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Join James from as he learns about 4 wheel driving, trucks, tracks, places to go and things to do when exploring the 4x4 Earth. He looks at driving and recovery techniques, trucks, mods, bush camping and cooking, fishing and generally enjoying the Great Outdoors. Learn tips and tricks to have a great time in the places that other people can't get to. Do all of this while being safe and looking after the environment.

Join James from as he learns about 4 wheel driving, trucks, tracks, places to go and things to do when exploring the 4x4 Earth. He looks at driving and recovery techniques, trucks, mods, bush camping and cooking, fishing and generally enjoying the Great Outdoors. Learn tips and tricks to have a great time in the places that other people can't get to. Do all of this while being safe and looking after the environment.
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Join James from as he learns about 4 wheel driving, trucks, tracks, places to go and things to do when exploring the 4x4 Earth. He looks at driving and recovery techniques, trucks, mods, bush camping and cooking, fishing and generally enjoying the Great Outdoors. Learn tips and tricks to have a great time in the places that other people can't get to. Do all of this while being safe and looking after the environment.




28 - Is Diesel Dead?

We talk to Robert Pepper about the future of Diesel engines in 4 wheel drives. My last 3 4WDs have had diesel engines and I have loved the economy and reliability of diesels. Vehicle emissions have become increasingly under the microscope as people become more aware of the effects on the environment. Whilst the fuel economy of diesel has been great (my old Patriot was getting 6.5 liters / 100km) the emissions are a lot dirtier. The United States has never really embraced diesels, nor has...

Duration: 00:39:45

27 - Why Caravans Crash

We talk to Mike Clayton from Clayton's Towing. Started 45 years ago on the Sunshine Coast, Clayton's now has 15 depots and 100 staff. Have a listen to this podcast if you ever tow a caravan, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider when planning your trip, and those factors can change between the start of your trip and the end, so knowing how to drive with a caravan is really important. Please share with anyone who tows a caravan. Mike drives a FJ Cruiser, goes offroad and...

Duration: 00:34:13

26 - Boggings,roll overs, fires, creek crossings gone wrong and everything else that can go wrong offroad.

We talk to Jason Lock to talk about all of the things that can go wrong when you head offroad. Before we get started, we talk a little about 4WD insurance and the work that Kalen is doing at Club 4x4. He is providing the insurance for 4x4earth members. If you are looking for insurance for your 4x4,check out the Inusrance page on 4x4earth. We get a commission from each one sold which helps keep 4x4earth free and independent. We also talk about The Day I killed my Jeep. Getting stuck...

Duration: 01:08:11

26 New 4WDs for 2017 with Robert Pepper

We talk to Robert Pepper about the new 4x4s coming onto the Australian market in 2017. There is the Mercedes X Class, JL Wrangler, the new Defender, the L472 Land Rover Discovery. We also have an update on the MA/MC issue and which companies have worked to fix the issue and which haven't. We find out about Robert's trip through the Victorian Desert in a Maserati. That's right - a Maserati. We also talk about his taking a Jag offroad. We look at the the trend for less diesel's in...

Duration: 00:44:18

24 - Exploring the Aberfeldy Track with Rudy Paoletti

We talk to Rudy Paoletti, organiser of Navruns, map and book publisher, explorer and champion of the history of the Aberfeldy Track. We are discussing the future of 4x4earth, so please have your say on the forum. We are also looking at a new slogan for the website. "Looking for a good route" has done us well for the first 10 years of the site, but as we look to work more closely with Corporates. Check out the 4x4earth store. There are T-Shirts, Caps and stubby holders in the store....

Duration: 01:15:27

23 - Jason Lock and Sema 2016 - What new products and trends caught his eye

SEMA, Specialty Equipment Manufacturer's Association, is the largest trade only automotive show in the world. Held in Las Vegas, there was 40 kilometers of displays. ARB and TJM attended with great stands, Harrop Industries. Bubarope has a greatnew product to help kep 5 wraps of cable on your winch, the Grabber. We talk about some new Cummins diesel engines that will be coming out the Australia. We also talk about the differences between the modification legislation in the United...

Duration: 00:38:06

22 - 4WD Insurance and Roadworthies with Kalen from Club 4x4

Check out the trip report from the 9th Annual Victorian Gathering. A great We talk with Club 4x4 Insurance. 4x4earth has worked with Kalen from Club 4x4 and we are now recommending Club 4x4. Check out the link to our insurance link to see how their policies stack up and how they stack up on pricing. This is a great way to look into your 4WD insurance and 4x4earth gets a rebate, so you are helping keep 4x4earth free and independant for all users across the country. (We get 200,000 visits...

Duration: 00:45:15

4WD new car trends with Robert Pepper

New 4WD Trends with Robert Pepper First we talk Creek Crossings - I've had my issues with Creek Crossings, but check out the video of a FJ Cruiser having issues with a crossing at Sunny Corner in NSW. Sheep Yard Flats - 9th Annual Victorian Gathering. This will be one of the best trips to go on for newbies to meet experienced 4 wheel drivers and get some great tracks under their belt. It is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive weekend away. We get Roberts view on the...

Duration: 00:32:34

20 - The new 4WD Cap Locker from Uneek 4x4

Our resident 4WD expert Jason Lock talks about the history of the diff lock and how Uneek 4x4 has developed a new Cap Locker. We talk about the effects of a factory LSD when you fit a traditional diff lock and how the cap locker will enable the vehicle to retain the use of the LSD. We look at the changes to the design, which will make the cap locker easier and cheaper to install and also more reliable. We talk about the design and testing process that the Cap Locker has gone through to...

Duration: 00:31:34

19 - 4WD tips for driving in the snow

We talk about how to prepare for a trip out into the Snow. Snow driving is a lot of fun, but the conditions are very different to other types of 4 wheel driving. Snow driving is usually done in very cold environments, so preparation is a lot more important. Spending a night out in the snow can be life threatening if you are not prepared for it. We also talk about the upcoming 9th Annual Victorian gathering in November 2016 at Sheepyard Flat. This is a great opportunity for people new...

Duration: 00:20:11

18 - Tim Bates and the Wonnangatta Murders

Tim Bates has been driving the High Country for over 25 years and he shares his experiences with some of Australia's best 4 wheel drive tracks. We talk about the Wonnangatta murders, where James Barclay and John Bamford were murdered in 1916. We also talk about the Talbotville campgrounds and some of the great tracks and things to see around the area. Have you had issues with 4 wheel drives being defected in Mansfield? More and more 4 wheel drivers talk about issues in Mansfield and we...

Duration: 00:44:55

17 - Roothy and the freedom to drive our tracks

We talk to Australia's most famous 4 wheel driver, Roothy. We cover Milo, the places that he has been and the mods that he has done. We also have a great chat about how to keep tracks open. We discuss one of my favorite topics - 4 wheel drive tourism, giving the bush a hand up, not a hand out to keep the great bush towns going. We also talk about why he is running for election with the Liberal Democrats in the Queensland Federal Senate. For me, 4 wheel driving is a symbol of the freedom...

Duration: 01:34:51

16 - Common 4x4 Myths Busted

Many 4 wheel drive owners go their whole life without any formal training in going offroad or the vehicles that we use. Because of this, there are many myths about driving and our vehicles which have crept in over time. We talk to 4WD expert Robert Pepper about many of these myths, how they came about and why they just aren't correct. You'll have a better understanding of your car and you'll be a better 4 wheel driver. We discuss diff locks, recovery techniques, axels and a whole range...

Duration: 01:09:10

15 - The Blue Green fighting PTSD in the great outdoors

This is a great story that looks at the way that 4 wheel driving with mates in the bush can help people struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We talk to Marcus Nash, the Founder of the Blue Green crew about how he started the group This is a must listen episode for any Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, SES or ADF members who may be struggling with PTSD, or if one of your mates is struggling with PTSD, this is a great way you can help them. It is a really inspirational story both...

Duration: 00:31:36

14 - 4 Wheel Driving with Rocket Rod from Wholesale Automatics

We talk all things 4 wheel driving with Rodney Hudson, or Rocket, from Wholesale Automatics. Rodney is an iconic legend in the 4 wheel drive industry, featuring in many videos as he explores all over Australia. We also talk about his pioneering work at Wholesale Automatics, developing sophisticated solutions for people who want an automatic transmission in their vehicle. It is an amazing process that Rod shares with us about the design and Research and Development involved in building...

Duration: 01:13:12

13 - The future of 4WDs with Robert Pepper

What kinds of changes are going to happen to 4 wheel drives over the next 5 years? Robert Pepper is one of Australia's leading automotive journalists and is very technical. We discuss what changes are going to effect the 4 wheel drives that come onto the market over the next 5 years. Autonomous Emergency Braking, self driving cars, bullbar modifications and We look at what factors make a 4 wheel drive fun to drive and what that means for the future designs that we will see offroad. What...

Duration: 00:58:57

12 - Simmo in the Simpson Desert

The Simpson is one of the iconic places to go 4 wheel driving in Australia. We chat about the some of the interesting history of the Desert, along with the best ways to tackle Desert driving. Ian has been through the Desert 3 times and has a wealth of experience in Desert driving as well as the high country. We discuss how to prepare for travelling across the Simpson Desert, what time of year is best and some of the great sites to see along the way. We also discuss Ian's unique connection...

Duration: 00:50:36

11 - Tips for buying a used 4WD

Thinking of buying a used 4 wheel drive? Some 4 wheel drives have a much harder life than others, so you need to know the clues to find out the vehicles you may want to steer away from. What are some of the things to think about in selecting the make and model of vehicle? What is the best way to research the different models? Is it better to buy a 4 wheel drive with lots of mods or should you look for one with no modifications? Where are the places to buy a used 4WD? You'll find lots of...

Duration: 00:34:29

10 Driving on Sand at the Beach and in the Desert

Listen to Lowlux as he shares his wisdom about driving on Sand. Based in South Australia, he's done plenty of both desert and beach driving and has some stories to tell. We will talk about: What tyre pressure should you be running What can possible go wrong What equipment to take How to avoid rolling your vehicle which happens commonly on the beach Beach Driving Desert Driving - How to plan for a desert trip

Duration: 00:43:25

Trck 9 - 4WD Suspension and Lift kits

Resident expert Jason Lock joins us to talk all things Lift Kit and Suspension for your 4x4. We give you the information you need to choose the right kind of lift for your 4WD, what they different types of lift and suspension are, what can go wrong with lift kits that are illegal or badly designed and what impacts a lift kit can have on your insurance.

Duration: 00:40:00

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