HIGH-TECH WAR­RIOR

4 x 4 Australia - - 4x4 Event -

MANY would ar­gue that Tex’s Troopy isn’t pretty, but I reckon the red-lip­py­clad bon­net sets it apart as some­thing worth look­ing at. As they say: “Beauty is more than skin deep”.

Pop­ping that scoopadorned bon­net shows the old 1HZ has been swapped for a 1HD-FTE fac­tory turbo six-pot, which is ar­guably the best 4x4 diesel en­gine ever cre­ated. Sit­ting atop is a HPD re­place­ment top­mount in­ter­cooler, while a cus­tom stain­less air box hugs the driver’s side in­ner guard. Clean air is fed in via a Don­ald­son cen­trifu­gal-style cleaner sit­ting on a cus­tom stain­less snorkel.

Tex is ob­vi­ously not a fan of be­ing stuck, as he has front- and rear-mounted 12V winches com­plete with syn­thetic rope and Fac­tor 55 Flatlink thim­bles in place of the stan­dard hooks. Light­ing the way is a com­bi­na­tion of an LED bar, HID spot­ties and LED head­light in­serts, as well as a splat­ter­ing of smaller aux­il­iary lights.

A Mchitch auto hitch hooks Tex’s Pod camper trailer on, while in­side is a mine­field of elec­tronic wiz­ardry and a full set of Drifta draw­ers.

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