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    Suggestions for Simpson Desert trip

    I have a 2014 ex Telstra GU 3lt CRD, doing the Simpson desert in 2019, just wondering about ideas on how to make it easier and more reliable.
    I already have 2 Dobinson lift and remote shocks, Beaudesert exhaust, catch can, better fuel filters(I forget the brand) having the intercooler upgraded to a bigger HPD, dual batteries plus a 120amp lead crystal battery under the tray, 160 watts of solar, redarc manager 30, redarc 2000 watt inverter, redarc water temp and oil temp, boost and egr and twin volt gauge.
    It has a factory diff lock, 33 inch tyres.
    I want it to be a memorable trip, not a trip I want to forget so any advice is very welcome.
    I have the usual recovery gear, winch, maxtrax shovel and tyre repair kit.
    Thanks for all suggestions

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    Looks like you have it covered , will be doing the Simmo next year and fuel will be my biggest problem but looking around now for a belly tank and or bigger main tank .

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    Agreed with Rob above, does sound like you’re all over it Sundance mate, enjoy!
    Our old man used to take us across as kids with ‘Tyre Pliers’ and spare tubes too. They packed heaps smaller than a second spare carried although can only be used on good old steelie rims. Plenty of water always too just in case back then before regular traffic nowadays.



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    You'll be fine, the Simpson is a pretty popular place nowadays so if anything happens you'll only be a few hours off someone else coming through in popular times.

    The only advice I can give is don't rush through it as it goes quickly, enjoy the time there, ensure an extra 20 litres of fuel on top of what you estimate and call out on uhf on each dune as your biggest risk would be hitting another oncoming on the top of a dune.

    Enjoy!


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    Well ya got all the "bling" 😉
    Spare belt / belts
    Spare hoses
    Water , and lots of it ! In sept this year the Birdsville recovery truck was out of action , it was a 3 day wait if you needed recovery ! We had as flash Britsh 4wd come into camp one arvo , the ubute hydrolic suspension had collapsed , and can't be dodgied easily , we got there details to Birdsville 2 days later , and the copper wasn't going out to get them untill the next day ! Car was to be left out there until the truck could be repaired.
    I carried 80 lt of water .
    Fuel . I carreid 4x 10 lt drums, and finished with half a main tank .
    We spent 5 days between Mt Dare and Birdsville , we took the Rig Road , Eribana trk , and the French line from there to Birdsville, Best advise i would give is don't be in a hurry , ya don't need to drive like the TV muppetts , only use enough peddle to keep moving !
    We had 2 cars both gu tdi 42s .

    Out of interest : one a completely stock owned since new , and one with lift , 33s 3in exhaust and snorkel , both burnt within roughly 10 liters of diesel of each other over the 4000km we covered !



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    Airstrip on the rig rd for lunch.

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    And other spares: fan belt, belt tensoiner, fuel &air filters, tyre case, eng oil and a tub of wheel bearing grease & hub tool.
    2008 GU WAG ST Manual CRD - To do the job

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    Sand Flag is a Must. UHF is also a Must have. When we did it as a Forum in 2015 we came across a number of solo cars without radios plodding along. No radio, No sand Flag. I dont care really, they can risk their lives. Its when they are risking Mine by not being visible at the top of a Dune on coming and having Zero consideration for others in the desert is paramount to negligence. Really pissed me off. Your Radio and Your Sand Flag is a courtesy to others.
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    Wish it was Nissan though, Toyotas just can't keep up with the Pootrol pace.
    The only good thing about an 80 series is..... the front end?? Wrong!!, the Engine?? Wrong!! the Full Time 4WD system?? Wrong!! Its the NissanPatrol.com.au stubby holder fitted over the transfer lever.
    WARNING: Towballs used for recoveries can, and do kill people and damage property.

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    Rated Recovery point on the front and the back.
    Its a Nissan! =====> Its a Keeper!! ....... Got a TD42 in it BONUS!! ....... I'm a lucky bugger! I've got 2 of em!
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    Wish it was Nissan though, Toyotas just can't keep up with the Pootrol pace.
    The only good thing about an 80 series is..... the front end?? Wrong!!, the Engine?? Wrong!! the Full Time 4WD system?? Wrong!! Its the NissanPatrol.com.au stubby holder fitted over the transfer lever.
    WARNING: Towballs used for recoveries can, and do kill people and damage property.

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    Mozzie repellent too :-)
    The old Dalhousie Oasis’s out there were all beautiful yet a nightmare on dusk in the day.
    Not sure if the new main tourist pool only allowed is as bad now but worth a long desert walk over the new fences I hear if time permits.
    Disclaimer again: Water water


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