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    Setting up newbie advice

    Being new to the 4WD experience. What is considered the 'must haves' before we go out, other than a kit (shovel, straps etc). Thinking Glasshouse?

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    Compressor and a good tyre gauge. Recovery points (proper ones) and a recovery reciever hitch on the back of your car

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    Half decent tyres, ie good all terrain or if $'s allow good muds.

    IF YA DONT GET STUCK YA AINT TRYIN HARD ENOUGH........OR YA TOOK THE CHICKEN TRACK

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    tyre gauge, compressor and a shovel, maybe an air jack but not familiar with that area
    04 ST 3lt auto, not enough Mods to keep me happy, but getting there

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    Thank you. Much appreciated.

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    Thank you. Much appreciated. Do you know where a novice can go ?

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    Thank you. On the wish list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceason View Post
    Being new to the 4WD experience. What is considered the 'must haves' before we go out, other than a kit (shovel, straps etc). Thinking Glasshouse?
    Someone who knows how to 4WD and can start you off with good basic techniques.
    Techniques like gear selection, picking lines, throttle modulation, crawling, safe recovery techniques and especially how to do stall recoveries.

    Do a course or join a club or go with someone who genuinely knows what they are doing.
    Don't just follow them around, jump in their pax seat or have them jump in yours for some of the track challenges while you are out there and get them to talk you through it... and never stop asking questions.

    Thinking Glasshouse then here is a few of the golden rules to get you started.
    Don't touch the clutch - in a manual the moment you push the clutch in is the moment you have lost control so simply stall out, assess and recover
    2nd Gear, Low range is Gods Gear - if in doubt use it
    Go down a challenge 1 gear lower than you would use to go up
    Traction - if you lose it then it can be really hard to get it back and only throttle modulation not braking helps
    Momentum - will replace Traction in some challenges but means you may be pointed a different direction to what you started off
    Traction for go, Momentum for show
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    Thanks. The cousins gave him a lesson on the duck creek rd yesterday, he didn't drive, not his car but they will be with him more often then not

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    Going down hill stick to the ruts, there is a very fine line between full noise and momentum.
    General rule of thumb is low 2nd if going uphill with revs around 1800-2000
    maybe lower if petrol. as ET says going down lock everything you have and select Low 1st
    you can feather the brake if you feel you are going to quick , NEVER change gears or touch the clutch either going
    up or down. If you dont feel comfortable about doing a track dont do it, take the easier track sometimes called the chicken track.
    Avoid bog holes like the plague, it will only cause you pain. Make sure after any weekend away to clean your gear with hot soapy water,
    allow to dry properly and pack it ready for your next trip. its all about momentum and wheel placement, going flat stick up a hill will only end in tears IMO
    softly does it take your time and think it through.
    04 ST 3lt auto, not enough Mods to keep me happy, but getting there

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