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Robert Pepper
Automotive journalist specialising in 4X4s, sportscars, camping and future tech.

Snatch block loads

If the force required to move the tree is X, and a snatch block is used on another tree to reverse the pull (not shown), then what is the approximate force the winch will produce (Y) and what is the force on the tree with the snatch block (Z) ? a) Y = 0.5 X, […]

What’s the load on twin recovery points with a bridle?

Here’s a question recently posed on the Facebook page: This vehicle is stuck and needs a 1500kg pull to move. A bridle has been used as part of the recovery system. What is the total load on each of the recovery points? a) 3000kg b) 1500kg c) somewhere between 750 and 1500kg d) 750kg e) […]

Australian 4X4ing for non-Aussies

Every country has its own, identifiable landscapes and I believe each has its own “carscapes” as well.  In the case of offroad tourers the former is a direct influence on the latter, so Australia’s vast distances and open tracks mean the average 4WD is quite different to most other places.  It is always dangerous to […]

Snakes and 4X4s

When you go bush you enter the territory of our native animals, and for a harmonious relationship it’s best to understand your environment. Are snakes feared because they are misunderstood, or misunderstood because they are feared?  The fact is that most of Australia’s 500 snakebites per year happen to professionals or people being silly, and […]

Types of north

The three main types of north are: • Magnetic North – is north as defined by a compass or the magnetic pole of the world. Magnetic north is currently somewhere in the Hudson Bay in northern Canada and is moving northwest at about 40km per year. However, do not expect it to end up in […]

Amarok or Range Rover Sport? Or Discovery 4 or Landcruiser 200 Series?

I am now considering the eight speed Amarok auto due out in July I believe. Possible issue: no transfer case/low range. Any thoughts please? Do you think that it could be as bush capable if compensated by an ultra low first and associated traction controls? I believe that you may have intimated in your latest book that low range […]

Why softroaders have to travel more slowly

The Freelander 2 has a respectable ground clearance of 220mm, very good for its class. Some bigger 4WDs such as the Patrol and LandCruiser 100 only make 210mm, the LandCruiser Prado is 207. So surely they can travel at the same speed on rough roads? Not the case. Firstly by rough roads I mean a […]

Reader views: OBD scanners

It’s my view everyone should own an OBD scanner, and you can read why on Motofomo. My readers by and large are of the same view, as you can see here: Michael Haworth I run one and use it on most trips to monitor transmission temp, exhaust gas temp, and DPF status. I often tow […]

Mounting a GPS Receiver and Accessories in the vehicle

Things to consider when mounting a GPS receiver, laptop computer, or PDA (personal digital assistant, used for moving-map systems) inside the vehicle: 1. Safety. First and foremost. Some things to consider • Will it come loose? Even over ruts and corrugations? You do not want an expensive GPS receiver bouncing around the cabin. • Does […]

Should I buy a TDV8 Rangie Sport?

Hello Thanks for having such a useful website, I look forward to your updated book coming out in August. I’m looking to get my first 4×4 and my wife wants something that isn’t ‘like a trunk to drive’ with a few nice options (leather seats, sat nav, sun roof etc). Given my budget we are […]