20 Oct 2017

Reader help: should I go up a profile on my Ford Everest tyres?

Another tyre and wheel question, this time for a Ford Everest Trend. TYRES AND WHEELS are the most common and most important upgrade to 4X4s, so we get a lot of questions. It is important to note that the overall diameter of the tyre is not affected by the size

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16 Oct 2017

Product Test – ARB CKMA12 Portable Air Compressor

Testing the ARB CKMA12 Air Compressor. TYRE PRESSURES are a key part of offroading, so you need to be constantly lowering and raising them. You could use a hand or foot pump to put air back into your tyres, but an 12v electric version is so much easier. We’ve run

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13 Oct 2017

Interview: Rob Boegheim, managing director of Hema Maps

Hema Maps is Australia’s leading offroad mapping company, and we got a few moments with the man in change. THERE ARE SOME companies that define their niches with no serious competitors in sight. Hema is one example, as there’s nobody else offering the range of print and electronic mapping products

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10 Oct 2017

Custom car: LS3 powered V8 Patrol

Would you like a 6.2L V8 powered Nissan Patrol GU on 37″ tyres? NISSAN PATROLS have rightly earned their place in Australia’s offroading history, but they didn’t get there by being overpowered. In fact, neither the 4.2L or 3.0L diesel were exactly a rocketship as standard, and that was before

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06 Oct 2017

Tested: Bosch Safety Control System with ABS and sway mitigation

Bosch has launched its Safety Control System with ABS and sway mitigation, for caravans and heavy trailers and we went along to see how well it works.

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05 Oct 2017

Reader help – How do I choose Suzuki Grand Vitara wheels?

Wheels and tyres for 4x4s are the number one ‘how do I change’ question… QUESTION: I need some advice about 17-inch alloy wheels for a Suzuki Grand Vitara 3.2L. I’m not interested in steel wheels. The reason for the change is I can’t find any good all-terrain tyres for my

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02 Oct 2017

Weird and wonderful import 4x4s, Part 2

Forget Patrols, Prados, Pajeros and Discoverys. Open your mind to the possibilities of imports. IRON CHEF are one of Australia’s leading car importers, and every so often on their Facebook page will appear something interesting on the 4×4 front. And there’s two somethings just posted… Offroad Winnebago Campervan Campervans are

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27 Sep 2017

How to overtake on country roads… the right way

Single-lane overtaking is about the most dangerous manoeuvre the average car driver will attempt, so here’s how to do it right.

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23 Sep 2017

Reader help: which mid-sized 4X4 should I buy? – Toyota Prado, Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X or Ford Everest?

The mid-size 4×4 wagon market is very competitive, making it hard to choose a winner. FOR OFFROAD TOURING you’ve now got a basic choice of wagon or ute, which we cover here. If you decide on a wagon then there’s quite a few options as this reader discovers: QUESTION I

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21 Sep 2017

The Petrol 4×4 Watch – September 2017

Want a petrol 4×4? There’s still a few left. UPDATE 21/09/17 – Toyota revise Hilux and drop petrols. HERE IS A LIST of all the petrol 4×4 wagons and utes with low range you can buy new. Why would you choose petrol over diesel? Less complexity – no DPF, no

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16 Sep 2017

What’s it like to drive a new Land Rover on slick rock in Moab?

Land Rover have started offering drive experiences the in the USA on Moab’s slick rock, something Aussies don’t get to experience. AUSTRALIA may well be the world’s 4×4 capital, but we don’t have every type of surface the planet can offer. We’ve got sand, but not sand like the Sahara.

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14 Sep 2017

What’s it like to drive a race-winning, low-budget race car?

Many people dream of being a race car driver but are put off by what they think it’ll cost, but it’s not as expensive or difficult as you may think.

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14 Sep 2017

The 11 ways the Toyota LC79 is different to the mainstream utes

The Toyota LandCruiser LC79 is a ute, but different. MOST UTES on today’s market are independent-front end, leaf rear and follow much the same design criteria. That’s Hilux, Ranger, D-MAX, Triton and the rest, which we’ll call “mainstream utes”. There are a few standouts though, such as the heavy-duty RAM

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LC79 Review by practical Motoring
12 Sep 2017

2017 Toyota LandCruiser LC79 Dual Cab GXL Review

Robert Pepper’s 2017 Toyota LandCruiser LC79 Dual Cab GXL Review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety, verdict and score.

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12 Sep 2017

Offroading, 4WDing, overlanding and…

How do we describe what we owners and drivers of 4X4 vehicles actually do? THERE IS NO DICTIONARY of Aussie offroad terms, just generally accepted usage…sort of. Here’s a general guide to what means what in Australia: Who we are 4WDer – a common term for those that love 4WD

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