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RUSTY GETS SHAFTED

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The ‘no press, no vice’ method of changing uni joints. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Look, just ask any FIFO worker, life in the mines is tough. Back-breaking labour for 12 hours plus a day; dirt; grit and constant exposure to varying elements. It’s no wonder they get paid so well. But hey, spare a thought for the vehicles that help these folks do their jobs. Massive loaders, digger and …

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READERS’ RIGS

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MARC JEFFERY 6X6 LAND ROVER PERENTIE Marc has been a Land Rover man ever since he can remember, learning to drive on farms in a Series 2. His latest purchase is this 6X6 ex-Army Rover, which has already been up the Cape for a few trips. The vehicle has been well decked out for touring, with a self-supporting slide-out rooftop tent, microwave oven and even a coffee machine. Marc told us that sadly his wife …

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This Unimog Camper fits in a shipping container. Oh… My… Gawd…

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We all know about Unimogs, right? You know, those trucks built by Mercedes Benz that have been used in just about every defence force in the world and have more ground clearance than a giraffe? Yep, those ones. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Recently, during our regular inspection of the Internet when we should have otherwise being working, we stumbled across Unicat Expedition Vehicles. At that moment everything else in …

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CUSTOM SLIDE-ON 70 SERIES

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When function meets form. Practical, capable & good-looking. Don’t you just hate some rigs? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE You’ve no doubt seen this vehicle on our pages before – the owner, Geoff, is a regular contributor to this publication and makes his living getting out and writing about his adventures. So you could say that he knows what works and what doesn’t after a lifetime of touring around this …

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Evil GU: Welcome to the Dark Side

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What do you do if your perfect 4X4 doesn’t exist? You build your own, engine conversion and all! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Nick Heit hates ZD30s. He tried to like them; really he did. But with a young family, and a desire to see everything this country has to offer, being stuck on the side of the road again and again with mechanical issues wasn’t his idea of a …

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THE NEXT WAVE OF 4X4 JUNK FROM THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW

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…We have to say though, the new F-Truck does look pretty good. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE A couple of months back the North American International (commonly shortened to ‘Detroit’, because who could be arsed saying all that every time?) Motor Show was held in Detroit Michigan (makes sense now) in the USA. In the past this show has held some huge reveals and concepts in the automotive world and …

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IS THE NEW DISCO TOO SOFT? OR HAS VICTORIA BECKHAM SPOKEN…

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Land Rover has forever been at the forefront of off-road technology. What with coils in all four corners and full-time 4WD from 1970 and some of the greatest traction control the industry has seen thus far, it’s hard to imagine a new model being released without something new, improved… and maybe unreliable. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE We’ve generally all held our collective breaths with the release of new technology, …

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TRD HiLux released

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Toyota Racing Development gets its hands on the mighty Lux, and doesn’t do much really…   …Ok, that’s probably unfair. They did add a total of fifteen new parts, and they made the ute look tougher with some 18in alloys, sports bar and some actually useful looking skidplates under the front end, and there’s a towing kit thrown in the back for good measure. A different grille, flares and a TRD branded gear knob and …

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Our thoughts on the Tonka HiLux

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The ute Toyota should build, or a bit “get your hand off it Darryl”?   You may have already seen the wild concept HiLux that Toyota has built in conjunction with Tonka; it’s been kicking around social media for a week or so now. We got up close and personal with the big Sun Fusion (fancy way of saying “yellow”) beast just before this mag went up online and thought we’d share our thoughts. CLICK …

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The GU Patrol that blew up the Internet

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Last Issue, in Adventure Cinema, we put up a video of Richard Hammond from The Grand Tour racing a supercar against a shorty Nissan GU Patrol… which absolutely spanked him. From the amount of feedback we got from you guys, generally consisting of the words, “What the hell is in that thing?!” we thought we’d better track it down and find out a little more. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE …

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Unsealed 4X4 Garage Project Rusty – Reconditioning Rusty’s Diffs

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In this month’s Unsealed 4X4 Garage, with some help from our mates at Drivetech 4×4 we are going to start to tackling Rusty’s well worn diffs. Now, we know that Rusty has had a hard old life working in the mines, and has been locked in 4WD for most of this time (the front hubs had a plate bolted to them preventing them from being unlocked), so there is bound to be some wear and …

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Unsealed 4X4 Readers Rigs

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Gary’s Series 2 Disco Gary hasn’t always been a Land Rover guy. In fact, he started out with a Jeep… but after it developed a phantom electrical problem he decided to move on to a Land Rover Discovery V8 ’cause they never have any electrical gremlins at all… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE After a while, he also purchased a Disco 3 although he continued to use the V8 on …

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THE SAS’D D40 NAV

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CUSTOM: D40 NAVARA   880Nm of torque from the 2.5L turbo-diesel, custom coil-converted rear end, custom bar work and tray and a LandCruiser front diff. This has to be the wildest D40 tourer in Australia!   Considering his day job involves the hire and sale of camper trailers, you can understand why Dylan has built a work truck up from scratch and thrown a solid axle swap at it to boot. Besides being a fairly …

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Why the new F-250 should be your next tow rig

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Torque for days… … and days, and days.   1,116. That’s four figures of sweet, sweet Newton-metres. That’s 2.5 times what a 70 Series LandCruiser has, and it makes that peak torque at a crunching 1,600rpm. Not far off idle, right where you want it. That’s coupled to 328kW as well, at 2,800rpm. Towing a 3.5-tonne caravan? Peh. This thing don’t care. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   It’s adjustable …

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This Hectic Fire Truck has set the Internet on fire

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54” Michelin XZLs, 630mm of ground clearance 7,500 litres of water capacity (7,570 litres, in the new money), this Bulldog fire truck has barwork designed by satan and hoses that shoot out water in all directions. Along with having great capability, it’s basically every young boy’s wildest fantasies come true. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE It’s based on the International 7400 truck, and is the toughest fire truck we have …

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Unsealed 4X4 Garage – Project Rusty

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Brake Overhaul In this month’s Unsealed 4X4 Garage, along with the help of our mates at Drivetech 4×4 we are going to tackle the brakes on old Rusty. During one of our early test drives the brakes seemed to be working OK, but as we moved through the old girl we noticed there’s a lot of wear and tear – especially on the underside. Also, with our plans to increase the tyre size and power …

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Staff Corner – Out with the old, in with the older?

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Ev says goodbye to his GQ Patrol, but what could his latest purchase be?   You might have seen my white GQ Patrol on these pages a bit, as it has been a base for testing products and a few trips here and there. It has been a great vehicle for the most part, only leaving me on the side of the road once when the clutch slave cylinder exploded. Oh, and when the brakes …

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Unsealed 4X4 – Readers Rigs

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Andrew’s Disco 4 This is Andrew’s Discovery 4 and to say that he has become a Land Rover convert is an understatement. Andrew has set it up to be a great all-round tourer and he says it’s the most comfortable and competent 4WD he’s ever owned. So, it’s either his first 4WD or he’s realised just how good a well-sorted Disco can be. Trust us when we say some of us in the office are …

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This is the most Australian 4WD since the OKA

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The untold story of the mongrel army 4X4 with an Australian soul.   Amongst the olive-drab ocean of ex-military gear that’s going under the hammer on Grays Online every few weeks, there is a huge selection of 4X4 and 6X6 Land Rovers being sold off to the public. What you might or might not know about these units is that they are much more Australian than their iconic British look lets on. In fact, they …

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Custom Man Camper Truck

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This Swiss have taken touring around Australia to another level with their luxury apartment on wheels.   When most of us think about doing the big lap, we think about loading up the wagon or ute with a bunch of camping gear, enough clothes to handle all weather conditions and maybe invest in a camper trailer for a bit more comfort over the coming months. Rene and Brigitte Schoch, however, have taken that exact plan …

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Amarok range gets 2017 updates

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After Volkswagen shook up the dual-cab ute segment with the most powerful and torquiest V6 diesel, the rest of range has been updated with some of the other improvements that were introduced. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The front look has been tweaked up slightly over the older Amarok, with a more angular and aggressive look that includes daytime-running lights. There is an updated interior with the new 7in infotainment …

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Ford Release ‘black-bling’ FX4 Ranger, cross-fit enthusiasts rejoice

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Stealing a moniker from their American brethren, Ford has released a limited-edition Ranger FX4. It’s based on the XLT model Ranger, but gets an aesthetic package of black-pack bling for those who want to look ‘fully sick’. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE There’s new-design 18in alloys used in Stark Grey, while the bonnet and tailgate have been wrapped in black. The Sports bar goes noir as well, along with the …

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Mercedes make awesome G650 Landaulet and ruin it with stupid rear bumper.

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As a part of bidding farewell to the legendary and enduring G-Wagen, Mercedes-Benz has released a fairly bonkers G650 Landaulet. Landaulet means half-convertible, when you’re keen for the wind in your hair, but you’re just not 100% sold. Let’s look at the cool stuff: a twin-turbocharged V12 making 463kW and 1000Nm from the six-litre displacement. There isn’t an official 0-100km/h time, but our complex and accurate algorithms indicate it’s slightly faster than s#!t off a …

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2017 Isuzu D-Max and MU-X First drive

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Isuzu have officially released the new 2017 D-Max ute and MU-X wagon, and our previous story that exclusively leaked the details have proven true: They have stuck with the 3.0 litre turbo-diesel donk, which makes the same power (130kW, but more broadly), but now makes 50 extra Newton-metres for a 430Nm peak output. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE This runs through new six-speed automatic and manual gearbox options, which give …

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Unsealed 4X4 Readers’ Rigs

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Caleb’s Amarok Over the Christmas break we received an email from Caleb about his 2015 Amarok Core Edition. He went for the 8-speed auto instead of the manual, and although it doesn’t have low-range he says it has managed to get him everywhere so far. Caleb’s been busy with the modification bug and swapped over the factory wheels and tyres for a set of black aftermarket wheels and Hercules Terra Tracs. To date, the tyres …

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Unsealed 4X4 Garage: Project Rusty Steering Damper Install

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This month Mad Matt tackles a small but important job on the steering on old Rusty. With a live axle 4WD you can get a lot of vibrations and oscillations through the steering wheel; even moreso when off-road. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE On top of this we’ll also be running some larger 35in Toyo tyres soon. Fitting larger wheels and tyres can lead to an increase in vibrations and …

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Toyota HiLux: Best-selling in Australia

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Toyota HiLux is the best-selling vehicle, overall, in Australia. Beating out the Toyota Corolla (40,330) and Hyundai i30 (37,772), the humble ’Yota ute managed to sell a total of 42,104 units. Of those, 31,076 were 4X4s. Ford’s Ranger had a stellar year as well – moving up in the ranks to fourth place (36,934). 4X4 models accounted for 30,880 of those, showing how vastly popular dual-cab utes are in Australia. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS …

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Aussie-developed Ford Bronco coming

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Ford’s historic and iconic Bronco nameplate is coming back, and it’s getting developed here in Australia alongside a new Ranger ute (due in 2019). Details are scant so far, and we aren’t even sure if it’s coming to Australia. But it is coming back to the USA at least. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE If we put on our rose-coloured glasses, the Bronco will be a good looking, capable and …

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Jeep announces new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

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Along with its hotly anticipated Wrangler-based ute, Jeep has announced that the old Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer names will be returning to the line-up.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   These new models will both sit above the current flagship Grand Cherokee – in terms of both price and size.   If that’s the case, the Wagoneer will be squaring up against the likes of Toyota’s 200 Series LandCruiser, …

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New vehicle news: Land Rover Discovery Pricing released

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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 …