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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 …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE: PROJECT RUSTY

In Issue 18 of Unsealed 4X4, we introduced you to our Project Vehicle – aptly named ‘Project Rusty’. But then we hit a hurdle… how on Earth were we going to make this thing pretty with nowhere to kit her out? Our car park wouldn’t work. The office backyard was bush and Dex’s place already had 27 other …

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THE EDITOR’S COLUMN: AND ANOTHER THING

So it seems my last column caused a bit of a stir. If you didn’t catch it, you can read it HERE. My article was quoted in a local newspaper and admittedly came across as harsher than it actually was in the original copy; and the subsequent online debate raged hot and heavy. Throughout the personal insults and …

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7 TIPS TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE CAPE

  Summer is officially over. While that means we’ll all be cutting back on the swimming, surfing and sitting in a camp chair on the beach (tinny in hand and bait-soaking) for the next few months, winter is one of the best times for those of us who want to head north or west (or east for you …

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MAGNIFICENT MORETON ISLAND

Brisbane is blessed with some of the best beach camping and islands known to man, right on its doorstep. Straddie, Double Island, Inskip, Bribie, and the big daddy Fraser, are all million-star destinations. But our favourite is magnificent Moreton which we reckon has the best beach camping, bucket-loads of soft sand tracks to give the short stick a …

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7 TIPS FOR SAFE SNATCHING

Snatch straps aren’t all equal, as our recent snatch strap comparison test proved convincingly. But straps aside, what extra precautions can you take to ensure you get out of that sticky situation safely? Here’s seven things to consider before you jump into your next snatch recovery. For images and the full Unsealed experience, CLICK HERE.   1 It’s …

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STAFF CORNER: TIM JOINS THE TEAM FULL TIME

After a few years hanging around the edges as one of our roving journalists, Tim Stanners has decided to join the team full time as our Managing Editor. You would have seen plenty of Tim’s articles over the last couple of years with his travel and gear yarns and some pretty handy photography thrown in along the way. Tim’s got …

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UNIMOG SUPER-TOURER

When a LandCruiser or Patrol won’t cut it, you need to think bigger …   When you’re looking for the perfect long-distance tourer, what does your mind instantly think of? You want something that has plenty of off-road credentials; something that has plenty of room for camping gear; something that can tow your boat, bikes or camper trailer; …

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BIODIESEL

  Let’s face it, things are only going to get harder as far as the environment goes. Whether you subscribe to the idea it’s all a Greenie push to make money, or that we’re just starting to realise our impact on the environment, there’s no denying green fuel is going to start becoming more and more popular. And …

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THE EDITOR’S COLUMN: DRIVE SMART, NOT HARD

  I was watching a 4WD DVD the other night where the presenters were heading to Tasmania in a bunch of highly modified and very cool looking vehicles. We’re talking aggressive tyres, plenty of lift and twin-lockers all around. Now as it happens I know and like these guys, and generally have a lot of time for them, …

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THE 5 DEADLIEST ANIMALS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER IN AUSTRALIA

SALTWATER CROCODILE The Australian saltwater crocodile is just about the perfect killing machine. So much so that many people up in the far north of Australia would rather shoot them on sight than allow them to move into their local waterways (just for the record, this is illegal without a licence). There are numerous anecdotal reports that dams …

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STAFF CORNER: EV’S DUAL-BATTERY INSTALL

  For images and the full Unsealed experience, CLICK HERE.   I decided it was time to do something pretty special with my old GQ in the 12V department, and thought this would be a good opportunity to walk you through my latest modification. Basically, I didn’t want a one-size-fits-all dual battery system; and I have selected key …

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4 CITY-TO-CITY FULL CIRCLE ADVENTURES

Take the family on these amazing trips to create some lifelong memories.   4X4 touring and kids don’t always go hand in hand on long trips, so planning an adventure which gives all the family a bit of a buzz can be tough. Luckily, each Aussie state has plenty of great school holiday length tours that will keep …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: THE FEW RUINING IT FOR THE MANY

It seems there’s a disturbing trend among four-wheel drivers. Dumping rubbish. I know for a fact that 99% of us are passionate about the bush and leaving it in better shape when we leave than it was when we came in. Nobody I know would ever think of littering or leaving rubbish around a campsite once we’ve packed …

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CHEAP 4X4 TRICKS

Who said you need the best of everything to get out there? Sure, a little luxury in life never goes astray, but when it comes to four-wheel driving sometimes the cheap and cheerful tricks are the ones that will be the most beneficial. What we have assembled here is a collection of cheap and easy tips anyone can …

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THE VICTORIAN HIGH COUNTRY RUN

What happens when you let a forum full of avid four-wheel drivers loose in the High Country? A full-on adventure, that’s what!   Every year for the last eight years a group of Victorians from the website 4x4earth.com have organised an annual meet somewhere in the High Country they call home. Since its inception there has been a …

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CUSTOM TOYOTA PRADO

Four-wheel drivers come in all shapes and sizes, and their approach to modifying their beloved fourbies is just as varied – which is why we love checking them out so much. There is no one correct way – for some folk who are time poor or less handy with tools, the best option is to drive into the …

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BAY OF FIRES

To say I am a dedicated four-wheel driver would have to be an understatement. There are not too many off-road tracks in this country that I haven’t explored – and with 20 Simpson Desert crossings under my belt, the thought of walking rather than driving actually frightens me. However, all of that was about to change. I have known …

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8 4X4 MYTHS DEBUNKED

If you hang around the off-road scene for long enough, you’ll hear a lot of opinion and conjecture on what works and what doesn’t regarding 4X4s. A lot of folks are damn sure that their way is the only way to get stuff done, but the thing is, they’re not always exactly right. We thought we’d put together a …