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Join James from 4x4earth.com 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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Robert Pepper gives a detailed report on his Toyota LandCruiser 300 Test Drive and a test ride with the Ineos Grenadier. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.com for more details and links to the sites we've mentioned in the podcast. Join the conversation about the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum. www.4x4earth.com is Australia's largest free…
 
This week we talk 2021 4WD utes with Robert Pepper, Australia's best 4WD journalist. We talk: Toyota Nissan Isuzu Mazda What's good and what's not. Have a listen and let us know what you think. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.com for more details and links to the sites we've mentioned in the podcast. Join the conversation about the 4x4earth po…
 
Our previous podcast, 4WD tips for Newbies, has been one of our most popular. If you're new or have newby mates, have a listen. This week we talk new 4WDs with Robert Pepper, Australia's best 4WD journalist. We talk: Land Rover Defender Jeep Gladiator Ineos Grenadier Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.com for more details and links to the sites w…
 
New to going offroad? Definitely have a listen to our newbies podcast edition. My first time out 4 wheel driving we ended up on the back of truck! So have a listen to this podcast and get some ideas on what to do so you get out safely, have a great time, and get back safe as well, ready for your next trip out. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.c…
 
This is the 2nd in our 2 part interview with Wayne Hevey, the CEO of 4WD Victoria. We discuss how 4WD Victoria is working for clubs to maintain track access. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.com for more details and links to the sites we've mentioned in the podcast. Join the conversation about the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum. www.4x4…
 
Our next guest is Wayne Hevey from 4WD Victoria. He discusses some of the work that 4WD Victoria has been doing to keep tracks open. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.com for more details and links to the sites we've mentioned in the podcast. Join the conversation about the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum. www.4x4earth.com is Australia's …
 
We we continue our discussion with Bill Schulz from the Bush User Group United about some proposed changes to land in Victoria and why it is important that all of the Bush Users come together We look at what we can do to maintain land access for all. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.com for more details and links to the sites we've mentioned in…
 
We talk to Bill Schulz from the Bush User Group United about some proposed changes to land in Victoria and why it is important that all of the Bush Users come together We discuss the recent attempted changes for 70,000 hectares of land from State Forest to National Park and what that means for all bush users. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.co…
 
This track features Shane Rose, the new President of 4WD Australia. We discuss the recent attempted changes for 70,000 hectares of land from State Forest to National Park and what that means for all bush users. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.com for more details and links to the sites we've mentioned in the podcast. Join the conversation abou…
 
This track features Shane Rose, the new President of 4WD Australia. We discuss the recent attempted changes for 70,000 hectares of land from State Forest to National Park and what that means for all bush users. Check out the show notes on 4x4earth.com for more details and links to the sites we've mentioned in the podcast. Join the conversation abou…
 
This is the second part of our interview with 4WD journalist Robert Pepper. In the first episode, we discussed what the future of electric 4x4s will be like and how soon it will be before they are on the roads and more importantly on the 4x4 tracks. Check out the website for the show notes for what we discuss on the podcast. Join the conversation a…
 
We talk about the introduction of electric 4x4s and how soon they will be on the tracks with Robert Pepper. Join the conversation about the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum. www.4x4earth.com is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel driving website with over 200,000 visits per month. If you are loving 4x4earth.com, check out the 4x4…
 
We talk about the future of 4 wheel driving and the politics of 4 wheel driving with Roothy. What are the changes that are occurring in the political field that are going to impact the track changes. Check out the show notes for all of the details and photos from the podcast. Join the conversation about the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum. w…
 
There is something special about 4 wheel drive out in the bush and away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Roothy talks about why he loves 4 wheel driving and how he is seeing an increase in the number of tracks that are opening across the country. We talk about his time at 4WD Action and why he decided to leave and what he thinks the future…
 
Roothy has a big announcement about what he is going to be doing for Milo as he plans Milo’s big last trip. Milo is one of Australia’s most recognisable 4 wheel drives, it’s probably done nearly all of the iconic 4 wheel tracks throughout Australia. I have always been amazed at the queue of people at 4 wheel drive shows lining up to see Milo. Rooth…
 
Pete has been working as the Chief Engineer on the Jeep Gladiator. Pete has a great job, as an engineer for Jeep, working on some of the most iconic 4WDs of all time. We talk about the history of Jeep trucks and what the reasoning was behind creating a new Jeep truck now. Where did the Jeep Gladiator come from? When then start to talk about the eng…
 
The difference between air lockers and eLockers is one of the most popular discussion points on the 4x4earth forum, so we decided to get an expert in to discuss the difference. Heath is the General Manager at Harrop Engineering. He drives a Harrop Superado, an Holden Colorado with an upgunned V8 Harrop supercharger engine. Harrop was started in 195…
 
We discuss with Robert Pepper the new towing laws that are being bought in. How do the GCM and GVM impact the caravan towers? We talk about one of the things that Russell Coight did on one of his episodes. Should you use a tow ball for snatching? Russell did. What could possibly go wrong? Should you put nitrogen in your tyres? What about snatchbloc…
 
Robert recently drove the new Ford Raptor recently and he gives us his opinion on what it is like to drive. We talk about the engine and where you could drive the Raptor. What would it be like towing? Would Robert buy one? Jeep Wrangler Ute! This will be due out next year and looks really interesting. A ute will fix one of the big problems with the…
 
We look at the number of people who don't finish the Dakar Rally. It is a very tough course, expensive to compete in and there is some unforgiving terrain, so the failure rate is very high. The vehicles aren't stock, so they are heavily modified to make them capable of surviving the terrain at speed, whilst trying to keep the weight as low as possi…
 
If you are loving 4x4earth.com, check out the 4x4earth Merch. The sales help to keep Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive website and the largest Australian 4x4 Podcast! It helps us to keep on doing the work to keep tracks open. We talk with Bruce Garland who has a huge amount of experience in 4WD rally driving. He has done some a…
 
We continue our discussion with Brian, one of the 4x4earth moderators. We discuss tyre pressures. Too many people don't deflate or they deflate enough. What is the right tyre pressure? How often should you check the tyre pressure? What equipment do you need? People see a lot of ads on TV about 4WDs driving along the sand at high speed with sand goi…
 
We talk to Brian, one of the 4x4earth moderators about a long weekend away at Robe where 5 4WDs rolled over. What happened? Why? We also talk about the Granites. Have you been to the Granites? Have you driven up there? Is a 4WD up on the rock one of the most iconic 4 wheel drive selfy shots? Brian talks about the 32 mile crossing and then on to 42 …
 
Ron talks about the High Country, Robe and South America. Ron travelled through Brazil and Argentina. We talk 4 wheel tourism. Which state does Ron think is doing the best in providing access? four wheel driving touring brings in a lot of tourism dollars, and the more Councils and local businesses understand this, the more likely we are to get trac…
 
Ron's got a couple of vehicles, and has driven the world in them. Ron discusses his time in the Army, and how he transitioned to freelance writing, with a trip through Africa. He talks about his time as editor of 4x4 Australia and now being the editor at large. We discuss navigation in the days before GPS. Ron shares his experiences in travelling t…
 
What sort of vehicle should you have? What sort of mods do you need? What is a medical envelope and why do you need one? What effect do the dunes have? What are some of the common mistakes people make? Camper Trailer - Yes or No? How much drinking water do you need? Where is fuel available? How often does the Canning get graded? What causes the Can…
 
This was going to be my new Ute. The rumours were that it was going to have a new 3.6 litre Petrol engine with a lot more power. The Ecoboost engine was meant to have 336kW and 690Nm. The new diesel has 147kW and 470Nm. We discuss with Robert Pepper, renowned 4WD journalist about - What has Ford done? Why has Ford done it? What is the Raptor all ab…
 
Between 1,500 and 2,000 a year do the Canning Stock Route. What is there to see and what is there to do when travelling the CSR. We talk with Canning Stock Route expert, Phil Binachi about the activities and attractions on the stock route. The dune systems are an amazing site and an amazing driving experience. There is a large amount of aboriginal …
 
Phil Bianchi is a historian and 4 wheel driver who has documented a lot of history of the Canning Stock Route and he has driven the route many times. From Wiluna to Halls Creek, it runs 1850 kms and was first surveyed in 1906. We discuss Alfred Canning and his initial trip to survey the Canning Stock Route and the expedition to build the stock rout…
 
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…
 
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 knowi…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 diese…
 
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 insuran…
 
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 ge…
 
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 locke…
 
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. Wha…
 
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 ar…
 
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 w…
 
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…
 
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 struggl…
 
We talk all things 4 wheel driving with Rodney Hudson, orRocket, from Wholesale Automatics. Rodney is an iconic legendin the 4 wheel drive industry, featuring in many videos as heexplores all over Australia. We also talk about his pioneering work at Wholesale Automatics,developing sophisticated solutions for people who want an automatictransmission…
 
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 modifica…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 insura…
 
Winches are a really important bit of kit on any 4WD. Whether you put one on as a bit of insurance, hoping to never use it or if you go offroad expecting to winch out - you need your winch to work. One of the things that I have been amazed with is the number of times winching has been needed and the winches have failed. Some winches have a notoriou…
 
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