SA4x4 May 2017

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.

South Africa
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12 Números

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2 min.
ed’s letter

Life is short. Everyone says it, so it must be true. The message is not to waste it. You know, the kids get older and you can finally do that trans-Africa trip, or you need to plan one before the kids arrive on the scene. Whatever the timing, you will have that mythical bucket list in mind, and nobody else can tick it off for you. One other fact of life seems to be that we can’t change everything. Alone, we are not going to revive the economy, or alter the decisions of politicians in the seat of power. But we can plan to travel, to experience the world’s richness. That could mean a faraway destination, or an unexplored wilderness an hour’s drive away. What better way is there to cast off…

20 min.

BETRAYAL BY LAND ROVER I have a dear friend with whom I have driven many, many gravel roads and twee spoor in Africa. From the very beginning, he drove a Land Rover. He has always driven a Land Rover. Brand loyal to a fault, his very identity was somehow inexorably woven into that of the hardy and sometimes temperamental vehicle he drove to exotic destinations People often talk about “old so-and-so… you know, man, the guy with the Land Rover”! I remember his old Series III with the V8 motor that was once driven to the Ngorongoro Crater, Maasai Mara and the Serengeti, back in 1991 – with a young wife and ten-month-old baby son. Those trips were as much about getting the Landy to its destination and back, as it was…

2 min.
column disco tales

LOVE, HATE & FRUSTRATION When people say that Land Rovers are tinkerer’s trucks, it’s true; and one needs to realise that any 20-year-old vehicle will have its foibles. As frustrated as this truck has made me at times, I’ve come to realise it’s not a get-in-and-go Yaris. It’s not a first car for your sweet daughter, and it’s certainly not faultless; but ‘Troll’ is my first 4x4 and, as much as it makes me smile, it’s also led me to a new dialect. In fact, words I’ve never heard anyone say before have come spitting out my face in frustration at the old girl – how rude of me. In a way, that makes me a linguistic pioneer, and also a useless mechanic. Now, before I get hate mail and death threats,…

4 min.
the ride stuff

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the launch of Nissan’s replacement for the Navara, which also takes over where the Hardbody left off. The main hype is that it now features rear coil springs, just like many SUVs before it - including the Range Rover from the early Eighties, the Defender, and some awkward segment-mates like the Ssang Yyong Musso pick-up. So, it’s not game-changing in the strictest sense, but it is a huge nod to the multiple roles that double-cab pickups must perform: active lifestyle duties taking various toys off the tar, ferrying heavy goods and garden refuse, and a host of in-town commuting tasks where the driver expects a cosseting, car-like ride and a bunch of car-like amenities. The new Navara is perfectly pitched to this market. Apart…

1 min.
tonka hilux

They say that men never grow up, their toys just get bigger. Case in point: the Tonka Hilux. Built to celebrate seven decades of Tonka Toys, the Aussies have kitted Toyota’s latest Hilux Revo double cab with 35-inch tyres, a 150mm lift, bullbar, composite tailgate, storage boxes, high-lift jack, shovel, a fire extinguisher and alloy bash plates. Adding even more clearance, a set of portal axles makes conquering the biggest sandpit or rock garden a breeze. Under the hood, things remain standard with the stock 2.8-litre mill pushing 130kW and 450Nm.…

2 min.

HUMVEE SPEC Mile Marker winch range Local company Aftermarket Sales (AMS) has been appointed as sole importers/distributors of the US-made Mile Marker winch range. The hydraulic range, which is specified by the US military for its Humvee and other tactical vehicles used around the world, uses the OEM power steering pump as its power source. This avoids any potential for battery drain. These units have to perform for years without service or adjustment under all conditions, and withstand any type of abuse. The built-in governor on the hydraulic units ensures it is impossible to overload the power steering pump. The Mile Marker electric winch range offers great value, superb performance for pound, and long life as these units are sealed to IP68 spec. Get more technical data from the website, and refer…