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« on: May 13, 2018, 09:12:46 PM »
Hey guys, and gals if any. New to 4x4’s and overlanding. Got my self a ranger.
Struggling to find good bit in this  little island of ours. Shame shipping from Oz is so dam expensive


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Re: Newbie
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2018, 10:06:05 PM »
Welcome to the forum

Tuff-Trek is a good point for Ranger upgrades, Dara has one himself and has all the Gobi bumpers and canopies etc for them



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Re: Newbie
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2018, 10:41:36 PM »
Hello Matey welcome to the forum - another pickup ! - Good man.

I share your pain with regard to getting hold of decent kit especially for newer models of pick up. I have been told by numerous companies (not Dara) that I would have to wait months at a time until they can gather up orders and no one appears to want to either ship individual items or hold stock. It feels odd when you are holding a hot grand in your hand and pleading over the phone for kit. - OK rant over.  Fuck

for smaller items of kit its worth doing the hard internet yards and getting in touch with some of the independent Aus companies direct. I have just had a dual battery tray delivery from Piranha off road in Aus (piranhaoffroad.com.au). I am sure some of the chaps on the forum could make it in a lunchtime but for me I have to plug and play kit and have limited time to even fit it.

The exchange rate from Aus to ££ is OK, shipping rate is not too bad and it got here in under 10 days. I also got a few bits from Thailand and S Africa - much the same experience. UK customs will charge you the VAT and £20 for the pleasure of holding the product up for a week - but you can get your hands on smaller specialist bolt on kit.

Keep your eye on whether kit like bumpers, tow bars and things need a CE mark to keep your insurance legal. Self-imported kit can be a problem and that's the reason many companies don't sell it.

Why not grab a cheap Eurostar and head for the big offroad show in Germany in a couple of weeks ? https://www.abenteuer-allrad.de/?lang=en

Keep us posted and put up some pictures for sure
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Re: Newbie
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 06:36:00 AM »
Hello Matey welcome to the forum - another pickup ! - Good man.

I share your pain with regard to getting hold of decent kit especially for newer models of pick up. I have been told by numerous companies (not Dara) that I would have to wait months at a time until they can gather up orders and no one appears to want to either ship individual items or hold stock. It feels odd when you are holding a hot grand in your hand and pleading over the phone for kit. - OK rant over.  Fuck

for smaller items of kit its worth doing the hard internet yards and getting in touch with some of the independent Aus companies direct. I have just had a dual battery tray delivery from Piranha off road in Aus (piranhaoffroad.com.au). I am sure some of the chaps on the forum could make it in a lunchtime but for me I have to plug and play kit and have limited time to even fit it.

The exchange rate from Aus to ££ is OK, shipping rate is not too bad and it got here in under 10 days. I also got a few bits from Thailand and S Africa - much the same experience. UK customs will charge you the VAT and £20 for the pleasure of holding the product up for a week - but you can get your hands on smaller specialist bolt on kit.

Keep your eye on whether kit like bumpers, tow bars and things need a CE mark to keep your insurance legal. Self-imported kit can be a problem and that's the reason many companies don't sell it.

Why not grab a cheap Eurostar and head for the big offroad show in Germany in a couple of weeks ? https://www.abenteuer-allrad.de/?lang=en

Keep us posted and put up some pictures for sure
Well thank you for the warm welcome guys
I’ll check that site out And get some pictures up soon. I did get hold of a company In Thailand that said I would have to sort shipping my self but didn’t know where to start. I really want an off-road rear bumper with swing away carrier on for wheel/jack and maybe fuel. Again in America and places there are loads for the raptor Jeep’s and tundras. I’ve even thought of getting my own fabricated but having a hard enough time finding a company to make a internal roofrack support frame for the canopy. I have a glass fiber one with a front runner slimline II.


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Re: Newbie
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018, 07:23:47 AM »
Definitely get in touch with Dara about the Gobi products and West Coast 4x4 for AFN and Iron Man.

If you are hanging weight that far back from the rear wheels West Coast are also very useful for Suspension advice.

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2018, 07:31:15 AM »
Hi mate, WELCOME! always great to see another pick up! I also share your pain, i run an Isuzu Dmax 2015 and search high and low weekly for parts, where more common pick ups can find EU suppliers, i struggle as DMax are usually used mostly in SA and ASIA, that being said with the farmers replacing landys with dmaxs the market is growing!

Ok, canopy. I have a truckman fibre glass one. My advice, give up on the frame/fabrication search early - i tried for weeks, and nearly had a custom frame fabricated similar to Jays Overland 2.0 Hilux (see his build thread for pics) but this was gonna cost nearly as much as getting an aluminium one. After a lot of google hours, i finally gave in and ordered and RSI Smart canopy from Tuff Trek as i want the roof tent mounting on the rear. It arrives in the next shipment  ;D

Theres a few pick up guys on here who are lucky enough to be able to make there own stuff, but im part of the crew who cant, that being said there is ALOT of info on here and if you dont know mate just ask, i am still really new to this having only started a year ago, and the guys on this forum have helped save me ALOT of money-also steering me in the right direction with buying the right gear etc.

Bumpers, obviously ARB, Iron man etc but they are from Aus (or Tuff Trek (ARB)). AFN in Portugal just quoted me 750 euro for a front bumper, with light spacings, black powder coated-collection only (delivery was another 340 euro to Scotland) maybe they have a bumper for you?. RIVAL who are pretty new to me and i assume everyone else, are launching a DMAX range this summer, but they already have a RANGER range. I know the guys at ARDENT off Road have RIVAL bumpers fitted on their ranger.

Personally Im still on the custom/stock fence for bumpers.

Im also part of an Isuzu FB group mate, and i know there is a Ranger UK group too, might be worth checking there too?

Any way, look forward to seeing what you go for!

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2018, 07:58:29 AM »
Definitely get in touch with Dara about the Gobi products and West Coast 4x4 for AFN and Iron Man.

If you are hanging weight that far back from the rear wheels West Coast are also very useful for Suspension advice.

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I had a little look on his site. Will deffo have a better look in the day. Cheers for the heads up. And yes suspension was going to be another question to sort. Air bag? Parobolic leafs lift kits etc etc. It’s a minefield


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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2018, 08:13:08 AM »
Hi mate, WELCOME! always great to see another pick up! I also share your pain, i run an Isuzu Dmax 2015 and search high and low weekly for parts, where more common pick ups can find EU suppliers, i struggle as DMax are usually used mostly in SA and ASIA, that being said with the farmers replacing landys with dmaxs the market is growing!

Ok, canopy. I have a truckman fibre glass one. My advice, give up on the frame/fabrication search early - i tried for weeks, and nearly had a custom frame fabricated similar to Jays Overland 2.0 Hilux (see his build thread for pics) but this was gonna cost nearly as much as getting an aluminium one. After a lot of google hours, i finally gave in and ordered and RSI Smart canopy from Tuff Trek as i want the roof tent mounting on the rear. It arrives in the next shipment  ;D

Theres a few pick up guys on here who are lucky enough to be able to make there own stuff, but im part of the crew who cant, that being said there is ALOT of info on here and if you dont know mate just ask, i am still really new to this having only started a year ago, and the guys on this forum have helped save me ALOT of money-also steering me in the right direction with buying the right gear etc.

Bumpers, obviously ARB, Iron man etc but they are from Aus (or Tuff Trek (ARB)). AFN in Portugal just quoted me 750 euro for a front bumper, with light spacings, black powder coated-collection only (delivery was another 340 euro to Scotland) maybe they have a bumper for you?. RIVAL who are pretty new to me and i assume everyone else, are launching a DMAX range this summer, but they already have a RANGER range. I know the guys at ARDENT off Road have RIVAL bumpers fitted on their ranger.

Personally Im still on the custom/stock fence for bumpers.

Im also part of an Isuzu FB group mate, and i know there is a Ranger UK group too, might be worth checking there too?

Any way, look forward to seeing what you go for!

Welcome again mate
Cheers cas,  I have a local company calling me today about the frame, supposed to be doing 12 nights around Scotland end of August with my misses and the tent supposed to be going on the back. I’m also not able to make my own stuff unfortunately. no space or tools needed for metalwork but I am baking my own draw system / kitchen in that back and want to try and fit as much as I can my self. Where are you putting your 2nd battery and what system are you using for charging? I just had a quick look at AFN there bumpers look nice for the d max and Hulux but seem different for the Ford. I did think keeping stock front and having a front runner winch plate hidden but I like the look of the rival one also. It was your comment I think on jays video that pointed me to this page.


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Re: Newbie
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2018, 10:57:52 AM »
Aw happy days mate, glad to help in my own little way! and glad you found the forum!

I can tell you my build has 100% been shaped on the advice of the guys on here . . . . if its good enough for them well..... lol

So after i gave up my frame search, i mounted the tent ontop of the drivers cab for a couple of trips using the standard bars fitted. Luckily mine where metal alloy through out and "seem" ok for the task. I will say that i done no off roading on the factory rails and even the road milage made me nervous. This was purely for festival trips so no proper overlanding. This helped me steer further towards the RSI canopy choice.

As for batteries, i have held off on the install until the new canopy goes on but i plan to mount it in the rear tub (out of the way as much as possible). I currently have a front runner 105AH battery box with with a CTEK D250SA ready to go in as soon as the canopy is fitted. It will then be linked up to all my lights etc.

As for cooking etc, me and a few other guys on here, run our trucks as everyday vehicles too, so personally, all my kit has to be as modular as possible. Hectic Leisure cooking set has tidied my kitchen needs up with the added bonus of being removable!

A bit of early advice i was given on this forum, was just go anyway, dont try to buy all the gear then go first, get the basics and head off, learn what works for you and adapt! I saved quite a bit of money doing this as what i thought where "essential" items, turned out to be useless really. I pretty much got my roof tent, whacked a stove in the back, grabbed the wife and dogs and went off.
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Re: Newbie
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2018, 11:15:13 AM »
100% agree - Jays video helped with my Ctek, all my box storage ideas came from here, @Padster helped me with the heavy engineering.

If you get bored looking at websites and it all looks a million miles (and pounds) away have a look at this chap

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5uQOZO-8NQ9EdwlLgVPaPA

It all becomes a bit more accessible and you can see what's possible

Have fun matey !
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2018, 03:34:06 PM »
Welcome from me too and yes, good to see another pickup owner.

Overlanding seems to cover a very wide range of travelling: everything from people looking for challenging off-roading with simple camping kit to those who enjoy longer stays at campsites and equip themselves with that in mind.....plus the 1,000 variations in between!

So, not a great deal to add to all the good info so far but boring as it may sound, it's worth heeding the advice to get out and try stuff before opening your wallet too wide. The old maxim of do it right, do it once is all very well but hard to pick (and pay for!) the appropriate kit until you have a clear idea of what you and your family are aiming for in your travels.

Rear bumper is a case in point. I ran a Jeep with a swing away rear-carrier, fuel can and jack so like the idea but whereas the Jeep was basically a chassis with a wheel at each corner, a pickup usually has a long overhang behind the rear axle. Adding substantial weight at that point MAY not be a good idea, particularly if you're thinking of extensive off-road work.

As for 2nd battery, if you're building your own drawer system then fitting into a "well" beside the drawers would work and coupled with a Ctek charger and a 100-110 ah leisure battery should provide you with plenty of power.

Whatever you decide......enjoy!

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2018, 09:30:39 PM »
Welcome!

Its good to see another Pickup on here they are really well suited to overland builds and people are slowly coming around to the idea

I am glad my videos have been of some help to you so far, there isn't much more I can say that hasn't already been said in the topic

If your still looking on going down the Internal/External frame route then my next video out on Friday will be of some help, i have gone into abit more detail about the actual design and build of the roll cage which may come in handy

Keep us updated!

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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2018, 07:21:52 PM »
Hi mate, WELCOME! always great to see another pick up! I also share your pain, i run an Isuzu Dmax 2015 and search high and low weekly for parts, where more common pick ups can find EU suppliers, i struggle as DMax are usually used mostly in SA and ASIA, that being said with the farmers replacing landys with dmaxs the market is growing!

Ok, canopy. I have a truckman fibre glass one. My advice, give up on the frame/fabrication search early - i tried for weeks, and nearly had a custom frame fabricated similar to Jays Overland 2.0 Hilux (see his build thread for pics) but this was gonna cost nearly as much as getting an aluminium one. After a lot of google hours, i finally gave in and ordered and RSI Smart canopy from Tuff Trek as i want the roof tent mounting on the rear. It arrives in the next shipment  ;D

Theres a few pick up guys on here who are lucky enough to be able to make there own stuff, but im part of the crew who cant, that being said there is ALOT of info on here and if you dont know mate just ask, i am still really new to this having only started a year ago, and the guys on this forum have helped save me ALOT of money-also steering me in the right direction with buying the right gear etc.

Bumpers, obviously ARB, Iron man etc but they are from Aus (or Tuff Trek (ARB)). AFN in Portugal just quoted me 750 euro for a front bumper, with light spacings, black powder coated-collection only (delivery was another 340 euro to Scotland) maybe they have a bumper for you?. RIVAL who are pretty new to me and i assume everyone else, are launching a DMAX range this summer, but they already have a RANGER range. I know the guys at ARDENT off Road have RIVAL bumpers fitted on their ranger.

Personally Im still on the custom/stock fence for bumpers.

Im also part of an Isuzu FB group mate, and i know there is a Ranger UK group too, might be worth checking there too?

Any way, look forward to seeing what you go for!

Welcome again mate
Cheers cas,  I have a local company calling me today about the frame, supposed to be doing 12 nights around Scotland end of August with my misses and the tent supposed to be going on the back. I’m also not able to make my own stuff unfortunately. no space or tools needed for metalwork but I am baking my own draw system / kitchen in that back and want to try and fit as much as I can my self. Where are you putting your 2nd battery and what system are you using for charging? I just had a quick look at AFN there bumpers look nice for the d max and Hulux but seem different for the Ford. I did think keeping stock front and having a front runner winch plate hidden but I like the look of the rival one also. It was your comment I think on jays video that pointed me to this page.


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I own a 2014 L200, fitted a discreet winch on within the original front bumper and a set of drawers in the back. Very happy with products from Horntools so now brining them into UK. Fit extra battery in the well between the drawer system and far end of tub.
Can I suggest as you have a roof rack to mount the tent (If you have one) on the cab for now. Each project I do on my truck seems to take many attempts, tries and tweaks to get right. As someone said previously, take what you have, have some fun, come home then start the tweaking.

Enjoy!!

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