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Date Registered: 06-2008
Location: Blue Mountains, NSW
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Hey Ian,
I installed my TX 3200 in my flip down pocket.
All you have to do is unclip the mic and all is out of sight.

I did have to trim the back of the pocket out but was well worth it.

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Date Registered: 03-2012
Location: Newcastle, NSW
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Hey Ian,
I installed my TX 3200 in my flip down pocket.
All you have to do is unclip the mic and all is out of sight.
I did have to trim the back of the pocket out but was well worth it.
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I had a look around and considered a din mount initially, but I use that pocket as permanent home for my ipod so it got ruled it out pretty quickly.

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Date Registered: 03-2012
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Since mounting the awning on the car permanently, it's been driving me crazy that the rack/car looks lopsided or uneven. So I decided I'd put a shovel holder on the "naked" side, for both practical purposes and to calm my OCD. If anyone has had a look around, basic non-lockable shovel holders start from $50 and head easily past $100 for combo holders. Not being the type to unnecessarily waste money on mods that don't improve the cars capability, I got creative instead.

So I started with these.
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Made good use of the grinder to modify the bracket and then drilled a new bolt hole so they'd suit my roof bars.
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Fitted them up.
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And then took it for a rough test drive at some nearby power line tracks. Came back with no dramas and zero movement in anything.
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All up it cost me $14 for the brackets and 40mins of my time. Might still paint them black if I can be bothered.


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Date Registered: 06-2008
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Ian,
You might want to reverse the lock nuts and make them wind down instead of wind up.
They will surely vibrate out over time and then your shovel will be gone.


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Didn't take photos, but I've already tied one side of each handle back to the bracket with a piece of nylon cord. So it can't undo any more than 1/4 turn anyway. The end of the screw thread is part embedded into the shovel handle, so I think some of the vibration is absorbed with that.

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Date Registered: 11-2012
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so whats the new mods you wanted to share mate?

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hey ian, looking at getting a roof top tent. how does the exy go with it on ie fuel consumption. i have priced some rhino rack bars. I'm concerned about loosing space to carry a spare jerry and my second spare tyre. i saw in another thread you were looking at a 3rd roof rack. have you thought any more about this? If I can somehow get a 3rd roof rack then I could get a steel tray that runs the length of the car then I wouldn't loose any space. hmmmmm sounding expensive i think

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hey ian, looking at getting a roof top tent. how does the exy go with it on ie fuel consumption. i have priced some rhino rack bars. I'm concerned about loosing space to carry a spare jerry and my second spare tyre. i saw in another thread you were looking at a 3rd roof rack. have you thought any more about this? If I can somehow get a 3rd roof rack then I could get a steel tray that runs the length of the car then I wouldn't loose any space. hmmmmm sounding expensive i think



I've replied in the "3rd roof rack" thread mate, but to give you an idea; you're really only paying for 1 pair of track-mount feet and 1 crossbar. If you're not confident in your skills then you'd also want to account for having a roof rack dealer install the tracks as they need to rivet them to your roof. (try and find an independent one that doesn't belong to any one particular brand, ie. I'd planned to use LoadRail here in Newcastle and they quoted me roughly $150 for feet and crossbar + $<$100 labour + if they could find spare track lying around they weren't even going to charge me for track). Then the choice of rack is upto you, steel is usually cheaper than alloy but finding one long enough without being too long (or too wide) for the exy can be quite difficult. It's not impossible though and definitely a fun challenge.

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Few photos of the current setup from the recent long weekend. 1370km round trip.

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This shot really gives you an idea of the improved entry/departures angles I'm afforded due to the front&rear bumper chop. Image

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So I'm still a little devastated after hearing the final verdict today, but it appears my beloved xtrail has had it's last trip. Pretty lucky that it wasn't worse however (for me that is).

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I cleaned it out today and am still at a bit of a loss. I've copied and pasted some posts I made on another forum as a bit of an explanation, I'm far too tired to write up another post just for this one. It should explain and answer a few likely questions:

"Well last night my beloved xtrail decided to roll backwards down a hill, whilst the handbrake was on and I was underneath the car pulling a branch out.. front drivers tyre narrowly missed my head by no more than 2-3inches. Nobody else in the vehicle thankfully. Took the determined Fenwicks tow truck and recovery patrol 3.5hrs just to get the xtrail back up to the road again. Triple/quad line pulls with 2 massive winches were the winning combo that finally got the xtrail back onto the right side of the embankment. Patrol and towtruck both sliding whilst winching despite all the pulleys being used, even snapping one of the chains anchored to the car at one point."

"Also, just to clarify for anyone asking/suggesting etc. I literally always test that the handbrake is holding the car before I get out, which involves violently shaking about/rocking the entire vehicle, in an attempt to dislodge the brakes if they're not holding solidly. The car held.. even after I got out of the vehicle and proceeded to lay down/poke my head underneath and reach for that blasted stick.

My only guess is that the hill hold/assist must've been holding the car in place, and with no foot being on the brake or clutch, it has just eventually let go. My only saving grace was that creaky groan(like when you slowly take your foot off the brakes on a hill), before the car started rolling. I don't even think I spoke/yelled out until I got out from under it, as I barely had time to scramble away before the front tyre would've simply rolled over my arm/head.

Anyone who owns an xtrail would know exactly how often the hill assist actually works, which is pretty much never. If it wasn't simply for the fact that I was only stopping for 30seconds and I hadn't already tested that the car wasn't going anywhere, I would've put the car in gear and turned it off exactly like I always do whenever I'm parking!

Also, the car glanced a tree or two before being broadsided by a small tree in the middle, which stopped it from rolling down the hill(which was ridiculously lucky). To clarify how steep that hill was, the car wasn't 2-3m from the edge of the embankment, yet the roof height of the car was lower than the road level. My 20L water bladder fell out of the rear quarter window when it shattered, and (being very literal here) hit at least 3 trees on the way down the hill and disappeared completely out of view before I saw or heard it come to a stop.. lonnggg way down. The towie said if it hadn't been stopped by that initial tree, there wasn't anything that could've stopped it for a good 100m :/"



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