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Picking the right tyre for your vehicle isn’t the easiest thing to do; and the standard tyres that were fitted on my late model Hilux Legend 45 when it came out of the factory are not as robust as the AT indication on the sidewall suggests. On my first off-road trip in the Hilux, I was faced with a sidewall puncture – and then suffered a similar fate when we took on the Rust de Winter Toyota Jamboree, so I needed to decide on a new set of rubber. There are many brands out there to choose from but the…

If you are looking for quality you can trust, and superb attention to detail, you should take a good, long look at the products from Bush Lapa. This off-road caravan-and-camper business works out of established premised in Paarl, and is run by Jannie Oeschger, an exacting engineer by any standards. He is also a dedicated camper and traveller, who tests and re-tests everything he designs and builds, and goes back to the drawing board if things are not just right. So, it is always a pleasure when one gets a call from Jannie, in this case to have a look…

Win tyres for life Stand the chance to win your share of R500 000 * Buy 4 or more Cooper Tyres and register for tyrelife 5 winners of R100 000 each * Every purchase of four or more Cooper Tyres gets you free Cooper TyreLife. With this, you’ll receive peace of mind, a minimum mileage warranty and a one-year protection plan. Visit website for more details * T’s and C’s apply.

January 2017 Light Fantastic HELLA Value Fit Design Series Light Bar 11-inch and 31-inch     If you’re keen on nocturnal adventures, you’re going to need a decent off-road light. HELLA offers a powerful LED light strip which is designated strictly for off-road use only. The LEDs are arranged behind two different types of lens, creating a light bar that has both reach and spread. The light strip comes in an 11-inch 289mm (L) x 90mm (W) x 65mm (H) 60W option, with a combo beam that produces 5400 RAW Lumens and 3077 effective Lumens. It also comes in a…

Words by Andrew Middleton, Pictures by Andrew Middleton & Haldon Krog We were winding our way into Lesotho on our first drive with the new Bridgestone Dueler A/T D693 III, which would put them to the test on every terrain from rock, gravel and tar to mud. Standard fitment on the new Fortuner and Hilux, the D693 III is Bridgestone’s latest foray into the allterrain market and the third iteration of the Dueler name. As the tyres spun and rocks tumbled under my wheels, the philosophy of the new Duelers began to make sense. Increased wet and dry performance on…

Light Fantastic HELLA Value Fit Design Series Light Bar 11-inch and 31-inch     If you’re keen on nocturnal adventures, you’re going to need a decent off-road light. HELLA offers a powerful LED light strip which is designated strictly for off-road use only. The LEDs are arranged behind two different types of lens, creating a light bar that has both reach and spread. The light strip comes in an 11-inch 289mm (L) x 90mm (W) x 65mm (H) 60W option, with a combo beam that produces 5400 RAW Lumens and 3077 effective Lumens. It also comes in a 31-inch 797mm…

One of those tools you should never travel without is a 12V DC compressor. Apart from the obvious tyre-inflation purpose, compressed air can be used to re-bead a tyre that’s come off the rim, aid in a puncture repair, pump an air mattress, engage air-locking differentials and (if you have an air receiver) even operate power tools. The humble air compressor comes in a massive variety of shapes and sizes, from your cheap-as-chips Chinamade single piston unit to the high-output twin piston setups from premium brands. Prices vary massively, as does performance. Depending on your application, an el-cheapo pump may…

Compiled by Kayla Cloete Great Shade Alu-Cab Shadow Awning     Make sure that your shade doesn’t run away from you with the Alu-Cab Shadow Awning. Built in the stormy Cape, this awning is designed to stand up to strong winds and inclement weather. Its aluminium-coated canvas provides 10 square metres of the coolest shade, spread across 270 degrees (and covering both the side and rear of your vehicle). Set-up is a simple one-man operation. The unit has just four arms, each containing a tie-down strap for really serious weather (a peg bag and pegs are also supplied). It weighs…

When it comes to 4×4 driving, the winch is often a last resort. It’s something we rarely need, but, when it is necessary, often means the difference between staying stuck and moving on. There are many different aspects to winching, so in this article we outline a few key factors to consider before buying and using your equipment in the field. Our focus here is on electric winches, because of their simplicity and popularity. Powertake- off (PTO) winches and hydraulic winches are far less common. Things to Consider How much power? You wouldn’t put the same 4500lb-rated winch on a…

Words & Images Angus Boswell When you run out of traction in an area where there is nothing to attach a winch to, and no other vehicle in the vicinity, you have to get creative. You could bury a pole, or a spare tyre, or something heavy that will provide an anchor point. The Pull Pal is that other, on-hand solution. For simplicity’s sake, we can describe it as a plough: one made with thick steel sections that are almost as hardy, and nigh-on as heavy, as you’d find on a piece of agricultural equipment. So, how does it work?…

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