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4x4 Magazine Australia March 2021

4x4 Australia takes you to Australia’s most exciting and remote destinations , and we show you how to get there! We test the latest and greatest new and modified vehicles, as well as new camping and outdoor adventure equipment. We introduce you to loads of interesting people, show you heaps of awesome holiday trips and destinations, and we put you in the driver’s seat to tackle the country’s toughest off-road challenges. It’s a whole lot of dirty fun every month!

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
built-for-purpose customs

IT NEVER ceases to amaze the lengths and expenses people will go to, to modify their vehicles to suit their own needs and style. Be it 4x4s, street machines or hot rods, the imagination, talent and skill of owners and the craftsmen who make the products and carry out the work impresses me no end. Sometimes these builds are style over function, creating a vehicle with a ‘look’ that reflects the owner’s style and taste; but more often with 4x4s the vehicle is built for a purpose, to do a job the factory offering just won’t satisfy. In this issue we have a couple of built-for-purpose custom 4x4s on show, plus a bit of history on some of Australia’s original custom 4x4s. The stripped-back and barred-up ‘Shorty’ LandCruisers of the Australian bush were…

3 min
here’s your chance to own a v8 land rover

Land Rover Classic Works has announced it is producing 25 V8 Defender Classics this year, as it wants lucky punters to compete in the Land Rover Trophy, at the equally iconic Eastnor Castle; the venue which many call the spiritual home of Land Rover. If you have ever dreamed about entering the historic Camel Trophy event that ran through the 1980s, in a V8-powered Defender, this is the story for you. These exciting vehicles will be based on re-engineered Defender Works V8 models, powered by a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission sourced from contemporary Range Rovers. The engine is claimed to put out a healthy 298kW and 515Nm, so these are certainly a very long way ahead of the tractor-like diesels found in the old Defender. Interiors have been…

1 min
wicked ranger voted custom 4x4 of 2020

A GOLIATH of a Ford Ranger has won the 2020 Custom 4x4 of the Year award. Beating 11 worthy combatants to the coveted crown, the winning SAS’d Ranger boasts plenty of meticulous modifications including a chassis stretch and revised suspension. It’s not really surprising then that voters lapped up the Ranger and threw the most votes its way. The brainchild of owners Claire and Sean, the Ranger build is decked in quality kit including a colour-coded Rocker bar from MCC4X4, ARB LED lighting, two Warn Zeon winches, a Rhino-Rack, a five-inch snorkel and airbox from Meredith Metal Works, a Plazmaman intercooler, and a three-inch DPF back stainless-steel exhaust. Two LandCruisers occupied the remaining spots on the 2020 Custom 4X4OTY podium, with Scott Round’s epic Troopy getting the second-most number of votes, followed by…

2 min
2021 f-150 raptor revealed but no v8 - yet!

FORD USA has released details of its third-generation Raptor F-150 and you’d be forgiven for thinking it doesn’t look all that different to the outgoing model, but this is an all-new generation of the iconic pickup truck. While the much-rumoured supercharged V8 engine wasn’t mentioned, it’s probably arriving in 2022 with the now confirmed F-150 Raptor R which is set to take on the 700hp Ram TRX. The F-Truck’s rear suspension has been re-engineered with a five-link setup that includes extra-long trailing arms, a panhard rod and 24-inch coil-overs replacing the leaf springs of the previous generation. The new setup allows Ford to fit optional 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyres beneath the wheel arches, although 35s are standard. With the larger rubber installed, the Raptor claims 333mm of running clearance,…

3 min
travel bulletin

AS state borders continue to open and close, events that were postponed or in doubt are coming back online, so it’s time to get out and about to enjoy this great land and support the communities. The situation is still fluid and things are changing all the time, so please check with event organisers before locking in your plans. EXPERIENCE KARIJINI Visitors to WA’s Karijini National Park have the opportunity to discover the region in new ways, over five days of the April school holidays (April 6 to 10, 2021) Through a range of workshops, performances, tours and social events, the Karijini Experience is sure to inspire travellers of all ages. Enjoy an opera, savour dining experiences and take part in family-friendly art, music and astronomy events. For more, seewww.karijiniexperience.com MCAV GET TOGETHER As mentioned a…

3 min
flicking the switch

YOU may not have noticed but the Federal Government, yes, that’s ScoMo’s lot in Canberra, has recently released its Future Fuels Strategy: Discussion Paper, which sets out the government’s thinking on electric vehicles and invites submissions on the same. In the fashion that politicians so love, and crafted by bureaucrats in a way that only they know how, it uses many words to say little. However, there are some take-home messages, perhaps the key being that private buyers won’t receive a subsidy to make electric vehicles cheaper to buy. Predictably, this has been labelled a ‘do-nothing policy’ by those pushing for a faster uptake of EVs. The discussion paper, though, does suggest incentives for the uptake of EVs for business and industry, which is again predictable given the government’s political leaning. The…