Date Registered: 02-2004
Location: Panania, Sydney
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Re: Upcoming Sydney Shows
It was a combined fishing/outdoor show this year (not sure if it included fishing last year)...
Met Jalal out the front (after giving him directions to parking right outside the main entrance to the show) about 9am.
We casually made our way to the Nissan stand and checked out the almost-to-be-released Pathfinder (4th of July!) but no prices at this stage as it's all hush-hush. Good news is that it retains the excellent 4WD system of the current model Pathfinder (single gearstick but with 4HI/4LO/AUTO/2WD (similar to the X-Trail) knob on the dash) - but the benefits are 2 extra seats standard, plus also a choice of engines (2.5L (6cyl?) or a diesel). The current model is on a run-out sale of around $38,000 onroad (which is comparable in priace to the top-of-the-range X-Trail).
No-one met up with us so we continued on exploring the show...
I checked out all the tyre stalls and picked up some new brochures to include into my "one-day-I'll-finish-it" Tyre FAQ - interestingly there is now another tyre available from "General" which is part of (made by) Continental tyres and it looks OK from what I saw in the brochure.
Jalal went hunting for a recovery kit but all of them didn't include an equalizer strap (and I couldn't remember if the kit I bought last year came with one or not) but they were all around the $85 mark for the basic kit (bag, gloves, 2 shackles, snatch strap) or $200+ for one with a heap of extra stuff (including tree protector and other stuff you'd need if you had a winch). In the end he saved his $$$ and didn't buy anything...
I found the Lightforce stand and ended up getting a pair of blue lens covers for my Blitz 240's (and Clare is still speaking to me after I told her I'd bought them when I got home )
We checked out the TJM stand which now offers a lift kit (springs only) for the X-Trail - claimed 40mm lift @ front and 45mm rear, selling for $200/pr, fitting between $120-$150 - so it's comparable to prices other members on this forum have found (through Pedders). While the first guy we spoke to told us they had matching shock absorbers, the guy on the computer with the prices said they didn't have any shock absorbers suitable for X-Trail. I think t his would definitely be my next upgrade for the X-Trail in the near future.
Then we bumped into a stand with the newly-released edition of "Treks Close To Sydney" book by Boiling Billy Publishing. It was on sale for $25 and has only just come available as of the last week!!! It will be available from their website/store from Wednesday 29th June - and as a bonus, it's got some new treks, and all the old ones have been re-done and corrected/updated - and if that wasn't enough, there's also the choice of different routes included in some of the treks!
Then it was off to the fishing section as I had to buy a new rod after such an eventful fishing tour I did last weekend. Ended up steering clear of the $20 specials and got myself a reel I learnt how to use last weekend with a bait-runner included. All up I paid only $80 for the rod, reel, and 300m of 6kg fishing line. I also bought a small box of sinkers & hooks for $10 to get me started.
Jalal, feel free to edit if I left anything out
Note - I'll copy all relevant paragraphs to their respective threads elsewhere on these forums.
Last edited by basshead, 26/Jun/2005, 3:24 pm
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26/Jun/2005, 3:08 pm
Re: Upcoming Sydney Shows
Further to Rich’s report above I did actually spend some $$$$ but it was on a 150Watt power inverter from 12volt to 240volt. It cost me $56 (only)
I thought this would compliment the portable SONY DVD player I bought earlier and my son can now play his Playstation 2 when in motion as well
The other big new thing that was really noticeable this year was all of these rooftop tents that attach to the roof racks of the car (yes, the exy is included in the set-up). We checked-out about 3 different manufacturers and I think both Rich and myself agreed that the ARB one was the most suitable to the exy and the price wasn't that bad either.
Shane has actually called me while we were at the show and he specifically asked about the roof tents, so I have taken some photos of the ones we have seen and will post them under a new thread with all details.
All in all it was a very good day out, but both Rich and myself noticed that this years show had less stands and less variety compared to last year.
We also managed to get away with parking in a 2-hour zone for 4+ hours LOL
With all my excitement after leaving the show and trying to give my spot to this nice lady that was signalling to take my spot, I noticed that my front brakes started to squeak when I drove off and then when I hit Parramatta Rd. (which was about 5 mins away) my front wheels started to shake and I thought here we go It was only when I pulled at the next set of lights I realised that.... you guessed it, I left my handbrake on. How stupid of me!! Never happened to me before. I stopped and tested both brakes and handbrake but everything seemed to work fine, so I continued home to test the Inverter (which works perfectly) and celebrate the occasion
I have taken some pics today and I just couldn't go past this chrome display without taking a photo Actually Rich told me straight away, this would now be a chrome dream of yours and he's 100% correct
And this is a pic I have taken while on smoko break outside.
Thanks Rich for your company and the fun we had today.
Last edited by jalalski, 26/Jun/2005, 7:43 pm
26/Jun/2005, 6:06 pm