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    Dit begin baie goed lyk smcs

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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    Well, finally I have made a decision!

    Here is my new vehicle of choice.

    Now, the transformation begins...

    My deep gratitude to all forum members that have input in helping me reach this decision. Thank you!
    I own both a 76 and 79. Bussy kitting the 79. I build my own canopy. Have designed my own pressurising system no dust.
    I use both the 76 and 79 for trips. Prefer the 79 for its loads of space. Plan is to install Abba camper in the future.
    As I use both vehicles as daily drives and other purposes as well I do not plan to modify the vehicles as overlanders only.

    I can also see why the 76 are the choice for permanently modified overlanders.
    It is not what you buy its what you build.

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    First Refuel.

    As mods are added the vehicle weight increases - fuel consumption is unfortunately changing!

    Significant weight mods:

    - Opposite Lock Front Bar
    - Warn 1000 Winch
    - Rear Double Wheel Carrier
    - Other small stuff. It all adds up!


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    The vehicle preparation is progressing well.

    Weight, weight, weight remains the devil!

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    Your build is starting to take shape. That cruiser looks really good

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    Looking great, I agree that the weight issue is the elephant in the room.

    A small consideration. I notice that you have retained the switch-controlled and extendable, rigid radio aerial on the driver's side. In my experience this will not last too long in rough terrain, even with the retractable function. Mine caught once too often on foliage and changing to a whip aerial solved that problem.
    Landcruiser 76SW.

    “Great journeys are memorable not so much for what you saw, but for where you camped”.

    At least "Once a year go someplace you have never been before" Delai Lama.

    Trans East Africa 2015/2016 Trip report http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...e16?highlight= from post 315.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    Looking great, I agree that the weight issue is the elephant in the room.

    A small consideration. I notice that you have retained the switch-controlled and extendable, rigid radio aerial on the driver's side. In my experience this will not last too long in rough terrain, even with the retractable function. Mine caught once too often on foliage and changing to a whip aerial solved that problem.
    Yes, Stan - that aerial is not well located. On the SC it is not switched - manual only. Whip aerial is a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    The vehicle preparation is progressing well.

    Weight, weight, weight remains the devil!

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    Greetings SMCS

    congrats and well done!! ... loving all the advice and comments generated by your thread

    Your vehicle Looks like my Rikwama's twin (Swahili for "can't get stuck" ...!) ... apart from a howling moon RTT.

    My experience with the two spare wheels on the back is that the vibrations on corrugated roads becomes disconcerting, to the point that I fear the bolts holding the bumper to the chasis will eventually sheer. The vehicle also starts to do a "little dance" on the road

    We eventually fixed this issue by using two ratchet straps to secure the tyres to the top of the canopy .... you get used to tying them every day. The problem was fixed with zero vibrations

    Unfort I do not have a pic as the vehicle is in Botswana, but will be going on a solo trip end Aug and will send a pic then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickeld View Post
    Greetings SMCS

    congrats and well done!! ... loving all the advice and comments generated by your thread

    Your vehicle Looks like my Rikwama's twin (Swahili for "can't get stuck" ...!) ... apart from a howling moon RTT.

    My experience with the two spare wheels on the back is that the vibrations on corrugated roads becomes disconcerting, to the point that I fear the bolts holding the bumper to the chasis will eventually sheer. The vehicle also starts to do a "little dance" on the road

    We eventually fixed this issue by using two ratchet straps to secure the tyres to the top of the canopy .... you get used to tying them every day. The problem was fixed with zero vibrations

    Unfort I do not have a pic as the vehicle is in Botswana, but will be going on a solo trip end Aug and will send a pic then
    Must admit that this is a concern. Will see how it goes.

    I would be interested in seeing pics of your solution.

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    Any ideas on where to secure the hi-lift jack and spade?

    Somewhere on the rear wheel carriers? (Yet more weight - in the worst place possible)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    Any ideas on where to secure the hi-lift jack and spade?

    Somewhere on the rear wheel carriers? (Yet more weight - in the worst place possible)!
    Why not mount the spade on the side of the rack, two Maxtrax on either side's canopy door (front or back) and the jack on the rack where the tracks are with a Front Runner high tent mount kit, some suspension bushes and 10mm bolts, leaving you more open space on the rack than now. Given the side ladder, easy access to lift the heavy jack and you spread the load over the roof.

    As a side note, dishwashing liquid over the pins helps them not to bind and also, does not attract dirt like oil does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locklaw View Post
    Why not mount the spade on the side of the rack, two Maxtrax on either side's canopy door (front or back) and the jack on the rack where the tracks are with a Front Runner high tent mount kit, some suspension bushes and 10mm bolts, leaving you more open space on the rack than now. Given the side ladder, easy access to lift the heavy jack and you spread the load over the roof.

    As a side note, dishwashing liquid over the pins helps them not to bind and also, does not attract dirt like oil does.
    Interesting and valuable suggestion. Seriously considering. Thanks.

    Please give more info on dishwashing liquid.

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    Tbh, I wouldnt put more weight on-top. see if you cant put it lower down on vehicle, ie bottom of rear bumper or inside load bin.

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    If I understand you correctly: Advantages will be easier access to MaxTrax. (GOOD) Hi-lift Jack up high and well out of the way. (GOOD) More space on the roof rack. (GOOD).

    It will mean bolting onto the canopy doors. Probably not a big issue. Maxtrax minimal weight on side doors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakkals. View Post
    Tbh, I wouldnt put more weight on-top. see if you cant put it lower down on vehicle, ie bottom of rear bumper or inside load bin.
    Yes, this would be ideal.

    Relatively however, this is not a huge weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locklaw View Post
    Why not mount the spade on the side of the rack, two Maxtrax on either side's canopy door (front or back) and the jack on the rack where the tracks are with a Front Runner high tent mount kit, some suspension bushes and 10mm bolts, leaving you more open space on the rack than now. Given the side ladder, easy access to lift the heavy jack and you spread the load over the roof.

    As a side note, dishwashing liquid over the pins helps them not to bind and also, does not attract dirt like oil does.
    Like your suggestion. Unfortunately, more weight on top - but everything is a compromise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    Interesting and valuable suggestion. Seriously considering. Thanks.

    Please give more info on dishwashing liquid.
    Lubricate the sliding pins on your Hi-Lift jack with Sunlight liquid from time to time during your trip and work it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakkals. View Post
    Tbh, I wouldnt put more weight on-top. see if you cant put it lower down on vehicle, ie bottom of rear bumper or inside load bin.
    While under the bumper is a good spot for Southern Africa, higher up there is proper mud and if you are buried in mud, quite an issue to get the jack in/out. Equally, when packed inside you get to unpack half your rig to get to a jack and thereafter get to chuck a muddy/oily/sandy jack in your clean'ish' area.

    Secondly, 1 Maxtrax weighs 3.4kg. He has 4 on top. Total weight - 13.6kg. A 48" Hi-Lift all cast weighs under 15kg. I would not break my head over a maximum of 1.4kg on the roof (the tracks are moved lower down and placed on either side over the rear axle. He is driving a 1Hz Cruiser on relatively small tires. They don't fall over that easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smcs View Post
    If I understand you correctly: Advantages will be easier access to MaxTrax. (GOOD) Hi-lift Jack up high and well out of the way. (GOOD) More space on the roof rack. (GOOD).

    It will mean bolting onto the canopy doors. Probably not a big issue. Maxtrax minimal weight on side doors.
    Correct on the summation. The doors on all quality canopies are unfazed by a pair of tracks on them.

    As an added note, I would have considered mounting your tent on a rack a little offset to the LHD side (yes, my OCD is also bothered by this), purely to allow you to mount a table and maybe solar panels under the rack and some accessories, a Quick Pitch or whatever to the RHD side profile of the rack.

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