02 Sep 2017

Mercedes-Benz G300 CDI Professional Wagon and Cab Chassis on sale now

Mercedes-Benz have released pricing and some specs for the G 300 CDI. THE G 300 CDI is now on sale in two variants; a wagon and single cab chassis. Both vehicles have a 2987cc six-cylinder turbocharged diesel making 135kW and 400Nm a to a five-speed automatic and permanent all-wheel-drive with a

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31 Aug 2017

Monocoque 4X4s – should you be afraid?

Back in the late ’90s the Pajero NM caused a stir with its monocoque construction.  Seventeen years later the worries have come to naught, but nevertheless there’s a fair bit of misconception about what monocoque construction actually is. LET’S TAKE the example of an ancient aeroplane, one with a wooden

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30 Aug 2017

Safety Dave Rear View Camera review

Rear vision cameras are essential for safety and handy for convenience. REVERSING CAMERAS aren’t really optional these days. Ask any insurance company, and they will tell you that reversing accidents are the number one cause of claims. Can you, dear reader, claim never to have hit anything in reverse? I

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28 Aug 2017

Will your trailer brake controller work with advanced safety aids?

Modern cars have advanced safety aids like AEB, and you want to make sure they still work when you tow. TOWING TRAILERS has always been deceptively easy. Ever heard someone say “didn’t even know it was there” ?  That’s true until you actually run into some sort of trouble, like

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26 Aug 2017

Radio controlled 4x4s or full-size..or both?

What can the RC crawler crew learn from full-size 4x4s and vice-versa? OWNING AND RUNNING a 4×4 is one of the cheapest forms of motorised recreation, but it’s still more expensive than scaling everything down to 1/10th of the size. We talk to Steve Price of Pricey’s Custom Crawlers, a

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25 Aug 2017

Xplaining BMW X-Drive

One of the most sophisticated all-wheel drive systems comes from a marque you’d not normally associate with offroading. BMW’s all-wheel drive system is called X-Drive and is fitted to all of BMW’s softroaders which at present are, in order of increasing size, the X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6.  The

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23 Aug 2017

Should Jeep be bought by Great Wall?

Credible sources say Great Wall is looking closely at Jeep. Is that a good thing? APPARENTLY, GREAT WALL is interested in Jeep. Reuters reported that a Great Wall official said “With respect to this case, we currently have an intention to acquire.” That led Jeep to say: “In response to

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21 Aug 2017

10 interesting products at the National 4×4 Show

It’s easy to focus on the big attractions at 4×4 shows, but for me the value is the little things. HERE ARE ten interesting products that warranted a second look. This isn’t a product test so we’re not offering an opinion on quality or function, just products that looked a

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18 Aug 2017

4X4 pinstripe damage – advice from a professional

What’s a professional’s view about bush pinstripes? DARREN HOSKING runs The Detailing Pros, and aside from spending his time being flown around the country to work on exotic cars he is also a keen 4WD owner and club member. Here’s his views on 4X4 pinstripes and bush damage: Is it

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16 Aug 2017

Product review: Fiskars 10″ SoftGrip Folding Saw

Offroaders need saws. YOU NEED A SAW for firewood, or cutting trees or branches across a track. Sometimes that’s a chainsaw, sometimes it’s something smaller. Like this handsaw. We like The build quality and blade sharpness. It’s light, easy to grip, and the blade folds away so it’s not going

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