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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 …

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Unsealed 4X4 Garage – Project Rusty

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Going Wide – Wheel Flares Install   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   The last few months have seen ol’ Rusty go from something fit for the wreckers to a vehicle that’s well…nearly fit for the wreckers. She’s getting there and there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s getting bigger. Anyway, in this issue’s Unsealed 4X4 Garage we’re fitting up a set of wheel …

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Aussie-delivered Powerhouse

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The RAM is twice the price of a HiLux, is it twice as good? There are a few things that you notice when you first get behind the wheel of a RAM. The first is, unsurprisingly, that it’s big. It’s not what I would call a 4WD in the normal sense of the term; it’s a truck (complete with an exhaust brake) with a diff at both ends and a transfer case. Although, to be …

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Twenty-five Grand in the Hand

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Five top-spec used luxury 4X4s that cost less than an Indian-made ute? Tell me more!   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   With interest rates and new vehicle financing sitting at previously unheard of lows, there is little wonder why so many people are opting for the safety and reliability of a brand-new 4X4. What this means for you, the consumer, is there are also 1,000s of great used vehicles …

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Staff Corner – Evolving tourer

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Since joining the team, Scott’s GU has undergone a number of significant changes after we first featured it back in Issue 16.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   We last had a look at Scotty’s big GU back in Issue 16 of Unsealed 4X4. Since then there have been a few changes. Not least the fact he’s joined the team permanently as the Editor of our sister mag Pat …

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The Ultimate Expedition Guide

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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

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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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Duelling Dual-cabs – Ranger vs Amarok V6 vs Hilux

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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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BOMBPROOF AMAROK

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…(NO, LITERALLY) When you’re the Aussie distributor for the company that makes the landmine-proof armour for UN vehicles, why wouldn’t you bolt some up to your tourer?   Having ordered one of the first 20 Amaroks to come into the country on release back in 2011, and then moving into the second gen as soon as they came out, Ashley – the owner of this highly-modified ’Rok – initially had a few hassles with finding …

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Unsealed 4X4 Readers Rigs

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TONY’S COLORADO Tony sent us some pics from his recent trip across the Simpson Desert. Looks like he had a cracking time, too. During the trip his 4X4 was referred to as ‘Blue Colorado’ on account of its bright blue paintwork. “It was only a couple of months old when we loaded it up and tackled the Simpson,” Tony says.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine. …

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

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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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Unsealed 4X4 Garage – Project Rusty

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Rusty gets one of the nicest suspension systems we’ve ever seen.   With the bar work in place, and now that we have a good idea of what sort of weights we’re going to be lugging around on Project Rusty, it’s time to get the suspension sorted. We kicked around a bunch of ideas, talking about coil conversions, link set-ups and even coil-overs, but at the end of the day this thing is for touring, …

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Road Test – 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series

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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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New Vehicle News – Mercedes announces new X-Class Ute

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Mercedes-Benz has given us a solid look at its new dual-cab – the X-Class. The Concept X-Class will possess all the strengths of a classic ute – tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability. It will be launched in late 2017 under the name Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The key markets will be Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and Europe.   Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, says: …

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Custom 4X4: Land Rover 110

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For some of us, four-wheel driving is a nice outlet… a means to an end that gets us away for the weekend or school holidays. For others off-roading is a way of life, a disease that runs in the blood, a itch that can never be completely scratched. Stefan Fischer is one bloke who falls into the latter category.   He started out like many, just getting away for a weekend with some friends on …

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The Icons Depart

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A journey with a difference: Step aboard ARB’s four Icon 4WDs and see the Outback like we’ve never seen it before.   The keys jingle as they fly through the air, clanging into my palm. I can’t help but feel the grin spread across my face. The keys are smooth and worn, like someone has taken a fine grit sandpaper to them. There’s no fancy buttons or logos; they’re just keys. I know what they’re …