PRODUCT TESTS & NEW STUFF
ARB’s new weekend recovery kit is the ideal must-pack item for those who are heading bush for a few days. The kit packs down in a tough PU-coated cotton/canvas recovery bag that takes up minimal cargo space. It offers all the recovery essentials including an ARB 80,00kg vehicle recovery strap, two 4.75T galvanised 19mm shackles (with red powder coated pin) and a pair of tough cow-grain leather rigger’s gloves. The recovery bag itself includes dedicated sewn-in shackle holders, heavy-duty buckles and a strong rubber carry handle. Pack this in your rig for a weekend away and you’ll have a lot less to worry about.
THE DUSTY, wet and humid conditions of Australia can be tough on electronic gear – especially cameras. Nikon’s new COOLPIX W300 lets you take high quality 16 megapixel snaps and 4K video without the worry of dust/water/moisture ingress.
Its waterproof to 30m, shockproof up to 2.4m, freeze-proof (down to -10°C) and dustproof, and it packs plenty of high-end features inside its compact 230g body.
TJM’s new alloy Signature bar is airbagcompatible, winch-rated to 12,000lb, includes provision for the LC200’s OE parking sensor and forward facing terrain monitor cam and anticollision radar, and can be fitted with spotties of up to 220mm. The bar also features LED indicator/park lights and fog lights, two aerial tabs, and custom bumperettes. The bar’s main centre loop is 76mm in diameter, with the two side loops that protect the headlights measuring 63mm. The bar also features TJM’s highstrength steel mounting system and its recovery points are rated to 8000kg in a straight-pull.
Fitment takes around five hours.
Website: www.tjm.com.au RRP: $2750 (excluding freight and fitment)
COMBINING on- and off-road performance, new General Tire Grabber AT3 is the generation of the US company’s allterrain tyre and includes 40 different sizes rim diameters from 15- to 20-inch. latest-gen rubber incorporates Grabber’s TracGen and Comfort Balance technologies ensure optimum off-road capability without sacrificing on-road performance. General has also included DuraGen Technology layered three-ply construction) across the Grabber AT3 range for enhanced puncture resistance and robustness. Released at the time, the mud-terrain General Tires Grabber X3 is aimed at mild to challenging road driving and is now available across sizes (covering 15- to 18-inch rims). Both share high strength steel construction advanced cut- and chip-resistant compounds.
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OPPOSITE Lock has expanded its range of protective bar-work for the Isuzu D-MAX, with the release of its new Premium Steel 3 Loop Bullbar. This airbag-compliant bar includes a central split air dam, heavy-duty over-riders to protect against those carpark nudges, and a provision for fitting fog lights and low-mount electric winches. The central split air dam combines with a the three-piece protection plate up front to minimise engine damage during a collision. The recessed LED indicator lenses are also well protected in the event of a collision. Also included are three quick-release aerial mounts, the option to fit spotties into the bar, and twin high-lift jack mounts.
The two recovery points are rated at 3000kg, and the bar itself is phosphate-cleaned and powdercoated in matte black to ensure durability and easy cleaning.
XTREME OUTBACK HEAVY DUTY CLUTCH KIT – VW AMAROK
THIS heavy-duty upgrade is suited to 2011+ Amarok 2.0TD vehicles. Designed to offer increased clamping forces up to a claimed 30 per cent above the standard clutch, this kit does so while retaining a self-adjusting clutch cover and dual mass flywheel. For any Amarok-based off-roaders – and those who tow regularly – this kit is a worthwhile upgrade as it boosts durability and offers smooth operation. The kit includes the heavy-duty, self-adjusting pressure plate, a 240mm sprung organic friction disc, and a concentric slave cylinder. There’s little doubt this kit is built tough, with the ability to handle torque loads of up to 600Nm. Website: www.xtremeoutback.com.au
PIRANHA UNIVERSAL DIFF BREATHER KIT PIRANHA UNIVERSAL DIFF BREATHER KIT
Piranha Off Road’s universal diff breather kit is well proven and includes seven metres of hose, two osmotic filters, clamps, and all the essential fittings needed to ensure the fitment of the breathers is done properly. These excellent kits extend the breathers higher from the diff housing to eliminate any chance of water ingress during a watercrossing or when tackling a muddy track. Piranha Off Road has been making these universal kits for years but keep updating for the latest 4x4s, with vehicle-specific kits available for rigs such as the new Triton and Pajero Sport (an extra $20), both of which need a replacement fitting in the rear diff housing to work effectively. As well as these two, Piranha offers vehicle/brand-specific kits for Toyota ($12), Nissan ($12), Pajero ($40) and Ford Ranger ($20).
Website: www.piranhaoffroad.com.au RRP: $75 (Universal Kit)
NARVA has built on the success of its round seven-inch LED headlamp with the release of this new 9-33V rectangular model, featuring the same tech as the round model. Interior reflectors evenly distribute light for optimum night-driving visibility, plus it ups the lighting for all modes – park, low and high beam. Measuring 200x142mm, the headlamp features a tough polycarbonate lens and military-grade housing, so it’s more than up to the rigours of outback touring. The new light contrasts its high output with a lower power drawer: 1.80A at 12V and 1.00A at 24V (low beam); 3.60A at 12V and 1.80A at 24V when on high beam. The lights come with a pre-fitted H4 connector for easy fitment, as well as a three-year warranty.
Website: www.narva.com.au RRP: $699
PACKING plenty of power into a compact size, the new 120W solar mat kit from Ironman 4x4 is packed with efficient charging technology for all battery types (excluding lithium). The kit comprises a 12V digital fivestage 15A PWM (pulse width modulated) controller, a mat featuring six panels (20W each; the black monocrystalline C60 cells are claimed to be 22.5 per cent more efficient than others on the market), 50A heavy-duty Anderson style plugs, five-metre extension lead and a 0.8m extension lead with battery clamps. The increased efficiency means more Amp hours are delivered into the batteries being charged.
All this packs up into a carry bag that measures 40x30cm and weighs a paltry 4kg.
Website: www.ironman4x4.com RRP: $799
RADIO aerials and flag antennae add considerable height to your 4x4, making the transition from outback travel to parking in urban areas with limited height clearance (read: low-roofed carparks) an often painful experience. Rhino-Rack’s new folding aerial bracket minimises the hassle of (often) having to remove the aerial or antenna from your rig, with up to seven customisable angles over a 180-degree arc. The bracket’s tough steel frame body features a large internal space design for associated cables and is compatible with Rhino-Rack’s Vortex, Heavy Duty, and Pioneer rack systems. You can also mount the bracket direct to the bullbar of your rig. Operation is easy – just pull the spring-engaged lever and move to the appropriate angle.
RRP: $89 Website: www.rhinorack.com.au
EXPLODING beer bottles in the fridge/ freezer when you’re away on a big trip is an off-roader’s worse fear. MSA 4X4 Accessories’ neoprene protection tubes are now available to remove that fear. The crew at MSA haven’t just gone with the chunkiest protection, either; the 2mm neoprene is just the right thickness to ensure protection and maximise storage. These come in two colours (red and black) for easy identification of the goodies inside, with the can and stubby version housing 12 tubes; the wine bottle model has six.
There’s even a canvas storage bag that can be easily affixed to your fridge/ freezer when not in use. These jobbies come with a lifetime warranty.
Website: www.msa4x4.com.au RRP: from $34