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In the last 20 years, there have been more advances in electronics than at any other time in history. So much so, that many of the newly qualified technicians out there have never actually had the experience of testing a coil or standard relay, let alone an ignition condenser. This technology has largely been replaced by sealed, solid-state componentry – which, these days, requires an entirely different and extremely complex set of diagnostic skills. So, what has changed? Let’s start with something simple like an indicator/turn signal. In the case of older technologies, it’s fairly simple: the indicator incorporates a

Words and pictures by Andrew Middleton. With the help of technology, modern vehicles can now produce remarkable power and torque figures, as well as great fuel economy. But, along with this advanced machinery comes the noose-rope of emission control – which could have detrimental effects on your 4×4 one day. These days, it’s not uncommon to hear of a 4×4 that continually reverts into limp mode, or worse yet, blows a turbo or two. In turn, vehicle owners often blame technology, and criticise modern engines as overly finicky. This problem isn’t restricted to one make of 4×4; almost any new

Words & photographs by Bryan Milne. We overlanders are a funny bunch: we’re always looking to escape civilisation, heading deeper and deeper into the bush, but at the same time we are hoping to make the wild as comfortable as possible. This dichotomy creates the need for many helpful gadgets and accessories, from 12 V fridge / freezers, to comfy rooftop tents. But, as is the case with both these appliances, a rooftop tent and portable fridge are most effective when used on level ground; and that’s where the subject of this review comes into play. Compact in size and

Reader DIY: Building a custom roofrack I drive an ’89 Cruiser 62 series, affectionately dubbed Jersey. After completing several mods on her, I thought it was time to kit her out with a new roofrack. I wasn’t interested in any of the off-theshelf units, as I wanted to build my own rack, something unique to my 4×4. At that stage, all I had was an idea; a vision of what the roofrack should look like. Unfortunately, dreams don’t always look the same in real life, so rather than waste money on steel, I decided to build a template roofrack out

Words and pictures by Pieter de Waal. Reader DIY: Cleaning up after an Overland Trip Take a trip to some of the remoter parts of Botswana and you’ll be sure to encounter heavy sand, some mud, some water and lots of grass. Great fun, for sure, but it does require some special care once you’re back home. A lot of nasty things may still be lurking underneath the four-wheeler even after the valet guys have done their best. I’m not one who believes everything must be squeaky clean; that doesn’t make the vehicle any lighter on fuel or any faster.

Original text and images supplied by Dremel. Edited by SA4x4 magazine. DIY: How to clean a corroded battery Original text and images supplied by Dremel. Edited by SA4x4 magazine. A battery can easily become corroded, and this affects its ability to do its job. Cleaning it up takes only five minutes and is a job that you can easily tackle yourself. All you need are the tools listed below, or similar. Put on your gloves; alkaline battery corrosion can burn your skin, so it’s important to keep your hands covered. Remove the battery from your 4×4. Pour a small amount

Words and pictures by Douglas Jones. Reader DIY project: Building Your own Bull-Bar. An aftermarket bumper can completely transform the looks of your 4×4, and if it is engineered properly, will also enhance your vehicle’s approach angle, as well as make it easy for you to add features like heavy-duty recovery points, built-in spotlights, and possibly even a winch. Unfortunately, most of these bumpers aren’t cheap, and I also wasn’t particularly impressed with the designs on offer – I wanted a bumper which incorporated more curves and angles. I started my DIY bumper project with a hardboard (3 mm) template,

Words and pictures by Willem Kotze I used to build motorcycles as a young boy. As time went by my passion for making things from scratch grew stronger and stronger and the projects I attempted got bigger and bigger. Eventually, after dreaming about building a pipe car 4×4 for nearly 10 years, I finally got cracking on the design. The project started in August ‘09 when I was still working as a steel 
merchant – needless to say the matter of material supply was not my biggest concern. My plan was to build a workhorse 4×4 with lots of cabin

It all began about two years ago. I desperately wanted more ground clearance under my ’00 Hilux 2.7-litre so I fitted extended shackles at the rear and dialled up the front torsion bars. This modification gave me an extra 50 mm of suspension lift, but it came at a price: my front suspension travel was almost non-existent. I knew there was a better solution, something that would transform my bakkie into the perfect 4×4 with massive ground clearance and terrific axle flex. Enter the solid front axle (SFA) conversion. READER DIY PROJECT: HOW TO CONVERT YOUR HILUX FROM IFS TO

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