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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20 Jun 2017

Jeep’s Trailhawk models are offroad capable. But are they SUVs or 4X4s..and does it matter?

Reader Andrew Riles muses on the difference between SUVs and 4X4s, and whether Jeep’s strategy makes sense. The line between SUVs and 4WDs is becoming harder to define, and isn’t helped when some manufacturers build vehicles that offer elements of both. The term SUV tends to be applied to vehicles

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20 Jun 2017

Mitsubishis in the Sand – Outlander and Pajero Sport

Not every new-car dealer lacks offroad knowledge. Thanks to Chadstone Mitsubishi we drive a Pajero Sport and Outlander on the dunes. AS A GENERAL RULE, your average new-car dealer has less than no clue about offroading. Over the years, I’ve heard many stories from readers about poor advice, and my

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19 Jun 2017

Reader help: Land Rover Discovery 4 TDV6 2.7 or SDV6 3.0?

 Which Land Rover Discovery (4) is best? QUESTION: Now that Discovery 5 * has been released and is alienating further the overlanding crowd, 2nd hand Discovery 4s are in demand. With a budget of $50k, would you recommend a sub 100,000kms 2.7 TDV6 with $8k left for accessories or a

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18 Jun 2017

What do we call the 2017 All-New Land Rover Discovery?

Talking about the Land Rover Discovery used to be easy. THE LAND ROVER DISCOVERY was launched in 1989 as the Discovery 1, owing much to the Range Rover with a similar chassis and suspension. Then in 1998 it was updated to the Discovery 2, usually written as Series II, model

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16 Jun 2017

Running repairs that give you the run around. Can you do it yourself?

Our regular commentator Geoff Lines has another story for you about dealer repairs…. I remember reading an article many years ago written by the RACV or some other automotive magazine about the price of spare parts for cars. The outcome of the article was that spare parts frequently cost 5

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15 Jun 2017

What can we expect from Ford’s new Ranger?

Ford’s Ranger has led the way in the ute segment since 2012. What can we expect next? BACK IN THE DAY your average ute was slow, poor offroad, unsafe and ordinary on the road. About the only thing it was good for was lugging a load. These days all that

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