LOADED

By the time you’ve got the fourby loaded with tents, swags, recovery kits, spare parts, tools and the kitchen sink, it can quickly start to feel like a hopeless game of Tetris.

The fact of the matter is there’s barely enough cargo room built into even the biggest 4WDs for long range touring, and if you’re travelling with a big family the matter is only compounded.

A quality set of storage drawers is the first step to one-upping your packing game. While they may not buy extra space, the built-in efficiency and tidiness is worth volumes.

The next step is to take advantage of rooftop storage with a sturdy tray or set of racks. Weigh up what you’re likely to store up top and look into mountable fittings for additional efficiency and peace of mind.

The range of nifty storage gadgets like fridge slides and fold out kitchens on the market these days is truly remarkable. We dove headfirst into the trove of aftermarket storage accessories while researching this story, and were duly impressed.

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UNREAL VALUE: NEW LIGHTFORCE STRIKER LED DRIVING LIGHTS

If you’re considering upgrading your rig’s lighting situation, you’ll want to check out the new Striker LED driving lights. Lightforce unleashed these beauties just last month, and we’ve already seen a fair few of the sleek little units fitted up on different rigs.

The rectangular form cuts a striking profile and looks awesome bolted atop the bullbar of modern utes and wagons. These work horses are pretty affordable and they come in a set with two lights and a handy DIY installation kit. At just $599 per kit, without the additional cost of installation that comes with most lighting upgrades, these are some of the most affordable high performance driving lights we’ve come across!

A set of Striker LEDs offers a full driving light solution and comes ready to fit with complete wiring harness, plug and play adapters for your headlights’ high beam, a dashboard switch and all the fittings required to install. All you need to mount these babies up is a Phillips head screwdriver and 17mm ratchet to bolt ‘em down to your vehicle.

Made here in Australia, fully waterproof and backed by a three-year warranty.

RRP $599

lightforce.com/strikerled

 

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NEW BFG KM3: MADE FOR MUD!

The much anticipated BFGoodrich KM3 mud terrain tyres are starting to cop some serious hype after years of product development and refinement. The next gen muddies are due to hit the Aussie commercial market in June, following an international media launch in the Vic High Country last week.

Initially 25 sizes will be available, to fit 16-20 inch rims, although a full complement of 38 sizes will eventually be offered by the end of 2019.

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FRESH UPDATES: ISUZU D-MAX & MU-X!

In a spanking new round of updates to both the D-MAX ute and MU-X wagon ranges, Isuzu have shown that they’re hearing what the punters want, loud and clear. The updates include increased GVM ratings, suspension upgrades, improved safety features, extended servicing, as well as refreshed interiors and new colours.

Cementing it’s place towards the top of the heavily contested offroad ute sector, the 2018 D-MAX range is now headlined by the flagship LS-T variant which boasts 18” wheels, sat nav, roof rails and keyless entry and start system as standard.

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WE HAVE A WINNER!

The 4WD Touring Australia communications and navigation prize package was drawn today, and we have a winner!

David Sawdon of Brisbane entered the draw after signing up for a 24-issue subscription to 4WD Touring Australia, and was informed of his win this afternoon.

The prize package is valued at a total of $2,200 and includes a HX-1 Navigator plus a Road Atlas from Hema Maps, a pair of portable TX665TP UHF radios plus antennae from GME, a Celfi-GO 4WD pack from Powertec, plus series 1-5 of 4WD Touring Australia on DVD and a hard cover copy of The Philosophy of Travel coffee table book.

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NEW NIGHTHAWK LEDS TURN NIGHT INTO DAY

The Nighthawk LEDs are designed to disappear darkness at the flick of a switch, yet, they’re built by engineers who’ve obviously spent time out in the field and understand the need for durability.

Powered by genuine OSRAM LEDs with 50,000-hour lifespan, these driving lights are built to go the distance. They’re electroplated, UV stable reflector offers complete control and maximum lux output.

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STEP UP WITH BUSHRANGER 4X4

If you like to drive hard, yet still take pride in keeping your rig in tiptop condition, you need a serious set of side steps.

Bushranger 4X4 recently launched their ROGUE range of steel steps as an alternative to traditional alloy sideboards. The ROGUE steps are over-engineered in order to protect your panels from the gnarliest of terrain or the dodgiest of driving. They’re hewn from heavy-duty steel and bolted down with steel brackets to ensure your rig never comes off second best.

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NEW GME APP UPDATE DROPS FEB 5

GME’s XRS Connect app is due for an upgrade, with the new version due to become available next week on February 5.

GME have been tightlipped thus far on the exact nature of the upgrade, but have promised ‘new and exciting’ features.

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WE HAVE A WINNER!

One lucky resident of Lightning Ridge, NSW, has struck it big, taking out the 4WD Touring Australia Christmas Prize Pack worth $9,500.

Peter Collison, an opal miner residing New South Wales central west, received the call up to notify him of his big win earlier this week.

“I’m over the moon,” said Peter, when contacted regarding his win.

“The old Troopy can certainly do with a bit of a makeover, that’s for sure! I still can’t believe I won.”

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TREAT YOURSELF TO A LAST MINUTE GIFT FROM GME!

With the silly season upon us, daydreams of endless beach runs and perfect campsites are at an all year high. This is it, the pointy end of the year and the best time to cash in some brownie points and get out there on the tracks.

There’s nothing better than cruising in convoy with a couple of mates, with the banter flowing freely over the airwaves. Trading info and lame jokes over the UHF is one of the cornerstones of the 4WDing experience.  

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