Modified GU Patrol.

This red and black GU Patrol not only looks awesome it is very practical and has been carefully throughout to be built suiting Dave's needs for everyday use, off-road handling and camping. 

Red Nissan GU Patrol.

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Not many other 4wds can match the flex of a GU Patrol with coils front and rear and I'm talking about a two inch lift here!

This GU Ute has a 4 inch lift with all the extra hardware to enable every bit of potential flex possible while keeping it stable on the highway. The 35 inch rubber fit before and after the suspension upgrades.

Nissan GU Patrol.

To increase the traction even more an air activated locker has been fitted to the front differential while the rear has been kept as standard Nissan LSD which Dave swears by.

Dave, Brocky and the GU have joined us on some epic trips in the past year where we have all witnessed this red and black ute conquer some real tough terrain on the Murchison off-road outback tracks, crazy mud climbs in the hilly south west of Australia and the big sand dunes on the west Australian coastline, all this was before the most recent engine and suspension upgrades.

So I’m in particular looking forward to seeing the GU in action again!

The engine upgrades are quite impressive and keep in mind when it comes to tuning 4WD's we tune them for maximum torque and power at the lower RPM as that's where the benefit is.

With Dave's upgrades to the GU Patrol the air intake has been increased from 3 inches to a 4 inch snorkel and air intake pipe and a larger air box to maximize air flow to the engine's increased boost and upgraded injector pump and injectors.

This GU Patrol now pushes 285hp and 750nM torque! That's very impressive for a TD42.

See the video for more in-depth details and explanations: 

Nissan GU Patrol takes on a mud hole.

Vehicles factory stats:

Make model:         Nissan GU Patrol             

Engine:                  TD42-T 4.2L Turbo Diesel              

Drive train:             5 Speed Manual & Live Axles

Suspension:           Coil Suspension front & rear

Dave's GU Patrol mod list:


Turbo upgrade (can run 40psi), HPD Intercooler with fan, 12mm Injector Pump, 4’ Snorkel – air box & Intake, 3” Dump Pipe and Exhaust.

Electric upgrades:

Dual Batteries with Red ark Isolator, 12volt plug in rear tray


2x LED Light Bars 180w each

Comms & GPS:

Oricom 2 way radio, Pioneer GPS

Suspension and tyres:

4” OME Coils, 45mm bore 9 way Adjustable Tough Dog Shocks, Superior Lower control arms, Superior Radius Arms, Adjustable Pan hard Rods.

35” Mickey Thompson MTZ’s on 17*9” Procomp Alloy Rims.

Bar work and exterior mods:

ARB Bulbar + Scrub bars, Custom Sliders, Water Tank, Tool Box,

Rear Tray and Canopy:

Custom Steel Tray with Canvas Canopy and Tool box.

Recovery gear:

Maxtrax, Tow Hitch, Recovery Points & Snatch Straps

Other mods:

260l fuel capacity divided between two tanks, Front Air activated Diff Locker & on board Compressor

Questions & Answers:

Dave’s top 3 trips in the GU single cab:

1.       Murchison Off-Road Adventure W.A.

2.       Yeagerup & Callcup W.A.

3.       Lucky Bay W.A.

Unstoppable moment in the GU single cab:

Mate VS Mate mud run at Murchison Off-Road .

Most scary situation in the GU single cab:
Nearly going over a blind sand dune too fast at Lancelin W.A.

Dave’s modification tips:

If doing 4 inch or bigger suspension lifts make sure you fit necessary extras e.g. Extended Brake Lines, Brake Proportioning Valve, Adjustable Pan hard rods etc. Do it right the first time and spend the money once rather than twice.

Top tip with engine mods:

If modifying for power & torque make sure you have a good tuner to get your air to fuel ratios spot on/correct!

*Note this advice is Dave’s opinion and may not suit your situation.

Nissan GU Patrol at Mundaring Powerline at night.

Ronny and Dave's Q and A from the video episode. 

Q: What are your 3 Mods for actual 4wding?


1.       Definitely the lift/suspension is a must for off-road & certain situations.

2.       The Power upgrades for sand driving the extra torque can be extremely handy.

3.       The light bars are good for night driving in the bush.


Q: What is your must have item/accessories in general?

A: The front air locker gets me out of sticky situations.


Q: What’s the next big mod?

A: Getting a winch compatible bulbar which is a must!


Q: What is the most memorable trip you have done in the GU single cab so far?

A: The Murchison trip we all did last year in November (2014) with the added stop to Lucky bay.

Q: What did you have before the GU single cab?

A: Toyota Landcruiser HDJ79 factory Turbo 6 speed, which unfortunately got stolen being a sort after vehicle. It was a great vehicle.

Video of Dave’s previous vehicle: 

Dave took this vehicle across the Simpson Desert and Gibb River road.

YouTube video Trips with Dave’s Red n Black TD42 GU:

4x4 Off-Roading is Awesome At Night.     

4x4 Off-road trip Awesome muddy Southwest W.A

Murchison off-road adventure Australian outback 4x4 video.

Lucky Bay Kalbarri 4x4 Off-road trip episode 21.

4x4 Off-Roading is Awesome At Night.         

4x4 Off-road trip Awesome muddy Southwest W.A

Murchison off-road adventure Australian outback 4x4 video.

Lucky Bay Kalbarri 4x4 Off-road trip episode 21.

Nissan GU Patrol.

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