SA4x4 November 2018

SA4x4 magazine is written for anyone who loves to travel to wild places in their 4x4s. Covering beautiful routes in southern Africa and beyond, this title also deals with gear selection, vehicle reviews, and trail driving. This magazine contains everything you need to know about self-contained, vehicular travel in wilderness areas.

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12 Números

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3 min.
ed’s letter

Social media is a powerful tool. We keep getting told this, but when you see it in action you have to sit up and take notice. We like to shoot a few impromptu video clips on our travels and when attending launches, to share the good stuff that happens on these trips. So, on our recent venture to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to drive the Nossob Eco Trail, we shot a short video with Mike Voss, managing director of RSI (Rock Solid Industries) while he talked journalist Andrew Middleton through the kit on his Hilux Revo. In this four-minute clip, he demonstrated a bunch of the innovative (and rather stylish) equipment his company has designed and just put into production – from the latest SmartCanopy EVO range with its glass-covered gullwing doors,…

11 min.

THE RIGHT STUFF I have never given much thought to aftermarket suspension upgrades. In fact, my attitude has always been that if there was a need for a suspension upgrade, the manufacturer would have fitted one. All this changed last month. I was driving my fairly heavily loaded Prado 95 short-wheelbase along a deep sandy track on the way to my farm near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Prado is a so-called “grey” import from Japan. The previous owner had fitted a JAOS Steel fuel-tank guard. Unfortunately, this had a sharp open end on the forward side which became hooked under a strong mogonono tree root, and was ripped right off from underneath the vehicle Upon investigation, I discovered that when they were fitting the JAOS, they had removed the original…

1 min.
overlander’s code

In response to a growing number of complaints about how we conduct ourselves in the wilderness, we decided to draw up and promote a code of conduct for overlanders. We’d like to include your input, comments and debate, so please send your suggestions to FIREWOOD In Take your firewood in with you; don’t chop down trees or gather dead wood within parks or wilderness areas. KEEP QUIET We go to the bush to appreciate the sights and sounds of the bush. No music, and nothing louder than a spoken conversation. RESPECT LOCALS – LAWS AND PEOPLE Obey the rules of the place you’re travelling through. Respect locals and their traditions; if they don’t like having their photos taken, don’t take photos. SUPPORT LOCAL TRADE Your spending money at the local shops and lodges…

2 min.
answer & win a 120w flexible solar panel kit from tbv solar

TBV Solar makes a range of lightweight and flexible monocrystalline panel solar kits ideal for remote camping. The panels are encased in a hardy 600D camouflage fabric which folds flat for convenient carrying and storage. These highly efficient “plug and play” kits range in output from 120W (three panels) to 250W (six panels) and have a built-in MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) module to optimise transfer of sunlight into energy. Included is a USB charging point for small electronic devices. The panels are hardy. They are designed to withstand the standard test of a 227g steel ball dropped from 1 metre. Kits are supplied with a 10-metre cable so the panels can be set up in the sun while the vehicle stays in the shade. Brad Harrison plugs and crocodile clips are…

4 min.
the wild guide

“The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky…” LOUIS DANIEL ARMSTRONG Last month, we looked at how bright colours are used by some animals as a defence mechanism. This month, as summer moves into full swing, and with the colours of the rainbow around us “so pretty in the sky,” I would like to explore colour from a ‘bird’s eye’ perspective. We are all familiar with the jewelled hues of many of our bird species, from the iridescent shimmer of Sunbirds to the vibrant reds and greens of Turacos. Yet how do they get there, and why? It is only recently that scientists have begun to decode the complex meaning and purpose of the myriad shades displayed in the avian realm. Colour is a great way of signalling, and in bird…

2 min.
using the jack

Because many modified 4x4s have extremely high clearance, their standard jacks are rendered useless, and this is where the high-lift jack becomes essential equipment. On the other hand, most standard 4x4s are not equipped with reinforced bumpers or rock sliders with integrated jacking points, which means that you cannot use a high-lift jack on them without causing damage to their bodywork. Assuming that your vehicle does have reinforced jacking points, this is the standard procedure: • Put on a pair of gloves, and place the jack on a base plate if the ground is soft. Chock and block the wheels of the vehicle. • Before jacking, make sure that the mechanism (including the Pitman arm bolts, shear pins and springs, and I-beam holes) is lubricated, and free from rust and dirt. Without a…