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Date Registered: 01-2013
Location: Kimberley WA
TOTAL POSTS: 64
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bigwilliestyle's T31 in the Kimberley


Hello all, thought I would make a little thread about my ride and document some of it's travels.

I live in Western Australia in the Kimberley. I chose the T31 X-trail as I wanted a hyrbrid that could do reasonable freeway mileage (petrol is 1.80 a litre here) but still have some offroad ability to navigate those special tracks up here. I do get some odd looks from people in their Prado's.

So far, the X-trail has been a great car up here, and can get me to 99 percent of the places if I drive carefully. I have recieved some nasty dings to the underbody which has me both driving more careful now and wanting a proper bash plate system. Some more clearance would be handy as well.

We have Toyota Troop carriers at work, and from my personal experience, I would say that the X-trail seems to do quite well on the tracks up here and is less jumpy on the corrugations.

I spent a lot of my weekends, exploring the Duncan Highway and the Tanami Road. Yesterday, we made the trek to Wolf Creek Crater. A nice drive, but was about 2 hours of corrugations. Its an easy drive, but the amount of stock crossing the road and the kangaroos can make it much more difficult towards the end of the day.

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2010 T31, series 3
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Aluminium scuff plates
Uhf radio
Philips Crystal Vision low beam
LED parkers, number plate bulbs
Yokohama GO12 tyres
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Date Registered: 01-2013
Location: Kimberley WA
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I got up on Saturday morning after a good sleep in and decided we would go camping at the Bungle Bungle, Purnulullu National Park. The track in is only 50km, but is quite rough. The x-trail was great, but I did manage to lose the plastic under covers - maybe at the river crossing?

There is several river crossings, which were getting quite low since my last visit. The deepest being up to the top of the wheel.

I probably went a bit quick through one of the river crossings. I still slowed down considerably, but an idle speed probably would have been wiser. I managed to drench the entire engine bay in mud and water. Some water seems to have entered the intake, but I checked the filter and it seemed ok. The intake looks like it may have a drainage extension prior to the air filter?

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If anyone is travelling through the area, I highly recommend visiting this World Heritage site. Just call the park to check the conditions and water levels prior as they can sometimes be much higher.

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2010 T31, series 3
Mods:
Aluminium scuff plates
Uhf radio
Philips Crystal Vision low beam
LED parkers, number plate bulbs
Yokohama GO12 tyres
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Date Registered: 11-2012
Location: Broome
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hey mate where in the kimberley are you. I just moved to Broome.

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Date Registered: 01-2013
Location: Kimberley WA
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I am in Halls Creek. I will be probably be in servicing my car in Broome, considering its the nearest Nissan and now the only one in the Kimberley.

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2010 T31, series 3
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Aluminium scuff plates
Uhf radio
Philips Crystal Vision low beam
LED parkers, number plate bulbs
Yokohama GO12 tyres
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I seemed to have bent some of the metal that sits over the exhaust. Is a think sheet of aluminium. I assume it is to prevent heat from entering cabin? Anyway, I have used some pliers to force it back into position, but its no where near perfect. Whats the importance of this sheild? Can I just remove it?

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2010 T31, series 3
Mods:
Aluminium scuff plates
Uhf radio
Philips Crystal Vision low beam
LED parkers, number plate bulbs
Yokohama GO12 tyres
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Date Registered: 11-2012
Location: Broome
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its a heat shield. i have bent mine before but it bends back easily enough. i wouldn't take it off completely

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2003 Series 1 T30 Ti

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Date Registered: 01-2013
Location: Kimberley WA
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quote:

maxgmoore wrote:

its a heat shield. i have bent mine before but it bends back easily enough. i wouldn't take it off completely



Thanks mate. I might see if the mechanic can do a better job of putting it back in place. It looks as if it may need the exhaust lowered to get clear access.

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2010 T31, series 3
Mods:
Aluminium scuff plates
Uhf radio
Philips Crystal Vision low beam
LED parkers, number plate bulbs
Yokohama GO12 tyres
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Date Registered: 03-2012
Location: Newcastle, NSW
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I have quite literally bent, torn and mangled every heat shield mounted underneath my exy, mate.. it's pretty easy to do. I've bent most of them back into quasi-factory-resembling shapes for them to continue doing their "job", but I've also had a few welded back on to eliminate annoying rattles and future dramas.

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Old: 2008 T31 Xtrail "The Monster"
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Date Registered: 11-2012
Location: Broome
TOTAL POSTS: 547
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hey mate will be travelling through to kunnunurra for the ord muster. Are you heading to it?

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