Jase’s truck is fitted by
▸ Vehicle protection – Bullbar, side steps, and under-body protection plates
▸ Recovery gear – Front & rear Recon R13 13000lb winches with synthetic rope and remote
Recon winch info:
13000lbs winch rated single line pull
6.0hp motor series wound and balanced
3 stage planetary gears
25m Syntuff synthetic rope – nanotechnology 10mm diameter
Full-load automatic brake designed for synthetic rope, no drum heat, includes wireless and wired remote
This year EFS have launched a new range of 4WD accessories, and I couldn’t wait to test them out in the harsh environments Australia offers. The bullbars are the toughest looking barwork I’ve seen with the hammer-tone finish combined with the size and strength of the robotically welded bars. The winch is rated 1000lbs extra than the previous winches that we had. All the EFS Accessories look sleek and are precision fitted to my vehicle.
▸ Xtreme shocks
▸ Heavy-duty coils
In the front are the EFS Elite 35mm big bore struts paired with a very heavy EFS coil spring to suit the large loads that are put on this vehicle. In the rear is the EFS Xtreme 45mm big bore long-travel shocks and paired with an extremely heavy coil.Words from Jase
For the places that we go, aftermarket suspension is a must. We have trusted EFS for years because of their strength, reliability and quality. Every year when we build our rigs, EFS have the expertise to recommend and install exactly what lift we need with the shockies, springs and integrated suspension systems required to handle the load in the places that we go.
▸ 2 x Yuasa Power Series Ultra batteries
▸ Wiring fit out for charging, lighting, water & air pumps, communications, and tow pro
▸ Pioneer roof platform
▸ Sunseeker 2.5m awning
▸ Foxwing awning
For the last 3 years, we have been using Rhino Rack Pioneer roof racks for their strength in rooftop storage. These guys are a family-owned company that have been around now for 25 years. They have a huge range of attachments and accessories, such as the Foxwing and Sunseeker awnings that we use and the rack-mounted shovels help get us out of the bogs we get ourselves into.
▸ 6 x Baja MTZ P3 Mud-Terrain 315/70R17Words from Jase
Tyre choice is very important when you travel into the places that we do. We cover diverse terrain from sticky black soil to sharp rocky country and endless sand. As Mates of Mickey, we rely on our Mickey Thompsons to get us through our entire trip.
The tyre pressures are also important to remember. By reducing the air pressures in your tyre, it can greatly increase the traction. Even on the dirt roads you can drop the air pressures down 5 to 6 psi depending on the load of the 4×4. When you hit the sand you can drop them down to as low as 18 psi and this will make it easer to drive and stop from getting bogged as much, and of course don’t forget the trailers tyres.
▸ 1 x CoolMatic CRX140 upright fridge/freezer
▸ In-cab CFX35 fridge/freezer
This year I have the Waeco CRX140 upright fridge/freezer in the canopy. This has enabled us to carry more food on the adventures where we venture further from the Supermarkets than ever before. They are easy to power and are truly reliable.
▸ The Manager30 battery management system
▸ Tow-Pro brake controller
▸ 1000W AC/DC inverter
▸ 1200/900 solar panel
Words from Jase
When you spend a lot of time camping in the bush, where there is no 240 power to plug into, it’s nice to have a good 12volt system in place. Redarc have a great range of products that handle all our 12 volts needs. Not everyone needs to recharge large camera batteries and production equipment like we do, but the Redarc range meets everyone’s needs. The canopy on my 200 series has been set up with all the Redarc gear.
▸ 2 sets per vehicle
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We would still be stuck in some of the wettest bogs if it hadn’t been for our MAXTRAX. These lightweight vehicle-recovery devices are easy to carry along and are invaluable to have when you get into a sticky situation.
▸ 180L Replacement long-range fuel tank
▸ Pre-fuel filter kit
Both the D-Max and 200 Series are fitted with Brown Davis fuel tanks which replaced the two standard tanks. This increased our diesel fuel capacity to enable us to travel the distances we do. The extra fuel in the tanks means we don’t have to carry extra fuel in jerry cans. This is a huge advantage when travelling across desert regions or up in Arnhem land, as we did during series 9.
▸ 4 x Quad optic 180watt light bars
(Bullbar mounted 600mm / Roof-rack slimline 900mm / 2 x side-facing 300mm)
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Quality lighting for driving in the bush at night should be a top priority for any 4-wheel driver. You may be able to get away without spotlights in the city, but once you’re off the beaten track, you need every bit of light you can get. Xray Vision have some of the brightest and most durable spotlights and light bars on the market, which is extremely important for us out in the most remote corners of this country.
▸ UH9080 UHF radio
▸ AT970BK Antenna
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For Series 9 we have chosen Uniden for our communications with their in-car and handheld UHFs. These systems are vital for the places that we went to during Series 9. In the dunes in the desert and during recovery situations, good communication is vital. The Uniden systems impressed me with their clarity and range, two of the most important elements to consider when buying a UHF.
▸ Performance module chip
▸ Pedal torque
▸ DPF’s 09/15 Twin 3” Dual Exit Stainless Steel Exhaust
Words from Jase
Towing heavy loads off the beaten track requires a tough 4wd; it also requires a 4wd with power. All my 4wds have the Torqit chip, exhaust and throttle torque fitted. The amount of extra power that we get form the Toyota V8s is crazy, but without Torqit fitted, I could not tow the new 4.2-ton boat off-road.
▸ Canvas seat coversWords from Jase
Supafit seat covers are protecting the original upholstery of our vehicles from the grime and dust of those dirt roads. Their seat covers are waterproof, mould resistant, UV stabilised, airbag compatible, and most of all comfortable!
▸ Boat loader
Outback 4wd Interiors
▸ Centre console
▸ 12V pie oven
▸ Lithium 200AH prismatic cell
▸ Air suspension