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4X4 NEWS: FOTON TUNLAND NOW WITH FREE TOWBAR

Read this story in our online magazine HERE.   The Foton Tunland is the underdog in the off-road ute market, despite having some impressive specs on paper. These include a Cummins sourced 2.8L turbo-diesel engine, 5-speed Getrag transmission and suspension based on the Toyota HiLux just to name a few. And then there is the price – starting …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE: Project Rusty

OK, the last few episodes of Project Rusty have seen us give the engine, box, transfer case and diffs some fresh fluids and filters; and we have fitted up a set of Open Country ATII tyres to get us prepared for tackling some proper tracks in the near future. The only problem is, we’ve got to get Rusty …

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CUSTOM BT-50 FULL-TIME TOURER

For everyone who’s ever dreamed of selling the house and hitting the road for extended periods of time, here’s one bloke who’ll show you how it’s done… For images, video and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   Ron has perfected the Outback life. One of those blokes that we all secretly envy. One of those fellas …

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4X4 NEWS: LAST DRINKS CALLED FOR THE FJ CRUISER

Toyota Australia has confirmed that the FJ Cruiser 4X4 will no longer be produced for the Australian market, despite outselling rival JK Jeep Wrangler. In fact the FJ Cruiser has surpassed even Toyota’s expectations in terms of sales, with over 11,000 units sold in Australia since the retro-Cruiser was introduced back in 2011. For images, video and the …

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CUSTOM: PERFECT XCAPE

There’s no denying this carbon-fibre Patrol will catch your eye, and even have devout Toyota fans leaning for the other camp. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Is this the perfect Xcape machine? Regardless of your passions and preferences, this is one vehicle to admire and appreciate for …

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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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REVIEW: ISUZU MU-X

We take the Isuzu MU-X off-road for a spin and find out if an SUV built by a truck company makes any sort of sense whatsoever… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   The Isuzu MU-X is proving an increasingly popular choice with everyone from grey nomads to young …

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UNSEALED 4×4 GARAGE: PROJECT RUSTY

One of the first mods most people do to their vehicles is put on a set of new tyres. Not that Rusty had any old tyres on though… but, given they’d been driving around in such a toxic environment, they were looking a bit worse for wear. For images, video and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this …

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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: JL WRANGLER

The iconic Jeep Wrangler is set to be released in the States next year. The model hasn’t received a significant overhaul since 2007 so it’s going to be interesting to see what the iconic off-road brand has in store for us. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   The …

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ANZAC LEGENDS: THE LAND ROVER PERENTIE

To commemorate ANZAC Day, we road-tested two very different Land Rover Perenties… and have the bruises to prove it!   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   It was about about 10am, and I was driving through the western suburbs of Sydney in an Ex-Army Land Rover Perentie. The …

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TJM Extreme Frontal Protection System – Extreme R&D

The new TJM Frontal Protection Systems (FPS) are designed, engineered and tested right here in Australia, but when the R&D team at TJM were developing their new FPS, they were looking at unique ways to test the built in recovery points as part of this new design. So the engineers got to work and conducted a field test of the …

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RANGER EVOLVED

Evolution, not revolution. This custom Ranger and camper combo is purpose-built for adventure.   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… but more importantly, what we actually want. It’s the reason we see people building multiple setups …

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READERS’ RIGS ISSUE 22

DAVID’S LJ81 You might recall seeing Dave and his LJ50 in our Suzuki Across the Simpson article from Issue 018 of Unsealed 4X4, check it out below if you missed it. He’s back to show off his LJ81 restoration, which quite frankly, is awesome. Dave says he bought it 15 years ago from a local farmer when he …

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BATTLE OF THE MID-SIZE WAGONS

What can be said about Toyota Prado 4WDs that hasn’t been said before? They are comfortable, capable and reliable. They command a premium on the second-hand market and they draw envious respect throughout suburbia and school pick-up zones in the never-ending pursuit of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’.   I’m going to come out and say it though: …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE: PROJECT RUSTY

In Issue 18 of Unsealed 4X4, we introduced you to our Project Vehicle – aptly named ‘Project Rusty’. But then we hit a hurdle… how on Earth were we going to make this thing pretty with nowhere to kit her out? Our car park wouldn’t work. The office backyard was bush and Dex’s place already had 27 other …

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EARTHCRUISER – AUSTRALIA’S BEST TOURING 4X4?

  It’s raining. But, I couldn’t give two hoots. I’m snuggled up in bed under the breeze of a fan, and I’ve just reached across to grab a cold beverage from the fridge. If it gets a bit chilly, I can turn the heater on. Or if I’m peckish, I can cook up some tucker without a sweat. …

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READERS’ RIGS – ISSUE 21

  Jane & Malcolm’s Prado Jane and Malcolm take touring seriously! 27,500km worth of serious, to be precise. All this in their trusty Toyota Prado, which they say has never let them down (excluding a few inevitable punctures). They’ve travelled from NSW to the Cape, across the Savannah Way and through the NT before jumping on to the …

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UNIMOG SUPER-TOURER

When a LandCruiser or Patrol won’t cut it, you need to think bigger …   When you’re looking for the perfect long-distance tourer, what does your mind instantly think of? You want something that has plenty of off-road credentials; something that has plenty of room for camping gear; something that can tow your boat, bikes or camper trailer; …

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BIODIESEL

  Let’s face it, things are only going to get harder as far as the environment goes. Whether you subscribe to the idea it’s all a Greenie push to make money, or that we’re just starting to realise our impact on the environment, there’s no denying green fuel is going to start becoming more and more popular. And …

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READERS’ RIGS

  For images and the full Unsealed experience, CLICK HERE.   JASON’S DISCOVERY Jason’s 1998 Land Rover Discovery has a neat little set up for touring. He has heavier springs and shocks with a 2in lift, dual batteries, an ARB bull bar and all terrain tyres. He says it’s a pretty versatile car and uses it to tow …

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4X4 REVIEW: IVECO DAILY

If you’re looking for a truck that can tow pretty much anything, carry a heap of gear and tackle just about any track in the country from stock, you should be looking at more than just ’Cruisers and Patrols.   OK, so you want a large 4X4 vehicle that can handle everything you can throw at it. You’re …

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PARALLEL IMPORT LAWS RUFFLE INDUSTRY FEATHERS

The Federal Government has announced this week that it intends to allow individual consumers to import new-and-near-new vehicles into Australia from 2018, effectively by-passing dealerships altogether. The announcement has certainly ruffled some vehicle industry feathers, but may well be a blessing for consumers however, with the overall intent to help facilitate a reduction in new vehicle prices. The Minister for Territories, Local Government …

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CUSTOM TOYOTA PRADO

Four-wheel drivers come in all shapes and sizes, and their approach to modifying their beloved fourbies is just as varied – which is why we love checking them out so much. There is no one correct way – for some folk who are time poor or less handy with tools, the best option is to drive into the …

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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: THE NAKED UTE REVEALED

Over the past few weeks you’ve probably seen the ads for The Naked Ute popping up on the telly and your social media feed. Speculation over just what vehicle The Naked Ute actually is has been flowing freely, with people guessing everything from Ranger to HiLux to BT-50 with even a few Great Walls getting thrown in there. As …

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The Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

So it turns out America is getting yet another ridiculously cool vehicle that looks tailor-made for Aussie conditions, yet we’re stuck with the NP300 Navara. Come on Nissan Australia, lift your game! In case you haven’t heard of the Nissan Titan, it’s the ute that Nissan America sell to compete with the full-size trucks like the Ford F250, …

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JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON

Love `em or hate `em, you can’t deny that a Wrangler makes a fantastic base from which to build an off-road tourer.   To many off-roaders the Jeep brand remains a mystery. There seems to be a divide between those that love them and those that dislike them in equal measure. Whatever side of the fence you find …

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UNSEALED 4X4 READERS’ RIGS

WAYNE’S 40 SERIES LANDCRUISER Good to see one of the classic ‘Cruisers here, which Wayne tells us he’s had for almost 20 years now and built from the ground up himself. His 40 has been fitted with a small-block Chevy engine and a T700 transmission. Wayne’s also got a soft-top and soft-doors, which can be zipped into half-doors …

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PAJERO SPORT: FIRST DRIVE

Four wheel drivers of Australia, we have good news. There’s another serious touring 4X4 on the market. Mitsubishi has had a long and storied history in the off-road scene. The Pajero was one of the first vehicles to marry serious off-road capability with family-friendly dynamics at an affordable price, and today there are many owners who are on …

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THE PLENTY HIGHWAY

There’s heaps to see and do on the Boulia to Alice Springs short-cut.   FACT FILE   WHERE: 498km from Tobermorey Station just inside NT, from the NT/Qld border to the Stuart Highway, north of Alice Springs. INFORMATION: Access from the eastern end is via the Donohue Highway from Boulia or from Mt Isa via the Diamantina Development Road …