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A paper map and a compass are the most reliable and most effective way to navigate and find your location. Ever since the age of GPS and Google Maps began, a lot of people have forgotten how to use them. If you’re one of those...

I recently sold my Toyota Landcruiser. Going through the whole performance of selling a 4WD really irritates me. It is a lot of hassle for the seller. 4WDers are a discerning bunch (myself included) and I spent a lot of time answering questions and arranging...

The term metal detecting conjures up images of a weird old bloke in glasses and an anorak, shuffling up and down the beach. Admittedly, I do wear glasses. I also sometimes shuffle up and down beaches. But I don’t wear an anorak, I promise. Stereotypes aside,...

As a frugal penny-counter, I am known amongst my friends and family for getting the most out of everything I buy. So, you can imagine I am something of a wizard when it comes to making 4WD components last longer. Replacing a set of tyres...

Moonlight alone isn’t enough to light up the backcountry after dark. Every off-roader looking to take on the backcountry after sunset needs a good set of lights. But what are your options as a discerning 4WD driver? MOUNTING Installing lights on your vehicle’s exterior can be done...

Reading the manual is not something that we, as humans are good at. As a result, many of us, myself included, can fall into bad habits when it comes to mountain bike maintenance, which might not be doing your bike any favours. Here are the...

Picture the scene. You’ve spent the morning taking on fjords, niggly tree roots and rocky outcrops without any issue. Your 4x4 has handled everything the terrain has thrown at you with relative ease. Now you are back on relatively safe ground, a dusty track, heading...

A winch on your 4WD is the ultimate safety net. When you are stuck and everything else fails, it will be the pulling power of your winch that gets you out. Once upon a time, there were two main winch brands. You simply chose which...

Getting your air pressure right when you are heading down the beaten track is a very big deal. A reliable tyre pressure gauge is key to getting the gains from setting your tyres to the right air pressure. BENEFITS OF CORRECT AIR PRESSURE PER TERRAIN TYPE Reduced...

If you are touring Australia with your 4WD, air filters are a huge issue. You will need to change them all the time. There is no such thing as cleaning an air filter, well, you could give it a bash and knock some of the...