Welcome to 4WDaus Website
Over the last few months we have been hard at it updating our website in preparation for our retirement and to ensure new technology like tablets and phones can interact better with its content. Here we will present photos and stories from our travels. We hope you will appreciate our love of 4WDriving and photography. If you would like to explore the origins of our website, please take a look at "Walkabout". This was our first major trip into the great wonderful country Australia in 2006-2007. So click on the menu at left - Walkabout, we are sure you will love it. More recently, we purchased an Amesz 4x4 Mitsubishi Canter Motorhome (FG649). We are sure you will get to see more of it in our photos as we document our travels.
A question we commonly get is why is the site call 4WDaus? Simply 4WDaus is short for 4WD Australia, but that does not mean you will not read about other countries we visit in our travels. Check out Alison's trip to Solomon Islands.
If you would like to contact us - please drop us an email using the contact tab above, we would love to hear from you.
Steve and Alison Kruger
2016 - Named Turnabout
So whats been happening?
We had planned this year to be about small trips around Brisbane, but due to technical issues this didn't occur. So the last few months proved to be a bit of a waiting game as far as the 4WDaus truck was concerned. Before Christmas it was obvious the front springs needed resetting. We had waited until we we 100% sure there would not be any additional weight to the vehicle ie a possible winch. This is where we came a little unstuck, we let a big name spring ans suspension company in Wacol do the work. The results were less than great. The bump stop clearance was the same as when we stared the job and by adding another leaf to the spring pack it raised the front of the truck. So yes there was more clearance away from items like air conditioner condensor, but the springs were better suited to a 2WD than a 4WD. Also as we were leaving the mechanic, whom was extremely helpful, told us our shocks were now not long enough. Enquires at the sales counter told us the company told us they could not help with a new set as they did not have a shock to suit. With our faith lost we turned to SSA Springs (Suspension Supplies Australia) who also confirmed the springs were better suited to a 2WD canter, but they had a solution which they told us would be much better. The only catch was they could not be fitted until after Christmas. So being of the mind set if they give you lemons, make lemonade, we decided it was time for the bullbar to be painted professionally and a quality LED bar replace the hella 4000s. Wow what a coat of paint does, the bullbar looked new again and we found a OSRAM LED light bar which is just fantastic.
With Christmas behind us, it was time to get the new shocks and springs and the much needed wheel alignment. It took the best part of a day for the work to be done and SSA also added front greasable shackles. The bump stop clearance was increased to 50mm and they were able to achieve this without making the front of the canter higher than the back. With this done it was time to get an alignment before setting out on a shake-down trip to see all is good.
So stay turned as we see what 2016 is about.
Oh I also meant to tell you, the map below shows where we have been and changes every so often. Last Update 27-Mar-2016