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That’s why you fit Cooper tyres

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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.

Gen­er­ate a quote

Gen­er­ate a quote for your ve­hi­cle and find your clos­est Au­tho­rised Re­tailer at

www.coop­er­tires.com.au or call 1300 COOPER.

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.

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