Living in suspension 101 – Part 1

When it comes to suspension there is so many options available on the market its hard to know where to start. You will be struck with many options ranging from $100 to $10,000 dollar kits to suit the pavement princess right through to external reservoir kits focused for those in for extreme off road use. In this write up we will focus on how to pick the correct setup for your needs and budget and in the future follow up with some more technical in depth tech tips that we…

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Achieving the maximum potential of your diesel tuning with Trundles – Part 3

Once you have completed the required servicing and maintenance on your pride and joy its now time to get it  tuned! There is always a few points worth thinking about when taking it to the Dyno. Initially I would recommend always having the vehicle tuned on the Dyno followed by being run on the road with a wide band to ensure that the tune is accurate under all types of load. If the company you are dealing with does not use or own a Dyno I would be very cautious due to when…

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Achieving the maximum potential of your diesel tuning with Trundles – Part 1

It is human nature to evolve and try to get the maximum potential out of our rigs. These days with the availability of diesel tuning options being plastered across social medial, it is in no doubt on every any petrol head (excuse the pun)  4wheelers alley and to do list. (More power, more boost, more fun). Unfortunately its not just as simple as cranking up everything up on your truck and having it last forever. The boring must come first before excitement and reaching your tuned potential, this comes in the…

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the Wreckage

Fondly called “the Wreckage” or “the 60”. Tom of famed Tomsoffroad&Customs has a 1983 60 series land cruiser that he has been modifying for the last 5 years and is still in a constant state of evolution while being thrashed to the max. In particular Tom has a plan to address the rear suspension by installing an 80 series rear diff housing and change the suspension to a double triagulated setup. Every thing from the cab rearward is likely to get modified. Also on the list are new beadlocks and…

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Jeepers, truly wicked

Meet ‘Wicked Jane’, she is a Grand Jeep. Little known fact, that these Grands normally go under the WJ code, however the RHD ones are actually coded WG. The ‘quick mods’ list for Wicked Jane: – Iron Rock Off Road 6.5″ lift springs – Front 3 link long arm system (long arms plus “Iron-Y” arm) – Front and rear long arm uni-frame brackets – Iron Rock Off Road front adjustable length HD track bar – Iron Rock Off Road Adjustable A-arm – NP242 UHD transfer case – Transfer Case drop…

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The Dark Knight Returns

We recently featured the build from Jono Climo, restoring his 4×4 Trophy Truck 869, it is now sitting in its final state, ready to go with new shoes, Nitto Mud Grapplers from Nitro tire NZ, and freshly wrapped by #TheSignStudio (Graphics by Pixelsaurus Creative). What a monster! Thanks to Sarah from Nitto Tire NZ for all the photos. Jono is running is Mud Grappler 35×12.5R17 (currently on 869) and he also will run Trail Grappler 315/70R17’s on all 4 corners.    

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Tomsoffroad And Custom starring the 1994 KZN130 Surf

Tomsoffroad And Custom is an automotive company in Christchurch that turns out some amazing custom 4×4 work. They design and fabricate your 4wd dreams into reality and are suppliers of Amada, Dobi and other cool suspension components. We will be featuring more of Tomsoffroad And Customs projects.   The 1994 KZN130 project Surf features: Safari diffs front and rear 4.6:1 ratios out of a Safari Spirit. Factory locker rear. 3 link front and rear suspension. Factory 1KZ with 3″ exhaust incl dump pipe. 3″ custom snorkel. Custom barwork all round…

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A phoenix rises from the ashes

Almost 2 years ago competitive racer and guru fabricator Jono Climo whilst pushing for a podium finish had a brutal crash which had their racer 869 totaled and both driver and navigator a little sore but due to their state of the art protection, they both walked away from it. Jono and Josh participate in the ORANZ competition that has the nations finest rip and dip across tracks of varying terrain on high horsepower and high octane steel beasts. When surveying the damage of the crash which happened in 2015…

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