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REVIEWED: Honda EU10i from Generator Place

In Gear, Gear Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Generators can be polarising among the Outback touring fraternity. But there’s a time and place for everything and the latest models available from Generator Place might just get you thinking.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   I’ve always believed that piece and quiet should go hand-in-hand once you’re away from the Big Smoke. I’ve got solar panels for my vehicle, solar panels for my camper; and to be honest …

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New vehicle news: Land Rover Discovery Pricing released

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Starting from $65K The 2017 Land Rover Discovery looks to be a pretty special beast, evolving the already advanced Discovery 4 to even greater heights. Like the early Disco 3 models, these will come in a cheap, cloth interior and coil-sprung ‘S’ variant – starting at only $65,960. You’ll have to wait a few months after launch for one of these, however.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   From …

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REVIEWED: Kelly Campers Glenrowan II

In 4X4 Reviews, Camper Trailer And Caravan Reviews, Vehicle Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

… Ned would be proud Thunder, lightning and heavy rain did not deter my enthusiasm for checking out the new Kelly Camper. It’s smart, innovative and could be bulletproof… although I didn’t test it for that.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   The first thing that you will notice is that the Kelly Glenrowan II is boxy. We’ve all become accustomed to how a camper looks, but this one …

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New vehicle news: Triton Updates

In 4X4 Reviews, News, Vehicle Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Keen on a Mitsubishi Triton? You’re best-off waiting on up-spec’d MY17 models, or bargaining hard on leftover 2016 stock. GLS and Exceed models get a new 7-in touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a leather steering wheel and some styling changes. GLX and GLX+ reversing camera standard, as well as Bridgestone Dueler A/T D693 tyres that replace highway terrains. This makes one of the sharpest-priced 4X4 utes even better value, …

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Reviewed: Jurgens TuffTrax

In Vehicle Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Jurgens challenged us to try and break their new off-road camper. Challenge accepted!   A lot of trailer manufacturers these days market their campers and vans as ‘off-road’ capable. The problem is – what do they classify as ‘off-road’? Some play it straight and design their frames and suspension to handle pretty much anything your 4X4 can. Others consider that ‘off-road’ means a well-graded dirt road and the grassy section of the local caravan park …

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Staff corner: Tucker box

In Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

The compact kitchen that’s anything but… When I looking for a 4X4, unfortunately my pocketbook didn’t cater for a massive vehicle and I am very happy with my little Jeep Cherokee Sport. It manages to go where all the bigger 4X4s can.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   But it is a short wheel base and has a small boot. So, while it’s all nice and good to have …

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The Ultimate Expedition Guide

In 4X4 Reviews, Features, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

The 4X4s you can trust to get you Outback and back again, and what to steer clear of… Sometimes I get asked, “Why do you need that great big car? It’s not fuel-efficient, it’s difficult to park and it cost more to register than my Barina.” While all of that may be true, it totally misses the point. And I’m generally a pretty polite person so I resist the temptation to reply with a disparaging …

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Mercedes-Benz G-Professional landed in Australia

In 4X4 Reviews, News, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

On the back of picking up the lucrative Australian Defence Force supply contract, Mercedes-Benz has released a single-cab variant of its well-regarded G-Class 4X4. It’s got an impressive specs list, so let’s get to it:   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   4,495kg GVM 2,085kg payload 245mm ground clearance 38° approach, 35° departure and 22° rampover angles 650mm wading depth Full-time 4WD 2,210kg braked towing limit Locking front, rear and …

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Round LED driving LIGHTs retested

In Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Back in Issue #023 of Unsealed 4X4 we put together one of the biggest product comparisons of round LED driving lights ever conducted. In that test, there was a water submersion component where all lights were warmed up, then dunked into a fish tank (very scientific, right?). While this test method was a tad crude, it did alert us to three sets of LED driving lights that let in a small amount of water. Each …

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79 Series Super Tourer

In 4X4 Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Our newest contributors walk us through their touring vehicle – which is one of the most comprehensively set up rigs we’ve ever seen.   When asked to write an article about ourselves and our setup, it’s not until we really start to think about what to say that we realise how hard it is to write about ourselves. In a nutshell, we’re adventurers of sorts; so kicking back and sipping cocktails around the pool is …

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Duelling Dual-cabs – Ranger vs Amarok V6 vs Hilux

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicles by Sam Purcell0 Comments

Toyota’s HiLux and Ford’s Ranger have a massive sales supremacy in the 4X4 ute segment. Their latest challenge is Volkswagen’s Amarok V6, sporting the most powerful motor in the segment. We compare them, head to head. In the world of dual-cab utes, the HiLux and the Ranger are Australia’s favourites. By a long shot. They easily are selling over 2,500 4X4 utes each per month, and are both in the running to be one of …

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The Best Awning (that nobody is buying)

In Gear Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Rhino Rack’s Sunseeker Dome 1300 Awning is a new take on a familiar setup.   You know what it’s like when you’re safely sheltered under your awning in a sudden downpour – only to find that after a while bulges begin to appear, quickly followed by a hunt for the nearest stick or long pointy object to try and direct about 20L of pooling water away from your camp chair and dinner. This is usually …

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Reviewed: TRACK TOPAZ

In Camper Trailer And Caravan Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

A camper trailer that’s hard as nails on the outside, but practical and comfortable inside   It’s been a while since we checked in on Track Trailers down in Melbourne, but we’ve always been fans of the brand here at Unsealed 4X4… so when Lloyd Waldron, the Marketing and Media Manager, gave us a call recently to tell us they’d significantly updated a couple of their best-sellers we were a little excited. In fact, Pat …

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Reviewed – Achilles Desert Hawk XMT

In Gear Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

The budget beater.   Rubber is rubber, right? Er, no; not really. When it comes to tyres there are big differences in shape, size, tread, compounds and performance. Around 500 kilometres ago we fitted a set of Achilles Desert Hawk XMTs to our 2006 Jeep Cherokee. Over this time I’ve managed to give them a good work out over a variety of terrain. On the blacktop I found them to be like any muddies – they …

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Road Test – 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series

In Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Morgan Lane3 Comments

Some BIG changes breathe new life into a rugged old legend   The product planning, design and engineering team at Toyota Australia deserves a massive pat on the back. Somehow, amongst a sea of high-volume, global selling Corollas, RAV4s and hybrids, they managed to get the relatively tiny volume 70 Series LandCruiser back onto the drawing board.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   A …

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GO THE DISTANCE

In Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

These portable power packs can make your electronics last the distance out bush   Pipe down, luddites. The future is here and technology is part of off-roading whether you like it or not. While you’re grumbling away to yourself about ‘the vibe’ of getting out there without mobile reception, technology is making it easier and safer than ever to actually get out there. GPS units let us plot routes through locations we’ve never driven, allowing …

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Weather Apps …are they any good?

In Gear Reviews, Guides by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you…   Unless you’re one of those storm-chasing weirdos, spending more than a night or two camping in a torrential downpour is nobody’s idea of a good time. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has some terrific resources available to you to check weather patterns before you leave, but what happens when your smartphone drops out of range and you’re in solid ‘No Service’ territory?   The BoM’s …

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DOBINSON MRR SHOCK REVIEW: 8 SHOCKS, 2 PATROLS & 10,000KM OF PAIN

In Gear, Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

We ran Dobinson MRR Remote Res shocks on two very different Nissan Patrols to come up with one solid verdict.   Scott Mason, our gun photographer and serial wanderer, was having issues with the suspension in his GU Patrol. As was I… truth be told. My GQ Patrol had just clocked over 320,000km and was still on what looked to be stock suspension; and yes, it was woeful. Scott on the other hand had spent …

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THE BEST 12V COMPRESSOR MONEY CAN BUY?

In Gear Reviews by Dex Fulton41 Comments

This ain’t your grandad’s air pump, this thing seriously blows! Er… in a good way   There’s a few ways you can look at compressed air, and unfortunately 99% of accessory manufacturers look at it the boring way. The basic intro most people have to compressed air off-road is the ability to pump tyres back up after a day on the tracks. The huge marketing hype can basically be summed up into ‘you don’t have …

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REVIEW: FOLLOW ME CAMPERS pentecost

In Camper Trailer And Caravan Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Looking for an Aussie-built, side-folding trailer built to your specifications? Step right in…   While bigger players can mass-produce models on a production line, a bespoke product built by a dedicated quality-focused team is hard to beat. George and Teresa Minaides are owners and operators of Follow Me Campers located at Wangara, Perth, in Western Australia.   Both George and Teresa have a simple view – camping should be a pleasure for the whole family …

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BRUTALLY REFINED

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Pining for the days where 4X4s were tough and shorts were short?  Iveco has you covered.   Forget brand allegiance for a minute. Forget about the cool builds you’ve seen in magazines. Forget about the undoubtedly hilarious stickers of Calvin relieving himself on someone else’s brand of 4X4. Forget it all for just one minute and imagine. Imagine what your perfect 4X4 would be, what it could do, and what it’d have. Imagine the kind …

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

In 4X4 Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

From fighting ISIS in the middle of the desert to climbing steep Himalayan passes, this just might be the coolest 4X4 you’re too scared to own…    For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Resisting change could almost be an Australian pastime. We’ll fight tooth and nail against anything we deem as unproven… that is, of course, until it proves itself. Then we’re all about it. It’s the reason so …

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REVIEW: TOYO TIRES OPEN COUNTRY ATII

In 4X4 Reviews, Gear Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

  We put the latest All-Terrains from Toyo through 5,000km of Outback hell – did they survive?   When it comes to long-distance touring it’s hard to go by a good set of All-Terrains. Sure, they’re not as sexy as a set of muddies and they tend not to grip so well in the slop, but for endless miles of bitumen, dirt road corrugations, sand, and gibber plains… they’re the tyre-style of choice for countless …

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REVIEW: TERRA TREK EXP

In 4X4 Reviews, Camper Trailer And Caravan Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

We take the prototype of the latest hardcore camper out for a torture test through the Simpson Desert… to see if this one can hang with the top dogs on the market.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   The problem a lot of people have with camper trailers is that when you load them up and take them into some legitimate remote locations, the cracks …

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OFFROAD DECADENCE

In Features, Gear, Gear Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

If we won the Lotto tomorrow, these are the ten off-road goodies we’d have-to-have!    Here at Unsealed 4X4 we get to take away some of the coolest camping products on the market. Everything from swags, cooking gear, tents, trailers, motorhomes – you name it. So over the years, we’ve developed a keen eye for some of the finer things. You know the kind of thing I’m talking about: those products that make you feel …

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FACTORY-PIMPED 2017 HOLDEN COLORADO

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Allysia Murray1 Comment

Refined, redesigned, rebuilt. Is Holden’s new Australian designed and engineered truck a HiLux killer?   The Holden Colorado is well known for its solid off-road ability, yet less than stellar comfort and refinement levels. Being invited to the launch of the newest chapter in Holden’s 4X4 utility saga I was hoping to see an update in refinement and quality from the group. Was it going to blow my mind, or was I going to see …

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CUSTOM FJ CRUISER

In Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Allysia Murray0 Comments

Off-road Perfection takes time and a plan according to the lucky owner of this FJ Cruiser…   For images and to read this in our online magazine, CLICK HERE.   Building a 4X4 is best done with hindsight in mind. It’s only through experiences and failures that we’re able to decide not only what works and what doesn’t, but (more importantly) what we actually want. It’s the reason we see people building multiple setups time …

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GATOR JAW SYNTHETIC SHACKLES

In 4X4 Reviews, Gear Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

We’ve all been doing it for as long as we can remember. Somebody gets stuck; you roll out the snatch strap, connect it to the bogged fourby and the recovery vehicle using a couple of rated shackles and complete the recovery. It’s the way it’s been done since Willys Jeeps were still available off showroom floors.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   The problem is, …

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STURDY ROOTS: KIMBERLEY KAMPER CLASSIC

In 4X4 Reviews, Camper Trailer And Caravan Reviews by Allysia Murray0 Comments

The first time I reviewed a Kimberley Kamper, I took out the top-of-the-range Platinum and was blown away by the amenities. This time, we opted for the base model to see just how Kimberley positions itself when affordability is more of the issue at hand. If you want a solid, off-road camper constructed with quality materials and built in Australia, then the Kimberley Kamper Classic ticks all the boxes. For images and the full Unsealed …

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BIG VAN, LITTLE VAN

In Comparisons, Vehicle Reviews by Laura Boshammer0 Comments

Half the size, a quarter the engine capacity and more than three times cheaper. But can the pint-size Suzuki Jimny keep up with the legendary Toyota Troop Carrier when the going gets tough? For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   I can hear people typing away angrily as I write this, ‘why would you compare the Troopy to a Zook’? Well, there is method to the madness here folks, if you …