PRODUCT TESTS & NEW STUFF
If you’ve got a new Hilux, ARB has a bullbar for it. The Summit bar has a 60.3mm outer frame and crossbar tubing, and is constructed using press forming – so it’s tough.
Plus, it uses a split-pan design for strength and airflow and has under-wing panels to protect the vulnerable lower parts of the Hilux.
It also accommodates a range of low-mount electric winches, up to 10,000lb, and includes twin hi-lift jack points to assist with difficult recovery situations. Provisions for ARB Intensity LED and IPF driving lights are integrated into the top of the bar while a redesigned fog-light surround and ARB LED indicator/clearance light assembly is standard.
If only your rig had torque like this. The Li-ion 18V half-inch DR Heavy Duty Impact Wrench has 1500Nm of breakaway torque, 1060Nm of reverse torque, and 680Nm of tightening torque. With a four-pole motor and a patented Electronic Torque Clutch, it also has six digital settings for various torque applications, an LCD display that shows torque stage, battery indication, torque-stage memory functions, and metal gearbox housing. It weighs 3.20kg and includes two Li-ion 18V battery packs, an intelligent charger and a carry case. Keep one in your 4x4 for pit-crew quick wheel changes.
Often computers and power tools will only work on pure sine wave inputs.
So if you want to use them on the road, you’ll need a good inverter. Redarc’s new range of pure sine wave new range of pure sine wave inverters make it possible to plug in anywhere in Australia and still get the type of 240V power you get at home. The inverters, now slimmer and lighter, have a wide input voltage for both 12V and 24V models.
They’re available in six models: 350W, 700W, 1000W, 1500W, 2000W and 3000W. All include features such as short-circuit protection, over-temperature protection and a load-controlled cooling fan. In addition, Redarc offers an optional remote on-off switch, sold separately, to control the inverter.
RRP: $425. Website: www.redarc.com.au
Keep your accessories close with an MSA 4X4 Seat Organiser. The organiser has 12 individual pockets, including three larger pockets, where you can throw your street directories and maps. It’s been designed to be easily attached and removed and can also be hung on the front of the passenger seat for use when you’re on the road alone. Its aluminium internal frame prevents sagging when full. MSA products are available from most 4x4 outlets.
Website: www. msa4x4.com.au
EFS has a new lift kit for the coil sprung Nissan NP300 dual-cab. After a hard slog of testing, the EFS crew reckon they’ve improved the Nissan’s on-road ride control. To do that they used the larger-bore 35mm EFS Elite shock absorbers to dampen the ride. They’ve also improved carrying abilities with an H/D range of EFS coil springs suited to individual vehicles. The kit consists of EFS front coils and EFS Elite struts; frontcoil top spacers, rear-coil springs and shock absorbers; and an adjustable Panhard rod.
RRP: from $1609.
If your rig is the kind that crosses rivers and often needs a spray with a high-pressure hose, then these Ironman 4x4 lights might be for you. There’s the seven-inch Blast Spot, seven-inch Blast Combo, seven-inch Comet and nine-inch Comet. All are submersible and can cope with high-pressure water blasts, thanks to diecast alloy housings and shock-proof polycarbonate lenses. They are powdercoated metallic grey, use the latest Osram LED chips and are rated for IP67 and IP69K.
Kymco has wheeled out its next-generation utility side-by-side model. The new UXV 700i LE EPS has electronic power steering, a 3000lb/1360kg winch, 14-inch black alloy wheels, and metallic-painted plastics. The powertrain is unchanged from the previous model’s fuel-injected 695cc engine with CVT automatic. The transmission again supports active engine braking, and a diff-lock enables pushbutton selectable 2WD/4WD while the independent suspension delivers 12 inches of clearance. It also has a tilting cargo bed, in-cab storage, seatbelts, side-window netting and a drive shaft-mounted park brake.
RRP: $14,990 (plus pre-delivery and freight charges).
LED light bars are popular, so buying a decent wiring loom makes sense. With some bars now exceeding 300W, a quality loom can help maximise output. Piranha Off Road Product’s Light Bar Loom is supported with a 40-amp relay and an extra-long lead for the light to allow flexible positioning of the LED bar. Plus, to keep the cost down, there’s no switch. That means you can choose a switch that suits your vehicle – there are plenty of options out there.
If your trailer sees plenty of mud and water, a submersible trailer lamp might be the go. Narva’s Model 36 submersible trailer lamp is now available in a slimline kit, ready for fitment to trailers for boats, jet skis, motorbikes and campers. The lamp’s slimline design allows for close mounting on the trailer, with minimum protrusion, reducing the risk of damage.
Narva recommends avoiding cable joins near the lamp or in other positions where they are likely to be submerged. The model 36 lamps are hardwired with nine metres of fully insulated four-core cable per lamp, allowing cable connections to be at the trailer plug, an area less likely to be submerged.
RRP: $119. Website: www.narva.com.au
Most tourers these days run dual-battery systems.
They’re a must to power accessories like fridges and electronics while on the tracks and using a deep-cycle battery is usually the go for the second battery as it can deliver power at a lower current draw for longer.
Century Batteries has a range of flooded, AGM, and gel deep-cycle batteries available in sizes up to 270Ah.
They feature thicker plates, specialist lead alloys and denser active material to withstand repeated cycling and vibration. Choose a low-maintenance option or a sealed maintenance-free gel or AGM battery for installations in confined or hard-to-reach locations.
Transmission failures are costly and common. What causes them?
Heat does, usually – especially in four-wheel drives. So anything that cools your automatic transmission fluid (ATF) has got to be good.
Davies-Craig offers two types of transmission coolers: Ultra-cool for pre-1990 vehicles and Hydra-cool for all models. The former is tube and fin-style and the latter is plate and fin. The coolers are claimed to reduce ATF temp by as much as 30°C. A reduction of just10°C can substantially lengthen the life of your automatic transmission. Davies Craig also offers cooling combo packs, as pictured.