Buy 4×4 Australia at Autocraze today! We have almost everything 4×4, 4WD and AWD related to suit your needs. Autocraze takes pride in working on 4WD vehicles to enhance their looks and performance with many accessories, 4wd rims and tyres available in store. We have over 6000 wheels and 3000 tyres available for Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Narvara, Mazda BT-50, Holden Colarado and many more! We also stock accessories and lift kits from big brand names such as Original Ford Fender Kit, Dobinsons Lift kit, Autocraze Lift Kit, LED bulbs, Nudge bars and much much more. All work is carried in house by our professional team of Accessories and Tyre Fitters.
Four-wheel drive, also called 4×4 (“four by four”) or 4WD refers to type of a vehicle, specifically one with its drive train capable of providing torque to all wheel ends of a two-axled vehicle simultaneously. It may be full-time, or on-demand, and is typically linked via a transfer case which provides an additional output drive-shaft, along with additional gear ranges.
4×4/4WD/AWD systems were developed in many different markets and used in many different vehicle platforms. There is no universally accepted set of terminology to describe the various architectures and functions. The terms used by various manufacturers often reflect marketing rather than engineering considerations or significant technical differences between systems.
Four-by-four (4X4) refers to the general class of vehicles. The first figure represents the total wheels (more precisely, axle ends), and the second, the number that are powered. Syntactically, 4×2 means a four-wheel vehicle that transmits engine torque to only two axle-ends: the front two in front-wheel drive or the rear two in rear-wheel drive. Alternatively, a 6×4 vehicle has three axles, two of which provide torque to two wheel ends each.
Four wheel drive (4WD) refers to vehicles with two axles providing torque to four wheel ends. In the North American market the term generally refers to a system that is optimised for off-road driving conditions.The term “4WD” is typically designated for vehicles equipped with a transfer case which switches between 2WD and 4WD operating modes, either manually or automatically.
All wheel drive (AWD) historically was synonymous with “four-wheel drive” on four-wheeled vehicles, and six-wheel drive on 6×6s, and so on, being used in that fashion at least as early as the 1920s. Today in North America the term is applied to both heavy vehicles as well as light passenger vehicles. When referring to heavy vehicles the term is increasingly applied to mean “permanent multiple-wheel drive” on 2×2, 4×4, 6×6 or 8×8 drive train systems that include a differential between the front and rear drive shafts.This is often coupled with some sort of anti-slip technology, increasingly hydraulic-based, that allows differentials to spin at different speeds but still be capable of transferring torque from a wheel with poor traction to one with better. Typical AWD systems work well on all surfaces, but are not intended for more extreme off-road use. When used to describe AWD systems in light passenger vehicles, it refers to a system that applies torque to all four wheels (permanently or on demand) and/or is targeted at improving on-road traction and performance (particularly in inclement conditions), rather than for off-road applications.
History of 4×4/4WD/AWD
The world’s first four-wheel-drive car directly powered by an internal combustion engine, commissioned for the Paris to Madrid race of 1903, the Spyker 60 H.P., was presented that year by Dutch brothers Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker of Amsterdam.
In the United States, as of late 2013, AWD vehicles comprised 32 per cent of new light vehicle sales, up five per cent since 2008. This is in large part due to the popularity of the crossover. Most crossovers offer the popular technology, in spite of it increasing vehicle price and fuel consumption. Car manufacturers have inundated consumers with marketing proclaiming AWD as a safety feature, although the advantage of AWD over FWD is in accelerating, not braking or steering.
Although four-wheel drive (4WD) and AWD are designations that are often used interchangeably in advertising and sales literature, there is a difference. Generally, 4WD is optimised for severe off-road driving situations such as climbing over boulders, fording deep water, and tackling steep hills with loose, low-traction surfaces. Most 4WD systems have high and a low gear range, the latter used to increase low-speed climbing power. Some have differentials (which allow left and right wheels and front and rear axles to turn at different speeds) to be locked for maximum traction.
Pros and Cons of 4×4/4WD/AWD
Although many marketing groups and car manufacturers have shown that 4×4/4WD/AWD are deemed to be alot better than their FWD and RWD counterparts, this may not be true at all. Here are a list of pros and cons of the 4×4/4wd/awd systems:
- Helps better acceleration off the line
- Better and quicker acceleration
- Not good during cornering and breaking
- More mechanical parts to break
- More acceleration put through all wheels hence harder to control during varying conditions
Systems by Design Type
There are many systems introduced by different manufacturers in a bid to be number 1 and take the top crown for having the best system money can buy. Here are a list of designs over the years:
- Center differential with mechanical lock
- Torsen center differential
- Non-locking center differential
- Multiple-clutch systems
- Multi-plate clutch coupling
Tyres play an important roll for any vehicle especially for 4×4 and off road duties. Tyres need to be specifically made for these conditions where the tyre needs to be alot stronger and work alot harder. Here are a few types of tyres that you can expect to see:
Highway Terrain H/T
Highway Terrain (H/T) tyres are the lightest in construction and the quietest and the smoothest to drive on. These tyres, with a tread pattern much like a car tyre, are also usually the best for tarmac traction. Not only do H/T tyres have the lightest construction and most car-like tread pattern, they have a higher speed rating and lower load rating. They are ‘Passenger-rated’ tyres for this reason.
All Terrain A/T
All Terrain (A/T) tyres are the next step up from H/Ts for off-roading. A/T tyres are usually built stronger and have better tread patterns for hitting the tracks, and they are the best compromise for when you mix urban driving with the occasional off-road trip. Depending on the specific tyre, it may be noisier and offer less on-road grip than an H/T tyre.
A/T tyres better for off-roading will have the LT designation. LT tyres have a stronger carcass so that they can meet the load requirements of light trucks. Even utes with a one-tonne (or more) payload have them as standard, so the tyres will handle the carrying capacity without popping a tyre
Mud Terrain M/T
M/T tyres (the heaviest and strongest construction, with a blocky, deep tread pattern) have a low speed rating and a high load rating. Their tread pattern is designed for muddy off-road conditions and, while they offer good grip in other off-road situations such as rock shelves, they are not the best for sand driving. On the road, M/T tyres can be noisy and harsh, and they don’t provide the same level of handling or grip as A/T or H/T tyres.
Tyre size descriptions
Three types of size description are used on 4×4 tyres, for example:
265 = section width (in millimetres)
65 = sidewall aspect ratio (as a percentage)
R = tyre construction (in this case, radial)
17 = rim diameter (in inches)
100 = load rating (in this case, 800kg)
T = speed rating (in this case, 190km/h)
9.50 = width (in inches)
R = tyre construction (in this case, radial)
16 = rim diameter (in inches)
LT = Light Truck construction
32 = diameter of tyre mounted on rim (in inches)
11.50 = section width (in inches)
R = tyre construction (in this case, radial)
15 = rim diameter (in inches)
LT = Light Truck construction
Why buy 4X4 Tyres?
Buying a set of 4×4 tyres adds more capability to your 4×4 off road vehicle. We have a huge range of tyres including BF Goodrich, Toyo, Nitto and Bridgestone. Designed for your off road duties, 4×4 tyres can handle any rough and uneven terrain. Here are 3 reasons why you want 4×4 tyres for your 4WD.
- Load Rated
Load rated tyres can properly manage the weight of your 4WD vehicle. Also allows for a better off roading experience as it will be able to handle and tack more
- Tread Pattern
Tread Pattern is very important for a 4×4 tyre. It gives the tyre the ability to go off road on certain terrains. For the casual off-road driver, highway terrain tyres are enough to handle their needs. With other more hardcore off-road enthusiasts and 4WD owners, the All-Terrain and Mud-Terrain consists of a more aggressive tread pattern with Mud-Terrain being the most aggressive. These specific tyres with their unique tread patterns are aimed at doing certain activities and therefore are a great reason to buy them as it will excel your 4WD to the next level.
- Looks Tough
4×4 Tyres are very tough looking, and they certainly have a beefy sidewall due to their load rated capabilities.
We stock some of the biggest names including Dobinsons 4X4, Tough Dog, EFS, Bilstein and Fox lift kits. Many of the 4WD’s you see going tough mudder off-roading can’t go that hard without a reliable lift. Without buying a lift kit for 4X4, you’re missing out on the huge potential in terms of style and performance.
Going off-roading is the heart of a 4WD and with the smart new trucks, you’re going to need something solid. We have 4×4 suspension to suit all makes and models including the Ford Ranger mag wheels, Toyota Hilux, Mazda BT-50, Holden Colorado, Nissan Navara NP300 and more. Our lift kits come in a total package including shock absorbers, coil springs, leaf springs, bush kits, strut caps, shackles and pins.
Why buy 4X4 Suspension?
Buying a lift kit is more than just about the looks. There are huge functional benefits in getting a 4×4 suspension. Standard 4×4 suspension was never designed to handle the tough conidtions we want it to. From pulling heavy loads or caravans to taking heavy hits from hill climbing and mud trawling. Aftermarket 4×4 suspension takes this into account to ensure that all vehicles are prepared for the Australian outback. Here are 3 reasons why you want to lift your 4WD.
- More Clearance
More clearance equals a better off-roading experience. Your lifting all your critical components under your vehicle away from the ground. This means when you do go off-road you’re adding inches on your 4×4 moving the frame away from any unexpected debris, rocks and cross any flooded banks.
- Bigger wheels and tyres
With extra clearance and space, you can now fit bigger wheels and tyres. With bigger Ford Ranger wheels and aggressive tyres, you’ll also get a longer life. When you have bigger tyres, it also means added traction so you’re never left in the dark in snowy, muddy or sandy terrain.
- Look Tougher
Add height, beefier wheels and tyres and you’ve got yourself one badass truck.
4X4 AWD 4WD Wheels
► FUEL 4X4 Wheels
Fuel Off- road manufactures the most advanced off- road 4WD rims for Hilux in Australia, offering the latest in design and engineering innovations on the market. Fuel wheels Australia was founded in 2009 by MHT Luxury Alloys, one of the most trusted and time- tested names in the business. Fuel wheels in Australia has been capturing the attention of off road enthusiasts and Toyota Hilux owners with their cutting edge designs, fitments, and technological advancements.
Wheels: Fuel Ripper
Finishes Available: Matte Black | Gloss Black Milled Accents
Sizes Available: 16″ | 17″ | 18″ | 20″
►Grid 4X4 Wheels
Grid wheels, established in 2003 have gain a lot of traction in the 4×4 wheels market. Creating a perfect balance of some hard-hitting designs, durability and off-road performance. With lifetime structural guarantee on all Grid wheels sold to ensure that no matter how hard you go off-road you’ll always feel a sense of relief and protection. All Grid wheels are rigorously tested covering every aspect and corner from durability, performance, and design. All Grid wheels come with customisable elements which give you the ability to truly make your 4×4 rims your own, while also keeping up with the latest industry changes.
Wheels: Grid GD07
Finishes Available: Matte Black Milled | Gloss Bronze Milled w/ Gloss Black Lip | Matte Anthracite w/ Black Lip
Sizes Available: 17″ | 18″ | 20″
4X4 Accessories is a huge factor to making your 4X4 stand out and as well as being more capable of off-roading depending on what accessory you add. There are huge benefits of accessories such as Lift kits, nudge bars, fender flares and more. From the touch of your finger tips, shop through over 10,000 4×4 accessories including wheels, tyres, lift kits, fender flares, grilles, cosmetic trims, retractable power steps and a whole bunch more to toughen your rig.
4X4 Accessories include:
- Lift Kit
If you were to just buy one 4×4 accessory on this list, that has one of the highest impacts in looks and performance, then a lift kit should be your first choice. 4X4 suspension serve more than just getting a tall truck. It’s about having the flexibility when off-roading and the ability to customise your ride even further. For extra ground clearance, lift kits bring the body of the car further away from floor. With debris bumps, lift kits help protect all your car’s important components.
- Fender Flares
Fender flares are one of the most functional and toughest accessories you can put on your truck. These 4×4 accessories are the perfect combination when purchasing wheels and tyres because it opens you up for a wider range of customisation options. Fender flares toughens your truck, keeps road debris off the body of your 4×4 and ensures that your wheels and tyres comply with Australian law.
- Weather Shields
Weather shields are a simple and affordable yet effective way to improve your 4×4. It’s one of those the 4×4 accessories you can learn to appreciate without realising. Not only stylish but helps reduce glare and deflect wind, rain, bugs and dirt from both the passenger and driver’s side.
- Cosmetic Trim
Searching for that extra touch without blowing the bank in your 4×4 accessories is easy. From petrol tank covers and bonnet vent scoops to head and tail light trims, these 4×4 cosmetic trim accessories are for extra detail and maximum effect.
- iDrive controller
Rather than a traditional accelerator cable, many modern vehicles use a ‘fly by wire’ throttle technology. This system relies on a sensor that measures the pedal pressure and position and sends a signal to the vehicle’s engine computer which converts to acceleration. Many of these fly by wire systems have a noticeable delay. The iDRIVE 4×4 accessories allows you to tune the signal from the accelerator pedal with multiple inbuilt settings to ensure you find a setting that suits your driving style.
- Retractable Side Steps
The all brand new retractable power step is taking Australia by storm. The futuristic design and off-road functionality are sure fire hits. Step boards, bar side steps, rocker bars, running boards or whatever your configuration, they all serve the same purpose. Planting your foot getting in and out of your 4×4 is not only a necessity but an experience.
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