In Edition 48 we were introduced to the Dark Knight, a ground up 79 Series Super Tourer build by the team at ARB Coopers Plains for it’s owner Perry to tackle the best of Australia’s wide open spaces. The foundations of the project were laid with a GVM upgrade, OME BP-51 suspension and ARB barwork, but with the build now complete we focus on what makes this LC79 one of the best camping set ups in Australia.
Transforming the 79 Series from an agricultural mainstay, to a touring icon is the alloy CSM Canopy, which neatly packages many creature comforts for life on the road. Outside the canopy you’ll notice the twin wheel carriers on the rear. These fold down arms bring the spare tyres down to a safe height to load and unload.
Up top a Rhino Platform matching the cab creates a stable platform for taking photos or shooting, utilizing the Kaizen Tactical Platform.
Central locking side doors open up to reveal a modular storage system with a drop down work bench. A drop slide makes life easier to get into the ARB 47 litre Fridge/Freezer and there’s still plenty of room for the generator, chainsaw and recovery gear. An ARB Twin Compressor with 4 litre Air Tank has been mounted to the inside wall of the canopy, providing 100% duty cycle to run air tools where required, or simply to inflate the tyres.
Perhaps the masterpiece of this build is the ARB Coopers Plains Lifestyle Energy System. A Redarc BMS (Battery Management System) guards two 100AH Lithium Batteries, providing enough juice to power the household toaster and coffee machine. Perry can simply plug them into the 2000W Redarc Inverter and enjoy breaky on the beach with a double shot Nespresso and vegemite toast!
The big 79 can be connected to mains power to recharge everything on board including the two Century start batteries. When the car is parked up or Perry makes a pitstop at a caravan park, an extension lead is all that is required to bring everything back up to 100%.
Inside the cab, an aftermarket stereo and entertainment system has been fitted to keep everyone entertained on those long hauls, and a custom pair of Recaro seats provide the dreamy comfort you get from a luxury car.
A custom centre console and roof shelf provides much needed storage in the 79 while still maintaining a clean, factory finish. Since taking delivery of the Dark Knight, Perry has wasted little time escaping the city limits to enjoy the full range of benefits the Dark Knight delivers.
For more information contact the team at ARB Coopers Plains on (07) 3277 2020