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That’s why you fit Cooper tyres
Beware of tyres that imitate the Cooper look but are not built to perform
If you want more control on outback roads, you need tyres with sharp, square tread edges that dig down and bite more during cornering on gravel, loose dirt roads and dirt tracks. Check before you buy.
Other tyres may look similar to Cooper tyres, but most 4WD tyre brands make only one all terrain tread – either one with a round edge or one with a sharp, square edge. Meanwhile Cooper all terrain tyres come in a choice of tread edges so you can match your tyres to your driving. Feel the difference from the first moment you go off-road.
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There’s no crazy engine set-up. Instead, this is a well-thought-out and meticulously planned build
additions. On the roof a Rhino Pioneer Platform rack provides a lightweight storage solution, but the Airtec snorkel from TJM is where things get really interesting.
Following the snorkel down the roof and through the front ’guard leads to a trick sheet-metal airbox and custom intake piping put there by the guys at Fingers Fabrication & Machining. The new airbox works hand-in-hand with the twin three-inch stainless exhaust that Cale had custom-built to help the 4.5-litre V8 turbo-diesel breathe easier.
The engine package has come a long way since it first rolled off the manufacturing line. Cale had the guys at Just Autos Mechanical Repairs in Nambour, Queensland, put together an engine package with their HKS F-CON id diesel fuel computers. In a world-first, the team replaced the stock LC200 computer with twin HKS units (one for each cylinder bank). The ECU package, along with larger injectors and tuning, has netted Cale’s Cruiser a monstrous 315rwhp (235kw) and 900Nm – a 20 per cent and 40 per cent gain respectively.
Cale added a 70-litre auxiliary diesel tank from Long Ranger to keep the 200 going longer between stops. Despite the huge power gains, the only negative effect Cale notices is the relays from the torque converter lock-up being too slow to engage, causing the
HKS ECUS to flag a fault. The new computers are literally too fast for the TC lock-up to keep up with. However, an upgrade to solid-state relays should rectify that soon. The rest of the drivetrain remains stock for now, although front and rear diff centres now house Elockers from Harrop, something Cale says “just work”.
With leather trim and NVH levels that’d rival most high-end luxo-barges, interior modifications have been kept simple and tasteful. Up front there’s nothing more than a simple stereo upgrade. The rear treatment has been a little more heavyhanded, though. The cargo area is now home to a storage system from Black Widow, with a full-length drawer on one side and a pull-out fridge slide on the other holding the Engel. It’s kept running for extended periods of time by twin Fullriver batteries and a Redarc BCDC1225 charger from the team at JTS at Caloundra.
It’s hard to point to one single aspect as this build’s defining piece. There’s no crazy engine set-up, no wild camping set-up and no desert-race-inspired suspension. Instead, this is a well-thought-out and meticulously planned build. Each piece complements the rest perfectly, and the end result is a 4x4 that just flat-out works.
It’s a stylish tourer that can keep up with the best of them, with plenty of power and factory reliability. It proves that when you fit the right gear in the right way, a modified vehicle can be better than stock in every single way.
Fabricated airbox and intake pipe help the V8 breathe out 900Nm. A Nasa BM-1 Compact battery monitor keeps an eye on remaining charge.
Superior Engineering upper control arms correct camber and castor.