The Big Swap


With the new $10,000+ super high-tech, complicated, 20 zone air-conditioned, self-parking 4WDs of today and the future there’s a large hole in the 4WD market. This hole encompasses many current 4WD owners looking to upgrade from their GU Patrol, 100 Series LandCruiser or similar. The type of owners that like remote locations, days without seeing another car or person. They’re known as remote tourers, and it’s what Australia is all about. While you may be lucky, there will eventually become a time when your new fandangled high-tech 4WD with 40 computers plays up 3,000kms from anywhere, where unless you carry an array of scan tools and advanced diagnostic equipment you have no hope of a bush fix.


"Many vehicles we do conversions on are decked out with every imaginable 4WD modification already, so why sell the perfection you’ve created and start over?"

This is why many 4WDers are looking to repower their existing vehicle, instead of trading it in on a newer model. Many vehicles we do conversions on are decked out with every imaginable 4WD modification already, so why sell the perfection you’ve created and start over? There’s one thing us camping and 4WDers love, and that’s reliability. Our vehicles need to get us there and get us back in one piece. With many manufacturers steering away from tough solid axle suspension to gain comfort and mass-market appeal we’re forced to craft a vehicle that’ll do the job.


The problem is, with so many new and 2nd hand engine options it can be confusing trying to decide what’s right for your particular needs. What’ll provide the grunt you want, without sending fuel figures through the roof. We’ve found success with various options over the last decade, but with the recent push into Australia from Cummins a few new engines have taken the lead. In larger 4WDs like Patrols and LandCruisers the 4.5L common-rail Cummins is becoming the go-to. Brand new engines, the best of the modern tech and that old school reliability are almost too-good to pass up. And with 200hp and a huge 750Nm in stock form it’ll easily run rings around the current crop of modern small-capacity diesels.

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