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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

In News, Vehicles by Morgan Lane0 Comments

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

In News, Vehicles by Morgan Lane0 Comments

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

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Morgan Lane0 Comments

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

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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Mercedes-Benz G-Professional landed in Australia

In 4X4 Reviews, News, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicles by Sam Purcell0 Comments

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

In Guides, Vehicles by Morgan Lane8 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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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

In Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Morgan Lane7 Comments

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

In Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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

In Travel, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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 …

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REVIEWED: HARDKORR CAMPER

In Vehicles by Laura Boshammer0 Comments

OK, so they can’t spell; but can they make a good camper?   Picture this for a sec. You and your mate make LED lights for a living. You’ve got another good mate who earns a crust by making camper trailers. You’re all up in FNQ on a Cape trip relaxing around the campfire and the talk turns to how you’d go about making a tough, Aussie-built trailer that’d be comfy, quick to set up …

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WHEN YOUR JOB IS TOO MUCH FOR A RANGER OR LANDCRUISER

In Vehicles by Laura Boshammer0 Comments

Considering a large wagon or a ute? Maybe you should think bigger   America loves its big trucks; so much so the Ford F250 was, and still is, one of its best-selling vehicles. Us Aussies have a fair bit in common with the Americans – big trailers, big spaces – yet we’ve never really warmed to the large utes in the same way. Are we missing out? A few of us think so, which is …

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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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MOVIE STAR 40

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We take the celebrity FJ40 from the Rough Stuff movie out for a run, and blow up the engine (it was so worth it)   Now you may be wondering why you’re looking at a rusty old bush-bashing 40 Series LandCruiser instead of the usual decked-to-the-nines custom touring 4X4s we normally run on these pages, and it’s a fair enough question to ask. But this particular 40 is a little bit special in that it’s …

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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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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: HOLDEN COLORADO 7 OUT, TRAILBLAZER IN

In News, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Slow sales figures have resulted in Holden releasing what is essentially a face-lifted version of its Colorado 7… now dubbed the Trailblazer. While visually the Trailblazer looks largely similar, and the 2.8L turbo-diesel engine remains, there are significant improvements worth discussing. The interior has received a new dash and touch screen display, for example. In fact, Holden has put great emphasis on improving the overall driving experience, and moving away from the somewhat agricultural Colorado …

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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: Please don’t call it Disco Five

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Land Rover is set to release the all-new Discovery; however despite trends developed through the Discovery’s lifetime, the company has not referred to it as the Discovery Five. The new Land Rover Discovery will simply be known as… Discovery. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, had this to say: “The new Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile …

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FACTORY-PIMPED 2017 HOLDEN COLORADO

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Refined, redesigned, rebuilt. Is Holden’s new Australian designed and engineered truck a HiLux killer?   The Holden Colorado is well known for its solid off-road ability, yet less than stellar comfort and refinement levels. Being invited to the launch of the newest chapter in Holden’s 4X4 utility saga I was hoping to see an update in refinement and quality from the group. Was it going to blow my mind, or was I going to see …

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PROJECT RUSTY: 3 INCH EXHAUST UPGRADE

In Vehicles by Allysia Murray0 Comments

  It has been all hands on deck in the Unsealed 4X4 Garage, as Dex and Ev spent close to four days pulling the body off the chassis in order to clean and remove any rust that had formed on (and in) the frame. So now things are looking much cleaner and neater, someone has had a brainwave and asked: “What else can we do while the chassis is free?”   The stock exhaust looked …