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Pic by Dough reid This is one Triton that’s ready for business. It belongs to Doug Reid of Cape Town. The 3.2-litre D-iD was snapped during its first trip to the Richtersveld with the 4×4 Off road Adventure Club in April last year. The vehicle is well kitted out with a long-range fuel tank, 100-litre SS water tank, Alu Cab canopy, dual battery, ARB compressor, fridge / freezer, drawer system, second spare wheel and front roofrack. It also sports a 29 Mhz radio, Tyredog tyre pressure monitor, Burnco rock sliders, Old Man Emu suspension, Safari Snorkel and 32” Coopers STT

Pic by Johan Roodt Johan Roodt is the proud owner of this ‘80 Geländewagen cabriolet. Here we see it taking a rare break from the action during a visit to De Wildt 4×4.

Pic by Vernon Kennedy-Van Dam It was during his first tour of Namibia, in December ’10, that Mpumalanga resident Vernon Kennedy-Van Dam snapped this shot of their ‘98 Pajero 3.5 V6 on a hilltop overlooking the Aussenkehr Nature Reserve, on the road from Ais-Ais to Sendelingsdrift. Vernon reports that they travelled 6 500 km in 10 days, most of it on gravel roads, without the Pajero giving any trouble.  e trusty Mitsubishi has covered some 172 000 km and sports OME suspension and a roller drawer system.

Pic by Cyril Klopper Now there’s an overlander you don’t see very often. This capable Jimny belongs to Cyril Klopper. The image was snapped during the last week of 2010 when Klopper, his wife and daughter explored Namaqualand and the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. As avid hikers and motorcyclists, this family believe in packing light so the Jimny’s limited luggage space has never been a problem for them. The little 4×4 is kitted out with a winch, suspension upgrade and AT tyres.

Pic by Jacques Stassen Sjoe, that’s one sweet-looking Courier – colour-coded everythings! This ‘93 3-litre V6 belongs to Jacques Stassen, who’s considering trading the beefy V6 motor for a 2.5 diesel.

Question by: John de Faria Answer by: Johann ViljoenI’m proud to announce that after purchasing an ‘00 Isuzu 280 DT I’ve officially joined the R50k club. I bought the vehicle with worn tyres but luckily I had a set of new Cooper STs (31 / 10.5 / 15) lying around. Unfortunately, the vehicle’s standard tyre size is 265 / 75 / 16, so I’ve borrowed a set 15” rims that are 10” wide. Is it safe to use a 10.5” tyre on a 10” rim? And if so, can I deflate the tyres without the risk of de-beading them? Or

Question by: Eugene van der Merwe Answer by: Arnold VenterMy ‘97 Colt 3.0 V6 uses about two litres of oil with every full tank of fuel, but as far as I can tell it’s not smoking or leaking any oil. Where on earth is the oil going, or what am I doing wrong? I use 20W50 as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Eugene van der Merwe THE EXPERT’S OPINION: A high-mileage Colt 6G72 engine will often show signs of uneven cylinder wear. Once this happens the tolerances between the cylinder wall and the piston ring are too great, causing the engine

Question by: Wayne du Ploy Answer by: Arnold VenterI own an ‘03 Colt 2.8 TDI. I would like to remove the vehicle’s viscous fan and replace it with two 10” electric fans. Is this a popular modification, and if so, at what temperature should the fans switch on? Wayne du Ploy THE EXPERT’S OPINION: This modification isn’t a good idea, especially not for the Colt 2.8 TDI. I’m doubtful that the electric fans will generate enough airflow to keep the radiator cool. What’s more, a double-fan setup may restrict air moving through the radiator when driving at low speeds. The

Question by: Groete Rudolf Answer by: Eric SkeenEk dink dis nogals baie nice dat ek so kan raad vra vir die manne wat weet terwyl ek hier in my huis ver van julle af sit. Ek wil net graag weet wat is die algemeenste radio frikwensie wat die 4×4 manne op praat? Ek het ‘n Uniden (XL510) 27 MHz in my bakkie gesit. Sommer ‘n radio wat ek vernuut gekry het maar nou wil ek net seker maak op watse frikwensie die meeste op praat. Ek het al gehoor hulle praat van n’ 29 MHz ook maar is nie seker

Question by: Sunny Mtimka Answer by: Arnold VenterWhat are the disadvantages of using 500 ppm diesel in a vehicle that recommends 50 ppm? And if there are any disadvantages, what can be done to force our filling stations to supply us with low-sulphur diesel? Sunny Mtimka THE EXPERT’S OPINION: In short: low-sulphur diesel (50 ppm) promotes cleaner combustion and therefore less wear on the engine. With regards to increasing the availability of 50 ppm, well, it may help if we collectively boycott those filling stations that fail to stock low-sulphur diesel. Arnold Venter CRD (4×4 fitment & repairs) (011) 907

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