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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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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01 Oct 2017

Can you solve this puzzle?

The title image looks like a jigsaw but is not a puzzle. Well, whatever it is, the solution is simple. Don’t make the false economy of buying sub-standard gear. That’s easy to say, so let’s get a bit more specific. Traction ramps are frequently used in offroad situations to aid

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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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14 Sep 2017

The 11 ways the Toyota LC79 is different to the mainstream utes

The Toyota LandCruiser LC79 is a ute, but different. MOST UTES on today’s market are independent-front end, leaf rear and follow much the same design criteria. That’s Hilux, Ranger, D-MAX, Triton and the rest, which we’ll call “mainstream utes”. There are a few standouts though, such as the heavy-duty RAM

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12 Sep 2017

Offroading, 4WDing, overlanding and…

How do we describe what we owners and drivers of 4X4 vehicles actually do? THERE IS NO DICTIONARY of Aussie offroad terms, just generally accepted usage…sort of. Here’s a general guide to what means what in Australia: Who we are 4WDer – a common term for those that love 4WD

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Enter our General Tire giveaway for your chance to win a set of General Tire Grabber AT3 or X3 tyres for your 4x4 or SUV.
11 Aug 2017

Win a set of General Tire Grabber AT3 or X3 tyres for your 4×4 or SUV

Enter our General Tire giveaway for your chance to win a set of General Tire Grabber AT3 or X3 tyres for your 4×4 or SUV.

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09 Aug 2017

Why Toyota is wrong about the LC70’s manual/automatic hubs

Toyota changed the LC70’s hubs from manual to automatic/lock. That’s a backwards step. A PART-TIME 4X4 like the LC70 has to run in 2WD on the road and can only engage 4WD on surfaces that permit slip between the front and rear axles. This is because it lacks a centre

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05 Aug 2017

Setting up for off-roading with your 4×4

You may have the best 4×4 in the world, but without some extra gear you won’t get far. Here’s what you need to know to go off-roading with your 4×4.

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11 Jul 2017

How to be a good student at an offroad driver training event

Quality offroad driver training is perhaps the best investment a novice driver can make. WE HAVE COVERED what to look for in an offroad driver training course, but no matter how good the training you, the student, needs to do their part to get the most from your time and

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