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Diesel is Dying

Received wisdom is the knowledge passed down from generation to generation, often repeated but not always understood. To query these rock-solid foundations of knowledge is to invite scorn and disbelief.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   Yet the world changes and, over time, what we take to be an article of faith …

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The Ultimate Expedition Guide

The 4X4s you can trust to get you Outback and back again, and what to steer clear of… Sometimes I get asked, “Why do you need that great big car? It’s not fuel-efficient, it’s difficult to park and it cost more to register than my Barina.” While all of that may be true, it totally misses the point. …

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2016 Willowglen Challenge

Unsealed 4X4 was one of the main sponsors for this year’s Willowglen Challenge, and we were there to catch up on the action. For the fifteenth year, the TLCC used their 320-acre Southern Highlands property to play host to the Willowglen Challenge over the October long weekend.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read …

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Unseal My 4X4

A Prado gets transformed from mall crawler to Outback Warrior in a single day… for a hell of a good reason   We Aussies are a funny mob – separated by the vast distances that this magnificent country covers, we really are just a big island community with an amazing ability to look out for each other and …

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STAFF CORNER: THE UNSEALED 4X4 TEAM GETS DIRTY

It doesn’t happen often, you know – with the pressures of pumping out the biggest four-wheel drive magazine in the country, amongst other things – but we decided it was high time to get the entire Unsealed 4X4 team out of the office and out camping. From the accounts person, to the journalists and editors and sales team, …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: CHASE THAT FEELING

Soul. It’s often overlooked by vehicle manufacturers. I’m not talking about James Brown pumping out the 4in splits, I’m talking about a vehicle’s characteristics that effect you on an emotional level. They put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel… it doesn’t matter if you’re heading down to the shops or out on …

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WHICH 4X4s ARE KEEPING IT REAL?

While they’re shouting from the rooftops, 4X4 manufacturers are in a race to the bottom.   We’re being ripped off. The mid-size 4X4 market is absolutely booming and Aussies are lapping up anything that resembles a 4X4: even better if it’s got four doors, a tub on the back and vaguely American styling. The market is that red …

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ARE DIESEL ENGINES DEAD? INFINITI THINKS SO…

  Australians first had a love affair with big V8 petrol engines powering their vehicles. Then turbo-diesel dual-cab utes became a more common sight than tradies at happy hour. We here at Unsealed 4X4 love our turbo-diesel engines, and it seems that on the whole the Australian market are only interested in turbo-diesel engines backed by automatic transmissions.  …

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INDEPENDENT THINKING, INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION

Beam axles have long been the mark of a serious off-road vehicle, but there’s now just a handful of examples left on the market. What does that tell us? Before we get too far into the pros and cons of suspension design we’d best recap on just what is meant by ‘beam axle’ and ‘independent suspension’.   For …

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PROJECT RUSTY: RUSTY GETS A PAINT JOB

Was painting Project Rusty worthwhile, or have we just smeared lipstick on a pig?   We all know how Project Rusty earned its name: Five years on a mine site has definitely taken its toll on the vehicle. So it was time to dive deeper into the project, and after unbolting the body off the chassis we were …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: OLD VS NEW

  Read this in our online magazine HERE.   A lot of us as four-wheel drivers are a bit reluctant to accept and embrace new technology in our vehicles. I know this, because I’m one of those people who still punts around in a mechanically injected diesel who prefers his traction control to be a locker button, his …

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STAFF CORNER: SAM’S PROJECT 130 GETS A CANOPY

It’s all about having your cake, and eating it too. Since putting down money on the 130, I can’t really ever see myself moving away from having a trayback dual-cab ute. Once you get used to the immense practicality of having a big, flat load bed on the back, you can’t really go back.   Read this in …

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OFFROAD DECADENCE

If we won the Lotto tomorrow, these are the ten off-road goodies we’d have-to-have!    Here at Unsealed 4X4 we get to take away some of the coolest camping products on the market. Everything from swags, cooking gear, tents, trailers, motorhomes – you name it. So over the years, we’ve developed a keen eye for some of the …

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ELECTRONIC TRACTION CONTROL: SLOWLY KILLING THE LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL

  …and it’s not a bad thing. Nothing has challenged the locker’s status as the ultimate traction tool.   Until now.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Traction is at the heart of everything we four-wheel drivers do, which is why there’s so much discussion about traction aids. …

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STAFF CORNER: LED HEADLIGHT UPGRADE

The headlights fitted to oh-so-many four-wheel drives could best be described as rubbish. The units I am referring to here are 7in round headlights found on Land Rover Defenders, Jeep Wranglers, and my much loved (and sometimes sworn at) Nissan GQ Patrol… for example. I’ve tolerated their performance, much like my wife tolerates my need to rebuild chainsaws …

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WHY MUD SUCKS

  Five reasons mud driving is the worst thing you can do with your 4X4   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Off-road driving means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some it’s the pure isolation touring provides. Travelling thousands of kilometres just …

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IS FRASER ISLAND THE SILENT KILLER?

Paradise on Earth ain’t as cheerful as it seems…   Read this story in our online magazine HERE.   Fraser Island is an oddity in the Australian touring landscape. No other destination comes across as so easy, so forgiving. Yet we’re never shocked when another fatality pops up in the news. It’s become such a common event in …

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3 KNOTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

BECAUSE RATCHET STRAPS ARE FOR HIPSTERS When you’re camping in remote locations, or even when you prefer to head away for an easy weekender, sooner or later you’re going to need to know how to tie a knot or three. Here are our top three knots that we’ve found incredibly useful in a few different situations over the …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: LIFT YOUR GAME AUSTRALIAN CAR MANUFACTURERS!

I was having a discussion with a mate recently about the state of affairs in the Australian 4X4 market. Particularly when it comes to the current crop of dual-cab utes. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve driven every dual-cab on the market – both on-road and off-road – and have been mightily impressed by pretty much all of them. …

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I HEARD THAT’S ILLEGAL: DRIVING LIGHTS

The Internet is full of half-truths and whole falsehoods when it comes to driving lights. Here’s the final word in Australian driving light laws. For images, video and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   Australian road rules aren’t set in granite. They weren’t decided thousands of years ago and written in stone, never to be questioned. …

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RECOVERY POINTS VS TIE DOWN POINTS

We take a closer look at the differences, and potential dangers. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   Unless you have been sleeping under a rock you will have noticed that we are pretty passionate about making sure you guys are armed with, at the very least, the basic knowledge for safe recoveries. While …

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SHOULD YOU BE PAYING MORE FOR YOUR INSURANCE?

We compare the Unsealed 4X4 team’s current policies against the new kid on the block and see if a few extra bucks could mean a whole lot more coverage. Read this story in our online magazine platform.   OK, let’s be honest here. 4X4 insurance is about as exciting to most of us as listening to that mate …

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HID VS. HALOGEN VS. LED

The definitive answer on driving lights… so which is best for you? For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Driving lights… you need them, but how much do you know about them? For many years we had a choice of any light we wanted as long as it was a halogen. Then, …

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STAFF CORNER: EV’S BAR GOES FOR A DRINK

  If you have seen the movie The Big Lebowski, there is a classic line in the film surrounding the lead character’s household rug which is stolen… “It really tied the room together.” Now, there was nothing wrong with the bullbar on my GQ, but it was the stock TJM item from 1989 and it was showing age …

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TO TOWER ROCK

  Heading up to Darwin this winter and not looking forward to the long boring Stuart Highway north of Alice? Forget it… we know an off-road track that will blow you away. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   You can easily drive Alice Springs to Tennant Creek up …

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THE RECOVERY SPECIAL

If you have ever wondered how much force is required to recover a bogged four-wheel drive, you are about to find out my friend! For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Are you sick of the same articles over and over again preaching about the importance of this or …

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PAYLOAD, GVM, AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

GVM is one of the least thought-about variables in the equation of setting your 4X4 up for touring. When you think about it, this is kinda scary… as not paying attention to your GVM can have some pretty serious ramifications. If you like the idea of risking a bent chassis, cooked brakes, voided insurance and automatically being at …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE: HOIST INSTALL

For images, video and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform. Unsealed 4X4 Garage and Project Rusty are kicking along nicely. The next phase in the garage itself is the installation of a Molnar hoist. Given that we’re looking to be underneath the 76 Series LandCruiser a fair bit, we thought we’d have …

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11 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LITHIUM POWER

For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   1. Lifepo4 means Lithium Iron Phosphate And this is the one you want to know about. The battery in your phone is probably lithium-ion, but LiFePO4 takes things to the next level. It acts as the cathode material, and is pretty trick …