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DE­SPITE show­ing more than 300,000km on its odo, the Hilux sourced by the team at ARB Queens­land for the Off Road Icons project was in good me­chan­i­cal or­der; they found it just needed an oil change and ser­vice, and up­graded brake lines and hoses.

A Sa­fari turbo kit was fit­ted, as well as a two-and-a-half inch straight-through ex­haust; com­bined, these two mod­i­fi­ca­tions add 30 per cent more power and 40 per cent more torque.

The Hilux was also fit­ted with an ARB Deluxe winch bull­bar up front, side rails, steps, and an ARB rear bar, all colour-coded to match the flares. The bull­bar holds a pair of ARB In­ten­sity AR21 spot/spread beam com­bi­na­tion driv­ing lights and is home to a 10,000lb Smit­ty­bilt Gen 2 X20 winch with wire­less re­mote.

An Old Man Emu sus­pen­sion up­grade gives enough lift to ac­com­mo­date the 32x11.5r15 Cooper Dis­cov­erer STT Pro tyres, which are mounted to a set of great-look­ing 15x8in Bathurst Globe Al­loy rims. En­sur­ing the Hilux has all the trac­tion it’ll ever need are a pair of ARB air lock­ers, ac­tu­ated by an ARB CKMA12 high out­put air com­pres­sor.

An Out­back So­lu­tions drawer sys­tem has been fit­ted in the tub with a 78-litre ARB fridge sit­ting on the fridge slide. What­ever doesn’t fit in­side the ve­hi­cle goes up on a Rhino-rack Pi­o­neer Plat­form.

A pair of Re­caro seats en­sures oc­cu­pants are supremely com­fort­able, while a GME TX3350 UHF has been fit­ted un­der the dash for ve­hi­cle-to-ve­hi­cle com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

The only item that was fit­ted to the Hilux that is no longer avail­able from ARB is the high-roof canopy. The team bought one sec­ond­hand and re­fur­bished it at ARB’S Bren­dale ware­house.

How cool are these pe­riod Bathurst Globe al­loys?

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