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Editor’s Column: Looking Forward

In Features by Morgan Lane0 Comments

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: Failing to plan is planning to fail. Over the holidays and the recent Australia Day long weekend, all of our brains have been dreaming big. After several campfire meetings (where all the best ideas come out) I have to tell you… we have a hell of a year planned here at Unsealed 4X4. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE We’re kicking around the idea of exploring up …

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What are you risking? (more than you think)

In Features, Gear by Morgan Lane0 Comments

A popping Question: Should Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems be compulsory in Oz? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE A TPMS can save your life! We were travelling along the Donahue Highway in Outback Queensland, towing our camper behind us. Our speed was good, suiting the road conditions. Suddenly a high-pitched alarm sounded from the stereo and the TPMS monitor started flashing. The rear passenger-side tyre was losing pressure fast! Slowing to …

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The death of low range

In Features by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Have you really thought about why we have low range? It’s only ever been a workaround. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE There are just two reasons for low range. First, the lower gears allow the engine to develop useful amounts of torque yet have the vehicle moving very slowly. Second, low range provides engine braking for steep downhills.   Up until recently low range has been the defining characteristic of …

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The day a bullbar saved my life

In Features by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Warning this story may be distressing (especially to horse lovers).   The reason why every four-wheel driver should have a bullbar on the front of their 4X4. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   One topic that I see pop up all too often on social media is the call to ban bullbars on Australian vehicles. While my exact thoughts on what I think of the call to ban this vital …

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Size does matter

In Features by Morgan Lane0 Comments

What’s getting smaller and what’s getting bigger in the 4X4 scene? We dust off the microscope and take a closer look at some cool (and some worrying) trends. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Size does matter in most cases; however it isn’t always the case when it comes to off-roading. I mean, you don’t want the most overhang, or the biggest credit card bill at the end of a trip, …

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IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE 4X4s…

In Features, Magazine by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Welcome to the first issue of Unsealed 4X4 for 2017. Hope you all had a killer holiday break and got out to see some of this spectacular joint we call home. Make sure you drop us an email with all of your pics and stories of your adventures – we always get a kick out of seeing them.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   Right, pleasantries out of the …

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Touring Level: 200!

In Features by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Come for a ride in one of the most well-travelled Cruisers in the country…   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   If you haven’t heard of Jamie Benaud before, chances are you’re probably still familiar with his work. He’s the bloke behind Australian Images, and he’s photographed for just about every off-road publication in the country including the best one (hint… you’re reading it right now).   As you’d expect, …

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Diesel is Dying

In Features by Morgan Lane3 Comments

Received wisdom is the knowledge passed down from generation to generation, often repeated but not always understood. To query these rock-solid foundations of knowledge is to invite scorn and disbelief.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   Yet the world changes and, over time, what we take to be an article of faith must also change. It’s happened before in the off-roading world; automatics are no good off-road, coils aren’t …

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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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2016 Willowglen Challenge

In Features by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Unsealed 4X4 was one of the main sponsors for this year’s Willowglen Challenge, and we were there to catch up on the action. For the fifteenth year, the TLCC used their 320-acre Southern Highlands property to play host to the Willowglen Challenge over the October long weekend.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Almost 60 vehicles from 11 different 4WD clubs across NSW and …

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Unseal My 4X4

In Features by Dex Fulton0 Comments

A Prado gets transformed from mall crawler to Outback Warrior in a single day… for a hell of a good reason   We Aussies are a funny mob – separated by the vast distances that this magnificent country covers, we really are just a big island community with an amazing ability to look out for each other and help out our mates when times are tough.   It was in this spirit that we came …

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STAFF CORNER: THE UNSEALED 4X4 TEAM GETS DIRTY

In Features by Dex Fulton0 Comments

It doesn’t happen often, you know – with the pressures of pumping out the biggest four-wheel drive magazine in the country, amongst other things – but we decided it was high time to get the entire Unsealed 4X4 team out of the office and out camping. From the accounts person, to the journalists and editors and sales team, we all knocked off early and jumped into our four-wheel drives. We’re spoilt for locations working in …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: CHASE THAT FEELING

In Features by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Soul. It’s often overlooked by vehicle manufacturers. I’m not talking about James Brown pumping out the 4in splits, I’m talking about a vehicle’s characteristics that effect you on an emotional level. They put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel… it doesn’t matter if you’re heading down to the shops or out on a week-long adventure, a vehicle’s soul has a fair bit to do with the amount of enjoyment …

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WHICH 4X4s ARE KEEPING IT REAL?

In Features, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

While they’re shouting from the rooftops, 4X4 manufacturers are in a race to the bottom.   We’re being ripped off. The mid-size 4X4 market is absolutely booming and Aussies are lapping up anything that resembles a 4X4: even better if it’s got four doors, a tub on the back and vaguely American styling. The market is that red hot at the moment that even Indian and Chinese manufacturers are trying to take a slice of …

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ARE DIESEL ENGINES DEAD? INFINITI THINKS SO…

In Features by Allysia Murray0 Comments

  Australians first had a love affair with big V8 petrol engines powering their vehicles. Then turbo-diesel dual-cab utes became a more common sight than tradies at happy hour. We here at Unsealed 4X4 love our turbo-diesel engines, and it seems that on the whole the Australian market are only interested in turbo-diesel engines backed by automatic transmissions.  Infiniti (owned by Nissan) has just released what it believes to be the best internal combustion engine …

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INDEPENDENT THINKING, INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION

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Beam axles have long been the mark of a serious off-road vehicle, but there’s now just a handful of examples left on the market. What does that tell us? Before we get too far into the pros and cons of suspension design we’d best recap on just what is meant by ‘beam axle’ and ‘independent suspension’.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   A beam axle …

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PROJECT RUSTY: RUSTY GETS A PAINT JOB

In Features by Allysia Murray0 Comments

Was painting Project Rusty worthwhile, or have we just smeared lipstick on a pig?   We all know how Project Rusty earned its name: Five years on a mine site has definitely taken its toll on the vehicle. So it was time to dive deeper into the project, and after unbolting the body off the chassis we were able to prep all exposed components and remove as much crud as possible. And truth be told, …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: OLD VS NEW

In Features by Allysia Murray0 Comments

  Read this in our online magazine HERE.   A lot of us as four-wheel drivers are a bit reluctant to accept and embrace new technology in our vehicles. I know this, because I’m one of those people who still punts around in a mechanically injected diesel who prefers his traction control to be a locker button, his interior trim to be vinyl and his warning chimes kept to a bare minimum. The less to …

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STAFF CORNER: SAM’S PROJECT 130 GETS A CANOPY

In Features by Allysia Murray0 Comments

It’s all about having your cake, and eating it too. Since putting down money on the 130, I can’t really ever see myself moving away from having a trayback dual-cab ute. Once you get used to the immense practicality of having a big, flat load bed on the back, you can’t really go back.   Read this in our online magazine HERE.   The one big negative of a flat tray is putting together a …

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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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ELECTRONIC TRACTION CONTROL: SLOWLY KILLING THE LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL

In Features, Guides by Allysia Murray0 Comments

  …and it’s not a bad thing. Nothing has challenged the locker’s status as the ultimate traction tool.   Until now.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Traction is at the heart of everything we four-wheel drivers do, which is why there’s so much discussion about traction aids. Unfortunately, not all of that discussion is based on facts – so before we get into the …

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STAFF CORNER: LED HEADLIGHT UPGRADE

In Features by Allysia Murray0 Comments

The headlights fitted to oh-so-many four-wheel drives could best be described as rubbish. The units I am referring to here are 7in round headlights found on Land Rover Defenders, Jeep Wranglers, and my much loved (and sometimes sworn at) Nissan GQ Patrol… for example. I’ve tolerated their performance, much like my wife tolerates my need to rebuild chainsaws on our dining room table.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: IT’S OFFICIAL… I LOVE FOUR-WHEEL DRIVING!

In Features by Allysia Murray0 Comments

  As I write this, I’m sitting at a campfire just outside of Birdsville tapping away on my laptop. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, we’re at the Big Red Bash. And let me tell you, if you weren’t out here with me you need to put this event on your list. Despite the recent heavy rains, the last couple of days have been an absolute blast – …

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WHY MUD SUCKS

In Features, Guides by Allysia Murray0 Comments

  Five reasons mud driving is the worst thing you can do with your 4X4   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Off-road driving means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some it’s the pure isolation touring provides. Travelling thousands of kilometres just to find that piece of untouched beauty. For others, it’s the technical challenge of rocks – travelling …

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IS FRASER ISLAND THE SILENT KILLER?

In Features by Allysia Murray0 Comments

Paradise on Earth ain’t as cheerful as it seems…   Read this story in our online magazine HERE.   Fraser Island is an oddity in the Australian touring landscape. No other destination comes across as so easy, so forgiving. Yet we’re never shocked when another fatality pops up in the news. It’s become such a common event in recent years it’s tragically become background noise, something few even consider before heading off for their journey. …

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3 KNOTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

In Features, How To by Allysia Murray0 Comments

BECAUSE RATCHET STRAPS ARE FOR HIPSTERS When you’re camping in remote locations, or even when you prefer to head away for an easy weekender, sooner or later you’re going to need to know how to tie a knot or three. Here are our top three knots that we’ve found incredibly useful in a few different situations over the years. For images, video and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   …

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: LIFT YOUR GAME AUSTRALIAN CAR MANUFACTURERS!

In Features by Laura Boshammer0 Comments

I was having a discussion with a mate recently about the state of affairs in the Australian 4X4 market. Particularly when it comes to the current crop of dual-cab utes. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve driven every dual-cab on the market – both on-road and off-road – and have been mightily impressed by pretty much all of them. However, it still beggars belief that the Aussie-based manufacturers won’t bring in a full-size (as the Americans …

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I HEARD THAT’S ILLEGAL: DRIVING LIGHTS

In Features by Laura Boshammer0 Comments

The Internet is full of half-truths and whole falsehoods when it comes to driving lights. Here’s the final word in Australian driving light laws. For images, video and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   Australian road rules aren’t set in granite. They weren’t decided thousands of years ago and written in stone, never to be questioned. They’re alive, constantly changing and evolving with the times to suit new technology, safer testing methods and …

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RECOVERY POINTS VS TIE DOWN POINTS

In Features, Guides, How To by Allysia Murray0 Comments

We take a closer look at the differences, and potential dangers. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   Unless you have been sleeping under a rock you will have noticed that we are pretty passionate about making sure you guys are armed with, at the very least, the basic knowledge for safe recoveries. While we cannot convey all you would learn in an accredited off-road course, we aim to give you …

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SHOULD YOU BE PAYING MORE FOR YOUR INSURANCE?

In Features, News by Allysia Murray0 Comments

We compare the Unsealed 4X4 team’s current policies against the new kid on the block and see if a few extra bucks could mean a whole lot more coverage. Read this story in our online magazine platform.   OK, let’s be honest here. 4X4 insurance is about as exciting to most of us as listening to that mate (we all have one) bang on about how great his GQ Patrol is for the brazillionth time. …