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April 2020

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.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
ed’s letter

So there I was thinking Coronavirus had something to do with Toyota, and the way the Corona mutated into the Corolla which has to date sold 44 million units. Placed end-to-end, they would go around the world five times. Like a virus. And then there were grumblings about the effect some Mexican beer brands have on your health. But I really smelt a rat when the gossip channels on social media mentioned that John Travolta had been feeling a bit miff and suspected the Coronavirus but, when he visited his doctor, he was assured it was only a bout of Saturday Night Fever. Ja boet, it’s coming for you, one way or another. All those medical types are trying to cover up, saying the common cold is more deadly. If that’s…

6 min.
forum

RUBBER MEETS THE RULER While the subject ‘which 4x4 is the best’ is likely to stimulate lively debate, the arguments around the best tyres to fit your 4x4 comes a close second. The recent articles, correspondence, and updates in SA4x4 regarding the comparative tyre tests that you conducted is evidence of this. I would like to contribute to this further by adding a rather simplistic analysis of the debate. What I have done is compile a correlation table based on the data provided by SA4x4. The purpose of this is to determine if certain specifications or criteria have a strong relationship, either positive or negative, to other criteria provided in the data. • In my correlation table, as an example, there appears to be a significant negative relationship (Point #1) between layers of Nylon…

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 editor@sa4x4.co.za. FIREWOOD 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 will make them…

6 min.
part 7: jacks

Mention the word jack and what usually comes to mind, in the 4x4 context, is the hydraulic bottle jack or scissor jack that your vehicle is supplied with from the factory. However, when it comes to vehicle recoveries, the standard jack is very limited. If your vehicle is fitted with a lifted aftermarket suspension, that standard jack will simply not be able to lift the wheel off the ground if you have a puncture or some other wheel/tyre issue. It does not have enough travel. Quite frankly, even with standard tyres and suspension, a typical OE bottle jack is short on travel – just look at the images on this page using the OE jack to change the wheel of a (stock standard) 200 Series Land Cruiser. You will typically need…

1 min.
arb jack features

• Uses hydraulic technology – powerful and low-effort • Made from hardy aircraft grade 6061 T6 aluminium • An adjustable foot can be rotated 360 degrees • Smoothly jacks the vehicle up in 1.5cm increments with each downward manoeuvre • Easy-to-access red lowering lever lowers the vehicle swiftly and safely • Minimum lifting height: 15cm • Maximum lifting height: 122cm • Maximum capacity: Approximately 2 tons • Compressed height: 89cm • Extended height: 143cm • When under load, an internal blow-off valve provides overload protection…

5 min.
first things first

The subject of off-road driving skills has been the basis of numerous books and endless debates the world over. Everyone has an opinion – some more valid than others. I don’t believe it’s possible to train off-road driving skills from the pages of a magazine alone. As with any practical skill, only experience creates ‘unconscious competence’. For this reason, a hands-on training course through a professional service provider is a highly recommended foundation for the extended journey of becoming a competent off-road driver. That said, it is possible to learn and apply certain basic theoretical concepts which, when combined with experience, will assist in improving your skill. Great off-road ability is a combination of a variety of learned proficiencies. The first is to understand your vehicle, and the various technological systems…