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113 comments… add one
  • tim December 22, 2009, 8:55 PM

    Hey mate, where are the pictures of Brunswick 4×4?

  • Aaron December 23, 2009, 9:08 PM

    They are on facebook. I am working on adding a photo album to this site as well.

  • Andrew January 25, 2010, 2:43 PM

    Hey there, I’ve been a lurker around your website for a couple weeks. I really like your writing and your whole site! Keep writing!

  • nick May 11, 2010, 1:42 PM

    well done for creating this site – a great resource

    that said, it is worth keeping our amazing state as secret as possible… it is a little too special to spoil.

    take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but foot prints

    thanks, Aaron

    Nick

  • Aaron May 11, 2010, 3:29 PM

    Thanks for the comment :). You are right; WA is an amazing place. I guess having a four wheel drive helps to get to all of those special places!

    Aaron

  • Leonie Speight May 16, 2010, 7:16 PM

    Great Website Aaron!!

    Good Job….

  • Aaron May 16, 2010, 7:52 PM

    Thanks 🙂

  • G.R June 21, 2010, 10:51 AM

    Awesome blog mate! heaps of good tips and ideas for making the most of our great state.
    Do you know of any good lakes for fishing that isnt too far from the metro area?
    Thanks 🙂

  • Aaron June 21, 2010, 6:24 PM

    Thanks!

    Waroona and Logue Brook Dam both have trout and redfin perch in them, which is a lot of fun. Dwellingup River has the same, along with most of the smaller rivers and larger water bodies in the south west. Harvey has a lot of fishing too!

    You need a fresh water fishing license to do any of that, but there is plenty of fishing around.

    Let me know how your fishing expeditions go!

    Aaron

  • Adrian Chambers July 20, 2010, 3:07 PM

    Hi.

    What are the species of wild duck you have pictured?

    I have a couple that keep freturing to my pool a few times a year.

  • Aaron July 20, 2010, 3:42 PM

    I’m not too sure. They are the standard ducks you see around metro Perth. We get them in our pool too.

    Aaron

  • Narelle February 1, 2011, 9:02 AM

    Hi Aaron,

    Just wondering if you know any good places to go around Perth (less than 3 hours drive) where we can go camping, wake-boarding, 4WDing, fishing etc? I see Logue Brook and Waroona are now both closed to waterskiiers/wake-boarders. Any ideas?

    Thanks!

  • Aaron February 1, 2011, 6:32 PM

    Hi Narelle,

    Unfortunately, there aren’t very many places where you can do all of this, especially close to Perth. My only real suggestion would be Lake Jasper, in Pemberton. It is a bit more of a drive, but you can do everything you want there. It’s not too far from the coast, so you can fish off the beach, four wheel drive in the dunes and the many tracks, wakeboard and camp to your heart’s content! You should be able to get there in around 3 and a half hours. Some of the sand is very soft, so let your tyres down. What vehicle and boat do you have?

    Have fun!

  • George February 19, 2011, 3:29 PM

    Hi,
    I have enjoyed looking thru your website and found it very valuable. However, i have one question, do you know of any tracks where one with a compact 4wd can have have fun? I have been to Lancelin(fun) several times but need a variety. Maybe a few hills, mud (season in mind), rocks etc. If you know any that one can gather up some friends (compact 4wd) and have a day out, would be highly appreciated.
    Thanks again.
    George

  • Aaron February 19, 2011, 10:29 PM

    Hi George,

    There are a number of places around Perth – Mundaring, Julimar, Wilbinga, Dwellingup etc. Have a read of the posts. Mundaring and Brunswick have some serious four wheel driving where you will damage your vehicle if you don’t have some solid modifications. Let me know how you go!

    Aaron

  • sandra johnson May 2, 2011, 9:21 PM

    Lucky bay web site
    it is a wonderful place however i was their for this Easter and the population went from about 22 people to about 5000 yes that’s right. When you put places like this for people to visit it might be wise to tell them to take a portable toilet as you can imagine the state of those wonderful white sand hill with everyone having good cheer ?? and the toilet paper. This special place will not be around much longer if those that camp and ride their 4×4 all over the hills and vegetation are not careful,
    The once quiet beaches offered sanctuary for families to wounder the reef and sheltered bays that offered safe protection to fish and explore the ocean. With visits from dolphins, seals, and the odd walrus, know the beaches are highways for fast spinning 4x4s whilst the bay is full of jet skis racing and doing their thing. The nights are no longer for fishing they have given away to parties and bottles broken every were lets hope lucky bay survives and the next generation will be kind to its environment.
    Regards long term camper of lucky bay

  • Aaron May 3, 2011, 4:53 PM

    Hi Sandra,

    I am disappointed to hear about this. It sounds just like Wedge Island (with people doing things they shouldn’t, which eventually led to camping being banned) ! I will modify the post to include portable toilets – people need to take a bit of responsibility for their actions. As for jet ski’s and that, people need to ride sensibly too – there are a lot of people that snorkel around the reef and I would hate to hear of an accident.

    Please look after what we have to enjoy!

    Aaron

  • Thanh May 27, 2011, 5:31 PM

    Hi

    i been looking around for a place to camp an i spotted your page .. i was hoping you could give me some tips/info/advice on camp areas around Dwellingup .. i got 6 people who wanna go camping but half haven’t gone before wanted to find a place where yu could still sleep in a tent an cook over a fire an not feel out of place being surrounded by people wit their tvs an huge caravans.. so i wanted to know are there goods spots around that arent extreme camping .. but still allow camp fires an have showers an toilets, has activities specially good fishing. but arent like some others ive seen that have full golf courses or tv connections, movie rooms or 4 star cabins to stay in….. wanted to spend 2-3 days camping out .. Thankyou

  • Aaron May 27, 2011, 9:05 PM

    Hi Thanh,

    Dwellingup is an amazing place – you will have a great trip down there. I only really know of the camping in the national park. The facilities are limited to a drop toilet in most. If you want anything above that you would have to camp closer in to town. What sort of set up do you have? Baden Powel is probably the most used camp site, but Yarragil is my favourite if you can get it. I believe you have to pre book (and it costs a few dollars each night to camp there), but any of the major campsites in Dwellingup are close to the river. Fishing is good almost anywhere, but island pools and just below Bobs crossing is good. You need a fresh water license to fish in Dwellingup though. Fires are permitted at most camp sites, and if there isn’t a designated fire place if you ask the ranger they will usually give permission to make your own up, providing you do it sensibly.

    Have a look at http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/view/397/96/#top for some more information.

    Have a great trip
    Aaron

  • Kevin Robertson September 10, 2011, 9:43 AM

    G’day Aaron,

    Great website you have.
    My current vehicle is a petrol engined 1990 Hilux 4×4 ute with a 3″ lift kit (so I was told by the previous owner), she has done about 345,000k’s. The reason I bought it was I had just moved from sunny Melbourne to Perth looking for work and I wanted a cheap reliable 4×4. At the time the Hilux I bought was the only one around at the price I could afford.
    My main complaint with the single cab is finding somewhere to hid the street directory and other bits and pieces (call this lack of internal space) and the noise.
    I need a tray or ute to carry my tools around as I’m a contract fitter.
    I’m considering buying a early to mid 1990’s dual cab or space cab body, possibly with a diesel engine (turbo’d?) and solid axles, this will be a project vehicle as I also want to fit it out for some long range desert trips……..maybe the Simpson?? I’m also into sailing and scuba diving so I need carrying capacity for my gear at different times.
    The only other alternative I can think of is a Troopy.
    I’d like to swap ideas around before I committ to starting this project and would appreciate any help or tips you can give me.
    Kind regards,
    Kevin

  • Aaron September 10, 2011, 1:32 PM

    Hi Kevin,

    I believe all space cab (or extra cab) hilux’s that were made before 1997 were independent front suspension. How serious is your four wheel driving going to be? If you don’t plan on running huge tyres and a big lift kit, independent front suspension (IFS) is fine. If you want a solid axle and diesel, it really only leaves you with the 2.8 litre engine, which is one of the most reliable engines put in Hilux’s. Finding one in good condition is difficult these days, especially one with a turbo. You can put a turbo on, but a lot of people don’t recommend it if the engine has done a few kays. The 2.8 isn’t a power house in stock form, so don’t expect to win any drag races! You could look at transplanting the engines, although I don’t know if this is a feasible option.

    If you don’t mind going IFS, you can get a decent 3.0 litre diesel and modify it to an extent that it will easily handle desert trips.

    Troopies are great vehicles too, but they aren’t cheap for something with lower kilometres. They are also a bit top heavy, but I guess there are advantages and disadvantages of both vehicles.

    I have similar hobbies to you, and if I had to do it again I would probably look for a tidy 2.8 diesel hilux dual cab, with the basic mods already done (bull bar, spotlights, turbo, side steps, canopy, rear bar etc) and purchase it. You don’t need anything too over the top for long trips, but you want something that is going to be reliable. I’d set it up with a rear drawer system in the back, roof racks, rear lighting, 2 inch lift, some decent all terrains and a long range tank, and you would be fairly well set unp to tackle almost anything. Take your time and do a heap of research, and you will eventually come across a great car. If you aren’t in a hurry, you will save the most money. Shaun from 4×4 Action spent nearly 3 months looking for his dream 60 series, because of all the ‘junk’ that exists.

    Hopefully that is a bit of a help!

    Let me know how you go
    Aaron

  • ban January 13, 2012, 12:50 PM

    G’day Aaron
    I have just found your website and thought you might be able to help clear something up.
    It has been made very clear on the net that the Wedge Island inland track through the firing range from Lancelin has been closed to the public full stop, but I keep coming across people who have been up there recently who are telling me that its still open and they have been through there?
    Can any one add anything to this or are this people full of it or confused?
    Thanks, cool website by the way

  • Aaron January 13, 2012, 6:21 PM

    G’day mate,

    The road is technically ‘closed’ but people continue to use it. I would say it’s likely you would be warned or fined if caught using it.

    Cheers
    Aaron

  • Zac March 27, 2012, 4:08 PM

    Hi Aaron,

    Cool website you have.

    Just wondering if you organize a camping trip, or form a camping club, esp for family with kids. I’ve been camping all around place, but in a Caravan Park…just to be sure it is safe. but always want to camp at the national park as it close to nature and more adventurous I guess. But, main problem is, I don’t have any other family who share the same interest, as well as I am concerned on the safety issues.

    So, can you let me know if you or anyone you know organizing this kind of trip…esp next coming Easter.

    Cheers.

    Zac.

  • Aaron March 27, 2012, 8:43 PM

    Hi Zac,

    Have a look around for some four wheel drive clubs in Perth – there are a few. The http://www.perth4x4.net/forum/ forum is a good place to meet people with the same interests. I’d jump on http://www.4wdaction.com.au/forum first – there are some great guys on there from Perth who would love to meet some new members.

    We are very lucky in Australia to be so safe. In the bush you won’t have any issues with safety, but its always better to go with friends and people that share the same interest.

    I am sure you wont have a problem meeting some awesome people who share the same love of travelling in WA

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Kate March 28, 2012, 10:22 PM

    Hi Aaron,
    I’m just wondering in relation to Wilbinga Beach, where you say you come to the signs & ‘parking’ area – is this where you camp?
    & if so, is it ok to get there with a 2wd? & how much further is it to the beach??
    Sorry for all the questions!
    thanks,
    Kate =)

  • Aaron March 28, 2012, 10:44 PM

    G’day Kate,

    I don’t think there are any signs – its just a clearing where people drop their motorbikes off and deflate/pump their tyres up.

    It isn’t where you camp – most people camp on the beach or just behind the first dune, which is at least 1km away. I wouldn’t go in there with a 2WD; its too easy to get stuck.

    Aaron

  • Kate March 29, 2012, 6:39 AM

    Ok thanks for that. Can you think of any camping spots that are close to the coast that you don’t need a 4wd to get to? Would prefer not to have to stay in a caravan park that’s all.
    Thanks Aaron

  • Aaron March 29, 2012, 5:45 PM

    Hi Kate,

    Sandy Cape is accessible for a 2WD, and it isn’t quite a caravan park. Other than that, there really isn’t much near Perth, as everything from Lancelin through to Jurien is banned. Going south everything I can think of within a few hours would require a four wheel drive.

    Best of luck
    Aaron

  • Kim August 21, 2012, 6:19 PM

    Hi Aaron,
    Couple of mates and I are looking to head up to Sandy Cape. I have heard that the shire has gone through and made new graded roads all the way south of the camp grounds and a lot of the old sandy tracks and camp sites you see on google maps are no longer accessable.
    Do you know if this is true? If so, have you had any reports of what the camp spots are like now? Cheers and great web site, keep up the good work!

  • Aaron August 21, 2012, 8:54 PM

    Hi Kim,

    Unfortunately I haven’t been to Sandy Cape for quite some time. Your best bet would be to call the shire – they are usually helpful. I would make sure you are camping in the designated camp sites too, or you might cop a fine from the ranger. Alternatively, drive a bit further and visit Lucky Bay – its every bit as good.

    Aaron

  • Fred September 6, 2012, 2:36 PM

    Hey mate
    Yes, the only fred you know:->
    Thinking of chasing some mulloway this weekend. Let me know if you want to join.
    Where would you recomend? I would like to stay on the beach preferably, head south and of course 4wd access. Lookiing for some nice gullies and groins where the surf breaks a bit further out.
    cheers
    f

  • Aaron September 6, 2012, 6:23 PM

    G’day mate,

    Smiths Beach is supposedly good for Mulloway, but it isn’t 4WD country! There are a few locations in between Smiths and Augusta that are accessible only by four wheel drive – maybe give that a go?

    Aaron

  • Madelaine November 28, 2012, 12:28 PM

    Hi Aaron
    I love the photo that is at the centre of the page (between the photos of the car and the camper). Can you tell me where it was taken?

    You blog/site is fantastic – thanks.

    Madelaine

  • Aaron November 28, 2012, 5:39 PM

    Hi Madelaine,

    That was taken down at Walpole, where the inlet meets the ocean (out from Coalmine Beach Caravan Park). It was taken on a cheap point and shoot camera too, with no editing!

    It is certainly a gorgeous place

    Take it easy

    Aaron

  • stephen December 29, 2012, 8:30 PM

    hi Aaron i am the proud owner of the white hilux you have a picture of on your site, just letting you know the suspension is still going strong, been up the mundaring powerline tracks a few times and on the dunes up moore river, your right 2.4 never stops going although theres alot of oil leaks that need attention lol

  • Aaron December 29, 2012, 8:47 PM

    G’day Stephen,

    That’s great mate. I loved my 2.4 – just sold it and bought a Land Cruiser. I have many great memories from it!

    Have a good one
    Aaron

  • Keith Twist April 24, 2013, 8:40 AM

    Hi, love the site. I live in Brisbane and I am looking for someone to make a PVC/Aluminium Canopy for a new BT50. Ant recommendations?

  • Aaron April 24, 2013, 10:08 PM

    Hi Keith,

    I would suggest chucking a post on the 4×4 Action forum – there will be locals in Brisbane who can help you out!

    Best of luck
    Aaron

  • Steven December 27, 2013, 2:51 PM

    Hi there,

    Im planning a trip for the weekend down south during the Jan period. Having gone through your web page Dwellingup seems to be a lovely place to visit. There is a picture on the Dwellingup page ” View from the top” where is this camping spot located? Im planning on leaving Perth on a Friday, straight to Dwellingup for a night, moving on to Honeymoon Pool for another night and Sunday back up to Perth. Any other suggestion on where to visit on the way through? I do have a 4×4, however new to 4×4 driving.

    Thanks

  • Aaron December 27, 2013, 7:06 PM

    Hi Steven,

    That shot was taken at the top of the hill where most of the downhill mountain bike tracks are. Access to the area may have been closed off; apparently a number of 4WD tracks have been closed. However, just enter into Dwellingup, and turn left whenever you can around Nanga Mills and you will be heading in the right direction. Dwellingup has some four wheel driving, but unless you actively look for it all the main tracks are reasonably good condition gravel. Both Dwellingup and Honeymoon Pool are well worth a visit, just bear in mind that it can be unpleasant camping when it is extremely hot. I’m not sure I’d go down there if the forecast was for 40 degree plus days!

    That’s a decent trip planned out, but you may find you like Dwellingup enough to stay a second night. There is heaps to do there.

    Best of luck, and have fun!
    Aaron

  • Nigel May 12, 2014, 7:22 PM

    Just emailed you with some info.
    Love your site and it relates well to our activities too.

  • Aaron Schubert May 12, 2014, 7:39 PM

    Hey Nigel,

    What email address did you use? I haven’t seen anything just yet. Thanks!

    Aaron

  • Askar Kartiwa March 4, 2015, 12:45 AM

    Dear 4WDing Australia,
    I
    am Askar kartiwa the President of Indonesia Off-Road Federation (IOF),
    is expecting you and other country’s 4X4 association willingness to meet
    at Australia Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAA) in Melbourne, Australia on
    the 16th to 18th of April 2015, in order to discuss the possibility of
    forming an ASIA PACIFIC 4WD CONFEDERATION.

    Regards,
    Askar Kartiwa.

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia March 4, 2015, 5:17 PM

    Hi Askar,

    Thanks for visiting the website. We are not part of any association; this is an information based blog for 4WDing in Australia. I’d be happy to know more about what you are trying to set up though!

    Take care

  • Askar Kartiwa March 4, 2015, 8:50 PM

    Dear Aaron, thanks for your reply. Will you please to inform me if
    there any association which related to 4WD off-road in Australia.

    Regards, Askar Kartiwa.

  • David Abitbol March 5, 2015, 11:58 AM

    Dear Aaron,

    We really admire your blog and the passion you manifest for travelling and camping.

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia March 5, 2015, 6:34 PM

    Honestly, nothing comes to mind mate. Sorry! Are you looking for clubs, or companies?

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia March 5, 2015, 6:38 PM

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the visit. I like the website; but see there are no sites in WA! I’d be happy to do an article in the future, if you can provide me with more information. How long has this been running for?

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Glenn September 12, 2015, 4:53 PM

    Hi I have a ex Telstra service vehicle – Mazda B2500 Single Cab 4×4 turbo diesel – heavily modified for around Aust travel. The only aspect of the vehicle I am not happy with is the engine torque. unfortunately it cannot be chipped. can you offer any assistance in improving engine power ? you can view this 4×4 + all its mods on my web site – outbackwanderers.com.au I would appreciate any assistance you can offer. Thanks. Glenn..

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia September 14, 2015, 4:31 PM

    Hi Glenn,

    I’ve had a bit of a look at your vehicle. Unfortunately, I’m no expert when it comes to these things. I can see you’ve changed the exhaust, and fitted an intercooler. Have you had the diesel pump looked at? Are they standard size tyres? I’d imagine you are carrying quite a bit of weight, and its not exactly aerodynamic. When do you need the torque; is it just at higher speeds?

    Beyond this, the only thing I can think of is fitting a different turbo, losing some weight and improving the aerodynamics. The engine is not hugely powerful though, and is probably just about at its limit without spending a reasonable amount of money

    Aaron

  • Tom November 25, 2015, 7:02 PM

    Looking for some info on getting my Nissan Patrol TL-i exhaust done. 5.6 ltr v8

    Do you have off the shelf exhausts or are they custom built

  • Aaron Schubert November 26, 2015, 4:05 PM

    Hey Tom,

    We don’t sell any products. There should be off the shelf options though; have you contacted Beaudesert, or other aftermarket exhaust shops? Where are you located?

    Aaron

  • Simon Baker August 7, 2016, 2:13 PM

    Hi Aaron, I have checked some of your posts regarding youcamp.com. a few weeks ago they upgraded their site but a fair few of the previous camps have dropped off. I assume it takes some time to get the property owners to re upload their details, but I am very keen to head down to Wedge Tail Eagle Retreat this weekend, would you be able to send me a link to them.. or their email address. I have googled it and its a bit depressing… links to a Hospice care in NSW
    Cheers
    Cheers

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia August 8, 2016, 6:28 PM

    Hey mate,

    Shame about that. I will have to work something out. Give her a call – her facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Wedged-Tailed-Eagle-Retreat-204725659431/, with her number on it.

    Aaron

  • pat September 19, 2016, 10:52 AM

    Hi Aaron,
    We are a small Australian company who manufacturer water bladder tanks, these allow you to store and carry drinking water.
    Our 4WD / Camping customers love our Tanks and always offer to pass on how great they are.
    As a small Australian company it’s always good to get the word out about great products especially as they are very useful to all the outdoor adventures out there, so hope you don’t mind me posting here.
    We offer free shipping Australia wide and weekly specials too, see our Website for more details http://www.packatank.com/ Thanks Pat

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia September 26, 2016, 1:57 PM

    Hey Pat,

    Thanks for popping buy. Glad to hear of your company and products; I’ve just been looking into bladders recently; might be in touch!

    Best of luck to your business

  • carmen October 27, 2016, 1:42 PM

    Hi I was wondering how i can make a booking fro steep point camping site? Do they have a number

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia October 27, 2016, 4:21 PM

    Hey Carmen,

    They do – ring 08 9948 3993

    Aaron

  • john January 22, 2017, 8:07 PM

    I am newly immigrated to Aus from Canadia and my wife and I dream of 4WD touring this incredible land. We are looking at a 1998 series 80 with 255K km. The oil is filthy black and log book says last changes were 242K and 211K. 31,000km between oil changes, even if synthetic, is a long time. is the engine stuffed?

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia January 23, 2017, 7:25 AM

    Hi John,

    Is it the petrol motor or diesel? The service interval for a petrol is 10,000km and diesel is 5,000km. Is there a chance its been serviced in between and not recorded? If it is diesel, the oil goes filthy black after about 1500km anyway, due to carbon build up. How is the rest of the car? Is it priced well?

    I wouldn’t completely rule it out, but would definitely be careful with it. Best of luck.

  • Ryan February 19, 2017, 3:58 PM

    Hi Aaron ,

    Iv been going through your website and has some great info on it …. I am planning a 2 week 4wd camping trip with some of the boys should be 3 cars all up ……we are looking to go next month driving from Perth straight to Esperance and following the coast line right back up to Perth .

    I noticed you stayed in a lot of camp sites can you simply not just camp on the beaches or is this not allowed .?

    Also what kind of recommendations would you have for places to see in that time frame think we have 11 days to be exact.? rough plan is to hit Esperance and surrounding beaches straight up followed by Brema Bay , Albany , Denmark , Busso/ Marg River / Perth

    Any information or suggestions would be much appreciated .

    Cheers

    Ryan

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia February 19, 2017, 4:39 PM

    Hey Ryan,

    Israelite Bay you can pretty much camp wherever you want. The rest though, are all designated national parks or caravan parks (duke of orleans). I guess you could camp on the beaches east of Esperance, but not sure if you’d get in trouble for it; maybe ring the Esperance ranger? I wouldn’t do it west of Esperance unless you had confirmation it was ok to do so.

    Are you doing anything east of Esperance, or heading straight back to Perth?

    We did 3 nights Israelite Bay, 3 at Thomas River, 3 at Duke of Orleans, 2 at Stokes National Park, 2 at Bremer Bay, 2 at Waychinicup and 4 at Parry Beach.

    In general, the closer you get to Perth the busier and more touristy it gets, so maximise your time on the southern coast. Bremer Bay, the Fitzgerald National Park, Walpole, Albany and both sides of Esperance are epic.

    Enjoy mate
    Aaron

  • Debbie Nelson April 2, 2017, 7:10 PM

    Hi Aaron, was just wondering how or who I can find out info on the condition of the Holland Track for Easter in 2 weeks time.

  • Aaron at 4WDing Australia April 2, 2017, 11:08 PM

    Hey Debbie,

    The Land Cruiser Club of WA manages the maintenance of the Holland Track with Track care and the DPAW. You could contact them – http://tlccwa.org.au/home/adopted-tracks/holland-track/

    Otherwise, have a search on Facebook – there were a few posts early on in March, but there’s been some rain since then. I’m sure if you ask on one of the pages someone will have done it recently. Come back if you can’t get any information and I’ll poke around

    Aaron

  • Greig Torley February 19, 2018, 4:14 PM

    Hi,
    Ive just bought a Discovery Spoert HSE 180, looking at taking it to Preston Beach South of Mandurah WA. Looking for some advice (tyre pressure etc) going on the beach or am I crazy to take a Discovery Sport on the beach?

  • Aaron Schubert February 19, 2018, 10:35 PM

    Hey Greig,

    The beaches vary a lot from week to week; if its in good condition (which it should be), I reckon you would have a fair crack at it. Having big rims makes it pretty hard to deflate properly, but I’d go down to 20 – 25 and see how you go. Go with someone else if possible, and make sure you have rated recovery points. Other than that, Maxtrax or Treds work very well.

    Aaron

  • Alan Michaud February 21, 2018, 9:36 AM

    Sixteen years ago I made landfall in a small port called Townsville, Australia on a five day liberty and I have been infatuated with the place ever since. I have always wanted to return to the continent and put my Yankee 4×4 skills to the test in the rusted dirt of the Outback. Having grown up in the woods of very northern Maine I came up with a natural skill to overland years before I moved to the American southwest. My father was a forester who spent weeks at a time at work in the woods. Unlike many American off roaders, my brother and I learned at a young age things like two spare tires is actually one, and one spare tire is truly none. We learned to drive a “standard transmission” truck on dirt long before we could legally drive on the street. Mostly we learned that it could be a day or two until the next log truck comes by so “for Christ sake stay out of the loose gravel on the side of the road!”

    I have a dream and not in the vanity that T.E. Lawrence speaks of. My vision is of a global 4×4 event connected via the internet, HF HAM radio, and a love of overland trekking. For those with the open eyes of dangerous men contact me for more inspiration.

    [email protected]

  • Aaron Schubert February 21, 2018, 10:58 AM

    Hey Alan,

    Nice to meet you. Sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun! A global 4WD event would be amazing

    Aaron

  • JACKO March 7, 2018, 9:24 AM

    LOOKING FOR GEARBOX FOR 1995 HOLDEN RODEO 4WD DIESEL WITH 2.8L DONK THINK SAME BOX UPTO 2005

  • Aaron Schubert March 7, 2018, 4:26 PM

    Hi Jacko,

    We don’t sell anything here mate. Best of luck

    Aaron

  • Jason Cooper March 12, 2018, 5:24 PM

    Hi I am looking for a 3″ dump pipe for my 80 hdt and notice that you do mone.
    Can you send more pics of the one you produce and price inc shipping to UK.
    Thanks

  • Aaron Schubert March 12, 2018, 10:52 PM

    Hi Jason,

    We don’t sell anything mate. Try some of the Australian 4WD groups on Facebook

    Aaron

  • Bernie August 5, 2018, 7:22 AM

    I have a 1996 GQ 4.2 diesel that was very saggy when bought 2nd hand in 2000, so I had a more capable suspension fitted with all the necessary parts extended, even a longer drive shaft. In the end this raised the vehicle 5″ and I also fitted 33″ tyres to it. The vehicle sits perfectly on the road and is quite capable off road. All this work was done in late 2000 by an engineer, and I believed it to be legal on the road at the time.
    When did the regulations come into effect in Qld, and if it was after my mods were done do I need to have the vehicle inspected or reassessed? It has been through Roadworthy since the mods and passed so does this make it legal?
    Thanks

  • Aaron Schubert August 5, 2018, 3:01 PM

    Hi Bernie,

    Unless you got an engineer certificate with the suspension, your vehicle won’t be legal. If you did get a certificate, make sure it covers not only the big suspension lift, but the larger tyres too.

    I can’t see how it would pass a roadworthy without an engineers certificate.

    Without an engineers certificate (or some paperwork from the people who did the install) you’d have to get it re-engineered, and to be honest I think its probably too tall to touch.

    Aaron

  • ricky August 13, 2018, 10:56 AM

    Hi need some help. I called around many places but no one can help. I need a sort of undercover protection or at least protecting the auto trans and main oil sumps for my Hyundai Getz. I do so frequent offroad driving and just want that extra protection. I am not doing 4X4 off road driving just the seldom dust road driving. The car is very economical and comfortable to drive I just want that that extra peace of mind when not driving on the tar roads. I am in the Melbourne area but open to suggestions nation wide.
    Thanks

  • Aaron Schubert August 13, 2018, 3:29 PM

    Hi Ricky,

    You’ll have to get something custom made mate. Any fabrication/sheet metal shop would be able to help you out

    Aaron

  • Bruce November 17, 2018, 2:17 PM

    Hello
    I recently bought a D-MAX and am looking at Toyo Open Country AT2 tyres but in 245/75R16’s. 1.. are you still happy with the Toyo’s and 2..the bigger size you got or wish you had bought a smaller size?

    Also any reason you didn’t consider the BushSkinz Aluminium underbody protection? I know they are dearer than the the steel ones but at 15kg, considerable lighter.

    Thankyou. Bruce

  • Aaron Schubert November 17, 2018, 6:26 PM

    Hey Bruce,

    Happy with the tyres overall, but they did wear quite a lot over our trip up north. I prefer the bigger size as it gives a fair bit more clearance, but it does come at a cost of more fuel consumption and less power, and I feel the vehicle works harder towing too.

    When I got the bushskinz bash plates they didn’t have an ally option. I would have considered it for sure. Just remember if you do get hung up on aluminium it will stick to the rocks, or gall much more than steel would. I’d probably still go ally though

    Aaron

  • Joerg and Marlis December 22, 2018, 6:59 PM

    Hello together

    My wife and I want to travel West-Australia, beginning in Perth. We bought a Car wich came from Sydney (didnt knew while buying) and now we have to do the car inspection. We allready tryed to pass it; but the xrox bull bar is now too high, cause the car is liftet (Toyota Landcruiser Prado 1999). They say there are too sharp edges under it and also the tyres aren’t covered enough. Does someone has expirience how to fix? I thinked to pull some foam over the sharp edges and mount mud flaps in front of the wheels. May this be enough? We will be in Perth from Dezember 25th and the next inspection is at January 7th.
    Thanks a lot for answer!! Joerg and Marlis

  • Aaron Schubert December 22, 2018, 8:15 PM

    Hey Joerg and Marlis,

    Any distributor who sells the Xrox bars should be able to supply you with little in fill panels that can be bolted on. The reason it isn’t legal is because too much of the tyre is exposed at the front.

    Best of luck
    Aaron

  • Leon February 6, 2019, 5:15 PM

    Hi reading your article on catch can also looking at fuel water filters what do you think of water watch 2018 ranger 3000 kms round Australia trip thanks Leon

  • Aaron Schubert February 6, 2019, 5:21 PM

    Hi Leon,

    Anything that stops water and detects it is a good thing. I would ring Western Filters or Mann and Hummel and have a chat about your specific requirements.

    Best of luck
    Aaron

  • Peter Christensen February 14, 2019, 1:35 AM

    Hi Aaron,

    I saw you mentioned the distance from Karinjini to Millstream (250km) but how long approximately is the drive time? I understand road conditions, weather, traffic all play a part but we are trying to determine how much we can fit in that day and how much is just driving. I tried to leave this comment on that page but don’t think it went through, sorry if it doubles up.

    Thanks,
    Peter

  • Aaron Schubert February 14, 2019, 4:30 PM

    Hey Peter,

    We left Karijini, and went to Tom Price, did Mount Nameless 4WD track, then Millstream for lunch and arrived at Cleaverville (near Karratha) in the late afternoon. I can’t give you much more than that, as it will vary a lot depending on what you’ve mentioned. We took the mine road (do the online test)

    Safe travels mate
    Aaron

  • Jeff February 19, 2019, 5:06 PM

    Thanks for all the info you’ve posted! Its been a big help as I am planning a month long trip with my gf in June-July coming from the States. We are big on beaches and forests and plan to spend 2 nights in the Margaret River and Pemberton areas (1 night each) before making the grand journey north to Darwin. We really would like to get off the beaten path but not get in trouble with our rental company which we are getting a 4WD Toyota Hilux from. Any tracks you can recommend that shouldn’t give us issues? Hopefully you can post this for any other adventurous tourists to refer to!

  • Aaron Schubert February 19, 2019, 6:38 PM

    Hi Jeff,

    I’d be finding out where you are allowed to go, as a first step. There’s lots of places you can explore that are not too far off the beaten track but that have a lot less tourists. Look at places like Warroora station, Francois Peron National Park, Karijini, Cleaverville, Yardie Creek, Exmouth Gulf at Wapet Creek, Barn hill. You should be able to do the Gibb River Road (after May – when it opens), Litchfield and Kakadu.

    Set your own pace, but often its better to see more of less, than a little of lots.

    Have a great trip
    Aaron

  • Leo Banzon November 19, 2019, 6:00 AM

    I need a dif lo5vk for my nissan Navara 2wd? Is this possible?

  • Aaron Schubert November 19, 2019, 6:31 PM

    Hey Leo,

    Possibly, depends on the diff it runs. I would start with contacting the likes of Terrain tamer

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Dave December 2, 2019, 7:52 PM

    Gday Aaron
    Have you reviewed or use any 4wd map apps? Am after one for the iPhone or iPad so interested in any feedback before committing $. I live in WA and go on all the types of tracks you have on the site.
    Cheers
    Dave

  • Aaron Schubert December 2, 2019, 8:38 PM

    Hey Dave,

    We use a mix of Hema Explorer, Google Maps (satellite), Wiki Camps and Ozi Explorer. Honestly, I’ve not found anything amazing yet, but by the same token never really needed anything that great either

    All the best mate
    Aaron

  • TJ January 6, 2020, 11:30 AM

    Hey Aaron, excellent website really helpful and informative. I was trying to find a link to your 80 series and everything you have done to it but I cant seem to find one? Do you have all your 80 series mods and specs

  • Yiota Rigas February 11, 2020, 2:10 PM

    Hi there, we are planning to do the Canning Stock Route and want to know if any access to purchase fuel between Wiluna and Billiluna. We are being told different things & thought you might know the right answers. Many thanks in advance.

  • Aaron Schubert February 11, 2020, 7:30 PM

    Hey Yiota,

    You can get it from Kunawariji & Cotton Creek if you want to deviate

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Renee March 19, 2020, 8:59 PM

    Hi, Thanks for a really informative and helpful site! We’re currently trying to reduce and streamline our camping equipment. I noticed in one of your blogs somewhere you had a picture of some nesting square pots/pans. What brand? Where from? Do you find their volumes big enough for a family with growing kids? (Our kids are currently still all in primary school). Any other general pros/cons? Thanks.

  • Aaron Schubert March 20, 2020, 3:47 PM

    Hi Renee,

    It could have been the Smartspace pots, or maybe the Tefal Ingenio. I would start with the burner maximum recommendations; we went with the Smartspace ones as the square size fitted better on the burners.

    We haven’t used ours for long enough to give an accurate review, but it seems pretty good so far. They hold more than enough for a family

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Bailey March 28, 2020, 11:21 PM

    Hi Aaron,

    First of all, love your website and your posts. Keep it up!

    I’m 20 years old (single), keen to do more 4WDing. I don’t have a 4WD and would like to seek your opinion on what I should buy and what to look out for.

    I have a daily driver as it takes me 40minutes to work. So I don’t know whether I sell my car and but a 4wd and use it for everything or keep my other car and buy a cheaper 4wd (say around 15k) to go bush bashing and beach driving.

    Honestly don’t really have a budget. Max is 30k but I’d like to see what you think is reasonable.

    I’ve looked everywhere at reviews etc and I think I’m down to a few options.

    LandCruiser Prado, LandCruiser, Isuzu Dmax or Holden RC.

    Be sick to see your opinion on what I should get (brand, year model, kilometres and the price for that).

    Should I buy a 4WD that hasn’t gone off-road and throw more money at it? Which I’d be keen to building process.

    Lastly, I love the ideas of rooftop tents but soon as I saw your post on ozents it’s got me curious haha.

    I like the prados for comfort but don’t know how practical they are. (Door swing).

    Kind regards
    Bailey

  • Aaron Schubert March 29, 2020, 10:33 AM

    Hey Bailey,

    Welcome to the world of 4WDing! It’s pretty hard to know what you want when you first start off, but try and match the vehicle to your requirements as best as possible.

    Sometimes its good to start with a cheaper vehicle to see what you enjoy and like/dislike about it, but don’t sink too much money into it that you lose a lot at the end of ownership.

    If you aren’t intending to do any real serious 4WDing, there are heaps of options – Pajero’s, Prado’s, Pathfinders, Challengers, Dmax, Rodeo’s, Hilux’s etc. I would avoid anything with too many kilometres unless you just plan on keeping it for a year or two, and the more modern the better economy it will get (in general).

    It’s pretty easy to work out whether its worth having a second vehicle or not. We wrote a post about owning a second car and the finances behind it recently.

    Nothing wrong with a rooftop or an Oztent; they both have their pro’s and con’s. Neither are perfect.

    A rear swinging door isn’t the end of the world; you can have a little table that folds down from them pretty easily, although I do prefer a tailgate arrangement.

    All the best in your hunt for the new toy

    Aaron

  • Bailey March 29, 2020, 1:51 PM

    Thanks for the reply Aaron.

    I shall check out that post.

    Last question.

    If you were in my shoes as a 20 year old. Keen to drive in national parks and beaches. What car would you buy if you had 30k to spend but don’t have to use it all.

    Like what model, kilometres and price?

    Cheers mate

  • Allen April 22, 2020, 7:14 AM

    Re the max Tyre size article in particular the Dmax quoted. I am having disagreement with a Tyre store in Qld saying 265 75 16 is illegal in Qld for dmax.
    Is your info based on a particular state regulations?

  • Aaron Schubert April 22, 2020, 3:14 PM

    Hey Allen,

    VSB 14 states that you can go 50mm bigger than any tyre size in the range. So long as there are no structural, brake, suspension or driveline changes between the models there is no reason why you can’t go 50mm bigger than any of the models in the same year range as your Dmax.

    I sent an email to the department of transport here in WA and spoke to a couple of engineers and they all agreed. If QLD uses VSB 14 then you should be fine, but I would ignore the tyre shop, and speak to the transport authority. While the tyre shop is probably trying to do the right thing in my experience not many of them actually know what they are talking about when it comes to running the right pressures, legalities and so forth.

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Keith Seymour May 25, 2020, 10:41 AM

    Hi Guys
    Was just wondering are campfires allowed at the old Pumpfreys bridge campsite as it can get quite cold this time of year.

  • Aaron Schubert May 25, 2020, 4:32 PM

    Hey Keith,

    Yep, in season (so long as the shire allows it) you can have camp fires. It does get pretty cold there!

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Anon June 28, 2020, 3:48 AM

    Whoever is revving vehicles ALL NIGHT LONG FRI SAT SUN NIGHTS ON THE TELEPHONE LANE MUDPIT STOP!!! you are keeping residents awake ALL NIGHT THIS IS NOT COOL!! Police have been informed!!! and will be called every single night until you stop!!!

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2020, 7:10 PM

    Hey Anon,

    I think you’ll find people are revving their engine due to being stuck, and trying to get out. Given the proximity to houses people ought to have more respect, but in reality its no different to driving loudly around the streets.

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Pete Crawford July 28, 2020, 12:14 PM

    G’day Aaron
    I have been reading through your build up D-max – I’m thinking of upgrading also on my D-max to 265/75/16 tyres and noticed you had fitted alloy rims for a weight saving. Could you please advise the weight saving per 16″ D-max rim alloy vs steel.
    I can only presume it is sufficient to warrant changing and clearly the offset (+33) is not a problem with these tyres and rims.
    Thanks
    Pete

  • Aaron Schubert July 28, 2020, 4:50 PM

    Hey Pete,

    I went with the alloy ones as I preferred the look, the weight savings and I could get them for very cheap. The standard offset is +33, so I stuck with that. From memory going up tyre size and swapping to the aluminium rim was about 3kg more weight. It would have been quite a bit more if I’d stuck with the steel ones.

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Allan Whitbourne July 29, 2020, 4:44 PM

    Hello again Aaron,
    I am following on from your reply dated 22 July 2020, to my comment on your “Towing Capacity, a simple guide to keep you legal” subject. My Prado, fully loaded for towing has
    GVM = 2620kg unhitched (manuf. GVM = 2990kg) and my Caravan, fully loaded has
    ATM = 2670kg (includes tow ball- 230kg) unhitched (max. towing capacity = 2500kg).
    When considering the fully laden GCM weights: Prado (2620kg) + Caravan (2440kg) = Total 5060kg, compared to the manufacturer weights Prado (2990kg) + Caravan (max. towing capacity – 2500kg) Total = 5490kg.
    Considering the above, caravan ATM weight is over the limit and is illegal, so if I transfer 170kg from the caravan to the Prado, is this then become legal???
    Prado will then have GVM = 2790kg (under the manuf. GVM of 2990kg) and the Caravan then will have 2500kg which is the ATM weight towing capacity limit of 2500kg.
    Look forward to your response, thank you.
    Allan

  • Aaron Schubert July 29, 2020, 6:03 PM

    Hi Allan,

    Your reply is very confusing by the way you’ve written it. Your GVM, GCM and ATM are set figures. They do not change, and your actual weights are not referred to as them. It’s just a case of whether you are under them, or over.

    If I am correct, you are saying the following:
    Prado weighs 2620kg plus the tow ball weight of 230kg. Toyota specify the GVM of 2990kg?
    Caravan weighs 2670kg including the tow ball weight of 230kg?
    Maximum towing capacity of the Prado is 2500kg?
    What is your GCM? This is set by the manufacturer and has nothing to do with your vehicle weight or towing capacity.
    What is the ATM on your trailer? This is on the name plate, and is the maximum your van can weigh. Again, its not relevant to your towing capacity or anything else.
    What is the maximum tow ball weight on your vehicle? This will be on your tow bar, and also in your owners manual.

    Once I understand this, I can give you more information.

    I would suggest you have a visit to your local Pedders suspension, with your van and car loaded up, and they can weigh it all, and explain it to you

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Allan Whitbourne July 30, 2020, 10:28 AM

    Thank you Aaron.
    Following on from my email yesterday, sorry to be confusing but as you can see I’m having difficulty understanding these weights when considering the legal requirements.
    The manufacturer (set) figures for both my Prado and Caravan are as follows:-
    Prado: GVM = 2990kg, Towing capacity = 2500kg, Tow ball download = 250kg
    Caravan: ATM = 2900kg, Tare = 2055kg, Max ball loading = 350kg, Load carrying cap. = 845kg
    GCM – (Prado) 2990kg + (Caravan) 2900kg = Total 5890kg.
    The actual weighbridge weights when fully loaded, are as follows:-
    Prado = 2620kg (unhitched)
    Caravan = 2440kg (unhitched)
    Tow ball download (caravan) = 230kg (unhitched)
    Hopefully this is what you require to determine my legal status, however I will follow up with a local Pedders suspension dealer as soon as possible.
    Cheers
    Allan

  • Aaron Schubert July 30, 2020, 4:48 PM

    Hey Allan,

    It can be quite confusing to understand.

    You’ve given me some good information, but your GCM is still not correct. You will need to get this from your owners manual, or from Toyota. It’s not the total weight of your GVM and Caravan ATM. It’s a set figure from Toyota, which will be something around the 5 – 6 tonne mark. You should also be able to get it from redbook, as detailed here – https://www.4wdingaustralia.com/4×4/a-simple-towing-guide-for-keeping-your-4wd-and-trailer-weight-compliant/

    Your GVM is just legal in the current state. Your total weight is 2620kg plus the tow ball weight of 230, taking it to 2850 (50kg under the GVM)
    Your ball loading is fine, as its under the 250kg maximum. Be wary of this as it will change if you load the van up differently (more weight further forward, or by removing weight from the rear)
    Your Caravan can weigh a maximum of 2500kg, including the tow ball weight. If its 2440kg, you have 60kg to spare.
    You will also have axle weights to comply with, so the rear of the vehicle is not dramatically heavier than the front. Again, these figures will come from Toyota, and a weigh bridge will tell you if you are OK in this area.

    The next thing is your GCM, which you’ll have to find the figure of. If it is above 2620kg + 2440kg (5060kg) then you are also good to go.

    Hopefully that’s clear enough
    Aaron

  • Allan Whitbourne July 31, 2020, 3:33 PM

    Thanks Aaron,
    However, now I am confused even more. Why is the tow ball weight added to get the GVM of the vehicle and also added to the caravan maximum weight (ATM)???
    The tow ball weight is in the calculation twice, added to the vehicle and the caravan!!!

  • Aaron Schubert July 31, 2020, 3:39 PM

    Hi Allan,

    The tow ball weight is considered as part of your vehicle weight. GVM is looking at the total weight of your vehicle. The Caravan transfers the tow ball weight onto your vehicle, and therefore it is considered as part of your vehicles weight, and must be under the manufacturers GVM.

    Tow ball weight is also considered as part of your ATM. The ATM is simply the total weight of your van. It has nothing to do with the tow vehicle at all.

    When you look at GCM, you ignore the tow ball weight – it is simply the weight of your car, and the weight of your van (which includes the tow ball weight) together. In this way, you are only adding it once.

    All the best
    Aaron

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