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Unsealed 4X4 Garage: Project Rusty Steering Damper Install

This month Mad Matt tackles a small but important job on the steering on old Rusty. With a live axle 4WD you can get a lot of vibrations and oscillations through the steering wheel; even moreso when off-road. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE On top of this we’ll also be running some larger …

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Toyota HiLux: Best-selling in Australia

Toyota HiLux is the best-selling vehicle, overall, in Australia. Beating out the Toyota Corolla (40,330) and Hyundai i30 (37,772), the humble ’Yota ute managed to sell a total of 42,104 units. Of those, 31,076 were 4X4s. Ford’s Ranger had a stellar year as well – moving up in the ranks to fourth place (36,934). 4X4 models accounted for …

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Aussie-developed Ford Bronco coming

Ford’s historic and iconic Bronco nameplate is coming back, and it’s getting developed here in Australia alongside a new Ranger ute (due in 2019). Details are scant so far, and we aren’t even sure if it’s coming to Australia. But it is coming back to the USA at least. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE …

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Jeep announces new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

Along with its hotly anticipated Wrangler-based ute, Jeep has announced that the old Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer names will be returning to the line-up.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   These new models will both sit above the current flagship Grand Cherokee – in terms of both price and size.   If …

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New vehicle news: Land Rover Discovery Pricing released

Starting from $65K The 2017 Land Rover Discovery looks to be a pretty special beast, evolving the already advanced Discovery 4 to even greater heights. Like the early Disco 3 models, these will come in a cheap, cloth interior and coil-sprung ‘S’ variant – starting at only $65,960. You’ll have to wait a few months after launch for …

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Unsealed 4X4 Garage – Project Rusty

Going Wide – Wheel Flares Install   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   The last few months have seen ol’ Rusty go from something fit for the wreckers to a vehicle that’s well…nearly fit for the wreckers. She’s getting there and there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel and …

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Aussie-delivered Powerhouse

The RAM is twice the price of a HiLux, is it twice as good? There are a few things that you notice when you first get behind the wheel of a RAM. The first is, unsurprisingly, that it’s big. It’s not what I would call a 4WD in the normal sense of the term; it’s a truck (complete …

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Twenty-five Grand in the Hand

Five top-spec used luxury 4X4s that cost less than an Indian-made ute? Tell me more!   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   With interest rates and new vehicle financing sitting at previously unheard of lows, there is little wonder why so many people are opting for the safety and reliability of a brand-new …

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Staff Corner – Evolving tourer

Since joining the team, Scott’s GU has undergone a number of significant changes after we first featured it back in Issue 16.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   We last had a look at Scotty’s big GU back in Issue 16 of Unsealed 4X4. Since then there have been a few changes. …

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The Ultimate Expedition Guide

The 4X4s you can trust to get you Outback and back again, and what to steer clear of… Sometimes I get asked, “Why do you need that great big car? It’s not fuel-efficient, it’s difficult to park and it cost more to register than my Barina.” While all of that may be true, it totally misses the point. …

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Mercedes-Benz G-Professional landed in Australia

On the back of picking up the lucrative Australian Defence Force supply contract, Mercedes-Benz has released a single-cab variant of its well-regarded G-Class 4X4. It’s got an impressive specs list, so let’s get to it:   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   4,495kg GVM 2,085kg payload 245mm ground clearance 38° approach, 35° departure …

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Duelling Dual-cabs – Ranger vs Amarok V6 vs Hilux

Toyota’s HiLux and Ford’s Ranger have a massive sales supremacy in the 4X4 ute segment. Their latest challenge is Volkswagen’s Amarok V6, sporting the most powerful motor in the segment. We compare them, head to head. In the world of dual-cab utes, the HiLux and the Ranger are Australia’s favourites. By a long shot. They easily are selling …

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BOMBPROOF AMAROK

…(NO, LITERALLY) When you’re the Aussie distributor for the company that makes the landmine-proof armour for UN vehicles, why wouldn’t you bolt some up to your tourer?   Having ordered one of the first 20 Amaroks to come into the country on release back in 2011, and then moving into the second gen as soon as they came …

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Unsealed 4X4 Readers Rigs

TONY’S COLORADO Tony sent us some pics from his recent trip across the Simpson Desert. Looks like he had a cracking time, too. During the trip his 4X4 was referred to as ‘Blue Colorado’ on account of its bright blue paintwork. “It was only a couple of months old when we loaded it up and tackled the Simpson,” Tony …

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Unsealed 4X4 Garage – Project Rusty

Rusty gets one of the nicest suspension systems we’ve ever seen.   With the bar work in place, and now that we have a good idea of what sort of weights we’re going to be lugging around on Project Rusty, it’s time to get the suspension sorted. We kicked around a bunch of ideas, talking about coil conversions, …

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Road Test – 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series

Some BIG changes breathe new life into a rugged old legend   The product planning, design and engineering team at Toyota Australia deserves a massive pat on the back. Somehow, amongst a sea of high-volume, global selling Corollas, RAV4s and hybrids, they managed to get the relatively tiny volume 70 Series LandCruiser back onto the drawing board.   …

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New Vehicle News – Mercedes announces new X-Class Ute

Mercedes-Benz has given us a solid look at its new dual-cab – the X-Class. The Concept X-Class will possess all the strengths of a classic ute – tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability. It will be launched in late 2017 under the name Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The key markets will be Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and Europe. …

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Custom 4X4: Land Rover 110

For some of us, four-wheel driving is a nice outlet… a means to an end that gets us away for the weekend or school holidays. For others off-roading is a way of life, a disease that runs in the blood, a itch that can never be completely scratched. Stefan Fischer is one bloke who falls into the latter …

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The Icons Depart

A journey with a difference: Step aboard ARB’s four Icon 4WDs and see the Outback like we’ve never seen it before.   The keys jingle as they fly through the air, clanging into my palm. I can’t help but feel the grin spread across my face. The keys are smooth and worn, like someone has taken a fine …

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REVIEWED: HARDKORR CAMPER

OK, so they can’t spell; but can they make a good camper?   Picture this for a sec. You and your mate make LED lights for a living. You’ve got another good mate who earns a crust by making camper trailers. You’re all up in FNQ on a Cape trip relaxing around the campfire and the talk turns …

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WHEN YOUR JOB IS TOO MUCH FOR A RANGER OR LANDCRUISER

Considering a large wagon or a ute? Maybe you should think bigger   America loves its big trucks; so much so the Ford F250 was, and still is, one of its best-selling vehicles. Us Aussies have a fair bit in common with the Americans – big trailers, big spaces – yet we’ve never really warmed to the large …

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WHICH 4X4s ARE KEEPING IT REAL?

While they’re shouting from the rooftops, 4X4 manufacturers are in a race to the bottom.   We’re being ripped off. The mid-size 4X4 market is absolutely booming and Aussies are lapping up anything that resembles a 4X4: even better if it’s got four doors, a tub on the back and vaguely American styling. The market is that red …

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MOVIE STAR 40

We take the celebrity FJ40 from the Rough Stuff movie out for a run, and blow up the engine (it was so worth it)   Now you may be wondering why you’re looking at a rusty old bush-bashing 40 Series LandCruiser instead of the usual decked-to-the-nines custom touring 4X4s we normally run on these pages, and it’s a …

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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: HOLDEN COLORADO 7 OUT, TRAILBLAZER IN

Slow sales figures have resulted in Holden releasing what is essentially a face-lifted version of its Colorado 7… now dubbed the Trailblazer. While visually the Trailblazer looks largely similar, and the 2.8L turbo-diesel engine remains, there are significant improvements worth discussing. The interior has received a new dash and touch screen display, for example. In fact, Holden has …

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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: Please don’t call it Disco Five

Land Rover is set to release the all-new Discovery; however despite trends developed through the Discovery’s lifetime, the company has not referred to it as the Discovery Five. The new Land Rover Discovery will simply be known as… Discovery. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, had this to say: “The new Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land …

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FACTORY-PIMPED 2017 HOLDEN COLORADO

Refined, redesigned, rebuilt. Is Holden’s new Australian designed and engineered truck a HiLux killer?   The Holden Colorado is well known for its solid off-road ability, yet less than stellar comfort and refinement levels. Being invited to the launch of the newest chapter in Holden’s 4X4 utility saga I was hoping to see an update in refinement and …

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PROJECT RUSTY: 3 INCH EXHAUST UPGRADE

  It has been all hands on deck in the Unsealed 4X4 Garage, as Dex and Ev spent close to four days pulling the body off the chassis in order to clean and remove any rust that had formed on (and in) the frame. So now things are looking much cleaner and neater, someone has had a brainwave …

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CUSTOM FJ CRUISER

Off-road Perfection takes time and a plan according to the lucky owner of this FJ Cruiser…   For images and to read this in our online magazine, CLICK HERE.   Building a 4X4 is best done with hindsight in mind. It’s only through experiences and failures that we’re able to decide not only what works and what doesn’t, …