4WD Modifications - Powertrain

Extracting more power and torque, engine swaps, rebuilds and fuel issues are all covered.

WIDE-TRACK, HEAVY DUTY LANDCRUISER REAR AXLE
WIDE-TRACK, HEAVY DUTY LANDCRUISER REAR AXLE
Dana has come up with a replacement axle for V8 70 Series Toyotas.

This Dana 60 axle variant is the solution to the Toyota 70 Series' narrow-rear-axle-track problem, as well as a way to increase rear axle load capacity.

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DON'T 'SOCK' YOUR SNORKEL
DON'T 'SOCK' YOUR SNORKEL
Think about what's happening and you won't want to do it - August 2016

There's a current craze for fitting a plain or oily-foam 'sock' over a snorkel. It may seem like a good way of keeping your air cleaner element dust-free, but it isn't.

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FUNNELS FOR ALL REASONS
FUNNELS FOR ALL REASONS
Lubemate has released three specific funnel types.

Lubemate has released three different funnel models to suit different 4WD requirements. If you've had to strain crook fuel going into your tank or juggle an oil bottle over an engine or gearbox filler hole you'll appreciate these innovations

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iDRIVE PERFORMANCE ENHANCER
iDRIVE PERFORMANCE ENHANCER
A plug 'n' play way to improve accelerator pedal response

Among the myriad products that we get to test here at Outback Travel Australia a stand-out product arrives occasionally. Our first impressions are that iDrive is one of those products.

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LEAVE YOUR COMMON-RAIL DIESEL ENGINE ALONE
LEAVE YOUR COMMON-RAIL DIESEL ENGINE ALONE
It's tempting to fiddle with turbo-intercooled diesels, but we suggest not - August 2016

Boys love to play around, don’t they? They buy a perfectly good vehicle and can’t help wanting to ‘tweak’ it.

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LPG + DIESEL = MORE POWER + IMPROVED ECONOMY?
LPG + DIESEL = MORE POWER + IMPROVED ECONOMY?
'Torque-topping' a diesel needs to be done with caution

Introducing Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) into the intake air of a diesel engine isn’t a new idea, but electronically-controlled systems for doing this ‘fumigation’ job claim much.

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LPG IS THE PRINCIPAL ALTERNATIVE 4WD FUEL
LPG IS THE PRINCIPAL ALTERNATIVE 4WD FUEL
Forget hydrogen, fuel cells and electric 4WDs in the short term.

Constant hikes in the price of fuel have spurred many petrol-fuelled 4WD owners to look for ways to reduce their bills. LPG is the best current option.

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NO MAGIC WAND TO IMPROVE FUEL ECONOMY
NO MAGIC WAND TO IMPROVE FUEL ECONOMY
Nearly all 'fuel saving' gadgets don't work - it's as simple as that.

The USA’s Environment Protection Agency (EPA) concluded a series of scientific tests on a wide variety of devices and additives that are claimed to improve fuel economy. Of the hundreds tested, very few actually reduced fuel consumption.

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PERFORMANCE MODIFICATIONS
PERFORMANCE MODIFICATIONS
You’re happy with your 4WD, but you feel that it could be even better

There are two approaches to improving 4WD engine performance: ‘hotting up’ the existing engine or repowering the vehicle. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages

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PORTAL AXLE KITS
PORTAL AXLE KITS
Locally engineered axle mods for increased clearance.

Portal hubs feature on many high ground clearance military-type machines, including the Mercedes-Benz Unimog. You can have these fitted to your LandCruiser ute, but they're not cheap.

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PREVENTING FUEL SYSTEM WATER DAMAGE
PREVENTING FUEL SYSTEM WATER DAMAGE
Water in fuel is common and can cost you thousands.

We've used various types of water separators in all our 4WD vehicles and the latest we've bought is the best so far.

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 EXHAUST SYSTEMS FROM REDBACK
EXHAUST SYSTEMS FROM REDBACK
A replacement system that is made better and breathes better.

In 2012 the Redback Extreme Duty project began, with the goal of making the toughest bolt-on 4WD exhaust systems available anywhere in Australia. After having a 2015 system installed on one of the OTA Team vehicles, we reckon the project has been a success.

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REFURBISHING THE OLDER DIESEL ENGINE
REFURBISHING THE OLDER DIESEL ENGINE
There may be life in the old girl yet

Older diesel powered 4WDs have a great deal of appeal for serious bush travellers. Pre-emissions engines have no electronics, no computers and no exhaust gas recirculation.

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THE FUTURE FUEL MAY BE BIODIESEL
THE FUTURE FUEL MAY BE BIODIESEL
Australia's long term plan is for more biodiesel.

The Treasury modelling for Australia's fuel future is heavily based on biodiesel, not natural gas or LPG.

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TRU TRACKER WIDE-TRACK KIT FOR LANDCRUISER 70s
TRU TRACKER WIDE-TRACK KIT FOR LANDCRUISER 70s
An engineered fix for the narrrow rear track on V8 LandCruiser 70 Series.

The Multidrive Tru Tracker rear track correction system for the V8-powered LC79 and 78 Series widens the track of the rear axle so that it matches the front.

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