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Whether you are banging about in the bush over rough terrain, clambering over rocks up a mountain pass, fording through a rocky water crossing, or travelling on a rural road at night with your eyes peeled for that Kudu that suddenly appears next to the road, it is always good to have the extra peace of mind that comes with having your vehicle protected against rough terrain, ground and animal strikes. In this second phase of our Ironman 4×4 Bush Truck build, we look at some of the Vehicle Protection Gear that we think is essential for any serious off-road…

The first phase of our Ironman 4×4 Bush Truck build is the installation of a performance upgrade. I was expecting more people to ask why and I was a bit disappointed that most people just accepted it without explanation. I was ready to explain that the performance upgrade would help to compensate for the additional weight of all of the accessories as well as the larger wheel and tyres that we would be fitting to turn the Ranger into a serious bush truck. It would seem however that a performance upgrade for a diesel- powered double-cab bakkie is par for…

When you’re the director of Safari Centre in Mossel Bay, it’d be almost sacrilegious not to have a 4×4 that epitomises what’s possible for a camper. Bennie Durand’s Navara has every possible bell, whistle and gadget that one is able to purchase, and while this may not be a built rig, it’s about as far as one can go with bolt-on components before compromising practicality. By Andrew Middleton

We’ve all been there: in the camping store, accessories department, or fitment centre. Our eyes roam over countless shiny new parts while our imaginations run wild. We try to convince ourselves that these material items don’t make us happier… but that’d be lying to our true greedy selves. Unfortunately, as much as our minds race and hearts skip a beat, our wallets most often stay sullen. So, where does it end? Well, it ends here, with the TeraFlex Jeep. What Pierre Smit and the guys from SA Procurement/All Off-Road have done is to build what in their minds is the…

The Sodwana Bay parking lot is always interesting. As I drive in, I pass a Suzuki Jimny (standard), another Jimny (modded, with big tyres), a couple of standard double cabs, a Fortuner or two, a replica Jeep CJ-something, and a Land Cruiser bakkie, fairly unmolested. And I’m driving my own Subaru Outback, probably the most understated (and underrated), and least macho all-wheel-drive vehicle available. (Let’s be honest – it’s a station wagon.) Then I park next to something quite special, and very definitely, incredibly, indelibly and obviously modified. The first hint is the rear axle – it seems that there…

Words & Image by Andrew Middleton Clichés can come in various forms, but more often than not they stem from a modicum of truth. And in the context of the red Samurai here, dynamite does indeed come in small packages. Bought in 2013 as an el-cheapo project car, Hendri Mouton’s SJ413 ‘Zombie Response Vehicle’ quickly got out of hand, becoming an all consuming passion for the young engineer in training. As with many projects, this one will likely never be completed. Call it a constant work in progress. I have known Hendri for a while now, and it’s clear that…

Words & Images Angus Boswell A 70 Series Cruiser is a tough workhorse. You’d be hard pressed to find a production vehicle with this level of stock-standard ability. If one were to build a superb overlanding and trail-crushing rig, with more space than a Jeep Rubicon, there is probably no better starting point. But they do have a few shortcomings. Forget the Spartan interior and its woeful lack of stash places; how about the low-slung axle hardware which hangs up on rocks, or the handling which is on the crude side? Heavy duty rear leaf springs ensure that the Cruiser…

Words & Images Andrew Middelton Clichés can come in various forms, but more often than not they stem from a modicum of truth. And in the context of the red Samurai here, dynamite does indeed come in small packages. Bought in 2013 as an el-cheapo project car, Hendri Mouton’s SJ413 ‘Zombie Response Vehicle’ quickly got out of hand, becoming an all-consuming passion for the young engineer in training. As with many projects, this one will likely never be completed. Call it a constant work in progress. I have known Hendri for a while now, and it’s clear that he’s a…

Words & Images Andrew Middleton If someone told you that your vehicle sounded like a tractor, it probably wouldn’t be a good thing; unless you’re Ray Preston. Tractors, as we know them, are over-engineered for high loads, probably lack maintenance, and do thousands of hours of towing ploughs all day. Which sounds ideal for an overlanding machine, except for one problem – they’re dog-slow. This is not a criticism you could level at Ray’s 1983 vintage Defender. Apparently, this particular Landy was the first prototype 110 model to come to South Africa in the Eighties. It was boughtby Ray in…

Words & Images Andrew Middleton For some, chucking a mat on the ground beneath the stars is enough, but Eddie Visser and his wife couldn’t be bothered with that level of slumming. They prefer a bit of the good life while camping, so a solution for comfort on the move was needed. Who better to help plan that solution than lifelong friend Freddie van Wyk, with whom he had travelled all over southern Africa? And this was the very same Freddie who’d been responsible for the unique Club Cab Land Rover Defender featured in the November 2015 issue of SA4x4…

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