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Date Registered: 07-2014
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Hi All! I am moving up to Derby (Kimberley region of WA) due to work in about a month's time and I am thinking of driving my stock 2004 T30 (ii) Ti-L up from Perth (at least a 2,400km trip which I will probably be doing solo). I will also be doing some weekend offroading in the region while I'm up there for 6+ months (nothing too serious).

Of course, the exy needs a bit of work in the accessory/mod department to make the trip viable and safe. What would you guys recommend in terms of most important to least?

I am planning to get these installed
- Roof tray with 2x 20L fuel jerry cans & 1x 20L (vehicle/emergency) water
- Air Compressor
- Spare Battery?
- Solar Panel instead of spare battery in case of dead batt? (wattage?)

Anything else? Of course, a good service as well.

I am on a budget, but I definitely don't want to skimp on the essentials. But I definitely don't need all the bells and whistles

Cheers fellas!

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Shi**y Roof Basket, In-car Oricom UHF, Kings 2x2.5m Awning, 225/70/R16 Westlake SL369 A/T tyres, King Springs 30mm lift, Stedi 17" Lightbar
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Date Registered: 07-2009
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- A second full sized spare tyre
- Go a jump starter (STS or other decent brand - don't leave it permanently on charge and make sure it has good capacity)
- Second battery and solar panel if you are going to run a fridge
- Tyre plug kit
- Jumper leads
- Basic tools

I'm just driving down through that region myself at the moment on my way to Perth.

Have a look at the trip reports and few threads people have made of the
list of things they take.

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Thanks mate.

I reckon a UFH CB might come in handy?

It's unclear if I will be driving up at the moment, safety/liability/HSE issues there, but will still be doing plenty of driving while I'm up there!

Will keep an eye out on your report of how the Exy performed!

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Shi**y Roof Basket, In-car Oricom UHF, Kings 2x2.5m Awning, 225/70/R16 Westlake SL369 A/T tyres, King Springs 30mm lift, Stedi 17" Lightbar
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UHF is always a given to have in any car that leaves the city. either handheld or fixed (better option)

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If you are on a budget the must have above all else is the UFH and jerry cans of fuel and water. If the budget will cover AT tyres (if you plan a lot of dirt roads).
Just my 2 cents worth.

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Sidesteps, Hi-Tech Dual Exhaust, GME TX3100
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Yeh cheers Brett, just finished installing a UHF in the car, and have 20L fuel and water jerries (should be enough I reckon?).

Might have to wait a little to splurge on tyres (front tread is getting a little low...)

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Shi**y Roof Basket, In-car Oricom UHF, Kings 2x2.5m Awning, 225/70/R16 Westlake SL369 A/T tyres, King Springs 30mm lift, Stedi 17" Lightbar
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Battery pack like the ArkPak is always good. Can take it out when not needed. Make sure shocks and springs are good quality stuff like Kings Springs or Monroe shocks cos the OEM ones will not handle the extra weight well. Also have your own recovery kit for when the second vehicle comes along to pull you out. Hand winch is cheap insurance. They're not too dear now. Stick a few 600ml bottles of water under the front seats. Good emergency stash in case the water container leaks. The handy comprehensive first aid kit. SPOT, sat phone or PLB is a must. I have all three. PLB will be the cheapest but sat phone is more versatile. SPOT is in the middle and can track your movements. Just send the website link to your family and friends to keep track of you.

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I had a look at the SPOT for my own travels. It is nowhere near as good as the Delorne SE units for Aus. And you get the bonus ability to send and receive SMS on the Delorne, halfway to a sat phone.

Also look into a lift and under body protection - bash plates. You will never regret either after the first bad hit.

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Cheers for all the replies. I reckon I might have to prioritise and get these sorted over some time due to budgeting concerns hahah. Trouble is, getting accessories shipped to and installed in the rural areas is an extra cost in itself. It looks like I'll be doing sections of the Gibb river road quite often for both work and leisure.

So, my priority now is:
1. In-car UHF (check)
2. Roof basket (check)
3. 20L Fuel/Water Jerry (check)
4. Air Compressor (check)
5. A/T Tyres (bloody hell they're going to cost a fortune for the 4 + 2 spares - reckon I could get some other second hand A/T tyres of the same dimensions for the spares?)
6. Tyre repair kit
7. Jump Starter
8. Recovery Kit
9. Bash Plate (maybe)



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Shi**y Roof Basket, In-car Oricom UHF, Kings 2x2.5m Awning, 225/70/R16 Westlake SL369 A/T tyres, King Springs 30mm lift, Stedi 17" Lightbar
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I would change the 9. Bash Plate from a maybe to a yes when possible. Even the thinner ones will give some protection against unwanted sticks/rocks flying up.

A decent baseplate for the jack is a must as well. If you get the right type and size it will also double as a BBQ plate over a fire.

There are heaps more things to add, but they will cost a heap unless you gather slowly and find deals. and not everyone will agree with my choices.

Notably an awning, useful for shade if you break down or just want some shade at the end of the day.
I used mine a good 3 times in the past 2.5 months and everytime it was simply because I wanted a little shade to sit under. And I packed it up before I went to sleep so that it wouldn't be damp in the morning when I wanted to leave. It is the one thing I rarely use but I will never travel without it.

A waterproof roof bag and additional tie down straps for it. Can be any water proof bag big enough to fit 120L of capacity and can be squished down with the tiedown straps, (don't reply on the straps that come with those bags) Its for sticking the spares you need but don't want to see every moment you open the door - e.g extra rolls of toilet paper, spare rubbish bags, spare tarps, etc.

A solar panel (140W min) and regulator (20A), Fold up is fine, but beware the regulators that come with those are at the panel end of the long piece of cable, (it needs to be at the battery end).
Good for keeping that second battery charged while running the fridge during the day off the car and then on to the second battery at night, unless it is big enough to run and charge during the day (140W should be able to do that easily with the right sized cable). Fold up ones are a little hard to secure to the car and use it while driving, (I tend to permanently fix mine to the car as I don't see a reason why not to make it do its job while I'm driving)


One thing to be mindful of on the GRR, an abandoned vehicle/trailer is soon dissolved of any useful and easily removed parts when seen (and hopefully mostly needed) by others.

I managed to get through the GRR with a bubble on the inner sidewall of 1 rear tyre and a tear on the outer sidewall of the other rear tyre. I only swapped out the one with the bubble, as the one with the tear was done over on the way into the Bungles (before the GRR) and its still going strong 14000kms later.
Notably I took 2 spares on rims and 2 extra tyres, due to several friends' previous experiences of needing 3 spares each time. They are all experienced off road/dirt road touring people with live and work in that environment like myself, yet they all had just bad luck each time. (Also the tyres I use are relatively hard to get in remote areas, unless I was willing to wait 4 weeks plus for a restock from Brisbane)

Just remember to drive sensibility with the right tyre pressure for your~ tyres and vehicle load when on any dirt road no matter how good/bad it is maintained.

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