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How do you turn a Chevy Trailblazer into a superb overland touring machine? Take a few tips from Ironman 4×4 Our MD, Carl Rogers, wanted to put together a touring vehicle that could handle the bush with a couple of passengers in comfort and ease, without breaking the bank. His personal preference was for a wagon rather than a doublecab pickup, and having perused the used-car market for a while, he decided on the Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ. Class-leading torque figures, a solid features list and the fact that it is not high on the car-thief shopping list make the

  Humvee Spec Mile Marker winch range   Local company Aftermarket Sales (AMS) has been appointed as sole importers/distributors of the US-made Mile Marker winch range. The hydraulic range, which is specified by the US military for its Humvee and other tactical vehicles used around the world, uses the OEM power steering pump as its power source. This avoids any potential for battery drain. These units have to perform for years without service or adjustment under all conditions, and withstand any type of abuse. The built-in governor on the hydraulic units ensures it is impossible to overload the power steering

Packed Rack Off Grid 3-way Roof Rack     Adding an extra slot to the outer frame of the Off Grid roof rack has added more versatility to this locally developed product. It enables the fitment of a range of additional accessories – from gas bottle holders, to recovery track brackets and the ever-popular bottle opener. As ever, the rack features a fully welded construction and longitudinal load slats with a carrying capacity of 250kg. Price: Double Cabs- From R6 995 | SUV & Single Cabs- From R9 500Website: Extreme Shockers Rancho Premium Elite RS9000XL shock absorbers    

Drawer systems are a great invention because, as every overlander knows, packing and unpacking is such an integral part of travelling. Adding a shelf midway helps to separate items that would otherwise have to be moved about. The drawers make for two secure and contained packing zones for items that need to be used frequently; you always know where they are going to be – even after a pummelling on a long corrugated road. And the space on the side? That’s where you stash the fixed items and things you will not need to get to every day, like battery

Of the countless modifications one can make to any 4×4, changing the wheels is often the first port of call. This may be purely for looks, or to accommodate a bigger tyre − but there are some things to consider before you splash out… The factory fitment of 19-inch (and above) wheels on many of today’s crop of premium SUVs and 4x4s is not going to fit well with a lifetime of hard 4×4 use. These massive rims fill the wheel arches, and are shod with low-profile tyres which are great for prancing about the city and make for stable

We’ve all been there, stuck on the roadside and in need of a quick fix. Most 4×4 drivers carry compressors, so a repair kit may save you changing a tyre − but do you know that not all repair kits are created equal? We can speak from personal experience: poor-quality kits simply don’t work. In this quick guide, we compare the pricing and features of a list of kits from most of the premium brands, where you expect the quality to be at a high level. This is an important purchase, and while it is not the most expensive outlay

Drag Star TJM Torq Electric Winch 9500Lb     Whether used for your escapes, or to rescue a friend, a winch is your final line of defence against staying stuck. TJM’s Torq 9500 has a 4.3-ton towing capacity and is perfect for medium-to-large 4x4s. The winch itself is IP67 waterproof-rated, as is the wireless controller. Plastic parts are UV protected, and the 28m synthetic line is both lighter and stronger than its steel equivalent. The 3.6kW serieswound motor and planetary gear system ensure that Australia’s highest standards are met. Price: R11 995Website: Wire me up, Scotty Big Country 4×4

I had long wanted to replace the fibreglass canopy on my double-cab Hilux Vigo. It was perfectly adequate at keeping out the rain, but it failed to keep out the dust, and because it can’t take much of a load on top, I was reluctant to source a roof rack and roof-top tent. Ferdie van de Merwe of Rhinoman must have felt my pain, because he offered to fit one of his flagship aluminium canopies, the Rhino-Cab. He is well known in the industry as a supplier to Safari Centre, Opposite Lock, Megaworld, LA Sport, and others, and his factory

Red Paddle Co 12’6″ Explorer SUP & Ironman 4×4 Travel Master Multi-Rod & Reel Whenever I head up the coast or anywhere near water, my “essential gear” includes a stand up paddleboard (SUP) and fishing tackle. And these need to fit in somehow alongside the cooler boxes, braai grids, kids’ toys, etc. My regular boards are bulky and require a roof rack, and some of my rods are too long to fit inside the car. So, for my latest trip, I was chuffed when I got my hands on some really compact equipment. And my daughter was happy too, as

Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by trucks, off-road driving and camping. My first vehicle, as a student, was a 1953 Willy Jeep CJ-3B: a soft-top with a threespeed gearbox. I moved up through the ranks: Land Rover 300TDi hardtop, Club-cab 4×4, and Hilux 2.5-litre D-4D double cab, before I ended with a 4.0 Hilux with raised suspension, towing an off-road trailer fully equipped with roof-top tent, fridge, freezer, awnings and the like. For many, this would have been the ultimate vehicle-combination to strive for, and it has served us well. As a family, we like to

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