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well, through the advise of Neesmo31 through Ozhonda I decided today to put my car up for all to see, my journey into 4wding started off much like most peoples, through a few mates.

The world of 4x4s was quite different to the form of car modification i was used to, as my project car happened to be a highly modified Honda Civic, lowered on racing Coilovers, fitted with a roll-cage and a 200HP B18C from a JDM Integra type R it wasn't exactly off-road material but was becoming increasingly less daily-drivable and more track toy so i had started to look into a tow-car.

One fateful B-shift at work sealed the fate of my little cars life though, as i fell asleap on my way home, ensuring that that car would be off the road for some time. Driving around in my Girlfriends brothers bog stock grandpa-spec Subaru Impreza for a while i was looking at any options i had for new cars. Narrowly missing out on a sweet little SPOA sierra on 33's made me know i wanted a 4wd more than just fixing up my little rice rocket, so when i was trawling through the old style Outerlimits for sales folders i came across a recently (re. half day listed) 1995 GQ RX2.8 with a recently completed (re. pretty much running and that's it) td42ti swap with alot of fruit for a DECENT price i knew i had to look at this thing ASAP.

I have a good mate who knows a little about patrols and what to look for so with no real description or photos other than "great condition" I decided to bite the bullet anyway and do the trek down to sydney from newcastle when we arrived at the guys house we were not sure what to expect, after introductions he promptly showed us to the garage and pulled up the roller door to be greeted by a dark green patrol with what looked like a bright champagne front guard, sligtly offput, i continued to look none the less. the owner let me know he picked up this car with slight damage to the front guard from an impact with its alloy bar and a wrecked grille after much inspection and a bit of a drive. With the usual little niggling GQ things i knocked off a couple of hundred dollars and shook hands on it, my first 4X4.
so with money being a little tight i left it like this for a while, happy enough with its capabilities with 31inch ATs and ARB air lockers front and rear and sagged as suspension...

until one fateful day with my girlfriends brother, alone we got stuck onto the chassis because it was so low, with the minimal traction the ATs offered and next to no clearence we were left in the center of a rut helpless. LUCKILY we got ahold of one of my friends and he came to our rescue, he also happened to have a 2 inch TJM XGS lift kit he was trying to flog off from his GU ute because he has just gone for a 4 inch procomp/dobins setup so he persueded me into it :p I also had a mate at work roll his 4runner on stockton not long before so he was wrecking that and i happened on some 33 inch bighorns with probably 75% in them, so for not much outlay i had this :

by this time i had removed the sidesteps as they were destroying my sills and damaging my floor, content with recieving sil damage if it came my way now as they were already mighty chewed out i plodded along like this for a while.

the engine always ran solidly but the speedo and tacho never worked, the front mount intercooler had not been plumbed in and custom air con lines needed to be made up, so the outside of the car still pretty much looks like this, after getting the speedo to work with the matchbox from marks, the tacho sender unit had an erratic pulse, so we just put a sensor in the alternator and got it working that way. My Girlfriend also got a fine for having the tyres sit 2 inches out of the guards with no flares i had the stuff for it i just wasn't quick enough for the local constabulary in putting them on

The intercooler piping came later, through a shop called Blacktrack Performance at Thornton, who specialise mainly in high performance XR6T falcons and rotaries they made the piping out of alloy as the space they had to work with was really restricted the airbox was slightly modified to accommodate and has been working well ever since.
One downside to the newly plumbed in inter-cooler was the length of the piping, which introduced some lag and a loss in about 2psi boost pressure dropping it to 8psi the car was a little sluggish. but ran nicer than without it, i have since added a mechanical boost controller and pushed the boost up to 12psi and it runs quite well on the Turbosmart boost tee.

The air conditioning became somewhat of a headache, as the compressor in the car had not been ran for such a long time we found, after making the custom lines that the compressor had seized after sourcing a new compressor through Ari at FreezEquip (who also did my great custom lines) the air con now works!

I had the guard painted to match early in the peace too because i HATED the looks people gave me with the gold one. me and my friends also went to son of trials PLUS last year and had a good time there, highly recommended
After that i had started to get ready to do a 1/4 cut as the back of the car incurred some minor damage and i had the 147L long ranger fuel tank put in the 1/4 cut was relatively painless and i just finnished the bottom off with some rubberised paint to deflect the stones and so far it has held up really well.
That's pretty much my journey until now, save for an abundance of recovery equipment, and the like that is never factored into a build i have got a Tigerz11 12,000LB Two Speed winch waiting to go on but there had been some minor overlooks in the assembly of the item and i have to make some gaskets up so it can be waterproofed as in assembly they were "pinched" and cut off leaving half a gasket.

Other news is that my friends and i are planning a trip to Fraser and i have had an Iron Man Roof Top Tent deliverd this morning and last night I won an auction on eBay on a 52" Litestorm LED lightbar and it should be on its way up from melbourne tomorrow, and i will be in contact with some people to make me a custom full length alloy roof cage. I'm really excited for this trip and cant wait to get up there and enjoy the Island. If anyone bothered to read my ramblings, thanks and give me your thoughts, Nick.
 

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sweet man, nice progression and welcome to the 4wd world! fraser is awesome have a blast!

i might be heading to fraser for a week in april just depends on when mates from canada get here.
 

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yeah, we are not planning to go until September, I'm just trying to get the camping setup ready to go and camp at Tuff Truck and some nice weekend camping on Stockton.
 

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Tuff....

Sweet Honda and deadly GQ!!! You will have to come up north sometime soon for some wheeling :)
 

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yeah for sure, im still waiting on my LED Lightbar but by the looks of it i have been ripped off by the guy in melbourne and will have to lodge a claim with Paypal :(
 

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of-course they are! you dont have a JDM ITR 5lug swap with ravs vorks :p i actually put a huge bend in one in the accident and ended up finding a custom made pair of 16x8 +30 ones from an S15 silvia on yahoo auctions and got Jesse Streeter to buy and ship them for the same price to buy just one 16x7 +42 from rays, they should go well and help with making the car more neutral in handling with less understeer with the more grip up front. and the offset makes it sit perfect on the hub just need some tyres for them.
 

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yeah it goes pretty well with the bighorns and only a 2 inch lift, that said i would really love to finish off the suspension and put 35s on it but my wage does not permit me spending 6,000 on suspension alone... yet. So i was thinking of going with a set of 33" BFG KM2s as my next tyre to hold me out until i do make the next step up in suspension and tyre size.

I tried to fit my winch yesterday but ran into a couple of problems one with the fairlead being too wide for the hole in the Cheezy bar which is only 7 inches wide, and the fairleads available here are all 7"1/4 wide so I'm going to have to import one from the states, i have found a pretty cool one with a Delrin insert which co-incidentally has really good self lubricating properties and will look after my winch rope with a 7 inch opening so I'm trying to get one.


another issue is how the solenoid box mounts, i have NO room under the bonnet for anything else to go in there so its not an option and with the mount supplied it was going to stick out a little too much from the front of the bullbar, so I'm going to make up a new mounting bracket for that and i have to clock the gearbox around or grind some of the opening that the Cheezy bar has for the gearbox lever.
Also my waterpump for the twine shower has **** itself and i need another one... $195 for one from the RV shop in Newcastle or $66 with free shipping from amazon... and people wonder why we don't support the local economy.
 

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OK. after finishing work and finding a note to say i had a delivery waiting at the TNT Depot, i got all excited because my steal of a 52" LED light-bar had FINALLY after 17 days rocked up to Newie, i opened it up and it was in pretty damn good nick for a used spotlight (previous owner had it on a retractable pneumatic ram) anyway it kinda got me all excited to finish the winch install as my mate who made up the new bracket for the solenoid box rocked up and we drilled some holes to mount it on the bullbar and i figured, may as well fit the rest too! He had to go home so i waited until my girlfriend got home at 8:30 and we ended up trying to get it to fit (its so damn tight) managed to pull it off and now all i am waiting on is my new Hawse Fairlead to come from america.
 

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I recently installed a tigerz winch on my GQ, and when it came to fitting up the solenoid box i found it fits snug behind the grille next to the drivers side headlight. maybe an option if you ever decide to move it.
 

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It's not an option for me unfortunately as that's where my intercooler piping goes to I'll take some photos when I can find the cord I'm happy with the install and am going to see the guy about my custom roofcage thisafternoon as he lives very close to my work which is always a bonus!
 

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I tried to fit my winch yesterday but ran into a couple of problems one with the fairlead being too wide for the hole in the Cheezy bar which is only 7 inches wide, and the fairleads available here are all 7"1/4 wide so I'm going to have to import one from the states, i have found a pretty cool one with a Delrin insert which co-incidentally has really good self lubricating properties and will look after my winch rope with a 7 inch opening so I'm trying to get one.

Try one off these.
Pirate4x4.Com - Extreme Four Wheel Drive

I have ordered one, through Rocktoy Designfab, he might make one a different size for you.
Outer Limits 4x4 Board • View topic - Custom hawse fairlead
 

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nice gq mate. looks like a nice steady progression so far. what sort of specs are you going for with the alloy roof cage? will be good to see what you come up with
 

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ah well i have just got home from meeting with Greg from Roofcage.com who i had a nice long chat with i think in the end we decided on 2500 long and were not decided on width 1300 or 1400 wide i think it was, that's using as much roof as possible. We will be using a "load rail" style mounting method due to the restrictions of not having rails the whole way around for strength as we will have our roof top tent mounting on it to the back the cage and the front will be relatively squared up due to the Light-bar its a little hard to explain but it should look good when it's done, I'm going to take the tent to him on Saturday to measure it up and leave the items with him to measure up and build from them. He has a fair bit of work on at the moment but we have set Tuff Truck as a date.
Unfortunately it wont be powder-coated by then but it will be on my car for its first use on the weekend for all to see! Fingers crossed.
 

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Try one off these.
Pirate4x4.Com - Extreme Four Wheel Drive

I have ordered one, through Rocktoy Designfab, he might make one a different size for you.
Outer Limits 4x4 Board • View topic - Custom hawse fairlead
Bugger! i didn't see those there oh well, I'm sure I'll be happy with the one i have ordered when it arrives. apparently they can deform under a non-straight pull i was reading on pirate so maybe the aluminium housing will stop that?
other news is that my RTT has been assembled and the mounts for the base have been cut down at work today and will be assembled on the tent in my living room right after the house inspection!
 

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got the specs on the Roofcage its 2500 long and 1430 wide, about 35mm over hang on either side, also we are going to try and make it as low as possible so we can have as low COG as possible. Its the same width as the rooftop tent, the first 100mm of the cage will be free for me to mount the LED lightbar and the guy making it thinks it will be ready earlier than expected as he has tomorrow and friday off from work but hes making a few for other cars too so hopefully next week, then off to the powdercoaters!
 

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alright, got the cord to charge the camera and i also got the fairlead i ordered from america yesterday. I put it on this-afternoon with longer bolts it fits nicely and came within 2 weeks of ordering which i think is awesome i got it through Columbia River Off-road in Washington i could have got it with red anodising but that would look stupid on a green patrol. Oh and for anyone wondering this is how i mounted the solenoid box i think its in an ok spot even if it is off-center a bit.

because im getting the roofcage soon i figured i would put a good layer of wax on the car for a few weeks in a row, so the roof would be protected when its covered up! anyway i think it looks good at the moment and i cant wait for my roofcage!

Thanks for lookin!
 

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one sweet looking rig man! keep it up!
 
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