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BUDGET TOURER, STILL EATING UP THE TRACKS

Neat 80 Series Cruisers are hard to find. Neat and capable, well… you are basically looking at a unicorn my friends CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Getting a spot in Unsealed 4X4 is a pretty big deal – doubly so for an old 80 Series – if for no other reason than they …

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HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE… THAT’S WHY YOU BUY A PRADO

Happy wife happy life… that’s why you buy a Prado CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE From an 80 Series, to a 76 Series, now to a 150 Prado… Anthony’s had more than a bit of experience building some capable tourers!   Starting out a few years back with the tried and tested 80 …

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SOLAR POWERED ZOOKS VS THE SIMPSON DESERT

Third time’s a charm CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Two eccentric guys, two very different electric-powered Suzukis and the Simpson Desert. Welcome to the Aussie Outback Solar Challenge!     On offer is the title of the first person to drive across one of the harshest deserts in Australia – the Simpson Desert …

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EXPOSED: THE DODGY OIL FILTERS THAT CAN KILL YOUR ENGINE

Non-genuine counterfeit products that will lead to premature wear and eventual failure of your motor. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE 4WDers take huge pride in their vehicles. Whether it’s bolt-on accessories, serious modifications or basic servicing, you don’t want to cut corners. The devil is in the details with lots of these things. …

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THE GENUINE PARTS RORT

Why you shouldn’t believe that aftermarket gear is bad…   There’s a bit of a fight brewing in the Australian parts and accessories scene, between the genuine and aftermarket parts worlds. There are campaigns going out, and stongly-worded letters being penned. We’ve had a good look at the issue, and we have separated the facts from the spin. …

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BATTLE OF THE BROTHERS

When you’re one of a set of twins, there’s a lot you share in common with your brother. Interestingly enough, choice of off-road weapon was not one of those things… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Being twin brothers, there are a lot of things you’re going to share – roguish good looks, hairstyles, …

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RANGE ROVER FIRESTORM

6.2L supercharged V8, road-legal Rangie on 35s? Stop it… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE It’s not often I look at a custom 4WD and just say “that’s perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing.” But that’s exactly what was written in my thought bubble as I opened an email from a bloke named Ben …

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HIGH COUNTRY HOONS

Don’t stuff it for everyone else. There is a line, don’t cross it.   How do you like to wake up? Kookaburras singing? The patter of a small animal scurrying around your campsite? I bet a chainsaw 20 metres from your swag at 2.00am doesn’t tickle your fancy… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE …

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CAN I GET A DEFENDER WITH THE LOT PLEASE?

Rob’s Defender is kitted to tour, but is even happy to lift a wheel Facts: Model: ‘Puma’ Defender 110 Wagon Year: 2008 Motor: 2.4L Turbo-Diesel KMs: 170,000 Transmission: Manual Name: Monty (the vehicle, not the owner) CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE When Rob was bitten by the four-wheel drive bug back in 2011, …

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ROCKET ROD’S AUTO 79 SERIES WITH THE WORKS

A man (and his truck) that really needs no introduction… Owning what is arguably Australia’s best and most well known automatic workshop, Wholesale Automatic Transmissions, Rodney ‘Rocket’ Hudson-Davies has built up his 79 Series dual-cab as a test platform, tourer, and play truck. We caught up with Rocket recently when he was in Bundaberg and got to climb …

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WOMEN LIKE MEN WHO DRIVE BLACK UTES

And they prefer utes over sports cars…   After a couple of days in a black Isuzu D-Max running errands around town, Evan told us he was getting noticeably more attention from the fairer sex. Well, that’s interesting, we thought. We should look into it. We did, and, believe it or not, it’s based on fact. American company …

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GO THE TROOPY!

Out of the box they’re one of the best touring rigs money can buy, but this bloke has found a way to turn his big white van into something special…   Toyota Troop Carriers have always had a bit of a cult following in Australia since the first 45 and 47 Series LandCruisers introduced the public to the …

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110 DEFENDER – DO YOU HAVE ANY BLACKER?

When you want a fishing rig that is tough, proven, economical and won’t rust out as soon as you look as salt water, a 110 Defender fits the bill pretty nicely. Especially if you can buy it already built for a steal. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Are you a keen fisho, and …

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COMPARISON: SNATCH STRAPS REVISITED

We retest the losers  from our previous snatch strap comparison have they learnt a thing or two about building quality snatch straps yet? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Back in Issue 012 of Unsealed 4X4, when I was a fresh-faced journo here at the mag, I was asked to put together a snatch strap …

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BIG LIFT DONE RIGHT

Back In Issue 037 we said that big lifts suck. This bloke has shown the world how to do it right with miles of travel, perfect on-road manners and a lot of comfort for touring. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE This ain’t your average big-lift, big-tyred, big-travel GU. This one is more than …

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RECOVERY SHACKLES

Rated Shackles vs Soft Shackles vs Unrated Shackles The lessons we learnt finding the best and safest shackles for four-wheel drivers! Every four-wheel driver owns shackles; and if you don’t, go buy some after reading this article. Be they the shackles that came in a recovery kit, a pair of newfangled soft shackles or even those flimsy hardware-store …

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THE UNSUSPECTING ADVENTURER

Proof you can tour in a Jeep! The Jeep Wrangler has been synonymous with the hardcore off-road scene for decades with its incredible capability right off the showroom floor. And with a huge aftermarket industry specifically catering for the seven-slot grille brigade – allowing them to tailor the ability to build an all-out rock crawling monster – one …

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SAS’D & LS1’D D22 NAVARA

Eight inches of total lift, a Solid Axle Swap, and an LS1. And all of it in a D22 Navara? Show me how! Wanting to get into 4X4ing and needing to work on a budget, a D22 Navara is a pretty good option for most young apprentices. That’s where this adventure and build began back in 2011 for …

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Talking Trailers

I’ve been doing a fair amount of towing lately. As you can probably imagine I’m lucky enough to tow all sorts of campers, hybrids and even caravans in my job and I wanted to share a few thoughts on the subject with you. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Number one; there is a …

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How you’re buggering your auto-box

Want to find out exactly what makes autos so good off-road and how you’re probably killing yours? We have a chat with one of the best in the business…   First, we need a refresher on how autos work. It’s no secret these days that autos are vastly superior for off-road work, but have you ever wondered why people …

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From the Editor: The Sickness

Hi, my name is Dex, and I’m a Gearhead.  Nope, not into drugs; I’ll leave that to the politicians, people who wear yoga pants when they shouldn’t and professional rugby league players. I mean I would literally rather be working until 3am on my project car in my grinder-dust encrusted, weld-smoke-filled, bearing grease-caked shed than go to a …

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Why most modern ute tow ratings are bulls#!t.

The inherent lie behind braked towing capacities.   We’re all being a little bit hoodwinked at the moment; led astray by 4WD manufacturers. It’s to do with the relevant tow ratings of vehicles, especially utes. It seems like all manufacturers are hell-bent to have a 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity, the problem is that they are all cutting corners …

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Editor’s Column: Looking Forward

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: Failing to plan is planning to fail. Over the holidays and the recent Australia Day long weekend, all of our brains have been dreaming big. After several campfire meetings (where all the best ideas come out) I have to tell you… we have a hell of a year planned here at Unsealed 4X4. CLICK …

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What are you risking? (more than you think)

A popping Question: Should Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems be compulsory in Oz? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE A TPMS can save your life! We were travelling along the Donahue Highway in Outback Queensland, towing our camper behind us. Our speed was good, suiting the road conditions. Suddenly a high-pitched alarm sounded from the …

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The death of low range

Have you really thought about why we have low range? It’s only ever been a workaround. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE There are just two reasons for low range. First, the lower gears allow the engine to develop useful amounts of torque yet have the vehicle moving very slowly. Second, low range provides …

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The day a bullbar saved my life

Warning this story may be distressing (especially to horse lovers).   The reason why every four-wheel driver should have a bullbar on the front of their 4X4. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   One topic that I see pop up all too often on social media is the call to ban bullbars on …

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Size does matter

What’s getting smaller and what’s getting bigger in the 4X4 scene? We dust off the microscope and take a closer look at some cool (and some worrying) trends. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Size does matter in most cases; however it isn’t always the case when it comes to off-roading. I mean, you …

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IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE 4X4s…

Welcome to the first issue of Unsealed 4X4 for 2017. Hope you all had a killer holiday break and got out to see some of this spectacular joint we call home. Make sure you drop us an email with all of your pics and stories of your adventures – we always get a kick out of seeing them. …

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Touring Level: 200!

Come for a ride in one of the most well-travelled Cruisers in the country…   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   If you haven’t heard of Jamie Benaud before, chances are you’re probably still familiar with his work. He’s the bloke behind Australian Images, and he’s photographed for just about every off-road publication …