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Old 25th August 2016, 06:39 PM
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.. ok. Here's what I'd do on a budget

Water/Fuel - goes without saying. Take plenty of spare, especially water.

Then considering a minimal repair kit, depending on how far away you will be from the nearest town (ie: drive to a workshop) and roads with daily traffic. Also consider what you are capable and willing to fix on the side of the road / in the dirt.
  • Belts - just take a spare Alt/PS. You don't need AC if that belt goes.
  • Rad hoses -- consider repair tape instead of spares. Maybe take top/bottom hose.
  • Filters - why? What's going to happen? You could clog your air filter -- brush/knock the dust out. Fuel filter you might clog if you get crappy fuel, but again, it can be cleaned out to be serviceable - take a bottle of meths to chuck in the tank if its contaminated. If you get a holed air filter (which you probably wouldn't notice) - you could plug the hole or put a t-shirt over the lot.
  • Sensors -- I can think of six or seven that might fail. How are you going to even diagnose the problem? The most common failures (MAF, O2, knock) are not likely to completely strand you.
  • Tyre diameters -- it matters less if you're on dirt where there's easy wheel slippage. Still a risk. Consider a tyre repair kit to plug up small punctures. You need a compressor.
  • Some goop to plug rad (and exhaust) holes would be good.
  • Busted CV boots can be bodgied with plastic bags and tape for a short time.
  • Communications -- again, depends on where/size of party/etc.
  • Basic useful stuff like cable ties, hose clamps, wire, tapes, decent shovel, jack plus soft-ground plate, WD-40 or similar.
  • Tools to do reasonable repairs - 10mm, 12mm, spark plug socket, socket set, screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, etc.
  • Consider 5l of spare oil in case the worse happens and you dump all your oil.
  • maybe a couple of old spare spark plugs

And don't forget to listen to your car constantly, and just to spend 10min every day looking over your car (under, engine bay, etc) before you set off (or when you have a beer at the end of the day). Observation is 9/10 of fixing problems, and they're all easier to fix early.
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Old 26th August 2016, 09:23 AM
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in light of our new discussion I choose to change my list...bring a bike...that is all.
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Old 26th August 2016, 11:07 PM
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I should've mentioned, I'm not exactly a noob. I just have a low budget this time around.

I've done three previous trips out there but never fully done a lap of Lake Eyre or the Simpson. I've already got a satellite phone, 80L of extra fuel carriers, 80L of drinking water, fridge/freezer, HEMA E-maps, paper maps (can navigate using compass and ruler), topo GPS maps, snatch straps, shackles, tow hitch mounted recovery point, 2 spares, common sense, know-how, sense of adventure, positive attitude, some mechanical skills.

I agree with your suggestions Duncan.....sensors are useless really. Some repair tape and grease in case of CV issues is a good idea - I'll do that. I'll also take an alt belt, top hose......off to Repco right now.
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Old 27th August 2016, 01:36 AM
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Just went up to the tyre shop to get two new XM2s for the front as one developed an egg in it...

I ended up ordering 4 x Grabber ATs 215/65s to be fitted on Wednesday. They are actually cheaper than the XM2s. That means my two spares are smaller diameter - hopefully the grabbers will be robust enough for me not use a spare.

I'll keep the XM2s, then when I get back home I can decide whether to sell the Grabbers or the roadies.
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I have always noticed that going places in Australia is very different from doing so in the contigous 48 of the US.

But what are the distances we are talking about here? Distances to closest paved road as well as to closest place with gas, food, bed, and phone.
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I have always noticed that going places in Australia is very different from doing so in the contigous 48 of the US.

But what are the distances we are talking about here? Distances to closest paved road as well as to closest place with gas, food, bed, and phone.
Anything up to 500 kilometres or more, MAS.

However, it is very easy to die in the Australian bush/outback, even when the distances are not so far, or even when travelling on major highways (e.g. the Eyre Highway between SA and WA - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyre_Highway ).

The area Tweak is going to is here:
Simpson Desert region.

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common sense.
Well you've already got the most important bit
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Old 27th August 2016, 09:18 AM
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MAS, distances to the nearest town in the outback can be HUUUGE! On the Gary Hwy in outback WA, we had a sign that was 371km in one direction, 750 in another, 950 and 1000kms in the other 2 directions. It was very isolated! Being self sufficient is a must, not just to finish the trip but for survival. In probably 2/3 of Australia, you run a very real risk of death if you break down & aren't prepared, esp with enough water. The golden rule is never ever leave your car to walk for help, stay with the car & spread out a big tarp so the SAR helicopters/planes can find you easily.

Remember, Australia is the size of the continental USA but with less than 10% of the population & a tiny fraction of the budget.

Tweaksta, sounds like you're well prepared, I'm sure you'll be fine. But definitely do a thorough vehicle check before you leave & replace anything that isn't 100%
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CV boot repairs, some sheet plastic cut into, more or less, 20 cm X 60 cm strips, wrap around affected boot ( not always easy), and held in place with cable ties over the shaft and gearbox stub, and lots of electrical tape to keep plastic from unraveling. Remember to wrap plastic so that it will not unravel while you are driving forward.
Another useful item for boot repairs is old panty hose, easy to wrap over plastic and easy to tie a knot in.
Probably already mentioned but long handled shovel for sand work.
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Old 28th August 2016, 01:13 AM
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Nice one, CV repair sounds like something I could do. I'll take grease, plastic and duct tape.
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