THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION

Ultimate Matting from Clark Rubber protects your vehicle and gear.

Allowing your camping gear or tools to rattle around in the back of the ute or wagon is a surefire way to wrack up some expensive damages, particularly when bumping down uneven offroad tracks or long corrugated roads. Your vehicle is also bound to eventually suffer some scrapes and damage too, which is unnecessary and can be costly.

Clark Rubber’s Ultimate Matting is a handy solution to this problem. It’s a versatile rubber matting product that’s unbelievably durable and damage resistant and can be cut to size to fit the back of your ute, wagon or trailer. Ultimate Matting is around 20% thicker than standard ute matting, so it can really stand up to some heavy use offroad. It’s also UV stabilised, so perfect for lining the tub or tray of your ute where it will be exposed to the elements.

 

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COMP WINNER TAKES HOME MAXTRAX + DVD BUNDLE!

Season Five of 4WD Touring Australia is currently airing on Channel One at 4:30pm on Saturdays and it’s our most exciting season yet! We worked with a bunch of awesome sponsors to film this series, in every corner of the continent. One brand that produces an amazing product, and has been with us from the very beginning, is MAXTRAX.
MAXTRAX are the gold standard in traction aids, and we’ve got a pair to give away each week! Adam Poole won this week’s giveaway by answering the simple question we posted last weekend.
As well as a set of MAXTRAX traction aids, Adam scores a DVD bundle featuring every episode of 4WD Touring Australia seasons one to four. Make sure to tune in this Saturday at 5pm on Channel One to catch the ninth and final episode so you can nail this week’s question and take home the prize!

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PARTSALES IS YOUR NEW ONE-STOP PARTS SHOP

If you’re anything like us, the build up process of your 4WD is somewhat of a moveable feast, ever present and never far from mind. The list of parts and accessories that are required seems to stretch towards infinity.
In some ways, we’re better placed than ever before when it comes to customising 4WDs, but in other ways, it could be argued that there’s too much choice.
A generation ago, 4WDers were limited to choosing from the parts and accessories stocked by their local workshop, nowadays the list of manufacturers and suppliers available online is essentially endless.

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D-MAX’S 2017 FACELIFT

A brochure that’s been leaked online by an employee from an Isuzu outlet has spilled the beans on an incoming set of updates that Isuzu had in store for the 2017 spec D-MAX.
The major improvement being the reworked 3L four-cylinder diesel 4JJ1 engine. While top end power remains stable at 130Kw at 3,600rpm, the noticeable increase was found at the lower end of the rev spectrum.
The 2017 model offers 430Nm torque at 2,000rpm, a handy increase over the 2016 model, which offered 380Nm at the same revs.
The updated powerplant has been equipped with a diesel particulate filter in order to bring it in line with Euro 5 standards, while a raft of other under-bonnet updates have been made to the fuel pump, pistons, injectors and turbo.
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TOYOTA UNVEIL NEW 70 SERIES LANDCRUISER RANGE

THE BEST JUST GOT BETTER 

Exciting times as 4WD Touring Australia witness the unveiling of a new era in 4WDing.

After more than 30 years as Toyota’s toughest export, and over 100,000km of locally conducted ‘torture testing’, the reengineered single cab chassis 79 Series ute is set to achieve the maximum five star ANCAP safety rating, while the entire 70 Series receives an impressive array of updates.
The 76 Series wagon, 78 Series Troopcarrier and 79 Series single and dual cab utes are all due to receive updated safety electronics, cruise control and engine updates to bring them in line with Euro-5 standards.

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ARB’S OFFROAD ICONS TRIP

In a nostalgic tip of the hat to Australia’s 4WDing heritage, offroad aftermarket powerhouse ARB has rounded up four of the most iconic vehicles to ever grace our tracks and trails and will be taking them on an 11-day, 2,500km odyssey across the Simpson Desert as a celebration of their landmark 40th anniversary.
The journey will be undertaken by the four iconic vehicles; a Toyota 40 Series, Nissan GQ Patrol, 5th generation Toyota HiLux and Land Rover Defender, plus a few modern day counterparts, four ARB staff, a support crew and some international media.

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REDARC TO DOUBLE WORKFORCE

Australian electronics and tech industry leaders and REDARC recently announced that they’re set to double the company’s workforce over the next four years as part of a huge expansion of its Adelaide base.
The expansion is being fuelled by a $2.5 million Federal Government Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme grant, announced in August by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt.

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OUR FAVOURITE 4WD PARKS

Five of the best 4WD fun parks in the land.

When you’re leaning on your shovel at the worksite or gazing out your office window fantasising about living out of the back of your fourby for weeks on end, where do you dream of?
For me, it’s usually the New South Wales far north coast. Warm water, endless beach runs and epic fishing. Plus it’s totally comfortable and acceptable to dress in nothing more than board shorts, wife beater and a pair of doable pluggers for most of the year.
I know plenty of others are fixated on the lush plains and swollen rivers of Cape York, while countless hearts belong to the outback. The problem with all of these stunning places is just how far they’re removed from most of our day-to-day realities.
The fact that we can’t just down tools and head to these places for a daytrip is how they manage to remain pristine and pure. But it’s little solace when we manage to score an RDO or half a weekend to ourselves and need to scratch the itch to get the wheels dirty.
In these situations, I really don’t think you can go past a visit to a good 4WD park. There are some absolutely first class offroad fun parks located around the country, and most of them within easy range of capital cities and major population centres.

 

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FIVE TOUGH TRACKS

A handful of iconic offroad tracks that are guaranteed to have you reaching for the stubby lever!

When it comes to offroading, our focus is usually on the scenic rather than the extreme, the spectacular over the technical. We’re about experiencing Australia’s most wonderful places and taking in the diversity of this land, rather than deliberately busting up our vehicles.
That said, we’re certainly not above testing ourselves and our rigs. Anyone who truly sets out to see the best of this country by 4WD will be engaging low range occasionally and should enjoy technical driving when the time comes.
Take a look at five of our favourite technical 4WD tracks from around the country – each set amongst totally different terrain, yet requiring equal measures of competence and confidence to be conquered.

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PET-FRIENDLY FAMILY GETAWAYS

Top five Easter escapes for the WHOLE family!

With the Easter break only around the corner, it’s time to start thinking seriously about the best spots for a family escape. With four days to work with, most of us will be looking at destinations within range of a half-day’s drive from home.
In the Daydreams section of each issue of the mag, we rattle off a few of our favourite weekend hotspots. A problem that a couple of readers have written in to let us know about is that, seeing as most of these destinations are located within national parks, it’s often not possible to bring along furry, four-legged family members.
We know that some of our readers don’t feel right heading off on adventure unless the whole family can go together – so here’s a list of our favourite offroad, pet-friendly holiday locations – all within a few hours drive of the state capitals. If you’ve got any other favourites you feel should’ve made the short list, shoot us an email at letters@4wdtouring.com.au.


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