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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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7 MISTAKES EVERY 4WDER MAKES

In 4WD land, there is a right and a wrong way of doing things. A lot of the time, the difference is someone’s opinion. I reckon there are a few hard-and-fast wrongs however. With that in mind, we have put together a list of the seven worst 4WD mistakes. Which ones are you guilty of?   For images …

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SHOOT BETTER OFF-ROAD VIDEOS

Your videos, your friends and how to make them compatible in nine simple steps.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   I’m sure we all have that friend that invites us to watch their 4WDing videos but we know it’s going to be boring as… maybe you are that …

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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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HOW TO DRIVE MUD

EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING DIRTY IN THE BUSH   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   We live in an amazing place. A country where the vast differences in terrain are rivalled only by the often unfathomable distances between them. The kind of place where you …

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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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HOW TO: TYRE PRESSURES

Tyre pressures are a simple numbers game. Are your numbers right? Here are five things that you need to know before heading off the blacktop With a thousand articles in a thousand magazines there’s no way you could possibly overstate the importance of not only tyres, but the pressures they’re run at. They’re essentially the glue that holds …

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SOLAR POWER GURU

Australia is a hot and sunny country, nothing new there. But when you really absorb that fact it is pretty easy to see that solar-powered campsites make more sense than a cold beer on a hot day. The luxury of bringing more electrical items from home to further enjoy your stay, and the fact you can settle into …

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REVIEWED: OFF-ROAD APPS

Don’t head off into the dark on your next adventure. These four off-road apps can light the way… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   Knowledge is power. It’s an idea that can be broadly spread across every intricate detail of what we do as off-roaders. The knowledge on how to perform recoveries safely. …

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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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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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WHEN ACCESSORIES BITE BACK

Having the right gear on board is paramount, but only if it works… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   There’s been an attitude growing in the 4X4 industry in the last few years that has seen punters shovelling money hand over fist into the arms of the aftermarket, …

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WEIRD & WHACKY RECOVERIES

  We test a few different styles of self-recovery aids to see what works, what doesn’t and what you shouldn’t waste your time with… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Traction mats have been around for over a decade now. In fact, it was back in 2005 when …

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10 RECOVERY MISTAKES YOU NEED TO STOP MAKING

Don’t let your next trip end in tragedy… avoid these 10 easy mistakes. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Getting stuck sucks. The adventure is over, forward progress is halted, and instead of seeing the next amazing sight or kicking back at camp with good friends and family …

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SIDEWAYS IN THE SNOW

There are two experiences in cars that just put an instant grin on your face… and I mean those experiences where you’re driving. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   One is gut-flattening acceleration, and the other is drifting. The latter is especially fun when it’s in snow and …

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AUSTRALIA’S 5 MOST TREACHEROUS 4X4 LOCATIONS

Sometimes the most isolated country in the world is every bit as perilous as it is beautiful. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Danger. It’s a part of life as an off-roader, the raison d’être for everything we do. It might sound like I’m exaggerating but let’s be …

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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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DAMAGE-FREE ROCK DRIVING

Don’t let your adventure end with the easy trails. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. It’s a phrase suburban mums throw around every time they get a new haircut or someone is mean …

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WINCHING FOR BEGINNERS

The essential tips and techniques for using that big paperweight at the front of your car. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   For the vast majority of us, a winch is one of those ‘must have’ items, one of the first bits of kit on the list along …

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10 PRO PACKING TIPS

Get in touch with your inner backpacker. Follow these tips and we’ll have you packing like a professional camper. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   You know that saying, ‘all the gear, no idea’? It pretty much sums me up to a tee. Well, except for the fact …

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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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7 USELESS CAMPING PRODUCTS

  Have you ever bought something and started to set it up, only to get halfway through the job to think… “Why does this exist? What purpose does this product serve, and why on Earth did I buy it?” Well you wouldn’t be alone, there are several (seven to be exact) pieces of camping equipment that we here …

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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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FOOD AND FODDER: FROM RUSTY TO RUSTIC

HOW TO RESTORE YOUR RUSTY CAMP OVEN For images, the video and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, READ HERE. Ever brought out the camp oven and found it in such a bad state that even the community of bacteria that once lived in it have packed their bags and moved on? I’m talking about rust. Rust so thick …

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STAFF CORNER: EV AND TIM GIVE US THEIR LATEST VEHICLE TWEAKS

EV’S FNB 4WD COIL TOWER BRACING The old GQ Patrols are damn near bulletproof… but considering how many miles they have racked up since they rolled out in 1988, any weak points have been found and addressed through the aftermarket industry. One such area of concern: The rear coil towers have developed cracks if overloaded or driven hard. …

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5 COOL USES FOR RESCUE TAPE

Rescue Tape, silicone tape or self-fusing tape is one of those products regularly seen at 4X4, caravan and camping shows. But what is it, can it really fix almost anything and should you buy it?   Rescue Tape is the most common name for the self-fusing silicone tape with a thousand uses. It’s claimed to fix everything from …

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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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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 …