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We built a custom off-road boat trailer to tackle the trails

Taking the Tinnie CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE To the outdoor adventurer, there is quite possibly nothing more quintessentially Australian than the humble tinnie. Everyone seems to have one (or know someone who does) and if it’s anything like mine, it has been gathering leaves sitting idly in the backyard for quite some …

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4WDing for dummies

Teaching Old Dogs New Tech CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The number of 4WD vehicles being purchased or leased by tradies is growing every year and aftermarket companies are jumping on board and pimping the vehicles on the showroom floor. This means there are loads of off-road capable 4WDs being used solely as …

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Touring in a stock Fortuner – it can be done

Toyota Fortuner Update: Touring in a Toyota Fortuner CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE When we first picked up the Toyota Fortuner, it was on the back of our massive mid-size wagon comparison (which it won). One thing each tester noted, was how practical the cargo area of the Fortuner was.   It would easily …

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Tips on how to get tyre pressure right

Guide to Tyre Pressures CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Don’t be lazy – you’ll regret it I’m sure all of us have done it. Not deflated our tyres when we really needed to and then proceeded to get bogged. The trick here is that if you start to feel like you are getting …

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GQ PATROL BRAKE REPLACEMENT WITH DRIVETECH 4X4

In this instalment of the Unsealed 4X4 Garage, we look at replacing the braking system on Ev’s GQ Patrol… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The guys at Drivetech 4×4 must love us by now! We’ve been working on nice clean new 4x4s lately, so it was time to give them a challenge and …

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WHICH CAMPER DID I BUY?

And why? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE In my role as a reviewer of camper trailers and caravans I get to see a lot of great camping equipment. As a 4WD tourer I’ve travelled much of the country and seen what survives harsh conditions and what doesn’t. So, when it came to laying …

FORTUNER LONG-TERM UPDATE: ON THE ROAD

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Over the months, we’ve found Toyota’s smallest 4WD wagon flies the flag high in terms of off-road capability. The traction control is one of the best in the business, and reasonable clearance gives you a good base for 4WDing. It’s also a great candidate for 4WD touring, with …

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GUIDE TO STEEL UTE TRAYS

Platters are for fruit. Trays are for utes. But what if you want a tray with all the fruit? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE If gripping a welder brings on more shakes and shivers than a handful of ice down your undies, then this is for you. We’re not talking about building your …

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TAKE YOUR 4WD MOUNTAIN BIKING

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Expert tips to get you started You’ve got a 4WD and love camping. Yes? If you don’t, you might be reading the wrong magazine. A lot of 4WDers bolt on a bike rack and take the bikes camping with the kids (big and small). One of the joys …

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DIY AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OIL COOLER KIT INSTALLATION

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Unsealed 4X4 Garage – DIY Series You want to know a fact? Manual transmissions in 4WDs are becoming a thing of the past. Automatics offer so many advantages, both on-road and off-road, but one thing they do not like is heat. Yep, heat is the enemy of autos …

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HOW MUCH DIESEL DOES A TOYOTA FORTUNER ACTUALLY USE?

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Toyota Fortuner Update I never really pay attention to fuel consumption when I drive modern 4X4s, I must confess. That’s because I’ve owned a fair few TB42 petrol motors that can easily guzzle 30L/100km if pushed. Anything under that seems like good economy to me. But while loaded …

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MEDICAL MISADVENTURES, AN OUTBACK TOUR GUIDE’S PERSPECTIVE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   I could have died on the Canning… how to protect yourself from the Outback As I lie here in my bed recovering from a rather nasty ruptured appendix, my mind wanders to the remote places I have recently been. I then wonder about the consequences of the …

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REMOVING THE WEAK LINKS FROM YOUR 12V SYSTEM

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE DIY Deutsch Plug Have you ever seen anything over-engineered fail? It’s the rhetorical mantra a mate of mine preaches regularly to justify that extra nail, bolt or tube of glue he puts into almost every project he undertakes. As tiresome as hearing it might get, there is certainly …

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First look – Rival Bumper from Drivetech 4×4

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE While we were busy installing shock absorbers and other neat off-road componentry in the Unsealed 4X4 Garage recently, we thought it was prime time to take a closer look at the Rival Bumper that Drivetech 4×4 is now stocking. This bumper is made from alloy – but don’t …

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LONG TERM TOYOTA FORTUNER: GOES ON HOLIDAYS

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   On the recent (and far too short) Christmas break, I was invited away on a ‘boys’ trip’ with a bunch of old workmates. This was the perfect opportunity to see how the Fortuner would fare tackling both a decent amount of camping gear as well as some …

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WHEN WATER RATS ATTACK

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE “A water rat caused $3,500 damage to my brand new 4X4 and nearly ruined our trip…” You won’t hear about this often; in fact most people I tell this story to can’t believe it even happened. I was on a camping trip with a few mates. I was …

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I bought a second-hand lemon

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE 7 lessons you need to learn from my (expensive) mistake By now you might have seen me go on about my GQ Patrol. It’s been one of the biggest projects I’ve undertaken, and the sad thing is it was supposed to be the easiest. Swap the good gear …

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DARK SIDE OF THE TOYOTA FORTUNER

We take a closer look underneath the Fortuner to see what makes it tick as a 4X4 CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE We’ve racked up nearly 5,000 kilometres in the long-term Toyota Fortuner we have here at Unsealed 4X4, and we must say it is an impressive vehicle thus far. It has been …

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“I LEFT A SNATCH STRAP IN THE SUN FOR A YEAR”

What happens to recovery gear when exposed to sun damage? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE     We visited the destruction lab to find out… It happened by accident, but got way out of control. I was washing my old snatch strap after a muddy trip away, and sort of forgot about it. …

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Unsealed 4X4 Answers: WHAT 4X4 SHOULD I BUY?

Giving you advice that you probably shouldn’t follow…   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   Unsealed 4X4 reader, meet Aaron. Aaron is in a pickle, and isn’t sure which 4WD he should buy. He’s new to the game, and keen to trade in his buzzbox for something good off-road – but without obliterating …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE: DIY SERIES

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE LIGHT THE WAY… NOT THE SKY Ben from Drivetech 4×4 shows us how to install  driving lights and an LED light bar.   Last month we showed you how to install suspension into an IFS 4X4 – a very important modification. An equally important modification is the fitment …

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TOYOTA FORTUNER VS JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

We drove both through a big hole, to see if traction trumps suspension travel… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE These two four-wheel drives are both insanely capable, but in very different ways. The Fortuner is simpler, more of a point-and-shoot style four-wheel drive, which is fun for someone experienced and straightforward for someone …

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DRIVETECH 4X4 SUSPENSION INSTALL

Ben from Drivetech 4×4 shows us how to install an IFS suspension without using any specialist tools… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Aftermarket suspension is something you will appreciate every time you sit in your 4X4. From urban commutes, to fast dirt road driving, and every terrain in between. The beauty of suspension …

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THEN THE WHEEL FELL OFF!

5 ways you’re destroying your wheel bearings, and how to make it home if it happens to you… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE A wheel bearing is one of those things you don’t think about until it’s whining its head off like a millennial having to go to work, or you’ve just lost …

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6 QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE BUYING A CAMPER TRAILER

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Recently I was asked about a whole host of camper trailers that had been selected to make a ‘short list’ of possible purchases. The problem was, this short list wasn’t so short. Why? Because the current camper trailer market is flooded with trailers that appear to come from …

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THE 5 BEST LUXURY 4WDS TO GO TOURING IN

What do you buy when you’ve got the taste, but not the budget? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Have your cake and eat it too. Champagne on a beer budget. Getting more than you bargained for. Shoestring luxury. You want a cheap project or touring 4X4, but the idea of a 95 Series …

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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 …