1998 GU Patrol ST Twin Locked V8

sam eyles



- Roof rack

- Roof top tent

- Side awning

- Main 147L long range tank

- Sub 70L long range tank

- Side LED lights

- Rear LED lights

- 52inch Light bar

- 23inch Light bar

- Custom made bulbar

- Duel wheel carrier with bin bags and LEDs

- Dominator Winch and cradle

- Micks HID Retrofit headlight with halo rings that indicate and red devil eyes Safari Snorkel - 6dB GME Antenna

- Manual Locking Hubs


- XR6 seats


- Phone cradle with signal booster

- Main and Aux fuse boxes

- JVC headunit

- Eonon double din touchscreen unit

- Volt meters

- In car winch controls

- All fan and light switches

- Oil pressure, G.box temp, fuel pressure gauges

- 4 x USB Chargers

- False floor with 100L water bladder

- Roll bar

- Window Solar Shades

- Titan rear drawers

- Custom ‘pantry’ drawer system

- Fridge Slide

- On-board air compressor

- LED strip

- Upgraded interior LED lights

- Central Locking

Suspension and tyres

- 4 inch lift

- Front and Rear E lockers

- Dobinson super HD springs

- Fox remote res shocks

- Raised shock towers

- Extended 80 series bump stops

- All superior engineering adjustable HD arms - Comp rods HD steering drag link and tie rod - Tough dog RTC steering damper Extended - sway bar links Extended braided brake lines

- 6 x 35 inch kumho KL71 mud tyres

- 15x8 steel rims

Under the Bonnet

- LS1 motor

- 4L60E Auto gearbox

- All Marks adaptors

- MAFless tune 250rwhp 450Nm torque

- Alloy radiator

- Thermos

- Duel deep cycle batteries

- Projector battery system

- Fuse box

- Diff breathers

- Under bonnet LED strip


Question + Answer

How old were you when you started your 4WD adventures? 
When I hit my early 20’s, I got my first 4wd, and it was just a snowball effect from there!

Who inspired you into this ‘adventurous’ lifestyle?
A group of mates at the time were always going on camping trips to beaches up north. It was a situation where every car was packed full of people and only a couple of 4wds.
But a few months later and everyone got bitten by the 4wd bug, and we pretty much had a 4wd each!
From there I discovered 4wd Action and their trip videos inspired me to make my own video series from our Cape York adventure.

What’s your all-time favourite 4WD track in Australia and why? 
All-time favourite track would have to be the Old Tele Track, and this is for a few reasons.
Firstly is because of how iconic the track is, it’s just one of those things you have to cross off the bucket list!
Secondly was because of what we went through to get there. Perth in Western Australia is basically the furthest distance away from the tip of Cape York where the Old Tele Track begins. So the 20 days spent on the road to get there made it that whole lot more special.
And the final reason is just the nature of the track itself. The countless number of fresh water crossings is a great challenge for any 4wder and also put my Patrol to the ultimate test!
We also managed to cross the Jardine river by driving it! These days most people take the ferry across, but we were up for the challenge to try and drive the 100m crossing.

Fondest memory of exploring Australian tracks? 
I have a top 2 for this question!
One was when we were driving down the beach on Fraser Island. It’s one of the longest straight beach runs in the country, and with an 80km/h speed limit, there was much fun to be had!
The little fresh water streams making their way out to the ocean were great for having a swim in and also driving across in my 4wd. That was also one of the only times we did a night drive also which is always a great experience.
The other would have to be making it to the tip of Australia! Of course, other bucket list item for me and I don’t think I will get the chance to go back there very soon, so to get that photo by the sign was a very big moment for me 😊

Advice to new 4WD enthusiasts?
My advice to new 4wders is to watch as much content online as you can! I have learnt so much by researching destinations before I head out which gives me the best preparation for whats ahead. You never know, you could be driving straight past an amazing waterfall or swimming hole that you didn’t even know was there if you don’t do your research. Also, some places have restrictions and rules with regards to alcohol and camping permits, so always best to stay within the rules to keep places open for future outdoor enthusiasts 😉