Coil suspension or air suspension?

Air or coil suspension? Deciding which new vehicle to buy can be hard enough, and then you have to make a call on the fundamentals such as the engine and transmission before the detailed decisions like trim levels and options. Now there’s another decision to be made and that’s coil or height-adjustable air suspension, this […]

Should you lock your centre diff for offroading?

It’s always interesting to learn new driving techniques and understand different thinking. Any group of people will naturally become a little insular and some techniques may just be accepted unquestioningly as “the way things are done”, with nobody wanting to rock the boat or consider alternatives, and one of the best ways to explore new […]

Quick look at the new Defender

Several readers have been talking about the new Defender, and some have sent photos and video, so I thought I’d share some with the readers. I haven’t yet driven or even seen a Defender so this isn’t a review, but nevertheless should be helpful for prospective owners. Here’s the Defender showings its variable height air-suspension […]

Should offroad trailers be banned?

Every time we head off into the outback the percentage of 4WDs towing something has increased. There are good reasons for the trailer-mania; modern vehicles have power to spare and make excellent towcars, people need (want) to take more stuff on holiday and there’s a thriving trailer manufacturer industry which has spawned an equally active […]

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, […]

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 […]