Our 4wd – What Makes It Capable

For as long as I can remember, we have pretty much always had a capable 4wd parked in the driveway. Everything from an old 90’s Mitsubishi Pajero, a Nissan R51 Pathfinder and Ford PX Ranger. To our trusted Toyota Fortuner to our latest Nissan Patrol y62.

While all our 4wds have been capable of our abilities at the time. We always modified them to get further off the beaten track and push our own limits.

When it came time to find a replacement for the retired old Fortuner it was always going to be hard.

Our Current Capable 4wd

Nissan Patrol Y62 Ti Serries 5

After my first drive of the 5.6L v8 Nissan I was hooked. I had never driven a 4wd with this much power, let alone something so luxurious. With more space than I could have imagined and being very modifiable, I knew we had to build and wheel one for a while.

Modified Nissan patrol y62

The Gear

Offroad Animal Cobra front bar

DASH Offroad Big O Deluxe Rock sliders

Raslarr Rear Bar

Dash Offroad bash plates

Bushwrapz Advance PPF

Lifted Dobinsons Coils – Approx. 65mm (HBMC suspension resprung by East Coast Customs)

Airbag Man 12” bags and high pressure sleeves

KMC Mesa wheels matte black with gloss lip 18 x 9 +18

Kumho MT71 tyres 295/70r18

Vic Offroad Fiery Red winch with Factor 55 Flatlink E

Stedi Type X Pro spotlights

Stedi ST1K 21.5” light bar

Pacemaker exhaust (no rear muffler) & AVO secondary cat delete pipes

Other cool gear

Stedi Interior lights

DASH Offroad modular false floor

3D floor mats

ARB air compressor with DASH offroad under bonnet bracket

Uniden X76 UHF, Uniden AT970BKS aerial on Vogue industries mirror bracket

Redarc Tow pro

Modified Nissan Patrol y62 off road Capable 4wd


The Retired Capable 4wds

Toyota Fortuner GX

2.8L 4 cylinder Diesel. Factory rear diff lock. Good wheelbase.

With a soccer mum SUV stigma the old Fortuner was often underestimated by others. This was one of my favourite things about this very capable 4wd.

modified  Toyota Fortuner offroad

Modifications

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

Toyota Fortuner off-road Newns state forest - Capable 4wd


Ford Ranger XLS PX series 1 

3.2L 5 cylinder Diesel. Factory rear diff lock. Dual cab ute. 

 

This was the first 4wd that I really loved, I learnt so much from it. Being my first exposure to a rear diff lock I really started to realise what a capable 4wd could do.

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

Modifications

TJM Outback bulbar

TJM Side steps

TJM RB6 Rear bar

Bush Skinz bashplates

TJM Airtec snorkel

Halo HE879 Wheels 17 x 9

Achilles Desert Hawk XMT tyres 285/70r17

Playtime Auto parts Exhaust

Oricom UHF


I have built a few 4wds over the years and can’t describe the satisfaction that comes from it. I have learnt so much over the years, made lifelong friends and been to some truly spectacular spots that wouldn’t be possible without a 4wd.

One thing is for certain we will continue to push our limits and see what evolves from these adventures for many years to come.