We live in such an incredible country, and yet so many people never get to truly explore it. If you own a 4WD, you know how much more you can enjoy what we have. Being able to get up close and personal with what Australia offers is truly an amazing experience. 4WDing doesn't have to be expensive, but it sure opens up a whole new world. There are plenty of things that you need to know, and the posts below cover some of them. If you've got any questions, feel free to leave a comment.
4WD insurance is a touchy subject, and for plenty of reasons. There's now a dedicated insurance company in Australia for 4WD's. If you haven't checked them out, you really should!
There's plenty of things to learn when you get a 4WD. Here's 15 you probably didn't know.
The most rookie mistake you can make is to cross water in a 4WD without a snorkel. Don't do it; find out why here
The little loops on the front of ARB Bull Bars are not recovery points, so don't use them for it!
There's plenty of mistakes made when modifying a 4WD. Check these out, and save yourself a bucket load of money, time and stress in the process
The age of your 4WD Tyres is important. If you don't know how to check the age, check this out.
Tow ratings with 4WD's are the new 'best selling item'. The thing is though, manufacturers are being sly about it, and not telling you the whole story.
Being stuck on the beach isn't fun, but its not the end of the world. Here's what you should do to get moving again.
Diff lockers might be the ultimate setup on a 4WD, but how do they compare to Traction Control? Is it really worth the extra expense?
Every now and again it all just goes pear shaped. When that happens, what do you do?
If you want to know exactly how much fuel your 4WD is using, check this out; its simple, easy to do and worth doing.
How good would a map be, showing you where all the 4WD Accessory shops are in Perth? If you are looking for diesel tuning, custom storage builds, custom bar work and snorkels, batteries, communication equipment or just general 4WD accessories, you will find it all here, on a convenient little map!
Over the years I've come across some pretty handy little resources, which I've shared in this post.
There's nothing worse than having to pull your carpets out to dry them when you drown your 4WD, and that's if you get lucky. Get unlucky, and you can be up for a new engine!
Just because you can go up something quickly doesn't mean its a good idea to do so! Momentum is a very critical part of 4WDing, and if you get it wrong you will eventually do damage!
I'm pretty happy with the way our 80 series has turned out. In this post, you can see every single modification and accessory, through photos!
Having a 210 litre fuel capacity isn't really necessary; you should only carry the amount of fuel you actually need.
New to 4WDing? Even if you aren't, there's bound to be a tip or two here to get you on the right track!
Our 80 series Land Cruiser has a fair bit of gear in the back of it, and for good reason. Have a read of what we've got in our 4WD, and why!
Snatch straps are great tools, when used properly. They are not designed for every single application. so have a read and use them accordingly.
Did you know your tyre pressures change significantly, depending on a number of factors? When do you check your tyre pressures?
4WD's are not cheap. I'll be blunt; they are a money pit! That said, there are plenty of ways you can reduce the costs of owning a 4WD.
Despite the fun of ploughing your 4WD into a great big mud hole, it's one of the worst things you can do to your 4WD. Find out why here.
Taking the time to plan your 4WD holiday makes all the difference. Sure, be flexible, but at least have an idea of what you are doing!
There's some seriously dodgy 4WD recoveries going on in Australia. Do you ever stop to think about the weakest link in your recovery?
With some basic knowledge and tools, along with a bit of time up your sleeve, you can save a fortune by doing some of the basic work on your 4WD.
I see people requesting help all the time, who have zero recovery gear. You should not be heading off road without the basics; find out what they are here.
I got quite a rude shock working through the numbers on our 80 series Land Cruiser. I've spent way more than I'd have liked!
Sure, the water spraying over your 4WD makes for a good photo, but its one of the worst things you can do to your 4WD.
Big tyres look tough, give more clearance and traction. But what about the downsides? There's lots to think about before putting bigger tyres on your 4WD!
If you've got no Rated Recovery Points on your 4WD, a rear recovery hitch is the next best option.
No one would like to see a mate, or bystander hurt or even killed in a 4WD recovery that wasn't done safely. Have a read of these 20 things, and take care out there!
The 4WD Accessory market has grown hugely over the last 10 years. The thing is though, you don't actually need everything under the sun!
Tyre pressures are the single most important factor you can control when 4WDing. Why? Have a read!
How many people buy a 4WD, deck it out and then decide it isn't what they need? Wouldn't it be good if you could get the right 4WD, the first time around?
Pick the wrong tyre pressures for beach driving, and you could end up in a world of pain!
Yep, there are downsides of adding 4WD accessories, and yet people seem to ignore them!
If you haven't been bogged yet, your time will come!
If you do managed to get stuck, you need to know how to safely and easily get moving again.
I am surprised at the number of 4WD vehicles driven on the road in Australia that are illegal. A lot of the owners are unaware that it is the case, but many are well aware of it and are willing to take the risk. Do you realise what you are risking? Have a read of the post to find out more.
Another very important factor is the weight of your 4WD. Do you know what your GVM, payload and towing capacity is? If you haven't done the maths and estimated weights, I'd suggest you do; its quite scary!
The most common question I get asked is 'What 4x4 should I get'? At the end of the day, you want something that is going to do what your requirements are. There is no point buying a hugely lifted Patrol if you plan on using it to tour Australia. I've written a post detailing some of the things you need to consider before jumping in and purchasing a four wheel drive. This will ensure that in the long run, you will be happy with the 4WD you buy, and not be tempted to get something different.
From the moment you pick up your 4WD, it is imperative that you take some time to sort insurance out. Firstly, make sure you have third party at the very least. This is super important. From there, make sure that your 4WD is legal. If it has bigger tyres or a suspension lift over 2", you are likely to have a 4WD that doesn't meet any of the insurance companies criteria in Australia.
What is a 4WD? Why do people own 4WD's? If you want to see Australia with the most unrestricted perspective, a 4WD is the way to go. They open up a whole new world of camping, fishing, relaxing and enjoying this beautiful country that we live in. Find out more about 4WD vehicles here.
If you haven't ever done any 4WDing before, its a good idea to get some training. There have been plenty of people who have driven brand new 4WD's into situations that they shouldn't have, and totally written their vehicles off. Take the time to do a bit of learning, and you will be very thankful down the track. Find out more about 4WD training here.
Before you head off road, the first thing you need to do is check for rated recovery points on the front and the rear of your 4WD. If you haven't got them, install them, or you have no where to safely be recovered, or recover from
No matter how big your lift kit is, and how many lockers you are running, if you can't convert the power into traction, you aren't going anywhere! 4WD tyres are one of the most important parts of your 4WD, and there are plenty of different choices that can be made.
A 4WD is never going to be the most economical car in the family, but where it can go makes up for that. There are plenty of things you can do to make sure your 4WD is using the least amount of fuel possible, which I've written about here.
The factory 80 series lights are shocking, to a point that they are dangerous. You can find out how much of a difference replacing the wiring harness, globes and reflectors made in this post
Despite hundreds of people having been killed throughout the world by snatch straps, people continue to use them incorrectly. A snatch strap is a very useful piece of recovery gear, but you need to use it safely and correctly.
I'm often asked what 4WD accessories I recommend. There are a few, but just because they suit me doesn't mean they will suit you. 4WD's are very individual, and should be modified in a way that makes them more functional for the owner. I don't recommend spending huge money on 4WD accessories unless they are going to improve your 4WD in a way it needs to be, for you!
Getting a cheap 4WD is a bit of an art, and one that takes patience, lots of research and commitment. Then, there are a huge range of costs associated with keeping the 4WD.
In a country where we have over 30,000km of coastline, its pretty important that you know how to safely, comfortably and reliably drive on a beach in your 4WD. The skills are very easy to learn, and you will be cruising down the beach shortly.
With a range of cheap traction aids coming onto the market, its no wonder people find it confusing about what to buy. To read an honest, independant review on Maxtrax, you want to read my post.
If you want to learn about 4WDing quickly, there is no better place than a 4WD forum. I am a member of a number of forums, and you can find a list of them here.
One of the more common modifications to any 4WD is to lift it. There are a couple of ways of doing this, and for the early Hilux's, this post details the various choices you have to make when lifting your fourby.
Having owned a couple of vehicles on LPG, I know a little bit about them. My Hilux had 135 litres of LPG on board, and I go through the myths, benefits and problems of having an LPG vehicle.
Sometimes, it's more economical to hire a 4WD. There are a range of places where you can do this, but you need to be aware of a few things before you jump in.
Preventing rust on your pride and joy should be a priority regardless of where you live, and you can do a few things to ensure it stays rust free for many years to come!
The old 2.4 litre Hilux's (and 2.8 litre diesels) are brilliant vehicles off road, and this is clearly shown by there huge level of popularity today, some 20 odd years later!
My first 4WD was a 1997 Toyota Hilux. I've since upgrade to an 80 series Land Cruiser, but there is a tonne of information on this post that will help those with Hilux's. They are an awesome vehicle!