4 x 4 Australia - - Driven -

MARK Fawcett from Nsw-based Earthcruiser Aus­tralia is more than fa­mil­iar with knock­ing some se­ri­ous of­froad cre­den­tials into the Can­ter 4x4. The com­pany uses both the Fuso and the Iveco Daily 4x4 as plat­forms for its bush-ready camper con­ver­sions.

The Can­ter’s prob­lem­atic wad­ing depth is raised to 1400mm by re-rout­ing the diff, gear­box and fuel breathers to a stand­pipe, while the air in­take is raised to a two-me­tre-high van­tage point. Big­ger shocks are added and leaf springs are length­ened by 100mm. A lim­ited-slip front diff is in­stalled, and the whole truck cops a 75mm sus­pen­sion lift.

Dual wheels aren’t very off-road friendly ei­ther, ac­cord­ing to Fawcett: “Rocks can get jammed in be­tween the rear wheels and tear the in­ner tyre walls.” Fawcett also added that dual wheels in­crease the load on the out­side rims in off-road sit­u­a­tions. To counter this, the com­pany fits its own forged al­loy rims, shod in 13.5x37 Toyo tyres.

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