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UNSEALED 4X4 SNATCH STRAP COMPARISON

It’s nearly here; the biggest and most comprehensive snatch strap comparison ever conducted! We broke over 30 snatch straps in a National Accredited Testing Association (NATA) facility to determine the best and worst snatch straps on the market. We went out and bought as many straps as we could find, to undertake the most unbiased independent recovery strap …

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THE KNOCK-OFF 4X4 MARKETPLACE

No one would ever question the Chinese work ethic – but when it comes to such matters as creativity, ingenuity and international copyright law, they’re perhaps not the best. China is notorious for being the knock-off capital of the world. Sure, you might think it only applies to Beats headphones and North Face jackets, but knock-offs have hit …

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Travelling WITH KIDS

My teenage daughter and I have travelled many thousands of kilometres across this wide brown land. We crossed the Simpson last year, drove the Birdsville track and explored the Flinders Ranges the year before. We even camped on the snow the year before that. These trips have been great fun and terrific bonding trips for dad and daughter. …

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IS YOUR 4X4 ILLEGAL?

We all want a unique vehicle, which makes sense as we all do different things with them. Modifying four-wheel drives is nothing new, and in-fact the off-road aftermarket industry is booming in Australia. But don’t for a minute think that everything available to purchase for your pride and joy is up to scratch or even legal to run …

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Upgrade Yourself, Not Your 4X4

Four-wheel drivers must be the most infallible group of people I’ve ever met. You see, when they can’t make it over an obstacle, or through a mud hole, it clearly must be their vehicle’s fault. This mentality often leads to huge amounts of money being spent on unnecessary vehicle modifications. A four-wheel drive can be like an expensive …

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10 THINGS YOU’LL PROBABLY FORGET TO BRING ON YOUR NEXT 4X4 ADVENTURE

We’ve all been there, hours away from home, somewhere between the middle of nowhere and the corner of lost, only to discover that we’ve forgotten something. Whether it was a cloudy day and you didn’t think to grab the sunnies, or it was an absolute scorcher and the idea of a jacket was comical – it happens to …

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FAILED ELECTRONICS LEFT ME STRANDED IN THE OUTBACK AND COST $12,000 TO FIX

We were on a four month trip “around” Australia. It was about six months after the Queensland floods, and the great body of floodwater was tracking towards Lake Eyre, Australia’s plug-hole. We had just made it to Birdsville, only to find that the Simpson Desert was “closed” due to flooding. It was the first thing to go wrong …

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TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT FOUR-WHEEL DRIVING

The results are in. It seems that us humans are more attracted to bad news than good news. Look no further than national news bulletins on the tele every night. So in a world of 4X4 that I absolutely love, I’ve managed to somehow dredge up the Top 10 Things I Hate About Four-Wheel Driving. The Know-It All …

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THE NISSAN PATROL Y62 NEEDS A TURBO-DIESEL ENGINE

American diesel legend Cummins is partnering up with Nissan to provide the manufacturer with a 5.0-litre V8 turbo-diesel for the next generation of the Nissan Titan. If rumours are correct, Nissan will be offering this forthcoming vehicle to the Australian market for the very first time. Previously the Titan was available with the same V8 petrol engine that’s …

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WHAT YOUR 4X4 SAYS ABOUT YOU

Apparently, dogs look and behave like their owners. Or do people of a certain type all choose the same sort of dog? Nobody knows which way it works, but the same principle applies to 4X4s. So let’s don an invisibility cloak and observe a group of 4X4 owners at camp. Dusk falls, and one by one they emerge …

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LEFT HOOK: Should Left-Hand Drive Vehicles Be Allowed In Australia?

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then make mine a Billy Ray Cyrus Achy Breaky Heart. I’m referring here to my sadness at not being able to buy certain 4X4s from around the globe. Left hand drive 4X4s to be more specific. The 4X4s that we can’t have in Australia are many and varied. The Ford F-Series …

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4X4 Projects on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo are the platforms upon which many of today’s entrepreneurs are taking their business and creative projects to market, seeking financial support from the masses. Backers do not receive equity in projects, but may be offered involvement in production, or receive first orders of the final result. Project success can be huge. Just …

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UNSEALED 4X4 TUNES

It’s time to face the music and admit that you need better tunes for your Unsealed adventures. Check out the latest and greatest right here. 

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UNSEALED 4X4 TUNES

JOHN WILLIAMSON HONEST PEOPLE (Strinesong Pty Limited) Williamson’s 50th studio album pays tribute to the hard-working honesty of country folk, the fierce beauty of the Australian outback and Grandpa’s unparalleled love of cricket. There’s heatwaves, Tamworth and a call for a republic. There’s marital spats and Mightymite on toast. Evocative guitar work carries Williamson’s charismatic drawl through his …

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Unsealed 4X4 Interviews John Williamson

There’s a few nice “gee whiz” moments in this memoir. Did you know that John Williamson doesn’t sing some of his old songs because they mention smoking dope? That he was no great mate of the late Slim Dusty? That the trademark buck teeth of another country legend, Chad Morgan, are falsies? That Williamson did his first performance …

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SO SHE SAYS WITH KIRSTY HOBBS

Kirsty Hobbs is our resident Unsealed 4X4 female columnist. She has no fixed address, just finished a big adventure around Australia and is currently driving the back roads up through eastern Africa in her trusty old LandCruiser.

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10 THINGS WE MISS IN MODERN 4X4s

10 Things We Miss In Modern 4x4s The modern 4X4 is littered with cup holders and electrickery. Unsealed 4X4 is donning the Stubbies and the terry towelling hat and feeling all nostalgic. Here are the things we miss from the good old days.

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THE PIONEERS: BROTHERS IN ARMS

Here’s two pairs of brothers that changed the four-wheel drive world forever—they’re certainly fit for our pioneers series! Read about Mike and Mal Leyland, and the Brown Brothers from ARB.

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PLAYING BANJO

The landscapes of Australia’s great bush poet, A.B. Paterson When we were looking for a name for the journalists’ room at Unsealed 4X4 HQ, all tracks wound back to Banjo Paterson (1864-1941). No man has done more to capture the romantic beauty of the Australian bush and celebrate its colourful characters. 

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UNSEALED 4X4 TUNES

Jessie Cunniffe is a classically trained pianist, self-taught guitarist, qualified music educator and freelance journalist. When she’s not rocking out in the classroom with the next generation of musicians, Jessie can be found critiquing the music industry’s latest offerings for The Sydney Morning Herald and, of course, Unsealed 4X4.

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THE PIONEERS

The history of four-wheel drive vehicles is nearly as long as the history of the motorcar, and in the course of that history, few women have stood out as much as Miss Luella Bates of the United States. In 1908 Otto Zachow, an American inventor, made a steam-powered four-wheel drive vehicle. He went on to form the Badger …

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I BOUGHT A JEEP!

Advertising genius or just annoying? You only have to look at the sales figures to see that the long-running “I bought a Jeep!” advertising campaign is still kicking goals. But in the advertising world, they measure themselves by more than just dollars. Parody, not imitation, can be one of the most sincere forms of flattery. Click onto YouTube …

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FOUR DOOR UTES

Profiling the Top TEN (plus a few randoms) Sales figures suggest this multicultural mob might inherit the 4X4 earth Story by Bruce McMahon THESE days, the once-humble dual cab ute is a staple in sheds and garages from Cape Byron to the Kimberley. Across Australia, four-wheel drive, four-door utes are used (and sometimes abused) by tradies, fisherfolk, farmers, …

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THE PIONEERS

Australia did not become the 4X4 capital of the planet by accident. It took the hard work and genius of pioneers. Unsealed 4X4 is honouring those pioneers with an A-Z series Malcolm Douglas In 1964, two stock and station agents working in the Riverina quit their jobs to see what wilder Australia had to offer, filming their adventures …