24 Oct 2017

Why does the Land Rover Discovery SVX have a rear-mounted winch?

The all-new Land Rover Discovery is even more capable offroad than the previous model, and the offroad-special SVX even features a winch…at the back.

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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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19 Oct 2017

A Beginners Guide to a 4×4 Pre-Trip Inspection

If you’ve just purchased a brand-new 4WD and are planning a trip off-road, then this article is a must-read to ensure you get the most out of your new vehicle

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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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15 Oct 2017

Being in Charge with a Dual Battery Management: Part 2, the DCDC charger

Touring 4x4s need some sort of dual battery management system..should that be a DCDC charger? In Part 1 Steve Cassano explored why he needed a dual battery management system, and is now exploring the benefits of a DCDC charger. What is a DCDC charger and how does it work? A

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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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09 Oct 2017

Interview: Rob Boegheim, CEO 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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09 Oct 2017

How I selected new Grand Vitara wheels and tyres

Choosing the best new 4×4 tyres takes a lot of research and tradeoffs, but I’m happy with the end result. I AM NOT about to preach to the converted about offroad tyres, rather talk you through my logic of wheel and tyre selection for my Grand Vitara. Being a top-of-the-range

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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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04 Oct 2017

Being in Charge with Dual Battery Management: Part 1

A touring 4×4 needs more than its single battery, but how do you go about setting up for dual batteries? LIKE MANY AVID 4WD owners who like to travel whilst still accessing the odd electrical powered devices when away from the grid, I looked for the best solution to provide

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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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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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17 Sep 2017

Driver capabilities v Vehicle capabilities – Getabout Competition

Everyone needs to start somewhere and for me the first foray into off-road driving was a vital lesson in the importance of proper training in both 4×4 systems and driving techniques. ON A TRIP up the coast of NSW in a Range Rover Sport I passed a vehicle accessible beach

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