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Ian Ewin Profile
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Date Registered: 03-2012
Location: Newcastle, NSW
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Haven't had much time to post lately, let alone work on the car. But amidst other research I've also been talking with a custom fabricator about making a serious tube-bar, similar to that of the Xrox range, which will be an entire replacement for the front bumper. Making it airbag and therefore adr compliant will be the trick.

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Old: 2008 T31 Xtrail "The Monster"
The only one of her kind.. may she rest in peace :(
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Date Registered: 06-2008
Location: Blue Mountains, NSW
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Ian, you could buy an XROX bar and adapt the brackets to suit.
The biggest problem you will have is making it air bag compatible to the Xy.

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HERE is my D22 Navara
HERE is my old 2008 T31, ST Series1

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Date Registered: 03-2012
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Unfortunately, due to the shape of the exy's bumper, there are no existing bars that would suit the shape/size etc. I would either have to cut the existing bumper (hoping to avoid this entirely), remove the bumper as planned but cut into remaining bodywork that obstructs, or mount the bullbar further away from the body - which only decreases offroad approach angles thus becoming counterproductive to the entire exercise. I have been told that if I can design it (100% - including measurements, angles, tubing diameters, etc) then it will be a relatively low-cost exercise (akin to purchasing a stock bullbar, etc) whereas if I am lazy/become overwhelmed and simply choose to have it designed and made for me, then it will likely cost more than double. I guess time will tell which I choose to do.

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The only one of her kind.. may she rest in peace :(
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Date Registered: 03-2012
Location: Newcastle, NSW
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Due to working a lot lately (three jobs), I haven't been on the forum as much as I'd have liked, so I thought I'd just put up a few photos of the exy and some of the different places it's been since I updated this thread last.

Showing off the new bonnet protector, somewhere I found whilst in my local area.
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It's really hard to identify (it always is with photos), but this obstacle was WAY out of the exy's league.. A friend and I had gone a particular track up on Mt Sugarloaf and there was no way to turn back, this gully was about 5m from rejoining the road.. it took some serious trackbuilding and repeated attempts to get through and I only barely got out with just a small dent in my fuel tank.. ha!
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Off-roading in Toowoomba, Qld..
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Here's an old photo of me working in the pouring rain, during the sunraysia wheels/mud tyres debacle, the night before the tyres were due to be fitted(the first time).
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You know you're remote, when you pull into a servo with the fuel light on and see this..
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Barrington Tops
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Definitely drove through this :P
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That's about it for now. Depending on my financial situation in the next few months there should be some pretty big mods coming the way of the exy. Watch this space!

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The only one of her kind.. may she rest in peace :(
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Date Registered: 03-2012
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Wish list & completed mods have been updated on first page. Now that my holidays are finally accruing (I've never actually had annual leave before...) I'm looking at really getting stuck into some of these additions/mods, to have it ready and capable for the trips I'll hopefully be taking it on.

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Date Registered: 01-2013
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Car looks great. Really like the rooftop tent, does it work well?

That river crossing looks deep!

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LED parkers, number plate bulbs
Yokohama GO12 tyres
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A few teething issues with fitting it to an Xtrail, but other than that, it works great and saves quite a bit of room inside when camping. Ahh, I'm not quite that gutsy! The road that I'm stopped on is actually a concrete causeway that sits not far beneath the surface and crosses the entire river. Water depth was just short of the front grille I'd say emoticon

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Date Registered: 03-2012
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Have been researching and planning some secret xtrail business for quite a while now and I've finally started on some of it.. so keep an eye on this space emoticon

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Date Registered: 06-2008
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Are you finally starting the work we were talking about last time we caught up?

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Date Registered: 08-2011
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Bye bye wheel well. emoticon

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