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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, Touring   

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

    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 9:51 am on 16/03/2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: , Children’s Hospital, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Touring, ,   

    WorldRiderZ Successful Sydney to Paris Ride 


    WorldRiderz in France showing Rigid Industries LED Light bars

    One in every seven Australians is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD).

    Kidney disease is not biased by age or gender and with one in 3 Australians at risk of developing kidney disease, it is quickly becoming the silent killer in modern society.

    WorldRiderz KTM Adventure 900 Tiger motorcycle with Rigid Industries LED light bars

    Snake Racing is proud to support the WorldRiderZ Foundation with their mission to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease and establish a global renal & urological network. The WorldRiderZ Foundation’s goal is to connect health professionals in major hospitals with remote, developing and impoverished regions so that medical advancements can be shared across the globe.

    Stephane and Paul of the WorldRiderZ Foundation rode from Sydney to Paris in support for chronic kidney disease. Pushing the tiger inspired KTM Adventure 900’s through 9 countries, with the Discovery Channel capturing all the highs and lows as they succeeded in generating support and funding for the global renal network.

    WorldRiderz riding in France showing Rigid Industries LED Light Bars

    Krystal Harden from the Snake Racing team caught up with Stephane Etienne after he returned from Paris for an update on his epic journey and how the Rigid Industries LED Light Bars performed.

    Krystal: Congratulations Stephane on your successful ride to France. Going by your blog it looks like it was quite the trip of a lifetime.
    Stephane: The journey exceeded all hopes and expectations. As you say, it was a trip of a life time that wen’t fantastic. We had some challenges, dramas, fun, met many influential personalities including the Dalai Lama, Prince Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and many more.

    Krystal: Snake Racing donated the lighting on both KTM Adventure 900’s. I have a couple of questions on the Rigid Industies LED Bars and how you found them.

    Krystal: Why did you choose the Rigid Industries LED Bar over other lighting types.
    Stephane: The Rigid Industries LED Bar are fully rugged and waterproof. Being on such a long journey across various challenging terrains, I needed to have a 100% reliability on my lights, particularly in sandy areas at night. Those Rigid Industries LED haven’t let me done once!

    WorldRiderz in Saudi Arabian Desert with Rigid Industries LED light bars.

    Krystal: You have mounted a 6 inch Amber LED Bar and two 4″ Dually LED lights to the front of both the KTM 900 motorcycles. How did you find their performance through out your journey?
    Stephane: The 6” Amber Bar and Dually light combination that Snake Racing has given us has worked out beautifully. The Amber LED was mostly used in dirty/dusty terrains, giving us a much clearer vision – and the Dually LED were mostly used at night in the country sides where roads have no public light. They are very powerful, bright and work under all temperature variations.

    Krystal: Travelling from Australia to Malyasia, through India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Italy whilst on your way to France is quite an Extraordinary trip! Did the Rigid Industries LED light bars offer you any riding advantages?
    Stephane: The Rigid Industries lighting gave us a total piece of mind. When you are travelling on 2-wheels you want to make sure other vehicles from various countries see you well. I felt a lot more safe keeping my lights switched on at all times to prevent oncoming traffic in rural areas and to give me a better vision in remote places.

    WorldRiderz KTM Adventure 900's parked in Malaysia showing Rigid Industiries LED light bars

    Krystal: Have you had much feed back from your friends, co-workers, travellers about the Rigid Industries LED light bars mounted on your bikes?
    Stephane: It’s been very interesting to see the reaction from the crowd looking at our KTM’s in each country. Lots of riders were asking where could they get a set of those great looking lights that works?

    Krystal: Would you recommend the Rigid Industries LED light bars to others?
    Stephane: 100% satisfied! They light up your path, are reliable and no maintenance, what more would you want?

    Krystal: How much funding have you raised so far? WorldRiderz pose with KTM Adventure 900's at a hospital in Malaysia Stephane: I will have final figure end of June ’11 – then the figure will be public, that way we don’t announce different numbers.

    Krystal: How many hospitals are now on board as part of the Global Renal Network?
    Stephane: All hospitals from the 9 countries visited in this journey. Australia – Malaysia – India – Saudi Arabia – Egypt – Libya – Tunisia – Italy – France

    Krystal: What was your trip highlight?
    Stephane: When we travelled to Dharamsala to meet with his holiness the Dalai Lama.

    WorldRiders Stephane and Paul meet talking to the Dalai Lama

    Krystal: Did you come across any unexpected challenges and how did you overcome them?
    Stephane: My bike got stolen in Tripoli in Libya! That day was definitely the most challenging on the road. An amazing support and help from Tom Yates (Australian Consul in Libya) helped us recover the bike.

    Krystal: When can we watch your story on the Discovery channel?
    Stephane: In July ’11 we have to hand over all 6 episodes to Discovery Networks which will then decide of date of broadcasting. That should happen around August/September ’11.

    For more information about Stephane and his mission to raise awareness and funds for Chronic Kidney Disease visit http://www.worldriderz.com/

    WorldRiderz Stephane meeting his family in France after the long journy

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    Story by Krystal Harden

     
  • Snake Racing 12:08 pm on 24/07/2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Children's Hospital, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Touring, ,   

    WorldRiderz Foundation Official Departure 


    WorldRiderz KTM 900's showing Rigid LED Light bars as they depart Sydney Children's Hospital

    Snake Racing attended the WorldRiderz official Sydney to Paris departure to share in the excitement, passion and commitment to raising awareness and research funding for the Chronic Kidney Disease Global Renal Network. The icy breeze of a Sydney winter morning failed to dampen the spirits of the many sponsors, media teams and well wishers of the WorldRiderz as they arrived to show their support.

    WorldRiderz Departure Rigid Industries light bars

    The riders, Stephane Etienne and Paul Torriero were kept busy giving interviews and posing for photographs during the lead up to their 9am departure. John Hanson performed a beautiful acoustic version of the foundation’s theme song “Destiny’s Road” in the hospital foyer. After an emotional thank-you to the WorldRiderz sponsors, familyies and supporters Stephane and Paul fired up the KTM’s and hit the bitumen.

    Followed by a film crew to capture the journey as the WorldRiderz connect hospitals from across the world into the Global Renal Network. You will be able to follow this journey and watch all the highs and lows on the Discovery Channel in 2011.

    Snake Racing is a proud sponsor of the WorldRiderz Foundation and has donated 2 Rigid Industries LED Duallys and Amber 6″ LED light bars for both KTM Adventure 900 motorcycles. These will prove to be a crucial piece of equipment when they get out on the road!

    Here are some of the photos the Snake Racing Team snapped during the morning. Safe travelling Stephane and Paul!

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    WorldRiderz departure Rigid Industries 6" LED bar

    To find out more about the Worldriderz Foundation visit http://www.worldriderz.com/

    To find out more about Snake Racing and the Rigid Industries LED Light Bars click HERE!

    Story by Krystal Harden

     
  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 16/05/2010 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: , , , , , , , Touring, ,   

    Snake Racing Sponsors the WorldRiderz Foundation 

    by Krystal Harden

    WorldRiderz KTM Adventure 900's fitted with Rigid Industries LED light bars

    Snake Racing is proud to announce their support of the WorldRiderz Foundation and their mission to establish a global, chronic kidney disease network.

    Snake Racing has donated Rigid Industries LED Lighting for each of the striking, tiger inspired KTM Adventure 900 touring bikes. Good lighting will be crucial to the success of their journey and we are confident our donation will ensure the WorldRiderz will be able to see the road ahead, regardless of the riding conditions they are challenged with.

    The WorldRiderz Foundation has been established to to set up a “Global Renal Network” (GRN), which will allow international communication between medical professionals via a custom web based research platform. Their goal is to actively help by funding research, building and update the GRN and work towards finding a cure for Chronic Kidney Disease.

    “This charity is all about giving kids, teenagers and adults access to better treatments and new therapies to make their life a better place. The idea is to make sure that as at, an early age as possible, young kids will get the best medical programs to fight against a malformation that is affecting too many of us worldwide.” Stephane Etienne

    The WorldRiderz are kicking off the Foundation with an epic motorbike ride from Sydney to Paris, that will be closely followed by the Discovery Channel. Stephane Etienne and Paul Torriero will ride KTM Adventure 900’s though diverse cultures and breath-taking landscapes as they visit Hospitals and chronic kidney disease patients.

    Come and wish Stephane and Paul safe travels at their official journey departure from the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick on July 24th 2010, 8am.

    WorldRiderz Stephane on his KTM with Rigid Industries LED lights in Sydney

     
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