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The most modified 200 Series LandCruiser in Australia?

Custom 4X4: 200 Series LandCruiser Chopped, Shopped, Extended! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The Owner If spending three months in a purpose-built adventure machine exploring the Territory doesn’t excite you, you might as well stop reading and renew your subscription to Better Homes and Gardens, because that is exactly why Dave and his …

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Custom 40 Series: Coil-sprung with Chevy fun

Custom 4X4: 40 Series LandCruiser A classic Aussie ’Cruiser with a dash of American diesel: This is how you build a LandCruiser! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE THE OWNER Not many people can say they still own their first 4WD. Even fewer can say that it’s a 40 Series. Only one can say …

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How to Camp Safely in Croc Country

Don’t be croc meat! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE After spending a couple of years in Australia’s crocodile capital, the Northern Territory, my crocodile knowledge went from next-to-nothing to wonderment and admiration of these prehistoric reptilian predators. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no croc cuddler, unless it’s a baby with its mouth taped, …

A TOURER FOR THE OUTBACK

Custom 4X4: 79 ‘Cruiser The ’Cruiser for the Outback This kitted 79 Series was built to be put to the test – not only does it look great, it eats up the Outback like it was meant to do!   The NSW Central West is the gateway to the Outback for many New South Welshman. It’s surrounded by harsh …

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GQ PATROL: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

When your old man drives a built GU Patrol (and he’s the Editor of Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures magazine) there was only ever going to be one choice for Kye’s first 4X4… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Kye’s old man looks after Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures magazine and contributes to Unsealed 4X4. In …

HOW TO AVOID DISASTROUS CAMPING TRIPS

“The kids are feral and my wife’s got the s#!*s”! How to avoid turning your family camping trip into a complete disaster CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Tired of watching the kids sitting on the iPad or flogging your mobile phone, feeling inspired by a Sunday session of back-to-back outdoor lifestyle TV shows, …

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KEEPING IT REAL: CUSTOM WILDTRAK TOURER

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE  Smart modifications are what it’s all about when building a tourer. This Ranger is keeping it real. Meet Matt, and his Pride Orange 2016 XLT Wildtrak Ranger. I first met Matt on a beach run up north of Perth, and I was struck by the ‘hero’ colour of …

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PETROL-POWERED HILUX WITH A BOWER BOLTED ON THE SIDE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Not wanting to go near a diesel-powered D4D HiLux, simply because of the early issues with the injectors locking open and popping engines, Matt Bell picked up this 1GR-FE powered ’Lux about seven years ago. He wasted no time bolting the Raptor V supercharger kit on it, adding …

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TOYOTA 70 SERIES LONG-TERM REVIEW – 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE UNSEALED 4X4 SUB-EDITOR TREVOR LANG RUNS US THROUGH THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF LANDCRUISER OWNERSHIP. Early in 2008, I drove a new LandCruiser out of the Toyota dealership at Bathurst. The paperwork described it as a ‘Toyota LC Military Workmate 4.5L T-Diesel Manual Single C/Chassis’. I dubbed it …

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HILUX KILLER

When you can get 5 inches of lift and 35s under a Triton… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE …what else do  you really need? When you’re working on an apprentice sparky’s wage, there’s a good to fair chance you’re not going to be able to swing the cash for a brand spanking anything – …

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WHO NEEDS TESLA?

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The solar-powered Suzuki that set a world record. How did this cute electric beasty spark into life though? If anyone said that they saw a solar-charged, battery-powered, 27-year-old Suzuki climbing up Big Red in the Simpson Desert I’d say they were dreaming! If they also said that, after …

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THE PROBLEM WITH DUAL-CAB UTES: MANUFACTURERS ARE MISSING THE POINT…

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE A big number: 165,797. More than the entire population of Cairns. That’s how many 4X4 utes were sold this year. They’re incredibly popular. And while everyone’s driving one, manufacturers are clambering over each other trying to make sales in this segment. There’s gold in them hills.   The …

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Custom 4X4: 200 Series LandCruiser

When your job requires interstate travel, why not use the opportunity to go touring? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE If you have ever purchased a car from a dealership, then chances are you’ve had a salesman try to sell you some form of paint protection for your new pride and joy. I’m going …

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CUSTOM 4X4: ARCTIC TRUCKS

We take a trip to Iceland and drive the most capable Arctic Trucks on the planet. It was not a bad day at work… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE You’ve probably seen them around; made famous years ago by those three characters on Top Gear. Arctic Trucks build some of the toughest trucks …

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A YEAR IN REVIEW

Unsealed 4X4 staffers take a trip down memory lane and pick their top 10 articles from 2017… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE It’s been a big year at Unsealed 4X4 HQ.   We’ve had a change of Editor (we miss you Blade), we’ve worn out probably 10 sets of tyres, and the diesel …

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A HOLDEN V8, TRITON BODY AND A PATROL CHASSIS…

What The Fourby? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Coming in at 2.5 tonnes and a 50/50 split… this jigsaw ute has balance and poise   When Brett started this, he did the complete opposite to what you’d expect. That’s the smart way to make something so WRONG. After two turbo-diesels got binned and …

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TOYOTA HILUX WITH THE WORKS

610Nm of torque in a 1KD-powered HiLux that gets driven daily? Yep, really! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE When you want to build up a HiLux and you’re one of those blokes who doesn’t leave anything alone as it was dreamt up and built by the manufacturer, chances are you’re going to have …

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THE TOUGHEST OFF-ROAD RACE IN THE WORLD: BAJA 1000

The toughest off-road race in the world, and I loved every single minute of it! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE “Junket: An extravagant trip or journey or promotional trip made at another person’s expense.” It has been only a matter of hours and already I want to go back! Why? Well, once you …

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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 …