4×4 TIPS & TRICKS

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CAUGHT IN THE SAND

Have you ever been in a remote area, bogged in soft sand? Not to worry, as long as you have a handy x-jack from Total 4×4 you can get yourself out of a potentially dangerous situation.

View the video below to see how easy this product is to use.

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SMARTBAR BULL BARS

Bull bars have been around for decades protecting a wide range of vehicles, or so we thought. Recent safety concerns have forced a rethink on the bull bar and the result is a ground breaking new product that not only offers additional protection for vehicle occupants, but also for pedestrians and animals, when accidents occur.

The new SmartBar (bull bar) is safer for both drivers and pedestrians.

SmartBar HiluxTraditional bull bars were made from metal; they were heavy, had no give, would need replacement after any serious collision and showed no mercy to any pedestrians or animals involved in a collision. They were also heavy, adding a considerable weight to vehicles that were often already overweight. The SmartBar has changed all of this. It is 100% Australian made, and is roto moulded from polyethylene, which offers a number of benefits.

Light weight – more economical

Polyethylene is far lighter than its metal counterpart, and the average fitted weight to 4wd’s is approximately 30 kg. This means reduced fuel consumption and less wear and tear on your suspension and tyres.

High impact safety

The main beauty and usefulness of polyethylene is that, despite its lighter weight, it has a unique ability to effectively absorb high impacts, returning to its original shape afterwards. The result is the crash damage to your vehicle is reduced, and your SmartBar enjoys a longevity that the original bull bar cannot touch. Bull Bars would often need to be replaced after a serious accident, resulting in downtime and high costs.

The Smart Bar also offers additional protection to your panels, particularly in high speed collisions and animal strikes. This means the amount of possible damage that your engine will sustain is greatly reduced, and the risk of engine immobilisation minimal. This is particularly important for drivers travelling in remote locations where mobile signals are erratic and help often difficult to come by.

Added protection for passengers and pedestrians

The SmartBar is stronger than its metal counterparts and because of its ‘give’ factor, offers far more protection to any pedestrians or animals it might strike. Crash tests have proven that the bar offers far more protection to adults, children and animals. The impact absorption factors will also protect occupants of the vehicle without compromising the air bag functionality.

Tests conducted by the Centre of Automotive and Safety Research (CASR) for HIC (Head Impact Criteria), which measures the head trauma and accident survival probability at certain speeds, have confirmed that SmartBar is superior to all other frontal vehicle protection systems that are currently on the market.

These bars are also designed to deflect an animal in the case of a strike, ensuring the vehicle remains mobile and offering the animal more chance of survival at the same time.

Versatile

Smart bars provide equal protection to 4x4s, sedans, and trucks. They are most often used in police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances, in addition to regular vehicles.

Quality guaranteed

SmartBar is 100% Australian made, giving the manufacturers total control over the entire manufacturing process, earning them an ISO 9001 certification. They have internal teams that manage the CAD design, engineering, R&D, product formation, distribution and of course quality control and testing very step of the way.

This product has already achieved worldwide acclaim and is revolutionising the way we protect our vehicles, passengers and drivers, and pedestrians and animals.

If you want a SmartBar attached to your vehicle, get it done by your local 4×4 specialists.

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USEFUL 4WD TIPS

Here are a few useful tips that the experienced team at Total 4×4 have picked up over the years:

TYRE PRESSURES

Lowering the pressure in your 4wd tyres increases the length of the footprint (and the width of course) flattening the sand before you drive over it.

Replace the pressure ASAP to lessen the damage to the side wall.

Deflators attached to the valves, then removed before driving, allow the tyres to deflate to the same pressure.

SOFT SAND

Before you attempt to de-bog yourself always scoop the sand from in front and behind all wheels.

There is no ideal tyre pressure for your 4WD – drop the pressure from Road pressure to approx 20 psi in the first instance, then if you’re still not getting adequate traction drop to 15/16psi. If you go down to 15 psi straight away, you can spin the tyre off the rim, then you are in real trouble. 10 Psi has been used to carefully extract yourself from the soft stuff.

GRAVEL AND ROCKY TERRAIN

There is merit in lowering tyre pressures whilst driving on gravel and rocky surfaces. It allows the tyre to wrap around the large rocks and follow the contour of the terrain, also it causes less damage to the environment.

BEACH DRIVING

When driving on the beach the tide is always coming in: Bremer Bay in ‘81 my Landcuiser FJ55 (ex Telecom orange ) 10 km along the beach not a soul in sight, the TOYOTA hit a buried compost heap of seaweed etc and , by the time we extracted the 4wd from the sand the water was lapping up against the tyres – Valuable lesson, Up to your knees in seawater and very agro partner and family.

It is recommended to drive as far as possible from the water, within reason of course, the sand may seem harder but if you do get stuck the ocean can be fairly cruel when it comes to damage.

When turning around on the sand always turn away from the water , run up the sand dune or hill then reverse @ 90 degrees to the ocean over the tracks you have already made to finish the 3 point turn.

Equipment Recommended: Exhaust jack 4 tonne, long handled shovel, Air compressor, Tyre Gauge, Bog mats either flexible or hard plastic (Max Trax).

MAINTENANCE

After 4wding it’s a good idea to hose down all of your equipment , this gives you a closer look at the suspension, under body, and mechanical components for any signs of damage, unless of course you are seeking comments on the thick mud spattered all over your car.

A spray with CRC or WD40 on the electrical gear will help to lessen the corrosive nature of salt water.

Your Recovery gear (snatch strap ,winch extension strap etc ) will also need flushing if you’ve been playing in the mud.

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT

A valuable addition to any 4wders equipment would be a land based EPIRB , this can be activated in an emergency situation , the signal is sent via satellite to Canberra where the relevant authorities will be notified and hopefully you will be rescued from your predicament.

A pack of cards could be another necessity in your tool kit , according to Jack Absalom @ Safe Outback Travel. If you are bogged with no help in sight boil the billy to make a brew then get the cards out and start playing Solitaire.

Before you know it someone will stick their head over your shoulder and say the Red 10 goes on the Black Jack then onto the Red Queen, he can then give you a hand to get you out of trouble.

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THE ULTIMATE CAMPING SHADE SOLUTION

This fantastic Foxwing Awning from Rhino Rack offers a fantastic, simple to use shade solution when you are enjoying the great outdoors. Professionally designed, easy to operate and provides 270° of shade. Takes only minutes to set up and pack down so you spend more time enjoying your camping experience.

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4WD CLUBS

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CLUBCONTACT ADDRESSWEB OR EMAIL
Adventure 4WD ClubPO Box 20 Kelmscott WA 6111WEBSITE
Albany 4WD ClubPO Box 1677 Albany WA 6330WEBSITE
All Tracks 4WD ClubPO Box 3029 Kingsley WA 6026WEBSITE
Armadale 4WD ClubPO Box 374 Armadale WA 6112WEBSITE
The Compact 4WD ClubPO Box 37 Armadale WA 6992WEBSITE
Downsouth 4WD Club IncN/AEMAIL
Eastern Suburbs 4WD ClubPO Box 92 Morley WA 6943WEBSITE
Foothills 4WD ClubPO Box 635 Gosnells WA 6110WEBSITE
Freedom All Wheel Drive ClubPO Box 68 Gosnells WA 6110WEBSITE
Geraldton 4WD ClubPO Box 1709 Geraldton WA 6531WEBSITE
Getaway 4WD ClubPO Box 295 Bayswater WA 6933WEBSITE
Jeep Owners 4WD ClubN/AWEBSITE
Landrover Owners 4WD ClubPO Box 285 Victoria Park WA 6979WEBSITE
Mitsubishi 4WD Owners ClubPO Box 655 South Perth WA 6951WEBSITE
Mud ‘n’ Dirt 4WD ClubN/AEMAIL
Peel 4WD ClubPO Box 8233 Warnbro WA 6169WEBSITE
Perth 4WD Club19 Forward St, Manning WA 6152WEBSITE
Quad-Drive 4WD ClubPO Box 176 Guildford WA 6935WEBSITE
Out and About 4×4 Club IncPO Box 1824, Wangara WA 6947EMAIL
Red Dog 4WD ClubPO Box 766 Karatha WA 6714WEBSITE
Rockingham 4WD ClubPO Box 2217 Rockingham DC WA 6168WEBSITE
South Side 4×4 GroupPO Box 5274 Canning Vale Sth WA 6155WEBSITE
South West 4WD ClubPO Box 1706 Bunbury WA 6230WEBSITE
Subaru 4WD ClubPO Box 434 South Perth WA 6951WEBSITE
Suzuki 4WD ClubPO Box 991 Victoria Park WA 6100WEBSITE
Team W4PO Box 401 Welshpool WA 6986WEBSITE
Toodyay 4WD ClubPO Box 232 Toodyay WA 6566EMAIL
Toyota Land Cruiser ClubPO Box 518 Cloverdale WA 6105WEBSITE
Wanneroo Wanderers 4WD ClubPO Box 414 Wanneroo WA 6065WEBSITE
Western Patrol ClubPO Box 5292 East Victoria Park WA 6981WEBSITE
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ROAD CONDITIONS

When you are planning your next 4WD adventure in this beautiful state of WA, make sure you check out the current road conditions in the region you are planning on visiting. This includes the current road closures, road works and weather conditions, all of which can affect your trip.

Please click the links below to view the latest alerts: