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Your One-stop Ecu Shop
ECU-SHOP New Zealand is the trusted name in modern 4WD diesel tuning. NZ4WD Editor Ross MacKay explains why. OK, one thing that we as 4WD enthusiasts/aficionados/call us what you will, can pretty much agree upon is that ‘the internet’ has changed ou
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Opening Shot
Rightly or wrongly a trip to Cape York (aka ‘the teeep’ as in the northern-most ‘tip’ of Australia) is on the Bucket List of many a Kiwi four-wheeler. Getting there – not to mention back again – is not particularly easy from this side of the ditch. B
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Diesel Tuning 101
There are effectively three ways to ‘tune’ a modern electronically function-managed turbo-diesel engine. 1) Piggy-backing a tunable aftermarket ECU onto the factory one via a dedicated plug-and-play loom. 2) ECU re-flashing/re-mapping 3) Plug and pl
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From The Editor
I don’t mind admitting it, I am a bit of a late convert to the recent spate of ‘enthusiast-rather-than-competitor-based’ ‘lifestyle-celebrating’ car events like the Choice Events’ Car-nival one I went to at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park last
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Arb Builds New Base
Ultra-sleek, boasting a super low mounting profile and lightweight design, the all-new BASE Rack form ARB provides unmatched simplicity, flexibility and personalisation in your roof rack set-up. Setting a new benchmark in strength and integration, th
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Auckland 4x4 Performance Upgrades
Auckland 4x4 Performance has hit the ground running after we were all thrown into the Covid-19 Lockdown. The time spent in Lockdown seemed to give people time to think about possibilities and potential kit-outs for their 4WDs however. We had a large
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Ldv Set To Sell First All-electric Ute Here … Next Year!
With a fully electric derivative of LDV’s T60 ute set to go into production in China in the second quarter of 2021, local importer, Great Lake Motor Distributors believes it will be the first EV ute to go on sale in the New Zealand market. In 2019 lD
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Rola Racks Up The Likes For New Roof Tray
A Titan tray from Rola adds significantly more carrying capacity to any vehicle, especially for off-road adventures, yet adds little extra visual impact, weight or turbulence. Rola’s new low mount system allows the base of the Titan tray to remain fi
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Meanwhile, Back In The Home Of The V8
Like every other US – plus any number of European – car makers, Jeep’s parent company (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) has found itself playing catch-up, as upstart electric car start-up Tesla steals a march on all the existing players in the global car m
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Ironman 4x4 Puts A Spring In Your Step
With over 50 years experience in building suspension components, Ironman 4x4 is well qualified to explain just how shocks and springs are made. After deciding to bring out a replacement kit for a vehicle the standard suspension is assessed, and then
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Events
It is slowly returning to business as normal for many of the safari and tag-along events but it is pleasing to see them starting to return to the events calendar at last. The latest is the Matariki Charity run in October organised by the Whangamata 4
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Going Up In The (ome) World
There’s a common belief that ‘off-road’ suspension is simply a taller version of factory supplied OE suspension. Depending on the brand you choose, it may well be just that! However, a properly engineered suspension lift is so much more. Lifting a ve
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Desert Defenders Winter Woolies Tribute
The Desert Defenders Off Road Club was formed by three families from the greater Ohakune area specifically to run the hugely popular Winter Woolies 4WD Safari events. These were held annually in the Ohakune/ Waiouru area incorporating access to the W
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Is Your 4wd Ready For Action?
Rugged Valley seat covers have been used and abused in the roughest testing grounds by fishermen, hunters, tradies, sparkies, four-wheel drivers and weekend warriors. Tried and true, Rugged Valley seat covers have survived the heaviest punishment and
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Defender Of The Realm
Four years of anticipation of what the Land Rover Defender replacement would be should be (or shouldn’t be) ended for Kiwis in late July with the arrival of the new Defender on our shores. Obviously, anyone remotely interested in 4WDs and four-wheeli
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Dealing With A Disaster In Russia
My previous instalment in this series took readers as far as Moscow. We’d found (just) enough diesel to make it across Uzbekistan’s fascinating ancient desert region, then back into Kazakhstan and again into Russia (for the third time!). We then spen
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New Gladiator – One Of These (jeeps) Is Not Like The Other.
Hah, some things never change when you jump into any Jeep Wrangler, or Wrangler-based Jeep; case-in-point the still very new here, Gladiator Utility. Open the ‘flat-pack-style’ quick removable driver’s door and if it raining, or has recently been, r
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KAPITI COAST TO Mountain Trails
After fighting the traffic out of Wellington this particular Saturday morning, our first destination was the settlement of Tangimoana on the southern side of the mouth of the Rangitikei River. Just past this very pleasant-looking settlement the road
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SPECIFICATIONS Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
ENGINE: Jeep Pentastar (petrol) V6 3604cc TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic w/Jeep Rock-Trac active on-demand 4WD system. POWER: 209kWs @6400rpm TORQUE: 347Nm 4100rpm ECONOMY: 12.4l/100km CO2: 288g/km SUSP. FRONT/REAR: Coil/coil w Fox gas-charged
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Watercourse Access?
Has ‘normality’ returned to four-wheeling, or have the side effects of Covid-19 made changes to our recreation? A 4WD club I belong to, ran a survey of its members in early May that asked if they thought their four wheeling would be affected by the C
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Big Beauty – Haval H9 Has The Goods
What gives indeed? Like many of you I am guilty of a sort of institutionalised bias against motor vehicles designed and built in China. As if, because they haven’t been in the car game for the 100+ years of Mercedes-Benz or Ford, or they don’t have t
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Some Days Are Diamonds?
‘Some days are diamonds, some days are Stones’ sang US country singer/songwriter John Denver back in 1981. How true. Though I do think it denigrates stones somewhat! After all, diamonds and stones are all rocks, and rocks are cool no matter their mat
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Specifications
'ENGINE: 2.0L 16-valve turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder w/direct petrol injection & VVT. TRANSMISSION: 8-speed ZF automatic w/paddle shifters & selectable, on-demand 4WD system. POWER: 180kW @5500rpm TORQUE: 350Nm @ 1800-4500rpm ECONOMY: 10.9l/100
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Social Climber
Having run for over 40 years, the Ashley Forest Rallysprint is a true Kiwi classic event. In the 1980s it was a regular commitment – a few brews, a barbecue and an afternoon spent watching the pretty well produced TV programme. It’s close to my place
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Andrew Beaven’s Ram1500 Supertourer
Like many of us during the recent Covid-19 lockdown, Andrew Beaven from Christchurch probably spent too much time surfing the internet indulging in retail therapy. I know, I don’t mind admitting that I bought a few things; DARCHE swag, mattress, a co
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September Winner
Cameron Raupi and partner Paula Burnett like nothing better than stacking up a few ‘day’s owing from their respective employers and heading north, south, east or west from their Taupo base for a little Overlanding in their late-model Nissan Patrol. I
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Leathem Vally And Reefton Catch-up Weekend
As many of you may be aware, we’re wintering in Marahau, close to the Abel Tasman National Park. It’s a fantastic spot but a long way from our favorite Canterbury High Country valleys and Central Otago. What I tend to do is go away for a few weeks at
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Win A Set Of Kumho 4x4 Tyres
Our monthly feature showcases 4WDs doing just about anything except rolling over or burning! We will award a grand prize of a set of four Kumho 4x4 tyres in the NZ4WD Annual issue. This contest is open to all readers who are not professional photogra
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To Cape York And Back –a Kiwi On Oz’s Most Famous 4x4 Trip
Idon’t know about you, but for me – at least – my journey to Cape York started over 30 years ago. Back in the 1980s I subscribed to an Australian 4WD magazine called ‘Overlander’. I used to read this Journal from cover to cover every month. My favour
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