Peter’s 2012 D40 Navara DX Tourer

Peter’s 2012 D40 Navara DX Tourer

  • Model D40 Navara

  • Engine Type 2.5-litre

  • Transmission Type 6-speed manual

  • Classification Tourer

Peter’s D40 Navara RX is all about the destination and making sure the beer is cold when you get there.

Why did you choose this particular 4X4?

Well, the main reason was a pretty basic one. It was cheap. At the time the RX, which is the base model D40 was being offered for $30,000 drive away. I was able to buy it and keep some dollars up my sleeve for mods.

One bonus with the RX is that it comes with vinyl flooring rather than carpets, making it almost impossible to damage and very easy to clean. That’s a big bonus when off-roading.

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What have you built this 4X4 to do?

My main focus was to make it pretty much self sufficient on camping trips. I’ve paid a lot of attention to the 12 volt side of things and run two batteries and two solar panels for charging.

It all means that I can keep the 65 litre Evakool fridge and 35 litre Waeco freezer running without killing the batteries.

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Where have you taken it and what are some of your favourite tracks/destinations?

Double Island Point is a favourite ‘quick getaway’ destination and I enjoy getting over to Fraser Island when time permits.

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Would you set it up the same again and if not, what would you change?

I’m pretty happy with how I’ve modded the Navara to date. It suits how I use it and where I take it.

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What future mods do you have planned?

I’m considering a roof top tent, which I think will make overnight stays easier. I am also planning to upgrade the brakes soon as the factory standard brakes are rubbish.

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Is there anyone that you’d like to thank for their help/assistance with building your 4X4?

Not really, I did the work myself and sourced a lot of the accessories I’ve fitted from forums and Ebay.

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