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Australian Outback by 4wd travel diary - 4500Kms to remote NSW and QLD

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We are fortunate here at All Four x 4 Spares. Our staff live and breathe 4wd adventure and when they take their holidays, they don't just sit back and relax...they undertake overlanding trips with their own 4wds to some of the most remote areas this country has to offer. 


When they return to the office, they do not hesitate to show off their magnificent travel photos to stir colleagues and make them just a bit jealous :) 


That is the case of Dave and Deb, who are almost experts in packing up all the necessities on their Land Rover Defender and head out for weeks of exploration.


They recently travelled 4500kms in 3 weeks in April to south-western QLD and north-western NSW


Here is the travel diary they returned with along with some spectacular images...Enjoy!


"After the rain in March, the landscape was a vivid green parkland with surface water still evident, a stark contrast to the dry, dusty and grassless landscapes that we have come to expect. 


After leaving Hebel, we visited Culgoa FloodplainThushton, Mariala, Lake Bindegolly and Currawinya National Parks


Access to Culgoa was opened the day before we arrived. We were presented with long sections of water covered track before arriving at Byra Lagoon to camp for 2 nights. 


We had the park to ourselves and enjoyed the sight of a full lagoon filled with birdlife. 





Then we travelled north on station tracks to Thrushton via Mitchell and Bollon to once again have the park to ourselves.





There is a beautifully restored shearing shed, and evidence of open bore drains that once watered the sheep. 





The next stop was Mariala via Charleville and yet again our own private park where we explored on a drive to waterholes camp area and a hike to a beautiful lookout on an escarpment. 





This was the end of our first week, and temperatures were in the low 30s until a late change on our last night at Mariala


The road then took us to Adavale, a beer at the pub with Cos, the publican, to celebrate our third visit; apparently, we are rare! 


Next stop, Lake Bindegolly, and two hikes to be amazed at the water and the birds. 



Then we headed east to find the northern access to Currawinya NP along Yenlora Rd to Myninya campground. The 85 km drive was magnificent over rocky terrain with some washouts requiring low low as this road had also been recently closed. 





We travelled beside the Walters Range and through Gidgee country before arriving at camp where the lake that last time was dry was now full. Once again, we were the only people in the park. 




From here, we explored the new northern area of Currawinya via Boorara Springs circuit, 110kms, that took us past the woodshed, mound springs and over the Walters Range that provided magnificent vistas.



We also revisited Budjiti lookout, and this time we could see Lakes Numalla and Wyara in the distance, full of water! 







After 2 nights, we moved to Ourimperee Waterhole camp area beside the Paroo.





We were entertained by a lone pelican who trolled up and down for his dinner. 





We visited the lakes to be amazed at the transformation from our last visit when they were both dry. It was wonderful to hear waves crashing and birds calling. 




The next day we explored the newly opened Beefwood Rd from the woodshed to the Eulo-Hungerford Rd and found a beautiful wetland area and were lucky to see a pair of Brolgas. This road also crossed the Walters range with great views again and had amazing history about how cattle were transported. 


We spent 6 nights in Currawinya and travelled 700 kms in the park. 


Then we had a huge loop to visit our friends at Boneda, near Breewarina, via Eulo, Cunumulla, Baringun and Engonia, 300kms, as we needed fuel and some roads were still closed. 


When we arrived, they were still shearing, so we experienced a working shearing shed and dinner with the shearing crew. Dave and I went out with Jen, the owner, on quad bikes to see the amazing water-filled paddocks that were dustbowls on our last visit and check on the sheep and goats. 


After the shearers left, Dave and Steve, owner, drove 100ks to Weilmoringle to collect wild dog baits for Jen to distribute. While Jen was busy, Steve jumped on a quad bike, and Dave and I drove in Steve's Toyota ute to help with goat mustering and boy are they crazy animals.


Home again, and Dave is still recovering from driving the Toyota.


What a good end to a trip that gave a different view to land previously visited, we made our way home from Boneda via Gilgandra and the golden highway. I wonder what the next trip has in store"





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Cliffhanger 4WD Offroad Event - 1,000 klm of racing!

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What is a Cliffhanger 4wd event?


Cliffhanger is a week-long off-road event every second year involving 1,000 klm of racing, winching up rocks, speedy creek runs, navigational tasks, rally stages on farm trails and across virgin terrain and is famous for its vertical winch walls. The stages are all long-lasting and typically combine several facets of winching, navigation and speed. All Four x 4 Spares proudly joined the MadMatt 4wd Team and WE WON the Super Tourer Class 1st price.


Here is some racing diary from our "Blind Navi" John:



Well after 6 gruelling days of racing and over 1000kms we finished. Here is just a brief wrap up of what we went through.

  • Driver: Mad Matt
  • Navigator: John Campbell
  • Car number 211
  • Class: Super Tourer


Just the journey out to the event was long enough with nearly 800km to cover just go get there.


We arrived at camp and set up our tents /swags.


Matt had arrived a day or so before, so the race car was already out there and a basic camp had been formed.


The first job was to get the race car passed for scrutineering, in this event like all others there are strict vehicle and safety items that must be adhered to, with a big tick to all of these we were free to go off and do some testing and tuning.


We still had a few days till the start of the 6-day event that would cover 1000kms of the harshest terrain that could be thrown at us.


I will not go into detail about every stage but will try to give all a brief understanding as to what it was like.


In this 6 day race, we covered just over 1000kms and had a variety of terrain to travel across from sandy creek bed runs, rocky dry creek runs, gibber plains and some of the nastiest rocky outcrops you can find and then to top it all off-vertical wall winching!


Throughout the week we tried to be consistent by starting and finishing every stage. All the teams' hard work paid off and we found ourselves playing with the big boys which found us in the top 16 cars overall.


Stage 5 was the only stage that we started and did not finish as a broken front diff and a snapped winch rope put ends to this. A quick trip back to our pit and the centre was changed out for another in approx. 45 mins and we were back onto the next stage.


The only real issues we had all week was the broken front diff centre and an electrical gremlin that kept showing its head up randomly which would cause the whole engine to just simply turn off. this issue after 2 late nights spent chasing wires and connectors was found to be the ignitor for the distributor cap but hey we had a spare one!!!


All in all, it was a great week of racing and team building that not only got us over the finish line but also helped us to 1st place in our class of super tourer as well as 22nd overall.


Stay tuned to our blog page for a bit more detailed insight into CLIFFHANGER 2021











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The Importance of an Oil Catch Can

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There are many systems at play in the modern diesel engine, and a few of these are focused on reducing emissions.


Most modern diesel engines utilise Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) or a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to reduce emissions such as nitrous oxide and soot in the exhaust.


This, together with new diesel engine technologies like common rail, can choke your engine intake. Accessories like an oil mist filter or catch can are designed to help combat some of the issues.



What is an Oil Catch Can?


On modern 4wds, primarily turbo-diesels models, small quantities of gas from the combustion process in the engine trickles past the piston rings and into the sump.


Crankcase ventilation stops this pressure from growing by releasing it on older 4wds straight into the atmosphere, whilst on newer 4x4 vehicles it is recirculated into the air intake to be burned in the cylinders.


This air is heavily laden with oil mist, precisely the kind of thing that we don't need hovering in the air we inhale, nor in the air our engines want to breathe.


A catch can's main job is to separate the oil from the air so the oil can be stored and either disposed of periodically or fed back into the sump where it can continue to lubricate your engine.


They are a passive device that won't alter your engine's fuel economy or performance directly and isn't an illegal modification.


Instead, a catch can will reduce maintenance costs and minimise any potential issues.


This video explains the oil catch can process


credits:engineering explained


Why would you need one for your 4wd?




Late model turbo-diesel engines are filled with an array of sensors, valves, filters and pipes required to keep them running safely and efficiently.


These engines typically vent the crankcase gases into the air intake, just after the air filter.


This feeds through the turbo and intercooler via the intake piping before entering the engine.


The turbo won't be much affected by a small amount of extra oil; the temperature a turbo runs at will keep the oil vaporised.


The intercooler is attempting to get the heat out of the intake air, and as temperature decreases, the oil mist creates droplets and sticks to the intercooler's internal surfaces.


It won't take long for a heavy breathing diesel engine to partially block the intercooler and inlet manifold sufficiently to provoke a loss in performance.


Another obstacle that will occur is with the Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor, which regulates the fuel injection via the ECU.


A coating of dirty old oil doesn't allow the MAF sensor to read the airflow precisely, leading to incorrect fuelling and economy reduction.


If the MAF sensor is entirely out of its expected range, the ECU will implement limp-home mode, significantly reducing vehicle driveability.



Finding a suitable catch can to match the engine size is essential


When choosing a catch can, the most crucial task is ensuring the inlet and outlet hoses are the equivalent or larger diameter than the factory crankcase vent hoses it is replacing.


Some cans are one-size-fits-all solution, while others have a diversity of sizes, with sizing aligned to engine power.


A larger than necessary catch can has no disadvantages apart from the space required to fit it.


Flashlube, for example, reassure the consumer that even a well-worn LandCruiser 200 series won't overload the Catch Can Pro.



What makes a great catch can




As we mentioned, a catch can separates microscopic oil droplets from the crankcase air before the air is sent back to the engine via intake and the turbo.


And of course, if a can is  0% effective, it means that it won't remove any oil from the air, while 100% effective removes all oil from the intake air.


Another consideration is the pressure drop. Air must be vented efficiently.


We can measure the change in pressure from the inlet to the outlet of the catch can.


Ideally, pressure on both sides of the catch can is even, meaning the air is crossing through without restriction, rather than building backpressure attempting to leak out upstream of the catch can and thus not flowing correctly.


The ideal catch can will have a 100% oil capture efficiency and zero pressure drop.



The Inlet Manifold Problem of Modern Diesel Engines


In this video, Brent from Terrain Tamer talks about Flashlube Catch Cans Pro



Most of today's diesel engines are turbocharged for better performance thus possibly creating more blow-by gases in the crankcase that escape via the PCV system.


This oily mist is redirected back into the inlet and can stick to the inside of the hoses, manifold and turbo turbine blades as well as the intercoolers.


When soot-laden exhaust gas is introduced into the manifold as part of the EGR system, it can create a sticky mess that can dramatically restrict your manifold flow.


This build-up of soot and oil, together with the engine's heat, can bake on to the inlet manifold and eventually reduce the internal diameter of the inlet manifold.



Reducing Oil in the Inlet System


We recommend an oil mist separator's fitment or what is more commonly called a catch can to combat the build-up of oil from the crankcase ventilation system.


The catch can is a filter that sits between the outlet of the crankcase ventilation system, where it comes out from the valve cover, and the PCV valve where the mist is injected back into the air intake piping.


The catch can separates the oil from the air, and returns the oil-free air to the engine. The oil is then collected in a hose, a reservoir or plumbed back into the engine sump.


This reduces the oil in the intake system and leads to a cleaner engine burn and intake system.



Fitting a Catch Can to your Diesel Engine


At All Four X 4 in Kotara, we sell Flashlube Catch Can kits that come with everything you need to fit a catch can to your diesel engine.


Manufactured in Germany under licence, the Flashlube Catch Can kits are designed with unique safety valves to ensure their installation will not overpressurise the engine.


The kits are vehicle specific and include mounting bracket and the required hoses to connect the filter to your PCV valve and valve cover.


A general kit is also available to fit vehicles that do not have a specific kit available.




The kit comes with mounting bolts that fit existing threaded holes, so no drilling or threading is required.


The bracket in this kit mounts the catch can, close to the intake pipe and the PCV outlet on the motor's valve cover.


The moulded rubber hoses that come with the Flashlube kit are vehicle specific and therefore fit as required with minimal modifications to existing setups.


In this case, there is a hose from the valve cover outlet to the catch can inlet, and a second hose from the catch can outlet to the PCV valve on the intake hose of the engine, just before the turbo.


These hoses are secured by new hose clamps that are included as part of.


Another hose is fitted to the bottom of the catch can unit that will collect the oil that has been separated from the vapour.


This hose can be plumbed back into the engine's oil system using additional parts not supplied in the kit or used with the supplied tap valve allowing oil to be stored in the length of the hose.


If not being plumbed back into the engine's oil system, it is recommended that you empty the collected oil in the outlet hose monthly and/or at every service.


By reducing the oily mist entering your air intake, you reduce the build-up of sticky mess inside your turbocharger, inlet pipes, intercooler and inlet manifold.


This can help keep your diesel performing better.



How Flashlube Oil Catch Can Pro scored on Lab Tests




Recent studies conducted by Curtin University provided an efficiency and effectiveness score of some of the most commonly used catch cans brands in the market.


The testing method required drawing with a vacuum pump a measured airflow of 50-250 litres per minute through each catch can and then measuring their pressure before and after.


A good catch-can would have a high filtration efficiency and low-pressure drop, and Flashlube's Catch Can Pro scored the best across any competitors with the most effective filter efficiency at 150L/min







credits: unsealed4x4 and curtin university




Fitting and Recommendations


We would recommend having your inlet manifold professionally cleaned regularly to ensure it is free of oily build-up and soot from the EGR system.


This is a widespread issue in diesel engines, and performance can be severely affected if left without cleaning.


The Flashlube Catch Can kits can be ordered through our sales team for your specific vehicle and fitted yourself by following the included instructions.


Check our Flashlube page hereWe also supply Flashlube Catch Can Pro Accessories and Spares such as Replaceable Serviceable Filter Elements suitable for Flashlube Catch Can Pro


Alternatively, our workshop team can fit the Flashlube Catch Can kit.





Do you have any questions? Contact our team today on (02) 4041 4000 or comment below!

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4x4 Shows: ALL 4 ADVENTURE with Jase and Simon

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When we are not out in the great Australian outdoors or working on our toys, we are catching up on the latest episode of our favourite lifestyle shows, and All 4 Adventure with Jason and Simon is a definite favourite. Here at All Four x 4 Spares, we are such big fans of what they do and the gear the use we even carry their CampBoss 4x4 range in stock in our store. 


Today we will explore a few insights of this great 4wd show with some interesting facts, including tremendously entertaining footage from their adventure videos and photos of their monster 4wds.




We love our four-wheel driving, camping and exploring adventures. Exploring this great country is not only rewarding but provides a challenge with the different environments on offer. Australia is a true playground for adventures, from Western Australia and Queensland's white sandy beaches to the iconic red centre.


At the time of writing this blog post, in March 2021, it has been great seeing more people discovering our own backyard since the COVID pandemic began. With many international holidays and cruises cancelled, people are hooking up their vans, grabbing their tents and camping gear, and getting out amongst it all.


Caravan parks are getting booked out, caravans and 4WD vehicles are selling like Maccas nuggets, and there seems to be a new Instagram profile or YouTube channel popping up every day showing Aussie adventures and travel.


After a tough 2020, many regional areas are loving Australian travellers' visits and the boost to their local economies. The Bring Your Esky and Shop Local campaigns have helped many smaller Aussie brands survive. Will this become a new normal in Australia? It most likely will be at least until international travel becomes a viable option.


Popular 4wd shows traditionally broadcasted on TV, or the new younger generation of social media 4wd stars with massive following have contributed to the increasing interest in adventure or exploration of this great country.


All 4 Adventure started approximately over a decade ago out of a Handycam bought off from eBay and turned into a well-recognized brand getting broadcasted on Network Ten.


To top this off, they have also worked on the new paid media tv Unleashed TV where you can access over 120 hours of Australian adventure for about $10 a month. If you are a fan of 4x4ing, camping, fishing, boating, quads, touring, rig builds, bush cooking, and other Australian adventure activities, then Unleashed TV is the place! So much so that for each episode people get hooked on, they hunt and collect bonus keywords online to receive additional entries into the All 4 Adventure Dream competition link.



Getting to know the Hosts







The frontman of All 4 Adventure, Jase Andrews, had driven across Australia six times before his mid-twenties and grew up with a strong appreciation of what this country has to offer, he loves cooking up bush tucker and a very talented 4wder.


He now drives his modified LandCruiser 200 series through some extreme places for the show, towing a trailer that carries a boat and an ATV.


Jase is the creator, director and host of All 4 Adventure (screening on TenPlay).


His story is about a man living the dream of turning his passion for fishing, camping and adventure into a prosperous business. 








Simon Anderson is a farm boy who loves the coast, the ocean and fishing. If you watch the show, you will know he also loves his food and camp cooking.


Simon drives an Isuzu D-Max towing a caravan in the latest series.




The boys go through some remote country with their specially developed expedition vehicles, showing off beautiful coastlines, bush and desert landscapes.


They use only the bst gear for their trips and adventures, showcasing what they have fitted to their cars, toys and boats.


Some of this gear comes from some of the most respected 4wd brands in Australia, that we are proud to be official stockists, to mention some: Clearview, Brown Davis, Ultimate 9, and more.







In their early episodes of Seasons 1-3, Jase and Simon tackled a lot of the Northern Territory.





Season 4 was focused on the Kimberley region.





Season 5 was Across the Top





Season 6 focused on the rugged North.





Season 7 explored Cape York in Secrets of the Cape.





Season 8 was exploring the Wild West.





Season 9 focused again on Tackling the Territory.





Season 10 was about a Decade of Dirt.





Season 11 focused on Coastlines of the Cape.






In their latest season that just wrapped up, season 12 – Escape to the North, the boys explored more of North Queensland and the Northern Territory.





This included areas like the west coast of Cape York, the Savannah Way, Lorella Springs, Normanton, Karumba, etc.


Driving a kitted out 200 series Toyota Landcruiser converted into a ute and an Isuzu D-Max, the season shows off some excellent bush track driving, beach adventures, water crossings and navigating through the bush without tracks.


You can see what has been done and added to Jase's truck HERE



You can see what has been done and added to Simon's truck HERE





CampBoss 4x4


If you have been watching the Season 12 series, you may have spotted a lot of their new CampBoss gear, including soft shackles, recovery kits and cooking kits.


The waffle iron was a favourite for Jase during his cook-ups in series 12, with some great recipes!


We are proud to stock this new range of gear at All Four x 4 in Kotara. We are an authorised CampBoss retailer.





Check our CampBoss 4x4 Range for pricing and availability or drop in and see the team today 





Knowing what to do when crossing different terrains, water crossings, and facing extreme weather conditions can be the difference between a successful trip or one full of problems.


Having the right gear on your 4WD is also important.


You can catch All 4 Adventure on Unleashed TV or when it airs on Channel 10. Check out their website for links to each TV series at TV Series Overview - All 4 Adventure




Call in and see our team at Kotara for all your CampBoss gear. We can also handle all your general vehicle servicing, troubleshooting, upgrades and fitment of your adventure gear.


Our new showroom has a whole heap of gear on display, including rooftop tents, swags, camp chairs, suspension, recovery gear, camping accessories, service accessories and more.


The team can help guide you through your four-wheel drive options, book in your vehicle for servicing, and chase up new and used parts and accessories.


Let us know your favourite TV series or YouTube channel that showcases the 4x4, caravanning and camping lifestyle in the comments below.


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Maps VS Gps in 4WD: Which one is best?

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Many of us have been itching to get away and into some proper Aussie isolation; one thing this great country offers in buckets...





Those that do have the opportunity to get out in the scrub regularly, most would already have the basics like some sort of shelter and sleeping gear (whatever your style - swag/tent/roof top tent/pop-top trailer/caravan), basic to advanced kitchen/cooking equipment, transport whether that be by foot, bike or vehicle, the options and configurations now-a-days are endless


Among the list of equipment highly recommended to be included in your kit, but often overlooked, are navigation tools






For many years one of the most common and essential pieces of equipment is the good old map


With the assortment of technology available in recent years, there are many modern options available for us to navigate to our destination, maps are now often considered a thing of the past


But there is a lot of the fun using navigation skills nearly forgotten and plotting your route using a paper map


Passing these techniques onto our children can also make the most out of some of those "are we there yet" moments


How about giving them a map and asking them the question instead


Maps can be a recreational tool also - picture being setup at your campsite and planning a hike to explore the local area


Sitting around a map, sharing ideas about waterways with swimming holes or scenic ridgelines and working out the best way to get there


It’s a terrific way to get some education in to the kids without them realising - a bit like sneaking veges into their dinner - good for them!




A seasoned map reader is able to locate themselves on a map using various tools and techniques, but it does take experience


For most of us, a better tool to use to find out where you are is a GPS



GPS Receivers




The modern GPS is a great device


It is quite a complicated system, although in a nutshell there are a network of GPS satellites orbiting the planet with each satellite constantly transmitting its location and current time using radio frequencies


A GPS receiver (commonly fitted to a vehicle, or handheld) detects these transmissions, compares the information it receives (and when it receives it) from several satellites, and uses this information to determine where on the surface of the planet it is


Typically, 4 satellites are required to calculate your location reasonably accurately, the more satellites picked up the faster and more accurate the result


One of the outstanding features of a GPS receiver is as it uses radio frequency completely independent from phone / network / internet / Wi-Fi coverage, as long as your unit has battery life and you can see the sky (Note: tall buildings/trees etc can reduce performance) then it’ll work anywhere on the planet - including the middle of the ocean


Conceived in the early 1970's by the US government, the GPS system was initially restricted for military use only


In the 1980's it was opened up for civilian use by the then President Ronald Reagan


Currently, this first GPS system is still owned, maintained and controlled by the US Government


Since the 1980's there have been numerous upgrades and 'next generation' systems implemented but they essentially do the same thing the same way


Several countries have also created their own GPS network of satellites due to the obvious security issue of the original being under US control


While a GPS is an extremally useful navigation device, there have been several cases over the years showing relying on a GPS system alone to plot your route can end in disaster






"Death by GPS" has its own Wikipedia entry - its a brief read but contains some great advice


A sad case in freezing far Eastern Russia where a pair of teens using GPS chose the shorter suggested route rather than the longer second option shows how easily we can be led down the wrong path


What the GPS did not make clear was the shorter path was actually an abandoned highway known as the "Road of Bones", which was no longer regularly maintained


With temperatures around -50degC and a mishap with a stick piercing the radiator their adventure ended disastrously with one dying and the other suffering acute hypothermia due to it taking a week to find them - Read more – click here


Here are a few more cases where budding navigators survived but only just….

Unplanned 3-day tour of Death Valley California

Car competes with train - on train tracks

Is this a road or a boat ramp


Like any tool GPS receivers have their short comings and, as long as the user is aware of them, they can be worked around


To be fair, the GPS receivers in all the above examples worked as intended


What failed was the route mapping software loaded onto the unit


The technology is just not quite there to make them a reliable single tool to navigate in all situations


They can be used but should not be relied upon for route planning or guidance on their own


Had the Russian teens in the tragic story above taken the time to study a traditional map, there is a good chance it would have indicated the road was not maintained


It may have even shown it was not suitable for their 2WD vehicle


Anyway - enough GPS bashing


GPS units are the best tool for telling you WHERE YOU ARE



Local Guides




A third and often overlooked tool used for planning a trip are local guides


Local guides provide highly detailed information about roads, towns, forests, campsites, points of interest etc


They often contain photos, list facilities, pricing information, reviews, the list goes on


The level of detail included in these guides can range from single page pamphlets covering particular sites to books covering regions with detailed information about a wide range of points of interest


This level of info can be a real game changer!


Ever turned up to a camp site or caravan park only to find out pets are not allowed, or the facilities are not quite what was imagined


Local guides can also help plan your trip by high lighting some interesting sites that often easily can be overlooked


Got a favourite camp ground but are struggling to find new activities in the area?


Want to break from routine and find a new site to camp and explore?


A quick look in a local guide may provide enough interesting stops in one area that it could change the course of your trip


Local guides usually contain some very detailed information about local road conditions but they must be treated as they are intended – THEY ARE A GUIDE TO INTRODUCE A LOCAL AREA OR REGION


They are generally not terrifically useful as navigational aids although the Hema Atlas and Guide range does offer topographic map content!



So, what should I use to make the most out of a trip?




An ideal solution is to have access to all three


Maps and local guides to plan your journey and GPS receiver and maps to help get you there


Maps and local guides come in a variety of formats, scales, levels of detail so picking the right combination may require asking your favourite map store ( some questions


Many local guides now, especially the higer quality ones, include very detailed maps which can negate the need for a traditional fold out style map


Personally, I find nothing better than unfolding a map on a table and start pondering what to do or where to go



Some suggestions:


Alpine National Park - Victorian High Country


Local Map

State Map


Parks Victoria


Want a taste of Victorian High Country? Check this great 4wd trip from Brown Davis 40th anniversary!


Cape York & Old Telegraph Track - Far North Queensland


Local Map

State Map


Parks and Forests Queensland


Heading North? Check these handy tips!


The Kimberly - North Western Australia


Local Map

State Map


Parks and Wildlife Service - Western Australia



Browse our entire Hema range of Hema Maps, atlases and guides here



Here is a MadMatt4wd overview of the Hema Maps



And one of the Hema GPS Navigator



Finally, one picture to highlight another advantage of maps over a GPS


Not recommended to use this technique with a GPS to find a random place to visit.....






If you do want to try, this is the map to do it with - you'll need to BYO darts!


Most important of all - have fun out there exploring!


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Bring on the Summer Camping Adventures

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Ever since school, the words Summer Holidays have meant something special. Most Australians are lucky enough to enjoy a 6-week break when they are at school over January and either side of it.


For those working, planning time off for school holiday fun with the kids, or just some well-deserved downtime often means pulling out the camping gear and heading to our favourite spots.


Who can blame us? We live in such an amazing country with some truly spectacular destinations!


What was once just a simple tent and the family, has grown into camper trailers, rooftop tents, 19+ foot caravans and quite amazing setups with everything including the kitchen sink.


To help you enjoy these Summer holidays, we have put together a list of accessories and items to improve your experience in the great outdoors.



Setting up Camp




Depending on where you are camping will determine what your accommodation will be.


For those towing a caravan, you are pretty much set up for accommodation. You just need to book your holiday park or be set up to free camp with solar panels, extra water tanks and sanitary solutions.


If it's just you and your mate, or you are running solo, a simple swag might be the best option. Easy to set up and pack away, as well as being small enough to carry on a roof rack, a ute back or even a motorbike.


We have some great swag options available from Darche and Campboss that will keep you insect free and dry when out in the wilderness.


Taking your 4x4? An awning on the side of your vehicle can provide extra protection from the elements and take away some of the harsh heat of the sun, as well as deflecting the rain and condensation.


Our awnings are available in a range of sizes and configurations depending on what you are looking to achieve. A simple 2 or 2.5-metre side awning is great for a couple of swags to camp under, or a 270-degree awning will protect more area around your car for things like food preparation and changing clothes.


If you are camping somewhere like the Northern Territory or far north Queensland and fear uninvited guests visiting throughout the night, why not opt for a rooftop tent?


Our rooftop tents provide accommodation off the ground on the roof of your 4x4 or trailer, and feature mosquito netting and window awnings to protect you from that morning sun after a big night, or rain on a hot night.


They are quite simple to set up and pack away, and conveniently hold your mattress and blankets whilst stored away.


Of course, you do not need to be limited by space when all set up. We have a range of awnings and annexes that can extend your camping rooms.



Making Breakfast




Just because you are away from home, does not mean you have to eat poorly. There is a range of exciting new camp ovens and kitchen accessories to satisfy even the fussiest camp chef.


Why not build up your recipe repertoire of camp oven meals with the new CampBoss Ultimate Camp cooking Bundle? Now you can roast, bake, fry or boil just like Jase and the team from All 4 Adventure. The possibilities are endless from dinner delights to desserts that will make your fellow campers drool.


Need a BBQ set up for your morning bacon, eggs, sausages and mushrooms?


The stainless steel fold up options from Darche make storage and setup easy and expand your cooking capabilities when out camping. It will come in handy when you catch that fish that always gets away from you.



Relax like a King




After all the hard work of setting up camp and making dinner, you will need a few essentials like a good camp chair and a hard-working fridge.


Reliable camping furniture is often overlooked. We have a range of collapsible camping chairs to keep you cozy and comfortable as you enjoy a meal, a drink, or a story or two with your mates.


Do not forget chairs for the kids or they will want to sit on your lap all day.


We even have camp chairs with side tables and drink holders. They are available online, or you can come into our store and find the best fit for your body and budget.


You will need somewhere to put all your things that are not the ground. Pick up a sturdy fold-out camp table. Easy to store away, light, and perfect as a kitchen table.


When it comes to storing your fruit and veg, meats and drinks, a reliable fridge freezer is needed.


Select from a range of sizes depending on your needs and the length of time you plan to be away.


Having a dual compartment can be handy to freeze items to last longer. Larger fridges can also fit more drinks, larger bottles, and the big fish you are going to catch.


The fridge can be mounted in your car, camper or van to avoid it moving around during your travels. We offer a range of solutions including tie-downs, fridge slides, and dropdowns.


To maximise the efficiency of your fridge, you can use a fridge cover. This is very relevant when you are mounting the fridge externally such as on a ute back or in a canopy.


To protect your cans and bottles during transit, we suggest trying out MSA 4x4’s Stubbie and Tinnie tubes. These are neoprene covers that protect both your fridge and contents.


Drop-in or jump online to check out the range of sizes for fridge freezer models.



Do not be afraid of the Dark




Your iPhone light is just not going to cut it out camping. Get serious with a good quality torch or lantern.


We also have work lamps and spotlights for your 4x4 or van. With a range of LED options, as well as power solutions including solar and dual battery systems, you can set up a lighting solution that works best for your camping environment.


Heading out to your favourite fishing spot after the sun has gone to bed, or before it rises? Try a head-mounted lamp to give you hands-free lighting. You will wonder how you did without it for so long.


If you are travelling at night, a good quality light bar or driving lights can make a big difference. Choose from spot and spread beams, LED, halogen, curved bars and more.



Getting there Safely




Most importantly, make sure you get to your Summer camping adventures safely.


If towing a caravan or camping trailer, be sure your 4WD is set up correctly including suspension and airbags, towing hitch and load levelling, electric brakes and weight calculations.


The workshop team at All Four X 4 can help with your towing setups. Get your four-wheel drive correctly set up and checked over before towing.


If you are travelling with your vehicle alone, the same applies in terms of suspension setup and weight calculations. You will also need to consider your storage options for the gear you are bringing.


Often enough, that ideal fishing spot, beach camp, or remote camping spot will require some off-road driving.


If you are travelling alone especially, be sure to have recovery gear packed in case you get stuck. Getting bogged before you get to your campsite is not a good way to start a summer holiday adventure.


Whether you are towing or not, be sure to look after your tyres by correctly adjusting pressures. Having an on-board air compressor and a good quality tyre deflator can make navigating corrugated roads and sandy tracks a lot simpler.


The team and workshop at All Four X 4 in Kotara are ready to help you make the most of your Summer adventures, as well as ensure your four-wheel drive is up to the task.


Book in today for all your pre-road trip servicing and safety checks, towing setups, and suspension upgrades.


Our online store and shop have your camping needs covered from fridges to frypans, tents to tools, and chairs to…… well almost everything to do with 4WD adventuring and camping.


How can we help you?



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How to Prepare your 4x4 for Water Crossings

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With La Niña in effect in Australia and more rainfall forecast, it is more important than ever to remember the essentials on your 4x4 for dealing with water.


Parts of your four-wheel drive need protection from the elements, and whilst we usually think of protection bars, underbody protection and better tyres, there are specific components that must be protected from water.


There are plenty of components that do not like water, these include fuse boxes, breathers, intakes, engine computers, the alternator, batteries, and lots more electrical items.


Here are a few ways you can protect your four-wheel drive from water and the elements.



Breathe air, not water




Just like us, humans, petrol and diesel engines breathe in air to run. Having water in this airflow can seriously mess things up.


Water entering your four-wheel drive’s air intake can cause damage to components, cause a hydro lock (as the water will not compress like air) and permanent damage that will require a rebuild of your motor. Not what you need when you are out in the middle of nowhere.


Small amounts of moisture in the air intake can also cause your engine to stall. The last thing you want happening when you are guards deep in a river.


To avoid the consumption of water by your engine’s air intake, fit a quality snorkel to your airbox, ensure one-way drain plugs are working correctly, and that your air inlet system is sealed correctly.


Not all snorkels are the same, be sure to find out how sealed your system is and stick with a quality brand.


Being on the outside of your four-wheel drive, snorkels are also exposed to Australia’s hot sun and cheaper plastic snorkels can easily crack and warp.



Fuel burns, water does not




Now that you have ensured water is not getting into your inlet, we need to also protect the fuel system.


Water in our fuel lines and tank can also find its way into our four-wheel drive’s engine, and cause damage, as well as corrosion.


This can lead to engine stalls, poor performance and permanent damage cutting your adventure short.


Fitting a water separator and secondary fuel filter system can help keep the fuel water-free.


Kits can be fitted on the majority of models, or a custom solution created. Our workshop can advise and install the best setup for your four-wheel drive, and also explain how to empty the water collector.



Water and oil should not mix.




Crossing a river or hitting a large puddle means the underside of your four-wheel drive is exposed to a lot of water, and in some cases, is fully submerged.


Four-wheel drive differentials have breathers mounted on them, which when submerged, can cause water to enter the diff, contaminating the oil and grease. A lot of the time this may also be mud with sand or dirt.


This can cause premature wear and even failure of your diff.


To avoid this happening, fit an extended diff breather kit which includes hoses to run from your original diff breather points to a filtered airbox that you can mount higher up in your vehicle to avoid water consumption.


You can also fit extended breather kits to your gearbox and transfer case breather points.



Wear a bra




When attempting to cross a river or creek that is deeper than your wheels, it can be a great idea to fit a wading bra or water crossing cover.


This will help avoid a wave of water filling your engine bay.


They simply fit across the front of your four-wheel drive and help create a bow wave that you can follow through the crossing.


Avoiding the big rush of water into your engine bay can also avoid costly damage to your radiator and engine fan.


Remember to only use the water crossing bra when you are crossing a waterway, as it may hinder your vehicle’s cooling system if left on otherwise.


Another point to remember is that a water crossing bra will only be effective while there is forward motion. As soon as you stop in the water or reverse, water will flood into your engine bay.



Be prepared.




Being ready is better than fixing the problem later.


Your four-wheel drive is not designed to be submerged and there are many entry points for water like your fuel cap and doors.


If you have a petrol engine, consider making sure your distributor cap and coil leads are sealing correctly. Some four-wheel drive enthusiasts with petrol engine vehicles use a small film of silicon around the cap and coils to seal things up and plumb any distributor breathers into the airbox.


Your electric winch on the front of your four-wheel drive will also cop the water, so be sure to also use a water dispersant spray on the terminals and check the breathers on the winch motor.



Ride the wave.




The speed you enter and exit the waterway, as well as drive through it can affect the way water enters your vehicle.


Creating a small bow wave at the front of your vehicle and following it can stop the water rushing over your bonnet or splashing hard into your engine bay.


Entering the water too fast can sometimes cause this wave to come over your bonnet and also endanger your air intake.


If you are in a manual, avoid changing gears whilst in the water as this can allow water and contaminants into your clutch.



Water Dispersant.




Carrying a can of water dispersant can be useful in protecting your 12v electricals.


Regularly clean your electrical components and give them a light spray. Having this spray can also be helpful if your engine stalls or has problems after the crossing.



Tyre pressures.




If you have been tackling some rough country already, your tyre pressures might be down, but if they are not, lower them.


This will help both in reducing buoyancy, and to increase grip on the riverbed or waterway floor


Use a quick tyre deflator with a gauge to ensure your tyres are all correctly aired down.


If you carry an air compressor with you, bring an air nozzle along to blow out water from your engine bay components.


Most importantly, check the riverbed or ground before entering the waterway. If soft sand or mud, you may want lower tyre pressures. If rocky and hard, slightly higher pressures might need to be used for grip.



Cooling down.




Spending time preparing your vehicle and checking the waterway you are about to cross will also give your vehicle time to cool down.


Components like brakes and the cooling fan can get damaged if suddenly entering a cold flood of water.


Four-wheel drives with viscous coupling fans can sometimes self-destruct when spinning fast and hitting a body of water. Consider anchoring this type of fan to something in the engine bay to stop it from spinning up whilst you cross the water. Just remember to release it straight after.



Safety first




Water crossings can be fun but should also be avoided where possible.


The last thing any four-wheel drive owner wants is to see their vehicle stuck in deep water, damaged or floating away.


If you are towing a van or camper trailer, the risks increase again with added weight and unpredictability.


Carrying an emergency seatbelt cutter can also come in handy if you do happen to get stuck in the water.


Whilst many people close their windows before crossing to stop splashes and possibly increase buoyancy, consider the consequences if you get stuck and not being able to open your window to escape the car, especially with power windows.


Make sure your four-wheel drive is set up for water crossings by talking to one of our team at All Four x 4.


We can help you with the supply and installation of all the above accessories, as well as identify problems that might arise on your model of four-wheel drive.


See you on the tracks, or in our workshop soon.



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10 Things to Remember before you Plan a Trip up North

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Whether you are travelling to Cape York up the Old Telegraph Track, visiting Moreton or Fraser Island, or going inland through Northern Territory, being prepared is the aim of the game.


Here are some tips on what you will need for your trip up north in your 4x4.


Australia has some amazing four-wheel drive tracks and destinations, and whilst there are some great spots down south, there is something magical about the northern parts of the country.


Far North Queensland offers tropical rainforest, beautiful beaches, islands, reefs, and off-road tracks that make the most travelled 4WD enthusiast excited.


With the majority of the population on the east and south coast, travelling up north is a great way to escape. The remote environment, whilst beautiful, can also create a trailer load of problems for the unprepared traveller.


Planning your trip? Have you taken these 10 things into account?



Buying Food on your Trip



Photo credits to Ronny Dahl - 4 Wheeling in Western Australia 


Food is something we all need to survive and whilst you can purchase groceries further up north and on the islands, it can become quite expensive – the IGA in Bamaga is a prime example. Take what you can with you, especially food that can last the length of your trip in the remote parts of the country. Consider vacuum bags and freezing your proteins.




Storing Food on your Trip





This brings us to how to store food on your trip. With more remote trips in hotter climates, a fridge in your 4x4 or camper is essential. It can also help keep your end of day beverages cold and frosty.


A unit like the Ironman 4x4 IceCube 65L fridge/freezer is a good start allowing you to run two fridge compartments, two freezer compartments or split fridge and freezer. Depending on where you mount the fridge, you might also want to consider a drop slide to make access easier.




Keeping up the Fluids





Hot and remote travel means both you and your 4WD need to keep the fluid levels up. This means cold water in your fridge, extra water for drinking, more extra water for your vehicle’s needs, and extra fuel depending on where you are headed.


If you are towing a camper, you may also be able to cover your water needs with the extra tanks on it. Contact our team today to see what custom tanks we have for your 4x4, or to pick up jerry cans and taps.




Too much water





It is a good idea to keep lots of water for you and your family to drink, and extra for topping up your vehicle’s needs. Too much water can also be a problem in the way of water crossings.


It can get pretty wet up north and you will most likely cross a few rivers and waterways to discover all the great spots. Protect your 4x4 with a snorkel and a wading cover (or water crossing bra).


The snorkel, when correctly fitted, will provide a seal on your intake and allow air to come in around your vehicle’s roof height. A wading cover or water crossing bra creates a bow wave in front of your vehicle and protects your engine and radiator from damage during water crossings.


Contact our team today to get a quote on supply and fitment of a snorkel to suit your 4x4 or to pick up a water crossing bra.




Protection bars and covers






Whether you are going bush, tackling tight 4x4 tracks, or on the highway, a bullbar and side rails can help protect your 4WD from animal strikes and trees that jump out from nowhere.


Rear protection bars are also available that integrate a towbar, as well as being capable of holding fuel and water cans, and spare wheel carriers.


There is lots of gear under your 4WD that can sustain damage from being dragged over rocks and rough terrain. Underbody protection covers the important parts from the front near your bullbar, to the back of your transfer case.


Check out our range of body and underbody protection here.




Mountains and mole hills





For travelling to destinations like Cape York, Arnhem Land, the Kimberley region, Fraser Island or Moreton island, we recommend upgrading your suspension, especially if towing.


Stock suspension can become soft or sag when it must deal with corrugated dirt roads, heavy loads, and towing.


Upgrading your suspension will allow you to also ensure you have good clearance under your vehicle, an advantage when out on bush tracks with deep ruts, or on the sand where your underbody is dragged along in the deeper tracks.


Talk to our expert team in store about suspension including GVM upgrades.




What if you get stuck?





Even if travelling in a group, pack recovery gear. When things don’t go to plan, which is often the case in remote areas like Cape York, having a good array of recovery gear is essential. Carry a basic tool kit, snatch straps and shackles, a tyre repair kit, and a set of TRED Pro extraction devices.


We would also recommend a good tyre compressor and tyre deflator for adjusting your tyre pressures for different terrain.


Remember to check your insurance policy too regarding towing from remote areas and roadside assistance fine print. It may also pay to look at travel insurance.




Stay in contact with the world





When travelling to remote places or off the beaten track, a UHF radio comes in handy. It will allow you to hear updates from other travellers in the area, as well as giving you a lifeline when you need help.


As phone signal can be minimal in some remote areas up north, you could also consider carrying a satellite phone.


We recommend carrying a satellite beacon with you on your trips, especially if travelling with a single vehicle, or if you intend to go off the main tracks. You can learn more about the types of beacons here.




Keep Australia beautiful




We live in an amazing part of the world and travelling it by 4x4 is one of the most enjoyable past times. The last thing we need or want on our tracks or in the environment is rubbish.


Be sure to pack rubbish bags and carry a rear wheel bag. This will ensure you can take rubbish with you when you leave camp or your rest stop to the next bin on your travels.




Accidents happen





You can never be too prepared when it comes to accidents and that is why we recommend carrying a comprehensive first aid kit. Remember to allow enough stock to cover the people travelling or take a couple of kits with you.


This will allow you to temporarily stop bleeding, splint a broken bone, or treat a burn or bite on your travels before getting to a hospital which could be quite a distance away.


Another item that is not on our top ten list of things to remember (but deserves a mention under the ‘accidents happen’ heading) is toilet paper. Just like drinking water, this essential item needs to be taken if you prefer not to use ‘nature’ to wipe. Be sure to dispose of it appropriately.




In summary


Australia offers some amazing off-road adventures with the Old telegraph Track being the northern-most highlight for most 4WD enthusiasts, but they present their own dangers.


Away from major towns, help can be far away when disaster strikes. Being prepared and having your vehicle equipped with the gear to tackle the tracks and whatever they throw at you, can be life-changing.


Get in touch with our team before heading off on your next 4x4 adventure.


Have you travelled much up north of Australia? What are some of your favourite places and tips for a better experience?


If you haven’t yet set your itinerary for your trip up north, come in and grab a Hema map.


See you out on the tracks! (or in our workshop first).



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How Santa can Improve your New Year 4WD Adventures

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What do you want most for Christmas? New socks? Clothes? Or 4x4 gear you can put into action over Summer?


If it is the latter, then we have some great options for you!


Summer holidays in Australia is the best time of year to explore, camp, four-wheel drive and test out the gear you got for Christmas. But what if Santa gets you the wrong things?


Let us be clear. Its time to make a list! Here are some ideas for your Christmas wish list.



Throttle Controllers




Want to improve your 4x4’s response? A pedal mounted throttle controller reduces throttle lag and improves engine responsiveness.


They are easy to install with plug and play setup, have different levels of responsiveness to suit your driving needs and are ideal for turbo diesel engines.


GET 10% OFF our range of throttle controllers: use code THROTTLE at the checkout. Shop here for EVC (previously iDrive) Throttle Controllers and Shop here for SAAS S-Drive Throttle Controllers




CAMPBOSS Cape York Chairs





Get the chair with all the comfort and features Jase from All 4 Adventure loves most in a camp chair.


These camp chairs are fully padded with high back support and a neoprene headrest. They are easy to pack and carry around with you as you travel Australia’s best beaches and bush, but still tough enough to handle outdoor living.


New stock just in, you are going to need a bigger Christmas stocking!




Swivel Housing & Wheel Bearing Kits




Your 4x4 needs a Christmas present too. Purchase any Terrain Tamer swivel housing and wheel bearing combo kit till December 31st 2020 and receive a FREE front hub socket tool worth $42*.


Terrain Tamer is a great choice for Aussie 4WD enthusiasts. The kits use high-quality components like Koyo bearings and seals, and are covered by an Australian-wide 12-month warranty.


*applies to both standard and heavy-duty kits, retail customers only.








Small enough to pack anywhere, feature packed to be useful in even more places than ever. The new CAMPBOSS Multitool includes needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, a knife, phillips and slotted screwdrivers, saws, carabiner, can opener and most importantly, a bottle opener.


All components are 3CR13 stainless steel, packed into an anodized aluminium handle.


This one will fit easily in your Christmas stocking, why not get a couple?




Got a Winch? You need this




The Premium Adventure Recovery System from CAMPBOSS is here and includes components that eliminate risks usually associated with traditional recovery kits.


The kit includes kinetic recovery rope with up to 30% stretch and a 50% kinetic advantage over a snatch strap. It also includes a 12-strand super lightweight winch extension rope with minimal stretch, a tree protector, and soft shackles to reduce the risk associated with flying metal shackles.




Next Gen Towing Mirrors



Kit out your 4x4 with Clearview’s Next Gen towing mirrors. They retract when not in use for towing, and the new designs are not much wider than standard when fully retracted.


When extended (up to an impressive 180mm) you get the ultimate vision you need for towing safely.


They feature a two mirror design incorporating a flat top mirror to look directly down the side of your 4WD and caravan, and a smaller convex mirror on the bottom to help eliminate blind spots.


Better still, they fold back or forwards if someone brushes against them in the carpark or at the holiday park.



Fridge Freezers




There is nothing like hitting your favourite camping spot, setting up the caravan or tent, and grabbing a cold beverage or two out of your Ironman 4x4 IceCube fridge freezer.


Available in 30, 40, 50, 65 and 74 litre options, the IceCube range of fridge freezers will keep your food fresh and your drinks icy cold. They are portable and run on 12 or 240 volt power.


We have a range of accessories to go with your fridge freezer including slide mounts, drop slide mounts (to make your fridge easier to access), insulated covers, fridge thermometers and more.




Tyre Basics




If you do travel off-road on corrugated roads, sand and mud, you will at some stage need to adjust your tyre pressures.


We have everything you need to take care of your tyres including heavy-duty tyre compressors, tyre deflators including quick deflate where the valve core is taken out, and also tyre repair kits should you sustain a puncture on your travels.








Get yourself some quick shade this summer with an awning for the side of your 4x4.


You can choose from standard models that pull out 2.5 metres, or 270-degree options that wrap around the back of the vehicle as well.


We also offer add-on accessories like flyscreen rooms, side extensions, tent extensions and more. You can even get a smaller instant Ensuite awning setup for using as a change room.


We can fit these all up to your existing roof racks, or give you options on racks too.







This one will have to go under the Christmas tree, or be fitted to your 4x4 before Christmas.


Let your engine breathe better and protect it during water crossings with a Safari Snorkel. Made from industrial-spec UV stabilized polyethylene, they are available for a range of vehicles.


Give our team a call today and we can see what options we have for your 4WD.




Pre Fuel Filter Kits




The fuel quality around Australia can vary, and the last thing your engine needs is to be drinking contaminated diesel. This is even more critical on today’s common rail diesels which can be prone to injector and injector pump damage from contaminated fuel.


Our Flashlube pre fuel filter kits sit in line with your existing factory fuel filter to provide pre-filtering and water catchment.


They come with all the brackets, hoses, clamps and fittings you need for the fitment as well as a 30 micron filter.


See our team about optional parts including hand primers and water sensors with dash mounted indicators.



Camp Ovens




Have you watched All 4 Adventure or Trip in a Van cooking in their camp ovens? The possibilities are endless from roast dinners to cakes.


Now you can get bush cooking the way Jase from All 4 Adventure does with the CAMPBOSS Ultimate Camp Cooking Bundle.


It includes a 9L spun steel camp oven, trivet (the bit that sits inside to stop food burning on the base), canvas bag, lifting handle and gloves. Roast, bake, fry or boil with this versatile cooking tool. The lid can even be used as a frying pan!








A good swag can last a lifetime of adventures. Check out the new CAMPBOSS Signature swags available as a single or a double.


They come with a premium high-density foam mattress and are designed to be extremely durable, lightweight, and comfortable. Made from tough waterproof ripstop 400gsm canvas, this is the swag Jase from All 4 Adventure recommends you take on your next adventure.




Stocking Fillers




Of course, there is even more gear you will find in our Kotara Showroom including recovery and camping gear, 4x4 parts, performance accessories and more.


Maybe all you need is the best stubby cooler in town – the All Four x 4 stubby cooler.



Can’t decide?




We also have gift certificates. The hottest gift around giving you endless opportunity to expand your adventure capabilities. Available in a range of values, they are the perfect gift if you cannot decide on what to get, or you want to put money towards a bigger item or fitment.


Order your gift certificate online here and select the value you want.


The big question remains though: HAVE YOUR BEEN NAUGHTY OR NICE THIS YEAR?


It could be the difference between you getting a swag or a rooftop tent.



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Is your air filter housing sealing correctly?

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Many modern vehicles use a panel style air filter for cleaning the outside air your vehicle's engine breathes.


Panel filters are not the most robust of designs and when a vehicle is working under hot conditions (not uncommon here in Australia) the housing can slightly distort.


This ever so slight distortion can compromise the amount of clamping force it provides on the filter element allowing air to move past or around the filter rather than through it.


Dust or any fine particles can cause catastrophic damage to an engineEven small quantities can significantly reduce its life span.


Its the same for oil and fuel filters as well as air.


Today's engines have sensors in the intake measuring things like airflow and/or pressure.


Dust collecting on these can cause faulty readings which can cause the engine's computer (ECU) to think there an actual fault - technically there is!


The vehicle may go into 'limp mode' in an attempt to prevent or minimise damage.


Not a great experience if you are a long way from home on a dusty dirt track.


A housing that holds barrel or drum type filter as found on heavy earth moving equipment provides much better clamping force to handle those more extreme conditions


Air Filter


There are a number of reasons why barrel-style filters are not commonly used.


The complexity of modern engines does not provide much available space to install a larger barrel-style filter.


Cost is also a significant factor, generally panel filters are less expensive than barrel types.


So you have a panel type filter fitted and while you're doing a routine service you notice fine dust on the engine side (the 'clean' side) of the filter.


We know filters play a critical role in maintaining a healthy engine, even more, important for turbocharged vehicles - what should you do?


If you own a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series VDJ (V8 4.5L turbo diesel) or a Land Cruiser Prado 120/150 Series KZJ KDJ RZJ (4 Cyl 3.0L turbo diesel or 2.7L Petrol) we have a solution for you, the new air filter housing shim kit designed by Terrain Tamer





  • The kit includes a custom-designed shim along with a new Terrain Tamer branded air filter
  • It increases the clamping force the upper and lower sections of the air filter housing has on the filter element creating a more secure seal
  • All Terrain Tamer designed parts (including filters) are designed to meet or exceed OEM specifications
  • The shim itself is cut from approx 0.7mm stainless steel plate
  • It is designed to be installed into the sealing channel in the upper section of the housing
  • An adhesive like Sikaflex Pro is recommended to be used to secure the shim in place although it is not required




If you would like more information please feel free to contact us on the phone number or email address below


Alternatively, if you want to purchase directly from our website please click the following link:


Terrain Tamer Air Filter and Dusting Shim Kit suitable for VDJ70 Series & Prado 120 150 TTAFSK


Phone: 02 4041 4000 (+612 4041 4000)





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