This page covers items we have from a setup perspective and the reasons we chose them, the places we like around Sydney and the tools and web sites that we found useful through the process….hope it all helps.
Car Setup and products
We brought a new Discovery 3 TDV6 SE in late 2008 and since then have been doing a lot of 4×4 tracks and training. This was one of our biggest decisions which car to get…getting opionions on politics and religion is easier and a quick search on web blogs is always a interesting read. If you ever want to stir the pot just blog the Toyota or Nissan blog “why Disco3 is a better 4×4”. In the end we decided on the Disco but it was between that and a 200 series and given all the issues with the 200 we are happy with the choise. The Disco is by far the best on road 4×4 when it comes to tow performance and handling and since we will spend 70% of our time on the road this was an important factor.
The only issue/concern that I have is in relation to getting it serviced and parts in the top end if I need to as compared to a Toyota or Nissan there are also nowhere near as many fit out option for the Disco. There is however plenty on info on the places to service the car all around Australia on the Disco3 forum, this has been a great reference for me in the setup as well as DIY work, the guys on this forum are really helpful…
Also just wanted to say that for us the Disco3 has been great in relation to performance, economy and reliability. We havent had any major issues and have done 40,000kms now which includes plenty of towing and off-road work.
The other thing that we did was become a member of the NSW RRS club.
This is a great club to be part of and for just over $150 a year you get so much access to information, training, club trips, regular meeting etc. One of the biggest things that I have got from the club is speaking to guys that actually use the Disco for what is was designed to do. The other major is the driver training…these cources are free to members (small donation) and the go from basic to advanced in bush and sand as well as recovery and first aid. The trainers are the best in helping you with 4×4 training as well as all the ins and outs of the car…i just can’t speak highly enough of what a help that have been…If you have a D3 in NSW then get a membership, it’s a no brainer…
So next was getting the Disco setup for the trip, one thing that I didnt want was a bullbar on the front however this decision has been a hassle in relation to adding a winch.
Break controller – tekonsha P3
Tyres – General Grabber AT2
UHF – ICOM IC 440
Car Shower – Glind
Canvas and general supplies
Tracks and places of interest