Feeling deflated after Chrissy? Roo can put the spring back in your step

Beach runs are considerably harder on your 4WD than anything the manufacturer could ever imagine.

The Christmas break is one of our favourite times of year. Good mates, great food, and even better camping. Mix it in with a little four-wheel-driving too and it just might be the best couple of weeks of your life. If you’re like us, the Christmas break is no-doubt spent out exploring the back country, heading down to the local beaches, and steering your way through the occasional mud puddle. The problem is, just like that good food takes its toll on us, that off-road punishment takes its toll on your 4WD. If you’re feeling a little tight around the belt, and a little slow off the line, chances are your 4WD is as well. With Roo HQ coming into 2018 all guns-a-blazin we figured it was only right if you and your 4WD did too. Want more from your 4WD? Down below we’ve got the hot tips and advice on how to get your 4WD firing on all cylinders prepared for the big run into the new year. From DIY stuff the experienced handyman can take on to rip-snorting power upgrades from the team at Roo this’ll get you back on the tracks bigger and better than ever.

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Don’t be caught with your pants down off-road, an under-powered 4WD is dangerous on and off-road

DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS

Modern 4WDs are pretty bloody good. They go further, use less fuel, and do it more comfortably than ever before. But they still suffer from the same issues as older 4WDs when it comes to wear and tear. That mud, grit, and sand your 4WD so effortlessly pushes its way through all take their toll on everything from your wheel bearings to your windscreen. This time of year is perfect to run your 4WD up on the hoist so we can go over it from front to back with a fine-toothed comb and start the year on a solid foundation. We’ll check the integrity of driveline seals, if there’s oil getting out, there’s contaminants getting in. We’ll make sure wheel bearings aren’t about to lock up, shocks haven’t been sand blasted, and diffs haven’t sucked in a gut full of water leaving you with an impending rebuild bill that’d be better spent on upgrades and diesel. It’s the less glamorous side of 4WDing but it’s a vital step that means you’ll spend more time on the tracks, and less time waiting on repairs.

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Don’t let your summer get cut short by unexpected repair bills

Modern 4WDs are pretty bloody good. They go further, use less fuel, and do it more comfortably than ever before. But they still suffer from the same issues as older 4WDs when it comes to wear and tear. That mud, grit, and sand your 4WD so effortlessly pushes its way through all take their toll on everything from your wheel bearings to your windscreen. This time of year is perfect to run your 4WD up on the hoist so we can go over it from front to back with a fine-toothed comb and start the year on a solid foundation. We’ll check the integrity of driveline seals, if there’s oil getting out, there’s contaminants getting in. We’ll make sure wheel bearings aren’t about to lock up, shocks haven’t been sand blasted, and diffs haven’t sucked in a gut full of water leaving you with an impending rebuild bill that’d be better spent on upgrades and diesel. It’s the less glamorous side of 4WDing but it’s a vital step that means you’ll spend more time on the tracks, and less time waiting on repairs.

SHORT CHANGE

4WD feeling a little sluggish? Worried you’ll be the next person being poked fun at on “bogged at inskip”? There could be a few very simple reasons why and it all starts with a service. Modern 4WDs have astronomically long service intervals. 10 years ago life was pretty simple. Got a petrol 4WD? Run it up on the hoist every 10,000km. Got a diesel? 5,000km should sort you out. These days manufacturers have thrown a few spanners in the works, and quite frankly, it’s BS. With so many competitors all vying for your dollars manufacturers are using service intervals as a selling point. We’ve seen them bumped out to 15,000km, with some even pushing 30,000km. Now, those figures might be fine if you use your 4WD as the manufacturer intended. Running back and forth on the school circuit. Get them 3hrs nose into the scrub, or 2 days down the hot black top with a caravan on the back and those figures quickly start falling apart. Air filters clog and choke your engine, oil breaks down causing premature wear, and intake manifolds block with the thick sludge of blow-by mixing with hot EGR gases. It’s a slow progression so more often than not you won’t even notice. That is of course until we’ve done our magic back on it and got it fighting fit. If you’ve put the hard yards on your 4WD over summer a thorough service is an absolute must-do.

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Service intervals are set by kilometres. A kay of this does a lot more wear than a kay of black-top

MORE GRUNT

Alright let’s get one thing out in the clear from day dot. If your 4WD is struggling in the situations you’re putting it in there’s a high chance it’s not just that the air filter’s dirty or your diff oil is full of water, it’s that in stock form your 4WD isn’t up to the task. It’s something most people don’t realise until the Chrissy break when they start pushing their 4WDs to the limits. The manufacturer designs each and every vehicle to have enough power for typical use, but that’s not what we do with them. A loaded LC200 has plenty of grunt for lugging around town, even loaded to GVM it’s still more than capable of stretching its legs. But when you load your 4WD to GVM, then go and hitch a camper or caravan on the back you’re looking at well over double the weight your engine was designed to push around in stock configuration.

You wouldn’t take on a roo with the stock bar, corrugations with the stock shocks, or gibber stones with the stock tyres, so why would you take on big loads with stock power? Re-maps are able to kick your engine up a gear giving you more overtaking ability, quicker throttle response in tricky situations and enough grunt to easily haul what needs hauling. We’ve had plenty of customers report a drop in fuel consumption too. More power, more reliability, and less fuel use? Sounds like a hell of a way to bring in the new year.