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PROJECT RUSTY: CLUTCH SWAPPING 101

We finally fix a problem with Rusty that’s been there since day one, and show you how to do the same thing in 8 steps. Rusty’s clutch has always been a bit suspect. It’s had bearing noise, odd pedal feel and generally just had a big question mark over it since we’ve owned it. So when Ben Lavis …

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UNSEALED 4X4 READERS’ RIGS

SIMON AND LIBBY’S PRADO Simon and Libby are our sort of people. They’ve spent the last decade or so working as a chef and in marketing (respectively), before recently deciding to chuck it all in and hit the road full-time for the foreseeable future. What’s even better is that their Prado is their first-ever 4X4… and what a …

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WHY DO JEEPS CURRENTLY SUCK SO MUCH?

It’s the brand with a heritage and history that other manufacturers would kill for. It’s the genesis of 4WDing, a kind of Moses of low-range. Hell, Dwight Eisenhower placed the victory of the Second World War at the feet of the Jeep, amongst some other machinery. In Australia, Jeep’s reputation is somewhat double-sided. Some wouldn’t dream of driving …

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CUSTOM 4X4: XLT FORD RANGER

The White Walker Meet Todd, aka Whitey, and his awesome XLT Ford Ranger. This is the holiday chariot for Whitey, Pip and their two kids Tyler and Jordan. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE This Ranger is set up primarily for touring, and I think it’s a very well-thought-out build. Being an electrically-minded bloke …

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The future 4X4s that you need to know about

What’s in the pipeline for Australia, and what we’re excited about… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE 2017 Land Rover Discovery This is a big one for Land Rover. It is looking to re-assert its dominance in technology and design, which has been eroded over the long 12 years the L319 Disco 3 and …

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RUSTY GETS SHAFTED

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, …

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READERS’ RIGS

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 …

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

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 …

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CUSTOM SLIDE-ON 70 SERIES

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 …

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Evil GU: Welcome to the Dark Side

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 …

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

…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. …

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

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 …

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TRD HiLux released

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 …

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Our thoughts on the Tonka HiLux

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 …

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The GU Patrol that blew up the Internet

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 …

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Unsealed 4X4 Readers Rigs

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 …

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THE SAS’D D40 NAV

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 …

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

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. …

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This Hectic Fire Truck has set the Internet on fire

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 …

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Unsealed 4X4 Garage – Project Rusty

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 …

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

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 …

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Unsealed 4X4 – Readers Rigs

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 …

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This is the most Australian 4WD since the OKA

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 …

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Custom Man Camper Truck

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 …

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Amarok range gets 2017 updates

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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2017 Isuzu D-Max and MU-X First drive

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 …

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Unsealed 4X4 Readers’ Rigs

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 …