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    Hi all.
    What an awesome community this is. Love the ideas, advise and banter that happens here. Wish I had more time to spend on the site.

    I'm fairly new to the offroad community, and haven't used my bakkie for much more than driving on the beach.

    None the less, I think that this is as good time as any to start getting serious about 4x4 life, and get out of my comfort zone! So, everybody knows driving a NP300 Hardbody, you don't have much choice or can't even find much on the net, regarding off road accessories and speaking to salesmen just doesn't really help if you don't own a Ford, Jeep or Toyota (personal experience, not aimed at anybody on the group)...

    So basically, those who owns a NP300, or had owned one, please share with me your modifications, ideas and experiences. The time to beef up my ride is now!

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    Dare I say it....SFA...

    Welcome the family... sure there will be someone here soon to give you more constructive advise than me
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    Front-End upgrade:
    https://www.calmini.com/detail.php?b=1&m=2&t=1&p=958&n=

    Suspension Upgrade:
    See OME image

    76mm Stainless Steel straight pipe exhaust.

    Bigger Intercooler

    32" BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain

    Bullbar

    etc., etc.

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    Or rip out the IFS and replace with this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by swakop_toe View Post
    Or rip out the IFS and replace with this...
    Wow, a off the shelf kit, neat. What axle do they propose you use with that kit
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    Quote Originally Posted by bfreesani View Post
    Wow, a off the shelf kit, neat. What axle do they propose you use with that kit
    you should know this, we chatted about it for years:

    "The donor axle this kit is designed for is out of a 1980-85 Jeep Wagoneer model Dana 44 (D44), with a driver's side drop and a non-vacuum actuated disconnect."

    Any D44 will work. I'd even used a strengthened D30.
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    Dana what - what it's in the text.
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    Missed the text, left my glasses at home this morning, sorry. Jakes, I've not followed much of the d22 builds, in fact, I did not realise they were driver side drop. Or I'm just getting old and senile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swakop_toe View Post
    Or rip out the IFS and replace with this...
    Must admit, starting with the suspension also seemed the logical choice to me. But what will you suggest on the tyres, engine modifications, dual battery, water and extra fuel tank, ect... And where in in RSA do you guys buy your stuff from? We do have places here in Namibia, but they mostly target the bigger boys, like Toyota or Ford.

    I also don't want to sound like a total dum dum when I got to our local places and ask for a specific part.

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    Wooooooooooooooooah. Easy tiger.
    First USE your bakkie. Then, as you use it, you will find that things break. Replace those things with stronger ones (like bumpers) or bigger ones (like tyres).
    No need to throw the whole checkbook at it just yet.

    Just make sure the basics are covered - look for a proper bashplate. Normal 4x4 bakkies are vulnerable to rock strikes to the oil pan and other softer parts.
    Motto of the story is - gaan ry - leer by ouens wat kan ry and enjoy. You will soon find out where your vehicle's problem areas are and then you can rectify those.

    But most okes don't want to hear this message - that's also OK! It is your money - go spend it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dph View Post
    Wooooooooooooooooah. Easy tiger.
    First USE your bakkie. Then, as you use it, you will find that things break. Replace those things with stronger ones (like bumpers) or bigger ones (like tyres).
    No need to throw the whole checkbook at it just yet.

    Just make sure the basics are covered - look for a proper bashplate. Normal 4x4 bakkies are vulnerable to rock strikes to the oil pan and other softer parts.
    Motto of the story is - gaan ry - leer by ouens wat kan ry and enjoy. You will soon find out where your vehicle's problem areas are and then you can rectify those.

    But most okes don't want to hear this message - that's also OK! It is your money - go spend it!
    Die is eerlik so ver die beste advies wat ek in my lewe gekry het. Dis juis hoekom ek by die groep aan gesluit het, want leer wil ek graag.

    Dis hoekom ek die vrae nou al vra, dat ek my huis werk op datum het wanneer ek by vervang stadium kom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dph View Post
    Wooooooooooooooooah. Easy tiger.
    First USE your bakkie. Then, as you use it, you will find that things break. Replace those things with stronger ones (like bumpers) or bigger ones (like tyres).
    No need to throw the whole checkbook at it just yet.

    Just make sure the basics are covered - look for a proper bashplate. Normal 4x4 bakkies are vulnerable to rock strikes to the oil pan and other softer parts.
    Motto of the story is - gaan ry - leer by ouens wat kan ry and enjoy. You will soon find out where your vehicle's problem areas are and then you can rectify those.

    But most okes don't want to hear this message - that's also OK! It is your money - go spend it!
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    Eendag as ek groot is wil ek ook n mod laat doen op my bakkie.
    Vrywaring: Niks wat ek hier kwyt raak moet hoegenaamd as feite beskou word nie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
    Eendag as ek groot is wil ek ook n mod laat doen op my bakkie.
    Ek bly maar tjoep still....

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    I have a 2.4 NP 300 as weekend toy

    I fitted an EXEL long range tank. So now I have an extra 55l
    I fitted a Eazi-awn roof rack and 2.5m awning
    I fitted canvas seat covers
    I fitted an extra spare on the roof rack
    I fitted a Pioneer double din radio with reverse camera
    I fitted standard Nissan Bullbar

    You might not need this all but I find it handy
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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE-SA View Post
    I have a 2.4 NP 300 as weekend toy

    I fitted an EXEL long range tank. So now I have an extra 55l
    I fitted a Eazi-awn roof rack and 2.5m awning
    I fitted canvas seat covers
    I fitted an extra spare on the roof rack
    I fitted a Pioneer double din radio with reverse camera
    I fitted standard Nissan Bullbar

    You might not need this all but I find it handy
    not to be THAT guy but those upgrades are hardly, well.... upgrades.

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    Depends what you are upgrading for. Not much on that list makes the Nissan more capable, but it does make more practical/comfortable for camping and getting to weekend getaways.

    Maybe he does not need "other stuff", he is happy with with what the vehicle cam do.

    As you can see by our approach, we want robust and better capability, so the Hardbody got a 8 inch suspension lift, upgraded front and rear diffs, 33" tyres, soon to be upgraded to 35s, steel rims, crawler gears, big recovery points front and rear, heavy duty rock sliders and a snorkel.

    Suppose most others would just go out and buy a Patrol, Land Cruiser or G wagon, some of us like our old vans, and instead of them being scrapped or replaced, we evolve them into what we "want".

    End of the day, its up to you.... Take your rig on a few trips, and allow it to evolve into what you need for what you want to do.
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    Mike,
    Post a pic of the roof rack please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by swakop_toe View Post
    Front-End upgrade:
    https://www.calmini.com/detail.php?b=1&m=2&t=1&p=958&n=

    Suspension Upgrade:
    See OME image

    76mm Stainless Steel straight pipe exhaust.

    Bigger Intercooler

    32" BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain

    Bullbar

    etc., etc.

    Jy het seker een van die niceste Hardbodies wat ek nog gesien het. Funksioneel en capable.
    Vrywaring: Niks wat ek hier kwyt raak moet hoegenaamd as feite beskou word nie.

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