6×6 CONVERSION DETAILS

Dependable, safe, and enduring 6×6 GVM/GCM upgrades to existing 4×4 vehicles.

Our World-class, user-friendly, and highly-dependable 6×6 Workhorse conversions offer THE most safe, dependable, and capable GVM/GCM capacity upgrades for standard Light-commercial 4x4s anywhere!

We make the Heavyweight Payload and Trailer Capacities, that used to be difficult to achieve, now realistically achievable, and we do it affordable, AND most of all with safety in mind!

All 6×6 AUSTRALIA’s Payload and Tow-rate (GVM/GCM) upgrade modifications can be designed with consideration for drivers on standard car licences with the legal limit in Australia for Car Licence Operators at 4,495kg GVM.

 

Along with our Cutting-edge Chassis, Suspension, and Driveline Technology, our Trades-qualified Craftsmen at 6×6 AUSTRALIA Pty Ltd also provide stylish and bespoke Bodywork with a lasting finish to complete your unique vehicle conversion. Whatever you can imagine, we’ll finish it with stylish quality and high-class appeal.

 

Individual details for each 6×6 build, such as specific Payload/Towing capacity (GVM/GCM) for Certification/Registration, are set according to our client’s individual requirements and within all reasonable limits.

 

For example, if you want a 6×6 Landcruiser 200, but don’t want a ‘Heavy Vehicle 6×6’ according to Federal Government GVM/GCM Operator Licencing laws, we design the vehicle and get it certified according to YOUR requirements within those laws. Whatever you reasonably  wish to achieve with your vehicle, we help you in achieving it.

Our standard 6×6 LC200 Landcruiser GXL model has a 3,080kgPayload while its original 4×4 Payload is only 705kg. That equates to 500% more than before!

As 6×6 it has a 6,080kgGVM while original 4×4 has only 3,350kgGVM), and an 8,500kgGCM while originally as 4×4 it only had a 6,850kgGCM.

 

6×6 AUSTRALIA Pty Ltd have been converting 6x6s for over 30 years around Australia, and now navigate the best course of action there for our customers, to get the best outcome for all.

 

– General Agreement terms for ordinary ‘3-stage build’ contracts (example only) –

NOTE: ‘Extra works’, e.g. fabricating/fitting Long Range Fuel Tanks, fitting Front Suspension lifts, Air-lockers and compressors/accessories, and any custom Bodywork, etc. are calculated separately. Full payment for these are normally required at the build commencement or when contracts are signed;

 

 

STAGE 1)- INITIAL INQUIRIES, Q&A, SPECIFIC DETAILS FINALISED, AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT DRAFTED/SIGNED:

Once we have worked out specific details of the build, an Initial 20% Deposit of your 6×6 conversion’s Total Price will book it’s time-slot for you. Most of these take between only 4-6 weeks to complete.

After we know what specific work and components the vehicle requires, e.g. Diff Gears, and only once we are all ready to commit do we finalise drafting up a formal Purchase Agreement together.

Then we sign/date this Purchase Agreement with you (one copy to you “the Client”, one to us “the Builder”,

 

STAGE 2)- COMMENCEMENT OF YOUR NEW 6×6:

‘Stage 2)- Payment’ of 40% total conversion price is required at this point in time for work to commence. The final Purchase Agreement outlines the defined Payment Stages and Build Timeline.

At this point 6×6 AUSTRALIA begin sourcing supply of any overseas components, and begin stripping your original vehicle’s rear Suspension, Extend & Reinforce the Chassis, and manufacture any Suspension and Driveline components in lead-up to their assembly and final fitment.

The Power-divider made ready to fit into the Drive-through Diff.

 

A Full-time 6-Wheel Drive Ute. This 6×6 is Full-time All Wheel Drive.

 

STAGE 3)- ASSEMBLY, REFINISHING, AND ALL TESTING/CERTIFICATION COMPLETED IN PREPARATION FOR DELIVERY:

All conversion works are now complete, and our client’s new 6×6 vehicle is prepared for delivery. ‘Stage 3)- Final 40% Balance Payment’ is required.

Prior to ‘Stage 3)- Final Payment’ and final handover, all certification required for legal registration is organized by 6×6 AUSTRALIA so that final handover runs smoothly, and our excited customer can begin to use their vehicle right away.

 

 

If you still have questions, please check our “COMMON QUESTIONS” page and if the answer isn’t there, please feel welcome to contact us and ask.

 

 

 

    All 6×6 conversion technology used is done so under private licence agreement with Mr. Bob James (Founder, CEO, and Technical Director). Bob and his sons developed this technology in Australia over the course of 3 decades (since 1984).

6×6 AUSTRALIA Pty Ltd lead the world in every measure of 6×6 Light -commercials, from Affordability, Safety, Low-maintenance reliability, User-friendliness, and highly capable performance. There is no competition!

 

      At 6×6 AUSTRALIA, we are also one of the only 6×6 conversion operators working from a nationally accredited manufacturing facility, registered with The Australian Federal Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development (since 1999). Not all 6x6s are built with this level of assurance. Some have their Modification Certificates signed-off by unethical engineers who don’t care much for important factors like Safety and Reliability.

We urge you to ask our competition if their conversions provide ‘Loadshare’, and see if what they tell you stacks up to honest logic when it comes to Safety. Then compare that to financial outlay on your part.

Please ask us about ‘Loadsharing Twin-axle (Bogie-drive) Suspension’. It’s what we do! So you can tell the difference between a ‘True-Blue 6×6 AUSTRALIAN’ 6×6, and all the rest that are getting around now with 6 wheels under their Chassis.

We can explain it all in simple, easy to understand terms, so you won’t be deceived by the “Ikea Flatpack-type” designs that are out there.

 

Our Loadsharing Coil-spring Suspension and our Power-divider technologies are also Internationally Registered Designs.

6×6 AUSTRALIA Federal Identity Plate Approval (IPA) numbers include:

Toyota 75 series Landcruiser 6×6 IPA#13434 for Medium/Lightweight 4,495kgGVM, and IPA#13436 for Heavyweight 6,340kgGVM;

-Current model Toyota 79 series Landcruiser (current model) 6×6 IPA#43189 for Medium/Lightweight 4,495kgGVM, and IPA#46527 for Heavyweight 6,080kgGVM;

-Current model Toyota 200 series Landcruiser 6×6 (current model) IPA#48397 for Heavyweight 6,340kgGVM;

Nissan GU (Y61) Patrol 6×6 IPA#47606 for Medium/Lightweight 4,495kgGVM, and IPA#47607 for Heavyweight up to 5,700kgGVM;

-Current model Mazda BT-50 (current model) 6×6 IPA#47852 for Medium/Lightweight 4,495kgGVM; and

-Current model Ford Ranger 6×6 (current model) IPA#48853 for Medium/Lightweight 4,495kgGVM.

 We ‘re currently preparing more, including Iveco Daily 5500 6×6 for Heavyweight 8,050kgGVM, and Ford F150 6×6 for Middleweight 4,495kgGVM and Heavyweight 6,000kgGVM, and F350 6×6 for Heavyweight 10,000kgGVM.

Mazda BT-50 6×6

Medium-Lightweight 6x6s (Mazda BT-50; Ford Ranger; Toyota Hilux; Nissan Navara; and Mitsubishi Triton), like all our other 6x6s, are built for increased weight carriage focused on safety, comfort, and usable and reliable performance.

 

Once converted, in Australia these Mid-sized 6x6s can still be legally operated with a standard car licence (<4,500kg GVM), and safely carry a 2,000kg Payload (4,495kg GVM and 7,995kg GCM).

NOTE: GVM is ‘Gross Vehicle Mass’, i.e. the entire weight of the empty/unloaded vehicle itself PLUS anything it’s carrying (Payload). GCM is the ‘Gross Combination Mass’, i.e. the entire combined weight of everything including GVM PLUS the weight of your Trailer setup.

Nissan GU Patrol 6X6

Our ADR Heavyweight GVM 6x6s are based on the large-sized 4x4s, e.g. Nissan Patrols and Toyota Landcruisers.

For example, our Toyota LC79 Dual-Cab Landcruiser 6×6 Workmate model measures Tare 2,650kg (original 4×4 Tare 2,090kg); Payload 3,550kg (original 4×4 Payload 1,110kg); 6,200kg GVM (original 4×4 GVM 3,300kg); and 8,500kg GCM (original 4×4 GCM 6,800kg).

The Y61 Nissan Patrol GU 6×6 ST model is 5,130kg GVM and  8,500kgGCM.

We also do these two particular models in a lightweight configuration with 4,495kg GVM and 7,995kg GCM.

 

Increased capacity for safe carriage of heavy loads, across all-terrains, and in reliable comfort is, and always has been, our aim.

Testing Toyota 70 series Landcruiser in 1998 with 3 tonne Payload in old, disused quarry.

 

 6×6 Chassis, Suspension, & Drive-line modifications info:

External loadshare beam model, with Airbag system installed as coil-spring replacements for custom request.
6mm Fish-plating on chassis reinforcing work. Notice the dual-cab panelwork pictured is yet to be completed.
Chassis extension complete and our 6×6 AUSTRALIA twin-axle suspension under assembly

 WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY WITH A CAB-CHASSIS 6X6 CONVERSION: Prices vary between specific conversions depending on original vehicle chassis choice used in conversion, your choice of unique custom optional extras, and in which Federal ADR class of weight capacity (GVM/GCM) you wish your vehicle to reside.

  For instance, you might want your 6×6 able to be legally operated on a standard car licence, and still able to perform as expected. For this, we build you our Medium-Lightweight 6×6 inline with applicable Federal ADR identity plate labeling for the standard car licenced GVM/GCM operator.

Dual-cab Mazda BT-50 6×6 with flatbed traybody (awaiting slide-on Pop-top RV/Camper body to be fitted)

  At standard price, vehicles get the usual fully reinforced chassis extension of 1,300mm (minimum) crafted with new folded plate steel chassis-rail sections, fully-welded. Then we use stitched 6mm steel Fisch-plating, and then (for Heavyweight GVM conversions) extensive 4 x 50mm square RHS bracing running beneath the chassis rails.

Your custom order might require a longer chassis too, e.g. for a permanent RV/Camper or Safari bus body. To an extent, this can be as long as you want (max. 1800mm).

Our Heavyweight GVM/GCM 6×6 models include the likes of ‘Wagon to Dual-cab’ 200 series Toyota Landcruiser Sahara/GXL and Y61 Nissan GU Patrol models.

 

DRIVE-LINE TECHNOLOGY: The Power-divider within the Drive-through diff governs our system’s drive-power distributed to each rear wheel, directing when to release ‘Axle windup’ and when to lock full ‘Drive-power’ down through to the wheels as needed.

The Power-divider controls the full-time 6×6 system and is a legally essential component. The amount of real traction created with four wheels under power, so close to each other is phenomenal. If this power-divider wasn’t so sophisticated, the axles would begin to fight each other and at least one axle would snap. Our Bogie-drives provide phenomenal traction.

‘Roller-drive’ Power-divider ready to be fitted
6×6 AUSTRALIA Drive-through diff centre awaiting assembly
Drive-through diff & power-divider housing (rear angle)

Dirve-through diff with power-divider attached

TWIN-AXLE SUSPENSION: Our coil-spring Bogie-drive suspensions provide for a smooth and comfortable ride, and superior handling under load. (Registered Design IPRNs No.201712910; No.201714911; & No.201714912)

100% Load-sharing coil-spring suspension system with integrated ‘Roll-steering’ under load.

The integrated ‘Roll-steer’ function provides enhanced stability, especially at speeds >60km/hr, AND ESPECIALLY WHEN FULLY LOADED!

  Working together with it’s Roller-drive power-divider, this setup provides serious traction with all 4 rear wheels under drive-power.

Our builtin ‘Roll-steer’ design also helps decrease tyre-scrubbing. Due to the poor design or complete absence of a power-divider in some other 6×6 systems, ‘Tyre-scrubbing’ is seen as a common costly flaw. This adds to the hidden costs in those already expensive systems.

Mazda 6-tonne cab-chassis with newly fitted Bogie-drive suspension being tested
Newly fitted Bogie-drive suspension being tested

  6×6 AUSTRALIA usually outsource supply of specially formed & hardened diff gear-sets with Heavy Duty axles, and then machine-form our own ‘Roller-drive’ Power-divider, to complete it’s integration within our Drive-through diff.

All brake parts, and diff-housings, etc. are genuine factory parts according to your vehicle make. These drive-lines, along with our evolutionary Loadsharing/Roll-steering suspension, are a huge part of what makes our system the 6×6 market leader and the envy of our competition.

6×6 AUSTRALIA Toyota Dual-cab 79 series Landcruiser 6×6 cab-chassis conversion

For a heavyweight version of our 6×6, the general formula we use is 10% price increase. This price increase covers necessary build increases such as chassis extension reinforcing materials and workmanship, etc., as well as the exotic full-floating hubs we use in the 2 new rear diffs.

Prices are often negotiable and sometimes we have a discount sale on, e.g. our current EOFY Free Traybody offer .

Also, exactly what optional extra work is involved might effect final pricing, e.g. Bodywork such as a Flatbed tray with or without gates & bars, or a full-blown 13 seat Safari bus body.

Dual-cab Toyota 200 series Landcruiser 6×6 cab-chassis

There’s a stack of different bodywork options and we can provide them all. Get in touch and let us know what you’d like to see happen.

 

Dual-cab Toyota 200 series Landcruiser GXL 6×6

Toyota 200 series Landcruiser 6×6 cab-chassis is usually  completed as a heavyweight GVM, with the following metrics: 6,080kgGVM, 8,500kgGCM, and 3,500kg Tow-capacity. (Unless requested otherwise with your custom order).

If requested otherwise with your custom order, for this vehicle to be driven on a standard car licence, the build will need it’s modification to be individually certified to <4,500kgGVM. This is no extra cost, but part of the overall price. Such details as this just require outlining in your build contract for labeling/certification requirements in legal registration purposes.

For example, some customers require a mid-lightweight GVM/GCM so themselves, their spouse, or employees can still operate it on a car licence (which limits them to operating vehicles no more than 4,495kg GVM).

6×6 AUSTRALIA Dual-cab Toyota 200 series Landcruiser GXL Heavyweight GVM 6×6
Dual-cab body work with chassis extension work pictured. Notice high-quality brand-new factory rear ute panel materials used

 

As these Toyota 200 series Landcruiser 6×6 conversions originally start from a 4×4 wagon body, they require significant bodywork to convert them to a 4×4 Dual-cab ute. This bodywork is needed to be completed prior to beginning the 6×6 chassis and suspension work and is calculated in pricing as an individual extra component of your vehicle conversion.

 

 

 General description of small selection of some of our Custom Automotive Bodyworks, with general pricing to give a basic idea:

We also do a lot of custom bodywork. Seriously, we love this work and can bring to realization anything our client’s imagine.

We’re interested in helping you fulfill what you’d like to achieve, so talk to us and explore your options. The sky’s the limit when it comes to bodywork at 6×6 AUSTRALIA.

 

RIO TINTO mine staff at Parkes, NSW, receive handover & give 6×6 AUSTRALIA staff an underground tour with their new 79 series Toyota Landcruiser 6×6 Staff taxi bus (13 passenger seats)

 

Nissan GU Patrol 6×6 Safari tour bus (13 passenger seats)
Custom 13 Passenger seat Safari bus interior on Nissan GU Patrol 6×6. Entire vehicle was completed at 6×6 AUSTRALIA

 

2 versions of our 70 series Toyota Landcruiser 6×6 Safari tour bus, both in NZ (13 and 15 passenger seat variants)

For a Lightweight 13-14 Passenger seat Safari-tour bus body crafted from 2mm Aluminium (frame and skins) on a brand new, Large-sized 4×4 chassis (Toyota 79 series Landcruiser/Nisan Y61 Patrol), our prices range from between AU$475,000-$1,000,000 (Incl. GST) including the chosen new base vehicle cab-chassis variant.

Prices range so widely because of the wide range of options we have for you to choose from.

These include options like 79 Workmate base vehicle chassis Vs 200 series GXL base vehicle chassis, Metallic Paintwork Vs base White, Ducted A/C Climate control Vs Std A/C, Tinted windows Vs Untinted windows, internal PA and stereo systems, fabric seat trims Vs canvas seat trims, Linoleum flooring Vs Carpet, Mag wheels Vs Steel split rims, specialized off-road tyres Vs Hwy treads, Diff-lockers Vs Open Diffs Vs LSDs, Air compressors, Auxillary batteries with BC/DC chargers and/or 12V Solar panels, 12V/240V Power Inverter, Fridge/Freezer, and other aftermarket electrical accessory options galore.

This list is almost endless. We can source and fit any and all of the usual aftermarket choices available.

Custom-built 10-seater Toyota Landcruiser 80 series 6×6 superwagon

We can also build these buses on used vehicles, saving a lot of money by building on a used chassis base vehicle.

200 series Toyota Landcruiser 6×6 dual-cab slide-on camper concept profile picture

Initial stages of slide-on camper/RV for Toyota 200 series Landcruiser 6×6 dual-cab

 

79 series Toyota Landcruiser 6×6 concept profile picture

79 series 6×6 Toyota Landcruiser camper concept in reality

 

Silver Toyota 79 series Landcruiser 6×6 RV tourer brekky table
Toyota Landcruiser 79 series 6×6 RV tourer galleyway interior
Toyota Landcruiser 79 series 6×6 RV tourer double bed interior
Toyota Landcruiser 79 series 6×6 RV tourer interior kitchen
Toyota Landcruiser 79 series 6×6 RV super-tourer toilet/shower

GENERAL PRICE OF CUSTOM LARGE-SIZED 6×6 WITH RV/CAMPER (incl. fit-out to custom order specs): General pricing for a brand new Large-sized (Nissan Patrol/Toyota Landcruiser) permanent Pop-top RV/Camper 6×6, seats/berths 2 Adults, ranges between AU$475,000-$1,000,000 (Incl. GST) including new base vehicle chassis (e.g. Landcruiser, or Patrol, or F350, or other large-sized 4×4).

Price for the same type of permanently fixed RV/Camper on a mid-size 6X6, e.g. Mazda BT-50, is approximately 5% less. Final price depends on consideration of your entire package. Broad options can be discussed upon inquiry. Resale value on these is approx. 50% better than the base vehicle chassis used in conversion as they hold their value really well.

 

  General Terms of Standard Warranty & Servicing, and optional extended warranties with pricing: General warranty comes standard on all our work. It is 12 months/20,000km on all new parts, materials, and workmanship from final date of completion when your conversion leaves our factory.

Servicing, Repairs, and Replacement work re: warranties is on a ‘back-to-base’ system, where your 6×6 must be delivered back to our base at Coraki, NSW for work to be completed. Full warranty terms and other specific details are negotiated and agreed upon prior to contract.

Options include 24months/50,000km on all parts, materials, and workmanship, or 36months/100,000km on same (most popular). For these extended warranty options, regular servicing every 20,000km in-house at 6×6 AUSTRALIA is required in order to keep legitimate.

Please contact us for more information. We’re not able to really do our conversions justice here on the internet. Feel free to make the effort to visit our factory. We have a modern demo vehicle we can let you test-drive If you’re seriously considering a 6×6.

We’re confident we can help you get a reliable, safe, comfortable, and extraordinarily capable 6×6 to suit your purposes.