Sparesbox Blog

Mod Monday — Sam's 80 Series

By Mitch Babbs

Sun Oct 27 2019

In case you couldn’t tell by now, Sparesbox loves cars. Whether we’re fawning over the rides with the most power under the bonnet, ogling supercars (that we’ll probably never get the chance to drive), or getting down and dirty off-road, there’s nothing we enjoy more than a deep dive into what makes a car tick or how we can make it that little bit better.

This week we sit down with Sam Young. You’ll know him as our version of Scotty Cam, always in front of the camera with a wry grin breaking down products and quarterbacking our appearances at events like WTAC and Bullrush Rally, or you might have seen him in a 4WD Action video such as the one below.

Having been at Sparesbox just over 3 years now, he’s become (alongside founders Leon and Andy) one of the most recognisable faces at Sparesbox, and shares a love of all things automotive. His Sparesbox 80 Series, affectionately named ‘Big Rig’, has more modifications than you can shake a stick at. Presented without alteration is the full mod list below:

  • Rebuilt 1HDT engine using oversized Toyota Australia internals
  • GTurbo Grunter Extreme turbo
  • ADS Injection 200+hp Injector pump
  • Custom ADS Injection Dyno tune (pre-airbox & snorkel) (190rwhp 700nm)
  • ARP headstuds
  • Safari front mount intercooler
  • Turbosmart boost tee (27psi)
  • 3” Custom Exhaust + Side dump
  • Air On Board Diff breather kit
  • Radius Fabrication 4" Stainless Snorkel
  • Radius Fabrication Custom Airbox (Ls1 filter)
  • PROJECTA dual battery isolator
  • Dual battery setup (OPTIMA Batteries / Lion AGM)
  • Front & Rear ARB 4x4 Accessories diff lockers
  • ARB 4x4 Accessories On-board Air Compressor
  • Upgraded 10mm diff pumpkin studs
  • AVM Part Time Kit
  • High flow Tridon thermostat
  • Upgraded 1HD-FTE 3kw Toyota Starter Motor
  • Disc Brakes Australia T2 Slotted Front Rotors
  • Yokohama 35" Geolandar G16 X-ATs
  • Dynamic Wheel Co. 17 x 8 -22 steel rims
  • Custom rear bar (centre mounted tyre swing-away + chassis integrated tow/recovery hitch)
  • ARB 4x4 Accessories roof rack
  • Drivetech 4x4 3m x 3m awning
  • ARB 4x4 Accessories commercial bullbar
  • GME ariel
  • Oricom UHF CB knockdown bracket
  • Drivetech 4x4 Dual Speed 12,000lbs Winch
  • HELLA Roklume 380n LED spotlights (x2 on bullbar)
  • HELLA UltraBEAM GenII Pencil LED spotlights (x4 on roof)
  • HELLA Module 50 LED work lights (x2 on roof, under awning)
  • Dark-tinted weather shields
  • 30% Window Tint
  • Rear led tail lights
  • Ultraflex 4x4 front blacked-out LED headlight upgrade
  • Front clear indicator conversion
  • Bullbar clear indicator conversion
  • Composite Images custom vinyl wrap
  • Drivetech 4x4 Recovery Points
  • Xrox modified sliders
  • Dobinsons Spring & Suspension Sydney 5" springs
  • 5” RAW 4x4 Australia Australia shocks (Soon to be Supashock)
  • RAW 4x4 Australia Australia steering Damper
  • Custom Sway bar extensions
  • Front sway bar delete
  • Adjustable Panhard rods & arms
  • Castor correction plates
  • Extended brake lines
  • Oricom UHF CB UHF
  • Sunland Dashmat
  • MSA 4X4 Accessories dash organiser
  • MSA 4X4 Accessories Cargo barrier organiser
  • Drivetech 4x4 Wireless TPMS
  • STEDI rocker switches
  • REDARC Electronics 2000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter
  • Pioneer Audiovisual headunit
  • Pioneer Audiovisual Speakers
  • Titan rear drawers
  • Rear custom chopping board/table
  • XR6 Falcon Seats & Custom rails
  • 4x4Concepts dual gauge A pillar pod
  • AutoMeter 'Cobalt' Series EGT + Boost gauge
  • Dometic Waeco CF11 Centre Console fridge

When asked what kind of budget he’d been working with and if that had been a big concern, Sam said his methodology is “to keep it running and driving for as cheaply as possible as I have so many vehicles.”

“But if I had to put a cost per year in keeping it running and on the road, I’d estimate around $12,000 per annum. And it would have cost me around a total of 20 to 30K to modify it to its current stage.”

“I wanted to create one of the toughest 80 Series in the country while still having a reliable touring vehicle. Having had a fleet of less desirable 4WDs in the past, I wanted to make sure the next fourbie I purchased was one of my dream 4WDs, which this is!” It hasn’t always been a smooth journey for Sam and the Big Rig, however. 

“The car has a habit of twisting axles due to the upgraded power and large tyres, I recently blew a gearbox after a number of harsh 4WD heavy months, and it used to blow intercooler hoses just about every week. In fact, it was rolled on its side by a mate of mine which required just about the entire body to be replaced/fixed.”

Regarding future plans for the Big Rig, Sam says his goal is to continue improving and perfecting his beloved 80 Series:

  • New bar work to update the looks and offroad ability
  • Upgrade the tyre size to a 37” tyre for better offroad capabilities
  • Change the suspension set up to allow more articulation and travel
  • Remove the rear seats and build a false floor with a 3rd battery to maximise 12V potential and storage options

All this with the goal in mind to take it to more places and see more of the country in it. Something tells us that the absence of roads will be no limitation after the amount of work Sam has put into the Big Rig. 

If you’d like to keep an eye out for Sam, you’re likely to catch him on our Facebook or Instagram pages, as well as all across our Youtube Channel. Of course, if you’d like to replicate some of Sam’s build you can start right here, by using our vehicle fitment tool to see exactly which parts will fit your vehicle. Happy trails!