07 Jul 2017

Why you don’t want a part-time 4X4 wagon or ute

Time was that all 4X4s just drove the rear wheels on road, but now there’s a choice of all wheel drive. So should you buy a part-time 4X4 vehicle? THE TWO BASIC drivetrains for 4X4 vehicles are full-time 4X4 and part-time 4X4.  Full-time 4X4 is also known as constant 4WD,

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06 Jul 2017

Memoirs of Winch

A bunch of teenagers borrow their parent’s 4X4s for a “nice quiet drive”. What could go wrong? A few weeks after getting my license- my old man made the mistake of letting me take his pride and joy, his ’88 Landcruiser Sahara for a road trip with my mates. We

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04 Jul 2017

Bogged at 3.76 tonne

When you’re heavy, recovery doesn’t get any easier. Travelling to Western Australia in 2015 we disconnected the caravan and drove to check out a large Rock. On driving across the grassed area I said to the wife, “Geez that’s a bit doughy underfoot.” So when retracing our route I decided

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03 Jul 2017

What’s the difference between torque and power?

Is there a difference between power and torque? ASK ANY CAR ENTHUSIAST about power and torque and 90% of the time they’ll say they know the difference, but actually…they don’t. Yet us 4×4 people take it as read that torque is good, and power is, well, umm, don’t we really

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02 Jul 2017

Showing off is a Great Way to Get Bogged

Even if you don’t say “hold my beer” anything that involves  “watch this” doesn’t usually end well…. One of my brothers has a 35 acre property about 20km out of Orange NSW, the city I call home. On a number of occasions last year, he got his second-gen Hyundai Santa

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01 Jul 2017

A quick chat with: James Eling, founder and owner of 4X4 Earth

4X4 Earth is Australia’s largest web forum for offroaders. We talk to the man in charge… WHAT IS IT LIKE to run a huge offroader’s forum? James Eling tell us… Q. How have forums changed over the last 5 years or so? The biggest change to 4X4 Earth has been

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30 Jun 2017

Product Test – MAXTRAX recovery traction ramps

MAXTRAX product test. What are they?  Portable plastic ramps that you can use to recover vehicles bogged in sand, mud, snow or even just as a bit of extra clearance. We like… They just work.  Really work.  I own just about every piece of recovery gear known to humankind, and

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29 Jun 2017

How far do airbags extend?

Most offroaders mount things inside their vehicles, but there’s airbags to worry about. MODERN VEHICLES have plenty of airbags, and when they activate – actually, more explode – then you really don’t want anything between you and the bag.  Pretty simple rule, but just how far do those airbags extend

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27 Jun 2017

Why I bought: Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series

Why people buy the 4X4s they do is always an interesting question. This time it’s the change from a Discovery 3 to a Landcruiser 79… What did you own before and why did you buy it? Our last vehicle was a 2009 Discovery 3, purchased as a new vehicle. We

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25 Jun 2017

The Hyundai i30 is not an offroader – how do you know when you’ve gone too far?

Don’t drive roadcars on 4X4 tracks. HYUNDAI’s I30 is a very fine vehicle but does not list offroad capability as one of its features. Here are some signs that indicate you’re driving a roadcar on a 4X4 track: The road is no longer bitumen but dirt. Exercise caution and prepare

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25 Jun 2017

How to drive through a deep water crossing

Not thinking before crossing any deep water crossing can cost you plenty.  Here are a few tips that will avoid disaster and expensive repair. There is no doubt that negotiating a water crossing is exciting and on most offroader’s bucket list.  It’s where a well thought out plan and a

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24 Jun 2017

Outback Cop: book review and how not to become the next story

Outback Cop is a good book on three levels. First, it’s a decent read, chronicling the life and times of a long-serving Birdsville policeman, Neale McShane. It’s warm, well-written and tells it like it is without resorting to dramatics. Second, it gives the reader a good insight into Outback life; the

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22 Jun 2017

All About AdBlue, Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)

More and more 4X4s have AdBlue fitted, so it’s time to learn more about it. BEFORE WE GET INTO ADBLUE, a bit of background. Diesel is dying. Yes, the fuel us offroaders swear by, the one we have paid thousands of dollars for over petrol, is on the way out.

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21 Jun 2017

4X4 club launches campaign to equalise 4X4 ute road tolls, supported by FWD Victoria

Private utes pay a lot more for road tolls in Victoria than private wagons. Why? BACK IN THE DAY a 4X4 was only ever a commercial working vehicle, relied on by the likes of farmers. That’s why 4X4s that met offroad criteria like clearance used to attract a significant reduction

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21 Jun 2017

How to drive a rocky climb

Here’s PM4X4 contributor Max driving rocks in his Hilux. Watch and learn… THE HILUX has come to a halt. It’s out of clearance a little at the back as the tail scrapes, but that’s not a problem because there’s a strong rear bar to take such knocks, and the bar

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