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Looking for Oka owners

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13 Nov 2012 06:22 #1 by Ralley
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Hi all,
My name is Robert, I run Mission Awareness Tours For Australian Indigenous Ministries I take groups to visit Aboriginal communities throughout Australia where we have workers. I've been looking into an Oka to replace our Coaster bus for a little while now. I've been to Melbourne and spent some time chatting with Paul and spoken to Robin in WA. I have also asked several questions here in the past.I have also briefly a look at a bus in Cairns. So far I have been impressed with what I've learnt.
I would really like to have more of a look at an Oka (A bus would be great but anything will do) and talk with someone that has lived with one and can show me the good and the bad. I'm also yet to have a ride in one to see how they ride etc. If there is someone that lives around Sydney or on the Mid North Coast that could help me please let me know I would really appreciate your help.

Rob

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05 Dec 2012 17:55 #2 by Hal Harvey
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Rob, you may have come in to the new site a bit early for many people to see your request. You could do worse than to stick your head into Mystery Bay on the last weekend in February , if that works for you.

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05 Dec 2012 18:53 #3 by Ralley
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Thanks for your offer I might just do that. At this point I think an Oka would be well suited to our needs but I still am yet to have a ride in one and talk seriously with some of you who have spent a lot of time in one.
I'm also spending some time in Canberra over the holiday season if there is someone willing to share their knowledge.

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06 Dec 2012 07:54 #4 by Len208
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Hi Rob,
Rina and I have been living full time in our converted bus for 2years now,and it is a brilliant vehicle.However bear in mind these are 16-20 years old now, and buses especially have probably had a full life.Our experience has been that it is HIGH maintenance and can be an expensive.That said there is nothing available,apart from unimog,which is probably more expensive to run, that will work for us.

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06 Dec 2012 10:00 #5 by Outback Jack
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Agree, an OKA is Not a Toyota or Nissan and as such requires more maintenance.

However parts can be cheap if you dig around a little.

If you want something that will drive to Darwin and back, without checking anything, then a OKA is not for you. You really need to get under an OKA every day, perhaps grease it every 2nd.

They are more like a truck and require more maintenance for this reason. However keep the maintenance up and you will have one of the best off road 5 tonne vehicles around.

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06 Dec 2012 19:29 #6 by Ralley
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I drive the bus and do all our maintenance so that part is not a problem. At least you can get under an OKA. I would be interested to hear about the things that give problems.
Rob

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26 Dec 2012 21:53 #7 by Cando
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As we are about to start traveling, I too would be interested in knowing what maintenance to look out for when on the road.

Cando
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27 Dec 2012 07:48 - 27 Dec 2012 07:51 #8 by dandjcr
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Ralley, Cando, suspension problems would be top of my list, followed by electrical faults due to old wiring and corroded connections.

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27 Dec 2012 07:57 #9 by Outback Jack
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Think Cando has made a complete new wiring loom etc, so that shouldnt be much of an issue.

I noticed on 169 that the outer sheath is no longer as flexible as new cable. It can be a bit brittle.

I think the manual states to check U bolts every 5000k in rough going. I have had U bolts come loose before.

As Cando has completely rebuilt his OKA, I would suggest going over U bolts etc etc for the first few weeks every day, then perhaps not as regular.

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27 Dec 2012 20:45 #10 by Cando
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Cheers guys,
think general go over at regular stops would be a good start.
XLT112 Has got new wiring harness , suspension and all the rest. But this doesn't mean it won't have the normal issues.
The reason for the new harness is when I stripped it I found the original harness was crap. When I cut in to the harness there were crimp join after crimp join, not s solder joint anywere.

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