De­fine the use your 4x4 is go­ing to get be­fore you start and your up­grade process will de­liver you what you need, says spe­cial­ist An­thony Dunk of Pukekohe-based Goosey’s 4x4 Cus­toms.


The best way to cre­ate a ve­hi­cle that meets the de­mands placed on it day-in and day-out is by hav­ing a clear un­der­stand­ing of what its role will be: week­end war­rior? Hard­work­ing tradie’s mate? Long dis­tance off-road tourer? It’s a ques­tion that has en­gaged the best brains in the in­dus­try for decades – and even man­u­fac­tur­ers can’t de­liver the per­fect ve­hi­cle for a given role. But by spend­ing time gen­tly prob­ing their cus­tomers on the sub­ject and de­vel­op­ing a clear pic­ture of what the ve­hi­cle will carry and what it’s asked to do, the five per­son team at Goosey’s 4x4 Cus­toms are pro­duc­ing ex­cep­tion­ally ca­pa­ble four-wheel-drives. That ini­tial scop­ing con­ver­sa­tion is crit­i­cal, says owner An­thony Dunk. After all, with a parts in­ven­tory of 12,000 in­di­vid­ual items avail­able to them from a wide va­ri­ety of man­u­fac­tur­ers, un­der­stand­ing the pur­pose of mod­i­fi­ca­tions is the dif­fer­ence be­tween a sub­limely de­vel­oped ve­hi­cle and a patch­work mess.

The most im­por­tant thing

“The most im­por­tant thing a cus­tomer needs to bring is a clear un­der­stand­ing of what they want to do with their ve­hi­cle. Even a sim­ple DIY shock ab­sorber bolt-on can cre­ate an ill-han­dling or even dan­ger­ous ve­hi­cle – or in­val­i­date the ve­hi­cle’s war­ranty. “We will sit with the cus­tomer and look at what is be­ing car­ried, un­der­stand­ing the de­mands made on the ve­hi­cle. Then we will look at op­tions to help the ve­hi­cle carry out its func­tion and make a rec­om­men­da­tion from there.” An­thony gives the ex­am­ple he sees a lot of: proud owner of a new four-wheel-drive who wants more of­froad ca­pa­bil­ity and pro­poses start­ing with a sus­pen­sion lift – or worse, a set of big­ger wheels and tyres. Just bolt­ing-on a winch and bull­bar can add 100 kg to a ve­hi­cle – all of it ahead of the front bumper.

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