Photos by Philip Aragones
It’s Friday again! So for our Four-Wheel Fridays feature, you’re gonna love this.
As you know, the Manila Auto Salon is a gathering of some of the best customized rides in town. So for the 4×4 fanatics out there (including me), we’ve gathered some of the Best Modified 4x4s of 2013, as seen in the Manila Auto Salon. Check it out!
If you’re a Manila Auto Salon regular, you know that 199 Off Road House is one of those shops pushing the limits when it comes to creating and modifying some of the most extreme 4x4s in the country. This Hilux is one example. Apart from the main cab and the grille, almost everything else has been made extreme. It’s a monster truck! And you’d know it’s quite functional given the Race Tech suspension and that hydraulic ram steering to turn those massive Super Swamper Boggers. I just wonder how much articulation this thing can do given the amount of slack on those limiting straps. Would love to see this rig in action!
Nothing spells competition rig than an all-out tube buggy. With full coilovers and jounce shocks, winches front and rear, bead-locked wheels, this thing is equipped to tackle just about any terrain you can throw at it. Oh and can somebody tell me what tires are these? Looks like Simex Extreme Trekkers but are non-directional. Anyone?
Next up are modified versions of the late-model Toyota Hilux. The “Overland” graphics suits this one pretty well. It comes well equipped with armor in all the necessary places, a snorkel, basket/rack, auxiliary lighting, and the overall look is complimented by the unmistakeable lizard claws on those Nitto Mud Grapplers. Very nice!
Same goes with this white one. Though I like big wheels and low profile tires on street cars, I’m not too keen on them in terms of functionality for 4×4 rigs. Though it does enhance the appearance, and perhaps the handling, they’re usually heavier than the usual 15 or 16-inch wheels combined with thick-sidewall mud tires. But that’s must my personal opinion. I have seen fully-capable 4×4 rigs traversing extreme trails on dub sized wheels and mud tires, but I just like the peace of mind of having a thick sidewall to protect the rims from rock rash, and be able to air down the tires. Again, I’m not putting this idea down, it’s just my personal preference.
This black Hilux is another well-equipped rig. So what if the current model Toyota Hilux has a solid front axle. I think it’s one of the more capable 4x4s in the market today. And modified with the right parts, you’re good to go! This version looks to be a demo vehicle for LED auxiliary light bars.
And I think it demonstrates the products pretty well. Notice how the front tires are actually propped on a winch, and a pair of LED lights to showcase how much stress these things can handle.
Something from the blue oval is also a winner in our books!
I love the fact that the Toyota LC70 is still in production. This is always a good candidate for off-road modifications.
See what I mean? Nice chopped rear on this one with full exo-cage. Looks as capable as the tube buggy above, while maintaining the creature comforts of a factory cockpit.
It’s not just the body that’s caged. Check out the trussed axle! And take a look at that chopped grille with gatling-gun headlights. I’m digging the emblem too haha!
Ah yes, the Nissan Patrol. If you want a ride that gives you luxury on the inside, while allowing you to go wild on the outside, the Patrol is one of those handful of 4x4s that will allow you to do just that. And this one has all the essentials – a snorkel, a beefy front bumper with winch, massive lift, and Nitto Mud Grapplers. I’m digging that conversion done to the headlights.
Here’s another awesome Patrol, modified with Form and Function in mind.
Would be real nice to chill out under that awning upon reaching the mountain summit don’t you think?
The Wrangler Rubicon is one cool 4×4 that has thankfully made its way onto our shores. And I’m glad they have the diesel!
Some people have already done some extreme modifications to it.
You’re rig ain’t hardcore without a winch. As Warn Industries say – “Go Prepared.”
A light bar to turn night into day for those who are into night trailing.
Last but not least, saving the best for last, my personal favorite (okay I’m saying this partly because I’m a Land Rover Club member), and the best 4×4 by far, the timeless Land Rover Defender. As they say, it’s never over in a Rover.
That sums up our coverage of awesome modified 4x4s from the 2013 Manila Auto Salon. How about you? Which one is your favorite? Share it on the comments!