Keen offroaders have been anticipating the launch of Cooper’s all-new dedicated all terrain tyres, the Discoverer AT3 range, for a while now. Well, the wait is over. The new range is available in three profiles to suit just about all 4WDers.
The AT3 4S is aimed to appeal to users doing more onroad driving, while the AT3 LT and larger AT3 XLT profiles are squarely aimed at the those doing a lot of offroad work in all conditions.
The new Discoverer AT3 range has had a complete design overhaul in the three areas that truly matter – tread design, carcass construction and compound.
The AT3 range’s tread incorporates stone ledges to eject trapped rocks and dirt, scalloped shoulders for improved traction in the soft stuff, Aqua Vac channels to boost drainage plus Whisper Groove Shields to deaden driving noise.
Carcass construction has had a full rethink. Super tensile steel belts underpin the full tread area in the LT and XLT profiles, while advanced nylon overlays are employed in the 4S profile tyres to provide a smoothly balanced uniformity.
The 4S profile tyres are hewn from a specially designed compound that reduces wear when driven on bitumen, they’re guaranteed to last at least 70,000km.
The LT and XLT profiles are built from a high content coupled silica compound designed to maximise their lifespan when driven in rough and varied terrain. They’re guaranteed to last 80,000km.
What really matters are the cold, hard facts. Cooper’s crack team of engineers put the new AT3 Discoverer range through a grueling schedule of tests in the lab and out in the field and are satisfied that the new 4S profile tyres enjoy an improved tread life of at least 10%, improved wet braking performance of at least 5% and improved wet handling performance of at least 5%.
The LT and XLT profiles have worn tyre noise reduced by at least 20%, plus a tread life improvement of 10% and cut and chip improvement of at least 10% over their predecessors.
Keen to know more? Check out the full range at www.coopertires.com.au
Well guys, I’ve just gone through over 1,500 images that were submitted into our On Assignment: Outback competition. What an inspiring, humbling, staggering collection of photographs. How beautiful is this country we get to call home?
There were so many epic entries - this was the hardest job I’ve ever done, I reckon.
The two winning photographs I’ve picked really come down to something emotional. They’re technically good, the composition is there, the exposure, the light, the colour…but they have something else as well, that fifth essence.
Are you a fan of ultra tough, modified super-sized 4WDs? Thinking of paying a visit to the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo at Melbourne Showgrounds this weekend?
Get ready to have your mind blown. Team Isuzu D-MAX, Australia’s leading precision driving troupe, has debuted the Concept X duo, a gob smacking pair of oversized offroad behemoths, today at the Melbourne showgrounds.
The pair of tricked-out offroaders dwarf most modified 4WDs. Both rigs feature aggressive, muscular styling, massive pumped out bodies and huge suspension lifts to accommodate giant sets of 38” Toyo mud terrain tyres.View full article →
Do you spend every possible moment exploring Australia’s wide-open spaces, its natural wonders and touring icons? Do you have an eye for a great photo? Ever wondered if that passion and spark of talent could lead to something more?
Well wonder no more. We’re on the hunt for Australia’s next great outback photographer, and Nikon are kicking in two awesome DSLR camera kits to help us spot the talent.
Yep, this could be your big break. All you’ve gotta do is submit your best shots from outback Australia to go in the draw. Follow the link, enter your details and upload one photo per entry. Feel free to enter more than once if you can’t pick a favourite shot.
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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.View full article →
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.
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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.View full article →
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.View full article →
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.View full article →