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Date Registered: 01-2015
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Hi All emoticon

I am a recently joined member of the forum (although I have been scouring the various threads of this forum for a while now) and thought I might just give a quick post on my trip to Bribie Island this past Sunday as it is my first since doing a couple of mods to the car.

I have driven on Bribie a handful of times since getting the exxy in 2013 and never gotten stuck doing the short track onto the beach near Woorim (I did have one bad experience attempting the inland track hahaha). Anyway, while the exxy previously performed admirably, I did notice that on the short track and the beach entry/exit point the car was bottoming out a lot.

After lots of reading on the forum and talking to other people regarding their experiences with different tyres and beach driving in general, I decided to get the Pedders 35mm lift kit, suspension upgrade and some Yokohama Geolander 225/65R17 A/T tyres. All up I probably got close to 50mm extra clearance. Not only does the extra clearance and A/T tyres make the exxy look much tougher, it made a world of difference on the sand. Not once did I notice the car bottoming out or dragging on any of the ruts. My mate who was driving in his Patrol behind me noticed the same thing, especially the back bumper (it was not scooping up piles of sand as was previously the case).

With the car not bottoming out and with the bigger tyres (and better tread), I was able to leave the car in 2nd gear and in the auto setting for the short track to get to the beach. Previously I often felt like I had to drive in 1st gear to maintain revs as the car often felt like it was being held back and battling to make it through some of the softer parts.

As far as Bribie Island at the moment, it is a great time to make the drive out there. Due to recent rain the short track is not that deep or soft, making it a good time to drive onto the beach. You still need to give it a little bit of speed when exiting the beach to go home as I did see a couple of cars stuck trying to get off the beach. But overall it was a great day out. The whole beach is quite flat at the moment, making it really easy to drive on around low tide and find somewhere to park for the day. Unfortunately, my girlfriend didn’t take any pictures or videos while we were driving, but I do have a year permit for Bribie so there will be plenty more opportunities.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read. I just wanted to write something quickly so that I may give back a little of my experience after reading everyone else’s advice on the exxy. If I help one person, then I’m a happy camper.


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Date Registered: 11-2008
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nice have you got any pics of the day would be some great vision


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http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u449/calebodea/10959646_10205769873232228_3505269882902438300_n_zps4c039680.jpg

That's the only photo we have from the day. Will get more next time emoticon

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looks like it was a great day


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ62jA3S8vw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc1jxaQSQAQ

A couple of links to videos from my most recent trip to Bribie

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ECB 63mm bulbar, 23" LED light bar
Rhino Roof Racks with awning and half basket
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Date Registered: 10-2006
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Though you have the lift it is still advisable to get the rear bash plate. This will help to hold the rear bumper and stop it from ripping if it catches too much sand as the plate slides on the sand instead.

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Date Registered: 11-2014
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How much did the Pedders Lift Kit set you back?

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Kev - I wish I had of seen this advice a lot earlier, because unfortunately I already scooped up a lot of sand trying the inland track (pre-lift) and tore the back bumper.

Jason - it cost me $1,630 installed, including new heavy duty shock absorbers. It makes a lot of difference when combined with slightly bigger tyres to the way it looks and the way it goes on the sand.

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2010 T31 4WD ST-L Manual
Pedders 35mm lift kit
Yokohama Geolander A/T 225/65R17
ECB 63mm bulbar, 23" LED light bar
Rhino Roof Racks with awning and half basket
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Date Registered: 10-2006
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CalebO wrote:
Kev - I wish I had of seen this advice a lot earlier, because unfortunately I already scooped up a lot of sand trying the inland track (pre-lift) and tore the back bumper.



Though I am a T30 owner, I have read plenty of discussions about this since the introduction of the T31 and it is the main reason Jalal sourced a full set of underbody protection plates for the Online Xtrail shop.

Set aside some time and search the forum for T31 to find all the T31 discussions incase there is something else you may have missed emoticon

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Will do Kev, thanks!

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ECB 63mm bulbar, 23" LED light bar
Rhino Roof Racks with awning and half basket
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