Our 4wd – What Makes It Capable

Our 4wd – What Makes It Capable

Rola Titan Tray on a Toyota Fortuner. Loaded wit camping gear and 4wd gear

For as long as I can remember, we have pretty much always had a 4wd parked in the driveway. Everything from an old 90’s Mitsubishi Pajero, a Nissan R51 Pathfinder to a very capable 4wd Ford PX Ranger.

After Orbs came along we needed an extra seat so a wagon it had to be again.


Capable 4wd | Ford PX Ranger four wheel driving in bush Watagans National Park

Our overland vehicle of choice this time is a Toyota Fortuner.
For those that don’t know what a Fortuner is, they are pretty much a Hilux wagon. Originally we were going to buy a Ford Everest but the Fortuner seemed to have more space on the inside and we both wanted a manual gear box, so the choice was easy. We bought a 2015 GX manual at the start of 2016 and have been modifying it into a capable 4wd for our adventures ever since.

Toyota Fortuner drifting on beach with TRED recovery tracks. Teaching how to 4wd on the beach
All the gear that makes our tourer tough has been installed by us at home in the shed; so we can proudly say this is 4wd we modified and built up ourselves.

The gear that makes it capable

  • Ironman 4×4 Deluxe Bullbar
  • Dominator 12000 lbs winch
  • Brown Davis UG2 underbody protection
  • Phat Bars angled rock sliders
  • Dobinsons MS 3″ lifted suspension
  • Nolathane fixed upper control arms
  • Ecotechne roof rack
  • Boss Wheels, Vapour  17×9 +15 offset
  • 285/70r17 General Grabber X3 tyres
  • TJM Airtec snorkel
  • Steinbauer Power module
  • iDrive throttle module
  • DBA T3 4000 Survival series brake discs
  • Uniden UHF radio & RFI aerial
  • Stedi ST4K 28″ led light bar
  • Stedi 3501 11.5″ led light bars
  • Stedi ST3K 41.5″ led light bar
  • Lightforce Rok9 lights

capable 4wd | new Toyota Fortuner flexing on stump at Glasshouse Mountains

The future modifications

  • Rear wheel carrier


The recovery gear we always carry with us on our adventures

  • 900 TRED’s + TRED Pro
  • Tyre deflators and air compressor
  • Tree trunk protector
  • 9000 lbs snach strap
  • 3x 4.7T shackles
  • Winch dampener and snatch block
  • Folding shovel
  • First aid kit

The other good gear

  • ARB single rear draw
  • Clearview easy slide drop fridge slide


We love owning a 4wd and being able to get to the awesome spots that a normal car just couldn’t. We love camping and exploring this beautiful country of ours and we intend on seeing as much of it as we can. The future plan is to eventually buy a camper trailer and start doing trips further from home.

Stay tuned for future progress.