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ISSUE 037 OUT NOW!

This issue we take a look at the best 4X4 parks from all over the country; keep you up to date with the future of 4WDs in Australia; show you how to get an auto conversion in your rig on a budget; check in with one of the nicest touring Rangers around and get to more amazing travel …

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THESE MODERN 4WD TECHNIQUES COULD SAVE YOUR BACON

Get some advanced winching skills that’ll see you out of just about any drama… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE So you’ve got a shiny new winch bolted up to your bullbar, you’ve followed all of the advice and re-spooled the rope on it under tension, and even got yourself mock-stuck to test it …

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PROJECT RUSTY: CLUTCH SWAPPING 101

We finally fix a problem with Rusty that’s been there since day one, and show you how to do the same thing in 8 steps. Rusty’s clutch has always been a bit suspect. It’s had bearing noise, odd pedal feel and generally just had a big question mark over it since we’ve owned it. So when Ben Lavis …

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7 REASONS BIG LIFTS STINK FOR TOURING 4X4s

Low and lazy is the new tall and crazy; learn from my mistakes, folks…   I’m going to let you in on a secret: 4X4s don’t need huge lift kits to go off-road. Sure, if hard-core competition is your thing, you might disagree – but for 99% of off-road tourers, a reputable off-the-shelf 35mm/50mm lift kit is what …

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WATER CROSSINGS FOR DUMMIES

I came across a bloke a couple of years ago in the Victorian High Country. He was stopped in the middle of the Crooked River with the water up to his door handles… and looking nervous. After a brief chat we rigged up a winch, plucked him out and helped him drain the water out of his Pajero. …

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THE GREAT SPEEDING SCAM

Over the last 20 years or so, we’ve been constantly bombarded with the mantra that speeding on our roads kills, and slow equals safe. What a giant crock; and frankly, road users are being scammed. The person travelling 20km/h under the speed limit is way more of a danger than the person travelling at 10km/h over the limit …

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UNSEALED 4X4 READERS’ RIGS

SIMON AND LIBBY’S PRADO Simon and Libby are our sort of people. They’ve spent the last decade or so working as a chef and in marketing (respectively), before recently deciding to chuck it all in and hit the road full-time for the foreseeable future. What’s even better is that their Prado is their first-ever 4X4… and what a …

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ARB ASCENT CANOPY

THE HUMBLE CANOPY JUST GOT HIGH-TECH CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Ute canopies have always been fairly basic affairs. A fibreglass, plastic or metal shell encloses your tray and keeps the elements and unwanted attention away from your gear. Maybe they incorporated a couple of sliding windows and an extra brake light if …

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CANON POWERSHOT G5 X

A perfect little travelling companion. The G5 X is a great compact that packs some punch! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE For the past few trips we’ve done on Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures we have been playing around with this little camera; and we are impressed. In fact, it has been nearly impossible …

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PATRIOT X2: THE X FACTOR!

Go where you want and the X2 follows. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The thing I like most about this trailer is that it doesn’t hold you back from going where you want to be. It just follows you up rocky tracks, through steep creek crossings and anything else thrown at it. The …

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HOLDEN VS FORD

Colorado vs Ranger. Red vs Blue. It’s a rivalry that stretches back decades in Australia, and the result might not be what you think. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Roughly $55,000. If that’s your budget on a dual-cab 4X4 ute that combines the practicality, tech and modern ute style, you certainly have a few …

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10 LESSONS WE’VE LEARNT IN THE WESTERN DESERTS

WA has some of the most beautiful, and deadly, remote touring on the planet, here’s how to avoid the pitfalls CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Whenever we head off on a trip, it’s only natural we do some prep with our setup to make sure we have the best and safest time we …

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ROBINSON GORGE…WHERE THE HECK IS THAT?

I’d never heard of Robinson Gorge or Expedition National Park either – but here’s why I’m glad I stumbled across this ripper Queensland hideaway. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE BOOM! They had no idea what was about to happen. Within a split second all three men were killed. The explosion was heard 88km …

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RECIPE: HIGH COUNTRY MEATBALLS

We’ve got a bit of a scoop for you here. In the upcoming tenth season of Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures TV show, they’re going to be visiting the iconic Victorian High Country. As you can imagine, it’s pretty cold up there this time of year so when it comes time to prepare the meal, you want something warm, …

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5 GREAT DRIVES WITHIN 3 HOURS OF SYDNEY

Escape the rat race with these off-road adventures, closer to home than you might think…   Sydney is a busy place; with a population of over 5 million movers and shakers it is very easy to let the city get the best of you. Peak hour traffic, unreliable public transport and housing prices that not even the rich …

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WHY DO JEEPS CURRENTLY SUCK SO MUCH?

It’s the brand with a heritage and history that other manufacturers would kill for. It’s the genesis of 4WDing, a kind of Moses of low-range. Hell, Dwight Eisenhower placed the victory of the Second World War at the feet of the Jeep, amongst some other machinery. In Australia, Jeep’s reputation is somewhat double-sided. Some wouldn’t dream of driving …

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CUSTOM 4X4: XLT FORD RANGER

The White Walker Meet Todd, aka Whitey, and his awesome XLT Ford Ranger. This is the holiday chariot for Whitey, Pip and their two kids Tyler and Jordan. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE This Ranger is set up primarily for touring, and I think it’s a very well-thought-out build. Being an electrically-minded bloke …

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AUSTRALIA’S MOST POPULAR 4X4 PARKS

Paying to play has never been more fun! How many of these amazing four-wheel drive parks have you visited? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Private four-wheel drive parks have grown in popularity, which is logical considering how popular four-wheel drives and off-roading have become. While there isn’t much that beats the feeling of …

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AUTOMATIC CONVERSIONS – ON A BUDGET

Automatic conversions are a popular mod among many 4X4 owners. The 70 Series LandCruisers are essentially screaming for an auto, yet ridiculously they’re not available from the factory. Enter Wholesale Automatics, who have been performing these conversions for years – swapping in the auto from the 200 Series. While the process transforms the way these things drive, it’s …

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TOUGH DOG WAVE THE AUSSIE FLAG IN DUBAI 

Sydney based 4WD suspension company, Tough Dog, has just wrapped up exhibiting their products at the Automechanika Trade show in Dubai with 1954 other exhibitors. Official numbers indicate there were 28,839 visitors to the show, which is the largest international trade exhibition for the automotive service industry in the wider Middle East, housing exhibitors from 57 countries. CLICK …

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The future 4X4s that you need to know about

What’s in the pipeline for Australia, and what we’re excited about… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE 2017 Land Rover Discovery This is a big one for Land Rover. It is looking to re-assert its dominance in technology and design, which has been eroded over the long 12 years the L319 Disco 3 and …