Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria monthly magazine for June 2013

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June 2013

Queens Birthday Long Weekend

(ISSUE 393) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 30 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities. The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2013/14 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2013 and are as follows: ● Interstate: $105 (Seniors card - $100) ● Single: $115 (Seniors card - $105) ● Joint/family: $135 - (Seniors card - $120). Joining Fee $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) (All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $45) A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.


South Camberwell Tennis Club 322 Burke Road Glen Iris (Melways 59 H6)

Last Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm sharp (except December)

COMMITTEE Meetings 1st Tuesday each month: 7:30pm Damian Stock (President) Jessica Walsh (Vice President) Peter Bellis (Secretary) Bob Marshall (Treasurer) Martin Foot (Trip & Social) Michael Hartshorne au (Editor) Andrew Jantke (Membership) Dale Rebgetz (Resources) Stephen Whittaker (Venue) Bev Davison (Ordinary Member) Phil Milkins (Ordinary Member)

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the June magazine and my latest report. I am writing this from the other side of the world, well on the other side of the Pacific at least. Angela and I are in California, on our way to Ireland, but for the time being we are acting as tour guides for my brother and his wife. For some reason they are under the misapprehension that we actually know something about California, where we lived for two years, around ten years ago. While the place has not changed too much, we probably did not see as much of it back then as we should have, due to having to drag two teenage sons around with us. As a result we have been limiting our tour to those places that we did get to visit during our time living in San Jose. It has been interesting going back to places such as San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Monterey, Yosemite and Los Angeles, as well as our old home in San Jose. For the California travels we have hired a people mover, in order to accommodate four adults and luggage. It was interesting, when booking the rental car, to see that most of their SUVs could accommodate four adults but could not handle more than about one bag. Not much use when you have luggage for four weeks, for Angela and I, and eight weeks for my brother and his wife. As it has turned out, the layout of the people mover has been perfect for carrying the four of us around California in comfort and safety. Our guests have four weeks in the US followed by a cruise on the Queen Mary and another three weeks in Europe. While we would love to accompany them on their European exploits I have a prior commitment to a certain Simpson Desert trip so our overseas trip is a little shorter as a result. Speaking of the Simpson, I have spent every waking hour of late making sure that the Forester is ready to go for the trip, although a number of unexpected repairs have hindered my progress somewhat, including a split CV boot and a failed front oxygen sensor. If all goes well, you should find a report on the oxygen sensor, for your reading enjoyment, later in the magazine. The rest of the preparation for the Simpson has gone quite slowly, to such an extent that I have left my car with my son, Matt, to complete some of the preparation in my absence. Apart from the CV and the sensor I have also found some starting issues in the last few weeks. Some of this appears to be due to a failing starter motor and partly due to what Matt believes is some sort of vacuum issue at the fuel tank. He has come to this conclusion from just hearing the car start, which comes from many years experience as a motor mechanic. Hopefully he will be able to give the Forester a clean bill of health Page: 4

PRESIDENT’S REPORT before it hits the sand dunes in around a month's time. While traveling around northern California I have been amazed at the number of Subarus and I am sure that the others have tired of my commenting on every Subaru I have seen, especially the ones that we do not have in Australia. I have seen one of the last generation of the four door Brumby, also known as the Baja. That would be a great vehicle to bring back to Australia but I am sure that the right hand drive conversion cost would be prohibitive. I have also seen a few of the 3.6 litre Outbacks and I am sure that the Outback is the most popular of all Subaru models in the northern California area. There is also an interesting label on the back of some Subaru models that I just had to take a closer look at. This is PZEV which I have found stands for Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle. I initially thought that this meant that the vehicle employed the smart engine technology that stops the engine when the vehicle is stopped at lights, etc. This is not the case in the US, where around 150,000 of these Subaru PZEV vehicles are on the road. The PZEV certification is achieved through the combination of a more efficient catalytic converter together with improvements to the Engine Control Module (ECM) to operate the engine for reduced emissions. An interesting way of doing things. After this week in California Angela and I will be heading to New York for a quick overnight visit, and a few drinks with some old workmates, before heading to Dublin and back to Angela's birthplace of Northern Ireland. After last year's visit, where we were told that we did not spend enough time with Angela's relatives, we have committed to spend more time with them this time. Hopefully I will get time for some golf while there, with Angela’s uncle. One of Angela's great aunts is 91 and we heard that she was not pleased that we did not visit her last year, when we passed through her home town of Drogheda, so we definitely have to visit this year. Apart from family visiting, I am sure that we will spend our fair share of time in records offices, graveyards and the like in support of Angela's ancestry investigations. Anyway, that’s enough from me for this month. Take care of yourself out there and I will see you either on the Simpson trip or at the AGM in August, the next club meeting that I will make it to.


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SPECIAL RESOLUTION Changes to Club’s Constitution Changes to the club’s constitution must be approved by the members of the club by way of a special resolution at a meeting of the club. The requirements for the passing of a special resolution, as set out in section 29 of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (as amended) are as follows: ●

at least 21 days notice is given to all members entitled to vote, specifying the intention to propose the resolution as a special resolution at that meeting,

at least ¾ of the members at the meeting who are entitled to vote, vote in favour of the resolution, and

the chairperson declares the resolution has been carried, unless a poll is demanded.

Proposed Special Resolutions The following proposed special resolution will be put forward to the members for consideration and determination at the general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc to be held on Tuesday, 25th June 2013. I, Peter Gordon Bellis, propose that the club’s current constitution be replaced with a new one that complies with the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and associated regulations and ministerial directives. Motion is moved by Peter Bellis. Motion is seconded by Jessica Walsh. Purpose of Proposed Special Resolutions With the passing of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act in May 2012, it is necessary for the club to update its constitution to comply with the new requirements as specified in the Act and associated regulations and ministerial directives.

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The committee, in updating the constitution, has also taken the opportunity to review the current constitution as to its appropriateness for the club at present and going into the future, and make some changes to the constitution. The main changes to the constitution are: ●

Classes of membership – removal of the interstate and honorary classes (we currently do not have any memberships in those classes) and the introduction of a trip membership.

Introduction of rules relating to disciplinary actions (as per the model rules in the Regulations).

Disallowance of proxies (the current constitution is silent on the matter).

The use of technology for the holding of meetings – both general and committee (as per the model rules).

Powers of the committee, composition of committee, and committee roles and responsibilities – these have been updated to reflect the model rules. It should be noted that the model rules defines four committee positions (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) and allows the annual general meeting to determine how many “ordinary” members will make up the committee. This option gives the club flexibility in determining the size and composition of the committee to meet current and future needs of the club.

Ability for the club to create by-laws – currently used to define committee roles and convoy procedures.

The committee unanimously commends the proposed new constitution to the members of the club.

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VENUE REPORT JUNE GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 25 June at 8pm Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club Presentation: Freshield (food preservation & packaging) will be presenting at this meeting. We’re looking forward to what they will bring to the night… especially as we are just months away from our remote Simpson Desert Crossing! Presenters and meeting highlights to come in 2013: Video – A trip back to the club’s activities in the 80’s and early 90’s! ‘Four Steps for Life’ CPR awareness session And many more… There are door prize giveaways for members at each meeting too. Come along to be in the draw! NEXT MONTH: JULY GENERAL MEETING


Date: Tuesday 30 July at 8pm


Given nearly half of the club will be crossing the Simpson Desert during this meeting, the formal components of our usual meetings will not go ahead. So, we have suggested a venue change to make it an enjoyable, social evening for those still wishing to hear the latest club news. Join the club for dinner at Sofia’s Pizza & Pasta House from 7pm. If you don’t wish to attend dinner, please join us from 8pm for coffee or tea and the ‘official’ start to the meeting. Venue: Sofia’s Pizza & Pasta House – 857 Burke Road, Camberwell RSVP’s: Michael Hartshorne is coordinating the evening. Please notify Michael of your attendance as early as possible so he can book accurate numbers – email Michael: Stephen Whittaker Venue Coordinator Page: 8

EDITOR’S REPORT A reminder that we are no longer sending out hard copies of the magazine before the general meetings to the majority of members. The exceptions are those who have not registered an email address with the club. Everyone else will receive an electronic link to the magazine on-line and can collect their magazines at the meeting or print them using the files provided in the email. The magazine deadline for next edition is July 18th 2013. Send all copy to Michael

JESSICA’S JOTTINGS Well, winter is upon us with a vengeance. And that means it is time to check a few things that we use more in winter than the drier months: Lights, wipers, and tyres. "Tyres?" I hear you say! We use them as much in summer as winter, don't we? It is the tread that I am particularly concerned about. That is what we depend on to shed water from the tyre, and therefore help us with grip on the road particularly during winter when the roads are wetter. Is the tread on all the tyres evenly worn, with no cuts, tears or chips missing? Find the tread depth indicator on your tyre. Is the top of the tread getting close to that? In which case it is time to consider new tyres. If you are not sure what the tread depth indicator is, ask a tyre shop - or me at the next meeting. Make sure the pressure is ok as well. I have a quality pressure gauge in my glovebox, so I don't have to go to the servo to check them. If the wear is uneven, it may mean a wheel alignment or balance is required - so back to the tyre shop. Oh, don't forget to check the spare tyre, too. Do your wipers leave streaks across the windscreen? Time for a new set. Some auto parts shops offer free fitting, so there is no excuse not to replace them. Lights also need checking. Turn them all on - including the indicators and the brakes and walk around the car, replacing any blown globes. Happy travels. Jessica Walsh Page: 9

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT SNOW TRIP Date to be confirmed, some time late June or July, depending on weather forecasts Venue to be confirmed, possibly Big River/Mt. Terrible area Trip Leader: David Wilson, email: Let David know of your interest to attend and you will be contacted when weather prospects look favorable, possibly with only a couple of days notice. SIMPSON DESERT TRIP 2013 Sun 14 July to Sun August 4 Trip Leader: Damian Stock, email: Vehicles will need to be suitably prepared and subject to prior inspection and approval. Vehicle registration for this trip has closed. FILM NIGHT/DINNER Date: 20 or 27 July, TBC – please note that this date has changed AGAIN now 17 August Venue: Pinewood Cinema, Blackburn Road, Pinewood (near Blackburn Road exits of the Monash Freeway) and a local restaurant TBC Choice of film TBC. Trip Leader: Dot Greiveson, email: Trip Attendance sheet will be at the June and July meetings. MYSTERY NAVIGATIONAL RUN / TOURING ASSEMBLY Sunday Sept 1, Trip Rating: Social Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, email: This is a day for everyone in the club! Commencing in Sunbury, this fun, social navigational run will take you across some picturesque countryside while challenging your brain (so make sure you bring it with you!). Keep your eyes peeled throughout the day too as you can’t miss a thing. There’ll be plenty of socialising and we’ll enjoy a BBQ lunch at the halfway point. A great day for the kids! All roads are 2WD, formed roads with some of them dirt roads. Where will we end up? You’ll just have to wait and see…

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT HIGH COUNTRY – AROUND BRIGHT & POREPUNKAH Saturday 2 – Tuesday 5 November (Melbourne Cup Long Weekend), Trip Rating: Medium – Difficult Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, email: The Victorian High Country is a large and very special area of Victoria. This trip will explore the areas immediately north and south of Bright and Porepunkah. Get ready for breathtaking views and scenic hill climbs… with the occasional river crossing. Based at a standing camp in Bright, we’ll enjoy day trips out, navigating some challenging tracks just after they’ve reopened for the summer. More details about the trip will become available closer to the date. OTHER TRIPS Narbethong Cathedral Ranges Woods Point Goldfields

A Picnic at Hanging Rock Melbourne Laneways

We need leaders to run these trips, please contact me. Martin Foot email:

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TRIP REPORTS Queens Birthday Long Weekend

Friday morning l awoke to the sound of rain, not good, but it stopped around lunch time and fined up a ripper. Les arrived about 3pm, then we had a visitor turn up. Its Peter Mynard who called in to see what was going on. So l lit the pot belly up ready for the weekend and around dark time we lit the ( BIG FIRE ). Then Elaine turned up, so we had tea and sat around the fire and went to bed. Saturday in the morning, Doug turned up, then Stephen & Liz and Peter & Kate. A good mate of mine David turned up just as we were going for a short drive around. We found a few slippery spots and some mud to drive thru. l had got a message that Martin & Dot were there and Andrew & Lisa on the way back we found nice little side bank to drive along. Back at base camp, Dale & Jan turned up and set up camp. We cooked tea, then Nick & Jason arrived. l work with these two and they came out for a few drinks and to sit around the fire. Most of us headed off for a short night drive to see the lights in the area around the power station. We went out and up. We went to a place above my place - what a great view (l think that all would say the same) and then back to camp. The fire was great to keep warm by, until you had to get into your sleeping bag. Sunday was a very cool morning, where someone had to do some repair to there Subaru, a CV boot. With it all fixed and running a little late time to go. Off we went. Someone got a lolly when they shut the gate for me! Out and around to Loy Yang Power station. After here we turned off, ready for some good driving zig zag-ing our way across to Holey Plains State Park The first stop was at Harrier Swamp for lunch. The swamp was dry. Along a few sandy Page: 12

TRIP REPORTS tracks to Honey Suckle Hill trig point, with some fun driving between the areas, to Clear Lake loop track. After here there was a good sandy wide open area. l drove up to the top. As l was going along, l looked back, what a sight! Subarus were going all over the place you had to see it. Stopping at Holey Hill for a break, we back-tracked some of the area to redrive the sandy spot. Back on the black top, down. Then we turned off for short drive thru the pine forest. This was nice and grassy, around to where l had found a fenced off area, where there was a plant trial site. At this point some one was running low on fuel they left us and headed for Rosedale. We went along boundary track up & down, around we went, to where Martin & Dot left us to head home. From Willung to Hiamdale to Gormandale, we took some back roads back to camp. A good day out. Back to the fire to warm up we need more wood ( no small peace’s just big peace’s) Monday most people were packing to go home. Les, Doug and I went for a short drive to show Doug some downhill mountain bike tracks. We went up to Mt Hooghly at 700 metres. It was a good view then we went around to one more lookout just near my place. Doug enjoyed the sites. On the way back Doug headed home and we went back to camp for to pack and go home. Thanks for coming, hope you enjoyed the long weekend. l will re-run this trip when it’s a lot warmer and the flowers should be out. Weekend campers: Trip leader: Jamie Scott, Land Cruiser Les Scott & Elaine Hyde, Brumby standard plus Doug Greenall, Forester Stephen Whittaker & Liz, Forester Martin & Dot, Forester Dale & Jan, Forester Andrew & Lisa, Holden Rodeo David Ward, Nissan: Saturday day drive & stayed Saturday night Visitor & Day trips Saturday & Sunday Peter & Kate Mynard, L series ( Blue bird ) Nick A Pinero Jason P Pinero Jamie Page: 13

FORESTER OXYGEN SENSOR How much do you know about vehicle' engine management system? What do you know about the oxygen sensors that monitor your engine's exhaust output and what it tells the engine management system? Did you know that there will be one, if not two, of these sensors in your exhaust system, performing vital functions that can seriously affect the behaviour of your car. Until recently, I didn't know much, if anything, about these sensors but, after trying to isolate the cause of some performance issues in the Forester I am now much more aware of the importance of these small, but pretty expensive, components. The following report will discuss the operation of these sensors, well the front one at least, and how to change one if it looks like it is no longer operating correctly. In later model, fuel injected Subarus there are two oxygen sensors, one on the exhaust at the motor, prior to the turbo, and one towards the rear of the shafts, immediately after the catalytic converter. The later sensor monitors the operation of the catalytic converter and let the ECU, the brains of the management system, if the converter is not performing its intended function of removing carbon dioxide from the exhaust gases. This results in an error code being displayed to the driver. The front sensor performs a different function to the back one, being to monitor the engine's output to confirm that the engine is burning its fuel correctly. The sensor only begins to operate at a certain temperature so the sensors in later models have an integrated heater In order to bring the sensor up to this operating temperature quicker than if allowed to do so through the exhaust heating it. In the event that the sensor identifies an incorrect fuel to air mixture, such as being too lean or too rich, it informs the engine management system so that it can alter the amount of injectors to correct this fuel to air mismatch. The front oxygen sensor therefore becomes a critical component as far as engine performance and fuel economy is concerned. If the sensor fails to perform this function correctly then there will be a resultant degradation in both performance and economy. The engine management system employs a default mode of operation in this case, meaning that the vehicle will operate less than optimally, almost like a much less sophisticated, pre-injected vehicle. Unless the sensor fails suddenly it may be possible to not notice a gradual decline in performance and poorer fuel economy, both of which could easily be attributed to other factors. In my case, we identified a failed sensor while trying to diagnose reasons for poor engine performance and poor fuel economy. I had decided to fit a mixture monitoring kit, which used the output of the front oxygen sensor for Page: 14

FORESTER OXYGEN SENSOR its input, but monitor would not work because the sensor was not outputting meaningful information. A discussion with my son Matt, confirmed that oxygen sensors should be replaced at least every 100,000 kilometres, and in some vehicles as often as every 20,000 kilometres, so the decision so pretty easy to replace the sensor. The difference in performance was almost immediate. While the vehicle still seems to have some starting issues, possibly attributed to other causes, the difference in performance was very evident, with the vehicle behaving again much like it did when new. The vehicle now exhibits much smoother and faster acceleration with better fuel economy. The rest of the report covers the replacement of the sensor in the 2007 Forester XT where the sensor is located at the lower driver’s side front corner or the motor, immediately after the exhaust manifold and before the turbo. This will possibly not be the case on non-turbo, earlier or later models. An aftermarket replacement sensor from Bosch will cost a little over $200 but it is important to get the right part number for your model. It is especially important to confirm that the supplied part has the correct cable length as some units only have a very short cable on them. It also needs four wires in order to connect to the existing connector. These will be made up of two blacks, one blue and one white wire. If in doubt, remove the old sensor and take it to the supplier to confirm that the r e p l ac em e n t is correct. Image 1 - Flap.

The removal of the front sensor seemed to be very difficult when first attempting it however with the right tools and the right approach it is not too hard. This can be performed from inside the driver's side front wheel arch, with the wheel removed. There is a small flap, held down with one clip, that can be easily moved aside to Page: 15



2013 JUNE



Tues 25

General Meeting

Tues 2

Committee Meeting

14 July - 4 Aug

Simpson Desert Trip

Tues 30 Tues 6 Aug

Dinner 7pm General Meeting 8pm Committee Meeting

Sat 17 Aug

Film Night/Dinner

Tues 27

General Meeting

Sun 1 Sept

Mystery Navigational Run

Sat 2 Sat—Tues 5 High Country around Porepunkah November

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Difficult Very Difficult

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Standard Contact for further info.


Stephen Whittaker

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Peter Bellis

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Damian Stock

Sofia’s Pizza & Pasta House TBC

Michael Hartshorne


Peter Bellis Social


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FORESTER OXYGEN SENSOR expose the sensor. This is shown in the image on the previous page. The sensor connects to the engine management system through a connector mounted at the top of the engine bay adjacent to the right hand suspension tower. The cable needs to be disconnected at this connector and from any cable management points between the top connector and the sensor. This includes two clips that keep the cable from coming into contact with the hot exhaust system. This is shown in the next image. Image 2 - Clips.

A plumbing tube spanner works well to remove the sensor. One end of this spanner should be 21mm or 22mm. This is the end that will fit the sensor. Pull the wire through the spanner and fit the spanner to the sensor as shown in the following image. Image 3 – Sensor and tube spanner.

Using a screw driver or large spanner to turn the tube spanner anticlockwise to remove the old sensor. If it is necessary to reuse the two small retaining clips then remove these now and fit them in the same position on the new sensor cable. The new sensor should be supplied with new clips and, if so, use these instead.

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FORESTER OXYGEN SENSOR The installation of the new sensor is should be straightforward although care should be taken to not twist the sensor cable when inside the tube spanner. Allow it to turn with the sensor as it is being screwed into the hole in the exhaust. Re-attach the cable clips to the mounting plate next to the sensor as shown in the following image. Image 4 – Clips remounted.

Clip the cable back into the remaining cable management points and then reconnect the cable to the connection point adjacent to the suspension tunnel. Replace the retaining clip for the small flap and replace the wheel. The engine can now be started and driven to confirm that the sensor has been successfully installed. If the sensor was faulty then the engine may not appear to operate any differently so it is recommended that the engine management system be reset to clear its current configuration. This will allow it to re-learn the current status of system from the various sensors, including the newly replaced oxygen sensor. If you need assistance with purchasing a new sensor, or would like any further information on replacing yours, please let me know.

Damian Stock

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 28th May 2013 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:20pm. 1. Present Martin Foot, Stephen Whittaker, Brian Howell, Glenys Howell, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Ruth Marshall, Bob Marshall, Katie Mynard, Peter Mynard, Dale Rebgetz, Jessica Walsh, Les Scott, Jamie Scott, Bev Davison, Damian Stock, Rick Koster, Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, David Wilson. 2. Apologies Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Peter Berry, Matt McConaghy, Paul Saleeba, Jan Rebgetz, Jan Aylott, Elaine Hyde, Doug Greenall 3. Visitors Gerard (Jed) Mangion (since joined). 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting ● The minutes of the April 2013 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Jessica Walsh and seconded by Bob Marshall. ● There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In ● Magazines from Pajero 4WD Club of Victoria Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria Subaru 4WD Club of South Australia ● Margaret Lauricella of Buxton re 1982 Subaru needing new home ● “Drive 4 Life” – seeking the club’s advice on possible routes suitable for AWDs. Charity charges $1,000 per participant to raise money for disability groups. ● Aust. Post (to Don Roberts) querying reason for change of post box (keys were returned in April) – no further action required. ● FWDV Delegates Brief Sheet – May 2013 ● FWDV – Seeking cooperation in including our sponsors in the memPage: 20

CLUB MEETING MINUTES bership card program. 6.2 Out ● M. Lauricella seeking further details regarding her 1982 car. 7. Reports 7.1 Resources ● Dale had sent an email to members providing an Order form for various items of club clothing. Orders closing tonight! 7.2 Editor (Martin reported in Michael’s absence) ● As per the magazine. ● June 2013 editorial deadline is 13th June. ● Jessica is looking for topics for Jottings. 7.3 Trip and Social ● See the magazine for the club’s trip calendar and details about upcoming trips. ● Buchan trip postponed indefinitely due to farm activities. ● South Gippsland Trip now on 8 – 10 June. ● Snow Trip – put your name on the list and David will contact you. ● Simpson Desert trip 14 July – 4 August Have a number of vehicles that have just a single person. Passengers are welcome. Will tackling the desert from east to west – change from last meeting. This will allow Jessica to do the Simpson crossing before returning to work. ● Film night July 20 or 27 - Dot Greiveson, Trip Leader – will be at Waverley Cinema in Pinewood – film to be advised - with a meal beforehand. ● Future trip suggestions as per magazine. 7.4 Venue ● As per magazine – Fresh Shield will hopefully be available at the next meeting to present on fresh food sealing. ● Door prize – two D shackles – won by Lisa Jantke. 7.5 Membership. ● 4 renewals tonight. ● Have a new member here tonight: Gerard (Jed) Mangion. 7.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $2,962.62. ● Major payments – trophies ● Major receipts – chocolate fundraising, BBQ proceeds (ex Les Scott), membership. Page: 21

CLUB MEETING MINUTES 7.7 Secretary ● Peter unavoidably detained this evening. ● Club constitution – draft completed. ● Next committee meeting will be held at Bob Marshall’s – Jessica an apology for the next two Committee meetings. 7.8 Vice-President ● Delegates report. Proposed road closures circulated for comment. ● The chocolate fundraising effort – all sold and paid for, only one member payment outstanding. When should it be repeated? Annually? 7.9 President ● Damian came across a reference to the late Murray Gartner’s trip across the Madigan Line in a library book on the Simpson. See him for details if interested. ● FWD Victoria The Association seems likely to receive government funding, following good work by Blaze Aid and Shepparton tornado recovery that reflected well on FWDV. Joint branded club cards – still being sorted out. 8. Constitution ● Peter had recently sent a copy of the Special resolution and draft Constitution to members by email. ● Jessica presented in Peter’s absence. Jessica explained the major points of difference as a result of the changes to the Act. ● Special Resolution as circulated to be put to the vote at the June meeting. ● Questions related to trip membership and the practical application of the Rules and By-Laws in that situation, the responsibility being on the trip leader as well as the trip member to ensure safety. 9. General Business ● Car for sale located at Buxton, Damian may purchase if no-one else wants it. ● Dale advised that 20L flexible water containers are available Big W for $10 each. ● Martin’s sad story regarding his seized engine. ● Jessica: Her Outback tyres are still available.

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES 10. Fines and Fun 10.1 Nametags Bev Davison. 10.2 Last to Meeting David Wilson. 10.3 Trips Tasmania (continued): From Hobart, to Port Arthur (good tours), north to Triabunna (?) café bar not recommended! Next day tried to see the Lost Falls, lost in cloud. Wineglass Bay/Freycinet – swim in the bay. Lovely campsites, need to book. North to Ben Lomond (Jacobs Ladder). Camped on the way down. Rain overnight. On to Launceston outskirts – then to NE tip of Tassie – then Bridport (pub for tea). Last night. Final day through Georgetown and on to Devonport to board for home. A Fine is imposed on Michael (in absentia) for leaving the Arthur Pyeman book on his kitchen table. Total fines collected - $2.60. 11. Door prize: D-shackles - Lisa Jantke. 12. Meeting closed at 10:20pm and was followed by supper. 13. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th May 2013 commencing at 8pm.

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COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday 4th June 2013 at the home of Bob Marshall starting at 7:40pm. 1. Present Bob Marshall, Michael Hartshorne, Martin Foot, Stephen Whittaker, Damian Stock, Peter Bellis, Dale Stock, Andrew Jantke. 2. Apologies Bev Davison, Jessica Walsh, Phil Milkins. 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with eight committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting Minutes of the May 2013 committee meeting were accepted without amendment. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions ● Pre-2003 Club Website – Martin will continue to follow up with Mark Tyseen. ● Club brochure – needs to be updated. Stephen has tackled it – just needs updating for the new membership classes and fees. ● FWD Victoria membership stickers – will not be handed out as they have expired. ● Club website Dale, Stephen and Martin – update of website engine is still a work-in-progress. ● Membership survey Have the survey conducted at meetings by a committee member quizzing members. ● Buchan campsite – have not been able to contact Wayne Marz ● Club constitution Has been circulated to members and was discussed at the May 2013 general meeting. Will be put to members at the June meeting via a special resolution. Page: 24

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 5. Correspondence In FWD Victoria ● Request for camp host on Gunbower Island near Cohuna. ● Notice of general meeting with a special resolution to adopt the new constitution for the Victorian Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs. Out Members not on email – copy of draft constitution. 6. Reports Resources ● Clothing order Caps - $10 per cap with logo – minimum order of 10 (special deal). Bob will investigate other sourcing options. ● Sand flags – screen printing (for high volume) or digital printing ($9 per flag). Trip and Social ● As shown elsewhere in the magazine in the club calendar. ● Future activity – clearing of willows in Gippsland South – potential fundraiser. Venue ● As shown elsewhere in the magazine in the club calendar. ● Stephen was able to get his hand on some club videos from the 1980’s. Stephen will convert them to digital. A short video will be compiled and presented at a future meeting. Membership ● Had two membership renewals – 1 single and 1 family. ● Awaiting an application form from Jed for the committee to review and accept. ● A membership renewal notice will be emailed out to the members. The club’s bank account details need to be included so that members can pay directly. ● Request that the membership renewal form be amended to handle multiple email addresses for family memberships. Editor Nothing to report. Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $4,060.32. Page: 25

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES ● Major receipts includes membership ($800) and fundraising ($1,500). ● Payments for the month includes engraving of club trophies ($46). Secretary Nothing to report. Vice-President No report submitted. President Damian will not be present for the next two general meetings and the next committee meeting (due to swanning about overseas). 7. General Business Information for Trip Members ● Discussion was had regarding what information is required to give to trip members, as a result of the points raised by Jed Mangion at the May general meeting. ● Peter tabled an extract from the proposed new constitution of items that pertain or are relevant to trip members. Together with the convoy rules, they need to be incorporated into a brochure that can be given to trip members informing them of their rights and responsibilities. ● The trip attendance / trip visitor registration sheet is to be updated by Bob so that trip visitors are aware of their obligations. ● In regards to trip membership, the issue of legal liability / duty of care of the club in regards to children who are friends of children of visitors and come on a club trip was raised. After much discussion, it was agreed that whilst the club still owes a duty of care towards all visitors on club trips, the responsibility of minors rests solely with the supervising adult. Club Brochure ● Stephen presented an updated brochure. ● Comment was made that the 4WD Victoria logo and the words “affiliated club member” need to be added to the brochure. 8. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd July 2013 at 7:30pm at the home of Dale Rebgetz in Belgrave South. 9. Meeting closed at 10:48pm.

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GME UHF 80 CHANNEL UPGRADE Do you have a GME UHF Radio running with only 40 channels? I did, and found this in the latest Pajero Magazine. I gave it a try without checking my serial number and it worked. I now have an 80 channel radio. Between Dec 2010 and April 2011, GME manufactured “upgradeable” 40 channel radios. These radios are easily identifiable sticker on the packaging and by the serial numbers below. All radios with the serial number of 011 (Nov 2010) or earlier are not user of dealer upgradeable via software.

BANDWIDTH FILTER SETTINGS To accommodate the blending of the newer narrowband UHF CB 80 channel plan with the original 40 channel wideband system, your radio is fitted with two user-selectable receiver bandwidth filters. While either of these will provide superb receive audio, selecting the wide filter will further increase the tolerance of the receiver to 40 channel wideband radios that might otherwise sound over-modulated or slightly off frequency on channels 1 – 40. Selecting the narrow receive filter will increase the selectivity of the radio to strong interfering signals from adjacent channels. Refer to your manual to change the settings.

Procedure to upgrade your Radio Turn radio on. Select Channel 7. Switch the radio OFF then ON again. Select Channel 23. Switch the radio OFF then ON again. Select Channel 39. Switch the radio OFF then ON again. Select Channel 15. Switch the radio OFF then ON again. Select Channel 31. Switch the radio OFF then ON again. If the upgrade was successful, channel 80 will be displayed. Michael Hartshorne

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RESOURCES We have plenty of resources to sell. We may have many, some or none of the following items so if you are interested in any of these then please come along to the club meeting and I will be very happy to sell them to you. Correct change will be much appreciated. $ Hat Oiled Skin size 55


Hat Safari


size 59

Black caps with club logo


Short sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size 14


New Style Red Polo Shirts (M, L, XL, 2XL)


New Style Vest


Blue Polo Shirt


Large Sew on Badges


Small Sew on Badges


Shackles 3.2 tonne


Fuel Filter Plastic x 45deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x 90deg.


Fuel Filter Plastic x Straight


eFlare HZ510 Red with Base


CV Boot Clamps Large & Small


CV Joint Grease


Wheel Nuts [Set of 4]


For substantial discounts on all general automotive spare parts, oils, filters, shocks, etc., please see me for details. Thanks, Dale Rebgetz Resources Officer, email: Page: 28

STANDARD TRIP EQUIPMENT & RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WDing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items of equipment on every trip: a) Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader b) Two Rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t); c) Rated “Snatch’em” Strap; d) Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design; e) AM (27Mhz) Channel 5 or UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio; f) Fire Extinguisher, accessible to the driver; g) Spare Tyre (full size); h) Jack and Wheel Brace, or equivalent; i) Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing); j) Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays; k) A Tyre Pressure Gauge; Compressor (according to the trip) l) An Axe, Bow or Chain saw; m) A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible shovels are no good); n) Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the Trip); o) A Tool Kit; p) Personal First Aid Kit; q) The Vehicle Manual. Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any Club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the the Trip and Social Co-ordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All non-emergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.

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FOR SALE The club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. Please note that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1998-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a) the cash price of the vehicle and; (b) the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered. Contact the club editor to advertise in this space.

Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson, email:

Jessica’s Sale: 17" alloy rim to suit the current model Outback. It is fitted with an almost new Kumho 225/60 R17 road tyre that has done about 500km (max). $200 3x 225/60 R17 Yokohama Geolander G012 A/T-S tyres to suit the current Outback/Liberty. Two of them have been driven about 30,000km ($50 ea.) and the other is near new with about 4,000km of use ($100). Roof-rack mounted luggage carrier pod. Approximately 320 litres; lockable; weatherproof. $100 (Can you tell I have changed vehicles)? For more details on any of the above, please call Jessica, email:

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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR July 2013 Friday 5th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130706) - Theory Saturday 6th First Aid Course (FA130706) Saturday 6th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130706) - Practical Thursday 18th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130720) - Theory Thursday 18th Ladies 4WD & AWD Proficiency (LC130721) - Theory Friday 19th GPS Course (GPS130719) Saturday 20th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130720) - Practical Sunday 21st Ladies 4WD & AWD Proficiency (LC130721) - Practical

August 2013 Friday 2nd 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130803) - Theory Saturday 3rd 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130803) - Practical Sat - Sun 10th & 11th Advanced Winter Driving (WD130810) Thursday 15th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130817) - Theory Saturday 17th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130817) - Practical Wednesday 28th 4WD Driver Awareness (DA130828)

September 2013 Friday 6th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130907) - Theory Saturday 7th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130907) - Practical Thursday 19th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130921) - Theory Saturday 21st 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130921) - Practical Saturday 21st Winch Recovery Course (WR130921) Saturday 21st First Aid Course (FA130921) FWDV can be contacted on 9857 5209 or e-mail: Contact S4WDCV Secretary Peter Bellis, email: regarding attendance at FWDV courses as a club discount may apply.

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