SILKY NATA 240 DOUBLE EDGE HATCHET – GEAR REVIEW

SILKY NATA 240 DOUBLE EDGE HATCHET – GEAR REVIEW

“Let’s call a spade a spade” Most of us are familiar with the above saying, but despite the popularity of this cliche, to a large extent, the value of the outdoor / camping market is based on you and I believing different. A knife cuts things. For the most part,...

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The Ultimate Power Pack For A Zombie Apocalypse

The Ultimate Power Pack For A Zombie Apocalypse

By Grant Spolander In light of people mass-buying bog roll, I thought I’d share what I believe to be the ultimate survival (power) pack for an apocalypse. To clarifying, I’m not a toilet-roll hoarder, nor do I have canned food buried in my yard; however, like most...

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THE JUNKY, THE JUSTIFIER AND THE ASK-HOLE

THE JUNKY, THE JUSTIFIER AND THE ASK-HOLE

By Grant Spolander   Three guys walk into a car dealership…   The first bloke spends 2-hours talking about tyres and suspension; he then orders a Jeep Wrangler and blows another $30k on accessories. He transfers the money without breaking a sweat, despite...

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MUD BOGGING & RECOVERY TRACKS – 4X4 EQUIPT

MUD BOGGING & RECOVERY TRACKS – 4X4 EQUIPT

MUD BOGGING IN NAMIBIA Words by: Grant Spolander   I once visited this 5-star safari lodge in Namibia… the sort of place that had Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on their guest list. I was on assignment at the time, driving a Land Rover Discovery 4 and...

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SOUTH AFRICA vs AUSTRALIA – 4×4 community

SOUTH AFRICA vs AUSTRALIA – 4×4 community

HOW KANGAROOS HELPED SHAPE SOUTH AFRICA'S 4X4 MARKET By: Grant Spolander   “Blimey mate, that one sprayed all over the bull-bar!”   I wish I could tell you that the above statement refers to muddy puddles, but it doesn’t. We were about 3 000 km...

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THE LEADING CAUSE OF RADIATOR FAILURE

THE LEADING CAUSE OF RADIATOR FAILURE

  “Can I check your oil and water?” A common question heard at many service stations; but don’t be fooled − that little top-up could be doing your vehicle’s engine more harm than good. It’s been said that at least 33% of all vehicle breakdowns are...

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5 REASONS WHY YOUR TURBOCHARGER MAY FAIL

5 REASONS WHY YOUR TURBOCHARGER MAY FAIL

  If you bought your turbo diesel second-hand, or if the engine’s clocked up more than 150 000 km, you may be concerned about how much longer the turbo will last. That said, here are 5 reasons why diesel turbochargers commonly fail…   1) Carbon...

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WHY YOUR OFF-ROAD TYRES ARE NOT BALANCING

WHY YOUR OFF-ROAD TYRES ARE NOT BALANCING

  Written by Grant Spolander. Originally published on Cooper Tyres website.   Last month, we talked about how a number of all-terrains are masquerading as off-road tyres, when in fact their carcass construction is no different to that of a road-biased tyre....

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MAKE YOUR TYRES 1000% MORE PUNCTURE RESISTANT

MAKE YOUR TYRES 1000% MORE PUNCTURE RESISTANT

    The subject of tyre deflation is surprisingly contentious; folks seldom agree on figures, and in some cases I’ve even heard 4x4 training academies arguing that you shouldn’t do it! But before we get into that, here are the top 4 reasons why you should:...

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WHY YOUR ALL-TERRAIN IS PROBABLY NOT AN OFF-ROAD TYRE

WHY YOUR ALL-TERRAIN IS PROBABLY NOT AN OFF-ROAD TYRE

The term ‘‘all-terrain,’’ or AT, is commonly used by tyre manufacturers to describe their off-road products. Unfortunately, this well-known phrase tells only half the story - and is a bit misleading.   Sure, traction is vitally important for any off-road tyre;...

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SHOULD I BE FITTING AN OIL COOLER TO MY 4X4?

SHOULD I BE FITTING AN OIL COOLER TO MY 4X4?

  I own a ’96 Prado 3.0 A/T. The Cruiser's got roughly 285 000 km on the clock and is still going strong. I've spent sometime browsing forum pages, where I've noticed a number of vehicle owners complaining about the fact that their transmission oil cooler is...

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WHY IS MY MITSUBISHI COLT CUTTING OUT?

WHY IS MY MITSUBISHI COLT CUTTING OUT?

    I own a 2006 Mitsubishi Colt 3.0-litre V6 DC that's done 185 000 km without ever missing a service. However, after a recent service I noticed that the vehicle's fuel filter hadn't been changed. Lately, my Colt has had this strange cut-out / surge. In my...

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WHY IS MY JEEP RUBICON’S DIFF-LOCK NOT ENGAGING?

WHY IS MY JEEP RUBICON’S DIFF-LOCK NOT ENGAGING?

JEEP LOCKER PROBLEMS QUESTION: I recently bought a ’10 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, but every time I drive a trail people tell me the front locker isn’t engaging. This would explain why the diff-lock light keeps flashing. So, after fishing around, I’ve found a lot of online...

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WHY ARE ROOF RACKS SO EXPENSIVE & ARE THEY WORTH IT

WHY ARE ROOF RACKS SO EXPENSIVE & ARE THEY WORTH IT

I’ve got a few questions about roof racks. I’m looking to buy one pretty soon, but I’m not sure what to look out for. Some racks seem to be a bit more expensive than others, and I’m wondering why that should be. So with that, what makes one rack more expensive than...

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WHICH IS BEST, A NYLON OR CANVAS TENT?

WHICH IS BEST, A NYLON OR CANVAS TENT?

QUESTION My 2017 resolution is to camp more, but with that comes a host of expensive camping gear that I need to buy, starting with a tent. We’re a family of four, and because we need everything from chairs to frying pans, I’d like to save money where I can. A nylon...

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DOES AFTERMARKET 4X4 SUSPENSION OFFER ANY REAL BENEFITS?

DOES AFTERMARKET 4X4 SUSPENSION OFFER ANY REAL BENEFITS?

  I read your recent post about increasing a Cruiser’s suspension flex; I personally drive a ’13 Hilux D4D with stock standard suspension. A lot of people have been telling me that I should upgrade my Hilux’s suspension, but I find it hard to believe that the...

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HOW DO I GET MY LAND CRUISER TO FLEX MORE?

HOW DO I GET MY LAND CRUISER TO FLEX MORE?

I own a Land Cruiser 75 Series on which I’ve done some mods. I’ve lifted the body by 64mm but lowered the suspension by 50mm; the Cruiser now stands a little higher than standard but the suspension is able to flex much more in both directions. Secondly, I’ve fitted...

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IS MY NISSAN PATROL’S UNCHIP BADLY TUNED?

IS MY NISSAN PATROL’S UNCHIP BADLY TUNED?

I own a ’03 Nissan Patrol 3.0 TDI GRX. My driving style is very tame and I’m always trying to get the most out of a full tank. To further improve the Patrol’s fuel consumption I had a performance chip fitted, and the catalytic converter removed. My thinking was...

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10 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A DUAL BATTERY SYSTEM

10 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A DUAL BATTERY SYSTEM

  QUESTION: What is a dual-battery and how do you pick the right system?   ANSWER: (Supplied by National Luna) Established in 1987, National Luna is a leading specialist in 12V outdoor products, and the preferred supplier to all major off-road trailer and...

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GELANDEWAGEN G-PROFESSIONAL vs LAND CRUISER 79 SC

GELANDEWAGEN G-PROFESSIONAL vs LAND CRUISER 79 SC

Mercedes Benz Australia recently announced the release of a 2017 Merc G-PRO, a single-cab Gelandewagen built for hardcore off-road use. The G-PRO boasts some pretty impressive specifications, along with a number of accessories that are to be fitted as standard...

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AT CHASER – ADVENTURE TRAILERS

AT CHASER – ADVENTURE TRAILERS

NAME: AT CHASER WHO MAKES IT: Adventure Trailers. One of the few overland fitment companies in north America – based in Prescott Arizona. ACCOLADES: The AT Chaser was awarded the Best of Breed (2008) by the folks at Overland Journal. STANDARD FEATURES: The AT...

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ROOFTOP TENT versus GROUND TENT

ROOFTOP TENT versus GROUND TENT

  Written and compiled by 4WD Truckin'   QUESTION: I know it’s not the most technical question, but I’m hoping you can help. I’ve recently fallen for the off-road / 4×4 way of life, and this has brought me to the question of which tent I should buy. Should I...

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