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Do I need to upgrade my suspension for the Gibb River Road?

In this video I answer a question from Ian McIntosh who wants to know if he needs to upgrade his 2004 Prado's suspension for the Gibb River Road.

One of my goals for 2020 is to make a LOT more videos for Youtube & Facebook.

So to get the ball rolling, I've kicked off the new year with a new video project which I'm calling 'Ask Steve'.

We get quite a lot of questions from people planning big road trips like 'The Big Lap' and I love answering them and usually spend some time every day at the keyboard.

But often the same or similar questions come up over and over.

Rather than answer them all 'one to one' I figured it would make more sense to get the video camera out and just make a video instead.

So that's what I'm doing and the first one is now live on YouTube.

In this first video I answer a question from Ian McIntosh.

Ian wants to know whether he needs to upgrade the suspension on his 2004 Landcruiser Prado to tackle the Gibb River Road.

He'll be towing his Bushranger Joey offroad caravan and has already tackled the Oodnadatta Track.

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Steve Baile
Steve Baile
I’m the founder of Expedition Australia, a writer, filmmaker & adventure travel junkie. Passionate about my family, health and fitness, hiking, 4WD touring, adventure motorbikes, camping and exploring as much of the planet as I can.


  1. Hi Expedition Australia,

    My name is Nitin from Perth, WA.

    I'm new to off-roading. I currently have a 2006 RAV4. The places I intend to visit are Uluru, Sharkbay (steep point, dirk hartog island etc), Exmouth (shothole canyon, yardee creek etc), Karijini National Park (Fern Pool etc).

    Should I invest in a proper 4x4 or will it suffice if I upgraded my RAV4's suspension/shocks, tyres etc? Which suspensions are the ones to go for?

    Perhaps you should also upload a vide on how novices should choose their vehicles, buying a used 4x4, mandatory upgrades etc.

    Any advice or pointers is highly appreciated.

    Thanks and regards,


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