- Steve | Montani Semper Liberi
James' fault by association
My zombies ate your Dingo.
I told my wife I wanted it, but she has to think it over. :-( The mods on it and the hard top are about a $4000 value, alone. The guy only ran synthetic oil in it and has all the records. The thing's a cream puff.
Just be careful with the mods. Anything over 1 1/2 inches can seriously effect handling, stability, and drive train durability/efficacy. Those mods can be done very well and actually show improvement in all of those regards but often they're done as a fashion statement as opposed to a thoughtfully engineered redesign. Also know that you don't want to go too large with a plow on short wheelbase jeep, and that the hangers will affect ground clearance, not a big deal for a fun driving camp vehicle.
Bearing the burden of responsibility..... It's probably my fault.
Treat your silver as if it were earthenware and your earthenware as if it were silver - Seneca, Letters of a Stoic
Guys, I threw the evoque pictures in for fun.
Personally if I were buying an off-roader, and particularly if the household had another car, then I'd be tempted by rugged character and heritage, eg. a Jeep or probably a LR Defender. I'm a Brit so I have a soft spot for the Defender, if I could justify it I'd probably still buy a Defender even though I no longer have need a 4x4. Having said that, here in Australia guys go off for weeks touring across the outback, and virtually everyone chooses Toyota because of reliability and performance... but for my the Toyotas, particularly new ones just lack character a wee bit.
The last time I needed off-road capabilities I bought a LR Disco, basically because it was my only car and my driving was 90%on-road... so the use and amount of 'on road' driving needs to be considered, unless you're happy driving an more agricultural vehicle full time on the road (many people like this).
110 short wheel base defender nuff said
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Fj Cruiser gets my vote.
Luke - - - 'The harder the path the more worthwhile the prize at the end of the journey'
Last edited by packersfan117; 07-17-2012 at 07:45 PM.
Hail Sinfonia! --Josh
If we're talking old, I think the Cruiser is the ticket and I have owned quite a few. My favorite was a 1971 FJ-55.
I currently have a BJ-73 which is the modern'ish 70 series medium wheelbase with a removeable top and a 3.4 turbo diesel. (Similar to this)
That said you cant get one, so unless you want something used or can nab some ex-mine truck out of Canada, you're kinda limited to the Jeep. So I guess that gets my vote for your application.
I think you can get a nice 95-97 FZJ-80 for a reasonable price and they have lockers in both diffs, which is nice with the 4 link/disc brakes on all 4 corners with high pinion diffs to boot.... Gas mileage is an issue though.
They were sold in Canada as a Lexus model only, so that should say something... LX450.
*all pics pilfered from the interwebs
p.s. in Japan the HZJ-80 and 83 had an option for an ice cube tray in the centre console.
Last edited by tattewell; 07-20-2012 at 05:39 AM.