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Mule Expedition Outfitters – MuleWagon Project

Australians know a thing or two about overland travel. Their country is enormous, and a traveler must be well prepared for every eventuality in the most remote areas. The Aussies have a love affair with their Utes (utility vehicles), and the flatbed configuration seems by far the most popular. But why? Well, there are a few reasons. A flatbed is easy to unload and unload, potentially reduces weight, and offers a more sturdy, bullet-proof load area than those supplied directly from the manufacturer. The flatbed is versatile and offers the ability to carry different types of loads as required. The Australians also love the mighty Toyota brand, and some might say a Land Cruiser with a flatbed load area may be a near-perfect configuration for remote overland travel.

Mule Expedition Outfitters have taken their Project MuleWagon to the next level and have equipped a 1992 80-Series Land Cruiser with an MITs alloy flatbed tray and canopy (Mule is the North American distributor of Australian MITs trays and canopies). While they were at it, they replaced the old, under-powered Cruiser engine with a Chevrolet LS3 V8 mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission.


1992 Toyota Land Cruiser


Chevrolet LS3 V8 with Edelbrock management system

4L80E automatic transmission

Transfer case: stock

Suspension and Drive

Axles: Stock housings with ARB air lockers, Nitro Gears and rear full-float upgrade by Nitro Gear

Brakes: Powerbrake Big Break kit (front)

Onboard Air: ARB twin compressor with Pressure Control system

Suspension: Old Man Emu coils, BP-51 shocks and OME suspension links and trailing arms

Tires and Wheels

Yokohama Geolandar MT

Wheels: Teraflex Nomad

Recovery and Armor

Front Bumper: ARB

Winch (front and rear): Comeup

ARB Recovery Kit 

MaxTrax recovery boards

Lights: Baja Designs

Roof Rack: Front Runner

Storage: MITS Alloy Flatbed Tray and Canopy System


Dometic Dual-zone fridge/freezer with Clearview fridge slide

Sunflare solar panels

Charging Management: Redarc Manager 30 with Redvision

BluOasis 200 AH lithium battery


Expedition 134 storage box

FrontRunner Wolfpack storage box

Custom snorkel

Custom rear-frame section with hidden winch mount.

Visit Mule Expedition Outfitters for more info: dasmule.com

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