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LIGHT íNí STRONG

A NEW Ironman 4x4 deluxe aluminium polished bullbar for the Toyota Prado 150 Series Facelift has hit the market. The high strength, lightweight (a 35 per cent weight saving over the equivalent steel bar) bullbar has been designed to maximise clearance and approach angles. It features air-bag compatibility, high-lift jack points, spotlight mounts, UHF aerial tab and an integrated winch cradle. Ironman 4x4 has provided a winch recess cover for those who choose to not install a winch. Individual recessed fog lights and LED indicators and parkers complete the look.

RRP: $1980 Website: www.ironman4x4.com

ROOFTOP LUXURY

THOSE days of pitching a tent at a wet and windy campsite are long gone. Simply pull into your overnight open-air destination and click a button. Yep, the Backtrax is the first Australian-designed and manufactured remote-control-operated, hard-shell, fibreglass roof-top tent to hit the market.

Itís light enough to fit on most 4x4s and SUVs and features a double-sized bed, Bluetooth speakers, Smart tablet arm, large mosquito screens and midge mesh windows.

Itís powered by a lithium battery and solar panels! Get it from West Coast Campers.

Website: www.westcoastcampers.com.au

VICE CITY

WILTONíS All-Terrain Vise lets tradies turn their 4x4s into portable vice stations. The high-strength vice simply connects to a standard two-inch tow bar hitch. It can be transported from job to job and itís ready to lock down as soon as you get there. Features include a hitch pin for security, a patented 360-degree locking handle and screws designed to fit tightly and limit vibration when driving. The lightweight vice is easy to carry and comes with a lifetime guarantee. It can be mounted in the tray of your ute or truck.

RRP: $289 Website: www.intercoequipment.com

TOW, TOW, TOW YOUR BOAT

THE recently released Tow-Pro Classic from Redarc offers a single (user-controlled) mode of braking at the turn of a dial. Simple to use and easy to install, the next-generation brake controller has the power to stop you safely and comfortably when towing caravans, camper trailers, horse floats and boats. Itís suitable for 12-volt vehicle systems and is AL-KO ESC and Dexter Sway Control System compliant.

Itís also able to operate electric and electric/hydraulic trailer brakes without manual selection, while the remote head can seamlessly be mounted in the cabin. It comes with a twoyear warranty.

RRP: $275 Website: www.redarc.com.au

HELPING HAND

YOUíLL be getting your mates out of no time with Sherpa 4x4ís new winch called The Steed. The heavy designed, assembled and tested Australia, so itís made to withstand everything harsh Aussie outback throws motor coupled with a threestage gearbox will make light work of recovering. Itís compatible with and winch bars, and itís available There are synthetic rope or options available. sherpa4x4.com.au mischief in 17,000lb winc duty winch is ted in Aust verything the at it. The 6.6hp m stage planetary g whatever needs r almost all 4x4s an in 12- or 24-volt. steel cable option RRP: $949-$1299 Website: www.she teste ever i

SHOCK PATROL

ARBíS BP-51 highly rated, high performance shock absorbers are now available for Nissan GU and GQ Patrols. The shocks are manufactured in-house at ARB and tested in some of Australiaís harshest environments.

The shocks are designed to be fitted without any need for vehicle modification, and theyíre qualitymade to ensure exceptional heat dissipation and resistance to corrosion and stone damage. The Nissan Patrol GU/GQ package consists of two front dampers, two rear dampers and two fit kits. For a complete list of details and other applicable 4x4s, visit ARBís website.

Website: www.arb.com.au

SOLAR POWER

RELYING on mains power at a campsite is a thing of the past with the release of Redarcís solar blanket range. The range includes three black solar blankets with SunPower cells in 115-, 150- and 190-watt power ratings and a flexible 112- watt red solar blanket with an Amorphous cell. The portable and lightweight blanket range includes newly designed solar regulators with Anderson SB50 connectors available in 10, 20 and 30amp models. A large three-inch backlit LED display allows you to monitor the solar panels, battery and system information. The blankets are backed by a two-year construction warranty and five years for the cells.

RRP: $1500 (approx.)

Website: www.redarc.com.au