About Us

This website is administered by Jade Cloete. I am a 4WD and off-road enthusiast. I was fortunate to grow up in a family that was very fond of exploring the great outdoors and going off the beaten track, so I guess this 4WD and offroad lifestyle is in my blood.

I studied Electrical Engineering for 4 years and then Studied multiple I.T courses on and off for another 5 years. I moved into the I.T industry where I remained for the last 20 years doing DEvelopment, Web Publishing, Database Administration, Business Process Modeling, some Unix scripting, and Technical Operations Support for Sybase and SAP.

This platform was developed by myself to share and explain technical 4WD topics in a simple and accurate manner. I thoroughly research books, forums, and liaise with experts and once I understand the problem, all the information I’ve gathered gets consolidated and summarised into a nice easy-to-read package for everyone’s benefit and ease of understanding.

I also consult with service technicians and other professionals to make technical 4WD topics easier to understand for novices and helpful for those looking for a quick solution to a specific problem. One of my mates owned a 4-Wheel Drive repair workshop, so I’ve learned a lot from him over the years too.

Over the years, I’ve owned a mixture of different brands of Four-wheel drive vehicles, and my hobby quickly developed into a passion for all things off-road related.

My 3.5 V6 Blister Pajero

Over the years I was fortunate to travel on many multi-day 4×4 expeditions and off-road trips. Each time we plan another off-road adventure I learn more about the mechanics and dynamics of 4WD vehicles.

This was my Defender 300 Tdi. Unique Driving and Owners experience. It was a manual transmission with no open differentials. The best vehicle to customize.

My previous off-road vehicles range from a V6 Petrol Pajero to a Diesel Defender. I also owned an automatic Land Rover Discovery LR3, Double Cab D4D Toyota Hilux N70 4×4, VW Amarok 2.0 BiTdi 4Motion, and back to a Hilux N70 4×4. I will share everything I’ve learned over the years by owning, repairing, and servicing these vehicles and more. I have mates who own Ford Rangers, Jeep Wranglers, and Land Cruisers and we share information with each other regularly.

Here is my Land Rover Discovery TDV6. Beautiful allrounder with excellent on-road and off-road abilities. Super comfortable vehicle.

After the SUV’s I decided to move to the Ute segment and give that a try. My first 4WD Ute was a Toyota Hilux 3.0 D4d. It offered a good mix of loading space, practicality, off-road ability, and reliability.

My Hilux 3.0 D4d 4×4

I currently drive a VW Amarok 2.0 BiTdi with 4Motion. It is a truly special vehicle with proper off-road abilities. The Germans did well for their first 4WD Double Cab. The Amarok is spacious, comfortable, and as reliable as they come. The Amarok Manual comes equipped with a low-range transfer case and rear lockers. Also includes off-road ESP and off-road traction control. One of the first in its segment.

My Amarok 4-Motion

I hope you enjoy the stay as I share all my experience and knowledge about off-road related subjects and technical 4-wheel drive topics.

Contact Details

For any questions or queries, you can reach me directly at jade.cloete@gmail.com

Happy 4-Wheeling and remember, Safety first!!!