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Best vehicle for kitesurfing?

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Created by Alysum 6 months ago, 27 Apr 2019
Gazuki
WA, 1005 posts
20 May 2019 11:49AM
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Agreed, they are agricultural but that was the part I liked. They don't have hill agent and parking sensors etc which is why they score low in the test comparisons. But I like that, less things to go wrong. Similar to an old Hilux, nice and light, solid 3l engine.
Still has electronic hubs which is epic and Android auto which is a must these days.

cauncy
WA, 7595 posts
20 May 2019 1:08PM
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On a safety note to the dmax owners are you aware of vehicule recall

Gazuki
WA, 1005 posts
20 May 2019 1:19PM
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?

cauncy
WA, 7595 posts
20 May 2019 1:49PM
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Some locals got picked up for recall , contact your dealer, it's a fault that could occur causing handbrake to engage, apparently

Plummet
4591 posts
20 May 2019 2:20PM
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I'm at 150k on my dmax. I havent needed to do anything other than regular servicing. Every 40km the service hurts my pocket tho.... any my ears because the missis complains for weeks. But I'm grinning when i'm driving the dunes or hauling bikes and buddies mountain biking or sleeping in the back or fitting a fark ton of kites and bikes in/on the back.

Alysum
NSW, 363 posts
22 May 2019 7:22PM
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Update on my research:

There is only one single company that can source a canopy for extra cab lengths: www.bodyline.com.au/collections/canopies
but they are all "fleet" style - with no side windows. e.g. Triton: www.bodyline.com.au/collections/canopies/products/mitsubishi-triton-l200-extra-cab-canopy-2015on-fleet-no-side-windows - rather uncool.

Therefore tossing up between an extra cab with a tonneau lift up top or double cab with a cool looking canopy... Cargo length is more important for surfboards I think (albeit only 1850mm vs 1520mm). However extra cab pickups are rare ~3 month order wait...

Alysum
NSW, 363 posts
23 May 2019 4:32PM
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I test drove the Triton double cab and all I can say is... wow

I could actually fit in my surfboards at an angle in the double cab:




eppo
WA, 7339 posts
23 May 2019 3:26PM
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Right now got a 6'6 wombat, a 6 foot foamy and my 5 foot prone surfboard with foil attached (but fuselage off). Just waiting on the little tracker to get home. Plenty of room in my double cab triton for that at least. sBS are at an angle for sure.

Plummet
4591 posts
24 May 2019 1:21AM
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I can fit my foil fully assembled in the back of my ute... oh yeah. No disassembly for me!

eppo
WA, 7339 posts
24 May 2019 7:48AM
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Yeh me to but I have to store my little tackers gear and his surfboard range is increasing every week ... which is inversely proportional to money in my wallet ...

Alysum
NSW, 363 posts
24 May 2019 10:45AM
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If only they still made petrol pickups.... Most kitesurfers are greens voters right ?

streety
WA, 9 posts
24 May 2019 1:03PM
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Alysum said..
If only they still made petrol pickups.... Most kitesurfers are greens voters right ?


diesel is anything but green dude.

Plummet
4591 posts
24 May 2019 2:22PM
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Alysum said..
If only they still made petrol pickups.... Most kitesurfers are greens voters right ?


My buddy had a petrol navara. That thing sucked 18l/100km. My ute uses 8

theDoctor
NSW, 4868 posts
25 May 2019 11:51AM
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What about mazda bt-50..?

FormulaNova
NSW, 9477 posts
26 May 2019 10:06AM
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Plummet said..
Alysum said..
If only they still made petrol pickups.... Most kitesurfers are greens voters right ?


My buddy had a petrol navara. That thing sucked 18l/100km. My ute uses 8


Not really a comparison though is it? I think diesels are meant to be maybe 30% better on fuel, so comparing those two is not a fair comparison. A hilux is quoted as around 7 something litres of diesel against 11 litres of petrol.

Plummet
4591 posts
26 May 2019 1:06PM
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FormulaNova said..

Plummet said..

Alysum said..
If only they still made petrol pickups.... Most kitesurfers are greens voters right ?



My buddy had a petrol navara. That thing sucked 18l/100km. My ute uses 8



Not really a comparison though is it? I think diesels are meant to be maybe 30% better on fuel, so comparing those two is not a fair comparison. A hilux is quoted as around 7 something litres of diesel against 11 litres of petrol.


It is fair if your considering buying petrol or diesel. Petrol uses suck way more gas.

RAL INN
VIC, 2770 posts
26 May 2019 6:19PM
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'A' trailer for kite gear, B trailer for windsurfing gear.




drsurf
NSW, 49 posts
26 May 2019 8:25PM
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Plummet said..

FormulaNova said..


Plummet said..


Alysum said..
If only they still made petrol pickups.... Most kitesurfers are greens voters right ?




My buddy had a petrol navara. That thing sucked 18l/100km. My ute uses 8




Not really a comparison though is it? I think diesels are meant to be maybe 30% better on fuel, so comparing those two is not a fair comparison. A hilux is quoted as around 7 something litres of diesel against 11 litres of petrol.



It is fair if your considering buying petrol or diesel. Petrol uses suck way more gas.


I use a 50/50 blend of waste veggie oil and diesel in my 2002 Hilux diesel and 1994 Peugeot diesel car. The veggie oil is free

Don't try the veggie oil in a late model diesel, (common rail variety), however.

Sauce
WA, 192 posts
26 May 2019 6:27PM
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For under 12k you can buy a subaru forester.. 2010 and newer.. 2.5l boxer engine and constant awd.

I had one, put 180k on it.. Never failed me once. Fit everything in the back and roof.. good fuel economy and reasonably capable on sand.

Overtaking at 110km plus is a little slow but the turbo model goes pretty hard.

But. Most practical car I have ever owned.

eppo
WA, 7339 posts
26 May 2019 8:24PM
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Why is a Subaru practical? It's pretty small, has no clearance and Subaru parts are super expensive... and it doesn't have a tray. Don't get the Subaru love to be honest never have.

Alysum
NSW, 363 posts
26 May 2019 10:49PM
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Well the Subaru does have one of the best interiors, at least my Impreza is very nice.
The outback actually has a longer boot space than the forester. EVERYONE has the current generation Outback. But yes 6 month service is expensive.

But yes I don't want to go back to the same problem of putting down the back seats and getting sand/water everywhere in the car....

If only East Sydney had a bit more space for pickups parking....

Sauce
WA, 192 posts
26 May 2019 9:37PM
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eppo said..
Why is a Subaru practical? It's pretty small, has no clearance and Subaru parts are super expensive... and it doesn't have a tray. Don't get the Subaru love to be honest never have.


Forester has enough ground clearance.. Don't go anything smaller.. it was a good car and went where my mates prado did (maybe he sooked it a bit)

Forester is light, and with some reasonable tyres will go fine..

I never had too much of an issue with parts, I snapped the power steering belt once, and I think that cost me a few hundred.. but at 180k km, i started to worry.

I have a ranger now, with full canopy and racks etc etc.. different car all together. I love the tray, I think my wetty may still be in there from Saturday. Whenever I did that with the forester, I knew about it!

THE PIN PULLER
WA, 321 posts
27 May 2019 5:41PM
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drsurf said..

Plummet said..


FormulaNova said..



Plummet said..



Alysum said..
If only they still made petrol pickups.... Most kitesurfers are greens voters right ?





My buddy had a petrol navara. That thing sucked 18l/100km. My ute uses 8





Not really a comparison though is it? I think diesels are meant to be maybe 30% better on fuel, so comparing those two is not a fair comparison. A hilux is quoted as around 7 something litres of diesel against 11 litres of petrol.




It is fair if your considering buying petrol or diesel. Petrol uses suck way more gas.



I use a 50/50 blend of waste veggie oil and diesel in my 2002 Hilux diesel and 1994 Peugeot diesel car. The veggie oil is free

Don't try the veggie oil in a late model diesel, (common rail variety), however.


Do you run a heater to heat the oil before hand ? I've a mate in Ireland runs x6 vehicles on it.

cauncy
WA, 7595 posts
27 May 2019 7:59PM
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The ultimate rig

My early mk ll, with full military running gear, amazing on the beach
traffic bump on the highway

Spartan
VIC, 42 posts
27 May 2019 11:31PM
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This is my kitesurfing beast, Subaru Lavorg sti wagon
fits all my gear and seats fold down flat too sleep in the back.





Alysum
NSW, 363 posts
27 May 2019 11:43PM
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Not much ground clearance that suby!

drsurf
NSW, 49 posts
28 May 2019 12:05AM
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THE PIN PULLER said..

drsurf said..


Plummet said..



FormulaNova said..




Plummet said..




Alysum said..
If only they still made petrol pickups.... Most kitesurfers are greens voters right ?






My buddy had a petrol navara. That thing sucked 18l/100km. My ute uses 8






Not really a comparison though is it? I think diesels are meant to be maybe 30% better on fuel, so comparing those two is not a fair comparison. A hilux is quoted as around 7 something litres of diesel against 11 litres of petrol.





It is fair if your considering buying petrol or diesel. Petrol uses suck way more gas.




I use a 50/50 blend of waste veggie oil and diesel in my 2002 Hilux diesel and 1994 Peugeot diesel car. The veggie oil is free

Don't try the veggie oil in a late model diesel, (common rail variety), however.



Do you run a heater to heat the oil before hand ? I've a mate in Ireland runs x6 vehicles on it.


Don't need a heater for the 50/50 veggie oil - diesel blend. In our NSW coastal climate it doesn't get as cold as Ireland where even straight diesel can go solid in the winter and needs kerosene added to thin it out.
There is another way of using straight vegetable oil which involves processing to remove some of the components which make the oil thicken. However adding diesel is less hassle

Gazuki
WA, 1005 posts
28 May 2019 5:24AM
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Spartan said..

This is my kitesurfing beast, Subaru Lavorg sti wagon
fits all my gear and seats fold down flat too sleep in the back.






Thats not a kitesurfing beast, its a car that drives to the beach.

eppo
WA, 7339 posts
28 May 2019 5:55AM
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Gazuki said..

Spartan said..

This is my kitesurfing beast, Subaru Lavorg sti wagon
fits all my gear and seats fold down flat too sleep in the back.







Thats not a kitesurfing beast, its a car that drives to the beach.


But you'd get to the beach pretty fast after leaving the tanning salon.

Spartan
VIC, 42 posts
29 May 2019 6:49AM
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Alysum said..
Not much ground clearance that suby!









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eppo said..




Gazuki said..





Spartan said..

This is my kitesurfing beast, Subaru Lavorg sti wagon
fits all my gear and seats fold down flat too sleep in the back.











Thats not a kitesurfing beast, its a car that drives to the beach.






But you'd get to the beach pretty fast after leaving the tanning salon.





I was just mentioning his is my ride and there are other options. If I wanted to go off-road I have the option of getting air lift suspension, it raises the car by 8 inches, so tease away felles, and I'm sure you boys couldn't comprehend the thought of anything going up 8 inches BTW my tanning salon is walking distance ;)



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