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.