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  • Snake Racing 4:40 am on 14/06/2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , National Navara Muster, Nissan, October long weekend   

    National Navara Muster 

    Title: National Navara Muster
    Location: Ados 4WD Course, Warrumbungle Mtn Ranges in NSW
    Link out: Click here
    Description: The National Navara Muster is a gathering of Navara owners that initially met through the online forum navara.asia and is promoted as a Family Friendly environment.

    There will be opportunities to look over our pride and joys, experience some off-road tracks as well as there being some activities planned for the kids too.

    Location: Ados 4WD Course is located on the working sheep and cattle property “Dooroombah”, amongst the Warrumbungle mountain ranges in Central West New South Wales.

    More Info: http://www.navaramuster.com/index.html
    Start Date: 2011-10-01
    Start Time: 8.00
    End Date: 2011-10-03
    End Time: 16.00

     
  • Snake Racing 12:46 am on 06/05/2011 Permalink
    Tags: Coil Strut Kit, Complete Strut Assembly, Mitsubishi, Nissan, ,   

    Tough Dog Coil Strut Kit for Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi 

    Tough Dog complete strut fitted to Toyota Hilux

    Are you a DIY installer?

    The Tough Dog Coil Strut Kit is a complete pre-assembled coil strut. No spring compressor required. Watch the Snake Racing video guide as Krystal tells you more about the Coil Strut Kit.

    Want to know more? Find out all the Coil Strut Kit details by clicking here!

     
  • Snake Racing 2:11 am on 05/05/2011 Permalink
    Tags: 3" lift, D22, Nissan, Nissan Navara,   

    Nissan D22 Navara 3″ Lift Kit Selection 

    Nissan D22 Navara 3 inch suspension lift kit

    Do you need to know more about what 3″ lift kit is best suited for your D22 Nissan Navara?

    This video looks at Snake Racing’s popular D22 Navara 3″ lift kits and gives you a guide to which kit is best suited to your needs.

    Want even more? See more photos, videos and kit information by Clicking Here!

     
  • 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, Nissan, , , , , 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

    GQ Nissan Patrol GQ Nissan Patrol

    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.

    GQ Nissan Patrol GQ Nissan Patrol

    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 6:33 am on 28/04/2011 Permalink
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    Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge 2011 Video Gallery 

    Mad Fab Suzuki and Krystal from Snake Racing at Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011

    The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge (TTC) is a three day, hard as they come, 4WD competition event. The TTC is grueling and enduring, and provides a real test for competing teams as they push themselves and their vehicles to the absolute limit. Boulders, Rock, Mud, Giant Tyres, Deep Deep Holes and Ruts make up the terrain that competitors must conquer… in hope of taking out the annual perpetual Tuff Truck trophy.

    The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge has been proudly sponsored by Snake Racing since 2008 ;) This year Krystal and the Snake Racing Media Team bring you up close and personal with behind the scenes footage that you won’t see anywhere else! Check out some of the action from the 2011 event below.

    Find Even More event videos on our YouTube Channel- Snake Racing Australia

    Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011- Event Highlights (rock crawling)

    Suzuki rock crawler (team: Mad Fab) at Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011

    Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011 People and Spectators

    Toyota HiLux rock crawler (team Bright Sparks) at Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011

    If this isn’t enough Tuff Truck action for you, then order your Tuff Truck DVD’s by clicking here!

     
  • Snake Racing 5:22 am on 06/04/2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Camping, Cockfighter Creek Tavern, Family, Ferals, , Hunter Valley, , , , Nissan, , , , , , , , , ,   

    Tough Dog Tuff Truck Planning Guide 

    Mad Fab roll over on Tuff Truck Jaw Breaker Stage

    Before you join us at the Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge take a moment to think about your trip

    So you’ve herd about the excitement, drama and spectical that is the Tough Dog Tuff Truck challenge and finally decided to experience the action first hand. Congratulations!! The Tough Dog Tuff Truck is Australia’s premier extreme rock crawling competition and you won’t be disappointed.

    The team at Snake Racing have been proud sponsors of Tuff Truck since 2008 and we’ve learned a thing or two about the event. From pre-trip planning to getting home, here is our top tips for getting the most out of your event experience.

    1) Where the Bloody Hell is it!!??

    Plan your journey ahead of time. The Tuff Truck Challenge is held on private property in Milbrodale, NSW. You want to set your GPS to take you to WELSH RD, Milbrodale NSW 2330. Generally you will be travelling from the South (Sydney or Sydney Airport) or from the North (Newcastle or Singleton area).  Here is directions for both South and Northern NSW travellers.

    Sydney to Tuff Truck Challenge

    Option 1) Pacific Highway

    1. Cross the Harbour Bridge and proceed along Pacific Highway north to the National 1 (F3) freeway at Wahroonga
    2. Travel north along National 1 (F3) freeway towards Newcastle (approximately 1 hour)
    3. Turn off the National 1 (F3) freeway at Cessnock/Kurri Kurri exit and proceed to Cessnock
    4. As you enter Cessnock along Aberdare Road, turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Vincent Street (following the directional signs to Branxton)
    5. Proceed to the end of Vincent Street. Turn left at traffic lights onto Wollombi Road (following the directional signs to Branxton) and then first right at the traffic lights onto Allandale Road, passing swimming pool on the left and McDonalds Restaurant on the right. Proceed along Allandale Road. 5 km out of Cessnock and you will pass the Cessnock Airport on the left-hand side.
    6. Turn left 500 metres past Airport into Broke Road
    7. Follow Broke Road for approximately 3 km to the t-intersection
    8. Turn left at the t-intersection onto McDonalds Road
    9. Turn right on to Broke Road and continue along until you reach another “T”
    10. Turn right on to Wollombi St, on your right hand side is the Broke General Store and your left the Broke Fire Service
    11. Turn left onto Milbrodale Rd and you’re nearly there. Follow the road until you get to the Tuff Truck Challenge. You will turn left into Welsh’s Rd just before Putty Rd.

    Option 2) Putty Road

    This is the best route for locals but it requires extreme caution whilst driving through the ranges. Slow down and be safe!!

    1. Sydney is a BIG place so from where ever suburb you are travelling from, head to Wilberforce.
    2. Head north-west on Singleton Rd (approx 10.4km)
    3. Continue onto Putty Rd (approx 26.4km)
    4. Continue north on Putty Rd through Colo Heights. This is your only opportunity for petrol for the next 100km (approx 104km)
    5. Turn Right at Milbrodale Rd (approx 130m)

    141km, estimated 1hr 58 mins

    Newcastle to Tuff Truck Challenge

    From the north head to Singleton on the New England Hwy. If you are traveling down the New England Highway, then it is the next major town after Muswellbrook. If you are traveling down the Pacific Hwy, then veer off to the right as you cross over the Hunter River and head through Maitland.

    1. As you come into Singleton, look out for the sign to Windsor
    2. This will take you onto the Putty Road. Drive 6.6 km along the Putty Road and watch out for Paynes Crossing Rd on the left to Broke
    3. As you come into Broke Milbrodale Rd is on the right (over a single lane wooden bridge)
    4. Travel west for 12.7 km. You will see signs into the entrance on Walsh’s Road

    Don’t worry, come the start of the event you won’t get lost as there is plenty of signage guiding you to the correct property gate.

    On the way home take it easy. Tuff Truck is exhausting, so plan your drive back to Sydney or Newcastle in stages. Especially if your not used to driving long distances. If you have the time plan to stop overnight in one of the many quaint and comfortable country NSW towns.

    2) Your going to need more than your Toothbrush…..

    Our top 5 items we bring are:

    5. Camping gear! You can access well maintained showers, toilets and buy quality food on site. But you can’t pre-purchase a swag or tent.
    Also, If your going to cook your own food, your going to need more than just matches. Check with event organisers if there is a fire ban in place.

    4. Wet Weather gear! Milbrodale has been known for some hot days and rainy nights, avoid the wet underwear and take a rain coat.

    3. Water! Dehydration leads to headaches, nausea and makes you an irritable, pain in the bum for your friends. Avoid never being invited to attend again and ensure you drink plenty of water.  You can purchase bottled water on site if you forget but the more economical option is to take your own.

    2. Camping Chair! It sucks sitting on the ground. Take a chair, esky or milk crate.

    1. Drinks, but leave the glass bottles at home! There is nothing better than a few drinks with your friends to celebrate an entertaining drive, just remember to act responsible and pace your self.

    3) Sleep tight or Party all night?

    Where you choose to sleep will make a big difference to your weekend. There is a reason they have 2 separate camping areas and if you’ve ever camped with the Ferals, you will know why! “So what am I” you ask? Pick which statements best describe what your expecting from your Tuff Truck weekend.

    FERALS:

    • I want to PARTY with my mates past 10pm

    – I want to play my music loud and proud.

    • I don’t mind loud noise coming from campsites around me

    FAMILY:

    • I am taking my family (wife, children)
    • I won’t be making any noise after 10pm that will wake up other campers.
    • I want to go to bed early and wake up early so I don’t miss any of the action.
    • I don’t like loud music

    4) Don’t worry if you forget your camera!

    Thanks to the Snake Racing Media Team we will be all over the event taking photos, video and handing out goodies.

    If you have forgotten you camer you can tag yourself online in our Snake Racing Facebook Page, re-live your favourite moments by watching videos on our Snake Racing YouTube Channel and check out event coverage, articles, advice and galleries in our Snake Racing Website!

    5) Happy Wife Happy Life!

    Our final message is to remember who you are going with. If your taking your family, they won’t be too impressed if you ditch them on Friday night and then expect a ride back home on Sunday afternoon.

    Here are a few optional extras that will keep everyone happy;

    • visiting some of the award-winning Hunter Valley vineyards along the way (or after ;)),
    • a wholesome meal at the Cockfighter Creek Tavern,
    • a Tuff Truck helicopter ride,
    • face painting for the kids, and a
    • remote control rock crawling course.

    Snake Racing has some fun, surprise goodies for the kids and great show-only specials that you will find by heading to our merchandise tent in traders alley.

    Think about what you all need for a good weekend and enjoy the atmosphere!

    Story by Krystal Harden

     
  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 28/11/2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , extreme 4×4, , , , , , Nissan, Off road boss, , , , , , , , , , ,   

    King of the Rim Photo Gallery – Round 2 2010 

    Toyota HiLux at King of the Rim

    Congratulations to the Snake Racing Teams for placing 1st in the buggy class and 3rd in the extreme modified 4WD class at Round 2 of King of the Rim.

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  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 08/10/2010 Permalink
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    The Logan Challenge Photo Gallery – 2010 

    4x4 at the Logan challenge covered in mud

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  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 08/10/2010 Permalink
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    The Logan Challenge – October 2010 


    Krystal and Tuff Truck Tuff Turtle

    A wet and muddy mess, the Logan Challenge is a fun, family friendly event. Well worth the inter-state trip!

    There isn’t many reasons that would make me get up and out of bed at 3.30 am. I’m the sort of girl that would probably even consider hitting the snooze button while the house was on fire.  Lucky for me the house wasn’t on fire. In fact Brisbane and the rest of South East Queensland were experiencing torrential down pour and were such mostly flooded. Never the less the rugged 4WD enthusiast deep inside me prevailed and by 4am my co-driver, Ben Henry and I were on the road and headed towards Janowen Hills 4WD park.

    Earlier this year the Suspension Stuff Logan Challenge was cancelled due to rain. With the new date scheduled in, Ben had asked me to navigate for him in his MQ Patrol fondly named Tuff Turtle. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity and organized a special trip to QLD, to do just this.

    Nissan GU beast at Logan Challenge 4WD event

    We arrived at Janowen Hills 4WD Park just in time for the drivers briefing. After a quick introduction to the rest of the members of Team Pansys 2.0, we headed to our first course. Stage 6. Little did we know that as we rolled out of the campsite it was the beginning of the end for our team.

    The team was made up of 3 vehicles. Micky D and Grant Walker in a neat, tricked out GU Patrol ute. Experienced winch challenge competitors Micky and Grant brought an in depth mechanical knowledge, equipment and professionalism to the team.

    Jason Bond GQ Shorty Patrol at Logan Challenge 4WD Event Jason Bond being navigated by his brother Matthew Bond brought a GQ Shorty Patrol that looked like it has seen some better days. This truck is the 4WD equivalent to a rat rod without the horsepower. Jason and Matt are the calm and collected type of competitors that seem to compete best by having fun.

    Finally Ben and myself competed in Ben’s MQ Patrol. Ben’s Tuff Truck competition experience should have been an advantage over the other teams. However mud and a heavy car… changes everything.

    If you haven’t picked up on it by now, the weather was less than desirable. The main access tracks used to get to and from courses was a challenge in its self. The mud was so thick and slushy that everyone was joking about receiving bonus points for just making it to the starting gates.

    For Ben and Jason’s trucks the mud eventually overcome them. We began stage 6 (our first stage) full throttle. The first obstacle, a slippery and steep hill climb. Ben’s truck was the first to go. Loosing drive to the front drivers side wheel. Moments later Jason broke a CV. Unable to continue Mickey D completed the course and we headed back to camp for repairs.

    Jason’s CV replaced and Ben unable to remove the hub from the vehicle we decided to continue competing in 2WD. We completed two more courses. A sprint paced funkana course and non-4WD stage where the navigator leaned across and steered the car as the driver applied the throttle. Finally the front end seized up and we were out. GQ Steering Box

    Jason and Mickey D continued on to complete only one more course. A short rally track style race through a narrow valley. Mickey D triumphed the course with no hold ups. Metres before the finish line Jason’s truck lost steer. Mickey and Grant’s Winch challenge experience had the shorty GQ recovered up the edge of the valley in moments. Closer inspection on flat ground reveled the power steering box had split in two!

    An unusual breakage which had the team performing a 6 hour marathon removal and replacement that felt more like performing heart surgery than a mechanical install.  Two broken vehicles, icy breezes, constant rain, thick mud and feeling freezing cold had the team heading for the comforts of home by the evening. By the end of the first day the Pansys 2.0 and many other teams pulled out and headed back to the city.

    The event was hosted by the Logan District 4WD Club and it was evident they had taken the time to put on a fun and professional challenge for the entrants. The courses were interesting and challenging whilst catering for all levels of driving ability.  Club members were friendly, hospitable and clearly love their sport. It was a real pleasure to be invited to attend the event and I’m already looking forward to next years. Even with the rain, Good Show Logan District 4WD Club.

    Results

    Place Team Name Points Stages Completed
    1 Exedy Safari Tuff Clutch 2195 24/25
    2 Logan Districts 4WD Club 2100 21/25
    3 Blue Dog 1753 21/25
    4 Deaf Dust Devils 1554 22/25
    5 British Off Road 1527 21/25
    6 Bohica 1519 21/25
    7 CMS Racing 1299 15/25
    8 Diabolic Racing 1220 17/25
    9 Bitza Racing 1217 15/25
    10 Trek Quest 1170 14/25
    11 Mortern Districts 1052 14/25
    12 Pansies 2.0 306 5/25

    GU Patrol Winch Challenge Truck at Logan Challenge

    Toyota Landcruiser at Logan Challenge 4WD event

    Tuff Truck Tuff Turtle before starting the Logan Challenge 4WD event

    View the Logan Challenge 2010 Photo Gallery by clicking here!

    Story by Krystal Harden

     
  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 29/08/2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , 4×4 Masters, 4×4 MAsters Round 4, Australian 4×4 Masters Series, , , , , , , , , Nissan, , On All 4′s, , , , , , , , , ,   

    4×4 Masters Photo Gallery – Round 4 2010 

    Polaris RZRs and Snake Racing winners cheque at 4x4 Masters

    Snake Racing is a proud sponsor of the 2010 Australian 4×4 Masters Series!

    4×4 Masters is held on a custom built 4WD track at Eastern Creek International Raceway in Sydney. Here is some shots from Round 4!

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