Fridges

Words: Pat Williams
Keep your cool with a portable refrigerator.

The humble esky has no place in the modern 4WD world. Once you’ve used a fridge designed with 4WDing in mind, you will never go back. Say goodbye to the days of sifting through ice water to grab the last couple of snags at the bottom of the esky thanks to portable fridges that give you the convenience and safety of always keeping your food and drinks cold. The last thing you need is for the food to go bad and your beer to go warm!
The design has been refined over the years but hasn’t really changed and for good reason – I know people who have had the same fridge for as long as 20 years. With that in mind, it’s a lot easier to make that initial investment knowing that you will have years of trouble free operation ahead.
When it comes to choosing a size there are a few things to consider but the most important is space. An 80L fridge might seem like a good idea but isn’t much use if you don’t have the room to store it. A 40L fridge is big enough for everything you need for two people on a short trip, while a 60L will do the job on an extended trip. But what it really comes down to is how many cold beers you need at any given time!

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Bullbars

Words: Pat Williams
Take a look at the best bullbars on the Australian market.

Bullbars are a very Australian invention, born out of necessity to protect our vehicles from animal strikes, and are one of the first accessories most people think of fitting to a new 4WD. Having a bullbar fitted will, in most cases, improve the aesthetics of the vehicle, and will reduce costly repair bills in the event of an accident or animal strike. It could mean the difference between continuing on your journey or calling for a tow truck. Bullbars are also a great place to mount accessories like your winch, driving lights, sand flags and aerials.
When shopping around for a bullbar you need to know what you want, because there are many different types and configurations available. Bullbars are made from steel, alloy or polyethylene (a form of plastic). Alloy and plastic bars are lighter, but steel bars provide the best protection for your vehicle.

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Tyres

Words: Pat Williams
A quality set of tyres remains the single most important upgrade you can add to your 4WD in terms of offroad capability. Take a look at seven of the best tyres available.
If you could only do one upgrade to your 4WD to increase its ability to negotiate tough offroad situations, the addition of a set of quality all terrain or mud terrain tyres would be the way to go. Most stock standard 4WD vehicles will go most places you point them with the addition of a good set of rubber, along with a bit of driver know-how of course!
Your tyres are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the terrain on which you choose to drive it, and have the ability to significantly increase your vehicle’s clearance as well as greatly improve its traction. We’ve compiled info, specs and pricing on six of the best sets of tyres available in Australia, have a read to see which tyre suits your needs best.

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