G'day Croco, thanks for the welcome mate & sorry for my late reply. Just got back from a few days testing the Prado in the Little Sandy Desert in the Pilbara with a couple of workmates in their 100 series!
Yep, some bloody great ideas there thanks & the suspension & tyres will be the first to fitted after this trip! The originals did ok, but being bogged in a very soft, sandy riverbed & having to get winched out, well, that never happened in my old Triton, even in standard form! A roof rack is definitely needed too, though admittedly I always take more than necessary (but can never be too prepared when remote travelling!)
The location if the 12V outlet in the back isn't ideal either, so will locate it to a more protected area so the fridge will stay plugged in when the back's loaded. & drawers are a bloody great idea too!
I reckon a twin wheel carrier is a must too, as the rear door dropped a bit on this trip, not happy about that.
Don't know what under body protection's available, but it took a good hour on one of the tracks taking spinifex out from the exhaust area (which accumulated while taking a 'short cut', 20hrs to drive 24kms!) Will have to take the radiator out next days off too, get the spinifex seeds blown out. Hope to find something to stop this happening next time.
Some other areas I'd like improving is performance: turbo lag especially, I think part of the reason I got bogged was due to this lag. Front & rear diff locks are on the cards too.
Apart from these issues, I still think I got a good replacement for my Triton, & my new foster rottie certainly made himself at home on the passenger seat on the trip
Am also thinking of a triple battery system too, as when I go exploring I take 2 fridges minimum, maybe a 3rd 11ltr waeco if there's room, plus with all the electrical accessories, an extra battery is handy.