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Baptism of Fire

Well, i finally took delivery about 5 hours after ETD. No time for the dealer's run through - I thought "It's OK mate i am a member of Jeep Garage"

Throw on the Thule roof racks with the 4019 fit kit...wait the 751 feet don't fit the 4019 - off to ARB to get the 753's, will send back 751's to Brisbane later.... Drop on the Rhino roof basket. Get it home load it up and hit the road. The wife's pretty angry. I think is was also due to her still having strong feelings for the Prado I had unceremoniously off loaded two weeks earlier.

We left town with 16km's on the clock and a full tank of Diesel. Destination Rainbow Beach for an early assault on Fraser Island the next am. Trip was uneventful but exciting nonetheless.

The next morning we woke at 5:30 to a procession of 4wds (hiluxes, lifted Patrols, Prados etc) rolling past the motel all heading for the last Petrol station before the barge. Time is tight as we need to be on the island before low tide for the 2 hr trip up the island.

We drove to the barge, let the tyres down to 22psi adjust selec-terrain and hit the sand a little nervous....All Good. The run up the island was good - we kept having to raise to OR1 to get through wash outs as we were able to travel 80-90kms/hr and it kept dropping back to NRH. We got to the notorious Indian Head which has claimed many 4wd scalps. Dropped to low range and got through it with ease, passing a Pajero bogged down to it's axels. We didn't get an opportunity to use the rear tow hook as someone was already tending to them. Note: The grinding noise of the traction control doing it's thing is a little disconcerting when intermittently applying the brakes to a wheel that is spinning through sand. Once we worked out what the sound was it wasn't so bad.

We spent the next week cruising around the island fishing and taking photos. We pulled up at one spot and my wife asked if I smelt something burning, which I did. I got under the car to see smoke so she jumped out and grabbed our daughter. Thoughts of having a 2 day old jeep with 500kms on the clock burnt out on the island flashed through my mind. I grabbed a stick to investigate the smoke further to find sand and dry material had built up between the transfer case and the skid plate. This is also where the exhaust pipes converge so is quite a hot area. By poking out the sand and vegetation, disaster was averted. It made me think that this design might be a more serious concern driving one outback.

In summary -

Thankfully we had no need for tow hooks, but I will be getting some when something is engineered.

Comparing the Jeep to the Prado, it was as good but different - we had to go to low range a little more in the Jeep to help it hold a decent gear. I also think if I had have lowered the PSI to 20 for the 18in jeep wheels I would have had a more comparable experience of the prado's 17in wheels which we always set at 22PSI.

The quadralift performed flawlessly - We didn't need OR2 at all. The noise of the suspension hitting the stops mentioned in other posts is also noticeable at OR1 but not bad. OR1 height meant we didn't bottom out once which we occasionally did in the Prado.

A couple of hundred kms from home I filled up close enough to 1000 kms so I manually calculated Fuel economy for the trip thus far - 400km on sand 600km on tarmac, we averaged 12.8ltr/100kms. Remembering I also had a full roof basket whilst travelling to and from the island.

I love this car and am very happy with all the extras over our old 4wd. My wife is right it was a great vehicle and will be missed but we have moved on the new and better things, She was also impressed and was a convert by the end of the trip.
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Good writeup Mendo...Fraser is a great experience and can be difficult at times due to the changing conditions on the beach and inland tracks. There is usually a stuck vehicle at Indian Head - and sometimes several at once that makes it difficult to get around them without being involved in a recovery.
Only bad thing about the place is the tour vehicles that seem to believe they own the tracks, and the hire troopies with 10 on board and a driver who has never been off the bitumen.
Now for the next trip????
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Re: Baptism of Fire

Nice report, glad your maiden voyage was so successful.

That first picture needs to be submitted for January 2012 Jeep of the Month.

Edit: hell, the third one is a winner as well.
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You certainly are ambitious doing that trip without any sort of pre familiarisation with the car.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:49 AM
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Good writeup Mendo...Fraser is a great experience and can be difficult at times due to the changing conditions on the beach and inland tracks. There is usually a stuck vehicle at Indian Head - and sometimes several at once that makes it difficult to get around them without being involved in a recovery.
Only bad thing about the place is the tour vehicles that seem to believe they own the tracks, and the hire troopies with 10 on board and a driver who has never been off the bitumen.
Now for the next trip????
The tour vehicles now go in convoy with a tour leader. No more rollovers... hopefully.

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Nice report, glad your maiden voyage was so successful.

That first picture needs to be submitted for January 2012 Jeep of the Month.

Edit: hell, the third one is a winner as well.
Thanks Moose - will have a go.

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You certainly are ambitious doing that trip without any sort of pre familiarisation with the car.
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It wasn't by design we were meant to have it two weeks earlier to run in the 1000 kms. Hence selling the car and booking a 4wd trip! Not sure it was a text book run in
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Great write up, the car looks great on the beach. I took my 1971 Valiant Charger on 40 mile beach once.
We will be trying our beast on the beach at anna bay in a few weeks.

Great Pictures as well.
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Well, i finally took delivery about 5 hours after ETD. No time for the dealer's run through - I thought "It's OK mate i am a member of Jeep Garage"

Throw on the Thule roof racks with the 4019 fit kit...wait the 751 feet don't fit the 4019 - off to ARB to get the 753's, will send back 751's to Brisbane later.... Drop on the Rhino roof basket. Get it home load it up and hit the road. The wife's pretty angry. I think is was also due to her still having strong feelings for the Prado I had unceremoniously off loaded two weeks earlier.

We left town with 16km's on the clock and a full tank of Diesel. Destination Rainbow Beach for an early assault on Fraser Island the next am. Trip was uneventful but exciting nonetheless.

The next morning we woke at 5:30 to a procession of 4wds (hiluxes, lifted Patrols, Prados etc) rolling past the motel all heading for the last Petrol station before the barge. Time is tight as we need to be on the island before low tide for the 2 hr trip up the island.

We drove to the barge, let the tyres down to 22psi adjust selec-terrain and hit the sand a little nervous....All Good. The run up the island was good - we kept having to raise to OR1 to get through wash outs as we were able to travel 80-90kms/hr and it kept dropping back to NRH. We got to the notorious Indian Head which has claimed many 4wd scalps. Dropped to low range and got through it with ease, passing a Pajero bogged down to it's axels. We didn't get an opportunity to use the rear tow hook as someone was already tending to them. Note: The grinding noise of the traction control doing it's thing is a little disconcerting when intermittently applying the brakes to a wheel that is spinning through sand. Once we worked out what the sound was it wasn't so bad.

We spent the next week cruising around the island fishing and taking photos. We pulled up at one spot and my wife asked if I smelt something burning, which I did. I got under the car to see smoke so she jumped out and grabbed our daughter. Thoughts of having a 2 day old jeep with 500kms on the clock burnt out on the island flashed through my mind. I grabbed a stick to investigate the smoke further to find sand and dry material had built up between the transfer case and the skid plate. This is also where the exhaust pipes converge so is quite a hot area. By poking out the sand and vegetation, disaster was averted. It made me think that this design might be a more serious concern driving one outback.

In summary -

Thankfully we had no need for tow hooks, but I will be getting some when something is engineered.

Comparing the Jeep to the Prado, it was as good but different - we had to go to low range a little more in the Jeep to help it hold a decent gear. I also think if I had have lowered the PSI to 20 for the 18in jeep wheels I would have had a more comparable experience of the prado's 17in wheels which we always set at 22PSI.

The quadralift performed flawlessly - We didn't need OR2 at all. The noise of the suspension hitting the stops mentioned in other posts is also noticeable at OR1 but not bad. OR1 height meant we didn't bottom out once which we occasionally did in the Prado.

A couple of hundred kms from home I filled up close enough to 1000 kms so I manually calculated Fuel economy for the trip thus far - 400km on sand 600km on tarmac, we averaged 12.8ltr/100kms. Remembering I also had a full roof basket whilst travelling to and from the island.

I love this car and am very happy with all the extras over our old 4wd. My wife is right it was a great vehicle and will be missed but we have moved on the new and better things, She was also impressed and was a convert by the end of the trip.
Mendo,
Great pics and write up.
What tyres are u running on?
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Mendo,
Great pics and write up.
What tyres are u running on?
Thanks they are the OEM KUMHO's. They are perfect for our needs which is 97% Tarmac driving. Road tryes are best in sand so they suit our regular trips to Fraser. And they should be fine on other gravel roads or mild off road use while looking for fishing holes.
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Finally the kind of feedback I've been looking for ... thanks Mendo, great write up.
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That's an awesome story, Mendo! We should be taking delivery of our GC late next month, and the first weekend we have it we'll be heading straight for Bribie! And then probably Double Is the next weekend

Do you have the off road adventure pack that includes the skid plates?
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Btw, how do you find the Thule roof racks? I'm thinking about purchasing a pair of the Thule AeroBar's...
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Thanks JV. No I had the plates fitted Without ORAII. Being a Laredo i already had 18" wheels and I didn't really think the ELSD was worth it for the amount of offroading I do, the traction control does a good enough job for what I need so I just had the plates fitted as an accessory. My main concern was for the fuel tank protection.

The roof racks are great, IMO very little wind noise (when the rubber grommets are inserted but that's another story). Easy to remove and put back on. Fitting advice - make sure you have the feet as perpendicular to the car as you can get them before tightening with the allen keys. This will make fitting the cover with the locks a lot easier.
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