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THE ARB NSW team picked up the GQ Patrol in Orange, NSW. It had 338,000km on the clock, but de­spite that it was in sur­pris­ingly good me­chan­i­cal con­di­tion, although the body had plenty of mi­nor bat­tle scars.

The ARB boys gave the Patrol a good tidy-up and full re-spray, and then the mod­i­fi­ca­tions be­gan. It was fit­ted with a new set of ROH Black Track steel rims wear­ing 33x12.5r15 Cooper STT Pro tyres, and ARB air lock­ers were added front and rear. A full Old Man Emu sus­pen­sion sys­tem con­sist­ing long-travel coil springs front and rear, com­ple­mented with matched Nitrocharger shock ab­sorbers, gives a three-inch lift, a bet­ter ride and more trac­tion than the GQ ever had as stan­dard.

An ad­justable Pan­hard rod and trail­ing arms en­sure cor­rect ge­om­e­try, and an OME steer­ing damper is fit­ted up front.

The en­gine has been boosted cour­tesy of a Sa­fari turbo sys­tem with in­ter­cooler and three­inch ex­haust. Of course, it breathes through a Sa­fari snorkel and is fed from a Long Ranger 147-litre re­place­ment fuel tank.

There’s an ARB bull­bar with side rails and steps, and a Kay­mar rear bar with twin wheel car­ri­ers. The bull­bar sports a pair of ARB In­ten­sity LED driv­ing lights and a Warn winch, while a full-length al­loy roof rack car­ries gear and holds an ARB awning.

In­side, com­fort has been im­proved with a pair of Re­caro seats, while a roof con­sole houses a GME UHF ra­dio and an ARB fridge mon­i­tor. A Mil­ford cargo bar­rier keeps things in check, and there’s an Out­back So­lu­tions drawer sys­tem and fridge slide with a 60-litre ARB fridge. Redarc boost, EGT and dual-bat­tery gauges are mounted in the cen­tre con­sole, and pow­er­ing all of the ac­ces­sories is a dual-bat­tery set-up con­sist­ing of an ARB bat­tery tray, Redarc BCDC bat­tery charger and a 55Ah Op­tima Yel­low Top bat­tery pack.

The Cooper STT Pros proved fault­less out on the tracks.

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