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  • Snake Racing 4:38 am on 17/07/2013 Permalink
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    Rigid Industries SRQ2 series fitted to Toyota Land Cruiser 

    The owner of this Land Cruiser loves his toys and the Rigid Industries LED lights he has fitted to his vehicle finish it off well. Attached to a Rhino Roof Pioneer Platform Alloy Rack with Rhino Roof work light brackets they sit perfectly for his camping needs.

    Both Rhino Roof and Rigid Industries products are sold at Snake Racing.

    For any queries on what you see and more please call, visit our website or showroom at Carlton NSW.

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  • Snake Racing 7:10 am on 06/06/2013 Permalink
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    Finke Desert Race Ready To Go 

    After a full on week and a little delay, 2700kms down in the new Juicy Lucy truck, the boys from Snake Racing (Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor) and their Polaris finally arrived in Alice Springs on Tuesday morning. They went straight to documentation and were very excited to collect their bag of goodies all set for this weekends Finke Desert Race. The biggest of its kind in Australia. With 518 quads and bikes and 100 cars and buggies all lining up at  the start in Alice Springs it is going to be HUGE.

    After checking in at the local Caravan Park and meeting the locals at Woolworths and loving the support they are giving the event the boys still have some preparation before the race. Today they will be meeting with the guys from Fox Shocks for some shock testing.

    New Velo Kevlar helmets have been unwrapped and the boys don’t wont to get them dirty. Looking mighty shiny.

    For information over the weekend about the Finke Desert Race keep an eye on our Facebook page for all updates.

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    Look out next week for the full run down on the event with heaps of pics and video on our website and Facebook page to check out.

     
  • Snake Racing 12:57 am on 04/04/2013 Permalink
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    Enthused Nissan Patrol owner fits Rigid Industries LED lighting 

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    One very enthusiastic Nissan Patrol owner visited Snake Racing recently and bought his first Rigid Industies LED light. He was so impressed he came back for more and can now light up the skies of the city.

    As seen in the photos left and below he  added to the front of the vehicle a 30″ E series on the  ARB bull bar, a 40″ E Series on the front Rhino Roof Rack and 1 pair of D2 Dually’s with Orange lens covers. All of these individual lights are more than capable of lighting up huge areas on their own however our customer just loves what these lights can do.

    Not only did he fit out the front of the vehicle he covered the back view as well with 2 Dually 1300 Lumen on the spare tyre and 2 Dually 1300 Lumen on the rear roof rack.

    Look out if you are a Kangaroo or loan Fox, there’s definitely no hiding from this guy.

    For details on the full range of Rigid Industries LED Lighting call or visit the showroom or click below to view our range online.

    BUY NOW

    2  Dually D2s – Driving beam

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  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 02/05/2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: 4 inch lift, , , , Brook Reeber, , GQ Nissan Patrol, Hitech Mufflers, , , , , , Tough Dog Suspension,   

    Brook Reber’s Terrain Taming GQ Nissan Patrol 


    GQ Nissan Patrol

    “After heavy rain, with lots of mud around and deep water, it just powered through everything!” – Brook Reber

    A beautiful, immaculately presented GQ Patrol wagon rolled up to the track and the driver flashed me a beaming smile.

    Only a devoted four wheel driver would agree to meet me on one of the hottest days in Sydney for 2011, and still be excited about having a photo shoot.

    I’d like to introduce you to Brook Reber, a passionate motor sport fan and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to vehicle exhaust systems. With a background in technical medical equipment supply and a successful muffler business, Hitech Mufflers, Brook is keen to share his knowledge and experience with anyone willing to learn.

    For the Reber’s four wheel driving is a family affair with Brook’s son interested in 4WD adventure and travel it won’t be too long before you recognise this striking red and gold GQ wagon heading off onto the beaten track.GQ Nissan Patrol

    One on One with Brook

    Q: What is the vehicle mostly used for?
    Recreation & camping but also a daily driver for work

    Q: What is the favourite thing about your truck?
    The Jekyll and Hyde nature of the thing; easy & smooth on the road with good handling and yet off-road it is just unstoppable!

    Q: Can you share some of your best build up experiences?
    Following Ryan’s expert advice on setting up the suspension shortly after I got the truck was a revelation; It went from being an understeering, rolly pig to a near-neutral handler on the road, yet still with excellent travel and bump absorption off-road. The previous owner thought he could do it himself and found out that too much adjustment gives you many ways to get it wrong!

    Q: What about some of your worst build up experiences?
    Trying (still) to sort out the crappy LPG system fitted the previous owner had fitted by Midas at Rockdale NSW!  Print that, it might shame ‘em into doing something about it!

    Q: What is your best four wheel driving moment?
    The first time we put the truck through its paces at Menai, after heavy rain, with lots of mud around and deep water and it just powered through everything whilst more modified and “capable” vehicles with us were getting stuck and frying clutches!

    Q: What is the one tool you wouldn’t leave home without?
    My Bushranger X-jack exhaust and air jack, modified with a heavy duty rubber/canvas over-bag for really abrasive surfaces; so easy, quick and adaptable that I no longer even carry one of those useless, heavy and damaging HiLifts! Even if you have to dig a bit to get it under the truck when it’s at an angle, it is preferable to fighting with a HiLift!

    Q: Do you have any future plans for your truck?
    It needs more power so a 6 litre Holden all-alloy L98 EFI V8 conversion with GM LPI (liquid propane injection) is planned for mid 2011. This will work fine with the current transmission using a “Marks” adaptor kit and will lift the power on petrol from 129kw/340nm to 270kw/510nm.

    GQ Nissan Patrol

    Vehicle Details

    Name: Brook Reber
    Home Town: Concord, NSW
    Vehicle Type: Touring
    Builder: Snake Racing, HiTech Mufflers, Traction4
    Navigator: Dan Reber (Son)

    Running Gear

    Make: Nissan
    Model: 1992 GQ Patrol TI, Y60
    Chassis Design: Separate ladder frame, live axles
    Engine: 4.2 litre inline 6, EFI, TB42E
    Radiator: Nissan heavy duty, manual version with separate external trans cooler.
    Air Intake: K&N filter, Safari snorkel
    Exhaust: HiTech Mufflers 2.5 inch stainless steel, straight-through mufflers, ceramic-coated extractors
    Gearbox: Nissan-Aisan 4-AT, 4-speed automatic with Wholesale Transmissions “Extreme” upgrade and “Nomad” heavy-duty valve-body, manual torque-converter lock and temp guage; external trans cooler with thermo fan.
    Transfer: Stock GQ
    Fuel: Dual-fuel, petrol and LPG

    GQ Nissan Patrol

    Body Work

    Body Modifications: ARB high-mount winch bar, brush-bars & side steps/sliders, colour-matched to body; 4 Rhino bars & x-large Rhino basket, hi-lift & shovel mounts; dual batteries with isolator; “Big Red” air compressor, “Meta” full alarm system with 3-point immobilizer and remote central locking
    Paint: Full re-spray in original colours 3 years ago
    Hood: Stock except for over sized Nissan grille badge removed to improve airflow.
    Interior: “Dash extension pod and roof console/shelf; AM and UHF CB’s; trans temp guage; “Momo” steering wheel; “Sparco” alloy pedals; “Pioneer” 4-speaker, high-power CD/tuner with electric aerial; “Bushranger” heavy duty floor mats.
    4WD Accessories: 45L Engel fridge & slider and 57L Black Widow water tank & pump.
    Seats: Stock seats, fronts with sheepskin covers, off-road slip-on canvas covers.
    Lights: Additional interior front and rear courtesy lights; IPF driving lights with colour-matched cases, IPF headlights and twin reverse lights; work light.
    Winches: Front high-mount Warn XDC 9600 lb. with wire cable

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    Drive-train & Suspension

    Steering: Stock Nissan steering box with a “Tough Dog” 9-way adjustable steering damper and Snake heavy-duty drag link.
    Front Suspension: “Tough Dog” 4 inch lift heavy-duty coils; “Snake Racing” caster bushes, radius-arm spacers, heavy-duty Panhard rod.
    Front Differential: Stock Nissan open diff.
    Front Sway Bar: Stock bar with “Snake Racing” disconnectors
    Front Shocks: “Tough Dog” 45mm big-bore, 9-stage adjustable
    Rear Shocks: All matching components to front; plus “Snake Racing” adjustable upper and lower control arms and “Poly-Air” bags in the rear springs
    Bump Stops: All stock Nissan
    Axle Housings and Shafts: All stock Nissan
    Brakes: 4-wheel vented discs, twin-piston front calipers, single piston floating rear calipers.

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    Wheels and Tires

    Tires: 2 sets, including 2 spares for each set:
    Road; Yokohama Geolandar ATS All-Terrain 33 x12.5 x 15LT 108S
    Off-road: Goodyear Wrangler MTR Mud-terrain 33 x 12.5 x 15LT 108Q
    Rims: Road wheels: Dick Cepek DC-1 alloy, 15 x 8 JJ
    Off-road wheels: ROH BlakTrak steel, 15 x 8 J

    GQ Nissan Patrol

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    Story by Krystal Harden

     
  • Snake Racing 4:24 am on 23/02/2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Rhett Bryant and the Fully Loaded Suzuki Sierra! 


    Suziki Sierra on NOS

    “Every Time I Sit in my Rig is a Great Moment” - Rhett Bryant

    He’s Fast, He’s Furious and he’s firing off all cylinders with a fully charged bottle of NOS! For this tiny but mighty Suziki Sierra hand built by Queensland’s Wild, Rock Crawling Red Nut, Rhett Bryant “it’s allways a wheel base thing.” Krystal Harden from Snake Racing caught up with Rhett up to take a closer look at his Tuff Truck podium placing mini beast.

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    The early days of Rhett Bryant's Stock Suzuki Sierra

    Starting out from humble stock as a rock beginnings, Rhett’s sierra joined the Bryant family in December of 2002. Picked up from the Ipswich dealership this 89 model Sierra was initially desten to become a mud racer.

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    Theres no doubt about it, this tough Sierra is special. Rhett joked about using the Sierra as the bridal car. Jennie (Rhetts wife) jokingly told Rhett, “you can use the Sierra if it is spotless.” This was enough of a commitment to encourage Rhett to start a full re-build of the truck and in 2005 the Sierria shone like a diamond as a ‘spotless’ matrimonial chariot.

    The Sierra evolved as Rhett’s passion for rock crawling increased. Developing build ideas and fine tuning his fabrication skills until finally in 2007 the extreme-rock-crawler build up phase began. The 4″ grinder and welder became Rhetts most valued tools as he transformed the Sierra into a mini Monster Truck.

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    9 months later and the Gympie Off Road Suzuki was ready for the Australian rock crawling scene. It was driven for the first time at the Mud, Bulls and Music festival held at Queenslands’s Landcruiser Park  in November 2008. Rhett presented the sierra as an unpainted and non-rear steer truck. Choosing not to drive in the Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge in 2009 Rhett showcased his driving skills in 2010 where he placed 3rd overall.

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    Tuff Truck Challenge 2010


    An extreme 4×4 enthusiast and experienced competitor Rhett’s Suzuki Sierra not only keeps the bigger 4WD’s honest, he drives it with style. Rhett has a reputation for never giving up and when the going get’s tough use the NOS!  If you see Rhett pull up to the starting line, then rest assured your in for a treat. This is the Gympie Off Road Suzukie Sierra under the microscope.
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    Name: Team Rhett Bryant – Gympie Off Road
    Home town: Gympie, QLD
    Vehicle Type: Truggy, rockcrawler
    Builder: 99.5% home built
    Navigator: Varies, I wear a lot out. King of rim will be Roger Edols, Tuff Truck 2011 will be Gary Dean

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    Vehicle Details

    Make: Suzuki
    Model: Sierra
    Chassis Design: A mostly stock chassie with all bracketry removed and dove tail rear.
    Engine: GB13b with a few upgraded internals
    Radiator: Alloy mazda RX7 aftermarket (only thing that would fit)
    Air Intake: Forced via TD4 Turbo
    Exhaust: Turbo
    Gearbox: Stock Sierra 5 spd
    Transfer Case(s): Sierra case with Trail Gear 6.5 Crawler Gears
    Fuel: Premium with Nitrous

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    Body Work

    Body: Mostly tube frame body.
    Stock bonnet, alloy panels
    Painter Name: Rhett Bryant
    Dash: Speco gauges
    Seats: Sierra seats recovered in straight black, 4 point harness
    Lights: LED grommet mount rear lights, grommet mount eald beam front lights (only thing that would fit again!)
    Winches: Shortened 9000lb front. No rear winch

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    Drivetrain

    Steering: A 8” single ended ram up front and a 6” single ended in the rear. The orbital valve is Trail Gear and the rear is controlled with a manual hydro valve.
    Front Suspension: A frame front steel A frame, 6000 series lower links.
    Front Differential: Hilux diff with ARB air locker.
    Front Sway Bar: none
    Front Shocks: 18″ Fox air shocks
    Front Bump Stops: none
    Front Axel Housing: Hilux
    Front Differential Cover: Home made 6mm mild steel
    Rear Suspension: Single triangulated 4 link with steel uppers, 6000 series lowers.
    Rear Sway Bar: none
    Rear Shocks : 18″ Fox air shocks
    Rear Bump Stops: none
    Rear Axel Housing: Hilux
    Rear Differential Cover: 6mm protection strip over the crown wheel
    Rear Axel Shafts: Trail-Gear dirty 30’s
    Rear Brakes: Hilux disks

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    Wheels and Tyres

    Tyres: 37x 13.5 Maxis Trepador stickys
    Rims: Home made rim. Or if they turn up in time Alloy bead locks from Allied Wheels

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    5 Minuets with Rhett Bryant

    Q: What is the favourite thing about your truck?
    A: That’s a hard choice between either the nitrous or the rear steer.

    Q: How did you get into 4 wheel driving?
    A: Don’t really know. It’s just what I have always been into. I’ve never really played in any other motor sports.

    Q: Can you share some of your best build up experiences?

    A: I’ve had too many good times building both my and my mates trucks to single out just one experience.

    Q: What about some of your worst build up experiences?
    A: 10 stitches and a cut artery while mounting up a recovery point.

    Q: What is your best four wheel driving moment?
    A: Every time I sit in my rig is a great moment. Recently I have been the first to climb some stupidly big rocks, they would have to be up there with my best moments.

    Q: What is the one tool you wouldn’t leave home without?
    A: My 4” grinder. I built most of my tuck with it.

    Q: Do you have any future plans for your truck?
    A: I’m going to fit Trail Gear 6 shooter knuckles, pump and a double ended ram to the front steering. I’m upgrading the lower link joints to 7/8 ends and if I don’t have them yet, fit my alloy Allied beadlocks.

    Tuff Truck Challenge 2010

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    Story Krystal Harden

     
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