    There seem to be different variants. I am sure the Amakrok will look good.
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    It was an amazing experience to drive one. In sand or snow its in its element, but on a tarred road, not a good idea.
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    Theunis, those are spy pics, but I think that might be an At35. Will make sure!
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    90 kw engine? Interesting

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    Must be honest, I dont really like the look, much prefer the Delta Amarok with the Black wheels

    The Arctic Trucks Amarok mods look very one-size-fits-all and unrefined
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    Sneak pic. Branding still to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFROAD ADDICT View Post
    There seem to be different variants. I am sure the Amakrok will look good.
    Me and "my " Arctic Truck at Atlantis , but a Toyota
    It was an amazing experience to drive one. In sand or snow its in its element, but on a tarred road, not a good idea.


    This is what my logic tells me right from the start. Big wheels you need big power and ratio changes. Off road low range and lower gears solve the problem. I jumped from 15x245 to 31x 10.5 on one of my 4x4 3.0L Nissans in my business and the power loss during highway traveling is quite noticeable.

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    I had a look at it last Friday. Impresive with the big 35 x 17 inch Cooper Mud Terrains and the wheel arches. It is now a Big truck. My Amarok is fitted with 275 x 65 x 18 inch Cooper Muds. Let me know if you need assistance or second opinion when testing or maybe my Amarok so we can compare wheel travel etc.

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    Thanks Mario will keep that in mind!

    The new Amarok will be on show in Kirkwood this weekend.
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    Saw two Arctic Amaroks this weekend in Berlin. Both in matt black paint schemes, looked bad ass! One was a petrol enige, prob the TSI? The Germans dont like badges on the back of their cars so I am only guessing, not sure what the product line up is here?
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    OK, the Amarok was finished and I drove it last week!

    I also took photos from all kinds of angles.



    The Amarok version of Arctic Truck was developed right here in SA for South African circumstances, and this is the first Arctic Amarok in the world.



    Changes to the Amarok include bigger wheels (obviously), with aluminum rims also locally developed and produced and impressive tyres - 35" x12.5 R17 Mickey Thompson's.




    While I'm talking about the wheels I have to mention that this Amarok steers lightly. So light in fact that you can turn the wheel with your pinky. I would have thought that the steering would be more cumbersome with the big wheels but it is not. It's a pleasure to drive even in traffic. And the vantage point is great. You just look over the roofs of the vehicles around you. 8)





    The suspension has been upgraded - bigger and stronger coilsprings in front and Koni shocks in the rear. The result of the bigger / higher / stronger suspension is dramatic. Measured ground clearance improved from 192mm to 310mm!

    Also note that this is real measured ground clearance improvement. I have seen some conversions where the body is lifted, but the ground clearance itself is not improved by much. That is certainly not the case here.











    No changes have been made to the gear or diff ratios. I sort of assumed it was changed because the Amarok felt quite normal and not sluggish at all, but after specific inquiry I was assured that these all remain standard.

    The body has been reworked to allow for the bigger wheels and these turn from lock to lock without touching anywhere.





    Everything regarding bodywork around the wheels have been redesigned. It's not just "home-made flares", but the liners inside and everything is professionally done, fits well and has a quality feel to it. Also, critically, they have spares for these, so if you happen to be in an accident getting these parts again will not be a problem.





    Doing the conversion takes 5 days and costs R 136 500-00 including everything even tyres, and the conversion can be done on 4x4 or 2x4; single or double cab. Arctic Truck (in Knysna) can collect a vehicle from their offices in Gauteng and transport it to Knysna and back.





    Personally I have to admit that in my opinion this is the best looking Arctic Truck yet. The photos don't do it justice at all. It has to be seen in the flesh. I was pessimistic about how the performance and handling would be affected, but it's not an issue at all. I drove it on tar, gravel, corrugations and even in low range 4x4 and it performed well. I drove on "2-spoor" Jeep track in the Knysna forest and the wider wheels presented no problem.

    It's not apparent on the photos, but this bakkie is BIG now. Stopping next to several bakkies on the day you literally look down to the other drivers. I was seriously impressed by this bakkie.
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