Isuzu Ute Aus­tralia And Iron­man 4x4

4 x 4 Australia - - Event -

WITH 4X4 Aus­tralia HQ feel­ing too close to Antarc­tica, we flew to Queens­land to thaw out. How­ever, we weren’t go­ing to get far on More­ton Is­land with­out a proper rig.

So our first stop was to Iron­man 4x4’s mas­sive Bris­bane of­fice and ware­house, where Si­mon had a shiny new SR5 Toy­ota Hilux wait­ing for us.

Nat­u­rally, the get­away ve­hi­cle was fully kit­ted out with Iron­man’s Foam Cell Pro sus­pen­sion kit, front and rear bars plus side­steps, Mon­ster Winch with synth rope, new Blast LED spot­ties, Tai­lored Com­fort seat cov­ers, UHF ra­dio and all-ter­rain rub­ber.

The seat cov­ers are soft-foam backed and add a thin el­e­ment to cush­ion­ing, which is no­tice­able – it made the Hilux feel less tradie-like.

We used a Speedy tyre de­fla­tor to drop the pres­sures to suit the sandy tracks, while the spring and shock pack­age felt well-matched to the car and didn’t make the ride too firm. Si­mon put a full re­cov­ery kit and a pair of Iron­man Treds in the Space Case, but thank­fully we didn’t need them at all.

We also had a team of com­pany ex­ecs in tow to keep an eye on the beer bud­get; Isuzu Ute supplied an MU-X wagon and a D-max ute for them. The MU-X is now our favourite com­pact SUV, and it’s still a 7-seater. A top choice for any fam­ily 4x4.

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