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PRODUCT TESTS & NEW STUFF

IRONMAN 4X4 COMMERCIAL DELUXE BAR: FORD RANGER

Ironman 4x4 continues to churn out top-end accessories for all popular 4x4s, with this new Commercial Deluxe Bullbar for Ford’s latest Ranger the latest example. The bar has been built using 3D scanning tech to ensure the correct, accurate fit to the front-end of the Ford workhorse. Plus, designing the bar this way has allowed the engineers to produce something that is as equally stylish as it is functional. The bar is made from premium grade materials, such as SPHC oil and pickled steel (not mild steel) to ensure optimum strength and rust resistance. The bar also features 360-degree robotic welds, Ford Tech Pack compatibility, and provision for OE parking sensors. The bar is airbag compatible and ADR compliant and includes a unique winch mounting cradle.

Website: www.ironman4x4.com

ARB TYRE PRESSURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ARB’s new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can monitor up to nine tyres (ideal for towing), and offers preset on- and off-road pressure alarms for cross-terrain configuration. There is the choice of internal or external setup; the internal sensor kit has five sensors that run inside the tyre valve. The external kit includes four sensors (additional sensors can be purchased separately). Both setups use audible and visual alarms for tyre leakage, low pressure, high temperature, high pressure, low battery voltage and variations of plus or minus 25 per cent of the set monitored psi. The internal sensors have a battery life up to five years; the external sensor will last up to two years and can be replaced. You can select between on- or off-road profiles and can independently monitor front and rear axles, to allow for different pressures front/rear. In development is the ability to check the TPMS through the ARB LINX system.

Website: www.arb.com.au

PWR LC200 INTERCOOLER PACKAGE

PWR’s new intercooler package for Toyota’s popular big wagon offers impressive torque and power increases and is built to the highest standard. The package includes CNC billet-machined tanks and incorporates billet outlets and mounts and a Formula 1-spec core in the intercooler, with the promise of supreme core recovery when under extreme load. There’s also a PWR Thermo Fan Kit option (along with a complete intercooler and fan package). The fitment of the intercooler requires no additional pipe-kit and no cutting at all. The kit is a DIY dream, installing to all factory mounts easily. With its many years of experience producing kits like this that offer both maximum efficiency and excellent durability, it’s easy to see why PWR gear is so popular with serious off-roaders.

RRP: Starting from $3195 Website: www.pwr.com.au

NOCO GB50 LITHIUM JUMP STARTER

The GB50 is a portable, lightweight and compact 1500amp lithium-ion jump starter for 12-Volt batteries. The GB50 can jump-start a dead battery up to 30 times on a single charge. The GB50 features spark-proof technology, as well as reverse polarity protection and a 200-lumen LED light (with seven modes). The unit can hold its charge for up to 12 months and includes a USB battery pack for recharging of devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The GB50 includes hot/cold LED indicators reflecting the internal battery’s operating temps to ensure that boost is only used when it is safe to do so for the battery being charged, as well as devices. The jump starter can be used on engines of up to 7.0-litre capacities (petrol) and 3.5-litre diesel donks.

Website: www.no.co

BUSHRANGER NIGHT HAWK VLI LED DRIVING LIGHTS

Developed in-house, the new Night Hawk 9-inch LED driving lights feature a unique design that incorporates cooling ducts for heat dissipation as well as a new relay-free wiring system (the first of its kind). The light’s ATCS (Advanced Temperature Control System) uses the excellent cooling design to ensure the LEDs punch out maximum light while adjusting that output according to the environment. The lens is hardcoated polycarbonate (highly scratch-resistant) and sits in a tough pressure die-cast aluminium housing, complete with 4mm steel bracket. Output is courtesy of 37 high-output OSRAM lumens per light. They come with clip-on/clip-off protective covers that offer the ability to swap quickly between beam patterns. Comes with a five-year warranty.

Website: www.bushranger.com.au

THUNDER LITHIUM JUMP STARTER

This compact power pack does far more than just help jump-start your rig. The grunty 18,000mAh power pack (it can hold that charge for up to six months and has a fourto five-hour charge time) is perfect as the go-to solution for a power source on any camping or 4WD adventure. Its compact size belies its wide-ranging applications; besides jump-starting your 4x4 (it features intelligent jump cables to avoid damage if you connect to the wrong terminal), it can be used for charging your DSLR, tablet or mobile phone. It includes a vehicle charger, home charger, torch, a three-in-one mobile phone cable and a cigarette socket cable. The Thunder is seriously compact; measuring 225mm long, 30mm high and 89mm wide, it takes up minimal space, plus it only weighs 630g. RRP: $419

Website: www.thunderauto.com.au

ROLA TITAN TRAY

Rola has just released an improved version of its highly regarded Titan Tray. The all-new Titan Tray includes a unique design offering more strength and robustness than before, while retaining its light weight and aerodynamic profile. The new version of the Titan Tray has a carrying capacity of 300kg (vehicle roof-load capacity dependent), thanks to a mitred corner design and reinforced panels. There is the option of using bolt-through Titan Rails for additional tie-down points as well as increased load stability. The accessory channels mean you can customise the Titan Tray for different types of adventures, thanks to the ability to easily add Rola and other popular branded accessories (bike carriers, for example). The tray’s slide-in mounting brackets can be placed inbetween any plank on the tray, providing flexibility to securely attach the Titan tray to most popular roof racks with an accessory channel. Add in anodised aluminium with stainless steel fixtures, and the Titan Tray will last years.

RRP: From $499 (available in four sizes)

Website: www.titantray.com.au

DOBINSONS SPRINGS & SUSPENSION MRR ADJUSTABLE SHOCK ABSORBERS

The team at Dobinsons Springs & Suspension will soon release a new adjustable shock (coming April/May). The shock features a huge 50mm and 60mm bore (56mm and 66mm outer body) with a robust 3mm wall thickness. The aluminium piston is a CNC-machined high-flow billet jobbie. The shock has high- and low-speed compression dials, a rebound adjustment dial and an upgraded three-stage sealing system. The bushings are natural rubber and the hoses are Parker stainless steel braided. The external remote oil reservoir is also built tough and the shocks themselves of a fully rebuildable, direct bolt-on with more to come.

Website: www.dobinsonsprings.com

TJM CHASER

The new Chaser bullbar has been built to the usual very high standards. Construction features a beefy 63mm upper tube and a 50mm lower tube, angled to maintain the optimum approach angle. The steel winch frame (fitted with a 9500lb synthetic-rope winch) mounts directly to the rig’s chassis. The bar includes integrated 8000kg-rated recovery points, reinforced T-slots for a Hi-lift jack and can be fitted with dual radio aerials, light bars up to 900mm in length and spotties, all via integrated mounts. It comes with a 3mm steel underbody guard, dual steel wing guards and an integrated winch frame. Designed and engineered in Aus, it includes a three-year warranty and is ADR compliant and parking-sensor compatible. Available for the Ranger PX-onwards (PXIII non-tech pack), with the range expanding to include numerous other popular dual cab utes.

Website: www.tjm.com.au

TERRAIN TAMER SEAT COVER

Seats cop an absolute hammering on an outback trip – and even just during general everyday use. Terrain Tamer has launched its own seat covers, with a unique vehicle-specific design and one that is compatible with various side-impact airbags. The patented-design seat covers are made from super-tough water-repellent 12-ounce canvas and are designed to be a snug fit around your vehicle’s seats, thanks to the use of an elasticised fitting system. That means you don’t have to worry about the seat cover pulling or dragging itself out of shape when you’re jumping in or out of your rig. The seat covers are available in a dark grey colour and will last for many years of wear and tear, as you’d expect from a brand which has decades of off-road touring experience.

Website: www.terraintamer.com

PIRANHA OFF ROAD IN-CABIN BATTERY TRAY: FORD RANGER

Piranha Off Road has shown once again why they’re highly regarded in the Aussie off-road scene, with the release of this clever in-cabin battery tray for the Ford Ranger. Piranha already produces two tray options for the popular Ford workhorse – an under-body version that fits a 75Ah Optima sealed battery, and a tub-mount version that can take a 105Ah sealed battery. The company has now responded to Ranger owners who have either fitted a long-range fuel tank or a full drawer system (fitment of these meant the tub- or tray-mount trays would no longer fit) and who are looking for an alternative fitment location. The in-cabin design is totally secure and can hold a battery ranging in capacity from 100Ah to 190Ah, and it fits in the space behind the seats in the rear. Fitment allows installation of BMS, fuse boxes and cables for a neat solution. The battery is a ‘Slimline’ variant and is available – fully approved and warranted for this fitment – from R&J Batteries, Australian Batteries Direct, Battery Power and Kickass.

Website: www.piranhaoffroad.com.au

PEDDERS TRAKRYDER EXTREME ADJUSTABLE COILOVERS

The suspension gurus at Pedders have produced a new range of adjustable coilover shocks for a number of the most popular 4x4 dual cab utes, including the Ford Ranger (PX onwards), Mazda BT-50 (2011+), Isuzu D-Max (2012+), Holden Colorado (2012+) and Toyota Hilux (2016+). The coilover includes highgrade spherical bearing mounts and seals, adjustable rebound damping, 54mm-bore inverted monotube, height-adjustable front assembly, a remote canister for optimum oil capacity and cooling, 20mm hard-chrome piston rod, and top-notch alloy steel coil springs (on the front only). The kit includes two front adjustable coilovers, two rear adjustable shock absorbers (with remote canister and the same beefy 54mm-bore inverted monotube design as the front), a fitting kit and adjustment spanners.

Website: www.pedders.com.au