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The unURBAN Patrol
Our transportation and home for the next year or two, is a Nissan Patrol 3.0 TDi (GU/Y61) 2004 modell with a few modifications. The Patrol is an excellent platform for a reliable and capable overland vehicle, and with some extra features, we believe it can support two people for long periodes away from the beaten tracks. Below is an overview of the most significant modifications.

The new suspension is a 120 mm/5 inch lift with HD coils, adjustable HD shocks, HD steering dampener, adjustable link arms, dropped radius arms, and adjustable panhards. Later, the steering rods have been upgraded to HD high tensile steel, and front break discs replaced with DBA slotted rotors. Tires are Goodyear Wrangler MT/R 35x12,5-15 on Mickey Thompson Classic II alloy wheels (15x10). On my way north through USA, the front drive shaft was replaced with a double cardan drive shaft from Tom Wood.

Axles are geared with 5.42:1 (replaced 4.625:1), and the low range transfer gear is reduced from 1:2.02 to 1:3.75 (85%). Hubs are manual AVMs. Rear axle has an original Nissan diff-locker, and an ARB air locker is installed in the front axle. The air locker is operated with an onboard air system, powered by a Warn SPI compressor with a 10 liter/2.5 gal air tank. The air system has air outlets front and rear for airing up tires.

ARB steel bumpers are protecting the body, front and rear. On the rear there are swing-out carriers for a spare tire and jerry cans. The jerry can holder is modified to carry two cans. The winch in the front is a Warn 9.5 XP. Original fuel tank is replaced with a 145 liter Long Ranger tank, and the original side steps are replaced with custom made steel rock sliders.

Interior upgrades include custom built drawers in the rear cargo area, an ARB 47 liter fridge, 65 liter water tank, and a 2.2 kW Eberspacher diesel heater. Cameras, PCs and other equipment are powered by a 1000W Waeco inverter, running from an auxiliary Exide 120 Ah gel battery. This is connected to the main circuit through a Piranha DBE180S isolator w/monitor. Other camping facilities include a 2.5 meter awning and an ARB Simpson III roof tent with annex, mounted on an ARB Touring roof rack.

Next on the list, and hopefully to be fixed before leaving U.S., is a solar cell panel, a water purification system, and maybe an air ride system to help the rear suspension hold up the extra weight.

Camp facilities
- Roof top tent with annex
- 2,5 meter awning on the side of the car
- Eberspacher diesel heater 2,2 kW
- Exide gel 120 Ah auxillary battery
- ARB 47 liter 12/110/230 volt fridge
- built-in 65 liter water tank
- custom built storage system
- Zarges 100 liter cases (x3) for roof rack mount
- Coleman dual burner stove
- Gas alarm for CO, prop/but, and anasthetics
- Smoke alarm, optical
- 1000 W Waeco 230 volt inverter
- water boiler 230 volt
- car stereo with usb, ipod, and laptop connection
- 12 volt outlets
- LED lamps for late evenings
- Laptops and onboard LAN network

Vehicle modifications
- heavy duty coil springs 120 mm lift
- heavy duty big bore shocks
- dropped radius arms 120 mm
- adjustible uppper and lower rear link arms
- adjustable panhards
- 35" - 37" All/Mud Terrain tyres
- Custom front drive shaft from Tom Wood
- DBA slotted break discs
- heavy duty Bendix brake pads
- steel braided brake lines
- ARB air locker front
- Nissan diff locker rear
- Nissan sway bar disconnector rear
- Long Range 145 liter fuel tank
- ARB steel front bumper
- ARB steel rear bumper
- ARB swing-out spare tyre holder
- Modified ARB swing-out jerry can holder
- ARB Touring steel roof rack
- Cibie driving lights
- Underbody protection plates
- Piranha dual battery system with monitor
- 10 liter / 2,5 gal air tank w/air outlets in engine bay and rear cargo area

Recovery equipment
- Warn XP 9.5
- 60" High-lift jack
- 30' tow strap
- ARB elastic strap
- shackles
- anchors/tree protectors
- winch extension line
- ARB snatch blocks
- bumper jack points
- bumper winch points
- Maxtrax
- Warn SPI onboard air compressor

More details with pictures will be published. In the meantime, visit our virtual garage at Nissan 4x4 (text is in norwegian, but there are plenty of pics...)