Hey everyone. Got back from New Zealand yesterday afternoon. Had a great time. It was great being there, seeing my fiance, and meeting people and doing things. Let me tell you guys, if you ever get a chance to go to New Zealand, go for it! The country is beautiful, the people are friendly, the food is great, the women are gorgeous, and, a plus for Americans, the exchange rate is very favourable for the US dollar.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I really had a great time.
Anyways, just thought I would share that and some pictures of a little bit of offroading I did there. On Sunday, July 29th, I went on a river run with a bunch of people I know over there. We went up the Selywn River, which is near Christchurch, for a few hours. I had a really great time. It was cool because they don't care if you drive in the rivers, as long as you don't go above the high water marks. Can't even think of taking your truck into a river here.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] Okay, on to the pictures:
This is a group photo. From left to right we have an early '90's 2 door Toyota Land Cruiser that we didn't get in the States, 2 highly modified mid '80's Toyota HiLux Surf's (4Runners here), a mid '80's Toyota HiLux DoubleCab (yes, you could get those pretty much everywhere but here a long time ago), a 2 door Mitsubishi Pajero (Montero here, but I don't think we ever had 2 doors, and I must say, for a torsion bar IFS truck, it had a lot of travel), a 2 door Range Rover, and two Isuzu MU's (stands for Mystery Utility, don't ask us, the Japanese named it, they come up with some pretty weird names for their cars elsewhere, it's the Amigo here). There was a Nissan Patrol in the line up also, but unfortunately it got cut out of the photo. For those who are curious, here's a photo of a 2 door Nissan Patrol, similar to the one with us:
They're pretty cool. Same size as a Land Crusier if you are familiar with those. 2 and 4 door versions. Usual engine is a 4.2L I6 gas or 4.2L I6 diesel. Coil sprung solid axles, manual hubs, some have a factory PTO winch and bullbar, electronic lockers, electronic sway bar disconnects, and several other goodies I would love for the US automakers to put on our 4x4's.
This is one of the HiLux Surf's throwing some rocks. He tried and tried, but the pile was nothing but loose rocks. The Simex Centipedes (similar to Swampers) just dug in and sank.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] He really gave it a go though, the Holden (Buick) 3.8 V6 bouncing off the rev limiter and his clutch screaming. It was pretty cool to watch as long as you weren't behind him.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
This is the Land Cruiser coming out of part of the river. The water wasn't really that high, but that ment we had a lot of gravel, loose rocks, dirt, and berms to play on and in.
This is a MU showing off why most IFS sucks, usually. Notice the lack of travel and him being cross axled on something rather easy. A locker and some sway bar disconnects would fix this.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] My truck's in the same situation, so I didn't laugh to much.
Anyways, it's good to be back and I will be on here once again. Just gotta sort through all these posts.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] It sucked leaving her to come back to the stupidity of the people I work for in the Marines.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] However, I have slightly less than 2 months left in the Marines.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Then on to Michigan. MOO here I come!
1992 Blazer Sport, 350, 4L60, Rancho 2"[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img], 285/75R16 AT's, K&N, Flowmaster, MSD[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
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