19 Aug 2017

How to easily add some more light to the back of your 4×4

Manufacturers never put adequate lighting in the back of their vehicles for 4×4 touring purposes. WHEN YOU ARE CAMPING or working out of your vehicle at night the standard lights just aren’t bright enough. But with the advent of LED strip lights there’s an easy solution. I purchased a couple

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10 Aug 2017

Throttle Control – I am now convinced!

Reader Michael Haworth is now convinced that throttle controllers are not a fad… AFTER NEARLY A WEEK of playing with different settings I finally have decided if I like this device. I do, I really do. When I read about people installing these units I did not understand why they

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12 Jul 2017

My 4WD Story: from Grand Vitara to Hilux to….?

My first 4WD was a 2000 model Suzuki Grand Vitara, LWB V6 auto and it taught me a lot over three years.

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08 Jul 2017

A Lesson in Recovery – Handwinching

Never tempt the 4X4 gods by solo driving “just one more track” at the end of the day. About two years ago, I took my wife and dog for a trip up Mt Canobolas near Orange, to go and play in the snow for the afternoon. To avoid the traffic,

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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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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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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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18 Feb 2017

The Ford Everest – off-road touring and my first year of ownership

I’d been considering the Ranger Wildtrak, but the Ford Everest made more sense… my car might now be Australia’s most modified Everest?

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