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How to: Sand Driving – Don’t Get Sand On Your Snag

In Guides, How To, News by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Now that summer’s here, we figure we’d better do the mandatory sand driving feature… so here it is. With summer well and truly here, many of us like to head to the beach – not just to escape the heat but also to enjoy some of the best coastal sand driving anywhere in the world. And the best thing is, for a lot of us, it’s right on our doorstep. The beach is also one …

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Long Ranger Fuel Tank Install

In Gear, How To by Dex Fulton0 Comments

This month we’ve been busy with old Rusty and she’s beginning to take shape. But before we get too carried away and as we’re going to be racking up the kays when she’s finished, we figured we’d better get rid of the thimble sized standard tank and replace it with a Long Ranger 166L tank. This should get us to from Unsealed HQ to somewhere near Cameron Corner in one hit (unless Dex is driving …

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10 things I learned as a tour guide

In Guides by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Vic gives us the good oil on remote travel throughout Australia that he’s picked up over the last few decades I’ve just been reading a book written by Bill King, who was most likely the first 4WD tour operator in Australia. It is a fascinating read and I can’t believe the things he did and got away with in those early years in the 1960s and ’70s. I have now travelled extensively through many of …

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Our top 5 portable power tools you should never leave home without

In Guides by Morgan Lane2 Comments

It’s a good idea to carry some tools with you when you head bush, and most of us carry some sort of basic tool kit and spares. But often little thought goes into some of the tools needed to carry out some of those repairs. If you’ve ever tried to loosen a spring hanger without an impact driver, you’ll understand what I mean here.   So why don’t we carry a load of power tools …

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Off-road suspension Bible

In Guides by Morgan Lane1 Comment

Everything you have wanted to know about suspension, but were too afraid to ask…   It is impossible to not hammer on about the fact that factory-fitted suspension is a compromise. Now I’m not going to say something vague like suspension is one of the most important components on a vehicle, as a $0.20 seal in your clutch hydraulics system can result in a call to your local tow truck. Having said that, the reality …

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Outback Gourmet: Camp oven Pizza

In Cooking by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Camp oven Pizza, you ask? Yes! It is totally possible to make a pizza in a camp oven, and as I have as yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like the humble meal it is a winner with everyone.   From the Rug Rats to the Grandfolk, from vegetarians to dedicated carnivores, from pineapple people to anchovy tragics – this meal is one for all. There are a couple of ways Camp oven Pizza can …

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5 of the best budget tourers you’ve never considered owning

In Guides, Vehicles by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Unloved and unwanted – time to grab a bargain   We’re all told that if we want to get out and explore we need to either buy a Toyota or a Nissan and usually it has to begin with a P or LC. But what if the budget doesn’t stretch to that or you just don’t want to follow the masses… and fancy something a little different, a bit left of centre, or something just …

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The truth behind Diesel Performance Chips

In Gear, Guides by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Just how do those little gizmos work, and are they actually doing more damage than you think?   Quick question: Do you miss carburettors and tape deck stereos? If you answered yes, this article probably isn’t for you. This one is for those folks who have made the realisation that technological advancements can actually be a good thing… specifically, common rail diesel injection.   Did you know that every diesel 4X4 on the market last …

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Food & Fodder – Easy egg fried rice with Bacon!

In Cooking by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Hi, my name is Allysia… and I’m a lazy cook.   Lazy cooks are the ones you want to get your recipes from. The meals are easy to prepare, quick to make and don’t involve buying a tonne of obscure ingredients you’ll only ever use once. The only potential drawbacks are that they could be really unhealthy, or even scarier, taste like sawdust.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this …

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Bush Etiquette 101

In Guides by Morgan Lane1 Comment

We all had to start somewhere… here’s how not to be a tosser off-road.   Despite the absolute vast majority of us being pretty decent bush-loving folk who just want to get our families out exploring this magic country and away from the cities, the place is being locked up all around us. A lot of the flak gets directed at the younger crowd; and yeah, you do get the odd imbecile. But then I think …

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What to do when it goes wrong

In Guides by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Could you save a life on your next adventure, or at least take care of a scrape or two? We all love to get out there and have our Outback adventures. Camping, walks, long drives, campfires and swimming are all great activities – but we are more likely to have an accident being active than sitting at home on the couch.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our …

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Watching the Weather

In Guides by Dex Fulton0 Comments

There are two things that will really mess up your day (and maybe your hair) – wind and rain. When heading bush, what can you do to avoid the worst of the weather? Over the past 20 years weather forecasting has become more accurate and the amount of data available to you and me is huge. It can be difficult to determine what to look at without being overwhelmed. This explains why there are a …

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WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA (GOING)?

In Guides, Travel by Dex Fulton0 Comments

…This summer? We’ve got 10 of the best warm-weather camping locations lined up for you, and we’ll even tell you how not to die when you’re there   With the warmer weather on our doorstep, we thought it was high time we had a look at some of the popular, and not so popular places you need to be pitching camp this summer. We’ve got every state covered, oh, and if you’re the type of …

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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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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE – PROJECT RUSTY GETS BARRED UP

In Guides by Dex Fulton0 Comments

With the Sydney 4WD & Adventure show right around the corner, some jerk had the great idea that we should put the pedal to the metal and get Rusty finished to have on the stand at the show. Thanks a lot Dex… Ok, that was never going to happen, but we could at least get the glitter out and make the old wagon look a bit more respectable. For images, videos and the full Unsealed …

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12 TOP Camper Trailer Destinations across Australia

In Guides, Travel by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Think lugging a trailer behind you means the really good spots are off limits? Guess again.   Here is a State-by-State wrap on some of the best camper trailer spots. Of course there are many more than just these 12, but this will whet your appetite and possibly introduce you to some locations that are not so well known. Let’s face it; anywhere you can camp in your camper trailer is going to be better …

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YOUR SUMMER CAMPING GUIDE

In Guides by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Don’t get caught with your pants down this summer… nobody likes tan lines The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the neighbour is mowing his lawn in uncomfortably short shorts for a middle-aged man with weight issues. Spring has officially sprung and that means all over the country four-wheel drivers are loading up the camper trailers, stacking the roof cages with firewood, and preparing to do the two-handed Macarena dodging a hot steering …

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Food & Fodder with Allysia

In Cooking by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Super No-Cook Noodle Soup – Serves 1   The idea of taking noodle soup on the road is probably as popular as eggplant at a kid’s birthday party, but this is different. Trust me, I’m a doctor. Well not really, but it is good. It’s cheap and easy (hold back the jokes) and it’s really good for you… especially if you need something packed with vitamins to pull you out of a cold. There are just …

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PRE-SUMMER COOLING SYSTEM CHECKLIST

In Guides by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Your mates mightn’t think you’re cool, but your 4X4 sure will after following these five simple cooling system tips…   Much like David Bowie and Freddie Mercury were way back in 1981, your cooling system is under pressure. And much like living the lifestyle of two high-flying celebrity musicians, things can (and will) go wrong without a little bit of maintenance from time to time. While the cooling system fitted to your four-wheel drive has …

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4X4 Tyre Masterclass

In Guides by Dex Fulton0 Comments

If just one of these six tips helps save your tyres, it’ll be a good year…   Four-wheel drive tyres are expensive, really expensive! As an example, you could spend more on your tyres than the purchase price of the fridge or washing machine you have at home. And to make matters worse, you also need to replace these tyres every few years thanks to the constant beating they are forced to endure. The good …

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SAT-NAV SYSTEMS HAVE REPLACED TAG-ALONG TOURS

In Guides, Travel by Dex Fulton0 Comments

We attempt to right a wrong – with these 5 ways to choose the best tour for you!   Safety in numbers isn’t just a catchy phrase. While travelling solo can be a rewarding experience, sometimes it’s a much better idea to travel with a group of like-minded adventure seekers under the watchful eye of an experienced guide.   A tag-along tour is exactly what the name implies: You drive your own 4X4 and follow …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE – PROJECT RUSTY – WE GIVE UP… TIME FOR SOME HELP

In Guides, How To, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

With deadlines looming, Dex and Ev tap out with Project Rusty and ask for a helping hand… For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine. Things have been real busy here. Well, that is our excuse when asked why deadlines haven’t been met. The realisation dawned that we were pumping out stupid amounts of content for these here pages – while Project Rusty was sitting in the corner …

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The Bush Mechanics Special

In Guides, How To by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Check out these handy tips to get you home (straight out of the Les Hiddins playbook).   Unless you carry around an entire spare parts vehicle, a CNC mill and complex 3D printing equipment, breaking down is going to be an unfortunate fact of off-road life. Sometimes you get lucky, and a few twists of a spanner will see you back on the tracks. We call this phenomenon ‘winning’. But if past experiences have taught …

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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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7 MISTAKES EVERY 4WDER MAKES

In Guides by Allysia Murray0 Comments

In 4WD land, there is a right and a wrong way of doing things. A lot of the time, the difference is someone’s opinion. I reckon there are a few hard-and-fast wrongs however. With that in mind, we have put together a list of the seven worst 4WD mistakes. Which ones are you guilty of?   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   4WD Mistake #1: Not …

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SHOOT BETTER OFF-ROAD VIDEOS

In Guides, How To by Allysia Murray0 Comments

Your videos, your friends and how to make them compatible in nine simple steps.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   I’m sure we all have that friend that invites us to watch their 4WDing videos but we know it’s going to be boring as… maybe you are that friend? Here are a few tips that might not win you an Oscar, but just perhaps keep …

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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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HOW TO DRIVE MUD

In Guides, How To by Allysia Murray0 Comments

EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING DIRTY IN THE BUSH   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   We live in an amazing place. A country where the vast differences in terrain are rivalled only by the often unfathomable distances between them. The kind of place where you can drive from sunup to sundown without ever needing to turn a corner, then turn around the …

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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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HOW TO: TYRE PRESSURES

In Guides, How To by Allysia Murray0 Comments

Tyre pressures are a simple numbers game. Are your numbers right? Here are five things that you need to know before heading off the blacktop With a thousand articles in a thousand magazines there’s no way you could possibly overstate the importance of not only tyres, but the pressures they’re run at. They’re essentially the glue that holds a 4X4 together. Not in the literal sense – that’s generally spot welds and actual glue – …