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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SUMMER

Best buys under $100 MSA TINNIE TUBES It’s happened to all of us at one point, arriving at camp to find a can has exploded inside your fridge or icebox, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Fear no more travellers, thanks to this simple yet effective solution from MSA 4×4. Tinnie Tubes are made from 2mm thick neoprene, …

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BUYER BEWARE: USED VEHICLE BUYING TIPS

Buying a used vehicle can be a horrendous experience. Here are our top five ways to get into the right used 4×4 sooner, without buying a lemon 1: DO YOUR RESEARCH Sure, that Daewoo Korando you saw online might appeal to you because it has low mileage and a neat interior, but is it really the right 4X4 …

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THE BEST TRAVEL CAMERAS FOR YOUR 4X4 ADVENTURE

These days, you don’t need a massive, complicated camera to get a great shot. We take a look at some of the best travel cameras that are perfect for documenting your adventures for your friends and family to see. No matter if you’re looking for a waterproof pocket camera, a high-end full frame work of art, or a …

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HIGH PERFORMANCE 4X4 TOURING MODS

After a few years of driving, and a couple of hundred kilograms of added accessories later, your near-new 4X4 might not feel so new anymore. Luckily, when it comes to safely extracting every inch of capability from your engine, there are a handful of proven techniques guaranteed to put a smile on your dial. It doesn’t matter if …

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HOW TO DRIVE ON SAND WITHOUT GETTING STUCK

It’s interesting to think that most people lose their off-road virginity on sand. It’s often the first place that you go to see if you actually like four-wheel driving. And it’s probably the single biggest reason why there aren’t four-billion four-wheel drivers out there! Why? Because sand driving for beginners is a baptism of fire. Sand is the …

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UPGRADING YOUR VEHICLE’S WEAKEST LINK: YOU

The reality is that modern four-wheel drive vehicles are probably more capable than most of the people who are driving them. Which is a bad thing, because while they’ll take you to some amazing places – they’ll also put you into some hairy situations where you can quickly get in over your head. Luckily, there’s an easy solution …

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TEN THINGS THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT THE VICTORIAN HIGH COUNTRY!

Best View this will no doubt cause some controversy, so let the hate mail begin! I believe the best Victorian High Country view is a tie between Blue Rag and Craig’s Hut. Craig’s Hut at sunset is a photographer’s paradise, as the post and rail fence line draws the eye first to the beautiful hut, and then on …

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The Five Best Dual-Cab Utes for Under $15,000 (AND ONE OF THE WORST)

Dual-cab utes have become the bread and butter of the 4X4 scene in Australia, and it’s easy to see why. They’ll be a comfortable daily driver, they’ll fit in tight car spaces, you’ll fit five in there (just), and there is space for a bucketload of gear in the back. They’re also capable off-road, and are supremely well-supported …

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THE GUIDE TO UNDERBODY PROTECTION

There you are, driving through a massive mud hole in the middle of the track—and bang—a lone rock has punctured something vital on your vehicle’s underbody. Maybe it’s the fuel tank, maybe it’s your oil pan or gearbox, all you know is that your vehicle no longer has what it needs to keep moving forward. If you’ve been …

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THE UNSEALED 4X4 GUIDE TO WATER CROSSINGS

Motor vehicles are essentially just bits of tin filled with oil, fuel and air. Not even the radiator is filled with the simple old H2O anymore. So, when we decide to drive through water, and we don’t want a drop of it inside our delicate cabin or moving parts, we must be barmy! But as treacherous as water …

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FIVE BUDGET 4X4S UNDER 10K FOR BROKE TWENTYSOMETHINGS

If you’re like me, a potentially broke twenty-something that spends every last dollar on travelling, an expensive 4X4 likely isn’t in the cards. These days, a full-size fourbie can cost upwards of eighty grand, and that’s before you start fitting all of the nearly-essential four-wheel drive kit. Luckily, there’s quite a few fantastic four-wheelers for those of us …

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THE APPS YOU NEED FOR YOUR 4X4 ADVENTURE

The Apps You Need For Your 4×4 Adventures There was a time when the only way you would carry a phone on a 4X4 trip was if you ripped the rotary dial clunker from the wall to use as a paper weight for keeping maps flat on the camping table. We can now phone home from some fairly …

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How To Use A Snatch Strap

If ever one invention simplified the process of vehicle recovery, it was the snatch strap. Much quicker and easier to use than a winch, they are reasonably lightweight and compact to carry in your vehicle. As part of a dedicated recovery kit, there’s not much more you need before needing to take one step up to winching. Most …

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BERRY DELICIOUS PUDDING

This is a simple recipe that has just come my way, and after a number of road tests and no failures I am happy to say it will be a family favourite for many camping trips to come. I have cooked my pudding in a small cast iron camp oven, although it will work if cooked in a …

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DIRTY FUN

THE PREPARATION One of the best forms of preparation you can do is to invest in a set of all-terrain or mud-terrain tyres. These tyres feature a more open, blocky tread that is designed to self-clean in the mud. Your mud-terrain tread is traditionally the more aggressive tread, which is also considerably noisier on-road, while the all-terrain tread …

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Gareth Wright and Kirsty Hobbs, the Aussie Overlanders, are young adventurers travelling the world in their 4X4 Over the past few years they have built their knowledge from the ground up. They don’t pretend to know everything but are happy to share what they have found to work best. Around here that’s what we call an Unsealed 4X4 …

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STUCK IN THE GULF

GOING TO THE 4WD AND ADVENTURE SHOW IN SYDNEY, ADELAIDE OR PERTH? YOU MIGHT WANT TO ASK TV ADVENTURER JASE ANDREWS ABOUT THIS LITTLE INCIDENT Deep in the heart of Gulf Country in June 2013, driving on a saltpan at the upturn of a king tide, Jase Andrews got bogged while making his popular TV series All 4 …

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A GUIDE TO CATCHING FLATHEAD

CHARACTERISTICS There are numerous flathead species of significant importance to recreational anglers in Australian waters. The king of this ‘depressed-head’ clan is undoubtedly the dusky flathead. Also regionally popular are the sand flathead, tiger flathead, marbled flathead, rock flathead and blue spotted flathead. Flathead are hugely popular due to their widespread abundance, uninhibited feeding habits and the fact …

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GADGETOGRAPHY: SNOOZEFEST

There are some people that are able to get an incredibly refreshing night of sleep in the bush. But Unsealed 4X4’s Matt Scott is usually the crotchety, irritated person chugging coffee after getting about two hours of sleep, giving that well-rested, seemingly peppy and happy person an evil stare. It seems you either sleep well in the outdoors …

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HOW TO CATCH BARRAMUNDI

The barramundi, or ‘barra’ as we Aussies affectionately refer to them, is undoubtedly Australia’s most revered tropical estuarine sportfish. It is a thickset, deep-bodied fish dressed in large armour-like scales. It is also armed with a powerful paddle tail that often propels it skyward once hooked. An aggressive feeder, barra are renowned for their willingness to accept a …

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YABBIES IN HERB BUTTER

Outback Gourmet: YABBIES IN HERB BUTTER These tasty little crustaceans are really worth the effort it takes to catch them. Serves 4 | Time 20 minutes

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PULL THE OTHER ONE! WINCH MAINTENANCE IS NO JOKE!

Imagine this. All you know is there’s a stuck 4X4, and you need to recover it. You have no idea what 4X4 it is, where it is, or how it’s stuck, but you must go and recover it. Now I’m going to offer you a choice of two winches; a hand winch, Tirfor-style, or I’ll magically install an …

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AFS: ACRONYM FATIGUE SYNDROME

This debilitating illness often strikes someone looking to buy a 4X4. Acronyms have reached plague proportions in the 4X4 world as manufacturers compete to deliver similar technologies and systems, all with slightly different names. 

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Q&A: THE AUSSIE OVERLANDERS

Gareth Wright and Kirsty Hobbs, the Aussie Overlanders, are young adventurers travelling the world in their 4X4. Over the past few years they have built their knowledge from the ground up. They don’t pretend to know everything but are happy to share what they have found to work best. Around here, that’s what we call an UNSEALED 4X4 expert.

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A GUIDE TO CATCHING BASS

The Australian bass reserves a special part in the hearts of Australia’s east coast, river-based sportfishing advocates, and for good reason! This plucky little Australian native is an absolute sucker for a well presented lure and pound-for-pound is as gutsy as any other species on the market.

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FLAT OUT

You’re driving the Flinders Ranges on a track notorious for sharp rocks. Even though you’ve done the right thing with tyre choice, pressure and speed, yet another of your Coopers or BF Goodrichs gets skewered. It’s the third time this bloody trip! But you don’t stop to put on a spare. You don’t stop to grab your tyre …

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ONES FOR THE ROAD

Australian 
Brewery The Australian Brewery has taken the canning trend to the next level, offering all of their beers in canned format only (other than on tap). They make a pale ale, pilsener, American steam ale and cider, as well as seasonal varieties from their brewery in north-west Sydney. They have been in action since 2010, and have …

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BACK TO BASICS

Clutch! Such an innocuous looking word, but when it’s used by a frowning mechanic it becomes a beast to fear. Unsealed 4X4 recently swung by its local Blue Mountains mechanic, Active Automotives, to understand why clutches are so damn expensive – particularly for 4X4 owners. For a start, 4X4 clutches will always be more expensive than the clutch …

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FAMILY PLANNER

Fun doesn’t even come close to describing my early years of camping and four-wheel driving!! I was born into it and I often warmly recall those distant childhood memories, fuzzy though they may now be. My Dad had an old Series 2 Land Rover tray back ute and a couple of different sized canvas tents. We’d think nothing …