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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 …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: MORE PAGES, BETTER QUALITY, AND STILL FREE!

I don’t like offices. I’m much more at home tapping away on a laptop next to a campfire and being surrounded by bush than in a cubicle made of something that looks suspiciously like asbestos and cheap carpet panelling.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   I was …

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ANZAC LEGENDS: THE LAND ROVER PERENTIE

To commemorate ANZAC Day, we road-tested two very different Land Rover Perenties… and have the bruises to prove it!   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   It was about about 10am, and I was driving through the western suburbs of Sydney in an Ex-Army Land Rover Perentie. The …

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE 4X4 CHASSIS

For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Back in the 1970s, a 4X4 chassis was little more than a pair of thick 5-6mm C-section steel rails kept roughly parallel to each other via a few cross members attached via rivets and, if you were lucky, some done-by-an-underpaid-guy-in-a-factory-somewhere welds. They …

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FIRE ACROSS THE TOP END

Australia’s tropical Outback is a place of outstandingly dramatic and contrasting seasons – the lush, rejuvenating monsoon season and the long parched ‘dry’ – each of which portrays the landscape so differently.   The transition from almost fluorescent green grass to straw brown is a slow one, wrought by endless sunny and rainless days. However change is inevitable, …

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THE 6 HAIRIEST WATER CROSSINGS IN AUSTRALIA

Water crossings are among the most rewarding and fun obstacles to drive when out in the bush. No two are the same, and fording a body of water always comes with its own set of unique challenges. Quite often you hear stories around the campfire of the blokes who have come a cropper when tackling particularly difficult waterways, …

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PROVEN WAYS TO KEEP THE DUST OUT

Do you turn up at your destinations looking like a stunt extra from Mad Max? I know I do sometimes: After a bit of dirt road driving, my Defender leaves me dustier than the morning after a B&S Ball. New 4X4s are much better in this department, but aren’t always perfect. Here are some tips to keep your …

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BATTLE OF THE MID-SIZE WAGONS

What can be said about Toyota Prado 4WDs that hasn’t been said before? They are comfortable, capable and reliable. They command a premium on the second-hand market and they draw envious respect throughout suburbia and school pick-up zones in the never-ending pursuit of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’.   I’m going to come out and say it though: …

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CUSTOM HILUX DUAL-CAB

One bloke who puts most of us to shame when it comes to building our dream 4X4s. No more excuses.   Something has to be said for those out there who don’t give up; the kind of people who get stuff done without the excuses. Meet Shaun Worden and his custom 2012 HiLux SR dual-cab. In a little …

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DRONE RECONNAISSANCE

No longer just a camera in the sky… we check out some of the best drones on the market, what you need to look out for and how to get more out of them than just photos. If, like me, you love your gadgets, then chances are you’ve already got one of the many and varied camera drones. …

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ARE FORWARD-FOLD CAMPERS TAKING OVER?

  We take the EzyTrail Stirling GT out for a weekend to see if this style of camper really is the way of the future. If you haven’t seen a forward-folding trailer before, you’re about to see something pretty impressive. Unlike a traditional hard floor where the floor folds rearwards off the bed, a forward-folder has the bed …

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HOW TO: HAND WINCHING

  Forget cross-fit. Buy a hand winch. Possibly the most versatile of recovery tools, but are they now redundant?   For those of us old enough to remember, four-wheel drive recoveries once used to be a lot of hard yakka. Sweat pouring – every second word out of your mouth a curse word type of hard yakka – …

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ROUND LED DRIVING LIGHT COMPARISON

  Round LED driving lights or an LED light bar – which is better? This is a question that must be asked daily in four-wheel drive shops and on online forums around the world. And truthfully, I don’t feel anyone has accurately been able to answer until now. An old saying I heard while working in the tyre …