- Published: Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:48
EFS 4wd hit 10,000 LIKES & to say thanks to all our followers, 5x EFS4WD PRIZE PACKS were up for grabs via our Facebook Competition.
Each pack contains:-
1x EFS Cap Signed & Worn by Jason & Simon from All 4 Adventure in season 7
PLUS some EFS4wd stubby coolers, stickers & pens!
Winners of this Facebook Competition are:-
Each prize winner will be contacted via Facebook
Prize packs to be sent out in January via Aust Post.
EFS 4wd recently held a competition through All 4 Adventure to win 1 of 10 Autographed EFS caps -
just like the boys on All 4 Adventure wear on show.
Our winners are below:-
Dean - Ourimbah NSW
Matthew - Wesley Vale TAS
Lisa - Glenella QLD
Andrew Cook - Stafford QLD
Graham - Port Macquarie NSW
Jason - Wilberforce NSW
Troy - Mudgeeraba QLD
Graheme - Unknown (TBC)
Rodney - Unknown (TBC)
Dean - Unknown (TBC)
Dont forget to sign up to the EFS 4wd Facebook page, to stay up to date on future product info, updates & giveaways
Winners have been notified via email (24/11/16) - dont forget to get your email & reply to us with your postal address if you are a winner.
Caps will be sent out in December via Australia Post
"I'm so sick of going to Moreton Island!"... Said no one ever!
Thomas and Aimee were the lucky winners of the recent EFS & All4Adventure Competition aired on series 7, but I couldn't possibly send them out onto that dangerous, bog infested all sand island without some help could I? (ok major exaggeration on my part, but I had to get it past the boss alright!).
So, after many emails between myself and Thomas, we set a date for the 24th of October and prayed for perfect weather. The weather gods were kind and as we pulled into the MICAT ferry carpark we were greeted with clear blue skies and a light breeze. It always brings a smile to my face boarding this vessel as I know I'm in for a good time on Moreton and mainly because I'm addicted to the MICAT's famous smiley face pie - a great tradition to uphold.
As I studied the itinerary that Moreton Island adventures had provided, I saw that we had two massive, action-packed days ahead of us including spending a full day with Jase from All4Adventure who turned up in his impressive 200 series dual cab equipped with all the bells and whistles as you could imagine! Thomas and Aimee would be staying on for a further 3 days enjoying a bit of a romantic glamping escape at Castaways (we didn't want to cramp their style the whole time!).
Now our first job on the itinerary if you can call it a job, was to go for a drive up the beach and familiarise Tom and Aimee with Moreton island. But as we drove up the beach and were about to take the inland road past Cowan Cowan disaster struck! Ok, not a disaster, but a bit of a setback occurred as a fellow 4wder in a BT50 towing a camper trailer was bogged to the diffs. Cue hero moment here! Out Jase hops, flexes his giant muscles and pulls out his trusty equipment. I would like to say we all jumped in to help, but the truth is that it was far more entertaining watching Jase in action! He hooked up the snatch strap and attempted to pull the vehicle forward but because of the trailer it was a bit awkward and he decided to try pulling him out from the rear. As he gently geared into action and the other driver engaged 4WD, out popped the vehicle just in time - crisis averted and we were happily on our way!
We continued north to Tailor Bight to scope out some fishing spots. Luckily the tide was out which allowed us to continue on the beach all the way to North Point and Honeymoon Bay where we checked out the amazing endless beaches and glistening waters. We were getting ravenous by this time so it was time to grab a bit to eat. Lunch did not disappoint with delicious salad & salami rolls with home-made Moreton Island Chilli Jam and a sneaky chocolate brownie (people come from all over the island for Leah's famous choccy brownies!). Of course, Jase had to sign a few autographs and pose for some photos so the rest of us had plenty of time for eating!
With the afternoon rolling out ahead of us, we decided to hit up the Eastern Beach. We pulled up a few hundred metres south of Cape Moreton inside the fishing zones and rigged up a standard issue surf rig with a size 8 ball sinker swivel, triple gang hooks and a dirty pillie.
It wasn't long till we had a few bites and landed a flathead. Now as we weren't prepared for actually catching fish it was released to enjoy another day, but I reckon he would have tasted pretty good in a beer batter (and with a beer).
After all out fishing excitement, we jumped back in the vehicles and hot footed it back to Castaways Cafe & Store in the Bulwer township to check into the awesome Glamping Tents available at Castaways. The wooden decks under the melaleuca trees beckoned and we put our feet up for a spell with a quiet cuppa as the kookaburras sang their tune - ahh bliss!
But no rest for the wicked as there are so many boxes to tick on Moreton - sunset over the ocean is one not to be missed! We headed to one of the most iconic destinations on Moreton Island - the "wrecks" as it's affectionately termed, which is 15 sunken shipwrecks on the Western Beach all dunked over the last 50 years to form an artificial reef environment for snorkelling and watersports. We had a cheeky beverage (or two for those of us not driving) while we nibbled on cheese and antipasto and watched the sun set over these picturesque ghostly skeletons.
But we weren't just here to feed our faces again - we were here for a bit of adventure! We were participating in one of the newest & quirkiest adventure activities available on Moreton Island - Night Kayaking in clear kayaks with LED lights fitted. You can amazingly see all the fish and coral beneath you as you glide over the dark water. So as the sun set, we set out with our Australian Sunset Safaris Tour Guide to explore! The fish and marine life were all attracted to the LED lights and came up for a look - amazing! This is a must do on your trip to Moreton Island.
We were all pretty tired by now so we headed back to the Glamping tents for a magnificent dinner (and to sneak in a few more brownies) before sitting around the campfire with - yes you guessed it, marshmallows! As I stared into the campfire, I wondered what tomorrow would bring. I could probably just read the itinerary....nah! We retired to the comfort of our glamping tents where a nice warm shower beckoned (yes they have beds & ensuites too with hot running showers - pretty fancy!). It could have been the sweet island air, nice cool breeze or the mass of food, adventure activities and laughing, but I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow!
We awoke to another magic day leading us to believe there aren't any other type on Moreton Island. Firstly and most importantly, a good feed was needed. Breakfast at Castaways Cafe did not disappoint and we tucked into a massive portion of bacon, eggs & hash browns - the much-needed energy for our next activity - snorkelling the shipwrecks we had kayaked around last night!
Our Australian Sunset Safaris guide Grant was waiting for us as we arrived at the wrecks and we kitted up quickly before heading out into the crystal clear turquoise waters. A very different experience to the night kayaking, but equally as impressive as we could see all the way to the bottom and all around the coral formations on the wrecks - it's an underwater playground! Forget the Great Barrier reef – this is the place to go!
A trip to Moreton wouldn't be complete without a bit of excess sand in your ears, so we couldn't let Thomas and Aimee miss out on sandboarding, could we? We drove along the bumpy tracks up to the famous Desert and waxed up our boards (which you can purchase for the princely sum of $8 on the MICAT ferry on the way over - free wax included!).
It's a bit of a hike up, but once you're up there you don't realise how high it is and you go down pretty fast as well - up to 35km per hour some say! We were on a timeline today as the rest of us, unfortunately, had to head home (boo, hiss) so after eating a lot of sand and getting it everywhere, we decided to head back to the wrecks for a spot of lunch, a bit of a swim (to wash some sand out!) and to board the mighty MICAT back to Brisbane.
I would like to thank Moreton Island Adventures & Castaways, Moreton Island for all their hospitality and, for the huge amount of great food prepared by Leah and the team. They made our stay a memorable one and put a smile on all our faces. Moreton Island is a slice of heaven that is so convenient for people that live in Brisbane to take quick "over the weekend" jaunt to "Escape the fake" or stay a few weeks and "forget the fake"
Since EFS 4wd added the Diesel Power Performance Chip Modules to their range, our Brisbane Workshop Manager (Doug Butler) has been contemplating adding this Module to his 2007 Mazda BT-50 4wd 3L extra cab.
Doug was quite skeptical about the Diesel Power Modules and wanted to learn more about how they worked before purchasing. We simply explained to him that it increases power in your vehicle by intercepting signals from the factory ECU. It moderates safely the fuel and boost pressure at set RPM points but does not exceed the factory set limits. The Diesel Power Modules are able to achieve this seamlessly with it's super fast v2 64mhz processor.
Doug finally decided to 'bite the bullet' and get a Diesel Power Chip for his 2007 Mazda BT-50 4wd 3lt extra cab. His 4wd has a big service body on the back and a constant weight of 400-600kg dependant on the roof tinnie and addition loads. Doug also tows a huge 23ft dual axle caravan up to the farm on a monthly basis so this vehicle definitely need the extra power.
The installation for his vehicle was extremely easy and took Doug approximately 5 minutes, which included lifting the bonnet and getting the module out of the box. The beauty of these modules is that 95% of them have a factory style wiring loom with easy to use plugs to suit specific vehicles. After the installation Doug set his module to 9 on the adjuster for good power.
Doug was very sceptical about this chip but after installation he was very surprised and noticed a good improvement in towing power. He has found that he doesn't have to shift back to 2nd gear as often while going up inclines.
"I've got more power while towing the van up the D'aguilar range. Before I had to drop back to second gear on a steep corner section, and now I can do it in third" said Doug.
He has also noticed that he's changing gears a lot faster as it revs through the gears quicker.
Overall he's been impressed with the noticeable power improvement and likes that you can easily unplug the module from the loom and put the blanking plug in, returning the vehicle back to factory settings, for when he takes it in for service.
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During Series 7 of All 4 Adventure, EFS gave away a prize pack valued up to $9000. The prize pack included a complete EFS 50mm 4wd Lift Kit & A Moreton Island adventure getaway (including spending a day with Jase from All 4 Adventure) exploring Moreton Island.
We caught up with Thomas Parr who won the EFS All 4 Adventure Ultimate Prize Pack to chat about Part 1 of his Prize.
Thomas unfortunately had recently acquired a new lift kit for his Toyota 200 Series Landcruiser so decided to pass on the Complete EFS 50mm 4wd Lift Kit portion of his prize to his Sister and lift her FJ Cruiser instead. What a kind brother!
Both Thomas and Ella were amazed with the improved ride quality even though the standard ride was acceptable. With a looming Cape York trip, the lift kit has spurred other improvements including a bulbar and bigger tyres to fill the gap in the guards since it was installed.
The FJ Cruiser received the EFS Elite 35mm Big Bore struts and shock combination and 40mm raised EFS up rated coil springs in the front to accommodate for a steel Bar and a comfortable coil for the rear.
Overall they are very happy with their prize and are looking forward to sitting on the beach on Moreton Island
Simon from All 4 Adventure talks about how he trusts EFS 4wd to get them to and from their adventures.
I (Phil) have been into cars and four wheel drives since I left school, with the fast car bug biting hard to start with. I played around with modified cars for approx 10 years but also got hooked on 4wding early in the piece too! My love of 4wding all started when I was offered a drive in my brothers mid 90's Suzuki Vitara in an old abandoned quarry which was full of mud and ruts. After covering my brothers Suzuki head to toe in mud, I was hooked! Within a week I owned what turned out to be one of a string of Suzuki Sierras. At the time I was living on the South Coast and commuting to Sydney by car every day, which usually meant a fun trip in my 500Hp Subaru WRX through the Royal National Park etc, however strangely enough I found myself leaving the WRX at home in place of my slow as a wet week, noisy as all hell 1984 narrow track Sierra. It was winter when I bought it and it had no working heater, yet I took it to work numerous times a week just so I could duck off down a bush track on the way home from work each night to have some fun and enjoy the views down the Illawarra coast!
The Sierra hung around for almost 2 years, during which time the transfer case was rebuilt, carbie fixed, diffs repaired along with many many other things, yet I loved it and still recount it as one of my all-time favourite 4wds. I sold it for $2000 with both sills stoved in and a broken front CV, and despite this obvious damage based on the original purchase price lost $400 – what cheap and memorable fun! Fast cars remained a constant and I had a string of other Sierras during this time, but it wasn't until I became a family man that the fast cars finally disappeared and a four wheel drive became my true daily driver. It was great though, I discovered that I could still own a 'toy' whilst classifying it as sensible family transport. Would I go back to a fast car now, yes and no....as a weekend toy yes, as a full time vehicle – no way!
Regardless of whether it was fast cars or four wheel drives, over the years, there was one constant issue that dampened my love of owning and modifying these vehicles, and that was the constant struggle in getting good service and advice from so called 'industry experts.' For example, when chasing lower quarter mile times with my WRX, I went to no less than 5 industry experts for tuning services, at the time using a then new to Australia Unichip aftermarket ignition. 4 out of the 5 'experts' produced big horsepower numbers, but only the 5th one produced something which was both driveable and brutally quick down the strip (funny enough it made 15KW less than the other tunes but was still way quicker!). The problem is, it cost me thousands and thousands of dollars (not mention lost weekends in time) at the first 4 'tuning houses,' only to receive less than favourable results. In fact the shop that finally nailed it advised that the previous tune was running so lean in the mixtures that it would have been only a matter of time before my expensive engine went bang! Unfortunately this trend of substandard service and advice continued into my passion for modifying four wheel drives. Over the years I (along with other friends) experienced differential failures after incorrectly installed lockers, badly sagging suspension after wrongly supplied gear based on my needs and poorly fitted parts – the list goes on!
In 2007 whilst working as an IT Governance, Security and Customer Service specialist I decided my true passion for four wheel driving needed to become more than just a hobby and weekend activity. I decided that I wanted to do things better, I wanted to provide hard working families with the service and advice that they deserved, especially when you consider a four wheel drive is often the second largest financial investment a family will ever make. I wanted to provide the best quality service and advice possible to my customers, even if that meant saying I don't know the answer to a question, or saying I can't offer you what you need and to go to XYZ business who will look after you.
From this point OzAdventure4x4 was born, with the name aiming to describe what a four wheel drive can offer families in terms of holidays and weekend travel/touring opportunities. In addition to this our slogan "Gear for your adventure large and small" was penned, describing the fact we can offer our customers the parts and accessories required to equip their vehicles for off-road travel, whether it be for that epic lap of Australia or short weekend away. Our mission, vision and governing operating premise is to:
• Always take the time to listen to the customer's needs and wants
• Understand what the customer is looking to use their four wheel drive for, not just that once a year trip but what it is used for on a daily basis
• Make every enquiry or purchasing experience enjoyable, informative and easy to understand and undertake
• Most importantly, if the customer chooses to make a purchase, ensure it ends with our valued customers receiving the best quality products or just advice they need to help them make an informed choice
• Be willing to say I don't know at the time, because there is always new technology out there and sometimes we simply don't have the answer at the time. We always then take the time to find the correct answer and advice from other industry experts and peers
• Only sell products that we would happily fit of use ourselves, and where possible test as many items possible in the real world before selling to our customers
Based on the above I firmly believe we are able to offer the best range of products, services and advice ensuring the vast majority (if not all) of our customers are 100% happy with their purchases, and that the products supplied and fitted do exactly what they are intended to do, leaving families free to enjoy this awesome country we live in.
In 2015 OzAdventure4x4 transitioned from being an online only business to a fully equipped showroom and workshop located in West Gosford on the NSW Central Coast. This change occurred to meet the needs of our growing customer base and the desire to take our customer service experience, parts offering and service in general to the next level. Today we operate with 4 permanent staff and enjoys a growing reputation as being an honest, knowledgeable, quality supplier of four wheel drive parts and accessories. We are a specialist business that attracts customers from as far as interstate, just to get their vehicle/s serviced and modified with us.
Below is a selection of recent customer feedback:
Had a good experience with Phil. I'm a mechanical punter filled with the sort of beginner rookie questions no one enjoys. He had patience which got my business and gave me his time which will make me a return customer.
Thanks again Phil.
Phil and Dan and Dave at OzAdventure4x4 - Thankyou! The new Thorburns' rear bar for my Troopy looks absolutely fantastic!
It's not often you come across a group of guys who are so genuinely willing to help you in anyway they can. Honesty and integrity go a long way, and with service like yours, your reputation rightly precedes you. Highly recommended!
Oz Adventure 4x4 did an excellent job fitting my bullbar, winch and fuel manager system. The price was competitive and the workmanship was as good as it gets! I will be going back to get more work done in the future and I have recommended them to all my friends with 4x4s !!
Would definitely recommend Phil and his team for anyone looking for parts or work done to your vehicle. they provide excellent customer service, friendly and knowledgeable, quick with answering emails or over the phone. I had some parts shipped up to me in QLD after talking to them and finding out what was best suited for me and my vehicle. They only use and recommend top quality gear and parts and are more they willing to talk you through whats best for you. Overall can't fault them will definitely be using them again.
Phil is a great guy to deal with, knows his products inside and out and cares about providing the best service possible for his customers. Highly recommended.