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    Hi Guys

    I am the proud new owner of a 2012 Pajero 3.2 LWB, so far I absolutely love the vehicle (even the consumption, from Benoni to Centurion every day getting average of 7.8l/100km )

    the advise i need, is around what i need to do to the car to get her ready to go on the kind of trips i bought her for, such as Mabuasehube, faces of the namib, northern namibia, kaokoveld, marienfluss, bots parks like CKGR, Nxai pans Chobe Savuti etc.

    for example, do i need upgraded suspension, bull bar, bash plates etc or is that just a waste of money in my case?

    Thanks in advance for the advise!

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    Congrats on the car! How do you get such low consumption? Standard, it'll do all of those trips, but for northern Namibia some bash plates and a 2'' lift will certainly add to peace of mind.
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    i think a very light foot and the fact that its 90% highway helps alot.
    was very worried about consumption before i bought the car, but she's about the same as my 2.5xs forester which is very surprising!
    its good to know that its that capable in stock form
    gearbox/transfer case and sump bash plates can never be a bad idea

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    Bash plate for sure.

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    Centurion is lower than Benoni so itís downhill all the way.

    A wise man once told me you need to modify your vehicle in the following order:

    Think of your Paj standing in an empty swimming pool. You start filling up the pool with water. Whatever gets wet first, you modify first and so on.

    So tyres first, roofrack last.

    Bashplate, Suspension, Rocksliders, Gadgets etc. in between.
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    Go on one trip as is and decide what is needed/wanted.
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    Take it standard, go and enjoy the trip. It will do just fine. When you return, then decide what you need to change. Dual battery system is always a plus given you have a fridge. Long range tank is always helpful. The correct tyres would be most important to start with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostokkelos View Post
    Take it standard, go and enjoy the trip. It will do just fine. When you return, then decide what you need to change. Dual battery system is always a plus given you have a fridge. Long range tank is always helpful. The correct tyres would be most important to start with.
    Ah.. so on the topic of tyres, what do you guys recon is best, I can get Pirelli scorpion ATR's or General Grabbers AT3's or Goodyear Wranger AT/SA+ for about R2k a tyre. she currently has Yokohama g012's but they are rather worn and apparently have a rather soft sidewall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJForester View Post
    Ah.. so on the topic of tyres, what do you guys recon is best, I can get Pirelli scorpion ATR's or General Grabbers AT3's or Goodyear Wranger AT/SA+ for about R2k a tyre. she currently has Yokohama g012's but they are rather worn and apparently have a rather soft sidewall?
    Just check, I know there was no stock of the GG AT3 in SA, last week I went and put a set of Hankook Dynapro's for 2k a tyre. Congrats on the Paj and many happy miles!
    2007 Pajero 3.2DiD GLS (SWB)

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    All those AT tyres have a soft sidewall, either of them will be the same as the G012. For a strong sidewall you need to look at an LT spec tyres like the Cooper or the BFG but then you pay double.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJForester View Post
    Ah.. so on the topic of tyres, what do you guys recon is best, I can get Pirelli scorpion ATR's or General Grabbers AT3's or Goodyear Wranger AT/SA+ for about R2k a tyre. she currently has Yokohama g012's but they are rather worn and apparently have a rather soft sidewall?
    I believe in GY Wranglers for the past 20 years.

    You need no upgrades, you are now in a Dakar conqueror x 13.

    All I did was a roof rack, tow bar, and I invested in a tyre monitor system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostokkelos View Post
    Take it standard, go and enjoy the trip. It will do just fine. When you return, then decide what you need to change. Dual battery system is always a plus given you have a fridge. Long range tank is always helpful. The correct tyres would be most important to start with.
    There seems to be no long range fuel tanks available
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevan View Post
    There seems to be no long range fuel tanks available
    Remove the rear seat magafter and put in two 10L jerry cans or equivalent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtG View Post
    Remove the rear seat magafter and put in two 10L jerry cans or equivalent.
    But that space is reserved for my booze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevan View Post
    But that space is reserved for my booze.
    Oh dear, then you have a problem
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    Congrats SJ
    The 3.2 is a magic engine and contrary to the leadfoots, you can get good consumption out of it if you judicious with the pedal. Your full torque comes through at 1800 rpm so you dont need 3000 revs to get places. The turbo is more responsive than the 2.5
    I cruise at 105km and get very similar consumption, but step that up to 125 and you up to 13l/100. She gets thirsty on hills though, and a headwind is a bugger.

    IF you just want a vehicle that can cope with rough terrain and take you to wonderful places, in it stock form the paj is really up to most tasks.
    The only aftermarket part you need is common sense.

    I suppose it depends on what floats your goat.
    If you looking for grueling 4x4 trails then you need to consider lifts and underbody protection. But I put mine I have through a cat. 3 trail with no hassles.

    I run a stock vehicle but good tyres and a roofrack were the most useful changes I made. A fitted compressor would be something I would love to have if I could find the space.

    Enjoy
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