Useful 4WD Tips
Here are a few useful tips that the experienced team at Total 4×4 have picked up over the years:  Tyre Pressure 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 Landcruiser 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.
Efficient Utilisation Of Storage Space
When you are packing for your whole family to go in one vehicle to the outback, you need all the storage space you can get. This is why it’s important not to waste space unnecessarily when you are packing. Packing things in a neat and tidy fashion will help ensure no space wastage. Installing storage drawers in the tray of your 4×4 is the best method of utilising available space. It also means easy access to your gear and protects it from being knocked around on bumpy roads. Other storage solutions that will work are slide out shelves, stackable tubs and roof racks attached to your canopy. 
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.
How to Pack Your 4×4
It’s important to spend time thinking about what exactly you need to pack and then how to pack everything. It will save you from a lot of frustration once you are out in the middle of nowhere and it’s too late. If you take too much stuff you are left with the arduous task of having to reload it once it’s been unloaded. When it comes to carrying tools, don’t bring a full kit, go through your kit and only bring what you will use, leave the rest at home. Also, only bring the amount of top-up oil you will need, not a full canister. You also need to pack everything in a way that you can reach things easily and be able to check supplies daily.In UTEs, because most of the cargo storage space is behind the rear axle, it’s important to load all the heavier stuff up at the front of the tray. After you have filled every inch of storage space in your vehicle, you should take your vehicle to your nearest registered weighbridge and have the total weight of your loaded vehicle checked against the manufacturer’s rated gross vehicle mass figure. If it’s too heavy, you run the risk of blowing your tyres.By having a high-quality, robust canopy installed on your 4×4, you camping gear will have more secure storage space and be protected from the elements, making your camping trip in the outback a fun, hassle-free experience.
4WD Clubs
Click \"Read More\" to view a list of 4WD Clubs CLUB CONTACT ADDRESS WEB OR EMAILAdventure 4WD Club PO Box 20 Kelmscott WA 6111 WEBSITEAlbany 4WD Club PO Box 1677 Albany WA 6330 WEBSITEAll Tracks 4WD Club PO Box 3029 Kingsley WA 6026 WEBSITEThe Compact 4WD Club PO Box 37 Armadale WA 6992 WEBSITEDownsouth 4WD Club Inc N/A EMAILEastern Suburbs 4WD Club PO Box 92 Morley WA 6943 WEBSITEFoothills 4WD Club PO Box 635 Gosnells WA 6110 WEBSITEFreedom All Wheel Drive Club PO Box 68 Gosnells WA 6110 WEBSITEGeraldton 4WD Club PO Box 1709 Geraldton WA 6531 WEBSITEGetaway 4WD Club PO Box 295 Bayswater WA 6933 WEBSITEJeep Owners 4WD Club N/A WEBSITELandrover Owners 4WD Club PO Box 285 Victoria Park WA 6979 WEBSITEMitsubishi 4WD Owners Club PO Box 655 South Perth WA 6951 WEBSITEMud ‘n’ Dirt 4WD Club N/A EMAILPeel 4WD Club PO Box 8233 Warnbro WA 6169 WEBSITEPerth 4WD Club 19 Forward St, Manning WA 6152 WEBSITEQuad-Drive 4WD Club PO Box 176 Guildford WA 6935 WEBSITEOut and About 4×4 Club Inc PO Box 1824, Wangara WA 6947 EMAILRockingham 4WD Club PO Box 2217 Rockingham DC WA 6168 WEBSITESouth Side 4×4 Group PO Box 5274 Canning Vale Sth WA 6155 WEBSITESouth West 4WD Club PO Box 1706 Bunbury WA 6230 WEBSITESubaru 4WD Club PO Box 434 South Perth WA 6951 WEBSITESuzuki 4WD Club PO Box 991 Victoria Park WA 6100 WEBSITETeam W4 PO Box 401 Welshpool WA 6986 WEBSITEToodyay 4WD Club PO Box 232 Toodyay WA 6566 EMAILToyota Land Cruiser Club PO Box 518 Cloverdale WA 6105 WEBSITEWanneroo Wanderers 4WD Club PO Box 414 Wanneroo WA 6065 WEBSITEWestern Patrol Club PO Box 5292 East Victoria Park WA 6981 WEBSITE
What Are SmartBar Bull Bars?
The new SmartBar (bull bar) is safer for both drivers and pedestrians. 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 groundbreaking new product called the SmartBar. This product not only offers additional protection for vehicle occupants, but also for pedestrians and animals, when accidents occur.The SmartBar is 100% Australian made and is roto moulded from polyethylene, unlike traditional bull bars, which were made from metal. They had no give, would need replacement after a serious accident, and showed no mercy to pedestrians or animals involved in collisions. The metal bars were also heavy, adding considerable weight to vehicles that were often already overweight – unlike the SmartBar, which is in a league of its own thanks to the number of benefits it offers drivers, passengers, pedestrians and animals.  Lightweight – more economical Polyethylene is much lighter than metal, and the average weight fitted to 4WDs is approximately 30kg, as opposed to the much heavier 60kg metal bar. The lighter material means reduced fuel consumption and less wear and tear on your suspension and tires.  High-impact safety The primary beauty and usefulness of polyethylene is that, despite its light weight, it effectively absorbs 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 protection to your panels, particularly in high-speed collisions and animal strikes. This means the amount of damage that your engine could sustain is greatly reduced, and the risk of engine immobilisation minimal. This is particularly important for drivers traveling on holidays or camping weekends to remote locations where mobile signals are erratic and help is often difficult to come by.    Added protection for passengers and pedestrians The SmartBar is stronger than metal and because of its ‘give’ factor and 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 airbag functionality.  Tests conducted by the Centre of Automotive & 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 while also offering the animal more chance of survival.  Versatile Smart bars are most often used in police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances, however, they also provide equal protection to regular vehicles such as 4x4s, sedans, and trucks. Additionally, they can be made to match your colour-coded Aeroklas canopy; making these accessories look like they’re produced as part of the vehicle’s bodywork.  Quality guaranteed SmartBar is 100% Australian made, giving the manufacturers total control over the entire production process, earning them an ISO 9001 certification. They have internal teams that manage the CAD design, engineering, R&D, product formation, distribution, quality control and testing, every step of the way.This product has already achieved worldwide acclaim and is revolutionising the way we protect our vehicles, passengers, drivers, and pedestrians and animals.If you want a SmartBar attached to your vehicle, get it done by your local 4×4 specialists where you can have Rhino Racks fitted – with up to 80kg loading mass – and you can choose stylish colour-coded canopies to complement your new SmartBar. Get ready to tackle the outdoors safely.If you want a SmartBar attached to your vehicle, get it done by your local 4×4 specialists.