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WHY BODY LIFTS ARE BACK IN FASHION THANKS TO IFS 4X4S

The murky truth about body lift laws CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Body lifts were a thing of the past, that are strangely enough coming back into fashion. Especially with the changes late last year to the VSB14 laws and the staggering popularity of IFS dual-cabs and wagons that can only be raised …

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DIFF LOCKS AND TRACTION CONTROL

We put our long-term Toyota Fortuner up a steep hill, and here’s what we found… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE It isn’t a simple answer. Sorry folks, both have their pros and cons. But what we wanted to test was when was the best time to push that rear diff lock button and …

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THE MOST IMPORTANT 4WD MODIFICATION THAT NOBODY IS DOING

And why you should really start thinking about it… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Let’s think about all of the common modifications out there that we do to our 4WDs. We love these mods because they make our 4WDs better 4WDs. Barwork increases our approach angle (and swaps plastic for steel), and it …

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PROJECT RUSTY HITS THE ROAD

Two days after rego, Project Rusty drove from Sydney to Adelaide and Perth. Yes, we are optimists CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE With the 4WD show season upon us, our fearless and quite possibly crazy friend Dave Carter from Toyo Tires Australia had the idea of driving Project Rusty from Sydney to Adelaide …

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ENGINE CONVERSION

Thinking of repowering your 4X4? Strap on your engineer hat as we dive deep into the world of engine conversions… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The CRD ZD30 engine fitted to GU Patrols makes a claimed 118kW from the factory. An LS1 fitted to Holden Commodores (in Australia) makes a claimed 260kW and …

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YOUR GUIDE TO INSTANT TRACTION

What goes into fitting ARB Airlockers? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE In an effort to get my ’Cruiser tougher for off-road work and towing caravans into places I probably shouldn’t, I started looking at diff locks and what was on the market. There are several options available; however because I already had an …

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TOYOTA FORTUNER: LONG TERMER

After it winning last issue’s mid-sized wagon of the year award, we didn’t want to give the Toyota Fortuner back. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Thankfully, Toyota agreed to our request and was kind enough to let us hang onto it for a fair bit longer, to really get to know the vehicle. …

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7 THINGS TO CHECK BEFORE RENEWING YOUR INSURANCE

Are you flushing money down the loo? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE It’s pretty amazing in this country that there aren’t more insurers who will actually cover you off-road without hitting your hip pocket harder than the smell in a long-drop. Yet there are a bunch of them who do exactly that.   …

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IS PREMIUM DIESEL WORTH IT?

Don’t get into a dither on the forecourt anymore.   Once upon a time, diesel was diesel… and you didn’t have any real decisions to make when refilling the tank. Those were simpler times, when people didn’t buy jeans with holes already in them, or make drinks out of grass. But, time moves on. CLICK HERE TO READ …

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HOW YOU’RE DESTROYING YOUR GEARBOX

We’re all guilty of this whilst driving a couple of hundred kilometres to our favourite campsite – and it’s killing our cog-shufflers! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Being the typical Aussie, my favourite camping spot is a solid 300 kilometres away.  Why? Because it’s just no fun going down the road to go camping …

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SNOW CHAIN ETIQUETTE

7 tips to prevent you from looking like an idiot You can’t just fit ’em and drive So, you’ve just finished fitting snow chains to your vehicle. You put them on to compensate for slippery and dangerous road conditions so technically you should be able to drive as normal, right? Wrong. Driving a vehicle fitted with snow chains …

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FOUR-WHEEL DRIVER IDENTIFICATION

So you read all the 4WD magazines, frequent the lifestyle shows, and stay up-to-date with the latest advances in vehicle technology. You could spot an 80 Series ’Cruiser from a mile away, and can name almost all the fourbys on the road.   But how well could you, in the bush or the city, identify the features of …

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BREAKER ONE NINE COPY

Project Rusty gets a sweet UHF radio from GME. Here’s how you can install one at home yourself! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE On a recent trip to Cape York, the importance of good communication equipment became bleatingly obvious while bouncing down the very dusty Peninsula Development Road. You see, the leader of …

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CAN YOU PISS INTO AN ADBLUE TANK?

We find out… plus everything else you should know.   Diesels are great. They’re torquey and efficient, and are pushing out some serious grunt these days. They’re also pretty well-behaved these days. But they have a dark side: Their exhaust is loaded up with pretty nasty nitrous oxides and particulates that don’t do the environment (or us) any …

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7 OLD-TECH TOOLS FOR TODAY’S TRAVELLER

In this high-tech age it is easy to overlook the simple items that make life comfortable and don’t require batteries.   With today’s composite materials, LEDs, compact energy systems and ever-more-efficient vehicles, it is easy to forget the old items. The ones that our parents used when we camped with them. These seven items are still around because …

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OLD TRICKS FOR MODERN 4X4s

The game hasn’t changed, but the rules have been tweaked slightly… It’s a shame to say – but older, mechanical and live-axle 4WDs are slowly disappearing from our tracks. They are getting rustier and more worn out, gradually being replaced by the next generation of 4X4 ‘shininess’ which offer modern and efficient drivelines with tonnes of electrics and …

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WHAT A $174K LANDCRUISER LOOKS LIKE

What 4X4 provides the ultimate base as a capable and comfortable tourer? Unfortunately, nothing from the factory floor really suits the ‘ultimate’ moniker. Some people in aftermarket-land are having a crack at it, and one of the more serious no-holds-barred setups we have come across is this Toyota LandCruiser. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE …

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OUTBACK SURVIVAL LEGEND

This bloke has trained with the SAS, lived through a helicopter crash in the desert, and walked away from being thrown overboard with a couple of sharks. He knows his stuff when it comes to surviving just about any mishap… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE If you heard about a teenager who decided …

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THESE MODERN 4WD TECHNIQUES COULD SAVE YOUR BACON

Get some advanced winching skills that’ll see you out of just about any drama… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE So you’ve got a shiny new winch bolted up to your bullbar, you’ve followed all of the advice and re-spooled the rope on it under tension, and even got yourself mock-stuck to test it …

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7 REASONS BIG LIFTS STINK FOR TOURING 4X4s

Low and lazy is the new tall and crazy; learn from my mistakes, folks…   I’m going to let you in on a secret: 4X4s don’t need huge lift kits to go off-road. Sure, if hard-core competition is your thing, you might disagree – but for 99% of off-road tourers, a reputable off-the-shelf 35mm/50mm lift kit is what …

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WATER CROSSINGS FOR DUMMIES

I came across a bloke a couple of years ago in the Victorian High Country. He was stopped in the middle of the Crooked River with the water up to his door handles… and looking nervous. After a brief chat we rigged up a winch, plucked him out and helped him drain the water out of his Pajero. …

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10 LESSONS WE’VE LEARNT IN THE WESTERN DESERTS

WA has some of the most beautiful, and deadly, remote touring on the planet, here’s how to avoid the pitfalls CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Whenever we head off on a trip, it’s only natural we do some prep with our setup to make sure we have the best and safest time we …

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RECIPE: HIGH COUNTRY MEATBALLS

We’ve got a bit of a scoop for you here. In the upcoming tenth season of Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures TV show, they’re going to be visiting the iconic Victorian High Country. As you can imagine, it’s pretty cold up there this time of year so when it comes time to prepare the meal, you want something warm, …

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5 GREAT DRIVES WITHIN 3 HOURS OF SYDNEY

Escape the rat race with these off-road adventures, closer to home than you might think…   Sydney is a busy place; with a population of over 5 million movers and shakers it is very easy to let the city get the best of you. Peak hour traffic, unreliable public transport and housing prices that not even the rich …

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AUSTRALIA’S MOST POPULAR 4X4 PARKS

Paying to play has never been more fun! How many of these amazing four-wheel drive parks have you visited? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Private four-wheel drive parks have grown in popularity, which is logical considering how popular four-wheel drives and off-roading have become. While there isn’t much that beats the feeling of …

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The 20 Essential Tools we won’t leave home without

Not to put too fine a point on it, but shit happens. Usually when you’re about as far as you can get from any place roadside assistance could hope to reach; and as Murphy’s Law would have it, probably out of mobile range to boot. It sure is amazing how often things tend to break on your vehicle …

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Winch Servicing: 101

A winch is one of those things that you just don’t think much about until you need it. If you’ve ever known the pain of getting stuck, thinking smugly to yourself: “Too easy – I’ve got a winch!” only to find out that it’s no longer working, this article is for you. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY …

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How to: Tackle Steep Descents (Minus the brown undies)

Sooner or later you’re going to come across a steep hill that you’re going to need to drive down. It’s simply a fact of life when driving off-road. The nose of the vehicle drops down and the back end rises sharply. You’d swear blind that you’re only a couple of degrees off full vertical. The pucker factor is …

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9 things I’ve learned from camping disasters

Here’s how to prep for a trip to ensure your time in the bush doesn’t mentally scar you… OK, I’m a professional freelance travel writer, so I’m not going to admit to too many mistakes I may or may not have made over the years… but certain ‘friends’ of mine have made one or two. CLICK HERE TO …

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5 reasons an upright fridge is better than a chest fridge

It’s cheaper Compared to an Engel chest fridge of the same size, you’re saving yourself exactly $700. The 80-litre Engel ST90F I have goes for $1,325 RRP. That’s about 14 cartons of Coopers Pale Ale. Three hundred and thirty-six stubbies. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE It’s lighter It’s cheaper because it’s not made …