Wot Ya Got !!!

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chris_stoffa
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Wot Ya Got !!!

Unread post by chris_stoffa » March 10th, 2009, 7:55 pm

Hi all

Never thought I'd actually get to start a whole new thread on any site and now that we have our own little corner to wax lyrical or otherwise about our Mazdas' ( still cant get my head around the "Ford" thing) so here goes.

What ya got !!!! ( Pic if ya got em - I haven't as yet - next week :) )

Mine - Silver 2003 Bravo Dual Cab 2.5TD, Canopy, Tub Liner, Old Man Emu suspension, 125lt tank Bull Bar ( No winch - wife tells me I don't need one) IPF 800 ( 35W HID conversion - fiddly), Uniden TX3400 UHF and a few other things and bits and pieces - working on it and its trailer for a 4 week trip to the top of the Flinders Ranges next month.:thumb:

Edited-Found a Pic of the Beastie - In the Montezuma Track In Tassie in Nov 08
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Unread post by S3SR » March 12th, 2009, 7:14 pm

hey mate good stuff the mazda's are an underrated 4x4, even though they share the same DNA as a Ford i still love Fords have had nothing but and they took as much abuse as the BT50

one of my fav pics for some reason
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Mine - 2008 BT50 Dual Cab SDX Cool White - rubber floor mats, GME TX3440 uhf, Garmin Nuvi 760, Garmin eTrex, ARB snatch strap (saves lives :P ), scratched and dented side steps and bashplates haha

hoping for 2" body lift and 2" suspension lift, snorkle, bullbar, winch and some mods i have in mind..... getting there slowly
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2002 Ford Falcon AU3 SR 5sp Venom Red - best car ive ever owned
2006 Ford Falcon BF XR6 Lightning Strike
2008 Mazda BT50 SDX Dualcab Cool white

BT50Tourer
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2008 Mazda BT50 SDX Dual Cab and camper trailer

Unread post by BT50Tourer » March 12th, 2009, 10:43 pm

G'day. Just new to this 4WDing game. I used to be fairly active (surfing, kayaking, climbing, hiking etc.) but have hurt my back several times at work over the past few years which resulted in a operation to fuse my lower spine (back in March 2008).

While spending several months off work recovering, lying around being peeved off with all the things I was no longer able to do and generally driving the missus up the wall, I started watching some 4WD touring DVDs (Kedron Caravan Gall Boys DVDs), and reading 4WD Action mag, and the 4WD bug bit hard.

So after months of researching via phone inquiries , reading magazine articles we eventually (when I could get out and about again) we smashed open the piggy bank and bought a 2008 BT50 SDX Dual Cab (and a 2nd hand 2005 Goldstream camper trailer) and have been building it up in preparation for a big three month trip up North in July this year.

Mods so far: Austron cruise control; Warn XDC winch; ARB steel bull / side / rear step & tow bars; Lightforce 170 spotlights; Safari snorkel; GME TX 4400 UHF in a roof console; Flexiglass Canopy; Extreme spray on tub liner; Rhino heavy duty aero roof racks and alloy luggage trays (cab and canopy); Gunyah Awning; Long Ranger fuel tank; full ARB OME suspension upgrade (shocks, springs, bushes, torsion bars); Firestone air bellows; Black Widow fridge slide and single drawer system; Rotronics three stage independent battery system (2nd battery, power to the tub for the 60 litre Waeco and Anderson plug to the camper's battery); diff breathers; Glind hot water shower; electonic and chemical rust proofing; heat and glare reduction window tint (cab and canopy); Black Duck canvas seat covers; Sandgrabba mats; ARB recovery (winch & snatch) gear; hi lift and air jacks; max trax; MSA water bra; shovel, fishing gear and some space cases.

Still on the "to get" list: LT AT tyres (Coopers ATR or Bridgestone LT D694, not sure which just yet); Hema Navigator; Tyre Dog tyre monitor and a Rotronics engine temperature monitor.

Any advice or tips (general or touring or BT50 specific) would be greatly appreciated as I realise I've got a lot to learn yet before we head off in July and want to make sure I'm as prepared as we can be (we plan on heading to Kakadu, The Gulf and, hopefully, the Cape, leaving the van behind, probably in Cooktown, on the Cape leg). I'm planning to to a driver training and remote 1st aid course before we go.

Photos of the 4WD and camper on an Australia day weekend trip to the Conondales are at The Shed, BT50Tourer (didn't have the luggage racks, awning or drawer back then).

Hope to hear back from some experienced tourers!

Cheers.
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Unread post by reastwood » March 13th, 2009, 1:57 pm

Hey BT50Tourer, just a note about BT50's, if you have a manual they have been known to jump out of first gear low range going down really steep bumpy tracks. Mine does it and I know of one other, it's rare but it's the last thing you want to happen but if you know about it it lessens the shock when it happens and you can bang it back into gear before things get well out of hand. If you are going to do a 4wd driver course make sure you practise going down steep declines in low first. Otherwise I have had no problems with the BT.

Rick.
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Thanks for the advice

Unread post by BT50Tourer » March 14th, 2009, 11:46 pm

Rick,
Thanks for taking the time to post that advice about low range 1st. That's exactly the sort of "tip" that I need to know (it would be a heck of a thing to happen 1/2 way down some goat track in the middle of no where if you were not expecting / aware of it). Very much appreciated.

Robbo (BT50Tourer)

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Unread post by 4x4playNT » March 28th, 2009, 10:53 pm

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This is my rig. Running 31's with OME suspenion and blift.
RTI 440 front and 460 back...not too bad, but wouldnt mind a little more from the back, but it keeps me busy.

In the process of putting together a snorkle and also doing a bit of front end work. Always keep it maintained, and have a log book of services, upgrade and repairs that goes on for ages. 1995 model, b2600i :D

Lokka up front would be a nice addition to the fourby...but im happy with it, and it gets me to where i want to go most weekend.

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Wot ya do with it ??

Unread post by 101bravo » April 15th, 2009, 2:32 pm

Here's my toy
2002 TD, EFS 2" Lift, Maxxis Bighporns - too small only 29". Dreaming of something bigger. Dual Battery, DVD (to keep the kids quiet), TJM Bullbar, Canopy & Liner

Next mod is the new LOKKA in May/June.

I dont mind getting it REALLY dirty and sticking it in places I probably shouldn't ... just to see if I can.

You'll find plenty of Vids of my outings on Youtube.

Here's a fresh one from the Easter weekend

YouTube - CB playing at Glendon Campground near Warwick


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XJ /b] Work in progress :)
'10 Patrol 2" OME lift, Dual Battery, ARB Front Winch Bar and Side Rails/Steps
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Unread post by TVS » April 22nd, 2009, 6:10 pm

Howdy all, long time reader/4wder, very seldom poster.

Here's my 03 Bravo 2.5TD.

Just got the Lokka in the front today and am keen to test it out on the weekend and then sort out the rear air locker!
Tyres are just 245/75/16 Maxxi's Bighorns, got the old Safari snorkel, 2.5" exhuast, unifilter, bullbar and some nite stalker spotties. The lift is a 2" Ironman Performance deal with 41mm foam shocks which is a bit stiff but pretty good. Anyhow it's great to see all the Bravo's and Couriers kicking around on here. Keep them comin.

Damo
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Unread post by 87Bravo » June 17th, 2009, 6:01 am

This is my little toy! Its an 87 Mazda B2600. It was bought stock standard off my brother and in a very sorry state after it had sat neglected in his driveway for 5 years! It now sports 8" black sunnies, 32" Muddies and rubber flares, Bonnet scoop to help when 4x4 in 37C+ days, twin Jerry's and custom toolbox, 40 channel GME UHF, dual batteries with a Redarc setup, 2" bodylift, double barrel Weber carby conversion, 10,000lb Winch, Alloy bullbar with 2 spotlights(with winch plate behind it), Alloy roll bar with 4 driving lights and 4 running lights, 2x100w reversing lights on the rear bumper , new 100 amp alternator to cope with the extra loads, a CD player, upgraded sports touring seats and a sports steering wheel. "Gotta love Ebay":p
I love doing a bit of night wheeling after knocking off work (4.30am) as it helps me relax after night shift and I will post some pics of it in the daylight at a later stage. Heaps of vids on youtube working it a bit harder than I should:thumb: but I always have fun in the old girl
( YouTube - greenmorry )
Would love to put a front lokka in when I get back from Vanuatu in October!!!!
So far its cost me close to $5,500, including the purchase price. Apart from the things already mentioned I've also reconditioned the engine including the waterpump and clutch master cylinder, and it has had full front end rebuild. New front and rear brakes and rebuilt rear diff as well, and new foam cell shocks at all 4 corners! I've had it just over a year now and as I have done all the work on it myself, its slowly getting there:crazy:but I save heaps in labour cost's.
Still to come apart from the front lokka is a free flowing exhaust with extracters and a mild cam to get it to boogy along a bit quicker:p and then a snorkle and some water proofing of the electricals so I can have some fun in those really deep puddles:waycool:
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Unread post by 4x4playNT » June 17th, 2009, 11:31 am

Bit of an update:

Custom front bar
Slotted rotors
Extractors, flexi joint and 2.25" exhaust
Lokka front.
Snorkle (on my desk atm)
Dual Battery + electronic voltmeter
New rear shocks
More rear flex

Things in the mix - custom rear bar, possible rear lokka.

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Before I lopped the sides and fitted the bashplate:
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MAZTRUCK- 31" Muddies, 2" Suspension lift, 2" Body Lift, Custom Front Bar, UHF, 2" Shackles, Balljoint Spacers, 1" Diff Drop, Dual Batt, Front Lokka, Sliders, Custom Tray, etc

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Unread post by Matty R » June 17th, 2009, 4:49 pm

i better throw a pic up of my BT and support the mazdas!

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there is more info in my mebers ride thread (link in signiture) but its a whole lot of fun!! I love it to death :truck:
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Unread post by davebravo » June 19th, 2009, 7:39 am

Hi mine is 2004 freestyle cab, arb winch bar, ironman winch, ipf 9000, ironman 2" lift, foamcell shockers, gme uhf, jvc 12 cd stacker, slide on carry me camper, waeco 50 lt fridge, 31" bfg muddies.
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Unread post by 816brd » August 1st, 2009, 7:07 pm

my 05 sdx turbo diesel

-2inch body and 2inch lift kit.
-32'' tyres on standard alloy.
-rear bar removed and dual 2 1/4' sports exhausts added to rollpan slots.
-home made speaker box that fits nicely in the middle of the rear pash seats which hold splits.
-working on moding my toe bar to fit just under the rollpan, with scrub bars.
-and i want a roll bar and removable ladder rack made up for camping trips.
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My Rig

Unread post by bravoboy300 » September 11th, 2009, 10:05 pm

OK... heres my rig.. 1993 B2600i
  • raised diff breathers (F+R)
  • 2" body lift
  • new motor, front diff, gear box and transfer case (all 60,000k's)
  • re-sprayed 12 months ago
  • ICOM UHF
  • Navman S45
  • clarion sound system
  • sr5 rims
  • Narva spotties
hoping to do a 2" suspension lift when i have some spare brass, possibly front lokka and a new exhaust system, flares to stop mud gettin up the sides, and yeah thats about it... oh and im really after side steps for it...
Not much compared to some of these on here but its only my first car and its also my daily drive... one day ill get there ;)

The day we got it... (No motor, no nothing)
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After we got it on the road took out bush with the bikes
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after the 2" body lift
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Flexing up (its not all that great but it is standard all round, havent even had time to open the spring clamps up yet...)

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1993 Mazda Bravo+ B2600i | 2" body lift | 2" susp lift | UHF | Narva Spotties | 15x7 alloys | 31" MTZ's | Navman S45 | Diff Breathers | Safari Snorkel | scratches | custom front bar | aldi winch

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Unread post by chris_stoffa » September 11th, 2009, 10:19 pm

Not much compared to some of these on here but its only my first car and its also my daily drive... one day ill get there ;)

Bravoboy300

Hell , we all started there , they are the units that bring back the memories , keep it up and remember .......................you will look back on the B2600 and say " I can remember when I did ...................."

Nice unit

Cheers
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